Ladbroke is a small parish of some 800 hectare (i.e. 2,000 acres or 3 square miles) lying approximately midway between Birmingham and Oxford. It is in the Stratford upon Avon District and lies close to the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border. The main settlement occupies the lowland near the brook which runs between three hills. The towns of Coventry, Rugby, Daventry,Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon form a circle around Ladbroke at a radius of ten to fifteen miles whilst three smaller settlements (Southam, Harbury and Bishops Itchington) are all less than three miles away to the north and west.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Parish Clerk, who will put it before the council or distribute as required.
What is a Parish Council?
A Parish Council is a small local authority and its Councillors are elected for 4 years. It is community based and the most accessible tier of local government. Ladbroke Parish Council has 5 Councillors who try to ensure the views of the community are taken into account by the authorities, agencies and organisations that make legislation and take decisions on services and issues affecting the community. The Councillor's live within the community and it is easy to contact both them and the Parish Clerk.
Parish Councils have a number of formal powers and using these Ladbroke Parish Council is responsible for a few small assets within the village, along with the streetlights. We often talk about something "belonging to the Parish Council" but it really means it belongs to the people of the Parish.
The Parish Council responds to and adds comments on planning applications, structure plans and government consultation documents. It comments on nearly all planning applications in the Parish, where Stratford District Council is required to consult with the Parish Council. Stratford District Council makes the ultimate decision on a planning application, hopefully taking into account the Parish Council's views, although this is not always the case.
Parish Councils do not receive government grants, so raise their income via a precept, which is a tax the electors pay as part of their Council Tax Bill.