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What we do

What we do image There is a long list of powers which Parish Councils can exercise, ranging from allotments to war memorials. The following list shows some of the recent activities carried out by the Council:

  • Playing a leading role in the production and implementation of the Parish Plan
  • Acting as lease-holding trustees for the Sharlston Community Centre
  • Owning and managing the sports field on Weeland Road
  • Providing summertime hanging baskets in both villages
  • Providing Christmas Trees and illuminations
  • Providing a number of local organisations with financial support
  • Suporting local crime reduction in collaboration with the Police
  • Negotiating with funding bodies to secure benefits for the local community
  • Considering all planning applications within the parish
  • Dealing with Highways, Planning, Cleansing and other District Departments on behalf of the local community


Each year the Parish Council informs Wakefield Metropolitan District Council of the funds it needs to carry out its functions. The District Council then converts that sum to the rate to be charged on householders of the parish.

In the year beginning 1 April 2010, the total amount needed to run the Council has been set at 23,000 and this will appear as "Sharlston Parish Precept" on the Council Tax Demand. 23,000 is equivalent to 28.50 per household for a Band D property.

The Council's finances are subjected to two levels of audit, a local audit and an audit carried out by a national company on behalf of the Audit Commission. Each year, following the audit process, the accounts are made available for public inspection.