About the Town Council

Knowsley Town Council was first established in 1894 and is the second tier of local government in the local area. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is the first tier and was created in 1974.

The Town Council boundary covers Knowsley Village, Stockbridge Village  and parts of the Hillside and Longview areas of Huyton. The Town Council has an electorate of  over 8,000 people. There are currently almost 5,000 residential properties in the town.

Take a look at our geographic map which shows the different areas within our township.

The vast majority of the Town Council income is raised by “precepting” an annual levy upon Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The precept is determined (usually in January) by the service provision of the Town Council. The precept changes from year to year.  The Town Council precept can be viewed by studying the Annual Report.

Further details of Council meetings can be obtained by viewing our Town Council Meetings page.

What is a town council?

A town council is a local authority whose members are elected by the electors of the town area and serve for four years. Some town councils are known as parish councils but all abide by the same legislation passed by Parliament.

What legislation?

There have been over 25 Acts of Parliament over the last two centuries conferring, directly or indirectly, various powers on town councils including Gladstone’s 1894 Local Government Act which established them in their modern form. The Local Government Act of 1972 revised their role substantially.

How many town councils are there?

There are about 8,700 parish and town councils in England serving approximately 30% of the population as their most direct tier of government. The total budget for these councils is almost £500 million. Individual budgets range from £100 to over £1 million, making councils very different in size and activity.

What can town councils do?

Parliament has given many powers to town councils. These powers relate to issues such as grants, planning, provision of recreation facilities, community centres and public buildings, crime prevention, community transport, public toilets, tourism, allotments, footpaths, litter, open spaces and traffic calming. The desire of Government is to increase the powers of town councils. Town councils also act to represent residents of the township on issues such as the environment, transport and youth activities.

How are town councils funded?

The major income for most town councils is a precept to be raised by the principal local authority as part of Council Tax. This is paid by residents of the town. Town councils may also receive other income such as grants and fees for letting buildings. The income is used to improve the quality of life for residents.