Local Government in Carrington has two tiers: Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and Carrington Parish Council. The role of the Parish Council is to:
maintain, repair and improve parish facilities including recreational areas, public spaces and buildings
liaise with local Police and Neighbourhood Watch on crime, security and traffic issues
scrutinise local planning applications
liaise with County and Borough Councils on the maintenance, repair and improvement of highways drainage, footpaths, cycleways, public transport, street cleaning, conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings), and environmental issues such as quarrying and waste recycling
plan, consult on, and implement village infrastructure projects
investigate and resolve local problems and complaints received from the community
The Parish Council has locally elected Councillors, who are themselves unpaid volunteers looking after the interests of the community they represent, supported by a Clerk. The full council meets every six weeks to consider, discuss and resolve parish matters, aided by a number of subcommittees on which smaller groups of councillors attend to specific issues.
Of necessity, some parish council services have to be provided by paid contractors, for example, grass cutting, tree surgery, administration, building repairs. However, in order to keep our community vibrant and make our village a great place to live, the Council seeks to provide everyone with opportunities to be stakeholders in their village and make a positive contribution to it by volunteering for a broad range of activities. The Council’s members and officers are responsible for recruiting and looking after its volunteers.