The Council has a wide range of powers, but is limited by the annual precept (currently £30,000 for FY 2017-2018) as to what can be undertaken. The priorities for action will be guided by the Councillors who set the tasks and objectives of the Council and projects like the Neighbourhood Plan that was adopted in July 2017.
Although planning applications are determined by Harrogate Borough Council
, the views of the Parish Council have to be sought and taken into account.
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters as statutory consultees, highways, traffic, parking, crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions such as other tiers of local government, health authorities, police etc.
Most of the public services are carried out by the Borough Council and you can use this link to check what they provide - https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/site/scripts/az_index.php. Other matters are the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council such as highways matters. If in any doubt about who does what, contact the Parish Clerk.