Welcome to the Lancashire Association of Local Councils Website

The Association was formed in 1944 and is an independent organisation representing the interests of Parish & Town Councils in Lancashire, Merseyside, and Greater Manchester. The Lancashire Association also incorporates the Merseyside Association of Parish & Town Councils.

It is governed by an Executive Committee, comprising the President, Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins, Vice Presidents, Chairman, Vice Chairman, and representatives elected by each Area Committee. The AGM is held each year in November.

The Association is represented on several committees and groups, including the North West Federation of Town and Parish Councils, which comprises the county associations of Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, and Cumbria.

The aim of the Association is to offer support to member councils to help them achieve the highest standards of Local Government, to offer training and to represent the first tier of local government as widely as possible. Updates and information are regularly distributed to members and the office is open Monday to Friday, usually 9am to 5pm, but occasionally there is no-one available after 3pm.

LALC is affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils, which gives members access to legal and policy advice. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer attend National conferences which provide updates on policy and provide networking opportunities with other County Associations.

The Association organises its own conference annually.

The LALC is represented on the following bodies:

  • Best Kept Village Competition Committee
  • Lancaster University Court
  • Lancashire Local Access Forum and Public Rights of Way
  • Northern Regional Group of Parish Councils
  • North West Federation of Parish and Town Councils
  • Forest of Bowland Joint Advisory Committee
  • NALC Council Member
  • Lancashire Biodiversity Section Plan Steering Group
  • Lancashire Strategic Hate, Crime and Social Cohesion Partnership
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria Care NHS Trust
  • Environment Agency Panel, West Lancs Flooding
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England