Parish Councils are the grass-roots level of local government. By working with them, the City Council aims to enhance its partnership role with local communities. Parish Councils offer a means of shaping decisions that affect communities and decentralising the provision of certain services. Their activities include developing, managing and maintaining infrastructure and public facilities such as parochial roads, water supplies, drains and gullies, parks, recreational centre, markets, abattoirs, pounds, cemeteries, transportation centre and public sanitary conveniences. There are 6 parish councils in Newcastle.