Role of the Parish Council


The council has a range of duties concerned with the quality of life of the residents including:-


  • Setting the annual precept (local rate) to cover the Council’s running costs including expenditure on administration, amenity areas, grants and capital projects. Annual production of accounts for public accountability.
  •  Liaison with the local police on crime, security and traffic issues.
  •  Scrutiny and comment on planning applications within the parish, submitted to the local planning authority, South Somerset District Council.
  • Initial funding (start up monies) of capital projects to improve the environment, appearance and amenities within the village, such as the Village Hall and Playing Field facilities.
  •  Maintenance, repairs and improvements to parish facilities including the cemetery, churchyard, playing fields and other public areas.
  •  Liaison with local authorities on the maintenance, repair and improvement of highways, drainage, Rights of Way, public transport, trees and waste issues.
  •  Support, by way of small grants, to local organisations who provide a service for the benefit of the village.
  •  Investigation and resolution of local problems and complaints received from the community.
The Parish Council normally meets on the first Monday of each month, usually at in Fivehead Village Hall.

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