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 7.30.pm in Fivehead Village Hall.

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