Your Parish Council is there to support you – the community of Shrewton.
Your parish council is a civil local authority and is the first tier of local government along with Town Councils and City Councils. It is an elected corporate body, has variable tax raising powers, and is responsible for, and to, the nearly 2,000 people who live in Shrewton (1,870 at the 2011 census).
There are currently three Councillor vacancies within Shrewton Parish Council. If you would like to find out more and how you can help your community please contact Nikki, the Parish Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org (as at 11th January 2021)
Bonfires during the COVID-19 outbreak
This has been taken from Wiltshire Council website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/env-health-smoke-nuisance
Please avoid having any bonfires whilst the Coronavirus controls are in place. A lot of people at home are vulnerable and any one of your neighbours might have respiratory issues or even be fighting the Coronavirus itself. During this difficult time please think of others before lighting any fires.
You can stockpile green waste, create a compost area or simply let the job wait until the household recycling centres re-open to the public.
Never burn garden waste that is still green or recently cut, and never burn any other household waste.
If this advice is not followed and there is evidence of a risk to health and/or the use or enjoyment of another’s property is being affected, we may serve a formal notice on the person responsible. This may result in legal action.
To report an incident of a problem bonfire please see our ‘how we investigate a complaint’ section of this page and contact us.
Listed below are the general responsibilities and powers of parish councils. Not all of these apply to Shrewton.
Duty to provide facilities
- Allotments – Duty to consider providing allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied.
Powers to provide facilities
Parish councils have powers to provide some facilities themselves, or they can contribute towards their provision by others. There are large variations in the services provided by parishes, but they can include the following:
- Support and encouragement of arts and crafts
- Provision of village halls
- Provision and maintenance of recreation grounds, parks, children’s play areas, playing fields and swimming baths
- Provision and maintenance of cemeteries and crematoria
- Maintenance of closed churchyards
- Cleaning and drainage of ponds, watercourses and ditches
- Flood avoidance and management
- Control of litter
- Provision and maintenance of public toilets
- Creation and maintenance of footpaths and bridleways
- Provision of cycle and motorcycle parking
- Acquisition and maintenance of rights of way
- Provision and maintenance of public clocks
- Maintenance of war memorials
- Encouragement of tourism
They may also provide the following, subject to the consent of the county council or unitary authority of the area in which they lie:
- Bus shelters
- Signposting of footpaths
- Lighting of footpaths
- Off-street car parks
- Provision, maintenance and protection of roadside verges
Parish councils must be notified by the district or county council of:
- All planning applications in their areas
- Intention to provide a burial ground in the parish
- Proposals to carry out sewerage works
- Footpath and bridleway (more generally, ‘rights of way’) surveys
- Intention to make byelaws in relation to hackney carriages, music and dancing, promenades, sea shore and street naming
In some cases parish councils exercise the following powers:
- Creation of a neighbourhood plan
- Guardianship of common land
- Withholding of consent to stop up unclassified highways and footpaths
- Consultation on appointment of governors of primary schools
- Appointing trustees of local charities
There are transparency requirements of the Parish Council. This includes publishing all minutes of meetings and having an annual audit. Minutes of all Parish Council meetings are made public – on the notice board and here on the Council Meetings page.
The Parish Council is comprised of eleven elected Councillors and meets monthly to discuss issues relating to the village (Shrewton is both a Civil Parish and a Village. The boundaries are the same – if you live in the Parish you also live in the Village).
Councillors are all elected. On occasions where vacancies exist and the number of applicants does not exceed that councillors are elected unopposed which is also referred to as “co-opted”.
Find out more about Parish Councillors.
The Parish Council also awards grants to support local initiatives and organisations. This requires a commitment by those who stand as Councillors to participate fully in village life as well as attending these meetings.