What is a town/parish council?
Town and parish councils are the first layer of local government. They are elected local authorities, which aim to engage local people and respond to their needs, through representation as community advocates or by providing services.
Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and provide local representatives for the Council’s Community Area Boards.
Each town and parish council is made up of councillors who, on the whole, are elected through the ballot box. Elections are held every four years and the last elections in Wiltshire took place in May 2013. The next town and parish elections will take place in 2017 which will combined with the Wiltshire Council unitary elections.
By-elections are also held to fill vacant seats as and when they occur.
Some councillors are not elected but co-opted onto the Council. This happens when there are not enough candidates at the time of an election to fill all the vacancies or, when a vacancy occurs mid-term, the electorate does not call for an election. In these circumstances the existing elected councillors, provided there is a quorum (i.e. one third of the whole numbers of members with a minimum of three), can co-opt members to fill the remaining vacancies.
Please contact us if you feel you would like to be involved with our local council
The following are all under the remit of local councils:
· Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria
· Bus Shelters
· Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning:baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
· Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
· Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
· Drainage – of ditches and ponds
· Entertainment and the Arts
· General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
· Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
· Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
· Land – acquisition and sale of
· Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
· Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
· Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
· Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
· Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
· Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
· Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
· Seats (public)
· Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
· Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
· Traffic Calming
· War Memorials
· Water Supply – power to utilise stream, well or spring water and to provide facilities for general use
Manningford Parish Council (Nov 2013):
Richard Netherclift, Scrivens House, MB. SN9 6JQ
01672 562777 email@example.com
VICE-CHAIR / Finance
Bernard Gaskin, Snowdrop Cottage, MB. SN9 6JW
01672 563305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Hossack, Willow House, MA. SN9 6HT
01672 564438 email@example.com
Reg Sampson, The Cottage, MA. SN9 6JA
01672 563736 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Lanyon, Abbots House, MA. SN9 5PB
01672 564269 email@example.com
David Proto, Elder Cottage, MA. SN9 6JW 01980 635225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Reed, No 1 The Ivies, MB. SN9 6JH. 07464 086209
PARISH CLERK / Administration
Anne Thompson-Ashby, Falkners Cottage, North Newnton. SN9 6LA
01980 630988 email@example.com
COUNCILLOR FOR WILTSHIRE COUNCIL
Paul Oatway, Meadow View, Milton Lilbourne
07779 898456 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Lymposs, Keepers Cottage, MB, SN9 6JQ
01672 564922 email@example.com
The quintessential essence of the Vale of Pewsey
– Kennet Local Plan –
Pub Night 24th Feb @ 7pm
Pub Night at Manningford Bruce, Village Hall. 7pm ’till late. Join us for fine ales, wine and peanuts! Hope to see you all there.
Great British Spring Clean 3rd – 5th March
Organised by Keep Britain Tidy (3rd-5th March). Although we’re not formally organising anything, if you see any litter be it when dog walking or just enjoying our beautiful countryside, please can you pick it up and dispose of it at home.
BINGO 10th March 7pm
Friday 10th March at Village Hall– Prize BINGO starting at 7.30 (doors open from 7pm). Come and support this fun evening, go on give it a go! Bar will be open. Look out for info on posters, Facebook or call Sue: 01672 564922