East Brent Parish Council

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of The Parish Council

East Brent Parish Council (The Parish Council) is the first tier of local government for the Civil Parish of East Brent, which encompasses the villages of East Brent and Rooksbridge and the hamlet of Edingworth.

The Parish Council has the power to precept (tax) their residents to support their operations and to carry out local projects. Although there is no limit to the amount that can be precepted, the money can only be raised for a limited number of purposes, defined in the Local Government Act 1894 and subsequent legislation.

The Parish Council has the power to provide the following facilities or to contribute towards the cost of their provision by others:

  • Allotments
  • Support and encouragement of arts and crafts
  • Provision of village halls
  • Recreation grounds, parks, children's play areas, playing fields and swimming baths
  • Cemeteries and crematoria
  • Maintenance of closed churchyards
  • Cleaning and drainage of ponds etc.
  • Control of litter
  • Public conveniences
  • Creation and maintenance of footpaths and bridleways
  • Provision of cycle and motorcycle parking
  • Acquisition and maintenance of rights of way
  • Public clocks
  • War memorials
  • Encouragement of tourism

 

With the permissions of Somerset County Council, The Parish Council can also provide or contribute towards the provision of:

  • Bus shelters
  • Sign posting of footpaths
  • Lighting of footpaths
  • Off-street car parks
  • Provision, maintenance and protection of roadside verges

 

Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council must notify The Parish Council of and consult with them in respect 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 and street naming

Responsibilities of The Parish Councillors

A parish councillor is elected by the local community and is there to represent the people of the parish.

All parish councillors must declare any interests, gifts or hospitality that they receive that could influence any decisions that they make.

Other Tiers of Local Government

Sedgemoor District Council (The District Council) is the second tier of local government responsible for the Civil Parish of East Brent.

The District Council is responsible for:

  • Housing,
  • Waste collection,
  • Council Tax Collection,
  • Local Planning,
  • Licencing,
  • Cemeteries and Crematoria

 

Information regarding The District Council can be found at Sedgmoor District Council Website or telephone 0300 303 7800 or  01278 435435

The third tier of local government responsible for the Civil Parish of East Brent is Somerset County Council (The County Council).

The County Council is responsible for:

  • Waste Management,
  • Education,
  • Libraries,
  • Social Services,
  • Transport,
  • Strategic Planning,
  • Consumer Protection,
  • Police,
  • Fire

Information regarding The County Council can be found at Somerset County Council website or telephone 0300 123 2224 for all enquiries.

The Parish Council can make representations to The District Council and The County Council in respect of the areas where responsibility lies with those tiers.

All tiers of local government have the power and responsibility to promote the social, economic and environmental well being of their area.  However, all tiers of  Local Government are restricted in so doing and may only carry out those tasks which are permitted by Acts of Parliament governing Local Government.


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