Parish Councils have a number of basic responsibilities. These include representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life in the parish.
They can be responsible for providing and maintaining a range of community services.
In particular, the Parish Council is directly responsible for the following:
The Playing Fields/Recreation Grounds in Porton and Gomeldon
Amenity Area in Idmiston
Porton Church Yard
Some grit bins
It also takes a keen interest in the maintenance of the parish's footpaths and rights of way, and in the Idmiston Parish Memorial Hall, for which it is (just) the Custodian Trusteee.
Many county and district councils and unitary authorities are also responsible for providing and maintaining some of the services mentioned above. Residents, however, may prefer to contact their Parish Council in regards to such local matters because of their smaller, less intimidating size and because they may be more in touch with their community's needs.
The Parish Council is also the first point of contact for aspiring local projects. It is their responsibility to help get schemes underway by providing initial funding and space for public use, for example for the local scout troop or a one-off jumble sale.
The Parish Council must be notified of any planning application or highway development planned for the area if they so wish. On some occasions the council's approval is also needed for any work to go ahead. For a more detailed listing of the powers and duties of a parish council please click the link below: