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Parish Council Responsibilities

A Parish Council is a small local authority. Its Councillors are elected for four years. It is community based and the most accessible tier of local government.

Chedzoy Parish Council has seven members who try to ensure that the views of the community are taken into account by the various authorities, agencies and organisations that make legislation and take decisions on services and issues effecting the community.

Chedzoy Parish Council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the Council’s operating costs and expenditure. Annual accounts are produced for public scrutiny.

The Parish Council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council on matters of crime, security and traffic.

The Parish Council also consults with Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council on such issues as the maintenance, repair and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport and street cleaning. Conservation matters and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the Council.

The Parish Council's role also includes the management of the allotments and the maintenance of the bus shelter and adjacent gardens.

The Parish Council has a representative on the Children's Home Liaison Committee, who makes regular reports at Parish Council meetings.

The Parish Council owns a piece of land behind the existing Churchyard, which will eventually be used as a village cemetery when the Churchyard closes.

The Parish Council also becomes involved in other issues of benefit to the local community.

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