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Minchinhampton Parish Council serves a population of almost 5000 people in a civil parish that stretches from Houndscroft in the west, to Aston Down in the east, south to the A46 and north to the River Frome. It has five wards, North Ward, South Ward, Brimscombe Ward, Amberley Ward and Box Ward, served by fifteen councillors. Besides the town of Minchinhampton, the civil parish encompasses many villages and hamlets including Amberley, Box, Burleigh, Hampton Fields and Hyde.
The Parish Council is an elected, unpaid body and consists of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Chairman of Finance and 12 other councillors, who employ a paid Clerk and Public Relations Officer.
The cost of works undertaken by the Parish Council is met by raising a precept; this is the amount of money that the Council requests Stroud District Council to raise on behalf of the Parish Council through the Council Tax.
Your councillors are involved in many aspects of community life, working to build relationships and to foster closer bonds between the Council and the people we serve. The Parish Council works closely with the District Council, the County Council, The Highways Authority, The Rural Community Council and the National Trust. Our ward councillors represent you in many areas of community life, for example on The Youth Club and Market House Committees, the Committee of Commoners, Minchinhampton Sports Association, Nkokoto Link, Box Village Hall, Horsfall House, Brimscombe & Thrupp Social Centre and the Community Safety Partnership.
The Parish Council administers the allotments in Minchinhampton, the Pash Legacy, CCTV, and manages and maintains childrenís play areas in Minchinhampton and Brimscombe. It organises many events throughout the year including The Goodwill Evening, The Best Allotment Competition, Composting Events and The Parish Spring Clean.
The Parish Council is consulted on planning issues, which play an important role in the Councilís life. Typically 12 to 15 plans are received each month and assigned to ward councillors for review, often involving site visits. Monthly Planning Meetings consider these applications and the Parish Councilís recommendations are passed to Stroud District Council.
Monthly Parish Council meetings are the forum for debating issues and formulating plans and actions. A public participation session is held at the start of each full council and planning meeting to enable all the electorate to bring forward matters of concern and interest directly to their Council. The agendas for the monthly meetings are set a week before, and electorís written requests for items to be debated by The Council are considered for inclusion. Agendas are displayed on Parish notice boards and minutes are published on our web site.
Parishioners can also raise issues through the clerk at the Parish Office or through their ward councillors.
The Parish Office is open each weekday morning during term time from 9.00am to 1.00pm. It acts an information point for local services, with leaflets on crime prevention, local events, bus timetables, composting and recycling, local walks, and tourist information. You can pick up the latest edition of Tom Longís Post and purchase green bags, books, guides and postcards. It is home to the Local History Collection and the Police Information Point.
Minchinhampton Parish Council is here to represent the community it serves and take up local issues, which it can only achieve through close ties with the community and a clear communication channels. We welcome you to visit the Parish Office or attend one of our Councillorís Surgery sessions.
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