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What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the closest level government to the community, with the district authority (Forest of Dean Council) above it in the hierarchy.

The parish council is your council, representing your views. We are here to listen to your concerns and ideas regarding our parish.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning, crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities within the parish.

Parish councils also have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence other organisations that make decisions (such as the district and county councils, the health authorities, police etc).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

Have your Say!

The best way to find out what the council does is to come along to a parish council meeting, or to speak to one of our councillors.

Look at the Latest Meeting page and view the next agenda. Come along and see what is happening.