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Cheddar Parish Council is the fourth tier of government after parliament, the county council and the district council. Its legal powers are granted and regulated by various government acts.
How does your Parish Council operate?
The Parish Council has 15 Parish Councillors elected for a term of four years. The Civic Year runs from May to April with the election of the Chairman of Council and Vice Chairman taking place at the statutory Annual meeting in May. The roles of Chairmen of Committees are filled by councillors who have been nominated and voted for by their councillor colleagues.
The Council operates on a committee system covering Policy and Resources, Planning and Highways & Open Spaces. The Full Council meets on the last Tuesday of every month unless otherwise advertised.
This committee system enables members to consider more complex issues in some detail at committee level, and to make recommendations to the full Council as to what the Parish Council’s response should be. Such recommendations are approved (or otherwise) by all members voting at the full Council meeting.
Subject matters are brought before the relevant committee or full council by means of the agenda, which is issued a minimum of three days before a meeting and is published on the notice board outside the Parish Hall. The recorded minutes of meetings are posted on this website.
Notice Board Location
The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar.
How is the Parish Council funded?
The Council Tax paid by Cheddar residents, includes the spending requirements of Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Avon and Somerset Police Authority and this Parish Council.
When and where does the Council meet?
Meetings of the Full Council are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.00 pm in the Parish Hall, Church Street. Meetings of the Highways & Open Spaces, Planning and Policy & Resources Committees are held on separate Tuesday evenings during the month (see notice board for details). The Press and Public are welcome to attend all Council meetings and the Public may put questions or make statements on any matter in the public session at the commencement of each meeting. This is normally restricted to 30 minutes in total, with a maximum of three minutes per speaker. Anyone who wishes to speak should give the Clerk written notice by 12 noon on the Friday preceding the meeting.
The Annual Parish Meeting at which members of the public are welcome to ask any questions of the Council is held in April at Hannah More Cottage. At this meeting the Chairman of Council will give a report of the work of the Council in the past year, and outline proposals for the coming year.
The May meeting of the Full Council held on the last Tuesday of the month will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council at which the Chairman and Chairmen of Comittees are elected.
How do the Council meetings operate?
The full Parish Council of all 15 councillors meets to consider the items detailed on the agenda. The Parish Council has no authority to make a decision on any item that has not been properly and publicly advertised by being displayed via the agenda.
We are twinned with Felsberg (Germany), Vernouillet (France) and have a friendship link with St Ann (Jamaica)
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