Owslebury & Morestead Parish

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Parish Council Responsibilities

What is a Parish Council?

A parish is the tier of local government closest to its community, and represents the interests of the people of the parish. As such the views of the parish councils should be given weight by Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and South Downs National Park Authority when determining issues which will affect the parish. It is often thought that parish councils are associated with the parish church in a village, but this is not the case.

Parish councils are consulted on matters which affect the parish. These include planning applications and policies, education proposals, highways issues and any other proposals or plans which will affect, or be of interest to the parish. The views of the parish and town councils must be taken into consideration in making decisions. Consultations are sent to the Parish clerk, who circulates the information to the Councillors for comments/decisions.

What does the Parish Council do?

The parish council meets monthly to discuss issues of interest to the local community. It has powers relating to planning, provision of recreational facilities, crime prevention, community transport, footpaths and commons.

The Council meets at Owslebury Parish Hall, and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Meetings are generally on the second Monday of the month and start at 7.00pm.

The Parish Council duties include:

  • Consulting and commenting on all local planning applications.
  • Engaging with residents and obtaining an understanding of needs and priorities.
  • Engaging with the County Council in relation to the services delivered by them.
  • Engaging with other service providers, for example the local police and NHS in relation to the services they provide.
  • Acting as the eyes and ears on local matters.
  • Encouraging and supporting community and community groups.
  • The maintenance of community assets owned by the parish council.
  • Provide awareness and access to the services delivered by the County Council.
  • Provision and maintenance of the play and recreation areas.
  • Grass cutting.

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