Shipton Gorge Parish Council has nine elected councillors supported by the Parish Clerk.
Regular council meetings are normally held in the Village Hall on the second Wednesday of alternate months (January, March, May etc) and usually commence at 7.30pm. Residents and visitors alike are most welcome to attend the meetings which are advertised by notices in the village and by publication of agendas and supporting papers on this web site. Minutes of previous meetings are published here.
The annual Parish Meeting usually takes place in April each year. The Parish Council and all the other organisations in the village report on their activities in the previous year and it also provides a valuable opportunity for residents to discuss any matters concerning the village.
The Parish Council has very limited powers but is consulted by the District and County Councils and Central Government on many matters relating to the parish and its residents. It is therefore able to influence events in the parish and represent the residents' views in a number of ways - commenting on planning applications, naming of roads and developments, commenting on and influencing the level of services and facilities in the village, voicing the views and concerns of the inhabitants and so on.
The Parish Clerk deals with all the financial matters concerning the Council. The budget is normally set at the November Council meeting for the following financial year.
Shipton Gorge is unusual in one respect and this is that, unlike most parishes, the Parish Council has total responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of its playing field, the King George V Playing Field which was given to the parish for the use of the residents and visitors in 1936 by George Samways of Innsacre House and is now a charitable trust. This excellent facility is widely used but its upkeep is a major burden on the Parish Council's finances.
For all general enquiries about the Parish Council, the Clerk is the first point of contact; click here for all contacts, including the Parish Councillors with their particular areas of responsibility and also the District and County Councillors for Shipton Gorge.
Click here for miscellaneous information about the Parish Council, including the Transparency Code, details of public land & assets and monthly expenditure over £100.00.