What is a Parish Council?
Parish Councils represent community interests and serve their local electorate. Parish Councils are statutory bodies and have a range of discretionary powers. They raise their own form of ‘council tax’ known as the precept. Parish Councils are a ‘local council’, a term that describes community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils.
What does Saltford Parish Council (SPC) do?
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government, and as such SPC is the council closest to the residents of Saltford. SPC is made up of 11 publicly elected Councillors, who are best placed to engage with residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.
Examples of the work of Saltford Parish Council include:
- Acting as a democratic voice for all Saltford residents and consulting the community on relevant issues.
- Liaising with B&NES Council regarding road safety and highways, environmental concerns, planning policy, and other matters that are the responsibility of SPC’s unitary authority.
- Liaising with key organisations such as Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire & Rescue regarding local crime and river safety.
- Responding to planning consultations from B&NES Council (the ‘planning authority’) proving a local voice on all planning matters.
- Working in partnership with local organisations and groups to meet community needs
- Managing St Mary’s Churchyard and the Wick House Close allotment site.
Saltford Parish Council falls within the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES). Saltford has two elected B&NES Ward Councillors (details on the B&NES website).
How can I engage with Saltford Parish Council meetings and decisions?
- SPC meets monthly (bar August) on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.15pm. SPC currently meets via Zoom. Meetings were previously held in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall.
- SPC publishes its agenda three clear days before a meeting. Agendas will be available on SPC’s website and noticeboard (located by the shop parade).
- Meetings are open to the public and SPC welcomes residents to attend. Should residents wish to speak they can do so during ‘Public Time’ which takes place near the start of the meeting. The public can speak on any agenda item, see here for information.
- If there is a particular issue you would like raised at a meeting, in the first instance please contact a Councillor or the Parish Clerk to discuss.
SPC Policy Overview
In May 2019, following the elections, SPC resolved a policy overview to guide the work of SPC during its current term of office.
The following policy overview was adopted: Saltford Parish Council is in favour of protecting the Green Belt around the village from development including from fracking and a road bypass (that would be infilled with housing); reopening the railway station on the existing site; and that Saltford should continue to be a caring community that encourages Fairtrade and looks after the environment whilst aiming for a lighter ecological footprint that is more climate friendly for the benefit of future generations.