West Huntspill and East Huntspill are villages and civil parishes on the Huntspill Level, near Highbridge, Somerset, West of England. The civil parish of West Huntspill contains the hamlet of Alstone, and East Huntspill includes Cote
The parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level government closest to the community, with the district authority (Sedgemoor DC) above it in the hierarchy.
As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.
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 matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the borough council, 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.
Our village plan is intended to be an evolving document, a route planner highlighting the direction in which development of West Huntspill is determined over the next decade. It identifies local issues through the information provided by the community.
Everyone participated by having the opportunity to voice their opinion, and be involved in creating the Village Plan. It is about local people helping to decide the future of their village.
The results help produce evidence of need when applying for funding, and monitor the results of actions the community wish to see taken.
The Village Plan identifies local issues because it is underpinned by consultation with the community whose collective views provide important information. This in turn is a valuable resource for Local Government who can access the website for local information.
Strong collective demand could influence future policies and increase our chances when decisions on funding future projects and village planning and services are being considered. It provides grass roots information which can feed through to local resources for the benefit of our community.
DATES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS – 2018
Parish Council meetings are held on the second Monday of every month in the school room of Balliol Hall, Church Road. Meetings start at 7.00 pm. Public and Press are welcome.
The next meetings are :
Monday 14th May 2018 - AGM
Monday 11th June 2018
Monday 25th June 2018 - Extraordinary Meeting for the Annual Return
Monday 9th July 2018
Tuesday 24th July - Extra meeting at 6.30pm on village Common
Monday 13th August 2018 -Cancelled
Monday 10th September 2018
Monday 8th October 2018
Monday 12th November 2018
Monday 10th December 2018