What is Chedworth Parish Council ?
It’s a group of seven Chedworth residents who are elected by fellow parishioners for a four year
term to represent the concerns and aspirations of the local community. Each year, the Council
appoints one of its members to be Chairman and another to be Vice Chairman.
Each Councillor must sign the form of Acceptance of Office & adhere to statutory requirements
including a Code of Conduct and the Standing Orders. They must also declare any personal or
prejudicial interest in an item of business at any meeting and be excluded from any decisions.
In addition to the Parish Councillors, who are unpaid representatives, the Council employs a paid
part-time Clerk to carry out its business and to ensure that the statutory requirements are met.
What geographical area does the Chedworth PC cover?
The River Coln and A429 Foss Way form the Northern and Eastern boundaries and so Fossebridge
Inn and Western Fossebridge are in Chedworth Parish but Coln St Dennis is not. To the South –
Hare & Hounds, Fosse Cross, Pinkwell and Longbarrow are in Chedworth Parish while Calmsden
and Fossecross Industrial Estate are not. To the West – Ashwell, Chedworth Laines, Woodlands
and the Airfield are in Chedworth Parish but Compton Casey is not.
The Chedworth Parish has a population of approximately 800 and there are about 310 households.
What does the Parish Council do?
The Parish Council plays an important role as the grass roots level of Local Government, directly
representing and promoting the interests of the community. Councillors also act as ambassadors
for their community, keeping everyone aware of local needs and concerns and reporting back on
District, County and regional changes. The Parish Council duties will probably be extended
significantly under the proposed “Localism” legislation.
Chedworth Parish Council has an annual budget of approximately £7,000. This comprises income
from assets and activities (e.g. lettings) and a “precept”, which the Council sets annually and asks
Cotswold District Council to collect on its behalf as part of the Council Tax bill. Here are some of the services the Parish Council offers:
- To provide a forum for parishioners to air matters of concern
- To facilitate action groups for village projects
- To comment on planning applications to Cotswold District Council
- To watch over the extensive footpath network within the Parish
- To provide and maintain public noticeboards
- To maintain and let the playing field & the grass keep field(s)
- To maintain the graveyard at the Lower End Chapel
- To liaise with Glos Highways regarding the maintenance of roads within the Parish
- To nominate representatives to various district and village organisations
- To provide & maintain the village defibrillators
- To provide, maintain and supervise the use of the village salt spreader
There are rules, some of them laid down in Acts of Parliament, on how a Parish Council should
conduct itself and its meetings. These are known as Standing Orders and can be viewed on the
Parish Council web site or a copy can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.