Kingscote Parish Council represents the inhabitants of Kingscote, Newington and Bagpath. It has 5 elected Councillors who normally meet four times a year. The meetings are open to the public and there are opportunities to raise questions and issues both at the beginning and end of every meeting. During the meeting itself it is only with the invitation of the Chairman and the approval of the Council that a member of the public can participate in any debate. The meeting is temporarily closed at this time. In practice this participation is generally welcomed so as to give Council the widest insight into issues before it. In addition the Parish Assembly is usually held in May and residents are encouraged to come and hear what has been happening. It is an opportunity to report on news and progress as well as gather ideas and feelings from the community. This is followed by the AGM, again the public are welcome to attend but are not permitted to participate.
Most of the work involves liaising with Cotswold District Council and Highways. The former includes planning issues. The latter involves pot holes, speed of traffic, local snow clearance and grit supply as well as dog fouling and trimming branches from the pavements. Road surface quality and visibility at junctions are frequently on the agenda. Other services such as the post office, policing, ambulance service, refuse collection and recycling are all ultimately managed in communication with the Parish Council to varying degrees.
The accounts are prepared by the Clerk and internally audited before going for independent auditing.
There are village notice boards in Kingscote and Bagpath as well as the Forerunner magazine which communicates monthly with the majority of householders, giving news of local events as well as changes in services and the latest planning information.
What is the Parish Council?
It is the lowest tier of local government. The Council consists of 5 voluntary Councillors who are elected for a four year term of office to serve and administer for the needs of the residents of Kingscote. In the event of a vacancy arising a new member is either elected or co-opted until the next election. The Parish councillors determine and set policy to cater for the social, cultural, welfare and environmental needs of Kingscote residents and use a part time Clerk to the Council to implement policy decisions.
All Councillors adhere to the Parish Council Code of Conduct and complete a Register of Interests. The Council uses the expertise of its members to facilitate certain projects, for example renovation of the Village Hall, or introduction of high speed broadband.
What does the Parish Council do?
Whilst the Council has little in the way of direct power it has a reasonable amount of influence and is consulted by the unitary authority Gloucestershire Council and national government on a wide range of issues. All details of every planning application within the Parish are given to the Parish Council for review and comments are taken into account when decisions are reached.
Another example is highways, where Gloucestershire County Council is the Highway Authority but which consults with the parish over any road scheme or traffic calming measure.
Kingscote Parish council is directly responsible for providing the following services to the Village –
- The overall structure of the Village Hall and its insurance.
- The structural safety of the War Memorial, its preservation for future generations and its insurance
- The safety and appearance of the phone box and its insurance.
- The structural integrity and safety of the bus shelter and its insurance
- Comment on all planning applications
- Promotion of Village projects and social activities and celebrations
- Monitoring of Public Rights of Way.
- Management of feedback from parishioners and liaising with Parish Councillors
How is the Parish Council paid for?
Every year the Council sets its budget and the amount it requires to operate that budget is known as the Parish Precept. This amount is collected by Gloucestershire County Council from the Council Tax paid by residents of the parish.
Audited accounts are produced each year and, as part of the audit system, the accounts are available for public inspection. Details of the inspection system are posted at the appropriate time both on this site and the Parish Council’s notice board by the post box in Bagpath and outside the church in the village of Kingscote.
When and where does the Council meet?
Meetings are usually held in January, April, July and October in the Hunters Hall or Kingscote Village Hall at 8 pm. They usually last for an hour and a half, depending on the agenda.
The meetings are open to the public and there are opportunities to raise questions and issues both at the beginning and end of every meeting. During the meeting itself it is only with the invitation of the Chairman and the approval of the Council that a member of the public can participate in any debate. In practice this participation is generally welcomed so as to give Council the widest insight into issues before it.
Freedom of Information Act
All documents related to the Parish Council, including minutes and agendas, procedures, contracts and financial audit information are available on this website
Code of conduct
Kingscote Parish Council – have adopted the Gloucestershire County Council
Code of Conduct.
Who are the Councillors?
Click here to view the list of Parish councillors and their Register of Interests.
Click here to view the latest available Audited Accounts
To contact the Secretary to the Parish Council – Click Here