It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority (Stroud District Council) above it in the hierarchy.
As it is the authority
closest to the people, the parish councils is the first place you
should go with concerns or ideas and you can do this very easily.
By contacting us, you will send a message to a councillor either for discussion at the next meeting, or for action right away. This might be to report a footpath that has become blocked, or an idea for a community project or fundraiser.
The Parish Council make a whole range of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics are to do with the maintenance of the flood defences and emergency plan, planning matters (they are statutory consultees), and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities to suit the needs of the parish.
Although the parish councils have limited powers to make decisions on their own. But they do have the ability to communicate and negotiate, on your behalf, with those organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the District Council, Environment Agency, Police etc), and aims to upkeep the vision for the community as presented in the Parish Plan.
In this respect Parish Council is extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels views an issue, and its views will be taken seriously.