About the Parish Council

Winsley Parish Council exists to serve and represent the best interests of everyone who lives in the local parish community.

It operates within the wider legal framework that establishes and empowers all forms of local government including parish councils.

Councillors are democratically elected and serve the parish as volunteers. They receive no financial reward for what they do.  The business of the Parish Council is administered by the Parish Clerk, who is also the Council’s Responsible Finance Officer.  The Clerk is an employee of the Council and can be contacted via email: clerk(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)winsley.org.uk
For Councillors’ names and contact details, please click here.

Further information about the role of a parish councillor can be found in The Good Councillor’s Guide 2017.

Meetings of Winsley Parish Council are normally held either in the Church hall or Village hall on the first Tuesday of each month (except August) unless advertised differently. Meetings start at 8.00pm . Provisional Dates and venues of future meetings can be found here. The agenda is displayed, three days in advance of a Meeting on the Notice Board in Tyning Road. It is also available on the website news section hereMinutes, once approved by the Parish Council and signed by the Chairman, are displayed on the main notice board in Tyning Road on the website here and are available direct from the Parish Clerk. Any member of the parish is welcome to attend council meetings. An opportunity is provided for local residents to speak during a Council Meeting on any item on the published agenda. All other matters should be addressed directly to the Clerk in writing or by email.

Dates of forthcoming meetings:

Conclusion of external audit – documents confirming completion:

Notice of conclusion of audit; Section 3 External auditor certificate;

Section 3 External auditor letter, page 1; Section 3 External auditor letter, page 2Section 3 External auditor letter, page 3

Planning Applications are displayed at council meetings for all residents to inspect. During the course of the meeting, Councillors will discuss and agree comments to be made to the Wiltshire Council planning authority.

For fuller information on the planning process, click here

Local services that come within the ambit of the parish council include:

  • Village Green spaces
  • Public notice boards
  • Playgrounds and play areas
  • Tourism promotion materials
  • Car parking
  • Sports pitches
  • Street lighting
  • Public seats and bus shelters
  • Litter bins
  • Recreational facilities

Winsley Parish Council is a member of the Valley Parishes Alliance which seeks to provide a single voice on social, economic and environmental issues which affect communities in the Avon and Limpley Stoke Valley. Its website can be assessed here

Powers granted to the Parish Council:

  • Comment on planning applications
  • Get rights of ways cleared
  • Get street lights repaired; Maintain rights of way
  • Clear ponds and ditches
  • Maintain war memorials
  • Give grants to local organisations

A right exists for the parish council to be consulted on matters relating to local crime and ways to reduce the incidence of crime.

Freedom of Information is respected by the timely publication of information about parish affairs, on public notice boards, this website and in the Winsley Weaver magazine.

To view Winsley Parish Council’s Standing Orders please click here.

To view Winsley Parish Council’s Code of Conduct please click here.

To view Winsley Parish Council’s Financial Regulations please click here.

To view the Complaint’s Procedure please click here.

To view the Vexatious Complaint’s Procedure please click here.

To view the Bullying Policy please click here.

To view the Grievance and Disciplinary Policy please click here.