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Introduction to Local Government

There are three tiers of local government which affect life in Hartpury. The top level (ie that nearest central government) is Gloucestershire County Council which is responsible for the overall planning within the County and has specific reponsibility for the (non trunk) roads, education, emergency services, libraries, trading standards, etc.

Further information about the work of the County Council is available on their website.

The next level down is the Forest of Dean District Council which is responsible for housing, planning and development control, environmental health, refuse collection, etc. This is also the body which has the task of collecting local taxes - the council tax and the business rates - which pay for the services of the Parish Council (see below) the District Council, the County Council and the Police Authority.

Further information about the work of the District Council is available on their website.

The lowest tier of local government (ie that nearest the people) is the Parish Council. As well as providing certain local services, its main role is in providing a link between the local community and the other service providers. In particular, the Parish Council is consulted and provides a view on all planning applications.

Hartpury Parish Council

Hartpury Parish Council is comprised of seven councillors who are elected by the parishioners and serve for a term of four years. The current Councillors are:

Mr Alastair McGhee (Chairman)
Mr Robert Gregory (Vice Chair)
Mrs Sylvia Gibbs
Mr Roger Houldey

The Clerk is a part-time employee of the Council and is responsible for the management and smooth running of all the Parish Council's affairs. The position of Clerk is currently vacant.

Meetings are usually held bi-monthly at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend but may not participate in the discussion. Notice of meetings and the agenda are posted on the Parish noticeboard at the Post Office.

Information available from Hartpury Parish Council under the Model Publication Scheme

  • The scheme became effective in 2009. This will be current information only.
  • Class 1 - Who we are and what we do
  • Who's who on the Council (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet and/or on the website)
  • Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members (named contacts with telephone numbers) (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 2 - What we spend and how we spend it
  • Annual Report - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Annual return form and report by auditor for current year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Precept for current year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Financial Standing Orders and Regulations (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 3 - What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • Chairman's Annual Report to Parish - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 4 - How we make decisions
  • Minutes - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Timetable of meetings (Council and Parish) - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Agenda's of meetings (Council and Parish) - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Minutes of meetings (as above) - nb. this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Responses to planning application - current and previous financial year (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 5 - Our policies and procedures
  • Code of Conduct (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 6 - Lists and Registers
  • Assets Register (information can be obtained by hard copy at a cost of 10p per sheet)
  • Class 7 - The services we offer
  • Footpath Guide (at a cost of 75p from the Post Office or by request to the Clerk, at a cost of £1 to include postage)
  • Green area at corner of A417 and Broad Street. Green area at corner of Corsend Road and A417. War Memorial, two bus shelters.
  • Additional Information
  • Details on planning applications available from District Council (see website link shown above)

Exclusions - all commercially sensitive information e.g. quotations and tenders, loan documentation and insurance policies. With regard to quotations and tenders, this information is treated as confidential to ensure that the whole tender process is fair i.e. if tender information is released to a third party prior to the end of the tender period those who initially submitted tenders could be undercut and/or unfairly disadvantaged

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