Welcome to the Dauntsey Parish Council website.
It has been designed as a “one-stop shop” for Parishioners and the wider community and is intended to provide up to date and historical information on all Parish Council related matters, including meetings and decisions.
What is the Parish Council?
It is the lowest tier of local government. The Council consists of 13 voluntary Councillors who are elected for a four-year term of office to serve and administer for the needs of the resident of Sherston. In the event of a vacancy arising a new member is either elected or co-opted until the next election. The Parish councilors determine and set policy to cater for the social, cultural, welfare and environmental needs of Sherston residents and employ 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 has Committees to concentrate on particular aspects of its work. The Committees and its members are listed below. It should be noted that where necessary Council co-opts non Councillors onto particular Committees. This has proved particularly beneficial in the past bringing the talents of local residents to bear on specific issues. A present example of this approach is to be found in the makeup of the Old School Committee.
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 Wiltshire Council and national government on a wide range of issues. A good example of this is in relation to planning where the responsible authority is Wiltshire Council. 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 Wiltshire Council is the Highway Authority but which consults with the parish over any road scheme or traffic calming measure.