The Town Council meets in full session monthly, on the third Monday of each month, including August. All Council meetings are open to the public and the Town Council meeting begins with a Public Forum where members of the public may raise matters of concern which will be noted. They may not be dealt with there and then, however, as all matters for decision must already be on the agenda for the meeting but will be noted for further consideration or action.
The Town Council also has various Standing Committees to cover various aspects of the Council’s work. Please note that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council are members of every committee and working party, ex-officio and will not be listed below as members.
Town Council meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month at 7.00pm, unless otherwise advised.
Planning meetings will be held on the last Monday of each month at 7.00pm, unless otherwise advised.
Annual Parish Assembly: 22nd March 2016
Annual Meeting of Council: 16th May 2016
Farmers’ and Craft Market: Held at the Town Hall on the first Saturday of each month (except January)
The Planning Committee
The Planning Committee meets on the last Monday of each month and all Councillors are members of this. The Chairman is Cllr Terry Luker. This committee is clerked by the Town Clerk.
It considers all planning applications which have been received from Stroud District Council up to and including the day of the meeting, as there is usually only a period of three weeks allowed for responses. The comments made by this Council are then sent to Stroud District Council but it should be noted that these are recommendations only and that the decision is made by the District Council who may and do ignore our views if they so decide. If you have a strong view on an application, therefore, by all means copy the Town Council in to your representations but be sure to make your objection directly to the District Council.
Please note that paper copies of Planning Applications and Decision Notices are no longer sent out by Stroud District Council so that electronic copies only are available, viewable by the public on the Stroud District Council website. If you do not have computer access at home, there are computers for public use at the Library and, by arrangement, in the Town Council One Stop Shop.
The Allotments Committee
The Allotments Committee deals with the two sets of allotments operated by the Council. It does not have regular meeting dates but meets about four times a year. Please enquire in the One Stop Shop for meeting dates.
This committee, in addition to elected Councillors, also has co-opted members including representatives of the allotment holders on both sites. The Chairman of the Committee is Cllr Paul Barton.
This committee is clerked by Mrs Diana Hyam who manages the allotments as part of her duties.
Members: Cllr Terry Luker, Cllr Paul Barton, Cllr Norman Clement, Cllr Lucy Farmer, Cllr Nicholas Pinnegar plus co-opted members Mr I Jones, Mr C Mitchell, Mr B Elloway, Mr G Martin, Mr A Burns, Mrs H Summers, Mr S Todd.
The Footpath and Amenities Committee
The Footpath and Amenities Committee also meets irregularly but roughly four times a year. This deals with issues concerning footpaths and amenity areas such as the Marchesi Streamside Walk, Holywell land and Conygre Wood which is owned and managed by the Town Council. The Committee is clerked by Mrs Yasmin Milsom. It also co-opts several members who have a particular interest in footpath issues. The Chairman of the Committee is: Cllr Paul Smith.
Members: Cllr John Cordwell, Cllr Terry Luker, Cllr Paul Smith, Cllr Roger Claydon, Cllr Nicholas Pinnegar plus co-opted members Ms K Bailey, Ms P McGuinness, Mr S Jarmuz and Mrs E Warren.
The Holywell Working Party as now been disbanded and management of the site is under the Footpaths and Amenities Committee.
The Finance & Special Purposes Committee
The Finance & Special Purposes Committee meets on an irregular basis to consider financial and audit matters and reports with recommendations to Town Council. This is clerked by the Town Clerk.
Members: Cllr June Cordwell, Cllr John Cordwell, Cllr Paul Smith Cllr Roger Claydon and Cllr Terry Luker.
Town Regeneration Partnership
Members: Cllr Paul Barton, Cllr Paul Smith, Cllr Roger Claydon, Cllr N Pinnegar, Cllr Alastair Kendall, Cllr Alex Wilkinson plus co-opted members Reverend R Axford (St Mary’s Church), Mrs T McLusky (Beaumont-le-Roger), Mr G Phillips (Wotton Arts Association), Mrs C Sweet (Dementia Connections), Mrs J Walshe (Heritage Centre), Reverend T Wharin (Baptist Church), Mrs J Tebb (Chamber of Trade), Mr M Clarke (Under-the-Edge Arts and CALGS).
Staff Organisation Structure
Also employed are cleaners and most grass cutting/border maintenance etc is contracted out every three years.