Cheddar Parish Council is the fourth tier of government after parliament, the county council and the district council. Its legal powers are granted and regulated by various government acts.
The Parish Council supplements the provision of local government services in Sedgemoor, while promoting and representing the village with other national and statutory bodies.
For example the Parish Council acts as a consultee and lobbying force with both the county and district councils, and both regional and national government, putting forward the wishes and needs of the local community. Somerset County Council, (whose main responsibilities include education, social services, highways, fire and rescue, strategic planning and libraries), consult with the Parish Council on such subjects as the County Structure Plan, the Local Transport Plan etc. and Sedgemoor District Council (which is mainly responsible for development control, environmental health, refuse collection, economic development, tourism and major recreational facilities also consults with the Parish Council on such matters as the District Wide Local Plan, planning applications within Cheddar, and the economic development strategy. (See also the useful links page for details of Somerset County Council’s and Sedgemoor District Council’s responsibilities).
How the Parish Council operates
Notice board location
Outside the Parish Hall, Church Street, Cheddar, and also in Hill Lane, Nyland.
Parish Council Funding
The Council Tax paid by Cheddar residents, includes the spending requirements of Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Avon and Somerset Police Authority and this Parish Council. Many people do not realise that the Parish Council does not receive any revenue support from central government, unlike the County and District Councils; neither does it receive any funding from local businesses and retailers via their payment of the non-domestic rate. Each year the Parish Council calculates the money it needs to raise to provide its services and any capital projects, which are planned for the year ahead. This sum, called the precept, is the amount we levy on the district council and which they collect as a proportion of the total council tax paid by Cheddar households.
The May meeting of the Full Council held on the last Tuesday of the month will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council at which the Chairman and Chairmen of Comittees are elected.
Council meeting agendas
The full Parish Council of all 15 councillors meets to consider the items detailed on the agenda. The Parish Council has no authority to make a decision on any item that has not been properly and publicly advertised by being displayed via the agenda.
We are twinned with Felsberg (Germany), Vernouillet (France) and have a friendship link with St Ann (Jamaica)
Freedom of Information
Please see this link to the Publication Scheme for further information.
Becoming a councillor
Parish Councillors are elected for a period of four years at elections held on the first Thursday in May, 2015 was an election year, and then 2019, 2023 etc. Interim vacancies are filled for councillors who resign or are deceased, either via by-election or co-option. For more information on the role of a councillor please see the NALC publications page. Vacancies on the parish council will be advertised locally and on this web site, and you can contact the Clerk for further details and an application form.