About The Council
Staplegrove Parish Council has six elected members and the services of a part time Clerk. The term of office of the elected members is four years. The last local election was May 2019.
The aim of the Council is to “Manage and enhance the amenities and environment of the Parish, within the remit of its powers as delegated by the Secretary of State, County and Borough Councils, for the enjoyment of all who live in the Parish and those from outside the Parish who make use of the facilities.”
Meetings of the Parish Council take place at Staplegrove Village Hall. At the meetings the members are supported by County and District Councillors, Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Parish Liaison Officer, local Police Officers and other officials and consultants, according to the nature of the business of the meetings. The meeting agenda is published in advance and the subsequent minutes of the meeting, together with the latest set of accounts, may all be viewed on the website.
The functions of the Parish Council are financed by funds raised from the Parish by precept, which is in addition to the Borough Council Tax and may be found detailed in each household’s annual tax statement. Membership of the Parish Council, although by election, is voluntary and unpaid. Members may, but currently none do, claim travelling expenses.
The Parish Council is trustee of the Staplegrove Children’s Playground Trust and Fund. If you would like to see the minutes or accounts for the Trust please contact the Clerk by the means outlined below.
The law requires all Councillors to complete a Register of Interest Form in accordance with the requirements set out in the Localism Act 2011 and the Current Code of Conduct. These include:
Details of any employment or business carried out by them
The name of their employer
Details of any Directorships
Contracts between themselves/their firm and the Council
Interests in land in the District
If you have matters you wish to bring to the attention of the Parish Council you may contact the Parish Council by telephone to the Clerk on 01823 276702, or the Chairman above (office hours only please). You can also contact the Clerk by e-mail by using the ‘contact us’ link above.