The Parish Council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council's operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, such as the village hall or community centre, playing fields and playgrounds, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also of interest to the council.
Jon Bennett: Chairman
Jon has lived in the Bristol area for nearly 30 years, and moved to Weston-In-Gordano in 2002. He is married and they have 3 children who attend, or have attended, local primary and secondary schools. He is a professional engineer, having worked in the aerospace sector for more than 20 years. He is also a keen hockey player. As well as being a Parish Councillor, Jon is also Chair of the village Social Committee. He is a keen advocate of village life.
The Council has a number of member vacancies and is looking to co-opt three local residents to join the Council to avoid the need to call an election. No special qualification is required to be a councillor, indeed it is important that all sorts of people serve as councillors to give good representation of the community. Training for new councillors is also available to help assist with understanding the responsibilities of the role.
If you would like to put yourself forward as a Weston in Gordano Parish Councillor please either get in touch with the clerk or join the next meeting of the Parish Council to introduce yourself.