Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council
Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council serve the villages of Fyfield, Lockeridge and West Overton.
Your Parish councillors can be found at Your Councillors
Parish councils are the first tier of local government and are closest to the community. We play a vital part in representing the interests of our community and are responsible for:
Maintaining the rights of way around the village
Managing the provision of various services such as grass cutting, emergency heating and shelter
Advising Wiltshire County Council on local planning issues
Maintaining the Play areas and equipment
Ensuring the village environment is pleasant and free of litter
Listening to residents and working to improve the village facilities eg purchasing Church field
Supporting community projects such as a Parish magazine, playground for children
Duties and Powers
Various laws outline a council’s legal obligations and duties to ensure it is administered correctly. Recent changes such as the Transparency code ensure that residents can view the work of the council more easily and Government policy is increasingly encouraging local participation in decision making and responsibility for local issues.
Facts and Figures
Parish councils were created in 1894 separating the civil parish and church which had previously delivered local services such as care for the poor and maintaining paths.
There are over 9000 town and parish councils in England. 25% of the population (over 16m people) live in communities served by parish and town councils.