The Parish Council has a number of responsibilities – some of these are direct responsibilities; others are purely advisory.
Almost all planning applications are assessed by the parish council and its views are taken into account when Tewkesbury Borough Council, as the responsible planning authority, makes its decision.
The Parish owns the play area near to the village hall, and is responsible for the maintenance of the equipment. The council must ensure that the equipment is regularly inspected. These inspections are documented and brought to the attention of the full council at its monthly meeting. The cost of any repairs and maintenance comes from the parish council’s budget.
Footpaths and Footways
The council makes regular inspections of the footpaths in the parish, and any problems are reported to County Highways Department or Tewkesbury Borough Council for further action.
Grants and Donations
The council has powers to give small grants and donations to such bodies as Citizens Advice, the annual Poppy Appeal or local community groups. There are strict rules limiting the donations that can be made in each financial year.
The Council funds the installation of public litter bins within the parish, although the cost of emptying these is met by the borough council. There are currently 11 litter bins within the parish.
Bus Shelters and Benches
The three bus shelters and seven benches within the parish are owned and maintained by the council. Three new benches will shortly be installed along the Wotton Brook footpath and we hope residents will enjoy using them.
The parish council is often asked for its views on a wide range of issues that are decided by other bodies. This could include, for example, public transport, regional planning or community safety.
Pineholt Village Hall
The hall is owned and run by the parish. The building also accommodates our parish office together with a hall, kitchen, small meeting room, storeroom, toilets and an upstairs meeting room. The hall and meeting rooms are available to hire. There is a car park for approximately 60 cars.