PUXTON PARISH COUNCIL

At the Heart of the North Somerset Levels

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

The Puxton Parish Council website has been created to keep villagers and other interested parties informed about the activities of the Parish and the Parish Council.

Our aims as a Parish team are to use this website to allow us to communicate better with the community. We understand that not everyone has access to the internet and this website will add to how we communicate not replace more traditional methods.

Puxton is on the North Somerset Levels, in the Congersbury and Puxton ward of North Somerset District Council (a Unitary Authority).

The Council has seven members; it has no office but uses the Clerk’s home address for postal purposes and current files, and digitises archive files via its computer.  The Council does not operate a committee system: it meets in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm as a full Council on the first Thursday of every month except August and May.  In August there is no meeting. In May, the meeting starts at 7pm so that the Annual Parish Meeting can follow it at 8 pm.  The Clerk is an employee of the Council and is paid monthly by standing order. PAYE is paid to HMRC quarterly.

The Council has no bye laws, and no property holdings or regular property care responsibilities, beyond four flower planters and a notice board on the Village Green outside Holy Saviour Church.  The Village Hall is run by a charitable trust and the burial grounds at Hewish and Holy Saviours by the Church of England and North Somerset Council. The local Parish Church is St Andrews in the neighbouring Parish of Congresbury.

Regular meeting Agenda items cover Crime and Traffic, Planning, Streets and Open Spaces and Finance with resultant discussion being recorded in minutes which are approved by the next meeting and entered into the Minute Book.  Unresolved issues roll on from one meeting to the next.  New issues are introduced by the Clerk via the Clerk’s Report, by Individual Councillors based on their own concerns or observations, or those that have been put to them by Residents, or via information from North Somerset Council, the Ward’s North Somerset Councillor, the Emergency Services, Central Government, or some other Relevant Agency.

Each May the Parish Council holds its Annual General Meeting at 7.00 pm at which a Chair and Vice Chair and Representatives to Outside Bodies (if any) are elected.  After this meeting - at 8.00 pm - the Annual Parish Meeting is held at which the Chair of the Parish Council presents an Annual Chairman’s Report.  Reports are also presented by The Parish Church, The Village Hall, and various other Parish organisations, before the meeting is opened to general discussion.  The Parish is small enough not to have a Parish Plan, Quality Status, or Local Charters.