What does your Parish Council do for you?

A parish council is the first level of local government and is the closest to the community it serves.  Wool Parish Council serves the Parish of Wool which includes Bovington and East Burton.

Wool Parish Council exists to help residents and be a point of contact for ideas and suggestions for improvements in the village. 


What are the Council's responsibilities?

The powers and duties, and the manner in which a parish council operates are laid out in local government statute and regulations. The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer, and owner of public land and buildings.

Wool Parish Council is responsible for:

  • Allotments

  • Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria

  • Bus Shelters

  • Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning: baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds

  • Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings

  • Footpaths

  • General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list

  • Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts

  • Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance

  • Land – acquisition and sale of

  • Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry

  • Litter - provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns

  • Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account

  • Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area

  • Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets

  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens and playing fields

  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance

  • Seats (public)

  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs

  • Traffic Calming

  • War Memorials

How does the Parish Council run?

The Parish Council meets on the third Monday of each month. Members of the public are welcome and there is time at every meeting allocated to public participation.

There are several sub groups these are…

Planning – desc

Green space – desc

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