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About the Parish Council
Elected every four years, we are the first tier of local government and play a vital role in serving and supporting the needs of our community within the wider government sector.
Although our time is fully volunteered we are not voluntary sector: councillors are – collectively and individually – holders of public office guided by the law and statutory duties, including those relating to privacy and GDPR. As an employer the council is a corporate body that must follow relevant employment law. And every councillor is bound by a code of conduct and the seven principles of public life. Find out more about parish councils at askyourcouncil.uk
Councillors work hard to represent the interests of local people and improve the quality of life and the local environment. They have limited powers but are supporters of existing local services and do their best to protect them. Councillors also act as signposts and access points to services, as representatives, if assistance from a different agency is required. A Parish Council has the ability to negotiate with those other agencies that do make the final decisions (such as Wiltshire Council, Health Authorities, Police etc); they know that a Parish Council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.
How we are funded
The funding for Keevil Parish Council, known as the precept, is allocated by Wiltshire Council and is taken from the council tax. The budget is small and much goes on maintaining the Banfield Recreation Ground, the War Memorial, and supporting village groups or projects, as well as staffing costs. Requests for funding for community initiatives are very much welcomed by the Council and, in collaboration with our representative on Wiltshire Council Jonathan Seed, additional contributions may be sought from the Melksham Area Board (MAB) or from the Local Highways & Footpath Improvement Group (LHFIG). Increasingly, the Parish Council is required to pay for or contribute to general village improvements or maintenance, previously funded by Wiltshire Council.
The Parish Steward
The Parish Steward (Reuben) is part of the Wiltshire Highways department and visits Keevil once a month to complete relevant jobs at the request of the Parish Council. If you see something that might need his attention, contact Cllr Pat Tucker who holds the Highways portfolio. And do give Reuben a cheerful wave if you see him around the parish!
Reporting something to Wiltshire Council
Many issues are beyond our remit, so it often helps when parishioners make their feelings known to Wiltshire Council directly, including reporting an issue via the MyWilts online reporting system, commenting on a planning application, or getting in touch with Jonathan Seed.
Local Policing and crime reports
Community Policing Teams (CPTs) are made up of neighbourhood officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) supported by additional police officers from the wider area. PCSO Mel Culliford covers the Keevil area.
- To contact the CPT about a community-related matter, such as a school visit, you can email TrowbridgeAreaCPT@wiltshire.police.uk. (mailbox is not monitored 24/7).
- You are unable to report crimes of any type via email and please do not report any situations that require an urgent response. In the case of an emergency please contact 999 and for non-urgent crimes and incidents, please call 101 or Report a crime here
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