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The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Gloucestershire, who form the grass roots tier (or first level) of local government in England.
GAPTC offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.
As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website, which helps to increase understanding and awareness about the sector.
A huge congratulations to Painswick Parish Council, who following a panel visit, have achieved Quality Gold in the Local Council Award Scheme.
They are the fourth in the county, and we have two others in the pipeline.
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:42 by Alison Robinson
It is with sadness that I announce the death of Stephen Wright.
Stephen Wright was a colossus in the world of local parish and town Councils.
He firmly believed in the value of local democracy and local actions to benefit local communities.
In his time at GAPTC and GRCC he worked hard to involve local people in action groups to create and improve local community assets and many of the things that today we take for granted were Stephen's brainchild. More »
On a personal front his enthusiasm was an inspiration to everyone who met him.
Whilst in recent months he battled severe illness, there was always a sparkle in his eye and when meeting him you could always be guaranteed an interesting, informative and humourous conversation.
We send our most sincere condolences to Stephen's family at this sad time.
Stephen Hirst (GAPTC Chairman) » Less
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:55 by Alison Robinson
Some councils have been contacting us because of some of the feedback they have received from Grant Thornton.
One recent example came from Awre Parish Council who had been criticised for not following due process in relation to the '30 days consultation period'.
The clerk challenged these comments, producing evidence to the contrary, and has received an apology and a revised report is on the way.
Obviously anyone can make a mistake, but it is important challenge!
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:43 by Alison Robinson