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Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
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Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including 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.

Latest News

Transparency Fund application success

Congratulations Barrington Parish Council on securing funding to support the council in meeting its legal obligations in respect of the Transparency Act.

The grant is only available to smaller councils (those with an income/expenditure under £25,000 per annum).

Please contact GAPTC if you have any questions.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:53 by Alison Robinson

GCC newsletter

Please see the link below to the Gloucestershire County Council newsletter, which has items on:

- Gloucestershire Charter (6th Edition)

- Amey monthly

- Lengthsmen, Highways Local, and TRO programme


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:16 by Alison Robinson

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

This bulletin provides a brief update on a number of meetings and national developments this week:

Update on council tax referendum principles campaign

With just a week to go until the Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation closes, your responses are still flooding in. Here's a short update on the campaign:

-The NALC annual general meeting yesterday voted unanimously to support a motion opposing the government's proposals to extend council tax referendum principles to local parish and town councils; More »

-This week's print and online version of the MJ magazine includes a column by Ian Miller, chief executive of Wyre Forest District Council in which he heavily criticized the proposals and urged councils to respond;

-Marcus Jones MP is confirmed to speak at our larger councils conference on 30 November and it would be great to have as many larger councils and county associations as possible at the event to convey the strength of feeling on this issue before he publishes the local government finance settlement in early December;

If you still haven't responded to DCLG or written to your MP please can you do so, as well as seeking support from your principal council(s) and local civic organisations and other partners that have an interest in a strong first tier of local government – and remember individuals can respond too!

NALC annual conference

·NALC's second annual conference – now the biggest event in the sector – was held in Birmingham this week. Around 220 delegates from county associations and councils heard from 44 speakers including the local government minister Marcus Jones MP and the leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr John Clancy who restated his commitment to establishing parish councils in the city and to work with us to promote parishing in other urban areas.

The event also included our Star Councils presentations with Oswestry Town Council winning Council of the Year, Clerk of the Year went to Sue Wilthew from Chippenham Town Council, Cllr Helen Ogden from Westerham Parish is Councillor of the Year and Dorset won county association project of the year; you can read about the other winners and finalists on the NALC website. Also see GAPTC twitter account.

Neighbourhood planning

Following last week's well attended session on neighbourhood planning at the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy NALC used the opportunity of giving evidence to the Public Bill Committee for the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to press the importance of neighbourhood plans being given greater weight in the planning system and for areas with a plan to have a bigger share of the community infrastructure levy. You can read our written evidence to the Bill Committee, NALC's press release following the session or watch the afternoon sessions again which included contributions from RIBA, CPRE and Locality on Parliament TV.

Councillor commission

And finally the Councillor Commission – whose aim is to provide policy makers that take decisions about the structure, function, role and purpose of local government and democracy, with a better understanding of the office of councillor and of the contribution councillors make to their communities – published their interim report this week. You can still get involved by responding to the online survey or submitting written evidence before the Commission finalises its report for publication in the New Year. » Less

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:23 by Alison Robinson