Parish Councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act of 1894 to take over local supervision of civic duties in rural towns and villages, and are the first line of local government. The elected Parish Council represents the voice of the community. Its role is to identify the needs of local residents and set priorities in the form of Parish Plans.
Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council (SAPC) liaises with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the implementation of initiatives and acts as a support for local residents on issues relating to all aspects of community life. Parish Councillors are unpaid community spirited individuals, prepared to give their time to improving the environment for local residents.
The SAPC, as custodian of several Parish assets, is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of Victory Field, Tom Green’s Field, the Parish Cemetery, the Cheapside Allotments, Blythewood Nature Reserve and Cheapside play park. In addition, it also maintains a variety of public green spaces and the South Ascot Recreation Ground.
The role remains as challenging today as in 1894 and is about balancing:
- the budget in terms of Parish requirements
- the wishes of individuals against those of the wider community
- the preservation of the local character against inevitable development
- the recreational needs of all age groups within the Parish.
Value for money and quality of service are SAPC’s goals, and it will continue to strive to achieve them – either on its own, or with the help of local community groups.
A copy of the register of the Councillors’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests is available for inspection at the Parish Council Office: Disclosure form noting interests – May 2019
All Parish Council policies, procedures, fees and charges are also available for inspection at the Parish Council Office.