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How does the Council structure work?

The council operates a three tier system of responsibility for the provision of services and support in the local community, with councillors all elected by people in the area. This tiered system of local government consists of county councils, district borough and city councils, and parish, community and town councils. You can find out more about the council structure, services and contact details here.


  • A good question! We are your local council and the first tier of the system. We have a wide and varied range of powers in relation to the provision of services and facilities which bring direct benefit to the local community.


    We represent the residents who live within our Parish in matters of local government. Some of these include:

    • Local Planning (which covers anything from satellite dishes to new developments and roads)
    • Economic development
    • Environmental matters
    • Community projects
    • Leisure and recreation
    • Contact with the District and County Council
    • Complaints
    • Information and advice

    What we are not:

    • We are nothing to do with the church, who are governed by Parochial Councils (PCC)
    • We are not politically affiliated
    • We are not “residents” associations or “lobby” groups
    • Town councillors are not paid


    As Tetbury continues to grow and prosper, the representational aspect becomes increasingly more important. Decisions taken by the District and County Councils may vitally effect the quality of life within our town, therefore the role of the Town Council is of utmost importance.

    In a continued effort to ensure services are retained locally, Tetbury Town Council’s has attained ‘Quality Status’ which will bring with it even greater responsibilities and possibly divulged powers from both District and County Council, thereby ensuring Tetbury Town Council may continue to serve the Community on a local level to the best of its ability.

    Click here for information on The Local Council Award Scheme.
    Click here to download our ‘Good Councillors Guide’.
    For more information about the council structure, services and contact details see The Three Tiers of Local Government.


  • Tier 1: County Councils

    County councils are responsible for services across the whole of a county, which include:

    Education
    Public transport
    Planning
    Fire and public safety
    Social care
    Libraries
    Waste management
    Trading standards
    Health
    Police
    Highways


    Your local authority is Gloucestershire County Council and you can contact them on

    01452 425000

    Tier 2: District, borough and city councils

    District, borough and city councils cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services including:

    Rubbish collections
    Recycling
    Council Tax collections
    Housing
    Planning & Building
    Licensing
    Housing benefits
    Car Parks
    Environmental health


    Your local authority is Cotswold District Council and you can contact them on

    01285 623000

    Tier 3: Parish, community and town councils

    Parish, community and town councils were formed by an act of parliament in 1894, to look after the interests of those who live within the parish or town community. They.operate at a level below district and borough councils and are in some cases, unitary authorities. Members are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like providing:

    Allotments
    Public clocks
    Bus shelters
    Community centres
    Play areas and play equipment
    Grants to help local organisations
    Consultation on neighbourhood planning


    If you have any queries, questions or you’re looking to get involved, you can contact Tetbury Town Council on

    01666 504670

What does your Town Council do all year?

A good question! We are your local council and the first tier of the system. We have a wide and varied range of powers in relation to the provision of services and facilities which bring direct benefit to the local community.


We represent the residents who live within our Parish in matters of local government. Some of these include:

• Local Planning (which covers anything from satellite dishes to new developments and roads)
• Economic development
• Environmental matters
• Community projects
• Leisure and recreation
• Contact with the District and County Council
• Complaints
• Information and advice

What we are not:

• We are nothing to do with the church, who are governed by Parochial Councils (PCC)
• We are not politically affiliated
• We are not “residents” associations or “lobby” groups
• Town councillors are not paid


As Tetbury continues to grow and prosper, the representational aspect becomes increasingly more important. Decisions taken by the District and County Councils may vitally effect the quality of life within our town, therefore the role of the Town Council is of utmost importance.

In a continued effort to ensure services are retained locally, Tetbury Town Council’s has attained ‘Quality Status’ which will bring with it even greater responsibilities and possibly divulged powers from both District and County Council, thereby ensuring Tetbury Town Council may continue to serve the Community on a local level to the best of its ability.

Click here for information on The Local Council Award Scheme.
Click here to download our ‘Good Councillors Guide’.

The Three Tiers of Local Government:

Tier 1: County Councils

County councils are responsible for services across the whole of a county, which include:

• education
• transport
• planning
• fire and public safety
• social care
• libraries
• waste management
• trading standards


Your local authority is Gloucestershire County Council and you can contact them on

01452 425000


Tier 2: District, borough and city councils

District, borough and city councils cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services including:

• rubbish collection
• recycling
• Council Tax collections
• housing
• planning applications
• public transport
• highways
• education
• health
• police


Your local authority is Cotswold District Council and you can contact them on

01285 623000


Tier 3: Parish, community and town councils

Parish, community and town councils were formed by an act of parliament in 1894, to look after the interests of those who live within the parish or town community. They.operate at a level below district and borough councils and are in some cases, unitary authorities. Members are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like providing:

• allotments
• public clocks
• bus shelters
• community centres
• play areas and play equipment
• grants to help local organisations
• consultation on neighbourhood planning


If you have any queries, questions or you’re looking to get involved, you can contact Tetbury Town Council on

01666 504670