About Old Cleeve Parish Council

Old Cleeve Parish Council consists of three wards – Old Cleeve, Washford and Roadwater. Each ward has its own elected Parish Councillors and these number 4 for Old Cleeve, 6 for Washford and 5 for Roadwater, giving a total of 15 councillors for the whole Parish.

Your Parish Council is a civil local authority which is the first or lowest tier of local government and should be your first point of contact concerning a community issue. It is the level of government closest to the community, below Somerset Council.

Old Cleeve Parish Council is an elected corporate body of non-paid volunteers, plus a paid Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer and is a vital part of your community.

A Message from your Chairman

Old Cleeve Parish Council aims to be a strong voice for residents and local businesses and works to improve our overall area both built and natural, while preserving the uniqueness of heritage areas. One aspect of our work is our consideration of planning applications within our Parish, making sure our responses and recommendations made to the District Council adhere to the local plan, any statutory regulations, and the interests of the community.

OCPC provides and maintains a variety of local services. These include the Washford recreation ground together with its play equipment and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), the War Memorial at Dragon Cross, our bus shelters, plus various grass areas that are cut throughout the Parish.

We support local business and economic activity in the Parish – for example the local village shop in Roadwater that was saved from closure and is now being run by the community.

We also support the work of local voluntary organisations through grants and practical support. In addition we help with a financial contribution towards the running costs of the public toilets within our Parish at Blue Anchor, which is run by a community interest company.

Our Parish council meetings are open to members of the public and we welcome and encourage residents to attend and participate. This web site is one of our many efforts to keep everyone informed of the business of Old Cleeve Parish Council.

One of the ‘softer’ roles of a Parish Council is to endeavour to connect people with their community. People can make a positive difference to their own localities. We believe that caring for our everyday surroundings, our neighbours and attaching ourselves to the place in which we live, is essential to our identity and can empower our communities to express themselves and take action in resourceful, imaginative and inclusive ways.

With good communication we will always aim to help improve our Parish for the benefit of our communities.

A map of Old Cleeve Parish in 1938