Town Council Powers and Responsibilities

The Portishead Town Council (PTC) is a statutory body and is the first tier of local government in Portishead. Above it sits the unitary authority of North Somerset Council. England.

It is elected and raises a ‘precept’ – a form of council tax – from the local community. It activities fall into three main categories:

  • representing the local community;

  • delivering services to meet local needs; and

  • striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.

Town Councils have an extensive range of discretionary powers. They can provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including:

  • bridleways, footpaths, commons and open spaces

  • litter bins, public toilets and burial grounds

  • bus shelters, car parks and community transport schemes

  • community safety and crime reduction measures

  • events and festivals

  • leisure and sports facilities

  • planning

  • allotments

  • street cleaning and lighting

  • tourism activities

  • traffic calming measures

  • youth projects

 Does it use its powers to improve the quality of life in the local area?