What we do

The Parish Council has a number of powers that it can exercise if it so wishes. Below are some of the activities Bickleigh Parish Council currently monitors for the benefit of the community:

  • A consultee to all planning applications relating to the Parish of Bickleigh, and makes comments as appropriate to the District Council. Recent planning applications can be viewed on the South Hams District Council website.
  • Owns and maintains Roborough Green
  • Provides and maintains bus shelters in Woolwell and Bickleigh
  • Provides and maintains seating and noticeboards in Bickleigh, Roborough and Woolwell
  • The Council are landlords of the Woolwell Centre building.
  • Individual Parish Councillors have representation on Roborough Recreation Hall Committee and The Woolwell Community Centre.
  • Support community groups such as Woolwell in Bloom
  • Provide information and reports from District and County Councillors
  • Provide local information via through our facebook page.

If you are part of a charitable organisation and looking for funding support our policy and grant application can be viewed here.

The role of Local Councils

Local Councils (known in England as parish, town, community, neighbourhood or village Councils) are statutory bodies conisisting of elected members of the community.

Formed by legislation in 1894, there are approximately 9,000 Local Councils in England.    

They are the first tier of local government.


Councils represent their constituents in delivery services and financial supporting local organisations.

In order to carry out the functions of the Council it has certain legal duties and statutory powers.

The Local Government Association has information about Councillors roles https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/guidance-and-resources/councillors-guide-201718/councillors-role

Functions, powers and duties of Local Councils

The Department for Communities and Local Government
published a list of legal duties placed on local authorities.


The Council must appoint: Chairman – The election of the Chairman of a local council by and from amount the other councillors must be the first business of the annual meeting of the Council, Local Government Act 1972, s15
Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) – Under the Local Government Act 1972, s151, a council must appoint a person to be responsible for the administation of its Financial Affairs.

Councils must comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Equality Act 2010 and the Data Protection Act 2018 which updates and replaces the Data Protection Act 1998.

Bickleigh Parish Council’s core documents and policies and procedures can be found here.


A Council must have a Code of Conduct which confirms the obligations of councillors when they are representing the Council. Local Government Act 2011, S 27(2). Bickleigh Parish Council’s Code of Conduct was adopted in July 2012 and reviewed after the elections in May 2019. Bickleigh Parish Council reviewed and resolved to adopt the SHDC model code of conduct during the parish council meeting on 30/04/2020.