Down Ampney Parish Council


There are 7 Councillors looking after the interests of the village, all working closely with residents and local groups. The village Council, the first tier of government and the one closest to local people, provides a democratic voice for its community. 

Its responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Village Council budget on a day-to-day basis to ensure 'best value' and to meet the requirements of  the various regulatory bodies
  • Providing information on matters that affect the local community
  • Communicating with residents via noticeboards, The DA News &  Council website
  • Maintaining the recreation grounds and open spaces, cemetery at All Saints Church
  • Maintaining the free car park at the village hub
  • Providing and maintaining children's play areas and equipment
  • Considering planning applications and assessing their impact on the local area and community
  • Reviewing major development plans
  • Making recommendations on traffic issues affecting the village

Where services are provided by other agencies, it tries to make sure that they are delivered effectively by working in partnership with Gloucestershire Council, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Fire Authorities.

Council Responsibilities

DA Parish Council manages a number of services including a  recreation ground, a play area  and other open public spaces where it ensures that the sites are safe and clean and tidy. It is involved with local issues such as traffic improvement schemes, protecting the local environment and awards grants for local projects that meet certain criteria.

Where services are provided by other agencies, it tries to make sure that they are delivered effectively by working in partnership with Gloucestershire Council, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Fire Authorities. 

Each year the council calculates how much money it needs to provide its services and planned projects.  This money, known as the precept, is collected from the residents of DA via Gloucestershire Council through what is collectively known as the council tax.

Further information on the precept can be found here

The Full Town Council deals with statutory business, policies, administration, grants and donations,  regularly monitoring  income and expenditure. It considers recommendations from committees and civic bodies. The Council meets once every two months on the first Tuesday in the month commencing in January each year.

In addition it has the following functions;

  • Planning application review and recommendations
  • Overseeing highway conditions and reporting to GCC.
  • Footpath and tree conditions
  • Health and safety
  • Preparation and distribution of minutes and fiscal information
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