Following a request from the West Hill parish council campaign it was resolved that the district council conduct a consultation (Community Governance Review) of all households and interested parties in the area inviting initial submissions and views on the draft proposals for a new parish council for West Hill.
Parish councils are the most local tier of government in England and have two main roles: community representation and local administration. Parish councils are run by at least five democratically elected members. Government guidance states that a parish should reflect a distinctive and recognisable community, with its own sense of identity. Parish councils have the right to levy money from local residents as part of their council tax bill. This money is spent by the parish council in their parish area.
West Hill is currently part of Ottery St Mary town council.
First period of consultation
A first period of consultation will start on 12 October 2015 and will conclude on 12 January 2016. A second period of consultation will run between March and June 2016. The Review will be conducted within 12 months.