DOES THE PARISH COUNCIL DO?|
In common with
most Parish Councils, Overseal Parish Council was created in 1895 and has been operating ever since. Councillors are elected
every four years in May and the next elections are due in 2015. The Councillors are unpaid, enthusiastic local residents who
attempt to create some community cohesion in an expanding village. Newcomers are made welcome while attempting to retain traditions
of the past and encouraging visitors and the development of tourism as a means of enhancing the local economy.
Parish Councils have few legal duties, but have many powers which they may use
for the benefit of their area. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Village Hall and there
is a public question and answer session at the beginning of each meeting. Councillors representing Overseal on the District
and County Councils attend most meetings to offer their help and advice and to take back matters for consideration by their
Councils. The Council’s formal business is done through the Clerk.
The Council is consulted on all planning applications for development within the
Parish and also presses District and County Councils, Government bodies and others for improvements to public services, whether
it be potholes needing repair, problems with bus services or opinions about the Regional Plan.
The Parish Council directly helps to keep public rights of way free
from obstructions under a partnership arrangement with Derbyshire County Council and collects litter from central parts of
the village in a partnership arrangement with South Derbyshire District Council.