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
• street cleaning and lighting
• tourism activities
• traffic calming measures
• youth projects
Change to “Can you spare some time to help us keep working for Portishead? We’re always looking for more volunteers to deliver leaflets for us at election time, or maybe you’d be happy for us to put one of our campaign boards up in your front garden. Even if you can only do a little bit, we’d love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com to get involved.”.
Change “Do you fancy becoming a Town or District councillor yourself, either now or in the future?” to “Do you fancy becoming a Town or District councillor yourself in the future?”