Town Council Powers and Responsibilities

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
• planning
• allotments
• street cleaning and lighting
• tourism activities
• traffic calming measures
• youth projects

How To Support Us

We don’t have a big budget to spend on these elections like the Westminster parties do, but we do have some costs to cover, like printing leaflets, making election boards and advertising.
If you can support us with any sort of donation we’d be extremely grateful. Click here to see our crowdfunding page.


Can you spare some time to help us keep working for Portishead? We’re looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets for us during March and April, 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 to get involved.

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Become A Councillor

Do you care about the future of Portishead like we do? Do you fancy becoming a Town or District councillor yourself, either now or in the future? If so, we’d love to hear from you. We can tell you a bit more about what’s involved and answer any questions you might have. Please email to find out more.


You should receive a polling card before election day telling you where your allocated polling station is if you’re voting in person, but here’s a list of all Portishead polling stations:

Sports Hall, Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

Portishead Library, Horatio House, 24 Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7AL

North Weston Village Hall, Clevedon Road, North Weston, BS20 6TB Main Hall, The Folk Hall, High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PR

Redcliffe Bay Hall, Newhaven Road, Portishead, BS20 8LH Avon Way Hall, Avon Way, Portishead, BS20 6LT

Not sure which ward you’re in? Take a look at the map below.

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm on 4th March.

Don’t forget that you need to take photo ID with you now when voting in person. See the left hand side of this page (bottom of the page on mobile devices) for further information about this, and to find out about postal votes, proxy votes and how to register to vote. Please make sure your friends and family are aware of this too.