from Chris Inchley, Chair of Shepton Mallet Town Council
Shepton Mallet Town Council
Shepton Mallet Town Council is the local authority for the town of Shepton Mallet. It is the third tier of local government after Somerset County Council and Mendip District Council. The Town Council has 16 councillors who are elected every 4 years. The current Members will serve until May 2023 and are elected across 2 wards; East and West.
The Council year runs from May to April and it is at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council in May that the Chairman of the Council is elected for the year. The meeting also elects Members to its committees and carried out administrative ‘housekeeping’.
The Town Council works closely with the principle authorities of Mendip District Council and Somerset County Council to improve and maintain streets, recreation areas and open spaces. It is the sole custodian and managing trustee for the Market Cross Charity, the Cenotaph Charity and Collett Park Charity. The Council manages 3 allotment sites and supports local groups through grant funding. This grass roots level of government gives a voice to local people.
Shepton Mallet Town Council meets the criteria required to use the General Power of Competence, as granted by the Localism Act 2011. This power permits the Council to do anything an individual can do, unless prohibited by law (and subject to public law principles).
Each year, around November, the Town Council calculates how much money it will need to provide services for the following year and agrees the precept. This sum is levied on Mendip District Council and is collected by them as a proportion of the total council tax paid by households in Shepton Mallet. In the financial year 2019/20 the precept is £452,765.
Shepton Mallet Town Council is insured with RSA, carrying Public Liability and Employers Liability insurance.