About the parish

The Parish of Georgeham incorporates:

  • The coastal village of Putsborough with its long sandy beach.
  • Croyde which is very popular with surfers year round and its’ famous Devonshire cream teas.
  • The village of Georgeham – once the home of Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter.
  • The little hamlet of North Buckland completes the Parish.

Much of the Parish is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within a Conservation Area. The National Trust are owners of the magnificent Baggy Point headland, to which visitors and locals alike are drawn like a magnet.

There are numerous gift shops, cafes, pubs and accommodation within the Parish providing excellent facilities that cater for everyone. A regular bus service operates through the villages. It’s residents are active and involved in many different organisations.

About the website

The purpose of this website is to provide an online reference point for the latest Parish Council decisions and notices but also to share news about local parish events.

We openly encourage parishioners to use the site and submit their own opinions, topics and events which can be raised at future meetings and/or posted on this site.

If you are involved in local clubs or organisations and would like to share events on the parish website, then you can do so by Emailing your content to: georgehamparishcouncil@gmail.com

Please send in a Word or PDF format and attach any images you’d like with it.
It will be reviewed by a councilor and posted within 7 days subject to approval.

About the parish council

The parish council is a civil local authority and is the lowest, or first tier of local government.

The parish council makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level government closest to the community, with the district council above it in the hierarchy. We are an elected body, have variable powers, and are responsible for areas known as civil parishes.

As it is the authority closest to the people, the parish councils is invariably the first place people should go with concerns or ideas. For this reason we are a vital part of our community.

What decisions do the parish council make?

The parish council makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that the parish council gets involved with are:

  • Planning matters
  • Crime prevention
  • Managing open spaces
  • Campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
  • Protecting the natural environment

It’s fair to say that on our own, the parish council has limited powers to make decisions. But we do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the borough council, district council, county council, health authorities, police and other emergency services.

In this respect the parish council is extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how our community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

What powers do the parish council have?

We have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as

  • Looking after community buildings
  • Open space
  • Allotments
  • Play areas
  • Street lighting
  • Bus shelters
  • Car parks
  • And much more.

The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Want to find out more?

Please attend one of our monthly meetings held on the last Thursday of every month at Georgeham Village Hall from 7pm. We welcome you and look forward to seeing you.

The history of the parish – click here

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