Stoke Gifford Parish is located in the north of Bristol and to the west of the M32 and south of the M4 motorway. The parish's 1717 acres comprises Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Harry Stoke, UWE, Stoke Park and the Cheswick housing development. There are twelve elected councillors who were duly elected in May 2019 to serve over 15,500 residents for a term of 4 years. The Parish office is located at the Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, BS34 6HR.
About Local Councils
A local council is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). There are 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of the country parished and 100,000 councillors who serve in these local councils, with over £1b being invested into these communities every year.
Local councils work towards improving community well-being and providing better services. Their activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.
Through an extensive range of discretionary powers local councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects.