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Old Marston Parish Council

About Us

Find out more about Old Marston Parish Council by following one of the links below:


Contact us

Find out how contact us regarding any enquiry relating to the work of the Parish Council


Parish Councillors

Find out more about each parish councillor, including their roles and responsibilities, their backgrounds, how to contact them and their declaration of interests


Committees

There are a number of committees which cover a wide range of responsibilities and help with the increasing responsibilities of the council. Find out more about what they do and who serves on them.


Responsibilities

The areas of responsibilities that a parish council can and may cover. These are general and are undergoing review from time to time.


Allotments

The Parish Council owns the allotments in Mill Lane and the City Council owns the allotments in Court Place Farm. Find out more about each and how to contact them.


Cemetery

The Parish Council owns and manages the cemetery in Elsfield Road and the attached green area. Find out more about getting in touch and the terms and conditions.


Pavilion

The pavilion in Boults Lane Recreational Ground is owned by the Parish Council and jointly managed by they Parish Council and Marston Saints Football Club but is available to other groups in the community. Find out more about availability and getting in touch.


Recreational Grounds

The Parish Council owns the recreational ground in Boults Lane and is sole trustee and manager of the recreational ground by Mortimer Hall and the Orchard Triangle near St Nicholas Primary School and the cycle track. Find out more here.





The Parish Council - Origins and functions

Over the centuries, poor relief passed from the monasteries to the church vestries and in combined parishes to the Boards of Guardians. Vestries were given power to provide lighting and charge a rate on the householders, another charge was permitted for highway work within the parish, in addition to the poor rate. This was the beginnings of local government as we know it. Boroughs were historically self governing, the whole country was parished and counties well established.


The demand for services, and the organisation of them, resulted in groups of parishes being joined into Rural District Councils. As a result of the apportionment of services to those councils the parishes were left with no mandatory functions but parish government was formalised in 1894 in two ways. Parishes with elected councils were created; where councils were not elected the district council could appoint one. The very small parishes, like Thomley in Oxfordshire that consisted of one farm and a few cottages, were given parish meeting status where all the electors took on the role of a council.


Parish Councils have no duties - only opportunities. The demand for allotments must however be met where possible. There are a variety of ways in which a Parish Council may utilise its assets. Old Marston's assets are the burial ground, recreation grounds and allotments.


The precept is an annual demand made by the Parish Council on the City Council requiring it to add to the council tax, for the parish, the amount required. The precept to fund each year's outgoings is determined at the January Parish Council meetings (by Roy Garner    Former Parish Clerk)