A good question! The standard answer is that we are the first tier (local council) of a three tier system of local government, with Forest of Dean District Council, and Gloucestershire County Council (local authorities) being the next two tiers, all elected by people in the area.
Parish and Town Councils were formed by an act of parliament in 1894, to look after the interests of those who live within the parish/town community, with the District and County Councils being responsible for health, police, education, planning, litter, public transport & highways amongst other things.
Parish and Town Councils do however have a wide and varied range of powers in relation to the provision of services and facilities which can and does bring direct benefit to the local community.
What we are not is possibly easier to list.
However, what we do is represent the residents who live within our Parish in matters of local government. Some of these include:
As Lydney continues to grow and prosper, the representational aspect becomes increasingly more important. Decisions taken by the District and County Councils may vitally affect the quality of life within our town, therefore the role of the Town Council is of utmost importance.
Click below to view Lydney Town Council’s Civic and Town Council Events List: