Tetbury Town Council provides a high quality, professional service which we are proud to say is accountable, proactive, responsive, inclusive and transparent.

Tetbury Town Council operates a three tier system of responsibility for the provision of services and support in the local community, with councillors all elected by people in the area. This tiered system of local government consists of county councils, district borough and city councils, and parish, community and town councils. You can find out more about the council structure, services and contact details here.

What is your Town Council responsible for?

What does your Town Council do?

A good question! We are your local council and the first tier of the system. We have a wide and varied range of powers in relation to the provision of services and facilities which bring direct benefit to the local community.

We represent the residents who live within our Town in matters of local government

These include:

  • Local Planning (which covers anything from satellite dishes to new developments and roads)

  • Economic development

  • Environmental matters

  • Community projects

  • Leisure and recreation

  • Contact with the District and County Council

  • Complaints

  • Information and advice

These don't include:

  • We are nothing to do with the church, who are governed by Parochial Councils (PCC)

  • We are not politically affiliated

  • We are not “residents” associations or “lobby” groups

  • Town councillors are not paid

As Tetbury continues to grow and prosper, the representational aspect becomes increasingly more important. Decisions taken by the District and County Councils may vitally effect the quality of life within our town, therefore the role of the Town Council is of utmost importance.

In a continued effort to ensure services are retained locally, Tetbury Town Council has attained ‘Quality Status’ which will bring with it even greater responsibilities and possibly divulged powers from both District and County Council, thereby ensuring Tetbury Town Council may continue to serve the Community on a local level to the best of its ability.

The Three Tiers of Local Government

Tier 1


County councils are responsible for services across the whole of a county, which include:

Public transport
Fire and public safety
Social care
Waste management
Trading standards

Your local authority is Gloucestershire County Council and you can contact them on:

01452 425000

Tier 2


District, borough and city councils cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services including:

Rubbish collections
Council Tax collections
Planning & Building
Housing benefits
Car Parks
Environmental health

Your local authority is Cotswold District Council and you can contact them on:

01285 623000

Tier 3


Parish, community and town councils were formed by an act of parliament in 1894, to look after the interests of those who live within the parish or town community. They. operate at a level below district and borough councils and are in some cases, unitary authorities. Members are elected and can help on a number of local issues, like providing:

Public clocks
Bus shelters
Community centres
Play areas and play equipment
Grants to help local organisations
Consultation on neighbourhood planning

If you have any queries, questions or you’re looking to get involved, you can contact Tetbury Town Council on:

01666 504670