Parish and town councils are local authorities and have limited duties but quite wide powers, should they decide to use them. They often cover things like allotments, bus shelters, village halls, children's playgrounds, parks, seats, signs, notice boards and have a significant input to planning.
Town and Parish councils also have an important role to play in the planning process in their areas. They are statutory consultees for individual planning applications and can input responses to the Local Plan, Structure Plan and Regional Planning Guidance
The Devon Association of Local Councils seeks to uphold the interests of this diverse group and seeks to put forward the views of the tier of local government closest to the people and their communities in general. Their website contains a wealth of local parish related information including parish council contacts.
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