Knowlton Parish Council

Knowlton Parish Council is an elected body in the first tier of local Government.  Local councils have the legal power to take action but have a limited number of duties.

Knowlton Parish Council plays a vital role in representing the interests of the community it serves and improving the quality of life and local environment. It can influence decision makers and deliver services to meet local needs.

The Government is encouraging local councils to deliver more services and play a greater part in their communities.

Town and Parish Councils are funded solely through Council Tax ('The Precept') and from income from any services they provide. They do not receive any direct Government funding or business rates.

They are run by councillors elected by the electors of the area. Elections are held every four years. If not enough people stand for election, the council may co-opt people to fill any vacancies. They may also co-opt people to fill vacancies which occur between elections.

Parish Councils appoint a Clerk (paid but often part time) to advise them, to carry out and record the council's decisions and to act as the 'Proper Officer'. Councils have to meet at least four times a year, including the Annual General Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting, where they can be questioned by local electors. Their meetings must admit the public although for certain restricted items they may exclude them.

Our Responsibilities

The principal responsibilities of Parish Councils include: Planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, community centers, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters and rights of way.

What we do:

In the past year (1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020):
  • We raised a precept of £19,000 or £28.96 per household.
  • We have examined about 50 planning applications and passed on our comments to East Dorset District Council.
  • We have organised volunteers for litter collection in part of our area (mostly in and on the approaches to our villages.
  • We have paid for new goal posts for Woodlands Village Green (which we rent from the Shaftesbury Estate) and also for new wooden dragons teeth around the edge of the green.
  • We have made a substantial payment to assist in the repair of the pump house in Horton.
  • We have also made payments to assist in the regular maintenance of the church yards and burial grounds and to some of the Village Halls in our Parish.
  • We pay for grass cutting (Woodlands) and for street lighting (Wimborne St Giles).
  • With the assistance of Dorset County Council, we have organised the refurbishment of the 'Triangle' in Wimborne St Giles.