Council Activities and Responsibilities
The activities and responsibilities of the Town Council have grown steadily over the years, and most of its work is overseen by various Committees appointed by the Council. The powers and duties of these Committees are set out below:
Buildings and Civic Matters
Management of recreational and leisure facilities including two community halls. The Committee also oversees a variety of community safety initiatives, traffic regulation, traffic calming and the management, repair and maintenance of public toilets and The Town House.
Grounds and General Maintenance
Management of most of the open spaces and play areas in the Town and the management of over 300 allotment plots on a number of sites owned by the Town Council. The Committee also keeps a watching brief over the Sunningdale Doorstep Green and Yeovil Cemetery, of which the Town Council is principal owner.
The Town Council is a consultee on all planning applications within the Town area and this Committee considers each one and makes recommendations to the District Council as the Local Planning Authority.
Policy, Resources and Finance
Dealing with matters concerning policy, resources and general finance decisions on behalf of the Town Council. Determines applications for grants from local groups and organisations, oversees personnel issues and generally advises the Town Council on corporate matters.
Promotions and Activities
Overseeing the delivery of a variety of related activities, initiatives and events directly and in partnership with other stakeholders in the Town, including Yeovil in Bloom, Super Saturday/Annual Flower and Gardeners' Market, the Yeovil Town Centre Partnership, the Town Centre Streetscene, and the Christmas lights display. The Committee also has responsibility for the publication of the Town Guide and other promotional literature, customised souvenirs, and the Town Crier.