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Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council

Village Green

The Village Green is owned by the Parish Council and is one of the village’s main assets.  We are therefore responsible for the maintenance of the grass and all trees on the Green, and engage outside contractors to cut the grass fortnightly between April to October, to re-turf any damaged areas of the Green as necessary and to carry out maintenance works on the trees.

Village Green Bookings

The Village Green is available for hire by local organisations wishing to use the Green for funding raising or other purposes but excluding commercial activities.  Applications from organisations based outside the village may be considered on an individual basis and subject to specific agreement by the Parish Council.   All applications to use the Green must be submitted to the Parish Council after 1st September for the following year, using the application form attached below.  Applicants may view a copy of the current policy on use of the Green by clicking on the relevant link below.  This policy is revised annually and all applicants are therefore asked to refer to the latest policy before submitting their applications.

We would remind local organisations that the first consideration of applications will be made at the Council meeting on 1st Wednesday in February each year.  Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible after the 1st September start date.

Local groups who have still not yet applied to use the Green are invited to check availability on the schedule below and submit an application, as these will now be considered as they are received.

Use the attachments below to download a copy of the application form for the use of the village green and to view a copy of the rules regarding the use and hire of the village green in 2017, which were recently amended to allow the use of 3 gazebos per application based on feedback from hirers.

Bye-Laws

In 1966 the Parish Council established the existing set of bye-laws which set out various local laws that help to administer several parcels of land in the ownership of the Parish Council, of which the Village Green is one. 

In response to various incidents and comments received in recent years relating to use of the Village Green and the inability of existing bye-laws to effectively regulate unauthorised activities on the Green, the Parish Council is revising the outdated bye-laws to make these relevant to modern society and more enforceable.

The original and revised bye-laws are attached below, together with a mandatory statement which sets out the background to the current proposal.

Residents are being consulted on the proposed new bye-laws which are based on a template provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.  The new bye-laws will be submitted to the Ministry following a period of consultation, seeking its approval and ratification.

Residents who wish to comment on the revised laws (either in support or objecting) are asked to submit comments in writing to the Parish Council by e-mail or post before 4th April 2018.

Click this link to download a copy of the full bye-laws.

Youth Band Concert - May 2018

We were delighted to welcome the Youth Band from Miesbach in Bavaria who were invited to play on the Green during the May Bank Holiday weekend during their tour of the Cotswolds.