About Us


Responsibilities of Parish Councils:

The Parish Council of St Osyth is a legal entity which operates at a level below Tendring District Council and Essex County Council each of which has different responsibilities.

Parish Councils are elected bodies which help on a number of local issues, like:

  • consultation on neighbourhood planning
  • consultation on highways and local health and safety issues
  • allotments
  • almshouses
  • public clocks, war memorials, signage, floral displays
  • planters, litter bins and recycling
  • bus stops and bus shelters
  • village halls
  • parking
  • trees
  • footpaths
  • community centres and sports centres
  • play areas and play equipment
  • open spaces
  • grants to help local organisations
  • cemeteries
  • supporting community activities
  • crime statistics
  • community speed watch

Parish Councils also hav the power to issue fixed penalty fines for things like:

  • litter
  • graffiti
  • fly posting
  • dog offences

Parish Councils also cooperate with and communicate with District Councils, County Councils and the Police.

The Parish Council also reviews all planning applications within the parish boundaries.Though final decisions lie with the District Council, the views of the Parish Council are taken into account.

The Parish Council has a small annual budget which is overseen by an independent finance officer.

The St Osyth Parish Council currently has the following committees, working parties and representatives who report regularly to the full Parish Council:

  • Highways Working Group
  • Blooms in St Osyth
  • Martins Farm Park
  • Playground, Youth and Open Spaces
  • Tree Warden
  • Planters and Bins
  • Community Speed Watch
  • Footpaths
  • Almshouses
  • Playing Field Charity
  • Point Clear Community Association
  • Village Hall
  • Bradwell Power Station
  • Cemetery Committee
  • Essex Police
  • Essex County Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Tendring District Association of Local Councils

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council Meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of the month and there is an Annual General Meeting in April. These meetings are open to the public but if you wish to speak at the meetings, you need to contact the Clerk to the Parish Council before attending (contact details below).

St Osyth Parish Council can be contacted at:
Clerk to the Parish Council
St Osyth Parish Council
The Village Hall
Clacton Road
St Osyth
CO16 8PE
Tel: 01255 821447
Email: clerk@stosyth.gov.uk

If you e-mail us you can do so with the above address but you must either register first, by clicking on the top bar at ‘My Village’ and log in, or give us an e-mail address in your message, for a reply when you write. If you do not do this your message will say from ‘anonymous’ and give us no reply address!

District Councils

These cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services like:

  • rubbish collection
  • recycling
  • Council Tax collections
  • housing
  • planning applications
  • public toilets
  • car parking
County Councils

These are responsible for services across the whole of a county, like:

  • education
  • transport
  • highways
  • street lighting
  • road signs
  • planning
  • fire and public safety
  • social care
  • libraries
  • waste management
  • trading standards



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