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How The Town Council Works

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The Town Council has 15 Town Councillors elected for a term of four years. The last full Town Council elections were held in May 2019. The Town Councillors are split into three wards: Bradley Stoke, North (six Councillors), Bradley Stoke, South (seven Councillors) and Bradley Stoke, Stoke Brook (two Councillors). There are also four elected Councillors to South Gloucestershire Council who represent Bradley Stoke's interests at this level. The South Gloucestershire Councillors are split into two wards: Bradley Stoke, North (two Councillors) and Bradley Stoke, South (two Councillors) .

The Civic Year runs from May to April with the election of the Chair/Mayor and the Deputy taking place at the Annual Statutory Meeting in May. These roles are filled by councillors who have been nominated and voted for by their councillor colleagues. The Town Councillors are unpaid, and do not receive any attendance allowance or payments for their duties, which they undertake on a purely voluntary basis. The Mayor has available a small pool of money which can be used for Civic purposes.

What is a Parish or Town Council?

A full explanation of what a Parish or Town Council actually is, can be found in the following document: Guide To Parish & Town Councils (187KB PDF)

Bradley Stoke Town Council Structure

Full Council

The Town Council meets approximately 6 times a year and has three main committees and ad hoc sub committees that meet as required (eg Health & Safety). These committees make decisions under their remitted powers or make recommendations for ratification by full Council.


Subject matters are brought before Council by means of the Agenda, which is issued a minimum of three clear days before a meeting of the council (excluding the days of issue and meeting, Sundays, the days of Christmas, Easter and Bank Holiday breaks and days appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) and is posted on this website and available for collection from the Town Council office. All meeting dates and times are also publicised on the BSTC public noticeboards throughout the town.