Functions and Responsibilities
The duties of the Town Council - the functions which it must carry out - are limited but its powers - the areas where it has discretion to act if it chooses - are wide.
As well as taking direct action in a number of areas, the Council responds to many consultation papers from numerous other organisations and also lobbies other bodies on matters of importance to local residents and businesses. In addition, councillors are appointed to represent the Council on many other local groups, schools, etc.
Ongar Town Council was formed in 2006 and replaced the former Ongar Parish Council which had, in 1966, united the former parishes of Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Shelley together with the Marden Ash ward of High Ongar Parish Council.
The Town Council consists of four wards and is served by 15 elected and co-opted councillors.
Ongar Town Council is one of the larger local councils in the Epping Forest District Council area serving a population of over 7,500.
The Council currently operates from its premises at Bansons, Bansons Way.
More details of the Council's responsibilities may be viewed below.