Responsibilities (who does what)


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 here.


Essex County Council

County Hall, Chelmsford
Tel: 0345 7430430


• Most schools
• Special education
• Nursery, Adult and Community
• Youth service


• Strategic planning
• Mineral and waste planning
• Highway development control
• Historic buildings


Economic Development and Enterprise

Personal Social Services
Securing provision for the elderly, children and those with disabilities


• Public transport
• Highways and footpaths
• Street lighting
• Traffic management
• On and off-street car parking enforcement

Emergency Planning

Heritage and Culture 

Recreation and Art
• Parks and open spaces
• Museums and galleries
• Encouraging tourism
• Libraries


Births, Marriages & Deaths

Consumer and public protection

• Trading standards
• Public analysis

Environmental Services
Refuse disposal by the provision of Civic Amenity sites

Epping Forest District Council

Civic Offices, High Street, Epping
Tel: 01992 56400


• Letting and re-letting council accommodation
• Management and maintenance of housing stock,
  policy and co-ordination
• Homelessness
• Sheltered accommodation

Housing Benefits

Community Safety


• Local plans
• Planning applications
• Historic buildings and conservation areas
• Tree Preservation Orders


• Footpaths (cleaning)
• Bus passes

Economic Development

Electoral Registration and Administration

Environmental Services

• Refuse collection
• Street cleansing
• Clean air and pollution control
• Building regulations
• Environmental Health
(includes food safety and pest control)
• Health and safety
• Public conveniences
• Street naming and numbering

Recreation and Art

• Parks and open spaces
• Swimming pools
• Sports centres & facilities
• Support for the arts and culture
• Museums
• Encouraging tourism

Emergency Planning

Council Tax and Uniform Business Rate collection

Licences including

• Premises and Alcohol
• Street collections

Open Spaces
Cerizay Boules pitch – (from existing website)
Jubilee Nature Reserve – High Street (southern end) – (from existing website

Planning and Licensing

• Commenting on local and strategic plans
• Commenting on planning and licensing
  applications and Tree Preservation Order

Street lighting – approximately 100 street lights in the area

Notice Boards – Fyfield Road, Greensted Road, High Street (southern end), Love Lane, Pleasance car park, Bansons Lane car park, St Peter’s Avenue