What We Do - Our Responsibilities

Bude-Stratton Town Council was created following local government reform in the early 1970’s when district councils were created.

The forerunner of the Town Council, which covered the same area, was Bude Urban District Council. Before 1974 local government was provided in two tiers – the County Council and the Urban District Council (or, in more rural areas, Rural District Councils). Post 1974 local government was administered at three levels; County, District and Town/Parish. North Cornwall District Council and Cornwall County Council ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 and the services that they provide are now under the control of Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council provides the following services:-

  • Transportation and Estates
  • Libraries
  • Fire Brigade
  • Trading Standards
  • Public Footpaths
  • Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Local planning
  • Housing
  • Council tax
  • Electoral Services
  • Economic Development and Regeneration
  • Refuse Collection
  • Environmental Health

Bude-Stratton Town Council owns, manages and leases out the following properties on behalf of the local electors:


  • The Castle – which houses the heritage centre and the Willoughby Gallery
  • The Castle Grounds
  • The Parkhouse Centre which houses the town council offices and comprises 5 letting rooms and the Ivor Potter Hall, which seats over 300 people


  • The Castle Tearooms
  • Ice Cream Kiosk
  • three craft units in The Old Forge building on the Lower Wharf
  • Summerleaze Downs, including the second cricket pitch and the pitch and putt
  • The Triangle
  • Poughill Churchyard and cemetery
  • Bencoolen Play area
  • Poughill Play area
  • Shalder Hill, including the War memorial and the Meteorological Station
  • Helebridge Barge Workshop
  • Maer Gardens
  • Stamford Hill Battlefield site which comprises a total of 30 acres of land


The Town Council also provides the decorative lighting along The Strand and in the Triangle; most of the flower planting around the town and at Rattenbury Gardens in Stratton; it supplies and maintains the hanging baskets in the town – a total of over 160; it maintains miles of rural public footpaths in Bude, Stratton and Poughill on behalf of Cornwall Council