Calstock Parish Council is a statutory body and is the first tier of Local Government. The Council has some responsibilities for local footpaths, local playing fields, local burial grounds, bus shelters, Parish lands, and allotments. The Council has separate Committees to which it delegates various functions.
It raises money for its activities through a local tax (the “precept”) paid by the residents within the Parish.
Calstock has eighteen unpaid Parish Councillors who represent five wards within Calstock Parish, Calstock, Chilsworthy, Delaware, Gunnislake and Harrowbarrow.
To assist in its work the Council in 2005 developed a Parish Plan which is currently being reviewed. The Council also makes small grants to assist local projects, application forms are available for both capital and revenue.
The Council employs a Parish Clerk who is its principal executive and adviser and is also responsible for maintaining financial processes and records. A Deputy Clerk is also employed to offer support to the Clerk and co-ordinate the work of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Three maintenance men are employed on a part-time basis. They carry out grass cutting, strimming, and general maintenance duties in the cemeteries, recreation grounds and other areas for which the council has responsibility. They inspect the play equipment, life-saving equipment and the various defibrillators as well as cleaning and looking after the public toilets; bus-shelters and treating invasive species of plant on Parish Council owned sites. Although owned by Cornwall Council, the workmen work with the Calstock Footpath Society to ensure footpaths remain passable. The Council uses contractors to cut the larger grassed areas on sports pitches and playing fields.