Alcester is most famous for its Roman Heritage, and is a town with buildings dating back to early Tudor times with the oldest inhabited house in Warwickshire. It was originally built and is still where the River Alne meets the River Arrow, and at the cross roads of two important Roman routes; Ryknield Street from Cirencester, north to Tamworth, and the Salt Way from Droitwich east through Stratford upon Avon.
The area governed by the Town Council is separated into three wards; Alcester, Oversley and Oversley Green. Alcester, the biggest ward, is situated to the west of the River Arrow and includes Alcester town centre, Kings Coughton and Alcester Heath. Oversley Ward is to the east of the River Arrow and is separated from Oversley Green by the River Alne, which meets the River Arrow at Oversley Bridge.
Alcester Town Council has the most inhabitants of any Parish or Town Council outside Stratford, in the Stratford District of Warwickshire. The Council has sixteen councillors and every year elects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who act as the Chairman and Deputy.
The Council operates not only with monthly Council Meetings, but also with five committees; Planning, Community, Recreation & Open Spaces, its executive Presidium, which is made up from the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairmen from the other four committees, and a Scrutiny Committee.
The Council runs the following facilities for the town:
- The recreation fields and Pavilion on Conway and Westbury Park
- Three allotment sites
- Two cemetery sites
- Four play areas
It has also provided, looks after, or continues to look after:
- 63 benches in and around Alcester
- Approximately 500 trees
- Many of the town’s litter bins and dog litter bins
Alcester Town Council actively works on behalf of the community of Alcester bringing issues to the attention of its partners which include Stratford on Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire NHS and others.