North Petherton Town Council

July Council Highlights

Monday 10th July



Council seeks action on dangerous highway issues

Serious concerns were raised by the public at the Town Council’s meeting on Monday night (July 3rd) about the continuing safety issues caused by large goods vehicles trying to negotiate narrow lanes Problems were particularly acute in North Petherton, with lorries trying to get to Haddons Farm, and in and around North Newton. Residents’ properties were being repeatedly damaged and roads were being continually blocked. The Council had been trying for sometime to arrange a meeting with the County Council Highways team, but had not been successful, with the latest efforts being interrupted by the recent elections. Town Mayor Cllr Alan Bradford made it clear, however, that this was a meeting that needed to happen soon and that he would be in contact with the new Cabinet Member for Transport, County Cllr John Woodman, to bring this about. The Council agreed that Cllr Bradford, together with Cllr Mrs Hyde and Cllr Revans should take this matter forward.

Ideas sought for Chapel Building

Following a meeting of the Cemetery Committee, the Council agreed that action needed to be taken to secure the future of the grade 2 listed Chapel building at the cemetery. This could be a valuable community, as well as architectural, asset to the area and Members agreed to seek imaginative ways in which its future could be secured.

More Defibrillators

Cllrs Mrs Denham and Cllr Mrs Phillips reported on the work that they had done with local support groups to increase the number of defibrillators in the area. The Council agreed to provide £3,000 to take the project forward and to pay for the provision of an electrical supply in Wilstock so that one could be provided there.

Wilstock and Stockmoor

Members of the public again raised concerns about traffic and other issues in the villages of Wilstock and Stockmoor and about the continuing difficulty of getting the responsible developers to take any action. The Council agreed to write to the developers and to the County and District Councils to urge them to take action. It also took another step forward in setting up the Council’s own dedicated committee to work with local people to address the problems




Councillor Gareth Jones Resigns

Wednesday 5th July



Cllr Gareth Jones has resigned from the Town Council for personal reasons. We thank him for his service and wish him and his family all the best for the future. A Notice of Vacancy has been issued., which can be found in the documents section and on local notice boards.

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Council publishes accounting statements

Thursday 22nd June



Copies of North Petherton Town Council's Governance Statement and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017 are available on the website, together with notices explaining electors' rights and how and when they can be exercised.

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Clarification Gladman Homes

Monday 5th June



Town Councillors will be meeting with representatives of Gladman Homes so that they can be briefed on the proposals for new residential development in North Pertherton. This is an informal meeting and is not open to the public. The Council will, should a planning application be submitted, consider it in public in the normal way. Given the interest that has arisen in the proposals so far, the Council will discuss with the developer the possibility of their holding a meeting with the public.



May Council Highlights

Wednesday 10th May



Town Mayor re-elected

Councillor Alan Bradford was re-elected as the Mayor of North Petherton at the Town Council’s Annual Meeting held on Monday evening 8th May. In proposing Cllr Bradford for what is his fourth term, Cllr Phillip Spencer said “He is doing such a fine job, he must continue.” The proposal was seconded by Cllr Bill Revans and was approved unanimously. Cllr Mrs Marion Denham was elected as Deputy Mayor. In accepting the position, Cllr Bradford thanked the Councillors and the Clerk for their support over the last 12 months and particularly drew attention to the contribution from Cllr Julian Taylor, who had been his Deputy for the previous three years


New Committee set up for Wilstock and Stockmoor

Councillors Mrs Helen Phillips, Mrs Lucinda Spelman, Gareth Jones, Pete MacLaurin and Richard Ives were appointed to the new Wilstock and Stockmoor Committee, along with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The Committee, which will also include members from local organisations and the community, has been established to bring together representatives of all the major stakeholders in the two new villages to make sure that current and longer term issues are addressed and the full potential of the area is realised. Other appointments included: Cllr James Barham as Chairman of the Allotments Committee, Cllr Spencer as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, and Cllr Bill Revans as the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


Support for the “Great Get Together”

The Council had received a letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset asking them to support the Great Get Together which had been launched by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, to remember Jo Cox on the anniversary of her death, by encouraging communities to meet and have fun with their neighbours, young and old, by finding a reason to be together because Jo cared about the lonely. Members enthusiastically supported the initiative and Cllrs Mrs Denham and Cllr Mrs Hyde agreed to take the matter forward.


The Year Ahead

In his closing remarks, Cllr Bradford outlined what he felt were some of the main objectives for the Council for the year ahead. He said that it was time that a site was found for a new scout hut in North Petherton and hoped that progress could be made in improving the car park in Parkersfield Playing Fields. However he felt that the Council needed to also take on some of the big issues facing the area and referred particularly to the need for a new





April Council Highlights

Tuesday 4th April



Parents thank Council

In an unprecedented move, local parents came to the council meeting to thank Members in person for their help and support in the successful fight to overturn the County Council’s decision to stop the school bus service from North Petherton to the Robert Blake School in Bridgwater. Local parent Helen Warren said how grateful all the families were for everything that the Council had done to help them and thanked the Mayor, Cllr Bradford, in particular, for encouraging them to believe that they would succeed. Cllr Bradford, in praising the parents and their supporters, said that the decision of the Independent Appeal Panel was a “victory for common sense”.

Problems with new Cycle Path

Peter Winn, a local cyclist, told Members about the problems he and others were having with the new cycle route out of North Petherton towards Bridgwater. He said that glass, thorns and chippings were causing punctures on a regular basis which was proving costly and highly inconvenient to people trying to use the route. Cllr Bradford said that he would take the matter up with Sedgemoor Council’s Clean Surroundings team to get the cycleway swept on a regular basis.

Support for Defibrillators

Local resident Andy Newland talked to Members about the importance of having publicly accessible defibrillators available in the area and offered his help to Cllr Mrs Denham and Cllr Mrs Phillips who were in the process of finalising the Council’s detailed plans. The Council reaffirmed its support for this important project.

Affordable Housing in North Newton

Cllr Bradford presented a report on proposals to carry out a Housing Needs Survey in North Newton, the first step in providing houses that would be affordable for local people. Members agreed to support the proposals and to fund the survey if necessary.

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be taking place at Ferrydown House, North Petherton at 7:00 pm on Monday 10th April. This meeting is open to all residents to raise issues and concerns that affect the area. It was agreed that every effort should be made to publicise the event, which would include further explanation of the neighbourhood planning process, and to encourage as many people as possible to attend. It was also agreed to continue with the idea of holding some council meetings in local village halls. Two each would be held in Moorland and North Newton Village Halls in the coming months.

New Committee Structure

Councillors discussed options to change their committee structure to help to tackle current issues, particularly in Wilstock and Stockmoor and to drive forward the Neighbourhood Plan. They agreed to consult members of the community on the proposals, with a view to finalising them at the next meeting.




What is the North Petherton Neighbourhood Plan?

Tuesday 14th February



The North Petherton Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for local people to have an impact on the type of issues that affect North Petherton. Whilst the plan is about land use planning; housing, business, green space, leisure facilities, those sorts of things; it provides an opportunity for local people and organisations to develop their own ideas about the place where they live, work and visit and for these ideas to work alongside Sedgemoor’s Local Plan; the primary governing document for planning in the local area.
Is this plan likely to have any impact on Local Planning?
Neighbourhood Planning has, at its core, government legislation and support. The Localism Act, passed at the end of 2011 has been followed by a series of Regulations, providing guidance and a legal framework. Sedgemoor Local Planning Authority must follow this guidance and it provides an opportunity for communities to guide planning in their own areas.
How is this different to the Local Plan being reviewed by Sedgemoor District?
Like the Local Plan, The Neighbourhood Plan is very much about land use planning. However, the Local Plan is much more strategic; it covers the whole of the District Council areas and is about wider issues. Whilst the Neighbourhood Plan cannot conflict with the Local Plan or other strategies or policies, it can add local views, opinions and policies at a far higher level of detail about what local people want in their local area. The two plans work very closely together.
Who is running and paying for this process?
Inevitably, this process costs money to run. North Petherton Town Council are providing the funds. However, it is seen as very much a joint venture between the town council and the local community; drawing in a wide range of local interests driving the project ahead (commerce, education and residents, for example). We have also called in help from independent specialists as well as drawing in help from Sedgemoor District who are being very helpful in providing support and assistance.




Broadband Connection Scheme

Monday 7th November



The Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband scheme provides anyone with a broadband speed of less than 2 Mbps with a voucher of £500 towards the cost of a new broadband connection. The scheme will close on 30th November. Further information can be found on the CDS website at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme



Trust Meeting cancelled

Sunday 25th September



The meeting of the North Petherton Playing Fields Charitable Trust, scheduled for Monday 26th September 2016 has been cancelled.. It will be re-arranged for a future date.



Audit of Accounts

Monday 19th September



The audit of the Council's accounts was completed on 9th September 2016. There were no matter of report.



North Petherton Educational Trust

Friday 19th August




Small financial grants are available to young people (16 to 25 years) living in the parish of North Petherton who are in education or training. The funding comes from the Sir Thomas Wroth Charity and The Cheeke and Stodgell Educational Foundation. Grants can be put towards the cost of books, equipment, travel, exhibitions and specialised clothing.

The parish includes North Petherton, North Newton, Moorland, Woolmersdon, Stockmoor, Wilstock and Somerset Bridge.

Application forms can be obtained by writing to:
Mrs J Anthony, 1 Bridgwater Road, North Pertherton, TA6 6PW

All applications must be received by Friday 28th October 2016, and will be considered shortly after




Annual Accounts 2016

Friday 24th June



The period during which electors can exercise their rights to inspect the Council's accounts commenced on 23rd June 2016 and will last for 30 working days. Copies of the Statement of Accounts, the Governance Statement and details of electors' rights can be found below. They have also been posted on the Council's notice boards. The accounts are subject to audit at this stage.

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Special Council Meeting

Thursday 9th June



There will be a special meeting of the Town Council at Ferrydown House North Petherton on Monday 13th June 2016 at 7:15 pm. The main item of business will be to discuss the Council's contribution to the proposed walkway/cycle path from Stockmoor to Bridgwater



The Queen's Birthday

Friday 27th May



Communities and organisations throughout the area will be holding events on 11th and 12th June to celebrate the Queen's special birthday. Parties, to which all are welcome, will be held in Wilstock, Stockmoor, North Newton, Moorland and North Petherton over the weekend. The Council was pleased to provide support for the events and hopes that as many local residentsas possible will take up the opportunity to have a good time on this very special occassion.



Playinf Fields Trust AGM

Thursday 19th May



The next meeting of the North Petherton Playing Fields Charitable Trust will be held at Ferrydown House in North Petherton on 23rd May 2016 at 7:15pm. This will also be the Trust's AGM



Mayor re-elected

Wednesday 11th May



Cllr Alan Bradford was re-elected as Mayor of North Petherton at the Town Council's AGM on Monday evening (9th May). It will be Cllr Bradford's third term. In accepting the position, he said he was grateful and surprised to be given the honour of serving for another year as Mayor. Cllr Julian Taylor was elected as Deputy Mayor.



Council's AGM

Monday 2nd May



The Annual General Meeting of the Council will be held at 7:15 pm at Ferrydown House in North Petherton on 9th May 2016. This is part of the Council's new arrangements with meetings being held on Monday evenings at 7:15 pm, normally at Ferrydown House, although some will take place at other venues around the area to give everyone a chance to come and see the Council in action.
There is no meeting on 3rd May. The meeting schedule shown in the Meetings section of the website is in the process of being updated.




Annual Town Meeting

Monday 11th April



Our Annual Town Meeting will be taking place at Ferrydown House (the former United Reformed Church) in North Petherton on Monday 25th April at 7:15 pm. This is your opportunity to raise issues that are affecting our community and take part in discussions about what should be done to address them. Whilst the meeting will be chaired by the Town Mayor, and members of the town council will be present, it is not a normal council meeting, so everyone attending can take an active part.



Meeting postponed

Tuesday 8th March



The meeting of the Playing Fields Trust Management Committee scheduled for 8th March 2016 has been cancelled.



Council seeks candidates to fill vacancies

Friday 26th February



The Town Council is looking to co-opt three new members to fill vacancies that have arisen in the North Petherton Ward (2) and the North Newton ward (1). If you live in the area or have a local connection and would like to become a town councillor, please contact our Clerk (tel 01823 431702 or email townclerk@nptc.info) and he will explain in more detail what is involved and let you have a form to fill in. There are a number of significant issues facing our community at the moment and the Council is determined to play its part in addressing them, (for example by developing a neighbourhood plan), as well as continuing to improve the services that we provide and carrying on the fight to get a fair deal for our communities with regard to services provided by others. To do this we need to be at full strength, so please think seriously about joining us.



Town's First Freeman

Saturday 2nd January



History was made last Monday (14th December) in North Petherton when Anne Hodges was created the town's first Honorary Freeman. This is the highest honour that a town council can bestow upon someone, and it was given to Anne in recognition, not only of her distinguished service as a town councillor for 28 years, but also for her work for local charities and the Girl Guides movement.

At the presentation, which took place at Ferrydown House in North Petherton on Monday evening, the Town Mayor, Cllr Alan Bradford, paid tribute to her as a councillor and valued member of the community but, especially, as a friend who could always be relied upon for support and sound advice. His views were echoed by other members of the Council, who thanked Anne for all that she had done for them.

Mrs Hodges responded by saying how pleased she was to receive such an honour, but said that much credit was due particularly to her family, but also to her friends and former colleagues on the Council.





Christmas in North Petherton

Monday 30th November



As the festive season approaches, the Council will be providing wall mounted Christmas trees to those business premises along the High Street in North Petherton that have indicated that they would like one. If, for some reason, we haven't been in touch and you would like a tree, please let the Clerk know as soon as possible.
The annual window dressing competition will also be taking place again, so please make every effort o impress our judges and win the coveted trophy!




Refugee Crisis

Monday 9th November



At its meeting on 3rd November, the Council urged people in the area to do what they could to help people affected by the refugee crisis. Details of how to help can be found on the facebook page of People to People Solidarity - Taunton Deane or by contacting other local charities.



Council Extends Deadline

Sunday 8th November



The Town Council has agreed to postpone a decision to co-opt a new Member until its meeting on 17th November 2015, in order to give local people more opportunity to put themselves forward. More information can be obtained from the Town Clerk.



North Petherton Town Council Gifted Flood Painting

Saturday 17th October



Derek Yeomans, Somerset County Councillor, has presented a print of a painting he commissioned to North Petherton Town Council to commemorate the spirit and resilience shown by local communities in Somerset during the winter floods of 2013/2014. He also granted the Council the right to reproduce the artwork for future fundraising activities.

The Council, at the meeting held on 6th October, recorded its thanks and appreciation to Cllr Yeomans, not only for the gift, but also for his invaluable work within the County Council to address flooding issues.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Julian Taylor is pictured receiving the print from Cllr Yeomans.



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Casual Vacancy

Saturday 17th October



A vacancy has arisen for a Councillor to represent the North Petherton ward of the Town Council. We hope to fill the vacancy by co-option at our meeting on 3rd November 2015. Anyone interested in serving the community in this way and wants to be considered for the vacancy should obtain an application form from Rod Latham, our Town Clerk, to be returned by 26th October 2015. Rod should also be contacted if you need any further information on such things as eligibility, roles and functions of the council and so on.

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Witness appeal after criminal damage in North Petherton

Saturday 5th September



Avon and Somerset Constabulary are appealing for witnesses after several incidents of criminal damage costing hundreds of pounds were committed in North Petherton.

Between the 29 August and 1 September 2015, nine cars had their tyres slashed in the Baymead Meadow, Baymead Lane, Watery Lane and Ellen Close areas of the town.

PCSO Georgina Long said: “We are appealing for witnesses to any of these incidents. Nine vehicle owners have had multiple tyres slashed, which obviously has a financial implication in addition to being extremely inconvenient.

“If you saw anything, or you have been a victim of a similar incident then please get in touch with me by calling 101 and quoting reference number 95648/15.”




North Petherton Educational Trusts

Friday 4th September



Application for funding from the Sir Thomas Wroth Educational Trust and the Cheeke and Stodgell Educational Foundation is now available.

These charities provide small financial grants for young people between the age of 16 and 25, who are residents of North Petherton, and who are attending college or University, or are on a training or apprenticeship programme in the early years of employment to assist with their education or training.

More information on who is eligible, and what these grants can cover, can be found in the application form included below.


Click here to download the application form and apply for these grants.