North Petherton Town Council

About the Council

North Petherton Town Council consists of 14 councillors representing 4 wards – North Newton (2), Hamp Bridge (1), Moorlands (1) and North Petherton, including the new villages of Wilstock and Stockmoor, (10). Councillors are elected every four years with the next election due in 2019.

The Council is led by the Town Mayor, who is elected annually in May, and is supported by a Town Clerk, who is employed on a part time basis. Meetings of the Council are held at the North Petherton Bowling Club on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding August), normally commencing at 7:30 pm. Councillors also meet on the third Tuesday to consider planning applications for the area, as a statutory consultee. In addition there is an Allotments Advisory Committee, a Cemetery Advisory Committee and a Finance and General Purposes Advisory Committee which meet as and when required. Meetings usually have a “Community Time” item, where members of the public can comment on matters under discussion.

The Authority’s annual precept is around £100,000 pa, from which it provides a number of important local services. It operates Heathfield Cemetery and Pilot’s Helm Allotments and provides public toilets in North Petherton as well as running a street cleaning service. As the sole managing trustee of the North Petherton Playing Fields Charitable Trust, it provides the Parkersfield and Memorial playing fields. The Council also supports a large number of local groups and organisations that provide valuable services throughout the area. A Civic Service is held each year in the autumn at which the prestigious Alfred Jewel Award is presented to people who have made significant contributions to local communities in a voluntary capacity.

North Petherton is also represented by three councillors for Sedgemoor District Council and one for Somerset County Council. These two Principal Authorities are the main providers of local government services in the area, but the Town Council plays an important role in bringing issues to their attention and ensuring that the interests of local people are properly met.

About North Petherton

North Petherton is a small town and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated on the edge of the eastern foothills of the Quantocks, and close to the edge of the Somerset Levels. The town has a population of over 5,000 and the parish includes Huntworth, Fordgate, Moorland, North Newton, Rhode and Woolmersdon.

Dating from at least the 10th century and an important settlement in Saxon times, North Petherton became a town only in the late 20th century, until then claiming to be the largest village in England.

A former market and administrative centre, North Petherton is now largely a dormitory town for Bridgwater, 3 miles to the north east and Taunton, 8 miles to the south west. The town has excellent road links, it is situated on the A38 trunk route and junction 24 of the M5 is only 1.5 miles from the town centre.

The centre of the town is designated an Area of High Archaeological Potential (AHAP) and a number of buildings have been given listed building status.