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Pitminster is both a village and a parish and is located just 4 miles from Taunton centre. It has a population of 934 and the parish comprises the villages of Angersleigh and Blagdon Hill, as well as numerous hamlets covering an area of about 20 square miles.

Its boundaries were first established by Saxon Charter in 834 and it was given to the Bishop of Winchester by Edward the Confessor in 1044. Poundisford Park, with its renowned Deer Park, was developed as one of the Bishop of Winchester’s medieval estates during the 12th Century. Pitminster Church was recorded in the 10th century. Blagdon Hill, first mentioned in 1225, meandered along both sides of a long, winding turnpike from Taunton, over the Blackdown Hills, to Devon and beyond.

A large part of the parish now lies within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has two public houses: one in Blagdon Hill, which was an early 17th Century coach house and the other in Pitminster, which was converted from a mill mentioned in the Doomsday Book. There are two churches and a garage. A playing field and small sports pavilion at Sellicks Green, run by a locally organised charitable trust, is well used. There is a weekly Post Office service from the sports pavillion every Tuesday from 13.00 to 15.00.

 Meetings take place either in The Old School Pitminster or Angersleigh Parish Room at 7.00pm (1900). Members of the public are welcome to attend and are able to make any representations or give evidence on the issues under consideration before a decision is made by members. To view the Agenda and Minutes click on council above. For the calendar of meetings click HERE.

The Council receives no external grants and recovers its expenditure through the local precept which is an element in your community charge bill.

A Parish Plan was established after consultation with parishioners in 2004. It's main aim is to support plans to improve the facilities at the sports pavillion. For further details click HERE.

 

Annual Parish Meeting

Parishes in England are required by law to have an Annual Parish Meeting, which is an open meeting independent of the Parish Council and is for local electors (residents) to discuss issues of concern or interest within their parish, and it is often used by the chairman of the parish council and local organisations and groups to give an update on their activities.

Councillors

The Parish of Pitminster has eight Councillors who are generally elected every four years. In the event that a vacancy should arise between election years then the vacancy is filled either by an election process, if enough prospective candidates come forward, or, as is generally the case with our small council, by co-option when following any expressions of interest the current members vote for the candidate of their choice and by a process of elimination elect a candidate by a clear majority to become a member.

What does a Parish Councillor do?

A parish council is the tier of local government closest to the people and parish councillors are local people who must live or work in, or close to, the parish they represent and have a genuine care and interest in their community. Councillors do not have individual powers but take collective decisions at regular meetings which then form the policy of the Council. Politics rarely extend into parish council work.

Pitminster Parish Council has a range of local powers, although the topics that appear most regularly on its agendas are those relating to planning and highways. The Council is also often the vehicle through which organisations such as Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Police consult on a range of policies which may impact locally or across a wider area.

Parish Councillors must act within the law and comply with a code of conduct, and they can look to their clerk for advice.



 

Requirements to be eligible to be a councillor

 You must be able to answer yes to one of the following:

1. On the current electoral register for the parish/ ward (on-going requirement); you are required to remain on the register throughout your term of office.

 

2. Have lived in the parish or within 3 miles of the parish boundary during the whole of the 12 months before the day of nomination and election.

 

3. Main place of business during the last 12 months before the day of nomination and election is based in the parish.

 

4. Occupy as owner or tenant property within the parish for 12 months before the day of nomination and election.