Priston Parish Council
ABOUT PRISTON PARISH COUNCIL
Priston Parish Council is a civil local authority, and is the first tier of local government. It is an elected corporate body with seven Councillors, and has tax-raising powers.
The Councillors work to address the needs of local residents. Liaising closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES), the Parish Council plays an important role in ensuring that villagers' views are heard on matters such as planning, highways, footpaths and rural transport. It also keeps track of flooding issues.
The Council raises a precept from the Council Tax to spend on projects relevant to the Parish. It also provides a Trustee for the Priston Educational Charity - a fund which provides grants for academic books to children living within the Parish.
The Council owns and maintains:
The Councillors are elected to serve for a term of four years and some have specific responsibilities.
Please contact the Parish Clerk or one of the Councillors if you have any matters you wish to discuss.
You can contact the Parish Council via the Clerk:
CHAIR'S ANNUAL REPORT
2019 Chair's Report
The Parish Council holds six meetings a year, plus an AGM (May) and an Annual Parish Meeting (March). Meetings are held in May, July, September, November, January and March in the Village Hall on Monday nights at 7pm.
All residents are welcome, and may raise issues before the meetings start. Agendas are posted on the website and on the noticeboard on the village hall at least 3 days before a meeting. Minutes are posted within one month of a meeting.
AGENDA & MINUTES
(See separate page)
The Parish Council considers and comments on planning applications submitted to B&NES from within the Parish.
B&NES Planning & Building Control website
Planning Applications relating to Priston
General Planning Policy Documents
Housing Development Boundary
B&NES Development Plan
- B&NES Adopted Core Strategy (Jul 2014)National Planning Policy Framework (Mar 2012)
- Adopted B&NES Placemaking Plan (Jul 2017)
- Saved Policies from the B&NES Local Plan (2007)
- West of England Joint Waste Core Strategy (2011)
Supplementary Planning Documents (B&NES)
Parish Council policy on assessing planning applications
Planning Application Procedure
Planning Checklist - Mar 2019 (pdf, editable)
Village Design Statement
A Village Design Statement (VDS) is a document that describes the distinctive characteristics of the locaility and provides design guidance to influence future developmenent and improve the physical qualities of an area. A copy of the Priston Village Design statement can be downloaded from here.
OTHER COUNCIL DOCUMENTS
Annual Return/Governance Statement: 2017-18, 2018-19
Exercise of Public Rights: 2019
Internal Auditor's Report: 2019
Publication Scheme required by Freedom of Information Act
Councillors' Register of Interests
Declaration of Acceptance by Chair
Councillors' Code of Conduct
ICO Certificate 2019
Financial Regulations 2019, 2020
Asset Register 2019
Draft Budget 2019-20, 2020-21
Expenditures over £100 2018-19, 2019-20
Bank Reconciliation 2018-19
Financial Variances 2018 vs. 2019
Internal Audit Plan 2019
Summary of Insurance Cover
Priston Emergency Group
HIGHER TIERS OF GOVERNMENT
Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES)
Most of the needs of residents are taken care of by B&NES. Although the Parish Clerk reports issues, any resident may also report matters via the B&NES website using the Report_It link.
Please click on the links below for further information:
Contact our Ward Councillors - Neil Butters, Matthew McCabe,
West of England Combined Authority
Contact our MP - Jacob-Rees-Mogg
New Resident Welcome Pack (2019)
Ultrafast broadband is available from TrueSpeed Communications Ltd, giving speeds of up to 100 Mb/s. Copper-based ADSL broadband is available throughout the village from a variety of suppliers, speeds vary from 1-8 Mb/s.