Parish Council

Pilton Village



April 2014

There was a full house at the Council meeting on March 5th where residents expressed concerns about the Bier House and the Playing Field. Further information will be gathered.

There have been reports of an increase in speeding vehicles along the village roads. Please be aware of the 30mph signs and remember that there are adult and child pedestrians and no pavements!

Apparently there has also been an increase in the amount of dog mess around the village and it has been noticed particularly on the Playing Field, the grass near the Tithe Barn and the grass verges. Small children play here and should not be in contact with animal faeces. Please clear up after your pets.

Our apologies for the unforeseen cancellation of the last Litter Pick. There is a NEW DATE on SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH AT 9.30AM IN THE VILLAGE HALL CAR PARK. Please come and help spring clean the Parish and enjoy a soup lunch afterwards. We thank the Asbos for their help with litter – they collected 13 bags in West Compton!

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7.30pm.

                                Sandra Howe, Chairman.

February 2014

The 2014 Festival is approaching and we have been invited to meet representatives of GFL, et al on February 18th.

The recent heavy rainfall has increased the amount of surface water on the Parish roads causing many autumn leaves to be washed down over the drains. Please could you remove these if they are close to your property?

The Highway Walkabout will take place on Monday, February 17th. If you have identified any problems please can you notify me – preferably before February 3rd - so that I can incorporate them into the planned route through the Parish?

If you are interested in buying or renting the Bier House please contact the Parish Clerk on for further information. The deadline for bids is March 31st.

Dropped litter is an ongoing problem in the Parish often after the Friday collection. We would appreciate your help to deal with it. The next Parish Litter Pick is on March 1st at 9am followed by a soup lunch.

There is ongoing discussion of the future management of the Playing Field and its possible transfer to the Village Trust.

January 2014 - Happy New Year!

Very many thanks to residents who turned out on a chilly morning for the litter pick on November 30th. Thirty two bags of litter were collected and disposed of - an extremely useful exercise. The spring litter pick date is March 1st at 9am. Do come!

Please will residents remember that the grit in the parish bins is for use on the roads and not on private paths and drives. Somerset Highways treat only the County’s main roads and provide limited grit in each parish for minor roads. Bags of grit for private use can be purchased at local stores e.g. B & Q.

Mendip DC now have a new online planning site for public information. We have been advised that should you wish to comment on any application that you should email MDC Planning Department. To submit such comments please go to and then to - Planning and Building.   There you will find detailed instructions.

If you are not online, write to Mendip DC Planning Department. Please copy to the Parish Clerk. We appreciate your comments when making planning decisions. Thank you.

Next Council meeting – January 8th at 7.30 pm.                         

                                                                                                       Sandra Howe

November 2013

Pilton Parish Councillors wish all residents a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

A Parish Council ‘litter pick’ has just been arranged for Saturday 30th November at 9am in the Hall car park to collect tabards and litter picks. Join us for soup in the Hall afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

We seem to be having very strong winds at the moment and so there is a potentially dangerous problem with overhanging tree branches. Please could parishioners be pro-active and check their boundaries and, if necessary, deal with this?

Highways are not responsible for clearing vegetation from finger posts.  So, if the posts are in your hedge or boundary then it is your responsibility to make sure that they can be easily read.

We are arranging a Highway Walkabout in February with Somerset Highways so could you report any problems to the Parish Clerk - Jean Warry- to me or to any other Councillor. Problems need to reach us in good time to plan an itinerary for that day.

The next Council meeting is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday, December 4th.

Sandra Howe

September 2013

Don’t forget Remembrance Sunday on November 10th when we shall be using the new steps to reach the Memorial.

In 2012 money was raised by generous residents to finance the Pilton Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The original idea to purchase a Memorial Stone with the surplus money faced unforeseen difficulties and so, the Jubilee Committee, with Council’s support, have agreed that the money should be given to Pilton Playing Field Committee to purchase  two or three seats for the Playing Field. There should be sufficient money to pay for future maintenance. Come and sit and watch the skate boarders!

Following the village questionnaire we are in discussion re further Affordable Housing in Pilton. The field north of John Burns’ Cottages has been very kindly made available by Michael Eavis and talks are in progress between Mendip DC and the South West Housing Society. The plans being presently discussed but not finalised are for six 2 bedroomed houses, two 3 bedroomed houses and two one bedroomed houses – i.e. ten houses in total with 22 parking spaces. We will keep you in touch.

The next Council Meeting is on November 6th at 7.30.p.m.

                                                                                                           Sandra Howe.

August 2013

Thank you once again to those of you who took time to send us comments – positive and negative – in time for our meeting with GFL which followed the Festival at the end of July. Many of your points will be considered in our pre- Festival meetings in 2014.

Work is proceeding apace with the Skate Park on Pilton Playing Field and we hope that it will be completed before Pilton Show Weekend – fingers crossed! That is the first weekend in September.

A large number of people have worked very hard to organise the installation of this facility and to raise money from a variety of sources. Thank you to all those who have contributed in so many ways. Do come and see it and enjoy the rest of the Show too.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be at 7.30 p.m on Wednesday, September 4th in the Village Hall.

Sandra Howe.

June 2013

By the time you read this the Festival will either be in full swing or over!

However, Councillors would be grateful if you could give them or Jean Warry any comments about the Festival – positive or negative – in time for the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, July 3rd at 7.30 pm.

They need to be discussed then so that I can prepare a report for the follow-up meeting at the end of July. If you have time, comments in writing might be preferable, please.

Councillors are – Sandra Howe, Robert Kearle, Paul Warry, Audrey Brown, David Drew, Liz Elkin, Roger Noble, Kelly Sumner and Jacquelyn Taylor.

Sadly, the longest day will also be behind us and we can just hope for some warm and sunny weather for the rest of the summer and for the children’s holidays – and yours!

Sandra Howe.

May 2013

  1. 1.Thank you to residents for your patience with recent road closures. I am so sorry that there were two further closures so soon after the A361 work was finished.  It was for work which needed doing.

  1. 2.Despite information to the contrary in your Council Tax letters from MDC, the Pilton precept has not risen by 4.1% this year! It has remained the same as last year at £8850. The figures - because of Government changes - have been presented differently this year.

  1. 3.Despite the very successful litter pick in February, it is a pity there is still more litter on the roads and verges in the parish. If you can, please pick it up.

4. Several years ago the Parish Council decided not to adopt the BT phone box having tried unsuccessfully to have it registered as a listed building and also to keep it as a functioning telephone box which, it was felt, was very necessary in Pilton.

Recently we have received no notification at all that BT intended to remove the box without warning.

5. The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday, June 5th at 7.30p.m in the Village Hall.

                                         Sandra Howe


April 2013

  1. 1.As I write, the new footpath is nearing completion and we hope that you will feel much safer as you walk along the busy A361. There will now be two bus shelters - one on each side.

  1. 2.If you are walking dogs on footpaths across private land, will you make sure that they are on leads. Sadly, two chickens in their pen were recently killed by unleashed dogs being walked along a footpath.

  1. 3.There have been increasing reports of dogs defecating on roads and paths through the parish. This can contaminate silage so please clean up after your pets.

  1. 4.Please be aware of trees and hedges overhanging from your property. Keeping branches trimmed is the responsibility of the land owner who would be held to account should an accident occur.

  1. 5.Do let us know if you have any queries about the Festival before our next meeting with GFL on Tuesday May 21st in the Village Hall.

  1. 6.The Annual Council meeting when Councillors elect Officers for the coming year is on Wednesday, May 1st at 7.30 p.m in the Village Hall. Hopefully, spring will really have arrived by then!        

                                       Sandra Howe. Chairman


February 2013

1. The Parish Council is delighted to finally confirm that work has started on the footpath along the south side of the A361. Successive Councils, the Parish Clerk and County & District Councillors have worked very hard over a period of 15-20 years to bring this about and, at last, their efforts have been successful! The traffic disruption will be a small price to pay for a safe walk along the very busy A361 so please be patient!

2. On the Highway Walkabout in February, parish flooding problems were discussed. Highways will clear drains but where flooding is due to blocked ditches it is the legal responsibility of the landowners to see that ditches are cleared. Other road problems were also considered.

3. Please note that it is illegal to cut down trees along the highway without a licence giving permission and without insurance cover.

4. Anyone interested in renting affordable housing must ensure that their name is on the Mendip housing list before applying for a tenancy.

5. Next meeting – 7.30p.m on March 6th in Pilton Village Hall.

Enjoy the spring flowers now and the spring sunshine when it comes!

                   Sandra Howe


May 2012

On May 2nd, the Annual Council meeting of the Pilton Parish Council was held. The first item on the agenda was the election of officers. Sandra Howe was re-elected as Chairman, Roger Noble as Vice-Chairman and Paul Warry as Treasurer for the year 2012 – 2013.

On behalf of the village the Parish Council would like to wish Nigel and Penny Lane a very happy retirement and would like to thank them for their many years of service to the community.

We are fortunate to have a Post Office in the village despite the closures nationally. Please do your best to support it and all the other businesses which provide jobs and services and help us to remain a vibrant community.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 13th at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

                                           Sandra Howe. Chairman of Pilton Parish Council

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June 2012

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who worked so hard to make June 3rd such a happy day!

Dry, despite the forecast, as Pilton Bell Ringers called us to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign in a church beautifully decorated with red, white and blue flowers.

To the Tithe Barn – banners, flags and bunting (thank you Michael and Party Packs); food aplenty and just enough chairs! We had TV, a fancy dress procession with music, Mr. Punch, Bouncy Castles, ices, tea, cakes and a very busy bar. It is impossible to name every helper but we must mention Terry and Audrey who organised the bar & manned it all day and so missed the celebrations. Thanks to the Crown Inn for their welcome donations of meat and real ale – much appreciated - as was all the food and drink generously given.

A Big Lunch indeed!

So much help – teams for food and drinks, tables and chairs, decorations, clearing up and more.

A very entertaining evening in the Hall / Club – a magician, local bands, Jersey Budd and jazz! Too wet to sit outside but delicious barbecue food!

Monday - a glorious blaze at Burford! As the beacon was lit, eight other beacons illuminated the night sky.

Finally, thank you to all Pilton organisations, businesses and individuals who have overwhelmed us with their generosity. A fitting tribute to Her Majesty!



July 2012

Sadly, the rain continues but perhaps the weather will improve in time for the school holidays and Pilton Show and we shall have some real summer days!

    The Parish Council has been informed by Mendip District Council that there is now a £25 charge for any damaged waste collection wheelie bins.  Apparently, damage is usually the result of the bins being left out for extended periods of time on the roadside. The £25 will buy a replacement bin which is actually more expensive than that!

        We are planning to send out a questionnaire to residents in the near future assessing the need for affordable housing in the parish. When you receive it could you please read it carefully and respond.

    The next Parish Council meeting – important business only – is on Wednesday, August 1st at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. It will be preceded at 6.30pm by a Footpath Committee Meeting.

Sandra Howe.


August 2012

We do hope that you have survived the excitement of the Olympics and can now look forward to the excitement of Pilton Show!

I have been asked to remind Pilton residents that, because of the incredibly wet summer, vegetation has grown apace and, consequently, some hedges overhanging boundary walls are obscuring visibility along the village roads.

Care needs to be taken too with car parking in the village so that access to driveways etc. is not obstructed. I am told that driving speeds seem to have increased again in the parish and especially on roads used regularly by pedestrians. Please take care.

Thank you!

The September Parish Council Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30pm.                                    

                                                                                                          Sandra Howe.


October 2012

After a flurry of planning applications in the late summer and time spent resolving the new Code of Conduct, the Council is, hopefully, into a quieter period!

We have had complaints about the amount of dog mess left on drives and in gateways. On some occasions this has had to be cleared up several times in one day. This shouldn’t be necessary.

Also, if you are advertising a village event could the posters please be removed from telegraph poles etc. as soon as the event has taken place?

Do not miss the launch of the Pilton Jubilee Book on November 23rd in the Village Hall. Drop in between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm; sample Pilton produce and order or buy the book which I know all Piltonians will enjoy.

You will be receiving a survey about housing from Mendip DC by the end of this month. Please do fill it in and return it by the date on the form so that a full picture of the parish’s housing needs can be seen.

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm. The 7 p.m. start will allow us to meet the new executive of GFL. If this is not possible then the meeting will start at 7.30pm.

                        Sandra Howe. Chairman.


November 2012

Glastonbury Festivals LtdAt the November meeting Mr Mark Cann introduced Mr Paul Ludford the new Operations Director who has been managing Festivals for 15 years and Mr Adrian Coombs the new Security Director who has worked for Avon and Somerset Constabulary for 30 years and has been part of the Police planning of GFL for 8 years.

GritSCC have placed many piles of grit around the village and filled the grit bins.  Please note that this is for use on pavements and roads and not for private use.

Next meetingWednesday 5th  December 2012 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Pilton Parish Council wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and successful 2013.                                        

Jean Warry, Clerk


December 2012 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

Four wheel drive carsOur District Councillor Nigel Hewitt-Cooper has suggested that in the event of a hard winter it might be a good idea to have a list of people with four wheel drive cars in case of emergency.  If you are willing to be added to the list please contact Roger Noble on 890 614.

Blocked drainsDue to the heavy rainfall we have been experiencing please check your nearest drain and report any problems so that the Parish Council can pass these on to Highways.

Old Working Men’s Club and Village Hall TrusteesGood wishes to the new Committee from the Parish Council.

Annual Litter PickIt has been agreed to meet at 9.00am in the Village Hall car park on Saturday 23 February. All are welcome, equipment will be provided and on your return there will be a home-made soup lunch.

Next meetingWednesday 9 January in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

                            Jean Warry, Clerk


January 2013

Drainage and floodingCouncillor Robert Kearle met with SCC representatives regarding drainage and flooding problems in the village.

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to see the responsibilities of land owners and the new legislative responsibilities for the CC in dealing with local flooding.

Annual Highway Walkabout.  Mr Neil Corp of SCC Highways has again agreed to meet PPC representatives in mid February.  A list of highway problems is currently being drawn up and if you have anything you feel should be investigated please let us know before the next meeting.

Annual Litter PickIt has been agreed to meet at 9.00am in the Village Hall car park on Saturday 23rd  February. All are welcome, equipment will be provided and on your return there will be a home-made soup lunch.

FootpathsDog owners please remember to keep your dogs on a lead when walking footpaths.

Next meetingWednesday 6th  February  in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.                                                                                                                                                                        Jean Warry, Clerk


March 2013

Litter Pick. Thank you to everyone who turned out on a bitterly cold morning to collect litter. Your help was much appreciated and the delicious soup proved doubly welcome on such a cold day.

GFL On March 12th Councillors attended a GFL meeting to consider Festival 2013. Issues were discussed which arose after the 2011 Festival. If you wish any further points to be raised at our May meeting please let us know.

Hedge Cutting. Please, after hedge cutting, could you remove the debris from the road?  Vehicle tyres have been damaged by thorns left on the road surface.

Local Legacy Fund. Community organisations can apply for a grant from MDC for projects. Closing date - April 15th.  £350,000 is available. Look at- or ask Nigel Hewitt-Cooper.

The next Parish Council meeting will be at 7.30 pm, April 3rd in the Village Hall.

Parishioners are warmly welcomed to attend the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING  on Wednesday, April 24th at 7.30 p.m in the Village Hall to hear about the achievements and work of the Parish Council in the past year. Do stay and join us for cheese and wine after the business meeting.    

Sandra Howe

July 2013

  1. 1.Thank you so much to all residents who took the time to send comments to the Parish Council about the Festival. They will be extremely helpful when we collate information for our report at the GFL meeting on July 30th at 6.00pm.

2. A new Glastonbury Heritage project is being planned at Pilton Youth Club.  The members are being asked to get involved in a project which aims to explore the effect of Glastonbury Festival on the local community. They will learn about film making and animation. There is also the possibility of gaining an Arts award. The scheme is run by Somerset Rural Youth Project and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

3. The next Pilton Parish Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 7th  at 7.30 pm. This meeting will deal with urgent matters only as an August meeting is at the Council’s discretion.

Sandra Howe.

 March 2014

The next Parish Litter Pick has been arranged for Saturday 1st March, meeting in the Village Hall car park at 9.00am.  All the necessary equipment will be provided and a hearty soup lunch will be available on your return.

As previously advertised in the Roundabout, Pilton Parish Council are reviewing the options on The Bier House and could be willing to sell or rent the property.  For full particulars please contact the agents Killens, 10 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE tel: 01749 671172 email  All sealed bids to be submitted to Killens Wells Office by 12 noon on 31st March .

From April 2014 the Agenda for forthcoming Parish Council Meetings together with Approved Minutes of the previous meeting will be available here on the website by clicking the appropriate button to the right of the usual Parish Council Roundabout contribution

April AgendaParish_Council_files/PCAgendaApril14.pdf
March MinutesParish_Council_files/PCMinutesMarch14.pdf

May 2014

Litter pick. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the litter pick on Saturday 29th March; there were twenty-four bags of rubbish collected.

Footpaths. It is the landowner’s responsibility to ensure that stiles and gates are maintained in good order and that footpaths are kept clear and useable even when a field is cultivated. Permission must be obtained from SCC to re-route a footpath.

Ragwort. This plant produces bright yellow, densely packed flowers and can be seen growing around the parish and the surrounding countryside from May to October. It is poisonous and, if consumed by horses and other grazing animals, can be fatal. Please take action if it is growing on your property. For more information: 

Annual Council Meeting Wednesday 7th May in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Jean Warry, Clerk

Annual Parish Meeting MinutesParish_Council_files/APM%20Minutes%202014.pdf
May 2014 AgendaParish_Council_files/May14Agenda.pdf

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