East Harptree Parish Council
Welcome to our website
Welcome to the East Harptree Parish Council website where you will find information about council meetings including minutes and agenda, details of annual budgets and financial information, planning and place making plan information and councillors contact details.




The parish sits below the Mendips on the south side of the Chew Valley and includes the hamlet of Coley. The village has a primary school, church, public house and village club, hall and theatre. It is suggested that the name derives from the old English word "hartreg" meaning grey hollow. Alternatively it is mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as "Harpetreu" meaning "The military road by the wood."

Among the places of interest are in the Parish are Harptree Court, until recently the setting for the Great British Bake Off, the ruins of Richmont Castle beseiged in 1138, visited by King John in 1205 and demolished by Sir Henry Newton during the reign of Henry VIII, the nearby Harptree Combe, Eastwood Manor and Farm, St Lawrences Church and the Clock Tower gifted to the village in 1897 by Mr W W Kettlewell to mark the 60 year reign of Queen Victoria.

East Harptree along with West Harptree and Hinton Blewitt form the Mendip ward of Bath and North East Somerset District Council with an elected councillor, currently Cllr Tim Warren. The local MP is Jacob Rees - Mogg who represents the constituency of North East Somerset.

The Parish Council maintains an email contact list to notify parishioners of forthcoming events and to pass on information about Parish Council business, planning applications, information from BANES and the like. If you would like to receive this information please email the Parish Clerk with your contact details.

The next scheduled Parish Council meeting is on 20th February 2018, 7.30pm at The Theatre. The agenda is now available on the Meetings page.


The Parish Council is becoming increasingly involved with consultations on the new B&NES Local Plan which will run from 2016 - 2036. This updated plan will supercede the plan which was only recently completed and will include a requirement for considerably more housing. 

Information on the consultation process and Parish Council responses can be viewed on the new B&NES New Local Plan page which currently includes correspondence about the status of the village shop and the councils response to the Options Consultation.


There has been considerable concern about the removal of spoil from the Kielder site in Church Lane and the passage of lorries through the village. The Parish Council and concerned residents have been in regular contact with B&NES officers in the hope of improving the situation. An email was received from the site manager on 6th December about the problems and can be viewed on the Village News & Events page. 


The Accounts and Annual Return for the year to 31st March 2017 are now available on the  
Budgets and Finances page. Also on this page, you can find the interim Parish Council accounts to 30th September 2017.

Parking around the village. 
There have been a number of instances recently where vehicles have been parked badly causing inconvenience and obstruction to other road users and pedestrians. This is a particular problem around the junction of High Street and Middle Street. More worryingly, there have been two incidents where an emergency vehicle and the road gritting lorry have been unable to pass parked cars at the top of Church Lane. The Parish Council asks all residents to show consideration to others when parking and to keep all roads clear to allow energency and service vehicles to pass. After all, it may be you who needs the emergency vehicle one day.

This website is being rebuilt and content will be added over the next few weeks, please bear with us.

The Parish Clerk, Alan Butcher, can be contacted by telephone (o1749 870358) or email to eastharptreeparishcouncil@gmail.com