East Harptree Parish Council
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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, the New Local Plan 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 David Wood. 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 Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7.30pm at The Theatre. Parish Councillors will be available from 7.15pm to answer parishioners queries and address concerns. The agenda for the meeting is now on the Meetings page.


The new format Annual Village meeting will take place on 4th April 2020 - details are on the Annual Parish Meeting page. 


There is a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Peter King. Notification of the vacancy of other details can be viewed here - casual vacancy 22 11 19.pdf


In response to the Climate Emergency, the Parish Council has set up a Working Group to bring forward ideas to combat the effects of climate change in the Parish and in liaision with other parishes and B&NES. Details and information and contact details can be viewed on the Climate Emergency Working Group page.

 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 is also clarification of recent information circulated in respect of the site EH4 west of the High Street and the Assessments submitted by the Parish Council to B&NES as part of this on-going process.
The Parish Council has started to receive funds generated by the Community Infrastructure Levy for developments within the Parish, currently Kielder and Pinkers Farm. These funds are to be used for infrastructure projects and are available to be spent on Infrastructure projects in the Parish. Details of the criteria and how to apply can be found on the Community Infrastructure Levy page.


The Audited Accounts and Annual Return including the External Auditors report and Conclusion of Audit Notice for the year to 31st March 2019 are now available on the  Budgets and Finances page. 

The Budget for 2020/21 was agreed by the Parish Council on 21st January 2020 and the precept for the year set at £14,000.00. This can also be viewed on the Budgets and Finances page.

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.

An update on East Harptree Road Safety projects to be viewed on the Village News & Events page

If you see a problem on village roads such as potholes, broken drains, fly tipping, broken pavements and kerbs you can advise B&NES of these via http://www.fixmystreet.com

The Parish Council, at the meeting held on 19th November 2019,  voted unanimously to object to the proposals for the expansion of Bristol Airport. The objection and associated comments can be viewed on the Village News & Events page. 


The Parish Council Privacy Notice can be viewed on the Privacy Notice and Data Protection Page

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