Lamyatt Matters

SM15 2 towards Redlands

(above) Many thanks to Richard Calver who was out on a Monday clearing the path towards Redlands (SM 15/2) after being requested the previous Saturday. When you next shop in the Westcombe dairy cheese shop, please remember to comment how nice the path looks! (photo by Simon on 11th July)

Stile WN5 60

(above) One of three new stiles (on WN5/60) that have been installed week commencing 23rd July – materials supplied by the County Council and work carried out by the Mendip Ramblers. This one is at Wyke Road and leads onto the other new stiles (see below) en route to Bruton via the Huish Lane track

(26/07/18) Somerset Waste Collections:  Will be starting earlier during the hot weather.

6am Starts

Always check the SWP website if in any doubt about what is recyclable and when; and contact them direct if you have any queries. The latest briefing is now available:

SWP Briefing July 2018

SWP Member Briefing – Progress on Plastic

(26/07/2018) Yet More good Footpath news! The track from the back of Wyke down into Bruton, known as Huish Lane track (WN 5/63 on the map – see below), has now been cleared. Use it to keep it open and free of nettles! The route has also been greatly improved by the new stiles that have gone in this month (July) following being reported broken or missing on 22nd May – we should congratulate the County Council and their volunteer agents, Mendip Ramblers, for this work. Photo below shows the new stile in good use on footpath junction WN5/63 at the far corner of the paddock just beyond the dairy unit by Wyke Road. It leads onto the Huish Lane.

Stile WN5 63

The path that drops off Creech Hill towards Milton Clevedon (SM15/22) is also now passable at the roadside stile thanks to Helen Rutter – that used to be a great route to the old ‘Ilchester Arms’! We can re-trace that route and go on to the Batcombe pub for lunch on 1st or 8th September – let Paul know if you are interested on either date.

Lamyat rights of Way Map

(13/07/2018) Update following the Annual Parish Meeting held on 18 June 2018

DRAFT Parish Minutes 18th June 2018

Bristol Water were given feedback on how they had handled the disruption in water supply that happened in May. Comments centred around improving communications in future. They were advised that we could assist by using village e-mail and website, but that they might also want to consider e.g. putting up a simple sign on the High street if they need to provide a water bowser in village hall car-park in future. They were thanked for their efforts, and have responded accordingly: “…please accept my apologies for the inconvenience experienced by you and your neighbours…”

The Shoot –John Nicholls who organises the shoot has given some reassurances: “I can assure you that we will be doing all we can to prevent birds wandering.  We are in the process of putting up more fencing, which should help keep them where they’re meant to be.With regards to the dates, sometimes weather conditions on the day (i.e. fog and low cloud) affect where we go and what drives we do.  Because of this, in the past we have included lots of dates on the list, just in case we need to go to Lamyatt.  We understand it is frustrating if a date is on the list and we don’t arrive, but we were concerned that if the date was not on the list and we did do a drive in Lamyatt, that would potentially cause problems.  Perhaps you could let me know your thoughts on this?

On the subject of signs, we will put signs up from the start of the coming season.  We have always stopped the shooting if a walker or rider wishes to pass through, but agree that signs would be helpful. I hope this addresses any concerns…”

Please let Paul know your thoughts on the issue of dates.

Planning matters – see below

Traffic issues  – see below

Potholes & Drains – the drain by the village hall has been reported for inspection by SCC Highways. Potholes on the motorised section of Creech Hill Lane (exit from top of Portway Hill/Wyke Road) were reported by Paul and have now been filled in. Further potholes on Portway Hill have been reported and no doubt action will follow. If anyone else spots a pothole they should report it direct, using the link below – sending a photograph helps them get the right pothole to fill in.

Footpaths & Bridleways – Maybe there ought to be some Lamyatt equivalent of the ‘Oscars’ for footpath clearance? (we could call them the ‘Lamyattis?’) Some great efforts this past month by all – many thanks. See separate report here: Lamyat Footpath & Bridleway update July 2018

The Alms House trustees have been written to ask how they wish to proceed ref the footpath SM13/9 that is currently blocked by their fence, following contact initially back in February, and again after the Parish meeting.

Bridleway SM13 3

Portway Hill Bridleway – 13th July – thanks to Neil Mantell for this clearance (photo by Paul)

There was a good turn out for the ‘beating of the bounds’ walk around the village on the morning of Saturday 2nd June. You can read the report to see where we went and who volunteered for what here: Walking the Bounds Another walk? Is there any interest in another village walk to the Three Horseshoes, Batcombe, on say 1st or 8th September in time for lunch? please let Paul know.

Lamyat rights of Way Map

Neighbourhood Watch & Farm Watch – Anthony Ffooks has confirmed that he is the contact for these. Please contact him for more information.

Further updates following on the meeting will, as usual, be placed on this website page.




(Updated 17/07/18) Planning Matters: As discussed and agreed at the last Annual Parish meeting, where we are made aware of them, we will whenever possible list all planning applications that affect the parish on this website. This gives all living in Lamyat Parish the opportunity to see what developments are in the pipeline, and to comment as they see fit. Alternatively you can register on the Mendip Council website to receive notifications of new applications.

The Parish view will be submitted by the planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick (Parish Chair), Romy Smallwood, Simon Lang, and David Ash. All applications for development should also have a notice pinned up on the premises to alert any villager, and close neighbours should be notified direct by Mendip Council

If you have views on any planning application, positive or negative, or concerned with the detail, which you think that the Parish planning group should take account of,  then please let them know.

The revised application for retrospective permission for siting of a holiday use cabin from Neil & Susan Piers-Mantell at Hill View, Portway Hill was re-submitted in June following a meeting with the planning group  to clarify some parts of the application and to discuss some concerns. The application for ‘Retrospective planning permission for siting of a wooden cabin along with use of the cabin and associated land for holiday use, including a single parking space’ can be seen here.

The planning department have advised that the ‘wagon’ is not included in this application and will be submitted as a separate application in the near future.

Susan’s statement at the Parish Meeting is here:

Statement for Lamyatt Parish Meeting June 2018

Lamyat Parish comments re Hill View Lamyatt(2)

Other comments relating to the application are, as usual, available to view on the Mendip Council planning portal.

(Updated 13/07/18) Large Vehicles/Lorries & Speeding through the village: It is inevitable that from time to time we will face large vehicles coming through the Village, and that some vehicles will also take literally that there is an unrestricted speed limit on the village roads.

Following the Annual Parish Meeting (18th June 2018) the Traffic Management Team at County Hall have been in touch by phone and the following e-mail was sent by Paul on 25th June 2018:

“I’ve re-checked the DoT Guidance on ‘Setting Local Speed Limits’  and the relevant info which I think is Section 73. We are particularly keen to move towards the situation as set out there:

  1. Fear of traffic can affect people’s quality of life in villages and it is self-evident that villages should have comparable speed limits to similar roads in urban areas. It is therefore government policy that a 30 mph speed limit should be the norm through villages.

We feel that this is particularly relevant in Lamyatt due to the nature of the road – which is for the largest part a single track road with few if any passing places (where these are available they tend to be the residents’ own driveways) and with blind bends and a steep hill at one end.

We would be keen to move towards this as the recent Annual Parish Meeting yet again asked for the Parish to make efforts to deal with this issue. If you think I have mis-read or not located the relevant DoT Guidance then please advise us further.

As we discussed, if there are some costs which the Parish would need to bear in relation to achieving a reduced speed limit along the stretch of the main road (the High Street) where the radar speed recording was used then we would be keen to proceed as required.

As for the Discretionary ‘Blue’  ‘No HGV’ Lorry signs again we would be keen for this to be implemented.” 

We are waiting for a response to this e-mail.

Background: Following the meeting at the end of February with the SCC Highways Officer a  RADAR speed recording device was used in the village during March and the findings have now been received.”The highest speed recorded was for one vehicle on Saturday 17 March at 05:00hrs travelling at 44 mph, but the majority of drivers recorded were travelling between 20 -30 mph.”

As we know the maximum legal speed limit through the village (all roads) is 60mph so we are pleased that most drivers recognise that the narrow roads don’t lend themselves to such an excessive speed. We are discussing further with Highways whether such a set of speed data might suggest that a lower speed limit, of say 30 or 40mph would be appropriate, especially on the main High Street.

The relevant Dept of Transport Guidance for roads in rural villages can be seen here

Previous updates and background can be found here: Update 27 February 2018

As with all vehicular traffic, if you feel there have been incidents of poor or dangerous driving, please make a note of company name (if visible); number plate; or take a photograph and report these directly to the Police, advising the Parish Chairperson, Paul, that you have done so in order that we can keep count of incidents, and subsequently raise with relevant authorities/companies.


(08/05/18) Mendip Local Plan Consultation: the District Council is now finalising  the Draft Local Plan Part 2. This contains policies for the District concerned with, inter alia,  housing allocations and potential employment site growth. The relevant website page is  here

The Planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick, Romy Smallwood, David Ash and Simon Lang met to discuss the Plan proposals and they submitted a set of comments on behalf of the Parish. You can have sight of their submission here: Lamyat Parish comments on Mendip Local Plan II. The Mendip website also now lists all other comments submitted by the deadline and these can be found here (all 717 comments, though only a few perhaps directly relevant to Lamyat Parish).

(08/05/18) Broadband services: GigaClear Statement : “We are delighted to confirm that soon, we will start building a brand new ultrafast fibre network in your community. During the rollout, we will progressively connect properties as we build and will keep you informed throughout the process. To receive regular updates on the build progress, simply register with us.” All households in the parish should have recently received a leaflet explaining the programme

You may register your interest. This does not commit you to anything, it just allows Gigaclear to keep you informed on progress with the rollout. Find out more about ‘Connecting Devon and Somerset Rollout Schedule by Gigaclear’.

For those who have signed up to an alternative provider, it will be in your interest to keep your options open by registering.

Read on for important links and background on the Parish Meeting


Lamyat Parish

Lamyatt village and surrounding outlying farms and houses are part of Lamyat Parish. The Parish is too small to have a Parish Council but since 1894 it has held a Parish Meeting at which local issues have been debated and discussed. (Note that whilst the village name has two ‘t’s the wider parish name has only one)

There has always been at least an Annual Meeting, and on occasions additional Meetings are held to discuss specific major issues. The Meeting through its Chair, and assisted by others, has been able to: bring a piped water supply to the village (1930’s); oversee the supply of electricity to the village (1940’s); press for the building of local authority housing in the village (1950’s); help resolve flooding and drainage problems on the High Street (1990’s-2000’s); raise a precept to help fund the village hall extension (2010’s). Of course some issues, such as planning developments both within the Parish and adjacent Parishes; highway and transport problems; and rights of way matters; have cropped up on a regular basis.

The Lamyat Parish history as told through the Parish Meeting minute book gives us an insight into how issues have been dealt with, and may make us realise that some have been around in some shape or form for over 100 years!

The 2017 Annual Meeting elected Paul Chadwick as Chairman and our thanks to the previous chairman Anthony Ffooks for chairing the Meeting in recent times.  The Parish Meeting Secretary is Ali Stone. The actions of the Parish are carried out by the Parish Chairman, with the help of others in the Parish and at the Meeting in October 2017 David Ash, Romy Smallwood, and Simon Lang volunteered to help with planning matters in the coming year.

The Minutes of the Parish Meeting

Parish Minutes 18th June 2018 – to be approved at the next Parish Meeting

Parish Minutes 25th Oct 2017 – Approved at the  Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018

Parish Minutes 26th oct 2016 – Approved at the Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018

Copies of most of the previous Parish Meetings are held in archives.

Lamyat Parish history 1894 to 1918

Further extracts from the minute book will be added at a later date. If anyone wishes to see the original minute book and maps held by the parish please contact Paul.


The Parish Meeting has always depended on volunteers within the community to help look after the Parish. That might be to help look after a particular footpath; to ensure that any nearby drain or culvert is clear of debris; or to keep a stock of salt ready for use on the road in winter. Please contact the Parish Chairman if you want to ‘adopt’ a drain or footpath!


Parish Meeting Chairman: Paul Chadwick, Witch Craig, Portway Hill, Lamyatt, BA4 6NJ   01749 812420/07761 967075

Somerset County Council Highways – to report a pothole or blocked drain 0300 123 2224 or use the template here

Roads & Transport Team 

Local Mendip Area Depot

To report a pothole or blocked drain it is useful to take a photo of the location and send it with an email. Highways will endeavour to inspect within 48 hours and give you feedback. The road gullies in the parish are part of the Council’s Programmed activity, which are currently cleaned on a bi annual cycle. The gullies were last cleaned in the 2016/2017 financial year and are scheduled to be cleared again in the 2018/2019 financial year.

Rights of Way – please contact Paul for a copy of the definitive rights of way map. The Parish aims to ensure all are kept open with the assistance of landowners and the County Council’s Rights of Way team. There has also been a request for the Parish to place an appropriately mounted copy on a display board in the parish – suggestions for location welcome at the next Parish Meeting.

Contact to report any obstructions or concerns

Note: Clare Haskins helps look after Lamyat Parish R.o.W.

Mendip District Council Planning – to submit an application or comment on an application

You can follow the progress with an application by going to the District Council website. Any significant development will need planning permission and any neighbour will be notified and a notice posted up on the property. The Parish Meeting will be asked for comments and observations and in addition to any comments you send in yourselves you could ask the Parish Meeting Chair to make comments. When there is any application made within the Parish this page will carry notice of it with a link to relevant documents.

Mendip District Council main switchboard for all matters 0300 303 8588

The District Council produces a monthly Parish bulletin with a range of useful information including that from other local agencies.  This information includes items of relevance to those in business as well as for local residents.

Waste & recycling collections – check the Somerset Waste Partnership website if in any doubt about collection dates/updates, especially if weather or some other event upsets the schedule. Usually, Lamyat properties see a recycling collection every Friday; and waste collection every alternate Friday, but note that Bank Holidays can affect that pattern.

Join the village/parish email list. Regular e-mails are sent around by Caryl Joyce. Please give Caryl your e-mail address if you wish to receive these.

Lamyatt village oil buying group – Anthony Ffooks continues to look after this group and a village e-mail goes round to remind all who want to be in on an order. The latest e-mail was on 4th May 2018 with all orders to be with Anthony before he places the order on the 11th – Please contact Anthony by telephone on 812994 or email on

BULLBEGGAR CIDER – 2018 – info

Spark – have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset for many years. Their aim is to inspire strong and sustainable communities through voluntary and community action. Spark website

Community Council for Somerset – CCS supports organisations and individuals throughout the County, and they have been involved in many successful projects.  01823 331222  CCS website