Lamyatt Matters


Stile WN5 60

One of three new stiles (on WN5/60) that were installed this past summer  – 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 en route to Bruton via the Huish Lane track – see below for a link to the Volunteers newsletter

(10/10/2018) Lamyat Parish Meeting: A Parish meeting is to be held on Wednesday 31st October, starting at 7pm, in the village hall, to discuss setting a precept for 2019/20, towards the cost of a village defribillator; & covering off other issues current at this time (the Shoot; preparing for winter). An  agenda will be on here when finalised- contact Paul if there are any other issues you feel need to be discussed at this time. The next Annual Parish Meeting is due to take place in May 2019.

(04/10/18) Somerset Waste:

There is a crew shortage at present in the Waste services – this sometimes results in missed or late collections. They are currently looking to recruit additional drivers.  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 now available is here:

SWP Briefing September 2018

SWP Member Briefing – Progress on Plastic

(04/10/2018) The Shoot –John Nicholls who organises the shoot has been asked to provide the list of possible dates for the shoot this season. When received, then a hard copy of the list will be available from the Parish Meeting Chairman, Paul or from Anthony.

Further to the issues raised at the Parish meeting, John Nicholls advised: “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.

(04/10/2018) Footpaths: many thanks to all the volunteers who have helped to keep various footpaths and bridleways open this past summer by clearing around a stile or  removing obstructions. The Trustees of the Alms House have been asked to formalise the situation regarding the obstruction of footpath SM13/9 (as raised at the Parish meeting).

The County Council Highways team have produced a Volunteer Newsletter September 2018 and this has useful information about who is responsible for keeping footpaths clear and  a report on all the good work being carried out across the County.

(04/10/2018) Broadband servicesLamyatt is included in Lot 3 – Eastern  -the Alhampton package where Fibre to the Property is intended. Work was shown as due to commence in Q1 2019, and to be completed by Q3 2019, but we notice that the website has recently started to state ‘under review’ for all packages  – we will keep an eye on how progress is being made in nearby Parishes where their start date was earlier than ours.

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.  You can also find out more about the likely cost of the various services from Gigaclear and the Internet Service Providers on he same website.

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

(04/10/2018) Traffic through the village  We have received the latest update on this from the County Council Traffic Management team: “I will pass your request on to our Traffic Engineer for their consideration regarding putting a 30 mph speed limit through the village and the hgv signs you would like.” Fingers crossed that this issue will now be addressed.  Any fresh information will be added here when County Council Highways get back to us. Previous update here:

Update 13 July 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 these with relevant authorities/companies.

(04/10/2018) Planning Matters: As discussed and agreed at the 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  correspondence sent or received by the Planning group is held on file and available for all in the Parish to review. A copy of the District Councils Planning Policies is held by the Parish group, but can be seen online on the Mendip planning portal. 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. Other comments relating to the application are, as usual, available to view on the Mendip Council planning portal.

There is one current planning application, for the ‘Erection of a first and first floor side extension – Bakewell House’, and that can be seen on the Mendip Planning portal here

(08/05/2018) 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). We await further news on this.

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 gave 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. Contact numbers for Paul: 01749 812420 & 07761 967075

The Minutes of the Parish Meeting

Parish Minutes 18th June 2018 – DRAFT to be approved at the next Annual 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.

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

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. Orders are placed approximately every Quarter- 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