Lamyatt Matters

Current Parish Meeting Notices (will appear here when current)

(updated 08/06/2018) ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:   Monday 18th June 6.45pm for 7pm  for this meeting at the Village Hall. Lamyat Annual Parish Meeting Agenda.

The local Mendip District Councillor and County Councillor have been invited to join us. The meeting gives all who live in the local area the chance to review various issues – Traffic and speeding; potholes; footpaths & bridleways; the shoot on the hill; planning applications; how we coped with the snow over winter; how we coped with the recent  loss of piped water.

(updated 08/06/18) Footpaths & Bridleways 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


Above – what a really good wide footpath across the field! many thanks to the land owner.

The footpath across from the village to the ‘Natterjack’ at Evercreech Junction is still closed and we’re advised that it may not re-open for some time yet. If you come across a broken stile, missing footpath sign, or blocked bridleway/footpath please let the County Council team know so that they can take action. See contact list below. The Parish aims to help ensure that all rights of way are open, known about and used as much as possible.

Lamyat rights of Way Map

(updated 08/06/2018) Water Supply in the Village: Following on from the recent major loss of water supply due to an air lock, all in the village should have received a standard letter and some compensation for the loss of service. 

On Tuesday 22nd May from early morning there were major problems with water supply and Bristol Water set up (as of 2pm that day) a temporary water bowser at the Village Hall, and were dispensing water in provided 5 litre bags to all that came to collect. By 8pm that day water supply services were restored to the majority of houses in the parish. A few houses on Portway Hill were without a supply for another 24 hours. We will  review how this loss of an essential service was dealt with at the Annual Parish meeting.


(updated 25/05/18) Somerset Waste Collections:  Always check the SWP website if in any doubt about what is recyclable and when; and contact them direct if you have any queries. See the latest newsletter & briefing on plastic for an update on future changes to what we can recycle and note the Government’s intention to consult on deposit bottles and stopping single use plastic entering the waste stream! Somerset Waste briefing April 2018

SWP Member Briefing – Progress on Plastic

(10/05/18) 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 Planning group have been busy the past month or two. They attended a briefing on the major development at the Wyke Farms site, and commented on the small application by residents Mark & Sally Schofield at Ambergate on Portway Hill.  Both applications were supported.

The application for retrospective permission for siting of a holiday use cabin from Neil & Susan Mantell at Hill View, Portway Hill was submitted last month and the planning group met with the applicants to clarify some parts of the application and to discuss some concerns. As a consequence the application has been withdrawn and a revised application will be submitted soon.

(08/05/18) 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. This item will be updated on at the Annual parish meeting.

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 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. We also continue to review the potential for a discretionary (blue) lorry restriction sign on the village road.

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).

(10/05/18) How did we cope with winter? it’s less than two months since everything came to a halt over a couple of weekends (2nd & 16th March) due to the snow. We will need to review how we coped as a Parish – was there enough salt or grit? did folk know where the grit bins were? could there have been more voluntary effort? were any folk stranded in their homes? This will be reviewed at the Annual  Parish meeting.

Lamyatt in the snow

(08/06/18) Pot Holes & blocked drains The ‘Beast from the East’  playeded havoc with the tarmac, and new potholes opened up these past few months. A number of people in the village have successfully used the links (see below) to the County Council Highways Dept to report a pothole or a blocked drain.  Portway Hill potholes were marked up in early may following a report and were infilled within 3 weeks. Experience shows that the Highways folk come out very quickly to inspect, and subsequently to carry out the work. If you see a pot hole – don’t assume that it has already been reported – Highways (& ourselves) would rather 2 or more people reported the same problem, than none!

(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 outgoing 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 25th Oct 2017 – DRAFT to be approved at the next Parish Meeting

Parish Minutes 26th oct 2016 – DRAFT to be approved at the next Parish Meeting

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

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