Parish Council

Parish Council - May 2019
Priston Parish Council - May 2019


About Priston Parish Council

Priston Parish Council is a civil local authority, and is the first tier of local government. It is an elected corporate body with seven Councillors, and has tax-raising powers.

The Councillors work to address the needs of local residents. Liaising closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES), the Parish Council plays an important role in ensuring that villagers' views are heard on matters such as planning, highways, footpaths and rural transport. It also keeps track of flooding issues.

The Council raises a precept from the Council Tax to spend on projects relevant to the Parish. It also provides a Trustee for the Priston Educational Charity - a fund which provides grants for academic books to children living within the Parish.

The Council owns and maintains:

  • the village green;
  • four Defibrillators (see separate PRIDE page for details);
  • the phone box (decorative only);
  • Priston website;
  • Our Millennium Book (copyright).

Your Councillors

The Councillors are elected to serve for a term of four years (next election due 2023) and some have specific responsibilities.

Councillor Role Tel. Email
Bruce Clarke 01761 470999 email
Robert Davies 01761 479330 email
Fiona Hassard (Footpath Representative) 07776 280253 email
Peter Hopwood (Vice Chairman) 07540 889630 email
John Lippiatt (Highways) 01761 471080 email
Vicky Pai 07788 647946 email
Doug Pattison (Chairman) 01761 470609 email

Contact the Council

Please contact the Parish Clerk or one of the Councillors if you have any matters you wish to discuss.

Jocelyn Nichols

Tel: 01761 470638
Mobile: 07734 069751


The Parish Council holds six meetings a year, plus an AGM (May) and an Annual Parish Meeting (March). Meetings are held in May, July, September, November, January and March in the Village Hall on Monday nights at 7pm.

All residents are welcome, and may raise issues before the meetings start.

Agendas are posted on the website and on the noticeboard on the village hall at least 3 days before a meeting.
Minutes are posted within one month of a meeting.

Please see the Calendar for dates.

Higher Tiers of Government

Most of the needs of residents are taken care of by B&NES.  Although the Parish Clerk reports issues, any resident may also report matters via the B&NES website using the Report_It  link.

Please click on the links below for further information on:
Waste Collections

Contact our Ward Councillors - Neil Butters, Matthew McCabe,
Contact our MP - Jacob-Rees-Mogg

The West of England Combined Authority is made up of three of the councils in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It is headed by a Regional Mayor and cooordinates planning, infrastructure development and industrial strategy across the region.