Welcome to the
Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council website
Welcome to the
Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council website
Welcome to the
Pill and Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council website
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  • The Village Voice

    The last Village Voice was produced in April but by the time it was printed and ready for distribution almost everything promoted in there had been cancelled.  Some of you may have picked up a copy locally, but we weren’t even able to do our normal door to door delivery due to our volunteers being in lockdown.

    Whilst much is still uncertain going forward, we are making a ‘comeback’ in August/September.  To start, I’m certain there will be many people who would like to formally express their thanks to friends, neighbours and, of course, the Coronavirus Support Group, who have done a magnificent job throughout all this.  You will also be able to read about consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan (the deadline for which is fast approaching) and how you can get involved.

    Some of our local businesses will be up and running again and may wish to get the word out, and some of our local groups may be getting going again – perhaps with different times and arrangements.

    So, if you have anything you would like to include, please send it to josmith0704@gmail.com, by Friday 31 July.  Please pass this on to anyone you know who isn’t on Facebook.

    Finally, some of our volunteer deliverers may not yet feel able to start again, so if you feel you could help out with a small round – even on a temporary basis – please let me know.

    Looking forward to hearing from you again!

  • Severn Ride & Stride Survey

    Here’s what Severn Ride & Stride are asking people if they can help out by filling in a quick survey:

    Please do share our Stations and Cycle Parking survey far and wide. This is the live link: https://tinyurl.com/AvonmouthBikeTrainSurvey

    We are wanting public input on facilities needed to reduce number of bikes on trains and increase security of bikes on stations. Even those who don’t currently use the train or cycle should take part if there is potential they may consider it. Please do also add your own opinions of course!”

  • Help your community in troubling times; is joining the Parish Council for you? Find out more…

    The Parish Council is a small group of local residents who meet each month to take decisions on local amenities, resources and input into wider local government areas such as planning and housing. The Parish Council is always looking for people to join the group and take an active role in the community and with the current COVID-19 crisis, local leadership has never been more important. Below are a few questions and answers that might help you decide if joining the Parish Council for you?

    Image credit thanks to Liz Milner

    Q: Parish? That sounds religious, is it?

    A: Not at all. The ‘parish’ bit just describes the area we’re responsible for which is the Parish of Pill and Easton-in-Gordano. People of all faiths and none are welcome to join! We’re basically the third (and most local!) tier of local government.

    Q: Is it a paid role?

    A: No, all the Parish Councillors are volunteers who give a bit of time each month to help the community.

    Image credit thanks to Liz Milner

    Q: Is it a political thing?

    A: No, the Parish Council is a non-political group and people don’t identify as a party or ideology (though you can if you want to, up to you). The focus is on community action and support. The Parish Council is also aiming to have a wider group of people from all ages and walks of life as possible.

    Q: What do people get out of doing it then?

    A: Each person has their own reasons but the most common seems to be a desire to put back into the community we live in and, right now, help out during a time of crisis. There are other benefits too: it’s great experience with decision making and group work, and looks good on a CV in terms of the communication skills you use for the role and the positive contribution you make.

    Q: So what do I need to commit too?

    A: There’s a meeting of around 2 hours per month and papers to read before it, so the minimum is a couple of hours per month. You don’t need to make every single meeting. Currently the meetings are all held virtually. From there, issues and areas you feel passionate about; be the allotments, play areas, climate, planning, footpaths – any local issue – you can step up and do what you feel you can. There are a range of existing committees that take on different issues so there is structure and guidance to help you make a difference.

    Q: What about COVID-19?

    A: The council has been able to provide important local support during this time, both in supporting other local groups, liaising with the North Somerset Council and helping to clarify the rules locally.

    Q: Who is eligible?

    A: Any adult living or working in the Pill or Easton-in-Gordano area. There’s a few more detailed criteria listed below.

    Q: Is it complicated to join?

    A: No, it is super easy and we’ll guide you through the process. If it sounds like you’re interested, simply email Julie – eigparish.council@btinternet.com – and we’ll arrange to have a chat. There is more detailed information below on the process, but the best thing is always to get in touch. The Parish Council is a democratic body so if there are more people willing to do it than places, then there is an election. However currently we’re understrength so you’d be ‘co-opted’ to join, which is a fancy way of saying, ‘you’re in!’ Each member’s mandate to the role is renewed every 4 years either by election or co-option (if we are not at capacity)

    Image credit thanks to Liz Milner

    Extra Information! Eligibility to Become a Parish Councillor

    To stand for election/co-option on the Parish Council, you must: –

    • a UK or Commonwealth citizen
    • or be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union
    • and be at least 18 years old

    To be eligible to stand for an election for a parish, you must meet one of the 4 criteria: –

    1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

    2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election/co-option.

    3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.

    4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    If you do become a Parish Councillor, you will have to sign up to the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct.

    You must also not be disqualified from standing, including, but not limited to, the following disqualification reasons: –

    • You are employed by the Parish/Community Council or hold a paid office under the Parish/Community Council (including joint boards or committees).
    • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
      You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.

  • A letter from our Chief Constable and Police Crime Commissioner

    Shared for information, regarding recent protests. Thanks.

  • Footpaths in our Parish – A Request for information

    North Somerset Council are updating their Rights Of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) and the parish council have been asked to nominate routes for improvements, additional paths we use that we would like to become public rights of way, and suggest other walking and cycle routes that would improve the way we can access work without the need for using cars, keeping pollution levels low after the pandemic.

    If you know of a path that needs improvement, a path that you would like to be an official public footpath or bridleway (can be used by cyclists), or have a suggestion for a new walking or cycle route, please let the Footpath Committee know via the following email address:


     Any submission needs to be made before the meeting of the Footpaths Committee on 24th August.

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