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Neroche Parish Council

The Parish Council for Bickenhall, Curland, Orchard Portman with Thurlbear and Staple Fitzpaine




The area of Neroche Parish Council lies within the Neroche Ward of Taunton Deane Borough Council and the North Curry Electoral Division of Somerset County Council. The Council was created in 1973 following a grouping order which combined the Councils for the Parishes of Bickenhall, Curland and Staple Fitzpaine. Orchard Portman with Thurlbear was added in 1978.

Meetings take place on the second Thursday in January, March, May, July, September and November in Neroche Hall at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are able to make any representations or give evidence on the issues under consideration before a decision is made by members. To see the Agenda and Minutes please use the button in the left hand column.

The Council receives no external grants and recovers its expenditure through the local precept which is an element in your community charge bill.

Annual Parish Meeting

Parishes in England are required by law to have an Annual Parish Meeting, which is an open meeting independent of the Parish Council and is for local electors (residents) to discuss issues of concern or interest within their parish, and it is often used by the chairman of the parish council and local organisations and groups to give an update on their activities.

Separate meetings have to be held for the parishes of Bickenhall, Curland, Staple Fitzpaine and Orchard Portman with Thurlbear, although recently they have been held together in the Spring on the same night in the Neroche Hall.


The parishes of Bickenhall, Curland, Orchard Portman with Thurlbear and Staple Fitzpaine each have three Councillors who are generally elected every four years. In the event that a vacancy should arise between election years then the vacancy is filled either by an election process, if enough prospective candidates come forward, or, as is generally the case with our small council, by co-option when following any expressions of interest the current members vote for the candidate of their choice and by a process of elimination elect a candidate by a clear majority to become a member.

What does a Parish Councillor do?

A parish council is the tier of local government closest to the people and parish councillors are local people who must live or work in, or close to, the parish they represent and have a genuine care and interest in their community. Councillors do not have individual powers but take collective decisions at regular meetings which then form the policy of the Council. Politics rarely extend into parish council work.

Neroche Parish Council has a range of local powers, although the topics that appear most regularly on its agendas are those relating to planning and
highways. The Council is also often the vehicle through which organisations such as Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Police consult on a range of policies which may impact locally or across a wider area.

Parish Councillors must act within the law and comply with a code of conduct, and they can look to their clerk for advice.

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