Your Parish Council

The Parish Council

This part of the website is dedicated to the business Parish Council. Find out who your councillors are and how to contact them, what the council does and how you can join in.

The main roles of the Parish Council are:

  • To represent the local community’s interests, for example, by commenting on consultations, planning applications (but please note that the final decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council) and at meetings at various outside bodies (eg Hinkley Point, Quantock Hills AONB).
  • To support local organisations and activities;
  • To help provide care for amenities and village assets such as the Cemetery, Clock Tower, public seating, Castle Street public toilets and car park, and;
  • To help look after green spaces and footpaths.

For details of meetings for the Council Year to May 2023 please click here

Parish Councillors

Parish Councillors give their time unpaid to work for the benefit of the community as a whole. They are volunteers and are not paid. Nether Stowey Parish Council normally has nine Parish Councillors. You can find more information about them below. John Roberts was re-elected Chairman at the Annual Parish Council meeting (APCM) on 16 May 2022 and will remain so until the next APCM in May 2023.

There is one vacant seat at present. If you’d like to fill it please see our Co-option page or contact the Clerk.

Register of Interests: The Members’ Register of Interests forms are published by the Monitoring Officer (Sedgemoor District Council). Click this link to see the published list on their website.

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings are held at St Mary’s Church Centre on the second Monday of the month (except in August). Members of the Parish are always welcome to attend and there is an opportunity for residents to raise matters of concern. Guidance for speaking at meetings is available here.

You can also request a specific matter to be included on an agenda by contacting the Parish Clerk before the agenda is confirmed and no later than the Monday one week before the meeting. Agendas are posted on the Parish notice boards on the Wednesday before a Monday meeting and available from the calendar item on the home page and on other social media. Click here for the minutes of previous meetings or click on the links left. Committee meetings are held as needed, not always on a Monday: agendas are posted in the same way as for Parish Council meetings.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the work of the Parish Council, if you have any concerns you think the Council should be aware of or where they can help or support you.

Nether Stowey Parish Council Office

The Office is open from 10am-1pm on Monday-Wednesday and Friday. The Clerk can be contacted by e-mail (as below) or via the office telephone number when the office is closed including Thursday (until 1pm only_.
Councillors can also be contacted by e-mail/phone as below.

2A Castle Street, Nether Stowey, Somerset TA5 1LN
Tel: (01278) 733779.

The Parish Council is supported by part-time Parish Office staff. The Clerk is Caro Slaymaker. The Clerk is the Officer of the Council, responsible for implementation of the Council’s decisions, administration of the finances and advising Council on its policy and procedures.

You can also contact any Parish Councillor directly, at their addresses below. A full list is available to download here.

Members of the Council and contact details

John Roberts (Chairman)
52 Mount Road, Nether Stowey, TA5 1LX
Tel: 732484
Committees: All committees except Personnel (ex officio member); Lucy Hobbs Trustee (ex officio)
Representative to: Hinkley Point groups

Kevin Ferriday (Vice-Chairman)
1 Audley Close, Nether Stowey, TA5 1LD
Tel: 733155
Committees: All committees except Personnel (Appeals) (ex officio member); Lucy Hobbs Trustee (ex officio)
Representative to: Thomas Poole Library

Stephen Bradford
14 Five Lords, Nether Stowey, TA5 1PD
Tel: 733360
Committees: Planning; Personnel (Appeals)

Penny Everett
65 Banneson Road, Nether Stowey, TA5 1NS
Tel: 732101
Committees: Planning; Finance & Audit; Personnel (Appeals)

Colin Falla
4 Meadow Close, Nether Stowey, TA5 1LY
Tel: 734685
Committees: Planning; Finance & Audit (Ch); Personnel (Appeals); Cemetery
Representative to: Quantock Hills AONB

Margaret Hogg
4 Audley Close, Nether Stowey, TA5 1LD
Tel: 733505
Committees: Planning; Finance & Audit; Cemetery; Personnel; Lucy Hobbs Trustee

Andrew Jeanes
Inwood Farm, Nether Stowey, TA5 1HY
Tel: 734955
Committees: Planning; Personnel
Nominated Trustee, NS Village Hall + Recreation Ground CIO

Barbara Rich
56 Banneson Road, Nether Stowey, TA5 1NS
Tel: 734825
Committees: Planning; Finance & Audit; Personnel; Cemetery 
Representative to: NS Village Hall + Recreation Ground CIO

County and District Councillors

County and District Councillor – Michael Caswell
Grasmere, Stockland Bristol, Somerset, TA5 2PZ
Tel: 652043
County e-mail:
District e-mail:

County Councillor – Brian Bolt
Blakes Farm, Blakes Lane, Wembdon, Somerset TA5 2BE
Tel: 07970 855990

District Councillor – Julie Pay
Chapel House, Whitnell, Nether Stowey, Somerset, TA5 1JE
Tel: 732956

Member of Parliament – Ian Liddell-Grainger
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8149
Constituency office: 16 Northgate, Bridgwater TA6 3EU
Tel: 01278 458383