Timsbury Parish Council is the local public authority below the primary B&NES Council. It consists of up to 13 unpaid voluntary Parish Councillors, who are appointed or elected every 4 years. These local residents have the very local knowledge to make decisions and take action on any issue for the whole community. It is funded mainly by a small Precept tax from residents which is added to your Council Tax each year at a cost of an average of about £1 a week.
It usually meets on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Conygre Hall. Members of the public are always welcome. Agendas and minutes of meetings are published on this website and on noticeboards outside the chip shop and inside the Conygre Hall.
The Parish Council achieves so much because it works with many helpful residents, groups and businesses to help the village be a happy place to live and work in and to function well.
The Parish Council does the following:
- Makes comments on planning applications in the village that B&NES receives, and develops strategic house building plans with B&NES.
- Acts as a voice for the village with B&NES and voluntary groups on their services.
- Manages the allotments site, Miners’ Memorial Garden, the war memorial and other small spaces and some paths such as the HaHa.
- Owns the Recreation Field and Play Area, and works with and part funds the Conygre Trust in managing them.
- Runs the Hub Library based in the YMCA.
- Has a Planting & Spaces group who arrange lovely plantings around the village.
- Supports two youth projects in the village.
- Employs a street sweeper and litter picker part time.
- Coordinates the Community Payback Teams who help on clearance and maintenance.
- Part-funds the management of the cemetery with St. Marys Church.
- Provides amenities such as 15 of the street lights, benches, bins and signs.
- Promotes pedestrian and road safety.
- Supports some of the many groups from time to time to develop their initiatives.
- Employs an editor to publish the monthly Timsbury Newsletter, and manages this village website and noticeboards.
- Employs a part time Clerk who carries out many of its tasks and manages its finances.
Planting, Spaces and Paths
There is a working group that coordinates planting and environmental improvements in the parish, including using planters which are paid for by the Parish Council.
The Parish Council also manages some paths such as the HaHa from Somerset Folly to Tyning and also the Miner’s Memorial Garden by Rectory Lane.
The Conygre recreation field is owned by the Parish Council but is managed by the Conygre Trust.
Some residents have published some wonderful walks around the area.
Most footways, paths, Public Rights Of Way and Byways are managed by BathNES Council.
The Parish Council owns some street lights in and around the village.
The Parish Council owns the allotments off Lippiat Lane, although the day to day management is coordinated by the Allotment Committee. See more detail here.
This is available outside the main door of the Conygre Hall, North Road BA2 0JQ.
If someone is having a heart attack follow the instructions shown to use it – phone and ask for the Ambulance Service. For more information about the equipment see here.
The machine is checked and managed by the Parish Council and supplied by Heartsafe.