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Parish Council Members & Staff

If you wish to raise an issue with the council you can do so by contacting any of the councillors listed or, if you prefer, by contacting the clerk to the council using the contact details shown below.

Chairman

Cllr Simon Langley

8 Riverton Road
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8BW
Tel: 01278 683007
Email:simonjlangley@gmx.com


Staffing Committee member
Youth Provision representative

Register of Interests

Profile: I am privileged to have been elected to a second consecutive term with Puriton Parish Council where I am currently the chairman of both the full council and the planning committee. I enjoy playing an active role in the community and am also involved with Villages Together and the Victorian Christmas. I have lived with my family in Puriton since 2006 when we began renovating our old house. I run my own electrical contracting company and lecture part time in the electrical department at Bridgwater College.

Vice Chairman

Cllr Judith Fletcher

Congregation House, 9A Woolavington Road
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8BE
Tel: 01278 685242
Email: judithafletcher@btinternet.com
Chairman of Staffing Committee
Representative for Youth Provision & Polden Hills Cluster Group

 

Register of Interests

Profile: I moved to Puriton with my husband and two sons in 1996 after living and working in Taiwan for 15 years. In addition to being a parish councillor, I am chairperson of the Puriton Playing Fields, as well as being involved with Party in the Park, the Victorian Christmas and Puriton Happy Tots. I work as a free-lance copy editor with clients mostly in the Far East. In my spare time I like playing with my granddaughter, cycling, gardening and reading novels.

Council Member

Cllr Tim Salter

18 Downend Terrace
Puriton
Bridgwater

Email: t.salter.1974@gmail.com

 

Register of Interests
Profile: I grew up in Puriton, spending my childhood playing in the fields, lanes and woods and going to school in the village. In my twenties I moved away, but when I was ready to marry and have a family I returned because I wanted my children to experience the warmth and security of Puriton. I work as a Quality Engineer nearby in Huntworth Business Park, which allows me to cycle to work. I have volunteered for different charities over the years, but felt it was now time to stand as a parish councillor to spend time working with my neighbours and friends for the benefit of my community.

Council Member

Cllr John Lunn

1 Riverton Road
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8BW
Email: lunnjohn@talk21.com

Staffing Committee member
Representative to Polden Hills Cluster Group
 
 
 

Profile: I worked in London and then Suffolk as a languages teacher and examinations officer before retiring and moving to Puriton in May 2014. In May 2015 I was elected to Puriton Parish Council and represent the Council at meetings of the Polden Medical Practice Patient Participation Group . I enjoy spending time in France, watching rugby and playing the occasional round of golf.

Council Member

Cllr Sandra Tizzard

4 Middle Street
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8AU
Tel: 01278 685355
Email: sandratizzardppc@btinternet.com

 

 

Register of Interests

Profile: I moved with my family to the Post Office in April 1972, and since 1992 I have served as the village sub-postmistress. I was co-opted onto the Council in 1996 and, with the exception of a year's break, have had the honour of being elected a councillor since. I have also enjoyed being an active charity trustee of the Puriton Playing Fields since 1986.

Council Member

Cllr Allen Barnaby

18 Riverton Road
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8BP
Email: allenbarnaby@outlook.com

 

 

Register of Interests

Profile: I grew up in Kent, but have lived in numerous countries across the globe before settling in Puriton with my family in 1980. I was first co-opted to join the parish council in 2014, and was delighted to be elected to serve a full term from 2015. I work as an aircraft engineer and, when time permits, I enjoy the countryside and smallholding.

Council Member

Cllr Mark Healey

31 Riverton Road
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8BP
Tel: 685368
Email: mhealey@somerset.gov.uk


District & County Councillor

Register of Interests

Profile: I am a Sedgemoor District Councillor, Someset County Councillor and Puriton Parish Councillor. I am also Chairman of Devon & Somerset Fire Authority. I was delighted to receive an MBE in the 2016 Honours List in recognition of my work with the fire service and the recent 'Fire Kills' campaign, which I hope will go on to save lives.

Council Member

Cllr Barrie Crow
26 Hillside Road
Puriton
Bridgwater
TA7 8AN

Tel: 07770 895055
Email: barrievanda@aol.com

Register of Interests

Profile: I have lived with my family in Puriton for 30 years. I have served as a parish councillor for 4 years and was elected to serve on Puriton Parish Council for a second term in 2015. In addition to being a councillor I am a Non-Executive Director on Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I used to own a builders merchants, but am now happily retired and enjoy playing sport and travelling. My aim is to help further improve Puriton.

Council Member

Cllr Astrid Benson
Courtfarm
Rye

Puriton
Bridgwater
TA7 8DB

Tel:
Email: astridbenson@gmail.com

Youth Provision representative 

Register of Interests

Profile: I have lived with my family in Puriton for 13 years. In January 2016 I was delighted to have been co-opted to serve as a councillor on Puriton Parish Council. I work as a Retail Assistant and in my spare time I like travelling, walking with my dog and attending music concerts/festivals.

 

Staff employed by the council

Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer (RFO)

Sam Winter LLB(Hons) MILCM

Perry Cottage,
Perry Lane,
Mark,
TA9 4NS
Tel: 07719 817264
Email: clerk@puritonparishcouncil.gov.uk

The clerk works part time as the 'Proper Officer' of the council. She carries out statutory duties and advises the council to ensure it works within its powers. The clerk has overall managerial responsibility for delivering the work of the Council.

The RFO is responsible for the administration of the council's financial affairs.

Profile: I joined Puriton Parish Council in March 2015 having worked with a range of local councils for over 8 years. I am a qualified clerk and spent 4 years with the Somerset Association of Local Councils advising local councils throughout Somerset on law and procedure. I also work with Shepton Mallet Town Council delivering projects and events. I very much enjoy the diversity of the clerk role and recognise the importance of helping communities take control of their own futures. I consider myself very fortunate to work with the community of Puriton, which has proved itself to be an active and very friendly parish.

Village Ranger

Chris Gulliford

2 Rowen Close
Puriton
Bridgwater TA7 8AL
 

The Village Ranger is the caretaker for the village. He works part time carrying out minor maintenance and helps ensure the streets and open spaces are safe and clean.

 

Profile: I have lived in Puriton for 17 years and was appointed Village Ranger in April 2014. I worked at the Royal Ordinance Factory for 29 years before becoming a self employed gardener. I have many clients throughout the Polden Villages, including in Puriton. I enjoy taking pride in helping my home parish to look neat and tidy. I also sit on the Villages Together Floral Group.




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