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A BRIEF HISTORY

East Huntspill is a village and civil
parish on the Huntspill Levels, near
Highbridge,Somerset, West of
England. The civil parish of East
Huntspill includes Cote, Hackness
and Bason Bridge.

 
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The first mention of Huntspill is around 796 AD, when the area was granted to Glastonbury Abbey by Aethelmund, a nobleman under King Offa of Mercia.

Huntspill was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Honspil, meaning 'Huna's creek' possibly from the Old English personal name Huna and from the Celtic pwll. An alternative origin is from Hun's Pill in Old English, meaning a port on a tidal inlet, or pill, belonging to a Saxon lord, or hun.

The parish of Huntspill was part of the Huntspill and Puriton Hundred.

The mouth of the River Brue had an extensive harbour in Roman and Saxon times, before silting up in the medieval period.

 
 What are Parish Councils?
Parish and town councils in England are the first tier of local government and deliver a vast range of services at a community level.
They have a large range of powers and the activities in which they are involved are immense. Many are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls.
Parish Councils are statutory bodies. They are not a part of the Church - administration of church matters is undertaken by parochial church councils. Members are elected for a term of four years and councils are funded principally by an annual precept. Income and expenditure for the next financial year are calculated in the form of estimates. The net amount (the precept) is added to council tax, collected by the county, borough or district council (principal authorities) and paid to parishes in two six-monthly instalments.
Councils can also apply for other funding such as grant and funding awards, but they do not receive funds direct from central government, as principal authorities do.
 
What things does the council pay for?
Apart from staffing and administrative costs, the council also has to pay for things like general maintenance, village improvements and grants.
 
Who pays for it?
The Precept is paid by the district council out of council taxes so we all pay for it. More detailed information about the precept and how the money is spent can be obtained by contacting the Clerk to the Parish Council.
 
 
About East Huntspill Parish Council
Parish Council meetings take place in the Church Hall at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month. The agenda can be found on the Parish Council notice boards, at least 3 days prior to the meeting  and on the website.
Anyone may register to speak at the first part of the Parish Council meeting. Please contact the clerk by email: parishclerk@easthuntspillparishcouncil.gov.uk  up to 24 hours before the start of the meeting.
Anyone registered to speak may speak for a maximum of 3 minutes.
Members of the public can attend these meetings and may make representations prior to the meeting commencing. They may not however speak or take part in the meeting itself.
The parish council does not have the power to grant or reject permission for planning but simply makes a recommendation to the planning officer/committee at Sedgemoor District Council as to whether or not permission should be granted.
 
If you would like to know more about parish councils and what they do, visit the web site of the National Association of Local Councils at www.nalc.gov.uk
 
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