List of Councillors

Bradford on Tone Parish Council


Cllr Dennis Venn

  • Binham Farm, Hele,
    Bradford on Tone,
    TA4 1AJ
  • 01823 339223 (work)
    01823 461643 (home)
  • Email


Cllr Georgina Robarts

  • Clematis Cottage ,
    Bradford On Tone,
  • NA
  • NA

Cllr Colin Ellis

  • Orchard Rise, Back Lane,
    Bradford on Tone,
    TA4 1HH
  • 01823 462941 (home)
  • Email

Cllr David Smith

  • 2 Jeanes Cottages,
    Bradford on Tone,
    TA4 1HA
  • 01823 461264
  • Email

Cllr Leigh Sidhu

  • The Old Nursery, Back Lane,
    Bradford on Tone,
    TA4 1HH
  • 01823 461517 (home)
  • Email

Somerset Council

Mr Dave Mansell

Mr Gwil Wren

Parish Council Representatives on outside bodies

Parish Council representative on Village Hall Committee – Cllr David Smith

Parish Path Liaison Officer – Cllr Leigh Sidhu

Role of the Parish Council


Bradford on Tone Parish Council sees its primary role as providing a democratic voice for the parish of Bradford on Tone. The Parish Council aims to support and contribute towards the economic and social life of the community by providing services of the highest quality in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and value for money. The Parish Council conducts its business openly and democratically and will consult with the community where appropriate.

Continuing Key Objectives

  • To reduce excessive speed through the village.
  • To pursue road safety improvements at Heatherton Park junctions.
  • To reduce the incidences of damage to Bradford Bridge.
  • To reduce incidences of flooding in the parish.
  • To provide a footway at Regents Corner, Bradford on Tone.
  • To try to improve parking in the village centre and provide additional parking and a play area in the village.
  • To examine all planning applications including site visits as necessary.
  • To respond to all matters brought to the Parish Council’s attention as effectively and quickly as possible.
  • To bring any matters needing attention to the notice of the relevant authorities.

Planning Applications

The Parish Council is a Statutory Consultee for planning applications and as such does not make the decision as to whether or not a planning application is granted. The Parish Council may comment on a planning application and that is fed into the planning process. Somerset West and Taunton Deane Council is the planning authority for the majority of planning applications in Bradford On Tone, and will issue the decision notice (Planning Determination) once their investigations into the application, consultation period and decision-making process has been completed


The Parish Council receives a precept, which is part of the Council Tax paid by each household. The precept for 2022/23 s £10,000. The precept is set very year by the parish council and is calculated by working out the estimated income and expenditure and ensuring that there are sufficient funds available for contingencies (unexpected items or emergencies).

In addition the Parish Council receives annual grants towards the upkeep of the churchyard and maintenance of the public rights of way network in the parish.

The Parish Council has its accounts and processes audited by an independent person appointed by the Parish Council (internal auditor) and a person appointed in accordance with legislation (external auditor).


  • 12 September 2023
  • 14 November 2023
  • 9 January 2024 (Budget and precept meeting)
  • 12 March 2024
  • 14 May 2024 (Annual Parish Council meeting)


The press and public are always welcome at meetings and there is a public participation item on agendas so that members of the public can bring matters relevant to the parish to the attention of Councillors; it is not necessary to contact the Clerk before attending and speaking at the meeting but it is helpful. Matters raised by the public, which are not listed on the agenda will be listened to but not discussed nor any decisions made.

Where appropriate Councillors are required to declare an interest (personal and/or judicial) on any agenda item in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

The Annual Parish Meeting is held each March. This is an opportunity for village organisations to give a report on the past year’s activities and future objectives.

Agendas & Minutes