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The Village Appraisal showed that 66% of villagers thought that the council published its decisions well although a small minority of villagers consider that greater publicity could be given to planning applications. 87% of residents get their information about events taking place in Pirton from the Parish Magazine, whilst 40% said they received information from either the Post Office or the Noticeboard.

The Parish Council is responsible for:

1.  providing facilities of local significance, for example, the Recreation Ground, The Bury and children’s play areas,

2.  maintaining the War Memorial, bus shelter, village pond, church clock and village greens, and

3.  providing litter and dog bins.

If a matter does not come under the direct responsibility of the Parish Council, the matter is brought to the attention of the relevant authority. The situation is monitored until a satisfactory outcome is reached. The District Council is responsible for streetlights, abandoned vehicles, street cleaning and Council Tax. The County Council deals with roads, education, health and transport. Communicating with agencies such as the Police, transport companies and the utilities, the Parish Council can be effective in expressing the views of Parishioners which have now been further strengthened as a result of this Appraisal.

In relation to Planning Applications, the Parish Council exercises its right to comment on all applications in the Parish, but it has no absolute decision-making powers in this area. Being locally based, the Councillors know the site and the implications better than is possible for the District Council and this is why the Parish Council’s views are taken into consideration.

Parish Council Representation (at the time)

The Parish Council has representatives on the following village bodies:

Pirton School Governing Body — Paul Tarbet

Village Hall Management Committee — Geoff Collins

Recreation Ground Committee — (a sub-committee of the Parish Council comprising 6 Councillors)

Bury Trust — Juliet Alexander and Geoff Collins

Bury Trust Management Committee — Owain Lister, Rodney Marshall, David Saunders.  

Holwell Environment Committee — Geoff Collins  


There is a wealth of data that can be extracted from the Appraisal as and when it is needed to assist in future decisions. This summary contains a selection of facts that we hope you will find interesting. 84% of households replied to the questionnaire which gives a clear indication of parishioners’ views


There are 1015 residents in Pirton of which 772 are adults. The average age of the residents in Pirton is 38 years, while .the average length of time that people have lived in the village is 17 years. The average length of time that people have occupied their home is 13 years. In fact only 2% of residents are looking to move within Pirton at the present time which indicates that once people have moved into the village they tend to become settled.


There are a total of 475 properties in the village of which 163 are detached houses, 137 semi-detached, 17 terraced, and 49 bungalows. The village has doubled in size during the last 50 years as 54% (256) of homes have been built since 1950. The average number of bedrooms is 3, while 126 homes have 1 or 2 bedrooms. 84% are owner occupied whilst 15% are either Local Authority or privately rented.


There are 688 cars owned in the village which averages 1.7 per household. In addition there are 21 vans and 39 motorbikes. 76% of cars (488) are used during the week for journeys to work or education. The average distance to work is 15 miles which indicates that Pirton could be classed as a commuter village. Of the 709 cars and vans 81% are parked off the road, and 16% (113) are parked on the road. Probably due to the amount of off-road parking places available, 72% of drivers never have a problem parking, while 23% occasionally do, and 5% often have a problem parking their vehicle. There is an identified problem caused by the street parking in that 61% of residents consider it a safety risk.

42 villagers use the bus as their major means of transport, of which 24 people (2% of villagers) use the bus as their main means of getting to work or study. Of this number many are school children going to or from school. When it came to ways to improve the bus service, although a majority (58%) had no opinion, 36% would like to see an improvement in the timetable. 12% would like to see an expansion of routes or better access for those with disabilities. 4% felt that the bus stop location could be improved.

In answer to the subject of bicycles, 120 people stated that they used their bicycles weekly and 277 used theirs at least once per month. 3 people used their bikes as their main means of transport to work or study. It was felt that the facilities for cyclists in the village were poor (36%) to reasonable (27%). 30% had no opinion.  


44% of respondents would like to see more street lighting in the future. The present amount of street lighting is considered reasonable to good by 68% of parishioners and poor by 28%.

34% of people believe that there is a need for more pavements and 46% think that the pavements are poor when using a pushchair. The need for a footpath on Royal Oak Lane was specifically identified by a number of people.


In response to the question of danger spots on the roads, many villagers highlighted several road junctions. Most commonly identified were the junctions between Hitchin Road and Walnut Tree Road, Hitchin Road and Great Green, and the junction of Royal Oak Lane, West Lane and Holwell Road. The bend in Walnut Tree Lane was considered a blind spot and dangerous for not having a footpath. The most commonly identified danger spot was the junction of High Street, Shillington Road, West Lane and Burge End Lane with the danger being caused by parked cars.


Parking was generally considered a problem in many parts of the village. The bend outside the Motte and Bailey was mentioned in particular. Parking in Holwell Road is considered to cause an actual danger. The High Street fared particularly badly in people’s perception. The High Street in front of the Fox (even though the Fox has its own customer car park), the section outside the School at drop-off and pick-up times and the slope towards Shillington Road being mentioned by many. However by far the largest response was reserved for the section of the High Street between Coleman’s Close and Cromwell Way.


Speeding vehicles were noted as causing a danger, in particular on the Hitchin Road from Pirton Cross (junction with Hitchin to Barton road) to Walnut Tree Lane and a significant number of people would like to see white lines painted along this road. Almost all roads within the village were identified as areas where speeding occurs. Some villagers suggested a reduced speed limit whilst others indicated that traffic calming should be considered. One respondent felt that this would be unnecessary by the village pond, as the ducks were sufficiently good at this!

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