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Snow Wardens                                                                                                    November 2013
As part of the Community Resilience Network, North Somerset Council is looking to develop Snow Wardens across the district.  These volunteers will work in their local community to check resources, such as making sure grit bins are full and co-ordinating snow clearance.  Keep key footpaths and venues open through any snow event – snow shovels and hi-vis provided for free!!  Join forces with your neighbours to become Snow Wardens and help each other when the weather gets tough.

Four training sessions arranged as follows:

5th November            Town Hall      10-11.30
14th November          Castlewood   10-11.30
19th November          Town Hall      10-11.30
27th November          Castlewood   10-11.30

To find out more visit:
Residents are asked to register their interest by phoning the contact centre on 01934 888 802


Bus services through Wraxall – changes from 3 Nov (update 1) Oct 13
Services 354, 362 and 363, operated by First between Clevedon/Nailsea and Bristol via Wraxall, will be combined into one service from 3 November.  This will be called X8.  However, all journeys will operate via Backwell, not Wraxall.

North Somerset Coaches are withdrawing services 55 and X54, with the last day of operation on Friday 8 November.

Abus have registered to operate these services, but their short notice application was refused by the Traffic Commissioner. The start date they were given for these services was Thursday 14 November.  Given that this would therefore leave Wraxall without a bus service for three days, Abus have offered to start running the service early, but with free journeys for all passengers between Monday 11 November to Wednesday 13 November. Bus services that do not charge fares do not need to be registered.

Timetables are now available on the Traveline website at

First, who have also registered a half-hourly peak-hour service, numbered X9.  The outcome of this is not yet known.

Both services will be Mondays to Fridays.  During peak-hours (approx. 6.30am-9.45am and 3.45pm to 6.45pm) there will be departures from Wraxall at least every half hour to/from Bristol and Nailsea.  Off-peak (approx. 9.45am-3.45pm), service 55 offers a two hourly service into Bristol and Nailsea.

Parish Councillor completes charity cycle ride                                                    August 2013
Cllr Bob Sheppard has completed his charity cycle ride between Lands End and John O’Groats, raising funds for Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Research.  He would be most pleased if you could take time to look at this website:


Creation of a new Bridleway on the Tyntesfield Estate   August 2013
North Somerset Council in agreement with the National Trust has recently created new Public Bridleways on the Tyntesfield Estate, details and map at:,%20Wraxall%20(pdf).pdf


Electoral Review of North Somerset - update               September 2013
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of North Somerset to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections, as outlined in the item for Feb 2013 below.
North Somerset District Council currently has 61 councillors. The Commission believes that a council size of 50 members will ensure the council can discharge its roles and responsibilities effectively.  Their draft recommendations propose that North Somerset’s 50 councillors should represent 20 single member and 15 two-member wards across the district.  In the rural north and Gordano Valley area, they propose a two-member Long Ashton ward and single-member Gordano Valley and Pill wards. 
Extract from the Commission’s report.

The Commission  have agreed with and reflected Wraxall & Failand Parish Council’s strong view that residents of the parish are well-served by the District Councillors for Wraxall & Long Ashton.  The draft proposal is for the ward to be expanded to bring us in line with the required resident numbers by the inclusion of Leigh Woods Parish and at the same time maintaining our rural nature.  The number of District Councillors for this ward has remained unchanged. Previous Parish Council comments:

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for North Somerset Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or
email them by 18 November 2013.  Their website:

Wraxall & Failand Parish Council intend discussing this at their next meeting on 12 November 2013.


Activities for children and young people                                                   June 2013
Community Opportunities in Nailsea (COIN) was set up last year. It's area includes Wraxall & Failand. 
This is a Local Commissioning Network, one of 11 in North Somerset, which have a strategic
overview of the needs of children and young people in their community. The focus is on supporting
the delivery of positive activities based on arts, sports, leisure, play, informal education and community
based projects for children, young people and their communities; this includes promoting healthy
and safe lifestyles.
COIN has agreed funding towards a sculpture trail at Tyntesfield, created by young people with local artists.
COIN is backing this year’s skate competition at the annual Nailsea Showcase, which is set to be a
bigger event than before to attract as many people as possible. It takes place in Millennium Park
on Saturday 20 July. Choirs, drama groups, bands and dance groups will be performing, with fun
competitions throughout the day, and groups will be advertising their activities in the marquees.


Electoral review of North Somerset update                                         May 2013
Following the last consulation (see below) the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is
proposing that North Somerset should be represented by 51 district councillors.  They are now asking
for evidence on the issues below by 4 June 2013:
•Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
•Which areas do you identify as your local community?
•Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities

The Parish Council will be submitting a response.  You can submit your response at:


Annual Parish Meeting, Failand Village Hall
7.30 pm, Tuesday 7 May 
                                                                            May 2013

Refreshments will be available from 7pm.  There will be a summary of the past year, reports from
Neighbourhood Watch and Wraxall Charities, and an update on the campaign against Pylons.
There will also be an introduction to North Somerset Council's Community Resilience Initiative, which
is intended to support the local community at the time of an emergency.


Help shape the future of North Somerset                                             March 2013

North Somerset Council is now inviting comments on their draft Sites and Policies Plan which will provide detailed allocations and policies to guide development proposals to 2026. Wraxall & Failand Parish Council will be discussing this at our meeting on 12 March.  You can view the document and comment directly:


No Smoking Day - Wednesday 13 March 2013                       February 2013

This year the British Heart Foundation theme 'Swap Fags for Swag' is all about what smokers will gain
when they quit - as well as improved health, they'll have extra cash to spend on whatever they like!


Crime Prevention Surgery 4 February 2013                                      January 2013

In response to an unusual increase in burglaries and theft from cars in the parish over the past
2 months a 'drop-in' crime  prevention surgery will be held in the mobile police station which
will be parked at Failand Village Hall from 2 - 3 pm and again from 7 -8 pm on Monday, 4 February.


Severe Weather                                                                                                       January 2013

During extreme weather for the latest information about emergency closures and information for
schools, travel, waste re-cycling and other services visit:

Winter Weather Special for North Somerset Life:

Clearing snow and ice.  Residents who want to help their communities can clear snow from paths
outside their homes to prevent them freezing over with slippery ice.  There is no law stopping people
from clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside their property as long as it is done carefully
and not made more dangerous than before.  Follow the snow code:

Snow Wardens.  As part of the community resilience network, North Somerset Council is looking to
develop Snow Wardens across the district.  These volunteers will work in their local community to
check resources, such as making sure grit bins are full and co-ordinating snow clearance.  To find out
more visit:
Residents are asked to register their interest by phoning the contact centre on 01934 888 802.


Electoral review of North Somerset                                                        February 2013
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of North
Somerset to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. The district currently has relatively
high levels of electoral inequality where some councillors represent significantly more, or fewer, than
other members of the council. For example, Portishead East ward has 68% more voters in it than the
average for the district. The situation means that the value of your vote varies depending on where
you live in North Somerset.

The review aims to ensure that each North Somerset councillor represents roughly the same number
of voters and that ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities

The Commission has considered views put to it by the political groups and local councillors and is now
asking residents whether they think the district should be represented by 46 or 51 district councillors.

From 8 January 2013 to 18 February 2013 they are inviting proposals on the number of councillors
who should represent North Somerset in the future. See:


Senior Siren                                                                                                                      January 2013
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary Senior Citizen Liaison Team comprises of a number of outreach and
engagement services which aim to offer complementary crime prevention, victim support and social advocacy
services to the older adult population.  Their focus is very heavily targeted at vulnerable older adults who may
be at risk of deception-type doorstep crimes (distraction burglary, rogue traders, etc) as these offences are
particularly damaging for the unfortunate victims and their family group.  To make our community aware of
the actions to take to enhance their home and personal safety a free quarterly magazine called the
Senior Siren is published on their website: