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Snow Wardens - this Thursday                                               November 2015
Want to help prepare your community for winter? Volunteer to become a snow warden and help keep local access routes clear when the weather gets tough. Perhaps there is a specific site that needs clearing such as your local school, village shop, doctors surgery? 
Join forces with your neighbours to keep your community moving this winter - snow shovels and hi-vis provided for free!!
To register your interest, please either call 01934 426322 or email snow.warden@n-somerset.gov.uk with your name, contact information and preferred date(s) for attending the training session at 26th November Clevedon, Castlewood 10-11.30am
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Free Advice for Homeowners Planning Alterations           October 2015

Homeowners who are planning major alterations or extensions to their properties can get free advice at the North Somerset Council "Extension Convention".  The event will be a one-stop shop for those thinking of undertaking major projects.  It is being held at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday 24 November 2015 from 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm.   There is no need to book: just turn up.  For further information, please see the attached flyer and/or call 01275-888811

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Starting Primary School in 2016                                      October 2015

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you need to apply (online) for their 2016/17 school place by 11.59 pm on Friday 15 January 2016.  More information is available from the School Admission page of the North Somerset Council website or by calling 012275-884078.  There will be a prospective new parent tour at Wraxall Primary School on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 9.30 am.  Contact the school office for more information and/or to book a place: 01275-854216

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Snow Warden Training Sessions                                      October 2015

Want to help prepare your community for winter?  Volunteer to become a snow warden and help keep local access routes clear when the weather gets tough.  Perhaps there is a specific site that needs clearing such as your local school, village shop, doctors' surgery?  Join forces with your neighbours to keep your community moving this winter: snow shovels and hi-vis clothing provided for free!!

Dates, times and locations for snow warden training sessions:

Tuesday 20 October 2015: 11.30 am - 1.00 pm at Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Thursday 22 October 2015: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Tuesday 3 November 2015: 1.30 pm - 1.00 pm at Castlewood, Clevedon
Thursday 12 November 2015: 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Wednesday 18 November 2015: 10.00 am - 11.30 am at Castlewood, Clevedon
Thursday 26 November 2015: 10.00 am - 11.30 am at Castlewood, Clevedon

To book your place, either telephone the North Somerset Community Resilience Team on 01934-426322 or send an email, giving your name, address and contact telephone number.  If you can get a group of at least ten interested volunteers together, the team will come to you.

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End of British Summer Time                                                     October 2015

Don't forget that clocks go BACK by one hour at 2.00 am on Sunday 25 October 2015.  Enjoy your extra hour - and the lighter mornings (for a while, at least).

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Closure of Bristol Road: 17-21 August 2015                          August 2015

The B3130 Bristol Road (between its junctions with Wraxall Hill and The Grove) is scheduled to be closed between 8.00 pm and 6.00 am from Monday 17 August (evening) until Friday 21 August (morning).  This is to allow Western Power to undertake improvement work to overhead power wires and poles.  The diversion route is via the B3128 between Nailsea and Long Ashton.  Further details can be found in the North Somerset Council notice.  Should the work not be completed within this period, the duration of closure may be extended.  Residents of the closed portion of Bristol Road will be able to gain vehicular access to their properties during the closure.

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Improved Bus Service: X6 via Failand                                      August 2015

The X6 Clevedon to Bristol, via Failand, will run hourly on Monday to Saturday evenings, doubling the current frequency: see updated timetable (from 23 August 2015).

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Improved Bus Service: X9 via Wraxall                                     August 2015

The current X10 Nailsea to Bristol service, via Wraxall, is being withdrawn and replaced with new service X9, which will run every 30 minutes through the day from Monday to Saturday, and hourly during the evening and on Sunday: see updated timetable (from 23 August 2015).

This service is being introduced following consultation with Nailsea and Wraxall residents.  North Somerset is providing kick-start funding to enhance the bus links between Nailsea and Bristol with the intention that the service becomes commercially viable.  It's really important, therefore, that residents make good use of this new service to try and ensure that it continues beyond 2016.

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Parish Council Annual Return 2014/15                                  August 2015

Each year, the Parish Council is required to submit accounting and governance statements to the Audit Commission's external auditor, and then publish the certified annual return.

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Changes to Bus Services through Failand and Wraxall       August 2015
North Somerset Council is providing ‘kick-start’ funding to enhance the bus links between Nailsea and Bristol from 23 August 2015 with the intention that it will become commercially viable.   NSC and the bus companies have considered views put forward by residents and this Council during the consultation in February.   The X6 Bristol to Clevedon (via Failand) service will run every 60 minutes during the evenings (Monday to Saturday), doubling the current frequency.  The X10 Bristol to Nailsea (via Wraxall) service will be withdrawn and replaced with the new X9 service, which will run every 30 minutes during the day (Monday to Saturday).  Detailed timetables should be available shortly from the First Group website.

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta: 6-9 August 2015                                                  July 2015

As usual, during this year's balloon fiesta, some road restrictions will be implemented, both for safety and to control traffic flow.  Details of the closures, and parking restrictions, can be found in the North Somerset Council notice.

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The Parish Council welcomes new Councillors                                 June 2015

Paul Amos and Mrs Lucy Vowles were co-opted to the Council at the meeting on 9 June to fill vacancies following the election in May. They join another new Councillor, Mrs Alison Lock, and other Councillors, who were re-elected unopposed.  Chris Ambrose, Dr Hugh Pratt and Jon Thompson did not stand for re-election and are thanked for their contribution over the years.  The membership of the new Council is shown on this link.

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Local Road Closures Delayed                                                                 June 2015
North Somerset Council has advised that Surface Dressing Programme has been delayed by a week.  The notice below of road closures has been updated with the new dates.

  • Tower House Lane, Wraxall for installation of a new water supply on 1 July 2015 anticipated to be of one day
  • B3128 Clevedon Road, Wraxall & Failand for surface dressing on 11 July 2015, anticipated to be of one day.  Alternative Routes: Weston Road, Belmont Hill, B3130 (Clevedon Road, High Street, Stock Way North, Clevedon Road) and vice versa.
  • Portbury Lane and the High Street, Portbury for surface dressing on 9 July 2015, anticipated to be of one day.  Alternative Routes: A369 (Martcombe Road, Haberfield Hill, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh Road) B3129 (Beggar Bush Lane) B3128 (Clevedon Road) and vice versa.
  • Whitehouse Lane, Clapton in Gordano for surface dressing on 9 July 2015, anticipated to be of one day.  Alternative Routes: Naish Hill, Clapton Lane, B3124 (Clevedon Road, Walton Road) B3130 (Tickenham Road, Clevedon Road, Tickenham Hill) Cuckoo lane and vice versa.

Please note, surface dressing is largely weather dependent and dates may be subject to alteration.  To find out more on the Surface Dressing process, why NSC carry out these works and any precautions that need to be taken, click here.

To view current and planned roadworks (on the North Somerset website), please click here.

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Allotments Working Group - public meeting 7.30 pm Wednesday 10 June
Cross Tree Centre, Wraxall
                                                                           
June 2015
This is an opportunity for residents who are interested in having an allotment off Lodge Lane to find out more, consider the way forward and meet members of the Parish Council Working Group at the Cross Tree Centre, All Saints’ churchyard, Wraxall.

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Survey to uncover Rural Crime Impact                                          June 2015

A national survey aims to uncover the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on rural communities.  The biggest ever rural survey into crime and anti-social behaviour seeks to find out how the police can better serve rural communities.  It is being conducted by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), which is supported by 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across England and Wales.  People living or working in rural areas are being encouraged to take part in the survey, which will be open until Wednesday, 24 June.  More details can be found here and to take part in the survey please click here.
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Annual Parish Meeting  - 7.30pm 26 May 2015 at Cross Tree Centre, Wraxall
Would you like to find out what your Parish Council has been doing for the last year? 

Then, come along to the Cross Tree Centre in All Saints’ Churchyard, Wraxall.  It’s an opportunity to meet your Parish Councillors, raise any issues and put questions to them.  The Wraxall Parochial Charities will also be presenting their annual report.

Light refreshments will be available from 7pm – all are welcome.
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Two vacancies exist in the office of Councillor                                        May 2015

The Council believes that it is in the interests of the Parish that the vacancies on the Council are filled, and that this be achieved by co-option. Persons who are keen to become a Councillor and are eligible to become co-opted (see below) are to put their names forward to the Clerk, attaching a short CV, by Thursday, 28th May 2015, preferably by email or by post.  More information about becoming a Parish Councillor is in the notice about Local Elections below.

Interviews will be held in the Cross Tree Centre, All Saints’ churchyard, Wraxall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Eligibility for co-option, is as follows:

(a) 21 years of age, and

(b) either:

Be a local government elector for the parish, or
Be an occupier (owner or tenant) of land or premises in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
Have their place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
Have resided in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
Have resided within three miles of the parish boundary for the previous 12 months.

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Hustings for General Election - 27 April 7.30 pm at Nailsea School               April 15
This is being organised by the Churches Together in Nailsea & District and held in the scool auditorium.  Free admission and refreshments availble afterwards.
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Local Elections – 7 May 2015                                                                                 March 2015
May's local elections offer an opportunity for you to become a parish councillor. You may have watched the television adaption of JK Rowling's Casual Vacancy, which shows divisions in a community played out around a fictional parish council.  The National Association of Local Councils thinks one of the points of the plot about different parts of a local community trying to improve people's lives via a parish council is a right one – their comments can be found on this link. The Chairman of Hook Norton Parish Council has responded to the programme in an article in The Telegraph, which you can read by clicking on this link.

If you are interested in standing as a parish councillor, then there are details on North Somerset Council’s website, on this link

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Wraxall Village Walk Poll & Allotments Questionnaire                      March 2015
We are circulating a Poll on the Wraxall Village Walk. Our Parish Plan highlighted the wish of residents for improvements to the footpath network through the Parish. The Council formed a Footpath Committee, and considerable work has been done to address this issue.

A new riverside walk has been created along the Land Yeo, thanks to local landowners. A path enabling walkers to walk through Wraxall away from the busy B3130 is currently being considered. Again, thanks to the generosity of the landowners, possible route(s) have been identified. However, there may be significant costs in the order of £20,000 in order to achieve this. The Parish Council wishes to establish whether residents on the electoral roll wish to fund this via the Precept as a one-off payment; this would equate to £17.70 for a D-rated property. The Precept is collected on behalf of the Parish by NSC, at the same time as the Council Tax.

If you have not received a Poll leaflet, or wish to have additional copies then please click on this link.

At the same time we are circulating a questionnaire on Allotments.  If you have not received one, or wish to have additional copies then please click on this link.

There will be collection boxes for reply slips to the Poll and for Questionnaire responses at Budgens, Wraxall Village Club and the Failand Post Office.  Reply slips should be returned by 12 April 2015.

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Community Clear Up Day - Saturday 21 March                                           March 2015
Wraxall & Failand Parish Councillors participated in the Community Clear Up, a national initiative for a ’spring clean’, being delivered in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.  There’s been litter picking at the lay-by west of Wraxall Primary School and in Tower House Lane, and it’s planned for some of the lanes around Failand.

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South Bristol Link drop-in session 3 - 7 pm 26 February                 February 2015
The main contractor for South Bristol Link (SBL), will be holding a pre-construction drop-in session on Thursday 26 February 2015 between 3pm and 7pm at the Long Ashton Community Centre, BS41 9DP. This session is open to members of the public and will be of interest to those who want to know about the construction taking place in their area. This is one of many session that they will be holding throughout the duration of the project.  You can link to the Travelwest website here and the SBL community website here

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Consultation Event - Nailsea to Bristol Bus Links                                   February 2015

North Somerset Council is seeking the views of local people about how to improve bus links between Nailsea and Bristol, particularly the villages of Wraxall and Backwell. Nailsea bus services are set to receive investment through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Any changes will come into effect from summer 2015.

Let them know how you would like to see bus services improved at one of the consultation events to be held at Nailsea Library at the following times:

Wednesday 11 February 2015 – 12.30pm to 5pm
Saturday 14 February 2015 – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Alternatively, you can take part in the consultation online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/nailseabuses

This will also be an item on the agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 10 February in the Cross Tree Centre.
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National Voter Registration Day                                                                              February 2015
We’re supporting National Voter Registration Day. If you’ve not yet registered to vote, go online now to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Your vote matters! Make sure you're in!