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Airport Parking                                                                    October 2016

North Somerset Council is responding to the increased amount of temporary car-parking sites that are appearing for Bristol airport, and complaints about these from the public, by proposing to remove automatic "permitted development" rights for the storage, parking, cleaning, maintenance or repair of motor vehicles (unless this is within the existing lawful use of the land).  It has published a formal notice about its proposal and a map defining the affected area (which does not include Wraxall or Failand).  Further information about the consultation can be found on the council's website or viewed in Nailsea Library.  The response period runs from 1-30 November 2016.


Nuisance Bonfires                                                                August 2016

Several residents have reported smoky bonfires, which cause a nuisance.  North Somerset Council can look into such incidents and provide assistance.  Either contact Council Connect on 01934-888802 or report through the Nusiance Reporting page of their website  Also look out for more information in North Somerset Life.


Community Resilience Drop-In Sessions                           August 2016

North Somerset Council is running a number of drop-in sessions over the coming months for those who are interested in finding out more about community resilience and perhaps getting involved in supporting this within their own community.  More details are available here. 


Failand Fibre Broadband Live!                                            March 2016

Last week the new communications cabinet close to the traffic lights on the Clevedon Road went live.  Find out more on our broadband page :/Failand-Broadband.aspx


Wraxall School Crossing Patrol                                                 May 2016

From September 2016, all schools will have to pay for their crossing patrol ("lollipop lady") themselves, following North Somerset Council's withdrawal of funding.  Wraxall Primary School's position on a sloping bend of such a busy road makes a crossing patrol essential to ensure child safety.  Various funding sources are being explored, to avoid the school having to divert money away from teaching and learning.

Thank you if you nominated the school to have a chance of winning a year's funding for its Lollipop Lady in the Churchill Insurance campaign to improve road safety.  The outcome of this is awaited.  The school's children, staff and governors are very grateful for your support.

Dr Liam Fox MP has intervened at the request of the parish council.  North Somerset Council has advised Dr Fox that it is investigating the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing.


Failand Broadband                                                                March 2016

We are happy to report that works are currently taking place to install the DSLAM cabinet that will bring fibre broadband to Failand. If all goes well we will see a new cabinet appear alongside the existing communication cabinet on the Clevedon Rd close to the Beggar Bush Lane traffic lights.

If you see the OpenReach staff, please make them welcome.

Following the groundworks it will take some time to map the connections from each home from the existing cabinet to the new one. This work may take up to three months.  

Once the work is complete we will update the this website and you can contact your broadband supplier to ensure you are making the best use of the new infrastructure.


Development around Failand                                              February 2016

Readers of the North Somerset Times may have noticed on the front page of the 27 January 2016 edition the strapline ‘Thousands of homes for towns and villages: Failand – 124’.  We have been advised that this pertains to the development at Redwood Lodge on Beggar Bush Lane, which is in the parish of Abbots Leigh, not in our parish, for a retirement care community consisting of 124 apartments with associated communal facilities.  Failand is within the Green Belt and no major development is planned.


Road Closures for Surface Dressing   * CHANGED DATES *                       August 2016

Somerset will be resurfacing several roads during August.  Details of all of these can be found on the roadworks map page of the North Somerset website and more infomation about what is being done and why on an information sheet.  Within Wraxall and Failand, two roads will be resurfaced and will need to be closed for this to take place.

Failand Lane - entire length from junction with Mill Lane to junction with Sandy Lane: Sunday 14 August 2016 (deferred from 10 & 13 August)
Tickenham Hill (B3128) - from junction of Tower House Lane to junction with B3130 (Tickenham Road): Wednesday 17 August 2016 (deferred from 11-12 August) 

These dates are subject to change depending upon weather conditions (and these current dates are the third change from the dates notified originally).  Please find an alternative route for your journey on the days affected, and drive with caution (under 20 mph) along them during the period immediately afterwards, as there will be some loose chippings.  North Somerset will sweep the roads several times over the month after the work to minimise these, and will also replace any road markings during this periods.  If you need any additional information, you can contact Council Connect on 01934-888802: choose Option 4 for "Highways".


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 11-14 August 2016                  July 2016

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.  For full information about the fiesta, visit the event website.


Road Closure - Clevedon Road, Failand: 14 July 2016                  July 2016

NSC have advised that the road will be closed to vehicles at ‘’Lonemead’’, near the junction with Beggar Bush Lane from 9.30 am on 14 July to prepare for and undertake the felling of a dangerous tree.  ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Beggar Bush Lane – Longwood Lane – Clevedon Road B3128 (part) and vice versa


M32 Closure: 10-13 June 2016                                                           May 2016

There will be closures between Junctions 1 and 3 on the M32 over the weekend of Friday 10 June 2016 (from 8.00 pm) to Monday 10 June 2016 (6.00 am) to allow a new bridge to be installed for MetroBus.  For some periods this will be full closure with diversions (including overnight Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday).  The M32 will be fully open on Sunday between 6.00 am and 6.00 pm.  During other periods there will be full closure of part of the motorway, and partial closure with traffic management.  Full details of the closures and alternative routes can be found in the Briefing Leaflet and additional information at


Vacancy for a part-time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Wraxall & Failand Parish Council is looking for a part-time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, working 20 hours a week, from home, including attendance at evening meetings as our current Clerk will be retiring at the end of August.  For further details click on this link


Annual Parish Meeting: Tuesday 3 May 2016 - 7.30 pm         updated 30 April 2016

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 May 2016 in the Failand Village Hall.  This is not a formal parish council meeting, but the annual opportunity to receive updates on community activities in Failand and Wraxall, including allotments, road safety, public rights of way and the Wraxall Parochial Charities.  Mr John Turner [Chief Executive of the Somerset Tourism Association] has had to withdraw at short notice, and we are pleased to welcome instead Mr Jon Ducker, Visitor Experience Manager at Tyntesfield, as the main speaker.  Light refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm.


West of England Joint Spatial Plan                                                       January 2016

North Somerset Council, along with Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Gloucestershire Council, are developing a Joint Spatial Plan, with the aim of co-ordinating the development of housing, communities and their supporting infrastructure (roads, travel, facilities etc) to the best benefit of residents.  The initial consultation closed in January 2016.  The next stage is the development of the Draft Plan, expected in Autumn 2016.

Pylons in the Parish updated 28 March 2016

You can find the report comissioned by the Parish Council in responce to the proposal of National Grid to connect the new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point here.

Report appendix Published on the 6th Jan 2009, here.

Report Appendix Published on the 11th August 2011, here.

The Parish Council as part of its challenge to the proposals of National Grid to erect pylons through the parish comissioned Claus Newmann to produce a report detailing alternatives.  The report published on the 10th July 2013 can be found here.

Summary of Written Representation of Wraxall & Failand Parish Council to the Planning Inspectorate hearing on 17 and 18 March 2015 can be found here.  The full Representation can be found here.  The statement by Chris Ambrose can be found here and the associated supporting documents here

Representation of Wraxall & Failand Parish Council to the Planning Inspectorate hearing on 23 April 2015 by Chris Ambrose can be found here

The presentation given at the Annual Parish Meeting 2015 can be found here.

An article in the Ecologist (7 Oct 2015) provides a view on the energy policy brief being taken out of the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and handed it to the new National Infrastructure Commission at this link

Report made by Chris Ambrose to Parish Council Meeting (March 2016) about Judicial Review