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News Archive: 2017


Potential development NE of Nailsea     November 2016   Updated 1 Mar 2017

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council (WFPC) are aware that North Somerset Council (NSC) received a representation from Land Value Alliances (LVA) on the March 2016 Site Allocation Plan requesting that land within the parish of Wraxall, to the north east of Nailsea and shown edged in red on the plan on this link, be included as a residential/mixed use allocation. The proposal is for approximately 600 houses, which to put into perspective is double the size of The Elms.

A copy of LVA's representation is in this link. 

North Somerset Council’s formal response was:

“This site lies within the Green Belt. The Site Allocations Plan (SAP) allocates sufficient land to meet Core Strategy targets without the need to amend the Green Belt. In accordance with Para 83 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF,) exceptional circumstances do not exist to warrant a review of the Green Belt and this position was supported by the Inspector at the hearing into the remitted Core Strategy policies in June 2016”

Given that, in the view of the Planning Inspectorate, NSC are struggling to meet the 5 year housing supply and that Nailsea Town Council is pressing for Green Belt boundaries to be reviewed (not just to the NE of Nailsea), it is possible that the Green Belt argument will not in itself be sufficient to prevent this proposed development.

WFPC invited views from residents to help the Parish Council formulate a response to the latest consultation of the Site Allocation Plan.  The Parish Council's report, along with the residients comments and photographs of the flooding in this area can be viewed on this link

An article in the North Somerset Times (NST) states that LVA "will soon be applying for planning permission to build the properties on the 25 hectare site, with two hectares set aside for employment and the possibility of a bypass."  Residents are encouraged to complete the online survey sponsored by the paper at this link.

If residents feel strongly that there should be a right of appeal for building on green field land, then Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, is encouraging you to sign the petition to 'give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.' This petition calls for a parliamentary debate on government Housing and Planning policy over building on greenfield land and seeks community right of appeal on planning decisions and the removal of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Update 1 March 2017 The petition has reached 10,000 signatures and has received a government response.  The government does not believe that a right of appeal against the grant of planning permission for communities is necessary.  The full response to this petition can be seen at this link.

If the petition receives 100,000 signatures the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament


Road Closure: Longwood Lane                                          May 2017

Wales & West Utilities are currently undertaking work on Providence Lane in Long Ashton, and have encountered problems that mean the duration of these will be extended until 12 June 2017.  As a consequence, their planned work on Longwood Lane has been deferred, and is now expected to start on 13 June 2017, and last for eleven weeks.  The work will be carried out in two phases (to accommodate the Bristol Balloon Festival.

Phase One: Tuesday 13 June 2017 to Monday 7 August 2017
Phase Two: Tuesday 15 August 2017 to Monday 4 September 2017

Longwood Lane will be closed from the former Redwood Lodge to the junction with Clevedon Road (B3128) and Clarken Coombe (B3128).  The diversion route is along the unaffected part of Longwood Lane, Beggar Bush Lane and Clevedon Road.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta: 10-13 August 2017                                              May 2017

As usual, during the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, some road restrictions will be in place, both for safety and to control traffic flow.  Details of the road closures, and parking restrictions, can be found in the North Somerset road closure notice.  Full details of the Balloon Fiesta itself are on the event website.


Wraxall School Summer Fayre: Friday 30 June - 3.30 pm  June 2017

Wraxall Primary School is holding its annual fun-filled Summer Fayre at Failand Village Hall on Friday 30 June 2017: 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm.  A fun family afternoon to which everyone is welcome.

There will be a delicious BBQ, games, prizes, and entertainment for the children including a bouncy castle, animal encounters, crafts, music, face painting and more. Buy tickets to the raffle with loads of great prizes from days out to gym memberships and more. Run by the Friends of Wraxall School Association (registered charity 1134471), this annual event is a great chance to have fun and connect with other people in the community.

Book your tickets online or buy them on the door: £3.00 per family.  For more information: visit the FWSA Facebook page or email the FSWA.  See you there!


Road Closure: Oxhouse Lane - Monday 24 July 2017        June 2017

North Somerset Council will be surface dressing Oxhouse Lane on Monday 24 July 2017 and the road will be closed while this takes place.  There will be loose chippings on the road after the treatment: these will be swept up within 48 hours, and twice more during the following four weeks.  Signs will be erected recommending drivers to restrict their speed to 20  mph.


Road Closures for Patching Repairs                                         April 2017

The North Somerset Council Highways team will be carrying out patching repairs to the following roads during May, ready for them to be surface dressed during the summer months:

Oxhouse Lane, Failand – work is due on Monday 15 May
North Road, Abbots Leigh – work is due on Tuesday 16 May
Yanley Lane, Long Ashton – work is due to start on Wednesday 17 May for two days.

 The roads will need to be closed while the patching takes place. Surface dressing to extend the life of roads where the structure is sound but the surface has started to deteriorate – you can read more in the latest issue of North Somerset Life magazine.


Changes to Traffic Flow in Bristol City Centre                        March 2017

New traffic flow arrangements through Bristol city centre will be introduced on Sunday 2 April 2017.  These will simplify the layout, and provide dedicated routes for cars, pedestrians, cyclists, buses and taxis.  Full details are available on the TravelWest website, including plans and a video.


New Garden Waste Collection                                                      February 2017

North Somerset Council's new garden waste collection service starts on 1 March 2017.  From that date, the garden waste collectors will only call at properties that have registered for the service, and will only collect waste from the new garden waste bins (or new style garden waste bags if your property is not suitable for a wheeled waste bin).  If you haven't yet registered, you can do this at


Great Weston Bike Ride: Sunday 16 July 2017                        February 2017

Entry is open for this year's Great Weston Bike Ride but if you'd like to take part in this 57 mile challenge bike ride from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare through the Mendips and the Somerset levels you need to act fast as places are limited and going quickly.  Alternatively, why not plan to be a spectator and supporter?  There are many lovely places to choose from, including several close at hand, as the race route begins in Long Ashton and heads out through Barrow Gurney before joining the A38.  If you're not a cyclist or a spectator, it might be worth making a note of the date and avoiding the affected roads on the day.  For more information, visit the race website or have a look at the event flyer.


Consideration of Grant Requests                                               January 2017

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council considers grant requests from local organisations as part of its annual budget setting process.  The criteria and process are laid out in the Consideration of Grant Requests Policy.  Applications should be made in writing, on the application form, and submitted to the Parish Clerk by email.  The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 April 2017.  The form details the supporting documents and information that should accompany it.  Applications will be considered at the Parish Council meeting of 11 April 2017, which applicants are welcome to attend, and, at the Chairman's discretion, may address the Council, for up to three minutes.  If you wish to do this, please advise the Clerk when you submit your application.


Charity Bike Ride: Saturday 8 April 2017                             March 2017

The "Tour de Bristol" chairty bike ride, in aid of St Peter's Hospice, takes place on Saturday 8 April 2017.  There are three routes, covering a wide area, and including Weir Lane, Sandy Lane, Failand Lane and Lodge Lane.  Riders will start from the Clifton College Sports Ground on Abbots Leigh Road, and pass through Lower Failand early in the route (probably between about 8.30 am and 10.30 am).  The organisers have advised that this is not a race, and reminded riders of the need to comply with the Highway Code and be considerate of other road-users.  Full details of the routes can be found on the Tour de Bristol website.


Grass Maintenance Contract: Tenders Sought                                                March 2017

Tenders are invited for maintenance of the nineteen areas of grass within the villages of Failand and Wraxall.  Further details, include who to contact, are in the advertisement.  The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 4 April 2017.


Village Agent’s Roadshow at Failand Village Hall
Tuesday 28th March 2pm – 4.30pm

Free to anyone over 50 - light refreshments included.   Meet local groups, agencies & service providers, including: Age UK, The Local Police Team, Trading Standards, Healthwatch, Community Connect, WERN, Somerset & Avon Aged Veterans Project.  The aim of the Roadshow is to let people know what help is available in a relaxed environment.


Annual Parish Meeting: Tuesday 2 May 2017 - 7.30 pm       April 2017

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 May 2017 in the Cross Tree Centre, next to All Saints Church, Wraxall.  This is not a formal parish council meeting, but the annual opportunity to receive updates on community activities in Wraxall and Failand, including planning, road safety, public rights of way and the Wraxall Parochial Charities.  Sarah Merriman, General Manager for National Trust estate around Bristol including Tyntesfield, will be the main speaker.  

Light refreshments will be served from 7 pm.


Closure of Beggar Bush Lane: Wednesday 22 March 2017                                                                                                                                      March 2017

North Somerset Councill will be closing Beggar Bush Lane (B3129) to carry out urgent patching and draining repairs on Wednesday 22 March 2017 between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.  Diversion signs will be in place and traffic marshalls available to advise drivers about alternative routes.  There will be no access to Beggar Bush Lane from the A369.  Businesses will be open as usual, and access to the Bristol & Clifton Golf Club and the Audley Redwood construction site will be maintained from the B3218 Clevedon Road end of the closure.