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Welcome to the Wraxall & Failand Parish Council.  This website has been designed to keep you informed about what’s going on in your parish and the work of the council.

If you would like to know when minutes are published or changes are made to this site, simply enter your name and email address in the box on the left of this page and we will keep you up to date by sending you an email.

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council - Grass Maintenence Contract January 2020

The Parish Council are inviting tenders for their grass maintenance contract which will run from May 2020 until April 2023.  The details of the work required can be found in this document.  If there are any queries about these specifications then please email the Clerk at

Tenders must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked ‘Grass Maintenance Contract’ with the tenderer's name also on this envelope.  This must then be placed in a larger envelope and posted to the Clerk at 11,Wyvern Mews, Churchill Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 3GZ to be received by 5pm on 7th February 2020.  Any tenders not contained in a sealed envelope, or received after this time will not be considered.  Please tender one sum for ALL this work.  Do not split your tender into separate amounts.

The contract will be awarded at the Parish Council meeting on 13th February 2020.


Temporary Road Closure Notice - Tower House Lane, Wraxall January 2020

NSC has issued a temporary road closure notice which will become operative on 22nd January 2020 and will last for a period of eighteen months.  The closure is expected to last three days, between the hours of (approximately) 0830 and 1630.  The notice can be found here.


Hinckley Connect Project - public drop in session in Wraxall January 2020

The HCP team will be holding a drop in session in the Cross Tree Centre on Thursday 13th February 2020 between 4.30pm and 7pm.  This will be followed by a short presentation to the Parish Councillors and public.  An invitation can be found here.


North Somerset Council - public consultations on the draft corporate plan and the 2020-21 budget.  January 2020

Comments can be made on these consultations using the below links:


North Somerset Council - Call for ‘Green Homes’ December 2019

NSC Councillor Karin Haverson has asked for the below request to be publicised:

Are you the proud occupant of a home with ‘green’ credentials, a home which is exceptionally well insulated, or has a living roof, a ground or air source heat pump or anything else you consider contributes to its energy efficiency? Do you generate your own electricity with solar panels or a wind turbine? Maybe you even live in a Passive Home or drive an electric car? Are you keen to spread the word about the benefits of such technology and prepared to open your doors to your fellow citizens?

We are planning to hold a ‘Green Open Homes’ event on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June 2020 and are looking for active participants to open their homes. And of course we will need lots of visitors! The event will be for the whole of North Somerset, but if we have enough interest, we may subdivide it into more local sections. 

If interested, please contact


Hinkley Connection Project - Construction of underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead update December 2019

An update regarding the project can be found here

The project team are planning to hold a 'drop in' session for the public in February 2020.  Further details of this event will be published here when known.


Amended Bus Servive Timetable 2020 - X8 and X9 routes  December 2019

Please note the amended bus timetable which commences on 5th January 2020.


Postponement of B3130 road closure near Battleaxes public house until week commencing 16th December  December 2019

Please see this update from Gigaclear, received on 4th December.

Our contractor Kier has confirmed that the work on Bristol Road will now be carried out not next week but the week after, (starting Monday 16th December 2019 and finishing on Friday 20th December 2019). The road will be closed between the daytime hours of 09:00 to 15:00.

The bus stops within the road closure will be suspended and the buses will not be able to pass through the road closure, we are in the process of informing the bus operators . I understand the last time we closed Bristol Road the buses used the diversion route without any major issues, (I appreciate it’s inconvenient for anyone that normally use the bus stops near the Battleaxes Inn). Residents of the area and customers of the Battleaxes will still be able to use the road during the closures although they may experience short delays.

First Buses have re;eased this notification:

Bristol Road in Wraxall will be closed to services X7 and X9 between 09:00 and 15:00 from Monday 16th to Friday 20th December for resurfacing works..

Services X7 and X9 from Bristol Bus Station after serving Long Ashton village to turn left and down A370 Ashton by-pass, coming off on the slip way after Colliters Road roundabout, Ashton Road, Clarken Coombe, Clevedon Road, Tickenham Hill then left into Clevedon Road to serve the two loops in Nailsea in both directions.

Regretfully the bus tops in between and including Kingcott Mill Farm and Esso Garage in Nailsea will not be served.


North Somerset Council rewilding programme December 2019

Following Council motion COU50 (23 July 2019 Full Council) NSC Officers have been identifying as many parks, open spaces and verges as possible that they currently carry out amenity grass cutting to rewild.  An ambitious target of 25% reduction in amenity grass areas has been identified to alter to either tall grass management or tree planting. The proposed sites are now out to public consultation, please follow this link  to the NSC web page which will; give more information around rewilding, provide a link to the NSC electronic map and provide the link to the eConsult page. If you have access to NSC Earthlight it is also possible to load the geoset Rewilding. The NSC Natural Environment Team will be contacting town and parish councils soon to set up meetings to discuss the proposals within their areas,

The only area in Wraxall and Failand Parish currently being considered for rewilding is in The Elms, Wraxall.

NSC will be looking for volunteers to help with the rewilding proposals including tree planting and monitoring, if anyone is interested please email NSC at

Parishioners are encouraged to respond to the public consultation.  Points that may be considered are:

  1. Community orchards may be prefereable to native woodland.
  2. A wild flower meadow may be preferable to tall grass which wouldl make it easier for recreational use and the exercising of dogs in the eastern area of the amenity space. 
  3. Another issue to consider is that the tree planting may obscure the view on the northern boundary of the green space.


Strawberry gardens - A new extra-care housing development being built in Yatton November 2019

Further information from North Somerset Council regarding this new development can be found here.


Update from the Parish Council Airport Association regarding the Bristol Airport expansion planning application November 2019

The Parish Council has received an extensive update from the PCAA, with a number of documents of interest.  These can be viewed here:

PCAA latest response to planning application

Update for Parishes November 2019

Letter from PCAA to Ontario Teacher's Pension board members (the airport's owners)

Response from Ontario Teacher's Pension board members

Aviation moratorium press release

Condition letter from PCAA to NSC

The is also a photo copy of a letter from Dave Lees the CEO for Bristol Airport to the PCAA.  It can be viewed here, but the quality of the letter is very poor.

NSC has postponed their decision on the airport expansion planning application until after the General Election.


Proposed road safety measures at junction of B3128 and Wraxall Hill November 2019

NSC Highways are considering measures to improve safety at the top of Wraxall Hill with the junction with the B3128.  They have this on their works programme for 2020-21. The scheme will incorporate the cutting back of the vegetation on the visibility splays and the installation of anti-skid surfaces both on the approaches and also for vehicles pulling out.  The new surface will improve traction between vehicles and the road surface and as such will assist vehicles slowing on the approach to the junction but also assist vehicle pulling out to get greater traction.  NSC Highways state that they have considered redesigning the junction however such a proposal would likely to be cost prohibitive as it would require considerable land take and carriageway construction.  The Parish Council has suggested that the current 40 mph speed limit on the B3128 be extended to include this junction


Temporary Road Closure Notice - Woodland Way, Owen Drive, Short Way, Bowden Way and Woodland Close, Failand October 2019

Please note that these roads will be closed for a period of up to five days during the hours of 0800 and 1700 for road resurfacing works.  The temporary final notice, which can be viewed here  is for a period of eighteen months commencing 11th November 2019, so the work could commence anytime after that date.


Bristol Airport planning application update  September 2019

The Parish Council Airport Association (PCAA) has submitted an addendum to their submissions to the planning application.  The addendum can be viewed here.

The PCAA has received a letter from the Rt. Hon Dr. Liam Fox MP, which can be viewed here .

The PCAA has been notified of a letter from Lord Debam of the Committee for Climate Change to the Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, which can be viewed here.


Joint Spatial Plan update  September 2019

The Planning Inspectors’ second letter regarding the JSP has been received and is now available to view here


Notice of Conclusion of External Audit  August 2019

The Parish Council's external auditors PKF Littlejohn PLC have completed their audit for 2019 which can be viewed here.  Copies can be purchased from the Clerk for a fee of £10.


New report challenges claims made by Bristol Airport for expansion  August 2019

Details of a new report by an independent think tank commissioned by CPRE can be found on this link


West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) Rejected!    August 2019

The Inspectors conducting the examination of the JSP continue to have significant concerns about the soundness of the plan.  You can read more in our section dedicated to the JSP, here.


Appeal to raise fund to finance a barrister to fight Bristol Airport expansion plans July 2019

Bristol Airport is Big Enough – Help Stop Further Expansion

Help to fund a legal challenge on the planning application

Today 2 July, a group of environmental activists and local residents launched a crowd-funding initiative via the well-regarded ‘Crowdjustice’ platform to seek funds from people who are concerned with the expansion of Bristol Airport. The money raised will pay for a leading barrister to provide expert advice on the Bristol Airport application.  They need to raise the money quickly to stop an extra 23,600 air transport movements a year which will bring increased noise and pollution.  They have concerns that the expansion will turn neighbouring green belt land into a car park and create greater congestion on local roads. The aviation sector is the fastest growing source of greenhouses gases.

Contact:  Hilary Burn


Joint Spatial Plan submissions affecting our parish        June 2019

The four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire are working together to produce a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). The Plan sets out the policies and principles for determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development to meet our housing, employment and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.

This Plan will sit above and guide each councils' own Local Plans. The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was submitted to the Secretary of State on the 13th April 2018 and on this date the JSP entered the ‘examination stage.’

JSP Examination Hearing Sessions will commence on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 in Bath.

Wraxall & Failand Parish Council have been following the development of the JSP since the start of the process in 2016 and has made a number of representations to the consultations.  You can find our submissions on this website.

A number of developers have submitted documents to the JSP Examination.  There are two areas within our parish that are affected.  Land to the North of Nailsea and Failand.

We have placed the relevant documents on our website you can download them 'here'.

We should point out that at this stage these are very speculative proposals, however it is important even at this early stage  that local opinion is represented.  If you have a comment on either of the plans, please email Tony Jay our clerk.  We will consolidate and ensure the comments are represented at the hearing.

We have created a new section on this website to keep you updated on the development and examination of the Joint Spatial plan.  You can find this under the 'community' section.


Internal Audit Completed June 2019

The Parish Council's internal audit for 2018-19 has been completed.  The Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) can be found here

Parishioners are entitled to examine the Parish Council's accounts for 2018-19 if they wish.  The procedure for doing this, and timescales, can be found here


Bristol Airport Expansion Plan March 2019

Please visit this website, which offers information about the Bristol Airport expansion plan, and how to comment about it.

Also this Facebook link:


Wraxall and Failand Parish Council Response to The West of England Joint Spatial Plan 2036 (JSP) - Technical Evidence Consultation, November 2018 January 2019

The Parish Council's response has been submitted, and can be viewed here.


Bristol Airport Planning Application December 2018

The Bristol Airport planning application for growth up to 12 million passengers per year has now been published. Wraxall and Failand Parish Council are members of the Parish Council Airport Association which comprises of Parishes affected by the airport in North Somerset and beyond.  The PCAA is firmly against the application for a host of reasons including traffic gridlock and major noise and environmental problems.  The Parish Council, and the PCAA request that every resident to object to this application.  The PCAA has provided guideness upon how to comment here

The PCAA have prepared a You Tube video showing their views on the effects of airport expansion


Wraxall & Failand Parish Council Response to North Somerset Council’s Local Plan 2036 Issue and Options Document December 2018

The Parish Council's response can be found here


Joint Spatial Plan - Technical Evidence Work Consultation November 2018

NSC are inviting comments on the Joint Spatial Plan – Technical Evidence Work Consultation before 7th January 2019.  Members of the public are encouraged to respond themselves.  The Parish Council's response will be posted on this website when formulated. Further information on how to respond can be found here


Joint Spatial Plan - Transport update to Parish Councillors November 2018

Paish Councillors received a transport briefing regarding the Joint Spatial Plan at their recent meeting.  The PowerPoint presentation can be found here


Response to the Bristol Airport Development Proposals  July 2018

The Parish Council's response to the Airport Development Proposals can be found here


Gigaclear Fibre Broadband                                                         July 2018

Gigaclear have provided us with this map of the rollout within our parish.  If you would like more details of when the works will be taking place in your street, you can use the following link “”, zoom in on your area and in the box at the top right corner of the screen selecting works within the next year.

We have met with the overall project manager for our parish, Dan Longworthy-Smith.  If you have questions about the route Gigaclear are taking, you are welcome to email Dan at “".  Dan spends much of his time on the road and in meetings so if you would like to talk to Gigaclear about any aspect of the rollout in our area, please call Lauren Goddard on 01865 591153.  Lauren is based in Gigaclear HQ and has electronic access to all of the route maps for our parish.

You can find out more about about the technology Gigaclear are installing here.


Broadband Connection - Gigaclear May 2018

The government have provided funds to improve rural broadband.  In North Somerset this cash has been given to an organisation called ‘Connecting Devon and Somerset’ (, they in turn have awarded the contract to install the network in our area to Gigaclear.  They will be building the network in Wraxall & Failand this summer.

You can find a little more information on the Gigaclear website "”.

You can also see the work in Wraxall & Failand by taking a look at this link "”, zooming in on your area and in the box at the top right corner of the screen selecting works within the next year.

The installation of a new fibre network within the parish is positive news, however Gigaclear have been very poor in communicating their plans.  We have been contacted by a number of home owners that have been sent way-leaves agreements, contracts allowing Gigaclear to install and maintain equipment on their land.  These are legal agreements and the home owners contacting the council have been unsure how to proceed.  The Parish Council would recommend that you do not sign any paperwork until you have had legal advice.  Most home insurance policies come with a legal helpline, check your policy and give them a call.

The Parish Council will contact Gigaclear to see if they will provide more information on the proposed routes the network will take and an understanding of the overall project plan


Joint Spatial Plan - Wraxall and Failand Parish Council's comments January 2018

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council has submitted it's comments regarding the Joint Spatial Plan.  These comments will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 9th January, and can be viewed here.


Joint Spatial Plan – Public Meeting 15 December  December 2017

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is the development strategy for the West of England to 2036, encompassing North Somerset, Bath and North-East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It’s been published for public consultation and is available to view and comment on this link:

There is no development proposed in our parish or any changes to the Green Belt. However, there are major proposals for Nailsea that include 2,575 new homes in an urban extension to the south west of the town by 2036 and a further 725 homes beyond then.

Nailsea Town Council has rejected this proposal and requested a Green Belt review; they have also suggested that the land to north and east of Nailsea (in our parish) be used for development and a link road. W&F PC’s view on development in this part of our parish is outlined in the November 2016 notice below.

There is a public meeting to discuss the JSP in the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre at 7.45 pm on Friday 15 December, which has been organised by James Tonkin, the District Councillor for Nailsea West End ward. Residents may wish to attend.

All residents are urged to consider responding to the consultation, and express their views. The consultation period runs until 10 January 2018.All residents are urged to consider responding to the consultation, and expressing their views. W&F PC’s response to the consultation will be submitted on 8 January 2018 and will be noted at the Parish Council meeting on 9 January.

A copy will be  published on this website.


Nailsea Community Trust                                                                   October 2017

Nailsea Community Trust provides support to individuals where a financial contribution can remove obstacles to achieving worthwhile goals or obtaining important items which are otherwise just out of reach. This service is available to residents of Wraxall but not Failand. For more information click here


Information About Non-Urgent Rural Crime                               March 2017

The Police now has a dedicated text-line for non-urgent information relating to rural crime.  This is 07492-888109.  Members of the public are encouraged to use this number to provide information: for example, about people or vehicles behaving suspiciously in the rural community, and potential stolen goods.  It should not be used to report crime or to call for urgent police assistance.  It is not monitored 24/7.  Alternatively, crime can be reported on the Avon and Somerset Police website.  Or, for a crime that requires immediate police attendance, dial 999.  Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.