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 Welcome

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.

You can report or request a whole range of council services from waste collection to potholes by using the “Council Connect” button on the left.  You can view the North Somerset Community Resilience website by clicking on the button to the right.

Add this page to your web browser favourites and come back, visit us regularly to keep up to date with what's going on in your parish.

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Failand Residents Against Speeding meeting                                                     October 2017

FRAS will be holding a public meeting at Failand Village Hall on Monday 23rd October 2017 commencing at 7.30pm.  The meeting will be chaired by the Parish Council chairman.  For further information click here.

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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

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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.

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Wraxall & Failand Parish Council Precept: 2017/18           March 2017

The increase in the 2017/18 precept, which provides funds for the work of the parish council, has been necessary so that the parish council can continue to provide effective support to the parish.  The rationale and reasons are explained in this briefing document.

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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, which 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

You can sign the petition here

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West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy December 2016

A Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and Joint Transport Strategy (JTS) are being developed by Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council to provide a strategic, overarching vision and framework to help deliver the number of new homes, land for employment purposes and the supporting infrastructure that it is anticipated will be needed over the next 20 years across the West of England.  Residents are encouraged to join in the consultation process and submit their views before 19 December 2016 using this link.

The main issues, which can affect our parish, are the proposed Town Expansion of Nailsea together with a new spur from the motorway and the assessment of the Green Belt.  Relevant extracts and maps from the supporting documents to the Emerging Spatial Strategy can be found here.

WFPC Parish Council will be formulating comments. Residents can help by letting us know your views by clicking on this link.

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Village Agent                                                                                         November 2016

A new Village Agent has recently been appointed for Failand, Wraxall and the surrounding rural villages.  Sarah Friend is keen to make contact with anyone aged 50 or over and help them in any way that she can to maintain their independence, provide advice and assist with practical issues.  More information about Sarah and her role can be found on our Village Agent page, where you will also find Sarah's contact details.  Do get in touch if you think Sarah might be able to help you.

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HealthWatch North Somerset: "Your Voice Counts"        October 2015

HealthWatch North Somerset exists to make sure that everyone who lives and/or works in the North Somerset area can invfluence and shape their local health and social care services to meet their needs.  To do this, HealthWatch North Somerset needs to hear local people's views and experiences (good or bad) about local services, including GPs, dentists, hospitals and residential care.  They will collect the information provided and make sure that the policy and decision makers, as well as service providers, know what is working and what is not.  Information about what HealthWatch North Somerset does can be found on its website, where you can also contribute feedback (completely anonymously, if you wish).  Alternatively, you can email HealthWatch or call them on 01275-851400

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Village Agent for Community Connect                                             August 2015

Community Connect is a service for people aged over 50, and promotes independence and choice by helping them access services through the provision of information, advice and support, both generally and through village agents.  There is more information on the Village Agent page, where you can download leaflets and find contact details. 

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Procurement of Community Health Services in North Somerset       Update Jun 15

The contract for the provision of Community Health Services in North Somerset is being re-procured to decide which organisation will provide services from April 2016. The Consultation Phase (from 2 Feb to 24 Apr 2015) has concluded, the Feedback Report can be viewed on this link.
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Neighbourhood Watch Alerts                                                                             Jun15
Over the past couple of weeks there has been an increase in burglaries across Somerset. Incidents have occurred during both daytime and during darkness hours. With the promise of better weather, please ensure that properties are kept secure whenever possible. Whether properties are being left for short periods or whilst on holiday, or even if you are going into the garden - always make sure that accessible windows and doors are kept closed and locked.

Another area of concern is that of theft from motor vehicles. Many of these incidents can be prevented by ensuring that vehicles are always kept secure, windows are closed and items of value removed (or at least put out of sight).

For further information – see our Neighbourhood Watch page click - this link
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Results of Allotments Questionnaire & Poll for Wraxall Village Walk  Apr 15

Wraxall & Failand Parish Council wishes to thank all residents who completed the allotments questionnaire and the poll for the Wraxall Village walk.

There were over 25 residents who expressed an interest in having an allotment. The majority expressed a preference for the proposed site off Lodge Lane. 145 residents supported having allotments on this site, whereas 61 had concerns about this site. The Parish Council agreed that the Allotments Working Group should take the Lodge Lane site forward, contacting those that expressed an interest in having an allotment and reviewing the concerns of those that did not support it to determine how these might be addressed. Some residents expressed an interest in the village site and this has not been dismissed as a possibility.

The results of the poll for the Wraxall Village walk were that 131 residents were not in favour of raising the Precept by up to £20,000 to fund the proposed northern footpath route, compared with 116 residents who supported the route. The Parish Council noted this and, recognising that there would be some disappointed residents in Wraxall village, agreed that the Footpath Working Group should continue to consider the southern footpath route option for improving access along the village.

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Proposed Lidl Store in Nailsea                                                                    Dec 2014

Wraxall & Failand Parish Council have written to North Somerset Council to express concern about the site of proposed development for a new Lidl store in Nailsea.  The Planning Application has recently been submitted and the supporting documents can be found here.

Whilst we recognise that this is primarily an issue for Nailsea, it is very relevant for our residents who use Nailsea for shopping, GP & community health services, dental services and the library.  Parking is a key issue as public transport is not good for many of the outlying areas, particularly for those living in Wraxall village. 

If you have concerns about the proposed development, then you are strongly advised to read this link  and then to submit a comment click here

The Parish Council discussed this Planning Application at their meeting on Tuesday 13 January.
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Pylons Update                                                                                                          Oct 14
An update on the progress has been posted on the appropriate community page of our website - link.
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'Spot It, Stop It' fraud awareness campaign
A fraud awareness campaign has been launched in the Avon and Somerset area today (20 October) with the help of local residents to target doorstep fraud as well as phone and online scams.  The campaign, a Home Office initiative piloted here and supported by the police, is aimed particularly at those aged over 60 following research showing this age group is particularly vulnerable to fraudsters.  Figures from Action Fraud show that in the Avon and Somerset area last year local residents aged over 60 lost more than £5million as a result of this type of offence.  For further details see our Neighbourhood Watch page under the Community tab and click this link
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Free Driver Safety Workshop                                                              Aug 14
The statistics around road safety are scary:

  • 95% of all collisions are caused by human error and
  • One third of all serious crashes involve people aged 17-24

Avon and Somerset Police are therefore keen for as many people as possible to attend a free 2 hour session to improve their driving awareness.  The sessions are available in Keynsham, Bath, Filton and Weston-super-Mare, and are bookable for 17-24 year olds and for those aged 25 and over. This new and potentially life-saving session is available to all drivers, to see the dates on offer and to book a place visit www.roadsmart.org .
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North Somerset’s mobile library at Failand - new dates and times             Aug 14
North Somerset’s mobile library visits communities taking the library service all over North Somerset.  It’s part of LibrariesWest (the collective name for all libraries in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire).  If you use libraries in any of these areas, you can use the same library card on the mobile library.  If you don’t have a library card, why not join the mobile library and see what libraries can off you?  All you need is some identification showing your name and address and it only take a few minutes to join up. 
On board the mobile library you’ll find a range of books including fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of subjects.  They carry regular and large print books, as well as talking books on both cassette and CD.  Don’t worry if you borrow something from the mobile library and it’s a bit late coming back – no overdue fees are charged for items which are borrowed from the mobile library but returned late.  If they don’t hold the item you’re looking for, you can reserve it for just 50p per item and they’ll let you know when it’s available for collection.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to help in any way they can.  If you think you might find it difficult getting on and off the mobile, the staff can help with that as well.  The steps can be easily converted into a lift to provide a safe and easy way to get on and off the vehicle. 
The mobile library will be visiting Failand on Monday stopping at Woodland Way from 12.10 pm to 12.40pm on the following dates:

1 & 29 Sep; 27 Oct, 10 Nov; 8 Dec 2014; 5 Jan and 2 Feb 2015
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Rural Broadband                                                                                                                    Aug 14

 

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has been set up to deliver next generation broadband infrastructure to areas where the market has failed to invest.  They have re-launched their website, which is more informative, and can be accessed by clicking on this link.  The interactive map shows that most of the rural parish is ‘under evaluation’, although parts of Lower Failand are ‘out of the programme’.

 

Initial survey work starts this Autumn across North Somerset; this will identify what needs doing and where upgrades will take place on a rolling programme over the next 2 to 3 years.  This programme will be influenced by the response to their survey carried out a few years ago and by the enthusiasm for improved broadband – so if you didn’t complete the survey and wish to express a view, then you can lobby CDS via the ‘contact us’ section on their website.

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Centenary Poppy Campaign

This national campaign, which originated in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Legion, is asking the public and local authorities to purchase Flanders poppy seeds to plant on their own land.

The aim of the campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. 

The Parish Council agreed to support this; the Clerk provided seeds at the meeting in June.  However, coincidentally poppies have flowered in the fields to the north of Failand as shown in the adjacent picture taken by Cllr Tom Sage.  The landowner advises that he did not plant any seeds but they came up naturally, as they can lie dormant for many years and only germinate when the conditions are right.

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Phone Scammers
Police are once again reminding people to be alert to phone scams which involves bogus "police officers" phoning people and trying to persuade them to provide bank card details, before sending 'couriers' or 'colleagues' to collect the cards.

There have several incidents in Burnham-on-Sea this week where elderly residents received a call on their landline from someone purporting to be from either the Police or a bank.  News of fraud can be found by the link to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news  
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Senior Siren – latest issue

The Senior Siren is the bi-monthly magazine of the Avon & Somerset Police Senior Citizen Liaison Team and be downloaded from the website on this link. It’s packed with lifestyle and safety advice for the older adult population.  The interview in this edition features the world renowned scientist, Dr Lyn Evans CBE, project director of the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility in Geneva.

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Neighbourhood Watch alerts
Priorities for Failand & Wraxall areas continue to be Garage and Shed breaks.

There has been a spate of incidents where victims have been contacted by telephone by unknown persons purporting to be police officers. The victims are given various stories but essentially they are being asked to either provide bank details, or to obtain cash from their bank. In particular this cash is then being collected by taxi drivers and ferried to London.

One incident that occurred recently in Somerset came to light because the taxi driver was suspicous about the package he was asked to collect and take to London. He opened the package to find several thousand pounds in cash and immediately called the police.

Police wish to emphasise that they would never contact people by telephone and ask for their bank details, or for them to take cash from their bank. Likewise organisations such as banks, utilities etc would never ask for such information.

You should never give any personal details to strangers over the phone, by Email/internet or at the door. It is important that vulnerable members of our communities are reminded of this.

If you have any information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101

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Home Swap Holiday

BBC One are looking for people who live in interested homes in Wraxall and the surrounding areas and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?   IF SO THEN GET IN TOUCH NOW!  For an application form please see link

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Vehicles using Restricted Byways, south of Tyntesfield   December 2013
Concerns have been raised about vehicles illegally using the Restricted Byway, LA20/51 & LA9/5, from the B3130, Bristol Rd, Wraxall to A370, Farleigh Rd, Flax Bourton and causing a potential danger to path users.  The Byway runs just east of Gable Cottages on B3130, behind Gable Farm and then south on down through the valley – see map.
If you see such an incident, then please report it to the police and the Clerk, recording as much information as possible including date, time, location, registration numbers and nature of the incident.

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Combining public transport with walking or cycling      August 2013

All links for public transport and a ‘multi-modal’ journey planner: http://travelwest.info/
Discover local bike shops, mechanics, free loan bikes, cycle training, maps of local cycle routes from the West's most comprehensive cycling website: http://www.betterbybike.info/

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Changes to footpaths near ‘The Paddocks’, Horse Race Lane, Failand

The Planning Inspectorate has recently confirmed the Orders placed by North Somerset Council to divert Footpaths LA 20/76 and LA 15/17 at ‘The Paddocks’, Horse Race Lane, Failand and to extinguish part of Footpath LA 20/75. The decision and maps can be found at:
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/row/documents/fps_d0121_4_17_3_3.pdf
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/row/documents/fps_d0121_4_17_map.pdf
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/row/documents/fps_d0121_3_3_map.pdf

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Riverside Walk                                                                             July 2013

The Planning Inspectorate has recently confirmed the Order placed by North Somerset Council to divert the footpath to run alongside the Land Yeo between Brook Farm and Watercress Wood, thus forming one section of the planned Riverside Walk.  The Parish Council is grateful to Mr Wyatt and Mr Vowles, the landowners, for their support.  The decision and map can be found at the links:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/row/documents/fps_d0121_4_16.pdf
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/row/documents/fps_d0121_4_16_map.pdf

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The Newmann Report                                                                                              July 2013

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

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 Community Resilience North Somerset update                   June 2013

Twenty Town and Parish Councils across North Somerset are now engaged in this project. 
North Somerset Council is looking to appoint a small number of dynamic, charismatic volunteers to
lead the future development and sustainability of resilient communities.Working alongside the project
team, Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) and executive leads of partner agencies you will have
a critical role in helping to integrate Community Resilience North Somerset into the wider resilience
community.   Your efforts will help develop a sustainable network of volunteers, utilising local skills a
nd expertise to help their community in an emergency, in a way that complements the response of the

emergency services.
Community resilience North Somerset is already attracting national and international attention.
Do we have yours?

For an informal discussion please contact Ian M Wilson, Emergency Manager, telephone 01934 426706
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Community Resilience North Somerset                                                        March 2013

The Community Resilience network aims to build strong, resilient communities, prepared to deal with
any emergency using local resources and trained volunteers.
Emergency responders will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency,
especially where life is in danger. During these times, and in those first few critical hours following
an incident, utilising local knowledge, skills and resources could significantly reduce the impact of
an emergency.
Your local knowledge and enthusiasm could make a real difference in your community. Interested in
volunteering?
Then find out more http://communityresilience-ns.org.uk/wp/index.php/faqs/:

If you are interested in being a trained volunteer, then please contact the Clerk via our webmail.

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National Grid Power Lines                                                          December  2012

Response to National Grids 400 KV Transmission Proposals of 6 November 2012

The Parish Council (PC) at its meeting on 10 December 2012 resolved to inform National Grid (NG) of
its position on the matter as follows:

This response covers the impact on the residents within our parish boundary affected by the
proposals. The impact may well affect, as would any resolution, the neighbouring parishes and
their residents.

We comment in particular on the proposal as it is presently drafted where the proposed over head
lines pass adjacent to and over to area associated with the junction of Cadbury Camp Lane, Cuckoo
Lane and Whitehouse Lane. 

It is our considered opinion that this new 400KV overhead line carried on pylons of twice the height
of 46.5 m is not acceptable, even after allowing for the removal of the two existing 132 KV lines.
It is suggested by residents that the new line should be under‐grounded to remove the concerns
that residents have for their necessary and frequent passing under these powerful lines and
through their EMF radiation fields.

We support their demand for undergrounding and as they will not be aware that underground
cables also emit EMFs but in a more concentrated form, to over come this problem, we suggest the
use of Gas Insulated Lines (GIL) for the appropriate length necessary to run them under the road.
GIL also presents a smaller dig footprint, of 3.5m, than that of DECC, of 44m, or NG, of 65m.
Such a large dig footprint, of 65m, would be an excuse not to dig as infeasible etc.  In addition the
PC believes the location of 46.5m Pylons on the skyline of Tickeham Ridge will impact dramatically
on the character and nature of the skyline and be seen clearly from a number of major roads.

The approach up the rise from Stone Edge Batch to Tickenham Ridge is also highly visible as is the
drop on the other side towards Portbury. Again we suggest undergrounding is the appropriate
solution with GIL being the preferred solution.

On a more general point the PC is of the view that the approach to the transmission lines should be
re‐thought and the options revisited with the inclusion of socio economic data used to inform the
decision making process.

The PC acknowledges that this is not a requirement of the legislation and raises the point as one
that we would like NG to make to Government as well as ourselves.