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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. 

 

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Road Closure: Sandy Lane, Failand on Tuesday 16 July 2019  July 2019

North Somerset Council has temporarily closed Sandy Lane to traffic to allow it to complete an urgent drainage investigation.  The closure is from its junction with the A369 Pill Road to that with Failand Lane.  Alternative route via Common Lane, Happerton Lane, A369 (Martcombe Road, Haberfield Hill, Pill Road), and Sandy Lane (unaffected) [and vice versa].  If the work is not completed in one day, the closure may be extended for up to five days.

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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. 

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/bristol-airport-is-big-enough/

Contact:  Hilary Burn

hilaryburn@live.co.uk

Temporary closure of Sandy Lane, Failand July 2019

Please note this temporary road closure notice commencing 4th July 2019.

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.

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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

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New swings installed at Wraxall Millenium Green June 2019

The Parish Council and the Wraxall Parochial Charities have installed new swings at the Millenium Green, which are already proving to be popular with local children.

Please see this article in the North Somerset Times. https://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/wraxall-s-millennium-green-park-gets-new-swings-costing-7-000-1-6069896

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Road Closure Notice June 2019

Please note a road closure notice which will affect Woodland Way, Owen Drive, Short Drive, Bowden Drive and Woodland Close (all in Failand) for approximately five days.  The notice, which comes into force on 22nd July 2019, can be viewed here.

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Hinckley Connection Project Team presentation May 2019

At the start of the next Parish Council meeting representatives from the Hinkley Connection Project team will be giving a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session, about the survey work which they will shortly be undertaking in the Parish regarding their future cabling work.

The meeting is being held in Failand Village Hall on Tuesday 11th June 2019 commencing at 7.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Gigaclear Information May 2019

NEW UPDATE:

Gigaclear have announced an offer which expires at the end of May. Details can be found here

Please bear in mind that residents can opt for a few other Internet Service Providers using the Gigaclear connection if they wish.

Gigaclear will be holding a community event at the Failand Inn between 4pm and 8pm on 28th May 2019.  Details can be found here.

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Gigaclear are rolling out their faster broadband service in the area.  Some areas in the Parish are now available for this service, and any interested parishioners should contact Gigaclear's Field Executive Tanya Pulsford on 01865 591100; 07817 874087 or tanya.pulsord@gigaclrear.com

The Parish Council is simply forwarding this information from Gigaclear to residents, and can offer no recommendation that parishioners take up their services.  Parishioners need to make their own decisions regarding this.

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Parish Council Election May 2019

The results of the Local Council Elections can be found here.

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council

District Council

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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.

http://www.stopbristolairportexpansion.org/

Also this Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/stopbristolairportexpansion/

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Neighbourhood Watch Circulation January 2019

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police.

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Wraxall and Failand Parish Council Responce to Parking and Traffic Flow Challenges in North Somerset January 2019

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

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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.

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Bristol Airport Expansion Plans Meeting January 2019

Wrington Parish Council are hosting two meetings to discuss the local implications of the expansion plans.  The meetings will be in All Saints Church, Wrington at 2pm on Saturday 12th January and 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th January.  All Councillors and residents of Parishes local to the airport are invited to attend.  Full details can be found here.

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idiZx6iZX-I&feature=youtu.be

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Failand Mobile Library Schedule December 2018

Please note the Mobile Library Schedule for 2019 which can be found here

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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

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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

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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

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National Grid Hinkley Connection Project Presentation November 2018

A presentation was given to the Parish Council by the Community Relations Team of the National Grid Hinkley Connection Project.  Their PowerPoint presentation can be found here

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North Somerset Plan 2036 - Issues and Options Consultation November 2018

North Somerset Council invites everyone to comment upon their plan.  This consultation includes possible extensions to Nailsea and Backwell. The details of the plan, and how to respond, can be found on this poster.

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External Auditor Report November 2018

The Parish Councils external auditors, PKF Littlejohn, have completed their external audit for the 2017-18 year.  Their final report and certificate can be viewed here

There is a mistake in the certificate as Wraxall has been mis-spelt Wraxhall.  Please contact the Clerk if you have any queiries about the report.

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Bristol Airport Draft Noise Action Plan  August 2018

Bristol Airport is seeking feedback on a new Draft Noise Action Plan which sets out actions it will take to control, monitor and mitigate noise levels over the next five years.  members of the public who would like to submit a comment can find further information on how to do this here. The consultation runs until 2nd October 2018. Any noise related complaints can be submitted to the airport on 01275 473799 or sustainability@Bristolairport.com

Response to the Bristol Airport Development Proposals  July 2018

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

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Gigaclear Fibre Broadband                                                         July 2018

Gigaclaer 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 “https://northsomerset.roadworks.org”, 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.langworthy-smith@gigaclear.com".  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.

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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’ (https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk), 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 "https://www.gigaclear.com/postcode-checker/connectingdevonandsomerset”.

You can also see the work in Wraxall & Failand by taking a look at this link "https://northsomerset.roadworks.org”, 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 pla

 

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Register with Bristol Water January 2018

Following the recent water contamination scare, Bristol Water are inviting vulnerable people to register for information about key services.

Please use this link to register.  www.bristolwater.co.uk/your-home/our-commitment/customer-care-plu

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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.

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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:

https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti/JSPEmergingSpatialStrategy

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.

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Failand Residents Against Speeding meeting                        October 2017

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council and FRAS held a public meeting at Failand Village Hall on Monday 23rd October 2017.  The PowerPoint presentations can be viewed here.  The meeting notes can be viewed 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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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

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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