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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.

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.

Parish Council Election April 2019

Every four years the Parish Council is disbanded, and all existing Councillors need to apply to be re-elected. Any member of the public can also stand to be elected as a Councillor.  Nominations are now closed. There are 11 spaces on the Parish Council.  One present Councillor has chosen not to stand, but there are two new candidates, so this will be a contested election.  The election will take place on 2nd May.  A list of the candidates that you will be voting for can be found here

Please vote for your new Councillors.

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 Hill Road Closure Notice March 2019

Wraxall Hill will be closed  for the installation of superfast broadband cables.  The road closure notice can be found here

The notice covers a period of 18 months starting 20th March 2019, but the work is anticipated to last for no longer than ten days.  This closure will not necessarily start on 20th March.

During this period of closure the Parish Council is planning to hold a litter pick on the hill.  If anyone would like to join in with this very worthwhile task then please contact the Clerk on or 07741461982.

Parish Council Elections 2019  February 2019

The four yearly Parish Council elections will be taking place in May 2019.  For full details of the election, and how to apply to become a Parish Councillor please see this circulation from North Somerset Council. If you have any questions regarding this circulation please contact NSC directly using the details on the circulation.

Anyone over the age of 18 years who has lived, worked or owned land in the Parish, or within three miles of the Parish, for at least 12 months may apply to become a Councillor.

The Good Councillor Guide gives a useful summary of the roles and responsibilities of becoming a Parish Councillor.  It can be viewed here.

The National Association of Local Councils has published a short video on the election. Please take a few seconds to view it.

Everyone is encouraged to apply to become a Parish Councillor.  For an informal chat about this please contact the Parish Clerk, Tony Jay on or 07741461982.

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

Casual Vacancy for Parish Councillor January 2019

Following the resignation of Tom Sage as a Councillor, a Casual Vacancy has arisen. The notice can be found here. Tom has been a Councillor for 20 years and is thanked for his commitment to the community during this period.

Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers, who must qualify to be considered.  Applicants must be over 18 years of age, and either:

Have lived in the Parish, or within three miles of the Parish boundary, for at least 12 months or

Work in the Parish or

Own land in the Parish.

Anyone who has ever been made bankrupt or given a prison sentence of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) cannot apply.

Any interested person should email the Clerk in the first instance (, including their telephone number, expressing their interest.  The Clerk will then make contact to outline the role of Councillor.  The new Councillor will be co-opted to the Council at the next Parish Council meeting on 12th February 2019.  Informal chats will take place on 6th February, when the Councillor to be co-opted will be chosen.  Applications must be recieved by the Clerk prior to Friday 25th January.

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

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 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.

Gigaclear briefing to Parish Council and public - postponed January 2019

The published agenda for the Parish Council meeting taking place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th January 2019  in the Cross Tree Centre states that prior to the meeting Gigaclear will be giving a briefing regarding their plans for the installation of high speed fibre cables throughout Wraxall and Failand.  Gigaclear are no longer able to attend on 8th January, but will give their briefing at the Parish Council meeting in the Cross Tree Centre on Tuesday 12th February 2019.  There will be an opportunity for Councillors, local residents and landowners to ask questions.  The time that the briefing commences will be published closer to the date.

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

Failand Mobile Library Schedule December 2018

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

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

Road Closure Notice - B3130 Bristol Road Wraxall December 2018

Please note this road closure, which is planned for one day (not yet confirmed but any day from 13 January 2019 onwards) between 0930 and 1530 hours 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

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

Would you pay an extra £1 a month for policing? Request from Police Commissioner November 2018

Residents are being asked whether they are prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing from April, 2019.

Last year the Government unexpectedly gave all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country the flexibility to raise the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month for the average band D household.

Sue Mountstevens is hoping that PCCs will be given that flexibility again this year, she said: “With last year’s £1 rise we were able to start an ambitious programme of recruitment and commit to employing up to 300 police officers. We were also able to protect neighbourhood policing, the police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in your local area, all thanks to your support for the rise.
“The Chief Constable and I have agreed that next year’s focus will concentrate on serious violence. The threat from serious and organised crime has changed rapidly, increasing in both volume and complexity and preying on the most vulnerable in society.

“If we are able to increase the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month next year and the Government grant for policing stays the same and there are no additional surprises we are committed to a new focus on burglary and drugs. We must continue to dismantle the recruitment of vulnerable young people into ‘county lines’ drugs gangs. It’s clear that this leads to an increase in knife-crime and serious violence, including stabbings and gang-related disorder and it must be tackled and given the right resources.

“I absolutely recognise that any increase in household bills will be felt by residents and it’s not easy to keep asking local people to contribute to the issues that we are facing in policing and as a society. It’s really important that residents tell me what they would be prepared to pay. These are difficult decisions and I need to be sure that I have heard from as many local people as possible.”

Sue Mountstevens is asking for people’s views in an online survey on her website which closes at midnight on January 14, 2019.

For further information or to request a copy of the survey please call 01278 646188.

Ms Mountstevens has also spoken to hundreds of residents while visiting events across the summer. Sue will continue to talk about the policing part of the council tax at her surgery sessions find out where she will be on her website

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.

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.

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

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

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 “”, 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 pla




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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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. 


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.

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


Pylons Update                                                                                                          Oct 14
An update on the progress has been posted on the appropriate community page of our website - link.

'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


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 .




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.


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.


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  

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.


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 10