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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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Casual Vacancy for Parish Councillor February 2018

Following the resignation of Cllr Lucy Vowles there is a casual vacancy on Wraxall and Failand Parish Council.

Please contact the Parish Clerk on 07741 461982 if you would like to become a Parish Councillor.

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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-plus

 

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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.

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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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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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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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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 10