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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 the latest news in the Parish; when agendas and minutes are published, or changes are made to this site then 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.

For all Coronavirus related information please click on this link

Update regarding Major Housing Development speculative proposal and details of public meeting to be held on 2nd February - 25th January 2021

Please click on this link for the latest update and details of the public meeting


Major Housing Development  - speculative proposed for Failand - January 2020

On Thursday 21st January 2021 Wraxall and Failand Parish Council was made aware that a property developer, Harrow Estates, has submitted a speculative proposal to North Somerset Council for three housing developments totalling around 500 houses, to be built on land adjacent to each of the three sides of the ‘Failand Triangle’.

Further details of the proposal can be found on the Sustainable Failand website by clicking on this link.

The Parish Council understands that the developers will shortly be writing to every dwelling in the ‘Failand Triangle’ outlining their proposals.

Wraxall and Failand Parish Councill has always firmly opposed any large scale housing developments proposed in the parish, but recognise the need to engage with any potential developer at an early stage.

The Parish Council is to arrange a public meeting, to be held on “Zoom”,  as soon as possible.  The developer will give a short presentation, and a District Councillor will speak.  There will then be a question and answer session. Details of the meeting  will shortly be notified on the website and noticeboards. 

In 2009 a planning application was submitted for up to 500 houses to be built on land east of Failand.   This application was turned down by the planning inspector on appeal.  Full details of the application and the appeal decision can be found on this link.

The Parish Council will post details on any further information received on this website.


Covid Vaccination Scam Alert - January 2021

Please beware of a current scam where criminals are conning vistims into make a payment for a fake NHS vaccination.  Further details can be found by clicking on this link.


Road Closure Notice - B3128 Clarken Coombe - January 2021

The section of the B3128 from its junction with Clevedon Road to its junction with Ashton Road will be shut for an anticipated five days commencing 11th January 2021to allow carriageway drainage work to take place.  The road closure notice can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Petition to ban night flights - January 2021

The Aviation Communities Forum have launched a petition to ban night flights. As this is a subject which affects this Parish then residents are invited to sign the petition if they wish by clicking on this link.


Have your say on new anti-social behaviour orders for North Somerset - December 2020

North Somerset Council is consulting with the public regarding anti-social behaviour orders.  The consultation ends on 3rd January 2021.  For further information, including how to take part in the consultation, please click on this link.


Supporting families affected by dementia in North Somerset - December 2020

The Parish Council has been approached by an organisation who may be able to support families affected by dementia.  For further information plase click on this link.


Covid 19 Vaccination Survey = December 2020

Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is responsible for the planning and delivery of primary healthcare across North Somerset, including the mass vaccination process for Covid-19.

As part of this planning, BNSSG is asking as many people as possible to complete a short survey asking about their likelihood of getting vaccinated and the sources of information they would trust in relation to vaccination process.

The survey is online at


Notice of Intent relating to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for double yellow lines on Flax Bourton Road, Failand - December 2020

NSC has issued this notice of intent.  The yellow lines are to help manage recent parking problems relating to over-flow from the Ashton Hill forest car park, and are around the junction on Flax Bourton Road with Birchwood Drive.

The order is valid for a period of eighteen months. Before the end of that period, it is North Somerset Council’s intention to undertake the statutory process (including public consultation) regarding the retention of these yellow lines.


Please make a note of the National Emergency Numbers for Electricity & Gas - December 2020

Call  0800 111 999 to report a Gas Leak or a Carbon Monoxide Leak regardless of if you are on a tank or the main.  This number is to be used in the event of smelling gas (at home or in public spaces) carbon monoxide monitor alerts you to a leak. This is a nationwide number and will place you in contact with the nearest Gas Operator. For more information on a gas leak please click on this link

Call 105 to report a Power Cut or an Electrical Emergency. Thi number is used for:reporting power cuts & requesting Information during power cuts and reporting other electrical emergency situations (fire, water, dangerous cables).  For more information on a power cut please click on this link

This number is available nationwide and will place you in contact with the nearest Distribution Network Operator.


West of England Spatial Development Strategy engagement - November 2020

The West of England Combined Authority is asking people living and working in the West of England for their views about the future of the region, to ensure the region is a greener, more connected place to live and work. The feedback will help shape a Spatial Development Strategy that will make sure that homes, employment spaces and transport links are planned in the right places over the next 20 years. 

It’s important that we involve residents, businesses and organisations at this early stage of the process, so we can make sure the plan reflects the priorities of the people who live and work in the region. Here is a link to the engagement page:

The survey takes no longer than 20 minutes to complete and will be open for comments until Monday 14 December 2020. If anyone would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format, please call 0117 428 6210 or email 

Once the draft is completed and published in 2021, the Strategy will be subject to a full statutory consultation, providing opportunity to formally comment on the proposed plan. More information about the Spatial Development Strategy can be found at this link:


North Somerset Council’s Challenges and Choices consultation on planning  - November 2020

Residents are encouraged to complete a short interactive questionnaire for the second part of North Somerset Council’s Challenges and Choices consultation on planning for North Somerset over the next 15 years, which has started and runs to 14 December 2020.  The questionnaire and the supporting documentation can be found by clicking here.  There is an option to download a hard copy of the questionnaire.

The Choices consultation is all about looking at alternative approaches for where new housing, employment and community uses might go and which are the broad locations which best reflect your priorities.  This is not going to be easy, given the large amount of housing the government has identified for North Somerset, but there is a need to plan positively for the future.  No decisions have been taken on where or how new homes should be built yet but those decisions will be taken in the next year or so.

Sites identified for development relevant to the Parish of Wraxall & Failand are shown at this link.   It should be noted that these have been submitted by developers following a call for sites in the summer.  These could be discounted by NSC due to suitability factors, such as being in the Green Belt or being vulnerable to flooding.  The Parish Council’s responses to the previous consultation on the Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England can be found at this page on the website at this link.

The Parish Council’s response to the latest consultation will be based on their responses to the JSP, included the one at this link.


North Somerset Council’s consultation on their Active Travel Strategy  - November 2020

Residents are also encouraged to complete a short interactive questionnaire for the second part of North Somerset Council’s consultation on their draft Active Travel Strategy, which has started and runs to 17 December 2020.  The questionnaire and the supporting documentation can be found at this link.

The Draft Active Travel Strategy is a 10-year plan to 2030 that aims to harness the huge rise in walking and cycling seen during 2020. This will help NSC continue to increase realistic opportunities for safe, attractive and enjoyable active travel, including walking and cycling.

Quiet Lanes are a solution promoted by the Campaign for Rural England and have been considered by our Parish Council, following requests by residents.  They are mentioned briefly in the draft Strategy and there is more information in CPRE’s guide, which can be found at this link.


Introduction from Village Agent Sarah Friend - September 2020

My name is Sarah Friend and I’m your Village Agent. I’m here to help you (if aged 50 or over) stay living independently and safely within your home and community. I can access information and give you advice with any problems or concerns you may have, big or small. I will listen and work with you to help you in whatever way I can, be it benefit claims, fire safety checks, needing help around the house or what social events are happening. Please contact me on 07422 078548 or email

If you would like to join with like minded people and listen to stories, poetry and prose please click here.


The Parish of Wraxall with Failand – online survey - September 2020

Please see this request from the Church Administrator:

The parish is currently without a priest for its two churches. As a part of the vacancy process, a parish profile writing team has been created to compose a vacancy profile that matches what we will require in a Rector for the parish during the present and future climate.

It would be much appreciated if you could share the following link to our online survey with members of the parish so we can begin to gather the thoughts, views and ideas of the people in our community and begin to identify the visions for the parish plan:

Alternatively, a hard copy can be printed out and filled in from the PDF attached. Information for how to return the hard copies back can be found at the bottom of the survey. 


Have your voice heard - new Citizens’ Panel launches in North Somerset - September 2020

Residents, students and workers in North Somerset are being urged to get involved in local decision making with the launch of a new citizens’ panel. North Somerset Council is recruiting a group of volunteers to give regular feedback on local services and issues to help shape the future of the area. The panel will be consulted on a wide range of topics, from bins and roads to social care and planning, with feedback used to inform how services are run.

North Somerset Council Executive member Cllr Caritas Charles, whose portfolio includes community engagement and consultation, said: “We have a new corporate plan for North Somerset which includes the commitment to be fair and open. We are determined to be more transparent and involve our residents in decision making so that we can tackle issues together, and this panel is an essential part of making our ambition happen. By joining the panel members will get the chance to influence and inform how local services are delivered.  No knowledge of the council is needed to sign-up, we are looking for members from across the community to get a true representative picture of what the people who live, work, and study here want and need from their council.  This is a great opportunity for residents to make a significant impact on the future of their local area.”

The Citizens’ Panel will not replace formal consultations but will complement them and give another way for the people of North Somerset to have their voices heard.  Panel members will be asked to join in regular online surveys, with the first expected in the autumn.

There will also be opportunities to get involved in specific focus groups. Anyone aged 18 or over, living, working or studying in North Somerset can sign up by 05 October 2020 and get more information at :  


Wraxall CE Primary School Governor Vacancies - September 2020

Please see this request from Wraxall Primary School:

We are looking for new governors to join the governing body of our small, friendly primary school in Wraxall. Our governing body is made up of parent governors, foundation governors (who support the Christian character of the school), staff governors and co-opted (community) governors. We are fortunate to have engaged governors with a range of different skills and experience, but we currently have vacancies for foundation and co-opted governors.
The role of the governing body is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to hold the school's leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent.

Further details can be found here.


Temporary Closure of Failand Post Office August 2020

At 12.38pm on 28th August the Parish Council was informed by Post Office Limited that Failand Post Office would be closing at 5.30pm the same day.  A letter giving the details of the closure can be found here which includes an invitation for individuals to contact Post Office Limited to express their opinions about the closure.  A 'Frequently Asked Questions' letter from Post Office Limited can be found here.


Bristol Airport - Appeal against planning decision August 2020

Bristol Airport have decided to appeal against the NSC decision to turn down their planning application.  Further information can be found here


Notification from NSC regarding a large group of travellers in Portbury.  July 2020

Please see this notification from NSC, received at 1140 0n 21st July 2020. Please contact Spencer Jacobs directly for any further information.

There are currently a large group of travellers (32 caravans) camping upon private land next to Gordano Rugby club in Portbury. The land owner is currently in contact with his NFU insurance company to establish if his policy will cover the removal costs. It is imagined that when the travellers are removed, possibly sometime this week they will seek an alternative location/s. In light of this it would be wise to ensure that any land you may have responsibility for is secure and security is reviewed to try to prevent Unauthorised Encampments. Please feel free to share this information with any person whom you know has control of land within this area, such as private landowners.

Spencer Jacobs 


Tel: 01934 426415


Mobile Library Service Resumes July 2020

The mobile library in North Somerset will be offering a limited non-contact “Click and collect” service from Monday 6 July. For further details please click here


Reopening of the Millennium Green play area July 2020

The Millennium Green playground will be reopening on Saturday 4th July, in accordance with Government guidelines.  The Parish Council has carried out a risk assessment, and consequently the following rules and guidelines will be in place.

  1. The playground equipment is not being cleaned to combat the spread of Covid 19.
  2. Please sanitise your hands before and after using the equipment.
  3. Follow the current government guidelines on the wearing of face coverings, and social distancing.
  4. Coronavirus can survive on plastic and metal surfaces for three days or longer.
  5. No food or drink is permitted in the play area.
  6. Use the play equipment at your own risk.

The Government guideline regarding no food or drink is to help to prevent people touching their faces after using the equipment.

Please observe these rules and enjoy the facility from 4th July onwards.


Notification of speed limit changes  June 2020

As part of the National Grid Hinkley Point C Connection Project, J.Murphy & Sons Ltd have been commissioned by National Grid to carry out the Stage 4 works to install a 10km double circuit, three phase, underground, 132kV High Voltage Cable System and fibre optic cable.  For construction purposes and to alleviate traffic volumes on the local highway network, a temporary haul road will be installed along the route, where it meets the public highway bellmouth arrangements are to be installed.  These bellmouths are programmed to be in use for approximately 4 years.

Please find attached copies of the following: -

•       Notice of Intent

•       Draft Order

•       Statement of Reasons

•       Plans indicating the extents of the speed limit changes

For any further information then please contact

Colin Chandler
Lead Engineer
Corporate Services
North Somerset Council

Tel:  01934 426236 or 07776 170282E-Mail:
Post:  Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ


Public Information announcement from Avon and Somerset Police regarding Sextortion crime - June 2020

Avon and Somerset Police have asked Parish Councils to circulate this bulletin


Failand Volunteer Drivers Hospital Transport Service January 2020

Full details of this service can be found here


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

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

PCAA latest response to planning application

Update for Parishes November 2019

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

Response from Ontario Teacher's Pension board members

Aviation moratorium press release

Condition letter from PCAA to NSC

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

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


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

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


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

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


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:


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


Response to the Bristol Airport Development Proposals  July 2018

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