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                         Parish Council
The Occasional
Newsletter 25
Email Edition

March  2018

Hopefully this Newsletter will enable you to:
  •  find out what your Parish Council is doing and planning to do;  
  •  tell us what needs  doing; 
  •  find information about the parish; 
  •  contact North Somerset Council - 01934 888 888
occasimage.jpgWe like to hear of your concerns and of any issues that you may wish to bring to our notice.  You can do so using any of the following:  
  • calling at the Parish Office, Community Centre Building, BS25 1JA, (opening times: Monday and Thursday: 10am to noon);  
  • telephoning, (01934 844257), 
  • emailing, (winscombepc@btconnect.com) or by clicking here;   
  • writing to Lynne Rampton, our Parish Clerk;
  • visiting our website on  www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk  


By  clicking  here you can gain access to our website: comments would be appreciated.


Parish Council Cemetery
        Surrounded by, and with splendid views of, the Mendip Hills the Parish Council Cemetery is a very special place.  Thanks to high-quality maintenance and the support of our cemetery orderly, Jenny Nicholas,  the ground are kept  in excellent order.
      Future plans include a larger area for parking and a new pergola in the East of the Cemetery, together with a larger storage area for cemetery equipment.  The wrought iron gates, damaged by an unknown party, is to be repaired and replaced.  Even so, the existing building is suffering from a degree of subsidence so that sections of the building cannot be used.  As a result the intention is to demolish the building and replace it, alongside the Strawberry Line, with a new building using a Bradstone construction. 
        The future is in the good hands of the Parish Council Cemetery and Allotments Committee.  
Parish Council Allotments
       veg-87689.jpgNext  to our very special cemetery is, reportedly,  one of the  best kept allotment areas in  North Somerset.  The opportunity for parishioners to grow there their own fruit and vegetables has never been more available and currently our waiting list is very short.  As an expert gardener or a keen beginner, you would be very welcome. The allotment holders are very friendly and help from established members is always on offer.  At present half-plots, at £15 per annum,  are very popular and relatively easy to maintain.  If you are interested please contact the Parish Office for further information. 

West of England Joint Spatial Plan
       The four West of England Councils, which include North Somerset,  have worked together over the last two years to produce a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). This will plan for sustainable growth to help the Region meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years.       
        On completion of the appropriate consultations, the four councils will submit their proposed JSP  to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.     
       The JSP presently describes plans for areas close to our Parish and involves very major changes.  These  include two large developments, one north of and near to Churchill and Sandford and another near Banwell, both being described as 'Strategic Development Locations' (SDL).     
      The development north of Churchill and Sandford is planned as  2,800 homes and that  near Banwell 1,900 homes. Both will include a local centre, employment and schools.       
       A dual carriageway will be constructed through the Churchill and Sandford development.  This will link a new junction, J21a, on the M5 near Banwell to the A38 somewhere south of Bristol Airport.  It will bypass Banwell, Sandford and Churchill.  In addition, a spur road will be built  to join the A368 at Towerhead.       
      By 2036, 1000 new houses are planned for smaller developments throughout North Somerset, these being defined as 'Non-strategic Growth'.   As far as Sandford and Winscombe are concerned the sites  allocated by North Somerset that have yet to gain planning permission include Broadleaze Farm, Shipham Lane, Coombe Farm and North of Greenhill Lane (Aurora).  Those with planning permission include land to the North of Greenhill Lane (Strongvox) and Woodborough Farm. Extra proposals are likely.  
        Our Parish Planning Committee responded as follows.                                     
                                                            Banwell Garden Village
    No new housing should be built before the Bypass in completed in its entirety. To complete this piecemeal would only serve to transfer Banwell congestion problems onto the A368 in Sandford and create a greater flow of traffic and bottlenecks through Sandford and Churchill.  It is preferred that the J21a is an all-direction junction to alleviate 'rat runs' to J21. Once achieved, a traffic-calming scheme could be appropriate in surrounding villages.
                                                           Churchill Garden Village
    The Parish Council believes that the Churchill SDL proposed to the north of Sandford is misconceived, excessive and unacceptable for the following reasons:
1. There is insufficient room in the identified area for a development of this size without effectively joining a number of communities together. If the Garden Village were to proceed, it is unlikely that a meaningful separation-gap would be possible and residents of Sandford would be cut off from the open countryside by a swathe of new houses. The creation of a village of this size would change the area to an urban environment. 
2. Environmental or green corridors around, and through the development would be essential to separate the settlements and is considered important both environmentally, and  so  that  the  distinctive  characteristics  of both old and newvillages would be preserved and enhanced.  As previously stated, there is Insufficient land available in the location to achieve this.
3. The area identified is considered to be in an unsustainable location, poorly served by public transport with the majority of residents already commuting  by private car to employment in Bristol and other large centres. The allocation of 7.2 hectares for employment land is not adequate to address this issue in a Garden Village of this size.
4. It is accepted that there is a critical need to significantly boost housing supply in the area, particularly that of affordable housing. From documentation available (Paribas Report), it is understood that the Churchill SDL is unlikely to be viable within the plan period and will provide little, if any,  affordable housing in line with Planning Policy requirements. 
5. The Churchill S
DL will be clearly visible from the Mendip Hills AONB and have a significant impact on views from the protected landscape. The Garden Village would add a significant amount of light pollution and have a negative impact on the dark skies and the area's sense of tranquillity. The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership has written a letter of objection to the inclusion of the Churchill Garden Village and those views are endorsed by the Parish Council.
6. As a village greatly affected by this SDL, Sandford has not been directly consulted and measures to protect the needs, social welfare and enhance the lives of local residents have not been explored. Both Banwell and Churchill have been consulted.
      With no clear division between the settlements, it is considered that the Churchill SDL does not conform to a Garden Village Model. The Churchill SDL is in the wrong place and should be removed from the plan and a better, more sustainable, alternate site such as The Vale by the South Bristol Link Road explored. 
    It was proposed that the above responses be submitted to NSC's Consultation on the NS Local Plan to 2036 with regard to the Banwell and Churchill Garden Villages. All members were in favour of the proposition.


Open Gardens and Scarecrow Extravaganza
witch1.jpgIt is four years since the last Open Gardens and Scarecrows event. So another is proposed for this year.  It will take place during the weekend of June 23rd / 24th. 
     Paul Matthews who organises the Open Gardens could accept more volunteer gardens, rambling or manicured,  large or small.  Give him a ring on 01934 843729 if you are interested in taking part.
   Jane and Gerald Lloyd are again to organise the Scarecrow Extravaganza  for the Parish Council.  On the last two occasions over 250  scarecrows appeared, some  in the strangest of places. You can see a large selection of them in the Scarecrow Gallery on the parish website  click here.  You will remember that we all take part for fun, there being no competition, and that there is no general theme.  So your imagination can run wild!!
   Additional details for both events will be available nearer the event. 

The Community of Winscombe and Sandford Remembers. 
         ww1-41956.jpg As part of the 100 year celebration of the end of World War I, a group of parishioners are looking to develop a living exhibition to remember  those who lost their lives, those who survived and those who were left behind to 'tend home fires'. 
     In November, with the anniversary of the end of WWI, we are thinking of having a parish-wide exhibition as a commemoration.  Many people from our Community gave their lives in this conflict and this is a way of widening their remembrance by including local history and/or artefacts relating to thel families involved.
     Do you have any memorabilia/artefacts around your home from the WWI, or  family memories and stories to share with others, and would you be happy for them to be in the public domain (i.e. included in an exhibition, on a website or even in a short film)?
    Would you like to be involved in:  building up this record, devising an exhibition,  helping with research?  We need to gather stories and investigate further by  interviewing parishioners and compiling the relevant information, so creating a lasting memory for future generations.  Can you help? 
   A questionnaire will shortly be circulating.  Please fill it in either as paper-copy or on-line to help move this project forward.   Your memories are the key!


Litter, Recycling, Toilets and Blocked Drains
     Litter.  We have a team of parishioners who work hard to keep our streets and public places tidy.  We hold "Litter Picks" several times a year.  Our next litter pick will take place on Saturday 3rd March.  Please let Janet Corry know (01934 842467)  if you would like to join our litter pickers.  We can provide appropriate clothing, sacks etc.  
      Recycling  Winscombe and Sandford have won a Gold Award worth £1500 in the Parish Recycling scheme.  We have extended recycling to the litter we collect, carried out a survey of recycling put out for the refuse collectors, persuaded about 100 residents to sign a pledge to increase their recycling, and set up the Repair Café, run by Claire King (see photo.).   
        Reducing the use of plastic bottles (and other plastic)  You will be aware of the environmental damage caused by discarded plastics. Many, if not most of the plastic bottles sold in this country contain drinking water, even though tap water is free, safe and healthy.  There is a campaign in Bristol to persuade people to refill their bottles free of charge in cafés and at public drinking fountains.  Our Parish could contribute to this by reinstating our water fountain, which we once had outside the public conveniences and near the Strawberry Line.  Are you in favour of this?  Please let Janet know (01934 842467) -  if you are!         
    Toilets.  We have recently had our Public Conveniences vandalised.  They are getting old and we are planning to refurbish them during 2018. We could at the same time reinstate the water fountain.
     Our sewers.  Water companies are concerned about the formation of 'fat balls' which block sewers.  We have had a number of such incidents recently in our parish.  The causes are putting unsuitable objects such as 'wet-wipes' down the toilet and fats and oils down the kitchen sink or directly down the drain. An alternative is to dispose of waste fats and oils either by putting them into the brown bins provided by North Somerset Council or into your own compost bin,  or by using them to make 'bird cake' for your garden birds.

Once the view from Shute Shelve!
Look at the junction with the Cheddar/Axbridge Road 


A view from Shute Shelve.  How things have changed!

Parish Council Meetings.  Held in Winscombe Community Centre
Starting at 7.30pm (unless shown differently below).
Committee  /  GroupMarchAprilMay
Full Parish Council26th
Village Hall
Sidcot School
Arts Centre

14th Annual Parish Assembly 
21st  Annual Meeting 
Cemetery/Allotment No meeting No meeting No meeting
Employment/Finance/Policies19th16thNo Meeting
Environment12thNo meetingNo meeting
Planning5th9th & 30thNo meeting
War Memorial Recreation GroundNo meetingNo meetingNo meeting


     church-84020.jpg    To see a fascinating video about Winscombe,
   produced by Heather Pitch


- Click Here .  


Parish Business
Parish Office in Sandford Road


List of some Parish Services
to some North Somerset Council Services  
Our thirty-one allotments in Sandford Road are so popular that there is a short waiting list.                         
Our Public LavatoryWoodborough Road - cleaning and maintenance
Award Land 
Access off Quarry Road - 
attractive walks with places to sit and view -restoration and preservation. 
Parish Guide (available from the parish office), Heritage Walks, Map of Winscombe footpaths -  Click Here
For the first of four walks -  Click Here
Supporting Sidcot School's presentation and care of Belgian Avenue - the line of trees adjacent to Fountain Lane in Sidcot. Remembrance Day 
Representation and  wreath presentation.
Maintenance and drainage at Winscombe Recreation Ground
Reporting road/street problems   you can help by reporting the problem (e.g. pot holes, pavement problems) and you can do so if you Click Here
Bus shelters - installation and maintenanceScarecrows we occasionally run a 'scarecrow extravaganza'.
Click Here to see some examples of the over 250 on displayed in 2015 - and a Youtube presentation.
Cemetery -well maintained, peaceful position - just off 'Strawberry Line'.Skate Park   at the Recreation Ground Winscombe - inspection, maintenance and upgrading.
Connections with North Somerset 
-Street Cleansing. You can help by reporting the problem (e.g. dog mess, litter, dead animals).  
Click Here
Small Grants -  to various organisations for worthwhile activities. Contact our parish clerk, Lynne Rampton,  for details
Community Safety 
Local Action Team including Community Speed Watch - Why not join in?
Spring and summer flower displays 
flowers and plants in tubs throughout the parish
Connections with North Somerset - help line   Click HereEver more street bins into which you can now put dog faeces.
Report various faults to highway and gullys to North Somerset Council -  Click Here -and so report whatever is your concern.Sports Ground and Changing Rooms at The Recreation Ground  for Cricket, Soccer, Rugby Football, Skateboard and Roller Blading
Fourteen benches  - placed throughout the parish to sit and think and even commemorate.Strawberry Line
-  contribution towards its maintenance
Grass Cutting on parish land and on Winscombe Recreation GroundStreet parking - includes arranging the emptying of street waste bins, through North Somerset Council- Click Here  and employs several village orderlies. 
Neighbourhood Development  Plan  - is being developed in partnership with the local community, businesses and partners - for details - Click HereBins and recycling  - including various topics including collection dates  Click Here 


Further Links
You can link either to  your Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council website or to a list of councillors by clicking on one  of the following:
                                                        Click Here - Parish Council website

                                                        Click Here  -  Photographs and emails of all Councillors

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        Sometime in the future we hope to deliver this newsletter mainly by email.  In the meanwhile we have found a company which will deliver hard copies of the Occasional to a proportion of the houses in the Parish.  To the remainder we continue, with the help of the scouts,  to attempt to deliver by hand.
        To speed up this process of converting nearly entirely all parishioners to email delivery, tell your friends to join up for an email delivery by using the following link. 
Click Here  - to sign them up  for this email version


Comments/advice would be welcome
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