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                         Parish Council
The Occasional
Newsletter 24
Email Edition

December  2017

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.


                    Bristol Water Pipeline                                       
Pipeline crossing the Winscombe-Banwell main road.
The depth at which the pipeline was buried is evident from this photograph.
While we were warned that the road closure would last for fourteen  days, In practice the road was re-opened after eight days.

Shute Shelve Tunnel Update
The following was taken in October from Bristol Water's website. As part of the Southern Resilience Scheme, which aims to secure the water supply to 280,000 people across North Somerset, the Strawberry Line Cycle Way is currently diverted in the Winscombe area. This includes a diversion around Shute Shelve Tunnel.
We (Bristol Water) are aware of the significance of the tunnel to the local area and our intention has been to reopen the tunnel for the summer period. Unfortunately our work has been delayed and, following discussions with the Strawberry Line Management Committee and North Somerset Council, the tunnel remained on this temporary diversion throughout the summer months (2017).
When work began early this year there was a rock fall within the tunnel. Therefore, work had to be suspended whilst a full investigation into this took place and a safe plan to carry out the work was devised.
We are making significant improvements to the safety netting to ensure the tunnels ongoing safety once our work has been completed. Unfortunately our work on the safety netting has had to be suspended due to the presence of roosting bats. This has meant that the tunnel will need to remain closed until this issue can be resolved.
We have been working with Natural England and North Somerset Council to safely stop bats from roosting in the tunnel whilst works are on-going but these measures have not worked to date. We are working hard with our partners to resolve this matter. The Strawberry line and tunnel habitats are important sites for bats and many other species of flora and fauna and we are working hard to minimise our impact on the natural environment and we wish to leave it in a good (if not better) condition than when we started our works.
Due to the on-going environmental issues the decision was made to complete our works before the bat hibernation period begins in October. This decision to keep the tunnel diverted throughout the summer holidays was not taken lightly. If work is not complete by the hibernation period then it could risk the path through the tunnel being on diversion until spring 2018.Editor's Note
In October the Parish Council received a summary of a note from Bristol Water to NSC that states 'despite adopting extended working hours, Bristol Water will not be able to complete the works that were required to open the tunnel by the end of October. Under the terms of their licence with Natural England they will not be permitted to work in the tunnel after 31 October and would be prohibited from returning until April 2018 at the earliest, depending upon the ambient temperature at that time.'
Community SpeedWatch

       sppedwatch-6063.jpgMotorists who speed through residential neighbourhoods are very often unaware of the impact their actions have on local residents, or the danger they pose to other road users and pedestrians. The Community SpeedWatch Scheme   can make these motorists aware of the problems they may be causing and give local people the opportunity to become  actively  involved in  road safety.
Being a partnership between the Community, the Police and Local Authorities, a scheme can be set up in any village, small town, or urban area, governed by either a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit.  A functioning scheme already exists in the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford.
The scheme  involves local residents, who are willing to volunteer regularly a small amount of time to monitor the speed of vehicles with detection equipment.   You may wish to watch a video to find further details  on https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/watch-community-schemes/community-speedwatch/
Individual locations can be targeted with those drivers observed speeding  being sent a warning letter from the police,  along with advice to help change driving behaviour. Further action will be taken by the police against persistent and high-end speed offenders. So, why not help to control the problem by joining the Winscombe and Sandford Community Speed Watch.  If you are able to help please contact the Parish Council Office on 01934 844257.

Citizens Advice
       citadvice-48507.jpg   We, the Citizens Advice Bureau, can help you at our Winscombe Advice Service if you have problems with:   paying your council tax; paying your water bill; managing other debts; benefits;  discrimination; budgeting; universal credit.coffeecup-35924.jpg
                      Citizens Advice can give you free, confidential,
                              expert advice and support.

          Contact Winscombe & Sandford Parish Council
               to book an appointment for Wednesdays 
                       between 9:30am-12:30pm
                                                         by telephone: 01934 844257
                                            or by email: winscombepc@bt.connect.com


Christmas late-night shopping Tuesday 5th December 2017.

Safety on the Strawberry Line.
           safetystraw-16055.jpgCyclists using the strawberry line without due care and attention.    The strawberry line has been set up to provide a safe place  for cyclists, walkers of all ages, runners, parents with buggies and wheelchair users to exercise and enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds the line. However, a few cyclists appear to be using the line without the care and attention that is so essential for the safety of other users    While using the line and you observe these careless users it would help the police if you rang 101 to report the danger.  If you tell the police at that moment the culprits are actively using the site then this will give the police a greater opportunity to make a valid action.                                     


Parish Council Meetings.  Held in Winscombe Community Centre
Starting at 7.30pm (unless shown differently below).
Committee  /  GroupDecemberJanuaryFebruary
Full Parish CouncilNo meeting22nd
Sidcot School
Arts Centre
Village Hall
Cemetery/Allotment18th 2.00pmNo meetingNo meeting
Employment/Finance/PoliciesNo meeting15thNo Meeting
Environment4thNo meetingNo meeting
War Memorial Recreation GroundNo meetingNo meeting12th
Winscombe Cricket Club



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 to other sections of your Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council website
by clicking on any of the following:

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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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