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logo2-50648.jpg   logo2-50648.jpg          Winscombe and Sandford
                         Parish Council
The Occasional
Newsletter 21
Email Edition

March 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.


                                                       Addition to Recreation Ground Skate Park                                                            

The very popular skate park at the Recreation Ground has now been in place for thirteen years.  From the beginning space has always been available for further development.  As a result of discussions with users, both young and old, and many other interested parties the decision has been made to introduce a 'half-pipe' with the dimensions 12m X 6m X 15m, similar to that shown above,  hopefully to be open in time for the school summer holidays..


              Changing the Parish Council WebsiteNuisance Telephone Calls

The Parish Council is to decide whether its website should be up-dated so thatwebchange.jpg those with smart phones can access the data within more easily than at present. The website can be accessed by clicking here.
If you would find this update an advantage - please inform the editor by email on: lloyd@winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk or by clicking  here.
Further to the interest shown in a note in 'Occasional No 20', if youscamcall-5676.jpg have received nuisance telephone calls which you suspect to be 'scams' please contact Action Fraud on
                                  tel.  0300 123 400
or via a website by clicking here.

Housing Supply
A.   In North Somerset
          The following summarises North Somerset Council's housing  supply position - as received from North Somerset Council on 17th January 2017
       1. The council's land supply position was the subject of two recent planning inquiries, land to the north of the A368, Sandford andhousing-48154.jpg and south of Knightcott Road, Banwell. 
       2. Detailed evidence on five year land supply was given at both inquiries, and both Inspector's decisions draw the conclusion that the council are currently unable to demonstrate a five-year land supply for housing was given.      
      3. Given how recently the decisions have been published (12th and 13th October 2016 respectively) the council has been unable to update its position in reaction to the conclusions. 
      4. The Sandford decision did not produce a land supply figure.  However, the Banwell decision drew the conclusion that the council can currently demonstrate 4.2 years supply against a backdrop of the adopted Core Strategy housing requirement of 20,985 dwellings, using a 20% buffer. 
      5. While the council dispute the conclusion relating to persistent under delivery, and in advance of further consideration of the land supply position, the council are content that for the purposes of this inquiry the current land supply position is 4.2 years and this shortfall carries considerable weight. 
      6. Should the appellant dispute the Banwell appeal decision, which is both recent and highly material, the council reserve the right to produce further evidence. 

      Essentially, the council have to deliver 20,985 dwellings over the plan period 2006-2026, an average of 1,049 units a year. Up to April 2016 we had delivered 7,995 dwellings meaning that we have accrued a shortfall of 2,495 dwellings. When added to the standard five year supply requirement of (1,049 x 5) 5,245 houses, we need to deliver 7,740 houses in the next five years. Government guidance also requires us to identify a buffer on top of this, of 5% or 20% depending on previous delivery rates. The Banwell Inspector concluded that we should identify 20%, although subsequently the Core Strategy Inspector has reported, concluding that a 5% buffer is appropriate. 
     Either way we still currently have a shortfall. If the 20% buffer is needed we can currently only identify 4.2 years supply. If the 5% buffer is used we have enough supply for 4.8 years. We are working to address this shortfall and will publish our next full update in April 2017. 
      The full report with the Proof of evidence can be seen by:   clicking here

      The Banwell Case file can be seen by:    clicking here 
B.  In the Parish of Sandford and Winscombe

1.  Developments planned for the parish.
a.  Woodborough Farm, Winscombe up to 175 housesAgreed by Parish Council & North Somerset Council (NSC).
b.  The Chestnuts, Winscombe 24 housesAgreed by Parish Council and  North Somerset Council (NSC).
c.  Greenhill Lane, Sandfordup to 118 housesApplication rejected by your Parish Council and NSC.  The appeal against this decision went to an inspector who decided that the application should be accepted.  
d.  Broadleaze Farmup to 80 housesApplication rejected by your Parish Council with application still to go before NSC  (as of  late February 2017)
C.  With  the possible  106 Agreements    
         106 Agreements are legal agreements between Local Authorities and developers; they are linked to planning permissions and are also known as Planning Obligations.
         They are drafted when it is considered that a development will have significant impacts on the local area that cannot be moderated by means of conditions attached to a planning decision.  
         A Planning Obligation will aim to balance the pressure created by the development with improvements to the area so ensuring that where possible the development would make a positive contribution to the local area and community.
The 106 agreement for the Woodborough Farm development is as follows:
1. Education  (£1,114,818)  
a. To support the creation of new early years places as a contribution to new provision that could be sited at Winscombe Primary School,
b. Towards four classrooms and supporting accommodation, required to expand Winscombe Primary School, 
c. Five years  provision of home to school transport to Churchill Sec. School,
d. To improve Youth Facilities in the village.


2. Community Centre  (£300,000)
a. towards enlarging/refurbishing/rebuilding Hall.

3. Library
a. For contemporary paper and electronic books and related fixtures and fittings or technology to accommodate it, at Winscombe Library. 
4. Built Sports and Leisure (£108,038)
a. On-site equipped play area and commuted sum for 15 years maintenance
b. Off-site playing pitches improvements
c. Off-site improvement to the Churchill swimming pool changing facilities

5.  Highways and Transport (£41,000)
a.  Bus  stop improvements to include raised kerbs,  hardstanding waiting areas
b.  New bus shelter
c.  Real time information at bus stops
d.  Power connections for RTI
e. Travel plan incentives 

6.  Public Open Spaces/Public Rights of Way  (£15,200)
a. Improvements to Woodborough Road Bridge
b. Improvements to Community Orchard  for benches and tree planting
c. Resurfacing strawberry line for 500m
d. Improvements to public rights of way crossing.

£5,000 £2,000
7. Avon Fire Brigade  
a. For delivery and maintenance of fire hydrants.
8. Affordable Housing: 30% (82% social rented:18% shared ownership)---------- 

Adult Exercise Equipment
           If the addition to the skate park, as above,  is not for you, then you will surely be interested in the six pieces of adult exercise equipment shortly to be installed  in the Recreation Ground.  They will be positioned near one another on the grass verge to the edge of the car park. Meet you there!!
Seated Chest Press Rowing MachineSit-up Bench
Cross TrainerSwinger StationBicycle


Another reminder - the NSC system of collecting your garden waste  is changing.

From 1st March 2017 garden waste will be

collected by NSC with bin-94426.jpgbins and not bags. If you need a bin or bins you should contact North Somerset Council by clicking here.

Parish Council Meetings are held at 7.30pm - all parishioners are welcome 
Meet in Winscombe Community Centre (WCC) unless shown differently below.



April ----May
Main Parish Council
Sidcot School Art Centre
Sandford Village Hall
Annual Parish Assembly
Annual Parish Meeting
--March April 
----March     April May 
Cemetery/ Allotments No meetingsPlanning W.C.
No meetingNo meetingWar Memorial CommitteeNo meetings
Employ/Finance/PoliciesNo meetingW.C.
No meetingNeighbourhood
Devel. Plan
---------------------------------------------------Ring(01934 844247) the Parish Clerk to check that the above N.D.P meetings are to take place.  

 Information about the water pipeline soon-to-be-installed and passing through Winscombe
(repeated from email version of  Occasional 20 - with bigger images, as requested) 
Part One
The timing,  as shown on the above map,  has been delayed

1.  Bristol Water Works contractors Kier Ltd have completed works on Shute Shelve Tunnel. 
     These are:   temporary Tunnel Lighting, required for Bat Mitigation;  covering alcoves, required for Cave Spider protection;
     covering the calcite formations,  in order to protect these during the construction phase.

2.  The diversion of the Strawberry Line will be in place before the pipe laying work begins

3.  Times for other works are shown here:
Area affectedActionStart DateFinish Date
Strawberry Line
Cycle Way
Diversion6th December
1st June
Banwell Road
Two-way traffic lights4th August
1st September
Woodborough Road
Two-way traffic lights15th September
12th October
Banwell Road
Temp.lay down areaMay

Part Two
More detailed pipeline plans.
        The following link, if clicked here, gives access (if you then page  down through 'Information' and down to No 2. in  'Recent News')  within the Parish Council website to  separate maps of  five adjacent sections of the pipeline as it enters and leaves Winscombe.  These details were provided by Bristol Water via North Somerset Council.

        Normally, when you click on any of the five the map-links the initial viewing of the maps is extremely small and so you will need to expand the image on your screen. This, if you are using a pc, will involve pressing 'ctrl' and '+' several times.


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 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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