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| | Winscombe and Sandford
| |Hopefully this Newsletter will enable you to:
We 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:
- 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
- calling at the Parish Office, Community Centre Building, BS25 1JA, (opening times: Monday and Thursday: 10am to noon);
- telephoning, (01934 844257),
- emailing, (email@example.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 Website||Nuisance Telephone Calls|
If you would find this update an advantage - please inform the editor by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.
The Parish Council is to decide whether its website should be up-dated so that
those with smart phones can access the data within more easily than at present. The website can be accessed by clicking here.
|Further to the interest shown in a note in 'Occasional No 20', if you 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.
|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 and 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
|B. In the Parish of Sandford and Winscombe|
1. Developments planned for the parish.
|a. Woodborough Farm, Winscombe ||up to 175 houses||Agreed by Parish Council & North Somerset Council (NSC).|
|b. The Chestnuts, Winscombe ||24 houses||Agreed by Parish Council and North Somerset Council (NSC).|
|c. Greenhill Lane, Sandford||up to 118 houses||Application 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 Farm||up to 80 houses||Application 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.
|7. Avon Fire Brigade |
a. For delivery and maintenance of fire hydrants.
|8. Affordable Housing: 30% (82% social rented:18% shared ownership)||---------- |
Another reminder - the NSC system of collecting your garden waste is changing.
From 1st March 2017 garden waste will be
collected by NSC with bins 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.|
|Main Parish Council|
|Sidcot School Art Centre|
|Sandford Village Hall|
|Annual Parish Assembly|
|Annual Parish Meeting|
|--||March ||April|| |
|----||March ||April|| May |
|Cemetery/ Allotments ||No meetings||Planning ||W.C.|
|No meeting||No meeting||War Memorial Committee||No meetings|
|---------------------------------------------------||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)
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 affected||Action||Start Date||Finish Date|
|Two-way traffic lights||4th August|
|Two-way traffic lights||15th September|
|Temp.lay down area||May|
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 Office in Sandford Road
List of some Parish Services
links 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 Lavatory- Woodborough Road - cleaning and maintenance
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 HereFor 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 maintenance||Scarecrows - 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|
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 Here||Ever 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 Ground||Street 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 Here||Bins and recycling - including various topics including collection dates Click Here |
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