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Photo issued of 88-year-old robbery victim as part of appeal for information


The victim was walking with her husband when someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground. The incident happened on Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-Super-Mare at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, 10 January. After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.
“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

North Somerset Council are now consulting on the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan for 6 weeks commencing on 14 January 2019 in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulation (General) 2012. Following this consultation the intention is to submit the Plan for independent examination. This is the last chance to comment on the plan before it is put forward for examination. Your comments must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 25 February 2019. 

Congresbury Parish Council, with help from the local community, have prepared the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The plan will help to shape the parish in forthcoming years and will be used to help make decisions on planning applications within the parish. The plan proposes allocating land for housing and employment, aims to protect local green spaces, valued countryside and community facilities, proposes improvements to cycle routes and highways and aims to protect and enhance the historic environment. 

The neighbourhood plan area covers the whole of Congresbury Parish and consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan (Reg. 14) took place between 30 July and 17 September 2018.Following this consultation further amendments were made to the plan and the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally submitted to the Council on 17 December 2018. 

The best way to comment on the submitted plan is online. The Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan and all supporting document on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/congresburyplan

Alternatively you can e-mail your comments to: planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk

or write to:

Planning Policy Team, Post point 15, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ

Police warning of a scam

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. 

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

New surgery gets go-ahead

A new doctors’ surgery will be built in Smallway, Congresbury, replacing the Yatton and Congresbury facilities.

North Somerset planners approved amended plans this week having previously turned down the application despite council officers recommending approval.

The new surgery will be on land opposite Cadbury Garden Centre.

An artist’s impression of the Smallway surgery

The original plans had been refused because of concerns over access, particularly pedestrian access.

Councillors approved the plans, noting that if it went to appeal, they would lose.

Mendip Vale Medical Group looks after 44,000 patients as a result of merging with the Riverbank Medical Centre in Worle and Sunnyside Surgery in Clevedon. Its modern Langford  facility was  built in 2013, and the purpose-built St Georges site opened in 2012.

Bowler Ant is national champion

Congresbury bowler Anthony Page is an England champion after winning an indoor tournament in Nottingham last weekend.

Ant won the Disability Bowls England National Singles for Non-classified members at Nottingham at his first attempt.

He won three tough rounds before winning overall in the fourth round 19-13.

“The last round was nip and tuck at first, then I managed to get ahead in the last few ends,” said Ant, aged 45, who lives in Worle.

Champion: Congresbury’s Ant Page

He was brought up in Wolverhampton and first started bowling at age 11 on crown greens.

“My father got me into it. My four uncles played too,” said Ant.

“It was my life. It was everything I did, six nights a week from April to September.

“I got to county standard and played for Staffordshire at junior level.”

He started bowling again in 2017 when he joined Congresbury, and in 2018 won three of the club’s singles titles and reached the final of the men’s championship.

Ant, who works in a supermarket bakery, was born with a condition called scoliosis – curvature of the spine – which is painful at times.

Congresbury Bowling Club’s 2019 season starts on April 13.

New members are welcome. Turn up every Monday at 6pm for coaching. Equipment provided.

Soup and puds for Pre-school funds

Warm up in chilly February with SOUP AND PUDS  in the Methodist Hall, Saturday 2nd February, 12.00 till 2.00.This event will be raising money for the Pre-School. Last orders 1.30pm. Cost £5 to include hot drink.

Wreath-making

Julia Thyer hosted wreath making parties again this year and 26 guests made some beautiful wreaths. Liz English made delicious soups with ingredients fresh from her allotment, and puddings were made by Annie King, Barrie Lea, Lizzie Burd, Julia Koblizek, Angela Jones and Mary Faunt. Greenery kindly donated by Liz Chapel, Kate Herbison and Pat Jarvis. Many thanks to everyone for raising £365 for the new village hall project.

 

Lunch Club Christmas lunch

40 members of Congresbury Senior Citizens Lunch Club enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch last Thursday in the Old School Rooms.  There was a true festive spirit particularly as Christmas Carols were played by pianist & volunteer Nat Nunn. Members meet every 2 weeks to enjoy lunch & meeting old friends &/or making new friends.   We are always looking for reserve volunteers to come & help set up tables & chairs, wash up or cook on occasions – or maybe you like doing admin work at home.  It’s all great fun & very rewarding!   So if you have a few hours a fortnight to spare then please email kateherbison@hotmail.com

Latest CRAG report

Congresbury Residents Action Group members attended a useful, informal meeting of the North Somerset Village Alliance, which ranged over several topics.

Top of the list was the response to the Local Plan Issues and Options documents. Attendance at the Langford and Congresbury drop-in events had been very good, but there was conflicting information about how many official comments had been made by residents. To read full report by John Mills of CRAG please click here

 

CRAG notice

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is hoping for a good response to its flyers advertising the drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms this week-end.
Several Congresbury residents attended the event at Churchill last Saturday where they heard about North Somerset Council’s plan for a 2,800 house new town at Mendip Spring.