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There are interesting moves down Wrington Lane as Vistry Group shuffle the deckchairs on the doomed ship that is their building scheme.

With a new set of proposals for the layout of the 50 houses, the company is trying to convince the local authority that building will start this year.

Can they possibly think that North Somerset Council, or indeed local residents, have overlooked the fact that there is a condition to provide a safe footway in Wrington Lane before building can start?

So Vistry will continue to tinker around with existing plans to avoid falling for the three-year planning rule, which states that a development must be started within three years of the granting of an application. 

Maybe North Somerset could invoke the three-year rule on grounds that the company have not, and cannot start the development because they cannot meet the condition?

CRAG is currently supporting local residents who are trying to convince North Somerset that the condition cannot be met.

YACWAG announce a new nature reserve in Congresbury

Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group are creating a new reserve in Congresbury. ‘Cobthorn Reserve’ is at the end of Cobthorn Way, bordering the new Furnace Way housing development.

Planning permission for Furnace Way was granted by North Somerset Council (NSC) with a proviso that an area of the procured land was set aside for the benefit of Greater Horseshoe Bats – a protected species that use this land for foraging. The area is only small part of the original habitat available to the bats in this location – much has been lost to the housing and its associated amenity area.

The original developers, Sunley, did not want to undertake the maintenance of this mitigation area which would involve planned grazing and careful management. NSC suggested they contact YACWAG to see if they would be interested in taking over the land in perpetuity for the benefit of bats. Following discussions between Sunley, NSC and YACWAG an outline agreement was reached. Sunley subsequently passed the development over to Strongvox, who continued with the agreement and YACWAG are hoping that the legal transfer of the land will happen later this summer.

With the support and help of Strongvox, the reserve is being adapted ahead of the legal transfer. Separate sections have been fenced off to allow for flexible grazing by cattle and sheep and new hedgerows have been planted. Further hedgerow and larger tree planting is planned, which will help transform the reserve. Information lecterns will be installed within the next couple of weeks and it is hoped Dexter cows will soon be grazing there.

For more information about the bats, a plan of the site location and how to contact YACWAG if you would like to help with the project, click here.

Café pledges to support village organisations

In liaison with Debbie Fortune estate agents, who  generously donate the use of their premises and facilities for Congresbury’s Community Café, surplus profits from the café, will go back into the community to be used to support village organisations and village activities. More details and how to apply can be found on the café website Supporting the community (congresburycoffee.org)

For the next two weeks the surplus profits from the café sessions will go to help the school PTA to fund new playground equipment at St. Andrews school.

Green Party wins local election

The Green Party’s Phil Neve is the new North Somerset district councillor for Congresbury and Puxton. He polled more than 64 per cent of the vote at the by-election held on Thursday and continues a long tradition of Congresbury and Puxton having a Green councillor going back more than 30 years.

Samantha Pepperall of the Conservative Party received 270 votes, 29 per cent of votes cast, while the Labour Party’s Dawn Parry received six per cent of the votes.

The total number of votes cast was 922. Turnout was 29.5 per cent of voters, lower than normal, which was blamed on the heatwave.

The by-election followed the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Stuart Treadaway elected two years ago.

Singers return – please note the change of venue

Congresbury Singers will be meeting again, with a new Musical Director, Graham Coatman, on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 8pm. We have had to change our venue – due to Covid rules & our choir insurance – to St Andrews Church Congresbury. We would be pleased to welcome new members.  The choir is a friendly group, no audition required. For more information contact Carol Bacon on 07803 040175

Rec Club issues new Covid guidelines

Message from Congresbury Rec Club about the relaxation of Covid guidelines.

“On Monday 19th we enter the latest phase of Corona with much longed for changes coming while infections rates are still high, and the need to self-isolate lasting for at least another month. 

“We have decided as both a team and a committee we will do the following to protect the staff, our customers and our desire to stay open and enjoy the summer….

“We will:

*Continue with table service for the time being

*Continue with card payment when at all possible

*Keep tables spaced out inside but the rule of 6 is gone

*Ask that you consider wearing a mask when moving around inside – staff will continue to wear masks when out from behind the bar

*Leave up the NHS Covid check in posters should you want to continue to check-in.

The government messaging on this one remains confusing.  We look forward to another tentative step forwards while doing what we can to prevent a step backwards and hope we can count on your ongoing support. “

Bluey is back!

BLUEY  free shopping trips 

  Every  Tuesday in the month

  Re-starting Tuesday 20th July

Also re-starting: “Lunch Club” Thursday 5thAugust (Pick up’s from home address)

To book a seat or for information please ring 01934 257247 or email: bookingmanagerbluey@gmail.com

(leave a message if no reply, we will get back to you)

Congresbury Community Transport – here for you!

Changes planned at Rec Club to strengthen management

Congresbury Recreation Club wants to strengthen its management committee and put in place a new code of conduct for all members.

The King George V Trustees, who have overall responsibility for the management of the fields and all activity on them and who delegate the day to day management to the Rec Club, have appointed cricket club president Les Owen as interim chairman. He will serve until the end of 2021.

Mr Owen paid tribute to his predecessor Andy Elvin for the work he has done over the last three years to improve the club and change its image.

“The Rec Club is for all members and sports participants and should present a welcoming, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere,” said Mr Owen.

Mr Owen, a lifelong Liverpool fan and Anfield season ticket holder who played local league football around Bristol for many years, said:

“My personal motivation in taking this on for six months is to help create an environment that is conducive to participation in sport and recreation by all in the village, and to try to ensure that the Rec is operating and managed in a way that maximises the chances of funding support for a new building.”

The Trustees have asked Mr Owen to strengthen the Rec Club committee and make it more representative of the village. The club rules and code of conduct for members will also be reviewed.

A key objective will be to produce a three-year plan for the club as part of the application process for grant funding for a new clubhouse.

“Once lockdown eases I would hope that all villagers will feel able to become members and help us secure the Rec Club’s future as a centre of sport and recreation in Congresbury,” said Mr Owen.

The Rec Club committee would welcome contact from anyone who would like to learn more about the plans for the future and who may be interested in helping. Please email newrecclub@gmail.com

Job vacancies at St Andrew’s school

Would you like to join the fantastic St Andrew’s crew? We are currently recruiting for two Learning Support Assistants to join our friendly team in the new academic year. Please see full details on our website via the link below:https://www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk/job-vacancies/

Job Vacancies | St Andrew’s Primary School Welcome to our Job Vacancies page. Applications must be made via the relevant application form listed below. CVs are not accepted. Once complete, applications should be emailed to office@standrewsprimary.org.uk marked for the attention of Mrs J Beavan. www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk

Country market needs honey supplier

Wrington Country Market is looking for a honey supplier. The market operates Fridays 9.30-11.00 at the Memorial Hall, Wrington. Baked goods, preserves, Cheddar strawberries, veg, flowers, plants and craft are for sale and there is good parking. The organisers say they cannot offer refreshments at the moment as they are not allowed to use the kitchen. 

Bluey AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Bluey – Congresbury Community Transport – will be held at Congresbury Methodist Hall, on Monday 2nd August at 7.00pm.  After the formal meeting, there will be an opportunity to hear more about the work of CCT, to discuss and ask questions as appropriate. Tea and coffee will be served at the end of the meeting.

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Re:Store Congresbury – new opening times

Re:Store Congresbury is now open on Wednesdays between 09:30-14:30
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Located at the back of Congars Cafe, they are packed to the rafters with re:fill foods and cleaning products and you can stop by to re:fresh with a wide range of plastic-free toiletries, gifts and other goodies
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Plus you can re:use your own containers, bottles and jars to re:fill into or they have some spares and paper bags available ♻️💚
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Also open Thursday and Friday 08:30-16:00 and Saturday 09:00-16:00 👍

Planning Application

King George V Jubilee Playing Fields Stonewell Drive Congresbury BS49 5DW

DateFri 28 May 2021
Application TypeTree Works
DevelopmentT23 – Horse Chestnut – Crown lift to 2.5m. T24 – Crown lift minor growth to 3m over tarmac. T33 – Small leaved lime – Remove basal epicormics, prune back split limb on west aspect @5m over path to nearest suitable lateral, Prune back growth from adjacent property to clear by 2m, reduce over extended limb on SW aspect by 1.5m, Crown lift to 2.5m. T35 – Red horse chestnut – Remove basal epicormics. T36 – Small leaved lime – Crown lift to 3m over play area.

Link to full details