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Residents ‘furious at road closure plan’

Residents of Congresbury are up in arms about a decision to close a road for up to five months to accommodate work on a controversial housing scheme.

More than 200 householders will be affected by the temporary closure of Wrington Lane, due to be imposed next week by North Somerset Council.

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) reported that homeowners in the lane and surrounding roads are “incandescent” with rage over the notice issued under provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.

Work is scheduled in three phases. The first phase, due to start on 3rd October includes the section down to Cobthorn Way. Phase Two covers the section from Cobthorn Way to Wrington Mead with Phase Three from Wrington Mead to the junction with the A370.

Residents have individually expressed their anger to MP John Penrose, district councillor Phil Neve, North Somerset Council and contractor Vistry Homes.

CRAG chair Mary Short said the action by North Somerset Council was totally unreasonable. “There are people with limited mobility, elderly folk and parents with young children who will become virtual prisoners in their homes if they cannot use their cars. Many residents in the area rely on their cars to get to work, to go for appointments and shopping etc. and have no idea what access they will have.”

The planned road closures would operate from 8am to 5pm weekdays with “occasional Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.”

Apart from Wrington Lane itself, the closure would directly affect access for residents of Cobthorn Way, Weetwood Road, Wrington Mead, Ward’s Hill, Verlands and Furnace Way.

The Council responded to one resident: “I am sorry that you are concerned about the works that are proposed to take place in Wrington Lane. Please be reassured that access is maintained for residents and emergency vehicles. The works are programmed in a phased manner so access can be maintained.”

The background to this case, which has blighted residents for more that six years, involves a dispute over land ownership. The housing project was only granted on condition that the developer provided a footway in the Lane before building work began.

The Council claim that that the footway can be built on public highway land. Residents dispute this, and have evidence that the footway will need land which is part of their property and has never been adopted as public highway land. 

John Mills

CONGRESBURY GUIDE GROUP TO REOPEN TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2022 7.00PM

The Second Congresbury Guides are delighted to be reopening their Group meetings on Tuesday 4th October, 2022 at 7pm in the Scout & Guide Hut in Mill Leg.

We will be working through the Guide Program whilst having lots of fun and if you know any girls aged 10 – 14 years who would like more information, or to join us, please contact Sonya on 07715 876827.

For more information regarding Girl Guides – please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

Congresbury History Group

Wednesday 21st September 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Steve Osman: The Swiss Air Crash of April 1973.  It is now nearly 50 years since this terrible tragedy, which affected many Congresbury families, occurred. Steve Osman will tell us the story behind this disaster.

Book of Condolence

The Book of Condolence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is in the St Congar’s room at the back of the Old School Rooms . Entry is opposite the Parish Office, not through the main hall. The room will be open 9-5 this week for residents who wish to sign and spend a moment in quiet reflection. The Book will be closed at 5pm on Tuesday 19th September, the day after Her Majesty’s funeral.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Congresbury Parish Council would like to express our sorrow and deepest condolences to the Royal Family. 

Congresbury Parish Council joins people across the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and the world in paying tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.  

A Book of Condolence will be opened from Monday 12th at Orchard House, The Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury, BS49 5DX.  

An electronic Book of Condolence is also available on the Royal Family website.

Floral tributes can be laid at the Prayer Garden, St Andrews Church, Station Road, Congresbury, BS49 5DX.

If you are leaving a floral tribute please remove the cellophane, ribbons and any wire, this is so North Somerset Council can compost the floral tributes and plant a tree in memory of the Queen.

ALERT: Energy rebate scam emails

Action Fraud is warning the public about a sharp rise in reports relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem, the independent energy regulator for Great Britain. The emails claim that the recipient is due a rebate payment as part of a government scheme and provides links for the recipient to follow in order to apply for the rebate. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites designed to steal personal and financial information.

Between Monday 22nd August 2022 and Monday 5th September 2022, a total of 1,567 phishing emails related to this scam have been reported via the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). All the emails display the email subject header “Claim your bill rebate now”. Offenders are using the Ofgem brand logo and colours to make the emails look as authentic as possible. However, the emails ask recipients to “apply for an energy bill rebate before September 2020”, which is what prompted many recipients to realise the emails weren’t genuine.

You can view examples of the fake emails in our social media posts on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

How you can protect yourself and others

• If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Don’t use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.

• If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Send us emails that feel suspicious, even if you’re not certain they’re a scam – we can check.

For advice on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Chief Constable’s statement following death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The following statement is from Chief Constable Sarah Crew, following the announcement that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her devotion and extraordinary public service have been a continual source of pride and inspiration to us all.

“On behalf of our officers, police staff and volunteers, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, as well as to the public we serve at this time of national mourning.

“Now is the time for communities to come together for a period of remembrance and reflection, as we pay our respects to a monarch who has faithfully and stoically served us during her historic reign.

“We will be flying our flag at half-mast across Avon and Somerset as a mark of respect at our Police Headquarters in Portishead, as well as other police locations.

“Memorial plans will be announced by local authorities in due course.

“A book of condolence is being set-up and details of how members of the public can sign it will be announced as soon as they have been finalised.”

Motorhome stolen in Congresbury

A motorhome was stolen from Well Park in Congresbury during the night of Tuesday September the 6th. The missing vehicle is an Adria Matrix Access, which has the registration number WX66BYO.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Police on 101, giving reference number 5222215943. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

A370 crash appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a collision on the A370 at Congresbury on Friday afternoon

Officers are investigating the circumstances around a collision between a motorcycle and a car, which happened at around 12.30pm near the Esso garage.

One person has been taken to hospital by air ambulance with injuries which are believed to be life-threatening. Their family are aware and being supported by specialist officers.

Police are asking any witnesses, or drivers with dashcam footage, to come forward and call us.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222212042, or complete our online appeals form.

Songs for Long Nights

Congresbury Singers performing “Songs for Long Nights – Tales & Tunes for coming of Winter”.

Saturday, 19th November, Memorial Hall, Congresbury. Tickets £10, inc refreshments @ PO, Re-Store, on door.

Rec Club redevelopment meeting

There will be a second public meeting on Monday September 5th at 6.30pm to discuss plans to demolish the existing Rec Club and replace it with a two-storey building.

This meeting, to be held in the Rec Club, follows the publication of the full plans last week by North Somerset council. You can find details of the plans by clicking here

Planning Application Land At Station Close Congresbury

DateFri 12 Aug 2022
Application TypeFull Planning Permission
DevelopmentReserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 13no. dwellings pursuant to outline planning permission 18/P/2532/OUT (Outline planning application for a residential development of up to 13 no. dwellings and associated infrastructure with access for approval and appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent approval)

Link to full details