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CRAG calls for action on Mulberry Road plans

So the battle lines are drawn. An application to build up to 90 houses on land behind Park and Mulberry Roads has been submitted to North Somerset Council.

The application has been made by consultants Lichfields on behalf of developer M7 Planning Ltd and M7SW LLP with a planning fee of £12,536.

CRAG will be supporting residents who wish to object to the plan on the grounds that the village and surrounding areas have had too many new houses in the past eight years. Apart from the obvious extra traffic generated (which ludicrously is not regarded as a planning matter) North Somerset is losing countryside at an alarming rate.

Accompanying the application are reports covering ecology, transport, flood risk, community involvement, heritage and a tree survey, so there will be many aspects for CRAG to evaluate over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, residents who wish to comment on the notion of another 90 houses, plus at least another 180 cars on our roads, can visit the North Somerset Council website, find planning applications and key in the reference 22/P/0459/OUT.

John Mills

Catalytic converter stolen

Police are appealing for information following a catalytic converter theft in Congresbury.

On Monday 28 February, the catalytic converter was stolen from a black Honda Jazz while it was parked in the car park at Cadbury Garden Centre, close to the store entrance.

It’s believed the theft took place between the hours of 3.20 and 5.20pm.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the theft or noticed any suspicious activity.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222052711, or complete the online appeals form.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium. The sharp rise in the value of these metals over recent years has driven up the rate of catalytic converter theft.

They can take less than a minute for a thief to cut and remove.

Avon & Somerset Police are urging motorists to help protect their vehicles from becoming an easy target by taking these steps:

  • Avoid parking half on the pavement, half on the road, as this may provide thieves with easier access to the underside of your vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle in a locked garage whenever possible.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas, or areas covered by CCTV.
  • Ask your garage to tell you your catalytic converter’s serial number, and make a note of it.
  • Consider purchasing forensic liquid and using it to mark your catalytic converter.
  • Place a protective covering over your catalytic converter.

For more information on catalytic converter theft visit Crimestoppers: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/home-property-safety/catalytic-converter-theft

Ziggy’s deli opens this week

Ziggy’s Deli opening on Saturday

A new delicatessen opens in Broad Street on Saturday.

Ziggy’s Deli & Kitchen is owned by John and Fiona Anderson who have lived in Congresbury for 26 years and say that they both felt the time was right for a career change. John is currently a primary school teacher and Fiona has worked for the NHS for the past 32 years as a midwife and nurse.

Prior to his teaching career John trained and worked as a chef and restaurant manager in London and Bath. “We both enjoy food and drink so thought it was time to go back to his roots.” said Fiona. “We spend a lot of time choosing all the foods and drinks you will find on our shelves and specialise in high quality local produce, aiming to support small local businesses.”

Ziggy’s will be opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 10.00 – 18.00 serving take out homemade sweet and savoury treats and hot drinks.

Later in the year Ziggy’s plans to provide sit-in small plate or tapas style dishes in the evening.

Stockists will include Somerset Charcuterie, Bristol Cheesemonger. Marks Bread, More Wine Co Ganley and Naish Cider, Moor Beer, Arbor Ales and Wiper and True Ales,Naked Wines and The Community Farm.


Find out more on www.ziggysdeli.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

Storm warning as 90mph winds expected

Storm Eunice has been declared a major incident by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum due to the potential for severe disruption.

A red weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for extremely strong winds between 7am and midday on Friday 18 February.

The storm has the potential to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions along the length of the west coast of Somerset through the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary into Gloucestershire.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Severn Beach and flood alerts for Porlock Weir, along the Severn between Avonmouth and Sharpness and along the Avon into Bristol. You can check your area’s risk of flooding on their website.

There is also a risk of 90mph gusts of wind causing coastal flooding and affecting trees and temporary structures. This could cause disruption to the road and rail network, flights, power and communications systems with a high likelihood that both the M4 Prince of Wales bridge and the M48 Severn Bridge will be closed.

Members of the public are asked to avoid travelling on Friday morning wherever possible and to follow weather and travel bulletins on local radio or check on local media websites.

Travel information will also be shared by National Highways, Travel Somerset, Travel West or you can check with your local public transport provider.

Emergency services, local authorities, National Highways and other voluntary and statutory agencies are on stand-by to put well-rehearsed plans into place.

You can report trees fallen into a major road to National Highways and on local roads to your local authority. 

Please call 999 if there is an immediate risk to safety such as a fallen live power cable. 

Links:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings

https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/

https://travelwest.info/travel-updates

Villagers support renewable power

The Centre for Sustainable Energy held a public workshop on behalf of North Somerset Council on 23rd January. At this, residents in Congresbury and Puxton gave conditional support to the possible development of wind turbines and the expansion of existing solar farms in the area. 

At the workshop, participants (all residents of the local area) gave conditional support for:

  • Medium scale wind turbines (up to 1 megawatt in output and 100 metres in height), ground based solar panels and community scale battery storage by the M5 to the northwest of West Hewish, on the condition the turbines are community owned.
  • The significant expansion of the four existing ground based solar farms within the two parishes with the potential to approximately treble their size.

Please share your thoughts on what was said and view a map of the suggestions in this short survey: https://communityenergyplan.commonplace.is/proposals/congresbury-and-puxton/step1

The workshop and this online consultation will inform North Somerset Council’s planning policies for renewable energy in the emerging Local Plan. The consultation will be open until Monday 14th March. There also will be further opportunities to comment on the Council’s emerging planning policies. Please share the consultation with friends and family so they can feed in their thoughts. I have also attached a poster to help you spread the word.

If you have any questions please email communities@cse.org.uk OR call 0117 934 1400 for a paper summary and form.

Garden shed break-in

A garden shed has been broken into overnight on the 9th in Weetwood Road, Congresbury. The offender smashed the latch securing the door to establish entry and once inside nothing was stolen. It is thought the offender may have been disturbed during the attempt.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222006990 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dog patrols set to increase

North Somerset council will increase the number of dog warden patrols in Congresbury following complaints about dogs fouling the King George V Playing Field and children’s play area.

This is the latest development since the council launched a county-wide crackdown on dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership towards the end of 2021.

North Somerset Council is asking residents to report locations of dog fouling using the app Pooper Snooper – https://poopersnooper.app/get-started

The reports residents provide through the app will inform the council of the worst offending areas and add to the list of hotspot areas the council already has.

Targeted areas will be patrolled by the council’s contractor Local Authority Support, who will issue fines under the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for:

  • anyone seen not picking up after their dogs
  • anyone seen not disposing of bagged dog waste correctly by taking it home or putting it in a bin
  • not having a receptacle to pick up after their dog (for example a bag)
  • having dogs off a lead in areas covered by the current PSPO
  • walking their dog within a dog exclusion zone.

During the campaign officers will proactively engage with dog walkers to ask them whether they have a means to pick up after their dog. If they cannot show the officer a dog bag, they will be fined £75 for breaching the PSPO and given a bag to ensure they have one for the rest of their walk.

Cllr Mike Solomon, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods and community services, said: “Unfortunately, due to a minority of dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets, dog mess continues to blight our towns, villages and open spaces. It remains a big concern for many of our residents with 90 per cent of respondents in a recent survey agreeing it was reasonable to issue on-the-spot fines to deal with the issue.

“By proactively asking dog walkers to prove they have a means to pick up after their dog we will be tackling this issue head on. We hope this campaign will change people’s behaviour and improve our local environment, helping North Somerset to become a cleaner and greener place for everyone.”

More information on dog related orders contained within the PSPO and the other offences covered can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo.

Driver arrested after late night crash

A motorist was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving offences after crashing in Congresbury in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He was driving south on Brinsea Road when his BMW Z3 sports car hit a garden wall on the west side of the road before demolishing a front garden fence on the east side of the road. The driver was unhurt.

High Street burglary

A home has been burgled in High Street, Congresbury on the evening of December 2nd between 5pm and 8pm. No visible signs of damage were present to suggest a point of entry and once inside a thorough search of the property was conducted, with all rooms entered and cupboards emptied. Nothing was stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221283758 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Attempted theft from stables

A stables / store room has been subject of an attempted theft between 6pm on the 25th & 6:45am on the 26th in Langford Road, Langford. The offenders cut through the door lock but were prevented further progress because of the deadlocks and reinforcements on the other side. The offender even tried using a shovel which had been left in the yard space, again without success.

The culprits then gained access to the garage by removing tiles from the roof. At present it is unclear if any items have been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221278142 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

Drill stolen from shed

A garden shed has been unlawfully entered sometime between the 27th & 29th in Wrington Mead, Congresbury. The owner had placed a bin and flower pot outside of the shed door as it had opened due to the bad weather. Upon checking on the morning of the 29th, the bin and flower pot had both been moved and a DeWalt drill had been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221280630 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Motorbike damaged

Police are appeal for information following damage to a motorcycle parked on Cobthorn Way, Congresbury at around 7:40am on Saturday. The motorcycle had been set alight causing around 20 per cent damage before the fire was extinguished. Any information please contact 101 quoting Ref number: 5221273403 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Burglars steal safe

Police are seeking witnesses to a burglary in Congresbury at the end of October.

A safe was stolen from a residential address in the Station Road area between 6.30pm on Saturday 30 October and approximately 1.30am on Sunday 31 October.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area, or noticed an unknown vehicle parked up in the vicinity, during those times.

If you can help, call 101 and give the call-handler reference number 5221255266. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Play areas set for refurbishment

Dangerous children’s play equipment on both the Millennium Green and King George V playing field has been removed by the parish council as part of plans to revamp the areas.

“We are very pleased with the removal work as the equipment was rotten and dangerous and we did not want it to deteriorate any further especially over the winter months,” said the council.

“We are gathering information on the costs of different equipment. Many of you asked for the zip wire to be replaced and climbing equipment to be included and therefore we are concentrating on looking at different options incorporating these ideas.

“There is currently a considerable lead time for the ordering and completion of any play equipment at the mpment. Hopefully we will be looking at a spring installation for new equipment.”

Burglary in Station Road

A home has been burgled in Station Road, Congresbury, between 6:30pm on October 30th and 1:30am on the 31st. The offender/s forced entry via the rear and once inside an untidy search was conducted with items being stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221255266 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Meeting on anti-social behaviour

There will be a meeting between the PCSOs and the community at Congresbury Youth Club  building this Friday at 6pm.  Short notice, because they are very keen to show that they are taking the recent spate of complaints about anti-social behaviour by young people seriously, and to work WITH us to address them.  

The PCSOs are making the point that they can’t tackle this alone, and we as a community need to be part of the solution, so it would be great to see some people showing up with positive ideas.     Please publicise this widely to anyone who is interested in a positive co-operative approach.  We will ensure the meeting doesn’t move into the mood of blaming either the police or young people.

Alex Ballard

Cleaning Vacancy at St Andrews Primary School

LOCATION: Station Rd, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5DX

HOURS: 14:45-17:45, Monday to Friday 

SALARY: £ (paid fortnightly) £8.91 per hour

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: cleaning experience would be desirable however full training will be provided. Previous Enhanced DBS certificate recommended however new certificate will be sought.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: 

Cleaner Key responsibilities:

The main areas of accountability and personal specification for the position are detailed below:

To undertake general cleaning duties to the prescribed standards as detailed in the site specification including:

· Cleaning interior surfaces, furnishings, fixtures and fittings

· Clean floors and floor coverings

· Maintain the internal environment

· Service toilet areas; clean all toilet appliances i.e., toilets, sinks etc. and replenish toilet rolls, soap and paper towels

· To clear and remove rubbish and other items from areas as detailed by the site specification and ensure completion of duties.

· To maintain stocks of cleaning materials, order from suppliers where required and to control the usage of materials ensuring the cleaning cupboard is always kept tidy.

· To report any problems on site to the supervisor / account manager so they may be rectified immediately.

· To undertake any other reasonable duties/request commensurate with this position as designated by the account manager / supervisor/client/company

Contact;

Mark Sansom Account Manager
07874857698
E mark.sansom@churchillservices.com

04/10/2021 9788 AN007 Residential Burglary

A home has been burgled overnight on the 30th September in Wrington Mead, Congresbury. The offender gained access by climbing over a side gate by using a bin. Once inside the grounds they then forced entry via a downstairs window by snapping the hinge. Inside the property a messy search was conducted where it was clear the offender was looking for jewellery. Once the search was completed the offender then made off via the same method of entry.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221228825 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

Coffee mornings raise £1,100 for Macmillan

The Community café ran two café sessions in aid of Macmillan cancer support. The sessions raised £1106. 

it was good to see so many people supporting this worthwhile cause and the café committee would to thank the café volunteers for their hard work and Debbie Fortune estate agents and local company Hearmore UK for their support.

Dog walkers urged to respect King George V playing field byelaws

Villagers who regularly exercise their dogs on the King George V playing fields are being asked to stick to the byelaws which require dogs to be kept on leads at all times on any part of the playing fields.

This applies to the cricket field, the children’s play area, and the grass area between the two.

Signs make it clear that dogs must be on a lead at all times

The KGV Trustees point out that there are several signs (pictured right) on the entrances to the grounds telling owners that dogs must be kept on leads and to clean up after their dogs.

“The problem of people walking dogs on the fields but off leads has been around for some time but has been getting worse, possibly exacerbated by the pandemic,” said a representative of the Trustees. 

The Trustees point out that the KGV fields were left in trust for the playing of sport and recreation and the byelaws specifically prohibit the taking of any dog onto any part of the fields unless kept on a chain.

The cricket club, which maintains the cricket ground, has asked the Trustees to take further action if matters do not improve.

Park Road property damaged

A property has been damaged in Park Road, Congresbury, on Thursday between 11am and 11:30am. A rock was thrown at a window of the property causing it to smash. 

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221221943 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Garden waste collections restart

North Somerset council plans to restart garden waste collections from the end of September but only every four weeks instead of fortnightly.

“This is a pragmatic approach that enables us to offer a garden waste service to all our existing customers while still dealing with the driver shortages. We are amending the garden waste collection calendars and these will be available on our website before collections begin again,” the council said.

New calendars will be available from Friday and can be downloaded from www.n-somerset.gov.uk/calendar.

The council notes that driver shortages are still a very serious issue. “We remain in a precarious situation with our staff resources so the situation could change again.”

There will be a discount on next year’s collections to compensate residents for the disruption. “You don’t need to contact us to qualify for this offer – it will be automatically available at renewal,” the council said.

North Somerset is also setting up trial satellite sites across the area so existing customers have the option to take their garden waste to staffed drop-off points if they don’t live within easy reach of one of the three recycling centres. These will be announced to customers living in those areas as soon as they’re up and running.

Garden waste collection suspended

North Somerset council is halting all garden waste collections between September 6th and 17th because of a national shortage of HGV drivers.

“Despite our best efforts to keep your garden waste collection service running as normally as possible over recent weeks, we have made the difficult decision today to suspend collections for at least the next two weeks,” said the council.

Recycling and black bin waste collections will continue as normal.

North Somerset notes that neighbouring councils suspended their services earlier in the summer, adding that it has been able to continue collections – with limited disruption – until now.

“We have now reached the point where the national shortage of HGV drivers means that we cannot continue to provide all services. We are working hard on doing what we can to fix the situation locally and will have a clearer picture on compensation for our customers and what we’ll do to mitigate further impacts within the next two weeks. We’re also lobbying government to resolve the national crisis.

“We are really sorry for the inconvenience this causes you and will be in touch again before your next garden waste collection is due with an update.

“Our recycling centres will be open as normal if you’re unable to store your garden waste at home. Home composting is also a good way to deal with any extra garden waste generated.”

Community café update

Congresbury Community café Ltd is a charitable community benefit society which runs Congresbury Community café. The café has been open for two-and-a-half years and operates in rooms and a courtyard which are kindly donated free of charge by Debbie Fortune estate agents’ Congresbury office.

Run entirely by volunteers it was initially set up to raise funds for a new village hall. When that project closed down, the project team in liaison with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents agreed to retain the popular café. The surplus profits are now used to support the community, by helping fund village organisations and activities. Details are available on the café website www.congresburycoffee.org .

The café will also run sessions to support organisations such as Macmillan Cancer support, The Air Ambulance and local hospices. The café is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 till 1pm and alternate Saturdays from 10 till 3pm (next opening Saturday 11th). It also runs a Glut Market where donated surplus vegetables and plants are available for a donation to the café.

The St Andrew’s school PTA are the first group to receive funding from café sessions. Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Zoe Gartland, on behalf of the school and PTA said: “Thank you so much to Congresbury community café who have kindly donated £423 towards our new playground equipment.

“During lockdown, the children of St Andrew’s were tasked with a challenge to design a new Key Stage Two play area. The school council worked closely with Pentagon Play to ensure the children’s ideas were incorporated into the final build. In the last weeks of term, the children were able to see their designs become reality with our wonderful new equipment. 

“The school were able to fund the vast majority of the scheme but needed to raise a final £1500. With the PTA’s help and generous donations from local businesses, we are almost there.”

Ian Sheppard for the café said: “It was disappointing when the village hall project closed down in October last year but the café allows us to fulfil our vision of putting money back into the community. But it is not all about the money, the café is a community facility where people can meet up in a safe environment as well as enjoying freshly brewed hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes.

“We would not able to do this without the generosity and continued support of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in allowing us use of the rooms and courtyard. “

New design unveiled for Rec Club rebuild

The team behind the redevelopment of Congresbury’s Rec Club has unveiled a new plan featuring an upper floor and viewing balconies.

This design – on the same footprint as the existing Rec Club – replaces the original two-building approach unveiled in the spring and follows consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“It is important to comply with the ECB requirements if we are to have a chance of a successful application for a grant from them towards the cost,” explained cricket club president Les Owen who is leading Project Construct, the name given to the team exploring the best way to develop a new cricket, tennis and social club building on the King George V Playing Field (KGV).

Since the original plans were unveiled in the spring the Project Construct team has held an online questionnaire which had some 115 responses with 87 per cent of respondents in favour of the redevelopment and further work has been done on the design.

Now the KGV Trustees have started a pre-planning application consultation with North Somerset District Council. This process involves submitting an overview and some detail to the planning department and getting their feedback before a formal application for planning permission is submitted.

How the rebuilt Rec Club could look

Mr Owen said that during consultation with the ECB it became clear that they would be unable to support the original ‘two building’ design with a new changing rooms’ building alongside the footprint of the existing Recreation Club.

This is because the new building would be behind the bowlers’ arms on the east side of the ground and that, and the need for sight screens directly in front of the changing rooms, would interfere with the normal playing of cricket and would adversely impact the look and feel of a traditional village cricket ground

Accordingly the Project Committee has now come up with a new design involving a building exactly on the footprint of the existing Rec Club but with an upper floor consisting of changing rooms/tennis viewing room/committee room, and a ground floor with the bar and social facilities as the existing building has. It is this design that is the subject of the pre-application consultation. 

Some extracts of the pre-application supporting material are available to view by clicking here which show the proposed floor plans, elevations and materials to be used.

Any comments on this proposal can be made to the KGV Trustees and the Project Committee by emailing newrecclub@gmail.com