As many of you may know our nearest sports centre at Churchill Academy has closed and is not set to reopen. A group called Mendip Villages Fitness has been formed to try to look at options for the Centre and is in discussions with North Somerset council to try to find a way forward. As part of our plans for opening a revitalised and much-needed sports facility on the site, we are sending out a survey to gauge opinions on the closure and asking local communities what they would like to see provided if and when the sports centre reopens.
We have been advised of a new scam that is doing the rounds, which looks very believable and is therefore highly dangerous. It starts with a text, seemingly from the NHS, saying that you are now eligible to apply for the new vaccine and to click on the link to apply. The link takes you to a website, which looks genuine and asks the user to complete a form asking for the following information. Name Date of Birth Address Payment card details Proof of address As you can see from the above, this should automatically ring alarm bells, as we all know, the vaccine is FREE. Please follow this advice: Do NOT click on links in unknown texts – always check it first NEVER give out your personal details. With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people. Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – we’ve already had reports of scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. REMEMBER: The Covid-19 Vaccine is FREE on the NHS – you will NOT be asked to pay
A Congresbury family has opened an online Christmas gift shop, offering local deliveries and no-quibble returns.
Ellie Munro, of Silver Street, says the shop previously traded as the Green Room boutique shop in Hay-On-Wye. She says: “We have a huge range of items that will make perfect gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. We can deliver our products safely and conveniently to people in our community and beyond, and we want especially to help those who cannot shop as we would all much prefer to during these difficult times.
“We can offer local delivery, collection from Congresbury or Clevedon giving complete peace of mind to those who may be unaccustomed to online shopping.”
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North Somerset council has issued advanced warning that Stock Lane, Langford (B3133 ) will be closed from Monday November 23 for four weeks to complete drainage improvement and carriageway resurfacing works.
This will be to complete phase one of drainage works and will be for 24 hours a day.
Phase two of the drainage works are anticipated to start on Monday 4 January for two weeks and will also be for 24 hours a day.
Phase Three, surfacing works, are anticipated to begin on Monday 18 January and last for five days working 8pm to 6am.
Stock Lane will be closed from its junction with the A38 to its junction with Langford Road. Diversions will be in place.
M7 Planning Limited and Stonewater Housing Association have teamed up to progress a planning application for land at Pineapple Farm for up to 90 dwellings (including 30% housing), public open space and the retention of an ecological buffer along the boundary of the site.
The land is situated behind Park Road and would be accessed from Mulberry Road. The developer has asked Congresbury Parish Council to direct residents to their website which is www.your-feedback.uk/pineapple-farm where residents can view the plans and provide feedback.
The Parish Council has not responded to the developer and was made aware of the plans during the public participation section of the Full Council meeting on 12th October 2020.
The Parish Council will consider the application and respond in the usual manner to North Somerset council when the application has been submitted. However, this does provide an opportunity to provide initial feedback to the developer in this consultation stage.
Police are asking motorists to be vigilant following a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles.
Catalytic converters are attractive to thieves due to the current high prices of the metals inside them, and because they are relatively quick and easy to steal. Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, which have more valuable catalytic converters, are particularly likely to be targeted.
During the past six months, Avon and Somerset police have seen a spike in these types of thefts at Park and Rides in North Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Taunton. Neighbourhood police are carrying out targeted patrols of the affected areas.
Police have also been visiting local scrap merchants to remind them of their responsibilities. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, dealers must request photographic identification and proof of address from people selling scrap to them. The law also bars cash payments for scrap.
If you see someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, report it to police on 101. Ideally, provide a vehicle registration/make/model and colour, and a description of the suspects.
If you witness a crime in progress, call 999.
You can help to deter thieves by:
• Parking your vehicle in a secure garage overnight or somewhere that makes it difficult for thieves to access its underside • Parking where neighbours and passers-by could see anyone tampering with the vehicle • Installing motion activated security lighting or CCTV • Marking your catalytic converter with a commercially-available etching kit or fitting a ‘cat’ clamp or alarm. This can also help police trace the item and prove a theft, helping us bring offenders to justice.
If you are home alone and feel vulnerable, whenever you answer the door remember to LOCK, STOP, CHAIN, CHECK.
LOCK: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door STOP: think about whether you’re expecting anyone CHAIN: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there CHECK: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully – you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.
Community Connect is a free Council funded service in North Somerset for people over 50 offering information, advice and support to help people live independently at home, improving wellbeing and addressing social isolation and loneliness. The service is run in partnership by CURO and The West Of England Rural Network (WERN), the latter being a Village Agent service for the villages of North Somerset including Congresbury.
Village Agents can help with a wide range of issues including accessing care support, claiming benefits, providing safety equipment in the home, support for carers, transport issues, befriending and issues of social isolation. This free and confidential service can be accessed by contacting your local Village Agent, Bill Wallace, on 01275 888803 during normal office hours.
We’re in the early stages of preparing a new local plan for North Somerset. The North Somerset Local Plan will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.
It will also shape investment and funding for the infrastructure which will support new homes, workplaces and community facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.
The way we live our lives has changed over the last 15 years and will continue to change in many ways. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all think about how we plan for the future.
This first stage of Local Plan consultation focuses on the challenges we believe we face in North Somerset and the issues the plan needs to address:
the climate emergency and the need to work towards a low carbon future
job creation and the allocation of space for business
how to provide the right type and number of houses and create new communities
creating high quality, sustainable places
protecting important green and blue spaces as well as the character of existing villages and towns
The online consultation will be supported by regular updates across the council’s social media platforms. There will be many other opportunities to get involved and have your say but the time to really influence the development of the new Local Plan for North Somerset is now.
The responses received to this summer’s consultation will guide the next stage of creating the plan, which will focus on the choices around the location of future development.
Have your say and help shape North Somerset’s future.
Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) has emailed supporters to highlight North Somerset Council’s latest consultation document linked to the development of a new local plan. The closing date for comments is 2nd September.
Titled “Challenges for the Future”, it invites residents to respond to 13 questions and states that NSC need to ensure that over 20,000 new homes are built by 2038 – roughly equivalent to two towns the size of Clevedon.
CRAG’s officers – chair Mary Short and secretary Viv Tomkinson – state in their email: “We feel it would not be appropriate for CRAG to respond to this consultation process as it is focused on seeking individual responses. Plus, we feel that it is important for individual responses to be made to demonstrate where there is strength of opinion about certain issues.”
Mary and Viv give the example of a question about whether the Green Belt boundary should be adjusted, and cite the case of a proposal for three new villages to be built on land identified as the Vale, West of Long Ashton.
Currently designated as Green Belt, this land is crossed by major roads, including South Bristol link road, and hosts a landfill site and a golf course. It is near Bristol and all the transport links leading into and out of it, as well as the new Metro bus service, at least one Park and Ride and several cycle routes. Development here would not swamp the existing settlements, state CRAG officers.
CRAG has previously commented that adjustment of the Green Belt boundary would release land in more sustainable locations for housing development and deliver much needed housing and employment opportunities. “We believe that this is still a valid argument,” say Mary and Viv.
“Some people may also wish to comment on the question of the Bristol Airport expansion. This is not mentioned in the document although there is a section on the Climate Emergency challenge.”
They conclude: “It should be relatively straightforward to submit your comments on line via the NSC web site and we do hope that you will do so.”
The Police have asked for information about this burglary which took place between 11:50pm on 24th and 00:20am on 25th April.
The offenders gained access by forcing the south porch medieval door and stealing two boxes of Foodbank produce before entering the church and departing with nativity figurines. The perpetrators were seen both entering and leaving the building carrying boxes.
The Police would like anyone with information about this incident to contact them by calling 101 quoting reference number: 5220091185, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.