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.
The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.
Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak…
it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008…. Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.
Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.
Avon & Somerset Police have published the latest of their popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.
This week, two officers attended a trailer that had been dumped in Hallen. After some investigation by the brilliant officers, it transpired that the trailer had been sold to Michael Eavis of Worthy Farm Glastonbury some years ago. The trailer now belongs to his farm manager and had been stolen the day before.
When the farm manager and his wife collected the trailer, they explained they had owned it for 20 years and it had even been used five years ago by Banksy for an event at Glastonbury! I’m glad officers were able to reunite the couple with the stolen trailer, especially as the week before the Eavis’ and their team kindly donated thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to police and NHS workers.
The Parish Council is working with Love Congresbury to provide support to those who require help. Details of cards that can be posted through your neighbour’s/friends’ doors are available here and a list of contacts are here.
The majority of Avon & Somerset police enquiry offices have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Four of them – Bristol, Patchway, Bridgwater and Yeovil – will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. To report an incident click here or for more information click here
With regret, due to the current coronavirus situation, the Senior Citizens Lunch Club which is usually held in the Old School Rooms, has been suspended forthwith. Members will be advised when we are able to continue.