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Planning Application

20 Silverstone Way Congresbury BS49 5ES

DateFri 26 Feb 2021
Application Typenon material amendment to application 04/P/2045/F
Developmentnon material amendment to application 04/P/2045/F (Loft conversion and rear extension to garage, rear replacement conservatory and dormer window to the rear. ) to allow an amendment to proposed roof plan to replace existing asbestos roof with membrane roof but retain existing roof design. Amendment to ground floor plan to convert part of the garage into a Home Office / Studio and add 1.2m wide french doors to side of garage (opening onto existing yard).

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Brilliant Birds of Yatton and Congresbury

Trevor Riddle is a YACWAG member and keen bird enthusiast. He has written this illustrated book of over 80 birds that you can expect to see or hear in Yatton and Congresbury, and where to go to see them.

Click here for an example of it’s contents.

The cost is just £5 (cheques payable to T. Riddle or cash please), with all profits going to YACWAG, and obtainable from the following, or delivered locally:

Congresbury – Sue & Graham Lovesey (Tel 838916)

Yatton – Yatton Post Office, Yatton News or from Trevor (Tel 835208)

Attempted theft of motorbike

A motorcycle was damaged during the early hours of February 23rd between 00:00 and 7am while parked on the owner’s driveway in Weetwood Road, Congresbury.

Avon and Somerset police report that the offender or offenders had attempted to move the bike but would have found this very difficult with a rear lock on the wheel and break. Giving up halfway down the driveway, the motorcycle was dropped on its right side damaging the handle grip, brake lever and pedal.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221039389 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Youth Partnership plans for post-lockdown future

Congresbury Youth Partnership are gearing up for a post-lockdown summer and looking forward to welcoming old and new members aged 8 – 14 back to our base at Congresbury Youth Club next to the ball court and the river, writes Alex Ballard

We have a pool table, table tennis table, games consoles, Raspberry Pi’s and computers, and access to the adjacent ball court for games and the mobile skateboard ramps and jumps.

We have a couple of part-time youth workers, but the majority of our activities are supported by adult volunteers.  Covid has rather knocked the stuffing out of many of our 70+ year-old longstanding volunteers, who don’t feel confident to come back, at least for the moment. 

Some of us have been doing it for close on 18 years, and maybe don’t feel it’s our job any more anyway . I would hate to see things close down, but we’ve reached a point where some younger ones do have to step up. Are you reassessing your work opportunities and patterns post Covid, and thinking you could find time for us? 

There are loads of fun things for you to do and share with young people including after school sessions, a Code Club, plus weekend and school holiday activities.   Contact Alex on 07894338995 for more information and to let me know how you could help us.

Warning on new phone scam

A scam has been circulating where the offender is claiming either your National Insurance number has been compromised or has been used in serious crime, say Avon and Somerset Police.

This scam is conducted via a telephone call which is automated, promptly followed by the usual request for action on the part of the recipient to press 1 on the keypad. Do not do this, say the police, noting that you may feel pressured into doing so as the message may state they are from the National Crime Agency. They are not; this is a scam.

If you receive a call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised asking you to press a button on your keypad, please terminate the call.

Any general National Insurance enquiries can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/national-insurance-enquiries-for-employees-and-individuals

Airport appeal over expansion refusal

Bristol Airport has submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the expansion of the airport. To find out more, click on this link

If anyone wishes to make further comments to PINs, or modify/withdraw previous representations, can do so online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by emailing Leanne.palmer@planninginspectorate.gov.uk. The deadline is Monday 22nd February.

Village starts 20mph campaign

Sandford villagers have launched a 20’s Plenty For Us campaign with the aim of asking North Somerset council to bring in a 20mph speed limit for residential areas throughout North Somerset. The group is asking for Congresbury to join the scheme.

20’s Plenty is a not-for-profit organisation which was formed in 2007 to help communities who want a more liveable street environment by setting a mandatory 20mph limit for most roads.  Around 25 per cent of the UK population now live in local authority areas where most streets have a speed limit of 20mph.  More information can be found at www.20splenty.org

 Sandford organisers note that Bath,  Bristol, Oxford and Cardiff are among the authorities which have successfully adopted 20mph limit schemes. Sandford’s campaign leaflet which contains contact details, can be viewed here or downloaded

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Sports centre campaign takes off

Residents of Congresbury and other Mendip villages have shown huge support for a scheme to save Churchill Sports Centre. An online survey of residents has received more than 1,000 responses in just one week. 

Calling themselves Mendip Villages Fitness, the group of ex-members of the Centre, instructors, councillors and residents, wants to test the level of support for its reopening after lockdown.

“We are delighted by the huge response” said one of the organisers, Churchill’s Jill Maycock. “It shows how much the sports centre is wanted in our locality.

“Many of our kids learned to swim at Churchill pool, and recently it was an important community centre. If it remains closed, what’s the alternative for children wanting to learn to swim or keep fit? 

“The nearest pools are either Clevedon or Hutton which means greater car use, which North Somerset Council wants to discourage,” said Jill.

The group believes that if support continues to grow, North Somerset will have to find a way to fund the reopening.

John Mills

Residents can complete the survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MendipVillagesFitness. The deadline for completion is March 7th.

Your views wanted on Churchill Sports Centre

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. 

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If you want to take the survey click on this link

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MendipVillagesFitness

Or use the attached PDF

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New homes plan – reasons to object

Congresbury residents should know that there is a substantial development in the pipeline for our neighbours at Wrington.

Objections to the scheme for 71 houses at Butt’s Batch have to be with North Somerset Council by 26 January.

Although it falls outside the remit of CRAG, there is little doubt that if it succeeded, the addition of at least another 150 cars on our roads would add to the ever-increasing traffic problems in this corner of North Somerset.

Details of the scheme, planned for a field off the road between Wrington and Langford, can be found on the Keep Wrington as Wrington website accessed via CALRAG’s page.

The Wrington site lists a number of planning reasons why people might want to object including:

contribution to urban sprawl

unsustainability in that residents would use cars to travel to work and access local services

increase pollution and contribute to the climate emergency which is against council policy.

Says CRAG: “This is another example of a development scheme which is undesirable for many reasons.

“It would obviously contribute to greater car use because there is no public transport to support an influx of commuters. And that goes against the council policy of reducing pollution. 

“Such a development would have a detrimental impact on the Wrington Vale landscape; would increase hazards to pedestrians and cyclists and have an adverse impact on an area already subject to regular flooding.”

John Mills

Tax Refund Scam by phone or email

If you get some unexpected news that you’re owed a ‘refund’ from the Tax Office, it may seem like good news. But, remember that with the self-assessment deadline looming on January 31, fraudsters will be bombarding people’s email inboxes and phones with fake offers of tax refunds. They may also cold call victims, or text or email links which will then take them to a false page, where their bank details or money will be stolen.

Over the past year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received nearly 900,000 reports from people about suspect contact – including over 620,000 reports from people about bogus tax rebates.

Never give out your personal information or click on links or download information from unexpected emails. If someone calls you out of the blue and makes you feel under pressure, just put the phone down to give yourself time to think. Details of suspect calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC can be forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.