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Alarm scares off burglars

A garage was broken into around 2am on Saturday (August 20th) in Duck Lane, Langford. Six male offenders, all wearing dark clothing, forced entry to the garage via the main door with bolt cutters and crow bars. Once inside they conducted an untidy search until an alarm was sounded, they then made off on foot. 

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222200333 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Burglar steals jewellery and cash

A home in Cobthorn Way, Congresbury, was burgled on Saturday afternoon (August 20th) between 12:30pm and 4:30pm. The offender gained access by forcing a downstairs lounge window and once inside conducted a messy search of the upper level. A safe containing cash, jewellery and documents were stolen before the offender made off via the patio doors.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222200753 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Building consultants’ claims ‘laughable’, says CRAG

Congresbury residents are angry at the “dismissive and bullying” tone adopted by consultants working for a firm of developers.

Following more than 800 objections to the plan for a new housing estate behind Park Road, consultants employed by developers M7, claim to have answered all the objections. 

They now want North Somerset Council to give outline planning permission to the scheme for up to 100 houses on fields leading down to the River Yeo.

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) disputes the claim by consultants Lichfields and has written to the council’s planning office pointing out the anomalies in their case.

Said CRAG chair Mary Short: “This plan has attracted more objections in this village than any other. Apart from challenging their assumptions on specifics such as environmental and wildlife damage, transport and highways, we contend that this site itself is just not suitable for new housing.

“There was a scheme for building a quarter of the number houses on this site 20 years ago and a public inquiry turned it down on the grounds that it would destroy the traditional landscape of a pastoral scene leading down to the river. 

“If 25 houses were though to damage a view of rural tranquillity, how much worse would four times that number be.?”

“Such a scheme would be viewed by future generations as nothing less than architectural vandalism. We cannot allow this to happen when there are other more suitable sites for development.”

Some of the claims by the consultants are almost laughable – they mention transport links like a “ghost” bus service along Brinsea Road and include reference to a village GP surgery which has been closed for nearly two years. 

This is another example of a firm of land agents trying to make money by putting housing schemes where they are not wanted, are completely unsustainable in terms of employment opportunities and which if built would lead to more car use, more pollution and even greater traffic jams, said CRAG.

Planning Application Land Off Wrington Lane Congresbury

DateMon 08 Aug 2022
Application TypeModification of Section 106 Legal Agreement
DevelopmentModification of Section 106 Legal Agreement on approval 16/P/1521/O to allow amendments to the enforceability clause to include those who have exercised a preserved right to buy into the exclusion; to amend the mortgagee in possession clause so that it is suitable for charging purposes and to amend the initial share purchase percentage to reflect the current Homes England Model Share Ownership Lease

Link to full details

Courier Fraud

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Local Police have sent us this information to help keep you safe, as several people in North Somerset have been caught out by these fraudsters.

Somerset Choral Society tunes up for new term

Singers from all choirs in the area are invited to join Somerset Choral Society when they begin the new term with a “Come & Sing Faure Requiem” on Saturday 3rd September starting at 10:00am in the new Cheddar Catholic Church Community Hall, Tweentown, BS27 3HU.

This will be followed by the first formal rehearsal of the autumn term on Wednesday 7th September at 7:30pm in the same venueThe music this autumn will be the much-loved “Faure Requiem” so new members from all voices (SATB) will be welcomed to join them; there are no auditions and scores are provided.

More information about the these events may be found on their new website www.somersetchoralsociety.com or by tel 01934 742656.

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Rec Club redevelopment meeting

A reminder that there is a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm at the Recreation Club when the Trustees will explain plans to rebuild the clubhouse and answer questions. All welcome.

Car tyres slashed

A car has been damaged overnight on Sunday while parked on Chestnut Close, Congresbury. The owner was notified of the damage by a neighbour and upon checking all four tyres had been cut through.
Any information please contact the olice on 101 quoting reference number: 5222183264 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Public meeting on Rec Club rebuild plans

The Trustees of the King George V Playing Fields in Congresbury have announced that there will be a public meeting to discuss their plans to rebuild the Recreation Club and answer questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday August 4th at 6pm in the club.

The Trustees have also published a leaflet giving more details of the project. The leaflet, below, will be distributed to villagers over the coming days.

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Appeal for crash witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Congresbury.

It happened just after 9.10am on Sunday 10 July on the A370 at Rhodyate Hill near the Star pub.

A man riding a black Honda motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Volvo XC60 which was turning onto the road.

The motorcyclist went to hospital by ambulance for treatment to serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any dashcam or other footage of that stretch of road at the time. Please get in touch if you can help.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222169655, or complete our online appeals form.

Planning Application 5 Wrington Lane Congresbury BS49 5BQ

DateMon 11 Jul 2022
Application TypeMinor material amendment
DevelopmentMinor material amendment to planning permission 17/P/1052/F (Proposed sub-division of existing dwelling into 2no. dwellings to include the erection of a first floor side extension) to allow for reduction in size of first-floor extension (front and rear), replacement of a pitched gable roof with a smaller flat roof at the rear, and the removal of side windows and replaced with rooflight to rear elevation.

Link to full details

Plans for new Rec Club finalised 

Exciting new plans to rebuild Congresbury’s ageing Recreation Club pavilion have been submitted to North Somerset planners.

The plans involve a two-storey building on the same footprint as the existing club which is now 60 years old and in a poor state of repair.

These revised plans follow feedback from both North Somerset planners and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to initial pre-planning submissions made in November 2021.

The  major change to the external appearance is the addition of a pitched roof, recommended by North Somerset.

An artist’s impression of how the rebuilt Rec Club will look, built on the same footprint as the existing clubhouse

The ECB supports a two-storey building with a viewing balcony because of the constraints of the site. This allows for four separate unisex changing rooms and showers for both the cricket and tennis clubs for men, women and children to use on the upper level.  This layout creates far more space for the social activities of the club on the ground floor. 

The decision to press ahead with the redevelopment of the Rec Club was taken by the Trustees of The King George V Playing Fields when plans to build a new village hall on land adjacent to the Rec Club and tennis courts were halted through lack of funding despite the huge efforts of those involved.

Echoes of the original new village hall plan can be found in this redevelopment with the ground floor social area capable of being divided into two so both private and members’ use is possible at the same time.

The Trustees are submitting the plans for the new building which will serve the needs of the cricket, tennis and football clubs as well as the social members of the Recreation Club.

Chairman of the trustees Les Owen explained that the pandemic had caused some inevitable delays to the project. “We consulted villagers on our plans more than a year ago and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“Since then we have spoken to North Somerset planners and been in regular contact with the ECB to make sure our plans are acceptable to them since they are potentially a key grant funder. I’m confident that the plan we now have will not only meet the needs of the sports and recreation clubs but also the whole village.”

The cricket club wants to provide first class facilities for its members with a particular focus on the development of women’s and girls’ cricket and improving facilities for juniors. 

The club regularly hosts junior county matches but has had to turn down requests to host junior county girls’ matches because of the current inadequate changing facilities. 

“New changing rooms are essential for us to meet the demands of the modern game, increase participation and attract the calibre of players we need,” said chairman Geoff Wilcock. ‘’Four flexible use changing rooms will enable us to grow our girls’ and women’s section and to increase the amount of girls’ and women’s cricket played through the ability to host away teams.’’ 

For the tennis club, which has ambitions to build a fourth ‘pay and play’ court, a new pavilion with more flexible changing rooms and enlarged social facilities would allow it to recruit more players while raising additional funds through more social events. 

“We want to increase junior coaching, offer cardio tennis and walking tennis for injured, less mobile and older players, and provide disabled access to the courts with the potential for wheelchair tennis,” said chairman JL Hagger.

Stu Smith, chairman of the football club, believes that wider community participation in the Recreation Club “can only bring the football club to more people’s attention and would hopefully lead to more support in terms of volunteers, spectators or players and may even help in the formation of new teams.” A lack of volunteers means the club does not at present run junior teams but it is keen to reintroduce them as well as adding women’s and veterans’ teams. 

Newspaper deliveries: help needed

Kevin and Janice Cumming, who have been organising newspaper deliveries in the village for more than nine years, are in desperate need of paper boys and girls to do the early morning rounds. They have weekdays and weekend rounds available with immediate start. Contact details are: tel 01934 833041.  Mob 07784463676. Email kevinjanice@live.com

Ladies – Want to play skittles?

Join a ladies team playing home matches at Congresbury Memorial Hall.

Matches mainly Thursday and Wednesday evenings 7.30 start.

New season starts September.

Cheap friendly night out, no previous experience needed. Ladies only.

WhatsApp Mary on 07934 380999 for more details.

Could bats stop Park Road development?

Winged cavalry in the shape of horseshoe bats have joined forces with CRAG in an effort to thwart the building of a new housing estate behind Park Road, Congresbury.

In a review of the developer’s Ecological Impact Survey, the Natural Environment Service office finds that more information is needed to comply with UK wildlife law and both national and local policy. The office states that before determining the outline application for 90 houses on land north of Mulberry Road, developer M7 must show clear proposals for “replacement horseshoe bat foraging habitat to be provided.”

If that was not enough to stop the development in its tracks, the review continues: “Lighting strategy to be provided demonstrating habitats retained as dispersal corridors and foraging habitat for horseshoe bats will remain unlit.”The office also wants to know how the developer will create a wildflower grassland on site; the location of a reptile receptor site, and the location of compensatory hedgerow planting.

The office concludes that: “An application should be refused (or withdrawn) if there is insufficient information to form an evidence-based assessment or if it cannot be demonstrated beyond reasonable scientific doubt that there will be no significant negative impacts on the SAC (Special Area of Conservation).It sounds to CRAG as if the best way to meet all these requirements, is to leave the field exactly as it is.

John Mills