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20’s Plenty for North Somerset Zoom meeting for Supporters, Town and Parish Councillors Tuesday 6th April 7.30 pm

Dear All,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting for 20’s Plenty for Us North  Somerset supporters on Tuesday April 6th at 7.30 pm, hosted by the 20’s Plenty Campaign Manager Anna Semlyen.  Please pass this email on to Councillors, and anyone else you think would be interested in attending the Zoom.

Anyone with an interest in road safety and lowering speeding on residential streets, and on streets used by walkers and cyclists, residents,  and Parish and Town Councillors, are invited to attend the Zoom.

After a well attended supporters first Zoom meeting earlier this month, a Zoom meeting for District Councillors will take place on 31st March, when the topic of bringing in default 20 mph limits across North Somerset will be discussed.

 Area wide 20 mph limits for streets where people live, shop, walk and cycle have been put in by many local authorities, and over 21 million people in the UK benefit from their local authority’s decision to adopt a 20mph default speed limit for most residential streets.

North Somerset Council policy on local speed limits is for Town and Parish Councils to apply individually for a traffic scheme, which are carried out by Highways at the rate of 1 or 2 a year, paid for by the Town or Parish Council. There is currently a waiting list. 20 mph limits are quicker and easier to implement, at around £3 per head of population, and are 7 times more cost-effective than isolated zones with physical calming.

20’s Plenty North Somerset is a group set up by local campaigners.  There are several ’20’s Plenty ‘ campaign groups in North Somerset, and there is now a 20’s Plenty North Somerset Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404083953292502.
More information can be found at https://www.20splenty.org/


Anna Semlyen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 20’s Plenty for N Somerset Town and Parishes & Supporters Meeting Q&A & tactics for #ActOn20mph

Time: Apr 6, 2021 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83141873374?pwd=VHoreGdrZ3hFdUJtVVAyTStqdlpGUT09

Meeting ID: 831 4187 3374

Passcode: 20mph

Best wishes

Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign Manager, T: 07572 120439 Anna.s@20splenty.org

www.20splenty.org, Follow us on Twitter @20splentyforus or @AnnaSemlyen1

20’s Plenty for Us

…making your place a better place to be

Taxi firms urged to be alert to child trafficking

Police have visited taxi offices and taxi ranks in North Somerset to raise awareness and educate staff on the signs of child exploitation.

Police officers, who work on Operation Topaz – Avon & Somerset’s child criminal and sexual exploitation disruption team – attempted to book taxis to Birmingham or London in cash while accompanied by volunteer cadets.

Out of 25 taxi offices visited, one noticed something wasn’t right with the situation but didn’t know how to safeguard the child. Another driver was able to recognise a child was being trafficked and put appropriate safeguarding measures in place.

The remainder failed to spot the signs of child exploitation and allowed the officers to book the taxis. The plain clothed officers immediately explained the purpose of the exercise after trying to book the taxi.

Taxi services had been offered training under Operation Makesafe – an awareness exercise developed by West Yorkshire Police– but few took part.

All services visited have now been offered training to provide their staff with the tools to be able to recognise child exploitation.

Child exploitation happens when a child under 18 is given things like money, phones, clothing, accommodation, and/or affection in exchange for performing a sexual act or dealing drugs. They are tricked by a person who has power over them because of their age or status in to believing there is a relationship.

Prevention Officer and Coordinator Androulla Nicolaou from Operation Topaz says: “Thousands of children and young people, some as young as 12, are exploited sexually and criminally every day in our communities. This operation, which is the first we have run with taxi services, is just one of the initiatives we’re using.

 “Taxis are sometimes used by perpetrators to transport young people for the purpose of abuse and exploitation. As a driver or someone who works on a booking desk, you may overhear concerning conversations a young person is having on the phone.

“Drivers are in a unique position to be able to spot child exploitation from occurring, and managers of these services have a responsibility to ensure suitable measures are in place to keep children safe.

“Children travelling alone or with an adult that doesn’t appear to be family will be more obvious and easier to spot,” she said.

Garden shed theft

A garden shed in Bristol Road, Congresbury, was broken into between March 21 and 23.

The offender/s ripped off the lower section of the shed door and stole three chainsaws and a hedge cutter before making off.

Police urge people to take care of your gardening equipment and keep it secure in a locked shed.

Consider running a chain between more expensive items and securing the shed with a padlock. Mark your property so it can be identified and consider additional options such as security lights (even solar lights) and rounding screw heads on hinges.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221061972 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Planning Application

Land North Of Electricity Substation Off Stock Lane And Iwood Lane Congresbury

DateTue 02 Mar 2021
Application TypeVariation of condition 7 (length of planning permission) attached to planning permission 13/P/2382/F (Solar PV array Park)
DevelopmentApplication to vary condition 7 (length of planning permission) attached to planning permission 13/P/2382/F (Large scale major development for a Solar PV array Park to produce up to 8 megawatts of electricity from ground mounted panels (max 3m high), 1no control building, 8no inverter buildings and to include a maintenance track with access off Stock Lane and Iwood Lane, security fencing and landscaping to preserve disused railway line and footpath crossing the site) to allow a 15 year extension to planning permission from 14/05/39 (25 years from date of planning consent) to 14/05/54 (40 years from date of planning consent)

Link to full details

Sweet success

Families gathered to buy sweets from a stall set up outside the Old Inn on Saturday. The pub’s friendly staff offered a refreshingly novel activity that proved extremely popular.

Youth Club damaged

Congresbury Youth Partnership leaders are extremely angry and disappointed that someone has recently caused a considerable amount of damage to the Youth Club. 

In trying to gain entry to the building the intruder or intruders damaged the door lock and broke two of the windows. The bill for these repairs is going to be considerable.

The Parish council has also had to deal with incidents of vandalism around the ball court and on the Millennium Green including clearing up glass bottles that have been deliberately smashed on the children’s slide.

CYP leaders say that they appreciate that everyone is feeling fed up with the present lock down rules — but this sort of behaviour helps no one. The CYP has limited funds and money spent on repairs to the Youth Club impacts on the activities and experiences the CYP can provide in the community.

 If you have seen or know of any criminal activity around the Youth Club area please let the CYP know or report it to the police. The local PCSO has been informed of the various incidents and is keen to stop such anti-social behaviour.

Avon & Somerset police says that the damage could be either anti-social activity or a failed attempt at gaining entry.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221058869 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

20’s Plenty for North Somerset

Dear All,

Following the Zoom meeting yesterday evening, the presentation slides are available on Dropbox at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6lo3eg6y5h9un15/20mph%20presentation%20N%20Somerset%20supporters.pptx?dl=0
I also attach a ‘ How to Set Up a 20mph campaign’ leaflet
The advantages of setting up a local campaign for your town or village are that firstly other supporters have a local point of contact where they live, and there is access to the very helpful campaigners-only discussion group run by  the national ‘ 20’s Plenty for Us’ organisation.   Anyone wanting to find out more about organisations backing 20 mph  in North  Somerset, ( or elsewhere) then has an easy way to find your contact details via the ‘ 20’s Plenty ‘ website, www.20splenty.org, then going to ‘ Who we are, Local Campaigns and Places’.  Please do consider setting up a local campaign.  ’20’s Plenty for Us’ provides campaign materials, advice, research and resources, and deserves our support.

A 20’s Plenty for North Somerset Facebook page has been set up, which you are all warmly invited to join and contribute to.  It will provide a useful point of contact for sharing ideas.    If anyone would like to set up a Twitter or other social media group, please do get in touch.  All contributions and comments are welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404083953292502

It was very useful, and much appreciated, to see Cllr James Tonkin and Rob Thomson of NSC Highways at our meeting yesterday, and to hear their views.  We now know that there are numerous, probably in excess of 8,  Town and Parish Councils who have applied for consideration of 20 mph speed limits, which a Highways Team is working through, at the rate of 1 or 2 a year.   Austerity and the pandemic continue to take a serious toll on local authorities country-wide, but fortunately there is  Housing Infrastructure and Active Travel funding available to bring in North Somerset traffic schemes, including a speed reduction scheme.

We also know now that the draft policy document on 20 mph speed limits, following the report to the Executive on 7th January 2020, is still in draft.  This allows the possibility of a new policy for North Somerset, one which will benefit more towns and villages more quickly, by bringing in an authority-wide policy of 20 mph for residential streets, as many Traffic Authorities in the UK already have. That will be a decision for North Somerset Councillors to make, who will be invited to a separate ’20’s Plenty for North Somerset’ meeting later on this month.   This gives us the chance, as supporters of a lower 20 mph limit, to get in touch with our communities and our councillors to spread the word.

Working from the Report to the Executive on 20 mph speed limits which was considered in January 2020, a comparison between that and current government policy,as set out in the Department for Transport Circular 1/2013,  has been prepared by a member of 20’s Plenty for Sandford, also attached.   Click here for report. This may be useful to you as background, as it talks about the issue of  North Somerset Highways’ rejection of wide- area 20 mph limits for our County.  We have yet to see the draft policy document from 2020, so that can’t as yet be commented on, but it is expected to follow the Report fairly closely, as that is what was voted on by Councillors.

We are looking forward to hearing from you all.

Sincerely,

Cresten and Ian for
20’s Plenty for Sandford

Call to oppose new homes plan

Many villagers will know of the years of frustration suffered by residents of Wrington Lane with seemingly endless schemes by land agents Gladman and construction firm Bovis Homes to build on a field off the lane.

Plans to build 50 houses have been  thwarted by the foresight of North Somerset councillors – and Tom Leimdorfer in particular – when outline planning permission was granted subject to a continuous footway being provided along the lane before construction could begin.

Over the years, Gladman have tried several wheezes to get round this perfectly reasonable condition but have failed because the lane in several places is just too narrow to allow a proper pavement alongside the carriageway.

Now there is a new effort following a merger between builder Bovis and Linden Homes. Enter the Vistry Group with new pretty drawings of houses and trees and hedgerows, and details of wild flowers and play areas. 

Their tactic is to ignore the question of access. It is as if the site exists in splendid isolation where real-life problems do not happen. In their fantasy world, practicalities like access to and from the site for construction, service and emergency vehicles, along with the safety of pedestrians and cyclists are banished.

But the firm is not stupid – it must be assuming that the rest of us are so busy worrying about Covid that we would not notice that it has included the application under Reserved Matters in a previous application made two years ago.

Says CRAG’s Mary Short: “This is clearly an attempt to get approval before residents have time to object by the deadline of 15th March – please don’t let them get away with it.”

To register objections to this cunning plan, go to North Somerset Council’s website and under Planning Applications, go to 19/P/1657/RM. When you’ve found the application, scroll down to find “make a comment.”

If you do want to comment we would suggest that you look at a document called the Design and Access Statement – DAS Rev A published on the web site on 17th February.

We suggest that any comments are focussed on issues or concerns about the latest drawings and the site layout.

There is no need to comment about access from Wrington Lane because as you will recall  this is a separate issue. In 2017 when Gladman secured outline planning consent North Somerset Council stipulated that no residential development would be allowed until the works detailed in an agreed roadways scheme to improve the footway and carriageway along Wrington Lane had been completed. 

John Mills

Planning Application

Land Off Wrington Lane, Congresbury

DateFeb 2021
Application TypeReserved Matters
DevelopmentReserved Matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 50no. dwellings and associated work pursuant to outline permission 16/P/1521/O (outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point)

Link to full details

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).

Link to full details

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.

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.