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 Councillor Resignations 

 

NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

Parish of Long Ashton, Long Ashton Ward

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of Tony Weir, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 5 October, 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ by TEN electors for the said Parish (or Parish ward if warded), an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

However, if an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations.

Dated 15 September, 2020

Janet Turp 
Clerk to Long Ashton Parish Council
PO Box 3102
Long Ashton
Bristol
BS41 9XA

NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

Parish of Long Ashton, Long Ashton Ward

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of Suzy Barnes, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 21 September, 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ by TEN electors for the said Parish (or Parish ward if warded), an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

However, if an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations.

Dated 1 September, 2020

Janet Turp
Clerk to Long Ashton Parish Council
PO Box 3102
Long Ashton
Bristol
BS41 9XA

 

 

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Skate Park News                              

The press release with exciting news about the location identified as the potential location of the proposed  skate park can be seen hereUpdates and information will be found on the Long Ashton Skatepark Facebook page or via an e-newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/eGLQw

 

Play areas to Reopen

It is planned to open the play grounds from July 4th but please follow the rules below or they will have to be closed again.Picture of poster showing park rules

 

 

 

Newsflash

The Parish Council Office is now closed for the foreseeable future but you can still contact us by phone or email. The Planning Committee meeting planned for next Monday (6th April) has been cancelled. The Council will be looking at alternative ways to meet and make decisions - we will keep you posted.

The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 27th April has been cancelled. The PC will look at how this might be rescheduled or the information made available once the situation becomes clearer.

Covid 19 

Long Ashton residents are responding quickly to the fast-moving coronavirus situation. If you need any help or want to offer your help during this time, please join the Long Ashton Coronavirus Support Network. The group is for residents to reach out to each other for support during the coronavirus crisis and to help elderly and vulnerable locals. The group is currently discussing ways of helping each other and welcomes those in need to ask for help. The group does not post medical advice.

Please share the group and keep an eye out for slips posted through your door - these slips give details of local people nearby to you who are willing to help.

They have produced a really good video explaining why you should get signed up as a volunteer with them - which can be seen here  

Their email address is info@lacovid.org, phone number 01275 595580 and their website lacovid.org 

Picture of support network details

https://www.facebook.com/groups/358512615045226/?fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCv1wxEu9XbXNcdAfbY1CfcdweAfcjoV1iJGmp793TVjFF_94HgBIlZQzvyfoV4RR0Dk1lEsq3kyQ0HrpAh-VtYTGN3t6sFU5b5Jiqi1IDSz6anKGoN4JTCO6-8eab2x0JLvOb5c-yZD_TnoTeV6FOKyQBEi7EzJHLoKK9kXU1dsH72tYXAA3RnBswkM4mwTngL6OdaJn5N0SNv4sT5KJq6tIE8fd9zZxM1LOEgWgniRaDApLK8X-74dRQ4mF4z2tYBPCafq6MGDLnyqyv3iaBXUsLsZJKoYzrjsyKZXGRU_LwLr3fSStU9sf198_bSohCew7qgCn0hEKDjsa7pGu5QNTen&__tn__=K-R

The network have asked that if you need help to email the Support Network at info@lacovid.org. rather than posting it on the Facebook page as your message remains private and will be directed to to the right person. The network have produced a pamphlet describing the available help and this can be accessed here.

Help for Farmers is available - please see the information from NSC below.

I would like to offer our contact details and the Farming Community Networks contact details to assist farmers who are unable to care for their livestock.
Trading Standards
01275 885211, 07795092669

We can offer advice and are able to put farmers in contact with neighbouring farms to assist.
Farming Community Network
General Line 03000 111999 , Somerset Helpline 01934 712128
Volunteers are available to offer advice and assist on farm.

 Long Ashton Youth Club  Update 

What are the Youth Club doing whilst everyone is staying at home - please see below for the answer?

Long Ashton Youth Club are going to be running online youth club sessions from this week! Running Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 6.15pm, join us for activities, quizzes, games, sports/exercise and street dance with your friends, with the support of professional Youth Workers

We will be using Google Hangouts so to join in, make sure you have a Google email address and keep an eye out for the session link, which will be posted each day on our Facebook page: https://facebook.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac2c064035e28df375c8eb9d9&id=458a96299f&e=fa9fba5c3c.

We would also like to run some arts and crafts activities, so please email kimberley.epicyouth@gmail.com for more information and to sign up for some resources.

 

VES Update

We’re listening to your concerns about the proposed changes to the speed limit near the Guide HQ/Wild Country Lane, at the gateway to the western end of the village. We’ll be meeting with representatives from the Guides to decide a course of action. In the meantime, changes to the speed limit will be deferred until a decision has been made.

Here’s a quick summary of the rationale behind the decision to change the speed limit near the Guide HQ, as explained by the chair of the Village Enhancement Scheme working group:

“The parish council has been working on road safety measures for the village for some years. The junction of Weston Road with Wild Country Lane has caused concern, especially as the volume of traffic from Barrow Gurney has increased, so the council has been considering how best to slow the traffic down as it approaches from the 50 mph road from Gatcombe. The consultation a year ago reinforced those concerns.

The problem is that drivers often do not notice the 30 mph where it is currently set. National guidance now recommends that the start of a 30 mph limit zone should clearly be aligned with the start of housing, so that drivers can understand the reason for the reduction in speed limit. This guidance has changed since the Guide HQ was built 35 years ago.

It is believed that the change will improve road safety in this area. Additional road markings will be laid on the approach to the junction to highlight the need to slow down.”

We’d like to thank all those who signed the petition. Your comments are important to us and your support in seeking a way forward is appreciated.

The work continues on the 20mph limit in the shopping area and the rest of the proposals as the PC is working hard to make the village safer.

 


 

 Long Ashton Parish Council are making changes to the way meetings are conducted

Council meetings tend to be formal affairs and our focus is on making sure agenda items are dealt with efficiently and effectively. We also want more community engagement and to hear what you have to say about life in Long Ashton. For this reason we are making small changes to the way we conduct our meetings as outlined below. We will also be attending events in the village, meeting with groups to hear what you have to say.
This is how our meetings are changing in 2020:

· If you want to attend a meeting with an issue of concern, please let Janet the clerk know by email or by phone giving a week’s notice IF POSSIBLE.
· You will be invited to sit at the table with other councillors during the public participation time.
· This public participation time will last for 30 minutes starting at 7.30pm. 
· Each person will have 5 minutes to speak but if few attend we can be flexible as to how the time is shared out. 
· Residents can discuss an item of correspondence that they have sent in previously to the Council. 
· This discussion will not be minuted.
· This will apply to all Council and Committee meetings
· Because time is precious and there is a lot of business to attend to, any issue that will be voted on will be dealt with after the public engagement slot as it appears on the agenda. Residents are welcome to contact Janet the clerk by e mail or phone anytime.
· If you want to visit in person the office is in the Jubilee Pavilion. Tuesday mornings are best as the office is open to the public at this time.
· We will try to put background papers on the PC website before each meeting (anything sensitive or confidential will of course be excluded)

Email: Clerk@longashtonparishcouncil.com
Post: Long Ashton Parish Council, PO Box 3102 BS41 9XA
Phone: 01275 393551
Janet Turp

Village Enhancement Scheme

North Somerset have prepared the Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to carry out the parking and speed limit changes proposed in the Village Enhancement Scheme.  These proposals have been drawn up by the PC in consultation with NSC following extensive consultation with residents.

Details of the TROs can be seen below 

 

Parking
North Somerset Council is proposing to permanently impose parking restrictions on Weston Road and Lovelinch Gardens in Long Ashton.

Please click here to find the proposal which contains: -
  • Notice of Intent
  • Draft Order
  • Statement of Reasons
  • Existing Plans
  • Proposed Plans
If you have any objections, comments or queries please reply to this email or contact us using the details provided on the Notice of Intent by 5pm on 10th January 2020.

Speed Limit

 

North Somerset Council is proposing to permanently change the speed limit on Weston Road in Long Ashton.

Please click here to find he proposal which contains: -
  • Notice of Intent
  • Draft Order
  • Statement of Reasons
  • Copy of the revoked order
  • Proposed Plan
If you have any objections, comments or queries please reply to this email or contact us using the details provided on the Notice of Intent by 5pm on 10th January 2020.

 

We have received the following message from North Somerset Council

Call for ‘Green Homes’

Are you the proud occupant of a home with ‘green’ credentials, a home which is exceptionally well insulated, or has a living roof, a ground or air source heat pump or anything else you consider contributes to its energy efficiency? Do you generate your own electricity with solar panels or a wind turbine? Maybe you even live in a Passive Home or drive an electric car? Are you keen to spread the word about the benefits of such technology and prepared to open your doors to your fellow citizens?

We are planning to hold a ‘Green Open Homes’ event on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June 2020 and are looking for active participants to open their homes. And of course we will need lots of visitors! The event will be for the whole of North Somerset, but if we have enough interest, we may subdivide it into more local sections.

If interested, please contact

Karin.Haverson@n-somerset.gov.uk

 

 

 


 

  



 Parish Council Accounts

Parish Council Accounts and Annual Return

The Parish Council accounts are audited each year by an external auditor and electors have a right to see the accounts and make representations to the auditor. The notice of conclusion of audit, the auditors report, and the Annual Return can be seen here.


Heritage Study

A planning student at UWE has carried out a study of Long Ashton's conservation areas - his report can be seen here. 


Councillors 

Cllr Cait Sellars  was co-opted onto the Parish Council on November 25th and will take her seat with the other 17 members.  A full list of Cllrs can be seen on the Parish Councillors page .  If you thought about being a Cllr but didn't get your form in on time for May's election contact the clerk as you could put your name forward to be co-opted onto the Council.


Changes to buses through Long Ashton

First are making changes to their bus routes and timetables from Sunday 28th April - Long Ashton will be affected  - details can be seen here.  

 


 

The Library 

The Library is now closed but the the Parish Council has set up a working group to investigate the possibility of creating alternative provision.  Reports from the group will appear here from time to time.

Please contact the Clerk to be put in touch with the working group if you would like to volunteer or find out more.

Library Questionnaire

The working group consulted with residents in the autumn using a questionnaire and the full analysis of the answers can be seen here.  From the 359 responses received the headlines are

77.4% strongly agreed and 8.1% agreed with the statement: "It is important to maintain a library service in our village”

76% did not think that that the proposed mobile library service for two afternoons per week meets the needs of our village.

89% support the Parish Council considering the possibility of setting up a community library based at another site.  

11% would volunteer regularly and 33% occasionally to help run the library.

87% were willing to pay extra tax to fund the library (with 70% willing to pay £1 a month).

 


 Plans to expand Bristol Airport

The airport has a planning application lodged with North Somerset Council to increase numbers of passengers to 12 million a year (see the application here ).  This puts forward the airports reasons for the expansion.  There is a group opposed to the expansion (Stop Bristol Airport Expansion - SBAE)  and their reasons can be seen on their website http://www.stopbristolairportexpansion.org/ and Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/stopbristolairportexpansion/ .

 

 

Events in the Parish 

If you have any comments on events being held in the parish please feel free to email the clerk with them.  The Parish Council doesn't have the statutory power to change anything but will raise your comments with event organisers and/or North Somerset Council at any debrief meeting.   


  Community Grant 

  See the Community tab for more information about this years community grant or click here.  

 


Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

  

94.8% voted YES!



MetroBus

 Click here to see Metrobus information.


The Government has just published a plain english guide to the planning system which you might find helpful.

The fraud awareness campaign “Spot It, Stop It” has been launched in Avon and Somerset targeting doorstep, phone and online scams. Click here for more information. 


The Youth Club Newsletter is now on the Youth News tab.
There has been a spate of thefts from sheds and garages in Long Ashton recently mainly targetting bikes and power tools.  The Police ask that you lock up your shed properley, record details of your bike (make, model, frame number, take a picture) and power tools, park your car close to your garage door and remember to lock it!  Click here to see their "Securing your garden and outbuildings"  leaflet.
Long Ashton residents can now buy parking permits for Ashton Court car parks. Click here for details.
Please remember to keep your dog under  proper control (on a lead) when walking them in fields where sheep are grazing - farmers are reporting a number of lost lambs due to pregnant ewes being worried by dogs. Even normally well behaved dogs can react unpredictably when they see livestock.  Farmers have rights when their animals are being put at risk which can include, in some circumstances, shooting the offending dog.  See the article here on the law. 
See here for the First Bus timetable and here for the Abus one.
Avon and Somerset Police produce a magazine a free quarterly magazine called the Senior Siren. This is aimed at all members of the community, but with a particular focus at older adults and their close community group. It contains original lifestyle articles, as well as games and puzzles, social engagement information and columns by law enforcement professionals, guest writers and celebrity interviewees. All, of course, interspersed with the essential home and personal safety tips to keep the reader safe. The latest edition can be viewed by clicking here.