Grants for Local Groups and Organisations
The deadline for the Parish Council's Annual Grants (2021/22) is 1st February 2021. Please click here to access the application form and funding guidelines.
If you need a paper copy of the form sent to you or you'd like to discuss your application beforehand, please email the Clerk or call: 01275 393551.
Police and Communities Together (PACT)
Our local beat officers are starting up PACT meetings again - online!
Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings are an opportunity for people to have their say on local community safety issues and get involved in tackling them.
Want to learn more? Got something to ask the beat team?
Email Justina Lewis letting hew know you're interested in the Long Ashton PACT meeting and she'll contact you with a Microsoft Teams invite. (Teams is a bit like Zoom - you can either access it using your web browser or download the Microsoft Teams app).
The next online PACT meeting is Tues 19 Jan, at 1930
Community engagement is vital to effective policing because it:
Allows people to have their say about what matters to them
Makes people be safe and feel safe by reducing / tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
Encourages and empowers people to get involved and work together to address issues
Builds relationships between police and different communities, encouraging people to report crime
Builds confidence that police are accountable to local communities which in turn encourages cooperation and builds positive relationships
Can lead to reduced demand on the police service
Increases public satisfaction and confidence
Can help in detection of crime through increased intelligence received from the public
A temporary Road Closure notice has been issued by North Somerset Council for Clarken Coombe, From its junction with Clevedon Road (B3128) to its junction with Ashton Road (B3128), commencing 11th January 2021.
Full details of the notice can be found by clicking here.
Long Ashton Public Rights of Way Newsletter (December 2020)
Long Ashton Community Centre
Joint Statement by Long Ashton Parish Council (LAPC) and Long Ashton Community Association (LACA)
The Long Ashton Community Centre, managed by LACA, is facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis.
At an Emergency Parish Council meeting, held on 14th December, it was agreed that the LAPC should provide an immediate grant to LACA of £20,000 to help.
On top of next year's recommended grant of £33,000 which is for maintenance of the council-owned facility, the Parish Council is also recommending an additional sum of £24,000 is earmarked, along with new joint working arrangements to assist LACA to recover after Covid, should it be required.
These recommendations are to be decided at a Council Meeting on Monday 18 January.
The Parish Council is determined to help the Community Centre survive this difficult period, but it has limited funding and has decided not to raise the parish precept in 2021/22. The Parish Council and LACA are working closely together and will be developing opportunities for residents to help in the New Year, including a crowdfunding campaign. By working together we can keep the heart of our community beating!
Read the Joint Statement in full...
Proposed traffic calming measures
As a result of the Covid crisis the Parish Council are working with North Somerset Council to introduce measures to improve pedestrian and Covid safety along the stretch of Weston Road from the Bird in Hand pub to the Co-op. The idea is to install, on a temporary basis, a number of wooden planters that will create more space for pedestrians to pass each other safely without having to step out in front of traffic. The proposals will involve the loss of a small number of parking spaces along Weston Road. There is also a suggestion to install a temporary disabled parking bay outside the Sun Fung take away.
We have circulated a leaflet around the shops and houses between the Bird and the Co-op, asking for people's views. We would also like to know what other people in the village think, particularly those who walk along this stretch of the Weston Road. North Somerset Council, working closely with the Parish Council, are looking to introduce these measures some time in January but we would like to know what people think before we finalise things.
Please see a copy of the leaflet here along with details of how to comment.
The PC ran a footpath use survey recently and the full results can be seen here.
The size and nature of the responses demonstrates that, for many people, our local footpaths are an important and pleasurable part of village life providing safe routes to school and work as well as being used for fitness and recreation. People are using all of our local paths both within the Parish Council area and beyond. However there are concerns about road safety and a desire for safer crossings. People would also welcome better signage, easier access, more rest points, improved information, safer routes to local amenities and the cutting back of vegetation. In addition, there are some tensions between different user groups of our Rights of Way with one person reporting an accident.
Long Ashton Parish Council plans to build a multi-use skatepark in Long Ashton by 2022. The results of the survey carried out between Nov-Dec 2020 can be read in full by clicking here.
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Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LongAshtonSkatePark
Want to know more about the proposed skatepark? Find lots of questions and all the answers in this set of Q&As.
Long Ashton's play areas during Covid
Parish Council Office temporary closure to the public
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.
Community response to 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
Tel: 01275 595580
Website lacovid.org and Facebook: LAT Facebook Page
The network have asked that if you need help, please email: firstname.lastname@example.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!
The Farming Community Network is able to assist farmers who are unable to care for their livestock. They 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.
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.
We've changed how Parish Council 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. But we also need to strike a balance to ensure we hear from community members to understand your views 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 the clerk know by email or by phone giving a week’s notice IF POSSIBLE.
· You will be invited to sit at the table (or join an online meeting) with other councillors during the public participation time.
· This public participation time will last for up to 30 minutes, starting at 7.30pm.
· Each person will have up to 5 minutes to speak but we aim to be flexible as we can about 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 the clerk by email 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 (currently closed due to Covid).
· We will try to put background papers on the PC website before each meeting (anything sensitive or confidential will of course be excluded)
Tel: 01275 393551
Post: Long Ashton Parish Council, PO Box 3102, Long Ashton, BS41 9XA
A planning student at UWE has carried out a study of Long Ashton's conservation areas - his report can be seen here.
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 Councillors can be seen on the Parish Councillors page . If you thought about being a Councillor but didn't get your form in on time for May's election, contact the clerk as you can still put your name forward as a co-optee.
A Community Library for Long Ashton?
Long Ashton's Public Library has been closed but the the
Parish Council has set up a working group to develop an alternative provision.
Please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Caroline Tarbuck if you'd like to volunteer or find out more.
Phone: 07376 145798
Post: PO Box 3102, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9XA
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
- 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 about 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.
LAPC's Community Grant
For more information about this year's Community Grant, please click here.
Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result
94.8% voted YES!
Click here to see Metrobus information.
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.
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.
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.