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Newsflash 

Local Elections 

North Somerset have published the Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll  for district (NSC) and parish elections.  There will be no poll for Long Ashton Parish Council but the NSC seats are contested.  The notices of uncontested election for Leigh Woods and Long Ashton can be seen here - they list the people who will be your Councillors from May 7th.  If you thought about being a Cllr but didn't get your form in on time 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.   


 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 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.  This audit has now been completed and the notice of conclusion of audit, together with the governance and accounting statements, and the External Auditor Report and Certificate for 2017/18 can be seen here. 


  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!

click here to see the declared result



South Bristol Link

 Click here to see the Metrobus/South Bristol Link newsletter produced by the contractor.


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 Buses 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.  
See what's on in North Somerset by following this link.