The Parish Council has two vacancies - one for the Clerk and the other for a Community Engagement Officer. The closing date for both has now passed - so look out for the announcement of the successful applicants in a week or so.
Resignation of a Councillor
Cllr Suzy Barnes and Cllr Tony Weir have resigned from the Parish Council - see the vacancy notice on the newsflash page.
Contacting the Council
The Council can be contacted via the Clerk (Janet Turp) by
phone: 01275 393551
post: PO Box 3102, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9XA
in person: on Tuesday mornings 10:00 to 12:00 at the Parish Council Office in the Jubilee Pavilion, Keedwell Hill, BS41 9DP
The Council's Privacy Notice can be seen here.
The Parish Council Office is now closed for the foreseeable future but you can still contact us by phone or email. The next Council meetings are a meeting of the Environment Committee on the 28th September (preceded by a short Council meeting at 7 pm) and a Finance meeting on the 5th October. See the Council meetings and agendas page here for more details.
The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 27th April has been cancelled. The Council's annual report has been included in the Summer edition of the Long Ashton and Leigh Woods Newsletter which you should have received in early August and can also be found on the annual statement tab under The Council and by clicking here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number 01275 595580 and their website lacovid.org
The network have asked that if you need help to email the Support Network at email@example.com. 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up for some resources.
Village Enhancement Scheme
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.
As you know, the Parish Council has been working with North Somerset Council for some time to improve road safety in the shopping area of the village. We now have a start date for the works, namely Monday March 9th, to last about 2 weeks. There may well be last minute delays because of the weather. Briefly, this phase includes the 20 mph limit on a small stretch of the main road plus surface treatment and parking limit at the Brocks Lane junction; it includes signage, some line painting and some road markings.
There will also be new parking restrictions at Lovelinch Gardens, and improvements to the crossing at the top of Theynes Croft and the junction with Wild Country Lane.
Full details of the works are on Village Enhancement Scheme tab
The first thing that will be done is marking out the locations of the numerous new posts.
The main interference with normal life and traffic will be in 2 areas:
Firstly the surfacing at Brocks Lane. There'll be no parking for a day or two when the new surface is being laid; this is mainly near the junction with Yeo Lane, but the new single yellow lines run both sides of that ie in front of the Bird in Hand’s garden and the chippy.
Secondly, the new yellow lines at Lovelinch Gardens: when this stage is being done, there can be no parking in the layby and nearby, so we understand this will be very inconvenient. Even when the contractor puts out cones, the works could still be delayed at the last moment if it's raining, so please be as patient and understanding as possible.
There will be traffic restrictions at various times by means of lights or stop/go control, to enable works on alternate sides of the road. The contractors will also need some parking themselves.
We know there have been longstanding problems with the speed of traffic and inconsiderate parking, so it will be marvellous that the improvements are actually getting done but there will inevitably be some inconvenience while the works are ongoing.
Don’t forget your wheelie bin stickers!
Parish Council Plan. The Parish Council is consulting on it three year plan which sets out what we want to do as a council over the next three years, along
with our priority projects and how we want to work with local people and
organisations to help make it all happen. We would welcome any views you may have on it. Please send any comments by email to the Council via our clerk Janet Turp (email@example.com) by Monday 9th March, 2020. We hope to agree the document - taking on board the results of the consultation - at the meeting of the full Council on the 16th March, 2020. Please click here to see the plan.
Accounts and public rights. 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.
A planning student at UWE has carried out a study of Long Ashton's conservation areas - his report can be seen here.
The notices of uncontested election for Leigh Woods and Long Ashton can be seen here - they list the people who are your Councillors together with Suzy Barnes, Tony Weir, Owen Lloyd-Jones and Matthew Semple who were co-opted onto the Council on the 13th May, Ruth McAllister Kemp who was co-opted on the 9th September, Cait Sellars who was co-opted on the 25th November and Colin James who was co-opted on the 20th January. 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.
If so look at the "Be a Parish Councillor" tab on the Council page for lots of helpful information.
See the newsflash tab for latest information on a wide variety of issues. For details about current job vacancies, please see the vacancies page. For information about applying for the community grant or other grants see the Community page. A link to the apprenticeship vacancy list from Weston College can be found on the Youth News tab there. The latest information about the Village Enhancement Scheme including the consultation can be found on the Village Enhancement Scheme page.
The public meeting was held on October 9th and the £1,000 grant awarded to the Long Ashton Scouts towards their HQ project and the £500 grant to the build a Spitfire Group. Information about the projects see the community page.
Agendas and Draft Minutes for Council and Committee meetings are available on the Meeting Dates tab and Approved Minutes on the Council and Committee Minutes tab.
Long Ashton is in the district of North Somerset and has a population of 6044. How to find us
We hope you will enjoy this website. It is designed to tell you more about the Parish Council, the parish and what is happening here so that you can enjoy the facilities.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 has a major impact on the dissemination of the Council's information into the public domain with the requirement to "make a significant amount of information available routinely, without waiting for someone to specifically request it." This Parish Council adopted the Act on 25th November 2002, and the revised model publication scheme in November 2008. This site illustrates the Council's commitment to these principles. To see a copy of the model Publication Scheme click here and a copy of the information available from the Council under that scheme can be found here. The Parish Council charges are for a single side of A4 10p a page and for a single side of A3 20p a page.
To contact the Clerk click here.