Scott Jacobs-Lange joined the council in November as our new Clerk, replacing Janet Turp who retired in November. Caroline Tarbuck joined the council in October as our new Community Engagement Officer.
Resignation of a Councillor
Cllr Suzy Barnes and Cllr Tony Weir have resigned from the Parish Council - a poll hasn't been called so the vacancies can be filled by co-option. If you are interested in being a Cllr look at the information on the Be a Parish Councillor page under "The Council " tab. Jane Purkiss and Jude D'Alesio have been co-opted onto the council to fill earlier vacancies.
Contacting the Council
Contact the Clerk:
Phone: 01275 393551
Post: PO Box 3102, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9XA
Contact the Community Engagement Officer:
Phone: 07376 145798
Post: PO Box 3102, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9XA
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. Details of future council meetings can be found on the Council meetings and agendas page here
The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 27th April was 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 Parish Council plans
to build a multi-use skatepark in Long Ashton by 2022 and wants to understand
your views on the proposal. How would you use the skatepark?
What do you think of the proposed site? Might you sponsor the project? Would you like to volunteer? Answer these questions and more!
Survey here: http://bit.ly/LAPCSKATE - Submit by 12 Nov 2020
A paper version will be available in the Parish Council newsletter.
Have more questions? Email: LAskatepark@gmail.com
Sign up to the e-newsletter to get updates direct to your inbox here: https://bit.ly/31mEAUA
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 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.
Why not spend a few minutes watching the group's great video about becoming an LA Covid community volunteer? To view, click here
To contact the group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01275 595580 or visit 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.
Long Ashton Together
LA Together is a voluntary group aimed at bringing people together to improve community life for everyone. Visit LA Together on Facebook
Help for Farmers is available - please see the information 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
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?
Long Ashton Youth Club are going to
be running online youth club sessions. 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 has consulted on its three year plan setting out its priorities over the next three years which includes a number of specific projects and details of how we want to work with local people and
organisations to help make it all happen. 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.