Long Ashton's new War Memorial
Following considerable effort from a dedicated team of residents involved in the Long Ashton War Memorial Trust including the group's Secretary, Mr David Addis, Long Ashton unveiled its new War Memorial on Monday 12th April. The unveiling was carried out by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Anne Maw.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notices
1 night closure of B3128 Clevedon Road and junction of Longwood Lane and Providence Lane for essential lining works 12th May - Click here to read full details
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...
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.
Parish Council Office temporary closed to the public
The Parish Council Office is now closed for the foreseeable future but you can still contact us by phone or email. Council and committee meetings will be taking place online until further notice. Details can be found by clicking here.
The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 2020-21 was also 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: 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.
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 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).
Events in the Parish
If you would like to share details or pass comments about events being held in the area, please feel free to email the clerk.