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Impact of COVID-19 on Voluntary Organisations04 May 2021 May 20

"... We would like to develop an understanding about the impact that COVID 19 has had on voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations both now and as we move forward from the current crisis to recovery.."

 

"Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on voluntary, community and social enterprises in North Somerset:

North Somerset Council and Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) are working together to support our community’s response to the current pandemic. We would like to develop an understanding about the impact that COVID-19 has had on your organisation both now and as we move forward from the current crisis to recovery. We are aware that many organisations have rapidly changed their service delivery models to continue to meet the needs of their service users/participants/volunteers etc. It would be helpful to capture this great work but to also understand the possible challenges that the pandemic poses for your group/organisation now and for the future.

 

We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to share your views through our North Somerset Together survey.

Please respond to our survey by midnight on 21st May 2020."

 

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Previous NSC New Local Plan Consultation

 

Link to BOB Consultation page

Wallflower House Four New Dwellings

Posted on 11th April, 2020

Click images to enlarge
Rectory & Halls Opposite SiteWallflower House SiteHousing Opposite Site

 

UPDATE 16 MAY 20: Permission GRANTED, yet:

  • "The proposal is considered to have an adverse impact on the setting of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul ...
  • ... would constitute an overdevelopment of this site which would be out of character with surrounding area ...
  • ... would have an unacceptable overbearing impact on the nearest neighbours ...
  • The limited depth of the proposed front gardens would not allow the proposed car parking and garage spaces ..."

It is unknown whether BPC convened a meeting and/or voted on a response to this application

 

(NB :19 May 20: A comment on a facebook group stated, "... on the Delegated report the comments supposedly from Bleadon Parish Council were in fact comments made by me. Bleadon Parish Cobuncil (sic) comments had been in fact been omitted (I spoke to the Bleadon Parish Clerk who confirmed this). I tried phoning Planning for clarification regarding this. Spoke to Helpdesk advisor who agreed it was confusing and gave me an email address to contact, I emailed only to receive a reply saying Planning Applications couldn't be dealt with via email. I rang the Clerk of Bleadon Counci who is contacting Richard Kent for clarification and will get back to me asap."

 

(Due to COVID situation BPC is not publishing any minutes documenting their democratic decision making and/or expenditure but there appears to have been a comment made in their name in the Delegated Officer's Report (who REFUSED this application 15 May 20). Also NSC has made all comment submissions anonymous? How will the public know how many individual comments, as opposed to multiple submission by the same person/organisation were made?)

 

UPDATES: Design & Access, Historic England, Conservation & Heritage, Archeology

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A new application at Wallflower House, 30 Coronation Road

"Demolition of existing house, workshop and outbuildings and erection of 4no. new dwellings" 

Comments deadline is 30 April 2020. Here is the link to the application 20/P/0285/FUL on North Somerset Council Planning website. 

 

If you prefer to post your comments then the postal address is:

North Somerset Council Development Management

Post Point 15

Town Hall

Weston-super-Mare

BS23 1UJ

If you do make comments on this BOB blog (below), please also make sure that they are made to, and appear on, the North Somerset website link as above. As otherwise they will be ignored by NSC.

 

NB: Due to COVID-19 restrictions Bleadon Parish Council may not be meeting publicly to discuss this application. It should also be noted that there were few objections to an application on the site opposite (18/P/4415/FUL) with BPC agreeing that, "The principle of development on the site was accepted, and the general design was in keeping with the surrounding properties" (Min 317.6).

 

For those who are unaware, under North Somerset Council's current Local Plan (Core Strategy), Bleadon is classed an Infill Village that permits development within a defined settlement boundary, which this site is most definitely included. 

 

The centre of the village has been eroded over many years especially with the old shop and post office closing in mid 2000s, moving outside the village to Purn. The existing housing surrounding this site is of varying ages and styles, not all historic thatched roof stone cottages, with plenty of modern examples on show such as the very modern building immediately adjacent/behind the site, the Rectory & Church Rooms opposite, as well as nearby and the wider village such as Peartree Gardens, Tenterk Close, The Barton, etc.

 

Architectural design is of course very subjective, but IF the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), desired by BPC and started in 2017, had progressed beyond a simple survey, then any publicly/resident agreed design guide for NDP permitted housing development sites may have been able to control this aspect of the planning process. However, Bleadon's housing requirement has never been stated or publicly discussed. The NDP hasn't even been drafted or publicly discussed, let alone approved by NSC and residents at a referendum, or adopted for use in determination of applications.

 

Ultimately NSC will judge this application via their established planning policies that BPC and all residents/public are able to influence via comments and consultation. So as usual, if you do have strong opinions on this development make sure you comment via NSC and not just on local facebook groups or indeed this blog.

 

NB: Bleadon's Village/Settlement Boundary will be reviewed via the New Local Plan Consultation and it should be noted that Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) has already stated that a flex of the existing boundary may be acceptable, especially via its NDP sub-group, and as indicated in BPC's last review response, 10 Dec 2018 seen here.

 

North Somerset's New Local Plan Consultation states:

"To provide clarity for future neighbourhood plans, the Local Plan will identify the housing requirements on a parish basis in the strategic policies" and

 

"any neighbourhood development plans that are “made” in the next three years becoming out of date as soon as the new Local Plan is adopted."

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021.

 

Information from Locality:

 

"There are some important changes to neighbourhood planning that we want to bring to your attention from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.

 

MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

 

MHCLG recognises there will be delays in progressing neighbourhood plans due to the social distancing measures currently in place across the UK. The updated planning guidance also provides further advice on the implications for conducting publicity and consultation, and examinations."

MHCLG - FAQs on changes to neighbourhood planning in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

 

NB North Somerset's New Local Plan Consultation states:

"To provide clarity for future neighbourhood plans, the Local Plan will identify the housing requirements on a parish basis in the strategic policies" and

 

"any neighbourhood development plans that are “made” in the next three years becoming out of date as soon as the new Local Plan is adopted."

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Full Extract:

 

"What changes have been introduced to neighbourhood planning in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

 

The government has been clear that all members of society are required to adhere to guidance to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance has implications for neighbourhood planning including: the referendum process; decision-making; oral representations for examinations; and public consultation. This planning guidance supersedes any relevant aspects of current guidance on neighbourhood planning, including in paragraphs 007, 056, 057, 061 and 081 until further notice.

Referendums: All neighbourhood planning referendums that have been recently cancelled, or are scheduled to take place, between 16 March 2020 and 5 May 2021 are postponed in line with the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 until 6 May 2021.

 

Decision-making: Where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 25 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.

 

Examinations: The general rule remains that examinations should be conducted by written representations. If an examiner considers that oral representations are necessary, these should not take place in person. Where feasible, oral representations may still take place using video conferencing or other suitable technologies.

 

Public consultation: Neighbourhood planning groups or local planning authorities intending to undertake public consultation and notification (as set out under Regulation 14 and Regulation 16 respectively of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) should consider the government’s current guidance on staying at home and away from others or any superseding guidance."

Paragraph: 107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200407

 

Revision date: 07 04 2020

New pre-Local Plan Consultation

Posted on 2nd April, 2020

 

UPDATE 18 MAY 20: 

North Somerset has stated that "..a new Local Plan will be prepared for North Somerset for the period 2023 – 2038 ... This presents a fresh start for the local plan and an opportunity to step back and reassess the strategic context and spatial strategy options for North Somerset."
In preparation for this they released a pre-commencement consultation on 10 March 20. There were a few submissions relating specifically to Bleadon e.g. by the Church Commissioners for England re: The Veale, Mendip AONB including effects of transport & lighting and our general environment by BOB
If you'd like to continue to enjoy the diverse environment that our Parish offers, from Village life to countryside Public Rights of Way, perhaps you might want to consider engaging in NSC's new two-step Local Plan Consultation later this year to protect it, before it is too late.
(See all Respondents and submissions here 
NB: There appears to be no submission by BPC, which is surprising seeing as it has been working on a Bleadon Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for nearly three years and proposed five unidentified anecdotal sites in their 2018-19 (pg2) and 2019-20 (Q26) NDP grant applications, i.e. '...please give the number of sites you are proposing to allocate ... 5"?).

UPDATE 16 MAY 20: Weston Mercury article - North Somerset Council to launch two-step consultation on district’s future 

“There is ... a need to better understand the government’s exit strategy from the Covid-19 crisis and the longer-term economic impacts and implications for North Somerset."

 

"It is also unclear what impacts the Covid-19 crisis will have on the housing market and the implications this will have for North Somerset’s housing needs."

 

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Local Plan -Pre-commencement

10 Mar 2022 Apr 20

"...a new Local Plan for North Somerset covering strategic and non-strategic policies whilst continuing to work with neighbouring planning authorities and other bodies under the duty to cooperate."

 

This phased consultation, aiming for implementation in January 2023,

will affect the future of Bleadon as a Settlement/Infill Village,

any Bleadon Neighbourhood Development Plan and

the level of development that is expected to be built in Bleadon.

 

North Somerset is consulting on the proposed scope and programme for the preparation of the new North Somerset Plan 2023-2038 via its Pre-commencement Document (Mar 20):

  • “The purpose of the Local Plan will be to deliver the number of homes needed for the district... [it] will “also review the policies and allocations in existing development plan documents (... including waste and minerals [fracking]).
  • “The duty to co-operate discussions with strategic policy-making authorities ... and other prescribed bodies will identify and address the strategic issues with cross-boundary implications.
  • “The non-strategic policies of the Local Plan will set out the more detailed policies for specific areas, neighbourhoods or types of development.
  • To provide clarity for future neighbourhood plans, the Local Plan will identify the housing requirements on a parish basis in the strategic policies ...It is proposed that at the start of the process there is consultation with interested parties on how the local plan and neighbourhood plans will progress in tandem.
  • “The Local Plan will be prepared with community and stakeholder engagement in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement (2019) [including Statutory Consultees i.e. Bleadon Parish Council]. Formal consultation stages will take place over a minimum of 6 weeks. A Consultation Statement will be prepared and updated as the project progresses.”
  • “The North Somerset Plan will fully supersede the Core Strategy (2017), Site Allocations Plan (2018) and the Development Management Policies (2016) [NSC Policies].

Local Development Scheme 2020-23

  • “… is the starting point for residents and other stakeholders to find out what planning policies relate to their area and how these will be reviewed.
  • “Neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan and must not promote less development than is set out in the strategic policies for the area. Whilst the new Local Plan is being prepared any new neighbourhood development plans will have to be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the Core Strategy as this is still the adopted development plan. However, this would result in any neighbourhood development plans that are “made” in the next three years becoming out of date as soon as the new Local Plan is adopted.
  • “The NPPF (2019) now requires local authorities to ‘maintain one or more statements of common ground, documenting the cross-boundary matters being addressed and progress in cooperating to address these’ [See Planning Practice Guidance]
  • “Statements of Common Ground will be prepared between North Somerset Council and neighbouring authorities and relevant agencies. [NB: In July 2019 the Inspectors wrote to the four authorities stating that they did not consider the previous West of England Joint Spatial Plan to be sound. See JSP blog]

Toolkit Part 1 Is NSC's Local Plan Review Assessment that states reasons for updating the policies:

  • “The housing requirement set out in Policy CS13 of the Core Strategy needs to be reviewed. Housing delivery and supply in recent years has fallen short of the requirement, and the reasons for this and actions to address them need to be considered. [NSC Affordable Housing Planning]
  • “Review provides the opportunity to re-consider the aims, objectives, priorities and policies within the development plan to ensure alignment with the emerging Corporate Plan and address the climate change challenge.[Corporate Plan 2015-19]
  • The scale of housing that needs to be planned for is so significant that a full review of the development plan is considered necessary – the required quantum of growth warrants a full update of the strategic policies, spatial strategy and settlement hierarchy, and ultimately additional allocations will need to be identified.[See CS14 re: Infill Villages & Settlement Boundaries]
  • “Alongside this, a review of the non-strategic policies provides the opportunity to ensure alignment with national policy and guidance is maintained [NPPF (2019)], and take account of the climate emergency context.”

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (March 2020)

  • "The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) process is a process that aims to ensure that all significant plans and programmes which relate to land use issues are compatible with the aims of sustainable development. These include the documents that will form the local planning policy framework for North Somerset.
  • "‘Sustainable development’ has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. There are economic, social and environmental dimensions to this. Sustainable development is not development that balances or trades off these three aspects but development that enables the economy, society and the environment to be sustained together."

TIMETABLE AND MILESTONES

 

DATEEVENT
March 2020Pre-Commencement Document (Reg 18)
May – June 2020

Issues and Options Consultation (Reg 18)

January 2021Consultation on Draft Plan (Reg 18)
September 2021Consultation on Pre-Submission Plan (Reg 19)
December 2021Submission to Secretary of State (Reg 22)
April 2022Examination Hearings Period (Reg 24)

October 2022

Inspector’s Report (Reg 25)
January 2023Adoption (Reg 26)

 

The implementation of the objectives and policies will be monitored as part of the Authority Monitoring Report.

 

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Information about North Somerset Local Plan 2023-2038

 

NSC Press Release - 17 February 2020

 

Weston Mercury Article - 18 February 2020

 

Previous NSC Local Plan Consultation, including Settlement Boundary Review - December 2018

 

Link to BOB Consultation page

 

Coronavirus Information

Posted on 19th March, 2020

 

SEE MAIN CORONAVIRUS PAGE

 

Beware of COVID19 scams

 

UPDATE 27 APR 20NSC COVID19 Help Initiative - "Do you need help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or just having a friendly chat?" Then North Somerset Council and their partners may be able to assist.

 

UPDATE 04 APR 20: Downing St COVID19 letter sent to all households with advice - "Coronavirus Stay at Home to Protect the NHS" page1, pages 2&4, pages 3&8, page 5 and pages 6&7.

 

UPDATE 26 MAR 20: The following Legislation came into force at 1pm 26 Mar 20 - The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. "The Secretary of State must review the need for restrictions and requirements imposed by these Regulations at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 16th April 2020." UPDATE 14 APR 20: "Lockdown will stay in place until at least May 7" (16 APR TranscriptThe Times)

 

UPDATE 23 MAR 20: UK Prime Minister announcement"... we will immediately: close all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship; we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with; and we’ll stop all social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals. Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed." (Transcript and BBC)

 

Can you volunteer to help NHS? Also, here is a website to find local volunteer groups but, please take the time to read their disclaimer, there are now thousands of local groups across the country shown, however unfortunately be aware that many are only on facebook although see more advice below.

 

"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans."

 

The following is some information on the Coronavirus (COVID19):

After careful consideration you may decide to volunteer to assist in your local communities, if so, please also review the approach taken by WSM Coronavirus Response Group on facebook (or see their website) with regards to your own and vulnerable people's health, safety, well-being, confidentiality and data protection issues, e.g."In order to safeguard both the vulnerable and volunteers unfortunately at this time we are only able to accept volunteers who are in possession of an in date DBS certificate and who are aged under 70 and have no underlying health condition that would mean you should be staying at home. Access to a vehicle is helpful If you are able to volunteer then please email your name, address, mobile number and a scan of your DBS to wsmresponse@outlook.com All information will be held in compliance with GDPR practices.". Alternatively see also Bleadon WI/Joint CV volunteer info here and comments below.

 

Finally, some businesses are opening early for elderly customers only e.g. "... some ... stores will open an hour earlier to allow the elderly to shop when it is quieter and to get first dibs on essentials amid the coronavirus outbreak" and others offering to "... open to the elderly and vulnerable the first hour of trading ... but will open for an hour longer so other shoppers do not miss out."

 

NB: There may be some buying restrictions E.g. to "... stop shoppers buying more than three of any particular food item" and some online food delivery services may be suspended e.g. "This temporary closure will allow [companies] to complete essential work that will help to make sure distribution of products and delivery slots is as fair and accessible as possible for all ... customers"

 

NB: There has been some national confusion over gardeners and window cleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changes to Financial Assessment Processes for Adult Care

20 Feb 2019 Mar 20

"Changes to Financial Assessment Processes for Adult Care Users ... which will result in changes to client contributions for non-residential adult social care and support packages ..."

 

North Somerset Council is proposing:

"Changes to Financial Assessment Processes for Adult Care Users of adult social care and support services undergo a financial assessment in order to determine how much, if any, they should contribute to the costs of their care. We are proposing some changes to a number of procedural arrangements for financial assessments, which will result in changes to client contributions for non-residential adult social care and support packages, including both managed services such as home care and non-managed services such as Direct Payments.

 

The two key proposals which we are keen to hear your views on are:

  • a change in how we treat the enhanced rate daily living element of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in assessments; and
  • a change in how we treat the Minimum Income Guarantee for adults who are part of a couple.

You can read more about these proposals and our work to understand any potential impacts in our Equality Impact Assessment. We have also provided an online questionnaire to collect your views of how these proposals may impact service users and their families."

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Link to BOB Consultation page

North Somerset Car Parking Review Consultation

Posted on 17th February, 2020

 

 

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North Somerset Car Parking Review

14 Feb 2031 Mar 20

"...looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choice..."

 

North Somerset Council is:

"... reviewing parking in North Somerset and are looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choices ...

 

First, [NSC] asked town and parish councils to let [it] know the best way for [it] to gather this feedback. [How did BPC respond?] 

... Some tariffs in car parks and on the roads in Weston will become cheaper, while fees will be introduced to other areas and charges will become more consistent across North Somerset [See report here] 

... [NSC launched] an online questionnaire to help you think about the key issues and help [it] understand how people use the parking available now, and how and where they would like to see changes in future. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/carparkingreview 

 

... If you would like to raise concerns that you feel haven't been addressed in the questionnaires you can speak to a representative from your town or parish council or your North Somerset councillor. They will collate and share with [NSC] a combined set of comments for your area 

 

... Once all the feedback has been collected transport teams will use it to develop detailed proposals for each area. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given in the coming weeks.

 

See previous Your Neighbourhood Consultation.

 

Information on Statutory Consultees.

 

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Full extract from NSC Consultation website 17 Feb 20:

 

"North Somerset Car Parking Review

 

We are reviewing parking in North Somerset and are looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choices in line with our climate emergency declaration.

 

We have to:

  • Make sure the finite number of spaces we have allow people to park when needed
  • Encourage turnover in our town centres to give retail businesses more potential customers
  • Consider the safety of everyone who travels in areas where on-street car parking is allowed
  • Raise enough money to cover operational costs, including maintenance and enforcement
  • Encourage people to consider making sustainable travel choices

 

A cross-party working group of councillors from across the district have drawn up the proposals.

 

A detailed report outlining the proposals was presented to the councils Executive Committee in January 2020. You can read the report here.

 

Tell us what you think!

 

We invite you to respond to our questionnaires to help us develop our parking proposals. We are looking for feedback to help us decide on how new parking controls will operate in each area of North Somerset. After the consultation closes work will be undertaken to design final details. The detailed proposals will then be subject to a further statutory consultation before changes can be adopted.

 

If you would like to raise concerns that you feel haven't been addressed in the questionnaires you can speak to a representative from your town or parish council or your North Somerset councillor. They will collate and share with us a combined set of comments for your area. You can find the details for your town or parish council on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/parishcouncils or your North Somerset councillor at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/findmycouncillor

 

Your answers to the questionnaires will be used alongside the feedback from town and parish councils to help our transport policy officers develop the details of the proposals. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation, before bringing a report back to the Executive for a final decision. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given."

 

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Full extract from NSC Consultation website 16 Feb 20:

 

"About the car parking review

 

Changes to car parking charges are coming to North Somerset this year and we want your help to shape the plans. In January our Executive agreed to several changes to what and where people will have to pay to park.

 

But before the plans are finalised, we are collecting feedback from communities to help us design the best approach for each area. First, we asked town and parish councils to let us know the best way for us to gather this feedback. We planned to launch the consultation on Monday 10 February, but have put this back to Monday 17 February to make sure we are able to incorporate all the comments we have received.

 

The proposals were drawn up by a cross-political party working group in response to residents’ calls for a fairer approach to parking. Some tariffs in car parks and on the roads in Weston will become cheaper, while fees will be introduced to other areas and charges will become more consistent across North Somerset.

 

The changes aim to make sure parking is managed in the best and fairest way possible, to encourage turnover of visitors to town centres, to make sure any fees are reasonable, and to cover the costs of enforcement in paid for and free spots. In response to the climate change emergency declared by the council last year, the changes also aim to encourage people to choose different ways to travel. If you have substantial comments or concerns you should speak to a representative from your town or parish councillor, or your North Somerset councillor, so they can collect and share with us the best information for your area. You can find the details for your North Somerset councillor on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/findmycouncillor 

 

Next week we will launch an online questionnaire to help you think about the key issues and help us understand how people use the parking available now, and how and where they would like to see changes in future. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/carparkingreview on Monday to take part. It will be open until Monday 16 March.

 

Once all the feedback has been collected transport teams will use it to develop detailed proposals for each area. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given in the coming weeks.

 

Car parks where new charges are proposed Clevedon – Great Western Road East Clevedon – Great Western Road West Clevedon – Marson Road Nailsea – Clevedon Road Nailsea – Station Road Portishead – Roath Road

 

Areas where new on-street charging is proposed Clevedon town centre Clevedon Hill Road area Clevedon seafront Leigh Woods area Nailsea town centre Portishead town centre"

 

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Link to BOB Consultation page

Your Neighbourhood Consultation

Posted on 16th February, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Your Neighbourhood

13 Feb 2007 May 20

NSC are consulting on the

following services:

  • Garden waste
  • Leisure and sport centres
  • Libraries
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Street cleaning contract and

NSC is "particularly interested in

your ideas around how (it) can work better with you"

 

 

Note in the consultations, "not a statutory function of the council (meaning the council does not have to do it)"

 

Extract from NSC Consultation website: The services we are consulting on are:

 

Garden waste (Overview FAQ)

"Garden waste collection is not a statutory service ...

NSC "lmade the decision in January 2020 to introduce an annual £50 per bin charge"

Help us shape the new garden waste collection service and options for home and community composting. 

Leisure and sport centres (Overview FAQ)

"The provision of leisure facilities is not a statutory requirement for the council ...

Some "local sports and leisure centres run by trusts"

Help us understand the way North Somerset’s leisure and sport centres are currently used and how you would like to see them used in the future."

Libraries (Overview FAQ)

Help us understand what is important to you about our library services and how we can ensure they are fit for the future.

Parks and open spaces (Overview FAQ)

"Providing and maintaining parks and open spaces is not a statutory function of the council ...

"We are considering the merits of the parks service being delivered by a Trust or similar organisation ..."

"Can I plant bulbs ... in the verges outside my house? Yes ... and please try and plant native plants. This is much better for wildlife" [Surely ONLY native species should be permitted on council owned land, otherwise people will be destroying the natural environment, not re-wilding it for native insects, etc.!]

As we review our parks and open spaces maintenance contract, help us understand which parks and open spaces you use and how you would like to see them used in the future."

As we review our street cleaning contract (Overview FAQ),

help us shape how it will look in the future.

We are particularly interested in your ideas around how we can work better with you, your local communities and stakeholders to make these valued services as efficient and sustainable as possible. For example by pooling resources, creating delivery partnerships and taking advantage of income generating opportunities.

 

As well as completing our survey, we are inviting you to take part in a local consultation event to share your thoughts in more detail on your neighbourhood services and your ideas on how we can make them more fit for the future."

 

"Have your say

 

We want North Somerset to be a sustainable and fair place to live, work and visit. We want to work with you to create a place where all our residents have the opportunity to access quality education, jobs and housing.

 

We want you to get involved and work with us to shape the future of North Somerset and harness the great opportunity we have to achieve more for our people and place.

 

As part of this, we are looking at how your neighbourhood services are run and how we can ensure that they are fit for the future. Over the next few months we will be seeking your views on how we deliver a number of these services and where we should focus our future priorities."

 

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Link to previous NSC Consultations ending in January i.e. Corporate Plan (incl. Settlement Boundary), Corporate Budget 2020/21, Rewilding in North Somerset and Climate Emergency Strategy consultations.

 

Information on Statutory Consultees.

 

Link to BOB Consultation page

Consultations Ending January 2020

Posted on 16th January, 2020

 

 

BOB has just become aware of a number of NSC consultations about to end this month.

 

ConsultationOpensClosesInformation

DRAFT Corporate Plan

2019-2023

 

17 Dec 1917 Jan 20

Corporate Plan

&

Overview

DRAFT 2020/21 Budget17 Dec 1917 Jan 20

Budget

&

Overview

Rewilding in North Somerset11 Nov 1924 Jan 20

Native Woodland

Tall Grass Management

Overview

Climate Emergency Strategy13 Dec 1931 Jan 20

Action Plan

Strategy

Overview

 

Corporate Plan

"Every four years the council develops a Corporate Plan. This is the council’s overarching strategic document. It sets out our vision and priorities for the area and for the organisation. 

As part of our commitment to engagement and transparency, we would like your views on this draft plan" UPDATE 18 Jan 20 - Corporate Plan Questionnaire.
NSC Consultation Summary Results

Corporate Budget 2020/21

"Every February the council approves a budget for the next year setting out how much money we have available to spend on the services we provide. We're consulting on our draft budget for 2020/21 and we would like to hear your views."

 

UPDATE 18 Jan 20 - NSC Budget Questionnaire.

How is it that NSC consult with the public on its Budget but Bleadon Parish Council held their budget and precept setting behind closed doors, in a working group with unknown members, and did not offer it for public consultation or even viewing before it was agreed at full council 13 January 2020 (Min 330.8)?

Consultation Summary Results

 

Rewilding in North Somerset

"Rewilding seeks to change the way open spaces are managed to allow nature to reinstate a more natural environment to benefit both biodiversity and local communities. We are committed to rewilding our parks, open spaces and verges across the district. In order to achieve this, we are planning to change some of our maintenance programmes. This will primarily include planting more trees and allowing some areas of grass to grow taller.

 

More information on the benefits of rewilding can be found on [NSC] website. We have identified locations to rewild and we have created an interactive map to show where these are. The map shows our amenity grass areas, which are the areas which we are proposing rewilding. These locations are where we are proposing to plant trees or let the grass grow taller. The map also shows the Ward boundaries so you can identify where your neighbourhood is located.

 

We want to know your opinion about our proposals and would also like to know of any further locations you think may be suitable for rewilding. As part of this project we would like to get local communities involved, therefore we are looking for volunteers who would like to help out with rewilding projects including tasks such as tree planting and monitoring areas."

 

Consultation Summary Results

Climate Emergency Strategy

"We have declared a Climate Emergency

 

In early 2019 North Somerset Council declared a Climate Emergency. Since then a draft Climate Emergency Strategy and a live Action Plan have been prepared. These documents have been endorsed by full council and now form the basis for the council's response to the climate emergency.

 

As well as seven key principles that outline how we will address the causes and consequences of climate change, the strategy includes an aim for North Somerset to become a carbon neutral council and a carbon neutral area by 2030.

 

We're interested in your views on how North Somerset has responded to the climate emergency and your views on the draft strategy. There's also an opportunity to sign up for future workshops to help develop the action plan which can also be viewed ..."

 

Consultation Summary Results

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Information on Statutory Consultees.

 

Previous consultation blog: How Fracking Surveys and Consultations Affect Bleadon

 

Link to BOB Consultation page

 

There have been three more resignations in the last two months, making 5 councillors and 2 Clerks since June 19.

 

Around 10 January 20 Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) posted on its website that due to the recent resignations of Cllr Hemmingway, Cllr Richardson and Cllr Sharman, there are now vacancies in BPC.

"If by 30 January, 2020 ... a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ by TEN electors for the said Parish ..., an election will be held to fill the said vacancy,

otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. If an election is called, it will take place not later than 2 April, 2020."

In May 2018 there were six councillor vacancies, filled with the co-option of five lead members of BAT (Bleadon Acting Together), four of whom have now resigned. Just over 18 months later BAT is asking residents to do the same again

 

If residents do choose to stand as councillors they should be mindful that they will be representing the whole 'parish' not just one part of the 'village', or only their own views. Also, that residents do not have to be councillors to influence the outcome of planning applications, as explained via How it Should Work ... blog.

 

Regardless of how the next councillors are elected, ideally Bleadon Parish Council should consider allocating responsibility for different areas of the parish to each councillor, a similar approach to Weston Town Council. This may hopefully stop the overwhelming 'village' vs 'parish' view and decision making, created through the co-option/'friends' process, and may make local democracy more inclusive for all residents.

 

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NSC has not yet published the Electoral Notices

 

Previous November Resignations.

The last contested Parish Election was held May 2013.