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BOB confirmed with the bus driver yesterday, that the new Number 4 bus through Bleadon will continue to stop at the rebuilt bus shelter at the top of Celtic Way/Roman Road, as well as the Hillcote stop. 

 

The new timetable can be found here or via various travel websites here

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FOUND - Cat living near Church

Posted on 23rd March, 2021

 

A black/grey and white tortoiseshell-faced cat has been found living near the church in Bleadon.

 

If you are the owner of this cat please contact BOB, so that we can pass on your details to return your cat to you.

 

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Why are People Wearing Face Masks

Posted on 26th February, 2021

 

It has been known since before this article was posted on the CDC website in May 2020, that:

"Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning." (PDF)

So why are MPs and businesses mandating that the population wear them?

 

To illustrate the outcome of the 14 trials above, watch the effectiveness of mask as shown by a doctor smoking through various types of face masks in the video below:

 

 

WATCH VIDEO

 

NB: As confirmed by John Penrose MP As of 19 March 2020 (the week before lockdown a year ago), COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK (see Blog)

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Bleadon Developments Nov 2020

Posted on 20th November, 2020

Settlement Boundary2018 SHLAAParish Boundary

 

Government, Regional, District and Parish consultations and policies will directly influence residential and commercial development in Bleadon. You may want to respond to the consultations to ensure that your view is considered in the future of our communities.

 

(The first table below lists a few consultations and policies. The second table below lists some applications in relation to Bleadon)

 

Consultation

 

Local Plan 2038 Consultation Part 2

Deadline 14 Dec 20

"A Local Plan sets out where developments can and cannot take place and ensures we get the right type of development in the right place with the right services and infrastructure ..."

Including: Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Indicating proposed sites in the Bleadon area See 2018 SHLAA Map
Including: Settlement Boundary Review

West of England Spatial Development Strategy Survey

Deadline 14 Dec 20

"The plan will make sure the development of homes, spaces for employment and transport links happens in the right places ..."

NSC Active Travel Strategy Consultation

Deadline 17 Dec 20

"Our Draft Active Travel Strategy is a 10-year plan to 2030 that aims to harness the huge rise in walking and cycling seen during 2020.

Bleadon Neighbourhood Development Plan

In 2018 & 2019 Bleadon Parish Council informed their grant funders, Locality, that they had indentified 5 Sites. Their locations have not been publicly stated to residents?

Locality stated, "... under the proposals [Govt White Paper below] the principle of development may be agreed at the local plan development stage ... [NDPs] may not be able to allocate sites for development (including housing), and ... may largely not be able to include development management policies..."

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Aug 2020 Govt White Paper Planning for the Future and related Consultation

See also, BOB diagram of Planning Policy Heirarchy and Consultations and Bleadon Parish Plan Adopted 2009 and What is a Statutory Consultee? and Road Safety

  

lThe table below lists a few applications and developments currently influencing Bleadon Parish. The table above lists some policies and consultations influencing development in Bleadon.

 

 

Inside Settlement Boundary (Map)

Bleadon Quarry

42 Dwelling - 189 Occupancy 

Wallflower House3 Dwellings
Rectory Garden

2 New Houses

 

Outside Settlement Boundary, Inside Parish (Map)

Purn Way14 Dwellings Appeal
Purn Holiday Park 10 Lodges  

Adjacent to Mendip Racing 

4 Holiday Lodges

Accommodation Road 

Wake Park Offices, Cafe, Storage

 

Outside Parish Boundary (Map)

Bleadon Hill36 Dwellings
Devil's Bridge60 Dwellings

 

Overhead and Underground

Bleadon Fracking Licence

Roman Road

Bristol Airport Expansion

North Somerset

 

Addtional information at

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NOTES: Some NSC Jan 2017 Core Strategy Policies (link and Jan17 PDF)

 

CS14(Jan 17) - Distribution of new housing

   NSC are to build 20,986 dwellings by 2026. "Settlement boundaries define the area within which resdential development is accptable in principle ... Development outside the settlement boundaries will only be acceptable where a site is allocated in a Local Plan or ...CS33" i.e. in areas such as Bleadon.

CS33(Jan 17) - Infill villages, smaller settlements and countryside

   "Development outside the areas covered .... will be strictly controlled in order to protect the character of the rural area and prevent unsustainable development. Residential development at Infill villages. ... Affordable housing will be permitted within settlement boundaries or in the form of rural exceptions sites, adjacent to settlements."

CS17(Jan 17) - Rural exceptions schemes   "Housing schemes for 100% affordable housing to meet local needs within small rural communities will be supported where: a) the development meets an identified local need demonstrated by an up-to-date needs survey or other evidence; b) the development is supported or initiated by the parish council ...; (presumably acting on the views of residents?) ... Rural exceptions schemes will be acceptable adjacent to the settlement boundaries of  ... Infill Villages [e.g. Bleadon] and elsewhere adjacent to the main body of the settlement ..."

Library announcement

Posted on 7th September, 2020

 

 

Library announcement from LibrariesWest:

 

"We are delighted to let you know that from Monday 7th September you will be able to start reserving items again from the library catalogue, for pick up from most libraries in North Somerset. If your preferred pick-up library is not currently in the drop-down list, we recommend using your nearest available library. Not all libraries across the LibrariesWest consortium are able to offer this service immediately. We have placed a temporary limit of 10 reservations per library member at any one time to help manage demand. This limit will remain in place until further notice. We will start sending out Library Reservation pick-up notices by email and SMS as items become available for collection. Before visiting a library to collect a reserved item we strongly recommend checking the opening hours first as most libraries are operating on revised hours.

 

Not sure whether you still want to borrow items you have previously requested? Please log on to your library account] and cancel anything that you no longer need to help your library service focus resources on items that customers still wish to borrow.

 

Other Library Changes

 

From Monday 7th September we will be removing the temporary 28-day loan period and reinstating the regular loan periods (e.g. 21 days for books, 7 or 14 days for DVDs).

 

From the same date we will also be reintroducing overdue charges and hire fees.

 

Returning Items It is important that you are aware when your items are due for return. To avoid overdue charges please check your library account to see when they are due back and renew them if necessary. You can do this at www.librarieswest.org.uk or by using the LibrariesWest app. If you need a PIN reminder, please go to www.librarieswest.org.uk, click on ‘Log in’ and then ‘Forgot my PIN’. Any outstanding charges can be paid online by logging on to your account at www.librarieswest.org.uk and using a debit or credit card. You don’t need to have a PayPal account. Please be aware that any items that were already overdue on March 18th 2020 that you still have on loan will start accruing overdue charges from Monday 17th August. Overdue charges were paused between March 18th and August 16th so you will not be charged for this period.

 

Keeping you reading online: 1000’s of e books, e audiobooks, and even magazines and comics are available to download for free! Whether you’re looking for the latest issue of BBC Good Food magazine, or a great book to read or listen to just visit www.librarieswest.org.uk for more information. We’re regularly adding to the collections so there should be plenty to choose from!

 

Spread the word! Tell your friends and family to join LibrariesWest online for free by sharing this link: https://www.librarieswest.org.uk/join - a membership number will be generated to enable access to free e Books, e audio books, e magazines and e comics. Once they are ready to visit a library again, new members who have joined online can call in to a library to upgrade their membership so they can also borrow physical items such as books, DVDs and Talking Books."

 

Libraries Re-opening

Posted on 19th July, 2020

 

North Somerset libraries began a phased re-opening from Monday 6 July 2020.

 

The mobile library will be in Bleadon on Tuesday, 10:20-11:20am.

 

NB: New COVID19 restrictions will be in operation.

 

Ordering books

  • "To place your order call or email your local library – Clevedon, The Campus, For All Healthy Living Centre, Nailsea, Pill, Portishead, Weston, Winscombe, Worle, Yatton and the Mobile Library Centre (other locations coming soon)
  • Give your library card number when placing an order. If you’re not yet a member you can join for free on the LibrariesWest website.
  • [NSC] will offer you a time to come and collect your books. They will be ready for you at the [mobile] library entrance: the library will be closed."

 

 

UK Pubs Open

Posted on 4th July, 2020

 

UK public houses open today with 'Pubs and hairdressers excited to be open' (PDF).

 

Establishments will be 'Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace' (PDF). NB: If someone does not wish to share their details ...

  • Although this is voluntary, please encourage customers and visitors to share their details in order to support NHS Test and Trace and advise them that this information will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • If a customer or visitor informs you that they do not want their details shared for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace, they can choose to opt out, and if they do so you should not share their information used for booking purposes with NHS Test and Trace.
  • The accuracy of the information provided will be the responsibility of the individual who provides it. You do not have to verify an individual’s identity for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

Also, NHS Trace & Trace How it Works (PDF) states that close contact means:

  • having face-to-face contact with someone (less than 1 metre away)
  • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone
  • travelling in a car [taxi] or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane

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See Test Track and Trace Isolates 88K by Second Week of Operation

 

See BOB Coronavirus Information page 

Bleadon Playground is now Open

Posted on 4th July, 2020

 

Bleadon playground has now reopened since its closure due to COVID19.

 

Bleadon Parish Council has posted a notice of 'conditions of use' on the gate, based on the government's various guidelines (PDF).

 

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See BOB Coronavirus Information page 

 

The following is taken from the NHS website (18 June 2020 - PDF)

"Weston General Hospital is now fully open to new patients

 

The continued actions taken by Weston General Hospital mean that the hospital is now in a position to safely accept patients into its A&E department from today (Thursday 18 June 2020). This is the final step to re-open the hospital to new patients.

 

The A&E department is open between the usual hours of 8am-10pm every day. In addition, all clinics have restarted and the hospital continues to receive patients who, due to the temporary closure, were initially admitted to our neighbouring hospitals for their care and treatment.

 

Patients who have an appointment scheduled from today (Thursday 18 June 2020) onwards do not need to contact the hospital to confirm their appointment; they should attend their appointment as planned. We are continuing to contact patients whose appointment was cancelled during the temporary closure to reschedule their appointment."

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Link to previous Weston Hospital Closed due to COVID19 - i.e. since 25 May 2020.

 

See BOB Coronavirus Information page 

 

 

 

NE England sees Driest May since 1862

Posted on 1st June, 2020

A Bolton Reservoir

Click to enlarge

A North Yorks Reservoir

 

(Met Office 01 Jun 2020) "Commenting on the relative lack of rainfall, Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director for Environment and Business, Environment Agency, said: “This has been an exceptionally dry spring, we have seen a fall in river flows and reservoir levels. However, at this time most water companies across the country have appropriate water reserves for this time of year ... We can all do our part to use water wisely and manage this precious resource, simple steps such as fitting a trigger to your hose or using a bucket to wash the car or water plants can make a difference.”  

 

Water UK Chief Executive Christine McGourty added: “These are exceptional times and the record-breaking dry weather is a powerful reminder of what a precious, natural resource our water is. With so many people at home and enjoying their gardens, water companies are seeing record demand for water, which can cause issues with water pressure. Working together, we can all make a difference right now, so let’s use water wisely. We need to keep washing our hands, but make other small changes to our water use, for example cutting back on paddling pools and sprinklers, particularly at the peak times in the evening.”

  

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Related article - 29 May 20, "Don't water your lawn and take showers not baths, Britons are warned as driest May on record raises fears of summer hosepipe bans

  • Yorkshire Water asked its three million households to cut their water usage
  • Britain has seen an average of 1.25in of rain so far in the driest May in 124 years
  • United Utilities applied for a drought order to take supplies from the Lake District"

A water company has warned customers not to spray their lawns and take four-minute showers rather than baths ...Yorkshire Water has seen a spike in demand amid lockdown ... having only seen an average of 1.25in (31.8mm) of rain across the UK so far this month. It has asked its three million households to voluntarily cut their water usage, urging people to turn the taps off when brushing their teeth.

 

"South East Water has also asked its 2.2million customers 'to help us by taking simple steps, such as not watering lawns, reusing paddling pool water and only using dishwashers and washing machines on full loads to help make sure there is enough water for everyone'.

 

In the South East there has been only 0.23in (5.8mm) of rainfall, making it drier than the Sahara."

 

"But the trade association representing water companies assured people that there are currently no plans to introduce a hosepipe ban."

 

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See also Sunshine graph