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Bleadon Community Bus Information

Posted on 20th April, 2018

Bleadon Community Bus InformationSee Poster for Timetable and further information - From Monday 30 April 2018, a new community bus will operate in Bleadon. This will replace bus service 5A, which is being rerouted and will no longer serve Bleadon village. The community bus will be operated by Weston and District Community Transport and will interwork with other community bus services. Community buses operate at scheduled times from roadside bus stops but use minibuses instead of conventional buses. 

Queens Arms has another New Ownership

Posted on 30th March, 2018

According to Weston Mercury report here, "Pair hope to breathe new life into 16th century village pub, An adventurous young couple hope to restore an old pub to its former glory."


So BOB hopes this will, in due course, bring a new skittles alley and a welcome return home for Bleadon Racers and other increasingly lost, traditional British Pub rural sports!

Lympsham Sport Club Pavilion - Club Manager Vacancy


Set in the beautiful village of Lympsham, the Pavilion is a vibrant local pub and sports club and the hub of village life for many in this community.


We are looking to employ a part-time Club Manager to build on the Pavilion’s success to date.


We are looking for someone with:

  • Knowledge & experience as a Bar and Club Manager;
  • Good organisational skills, stock control and other Bar and Club Manager duties;
  • Full knowledge of Licensing Laws, Food Hygiene and Health & Safety Regulations;
  • The ability to manage, support, train and cultivate the team;
  • The willingness to be flexible on hours worked;
  • A big smile and a passion for the industry


If you have those qualities and would like to take this opportunity, we look forward to hearing from you. The successful applicant will need to have or to be willing to obtain a personal alcohol licence (so that s/he can become the designated premises supervisor).


  • Hours: 20 hours p/w.
  • Pay: £15,600 pa
  • Deadline for applications 23 February 2018


Please email james.counsell@outertemple.com for further details or with an application to be accompanied by a c.v. References will be needed from the successful candidate.


We look forward to hearing from you.

James Counsell


Planning Application Updates - October 2017

Posted on 24th October, 2017

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There have been a number of North Somerset Council (NSC) updates on current applications:

  • Celtic Way Dwelling Blog - REFUSED [BPC submitted 'No Objection' to this application]. The NSC Delegated Report and Decision Notice are worth a read for future objections. Congratulations to all those who objected, as from reading the reports clearly the officers took note. 
  • Purn Caravan Park Expansion - GRANTED [BPC submitted 'No Objection' to this application]. Unfortunately Riverside Holiday Park was granted 40 units (was originally 90), although reading the NSC Decision Notice and Delegated Report it makes no sense, especially as the loss of the SNCI isn't even mentioned. However, improved/additional rural economy (extra business rates and employment) was, which makes Bleadon a little more sustainable, a little more urbanised and so a little less rural. 
  • Land Adj Rivermead, Purn Way - The official consultation deadline is still 24 Oct 17. If you want to make a comment the NSC Planning application website states for all applications "The 'Consultation expiry date' may be extended. Relevant comments received after this date are considered and taken into account so long as they are received in good time before the final decision is made.". (Following BPC's October (300.11) minuted request for an extension for councillors, BOB has also asked NSC for a public extension). 


  • School & 250 Houses No Planning Application has yet been submitted. The developer's agent is working towards a potential second phase public consultation.
  • The Bleadon Action Group has met twice and members have been busy speaking to people in the community. 


Youth Club AGM 12 October at 7pm

Posted on 11th October, 2017

Apologies for very short notice but all are welcome to attend The Bleadon Youth Club Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12 October 2017 at 7pm. More details via this page


Youth Club poster

Bleadons Changing Rural Environment

Posted on 10th September, 2017


The rural environment of Bleadon, currently surrounded by green fields and walks, is potentially changing. 

  • A map showing the extent of some of the current developments in and around Bleadon.
  • Tourist Village (310 units) the size of Bleadon Village (325 dwellings) in the Accommodation Road area, with the current multi-million pound application for 90 units at Riverside Village, with 'no objection' from BPC.  
  • BPC are considering the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan - whilst ignoring the current holistic 2009-2029 Parish Plan BPC indicate that they want to create a new plan that covers where Bleadon wants development to happen in the future, it will not stop applications on other sites. Despite it potentially costing thousands of pounds to create this new plan it may still be ignored by BPC and NSC as indicated in the recent Parish Newsletter, stating 'even some new neighbourhood plans have been shown to be irrelevant or at best hold very little weight'. So what is the point? For CPRE info on Parish Plans and Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Bleadon's Public Rights of Way (PROW) and Sites of Nature & Conservation Interest (SNCI) are being affected with 'no objection' from BPC, yet BPC are currently considering asking residents to pay via the precept and volunteer to locally maintain them even though it is NSC's responsibility for these nationally established footpaths? See BVN99 Summer 2014 - Footpath Improvements, Who Pays?
  • Change to the 4A Bus Timetable - only 3 buses a day from 4 September 2017, with none on a Saturday. 
  • There is concern over use of guns and associated noise in the A370 Bleadon/Purn Hill area 
  • BOB has commented on BPCs September Agenda, generally relating to open and transparent access to information and decision making; and BPC duties, roles and responsibilities.

If you want to protect our rural community environment you will need to comment directly to North Somerset Council as each and every application/situation arises. Although the 'School & 250 Houses' application has not yet been submitted some recent ones are posted on BOB's Current Applications and Major Development pages


BPC continue to ignore the feedback submitted by residents that created the 2009-2029 Parish Plan (which we believe should be a Supplementary Planning Document to NSC Core Strategy). When will BPC declare their 'vision' as stated in their May 2017 minutes (295.2), including who they represent and how they make their decisions? Following our queries regarding their August 17 Agenda BPC implemented their vexatious policy, again, deciding to ignore BOB/residents for another 6 months for asking these and related questions and asking BPC to make this information open and accessible to residents.


So, if you want answers from BPC to the above, and/or you want your views known, it may be worthwhile attending the next BPC meeting on Monday 11 September 2017 at 7:30pm, although the School & 250 Houses are not on their published agenda.


Is Bleadon set to be the next Brean Tourist and Leisure Area? 

  • Bleadon Parish Council Agenda for this Monday 14 August 2017 has been published including review items on future building sites in and around Bleadon: 
    • To review/discuss the NSC Local Plan 2018-2036 - Bleadon Settlement Profile (Boundary review?)
    • To discuss the NSC Site Allocations Plan: Further Assessment of Residential Sites (developers/NSC view of where new building will be permitted).
    • To discuss Planning Consultancy (from whose main perspective, resident/business, local/regional/national?)
    • Are these public consultations? If so, how do residents review the information? What is the deadline?
    • BOB has written to BPC regarding this and other agenda items.
For other recent news and information in and around Bleadon see our news page at http://www.bleadon.org.uk/news.html
For some background as to why developers continue to pressure NSC Planning please see the mapping on the Major Development page and associated table of information on BOB, including Green Belt mapping and policies/documentation. Also current developments in and around Bleadon.

New Bust timetable

The current Crossville Monday to Saturday service 4/4a will cease to operate from Sunday 3rd September 2017. Citistar will be taking over the operation of local bus services 4 and 4A in Weston-super-Mare from 4th September 2017. This is as a result of a temporary contract between them and North Somerset Council to provide the services until Easter 2018. The timetable of Monday to Friday services 4 and 4A will be approximately two hourly, rather than the hourly service currently operated on the route, so please check...


So it appears that from 4 September, ONLY 3 buses to/from Bleadon and WSM compared to the ten currently and not many in the afternoon at all!

This may have been the 'update' that our NSC councillor reported on 10 July at the BPC meeting.


UPDATE 21 August 2017 from the BPC August minutes (298.4.ii)


"The current bus service term of notice finishes on 3rd September. The emergency service is much reduced and running up until the end of March 2018. Citistar will be running the service from Monday 4th September. There is no Saturday service from this date. Only 3 buses a day from Bleadon to W-S-M, which stops at the hospital - 09:45; 11:45 and 13:45 (Purn Way Corner). The bus service from W-S-M to Purn Way is at 09:30; 11:30 and 13:30 Monday to Friday. North Somerset Council is looking at a better and longer term contract from 1st April 2018 for the 4 and 4A.


A parishioner highlighted that for working residents this service is not suitable.


The Chairman [Cllr Hartree] asked if North Somerset Council would be prepared to subsidise a local transport scheme initiated for example by the Parish Council. Cllr Porter highlighted, if North Somerset Council cannot get a viable outcome on the bus service from April, then could potentially work together to look at a community bus scheme to supplement the bus service provided. Cllr Porter highlighted that Blagdon and Wrington currently provide a Community Bus Service."


The Chairman requested that consideration to also be given to a ‘Car Call Scheme’ whereby certain Parishioners are willing to give others a lift in their car, provided insurance and such like is adhered too. Cllr Porter highlighted that there is a scheme available currently in W-S-M.


Cllr Chinn suggested areas such as Loxton and Christon may also be interested in the scheme"


More ways to travel to/from Bleadon here

Major Developments Update plus

Posted on 25th July, 2017

There have been a number of updates on the current Major Developments in and around Bleadon and the Settlement Boundary, all can be found via http://www.bleadon.org.uk/currentapps.html


BPC has only objected to one of the three current applications located outside the Settlement Boundary (Village Fence):

  • 16 new dwellings on Purn Way (DEADLINE 25 JULY)

Conversely, BPC has no objection to two other current applications outside the Settlement Boundary:

  • Another 90 static and touring caravans at Purn Caravan/Riverside Holiday Park (DEADLINE 7 AUGUST)
  • Conversion of stable to a dwelling on Celtic Way on green field site: (DEADLINE 27 JULY)
BPC has also objected one application outside the Parish Boundary:
  • 70 new houses at Devil's Bridge with minimal comment (DEADLINE 25 JULY)

Ultimately North Somerset Council (NSC) make the decision on these development applications so if you want your individual voice to be heard you need to comment directly to NSC, details via the individual applications on http://www.bleadon.org.uk/currentapps.html

NB: The NSC website states "The 'Consultation expiry date' may be extended. Relevant comments received after this date are considered and taken into account so long as they are received in good time before the final decision is made."


Other news:

For other recent news and information in and around Bleadon see our news page at http://www.bleadon.org.uk/news.html


Major Developments in Area

Wanted! A Bookseller for Bleadon!

Posted on 17th July, 2017

Bleadon Market Book Seller

Bleadon Village Market has a vacancy for a bookseller. This popular feature of the monthly market, selling second hand books, has been run for many years by Pete Williams. He has helped raise much needed funds for village hall improvements and we will be sad to lose him. The Hall Management Committee would like to thank Pete for his support over the years for the Halls and for the Village Market.

Now Pete is ready for a break, but would like to hand over to another book lover to join our friendly group of volunteers and help raise funds for a local charity. For more information contact Jo Jones, 812370