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Bleadon Parish Council Wins Awards

Posted on 17th November, 2019

 

Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) has won awards for its Bleadon in Bloom Project as announced in last week's published minutes. (Cllr) Hemmingway, (Cllr) Sharman, Rose Benjamin, (Cllr) Scaribrick and Cllr Williams also appeared in the Weston Mercury.

"Cllr Hemingway gave an update about Bleadon in Bloom saying that Bleadon had won a trophy for the Best Blue Campaign as well as the Britain (South West) in Bloom's Silver Guilt award. Members thanked Cllr Hemingway and all of the Bleadon in Bloom volunteers for all of their hard work and for making the village look lovely. It was RESOLVED that: the Clerk seek permission from the Hall Management Committee to display the trophy and certificates in the Coronation Hall" (14 Oct 19 Min 327.9

This project has cost in the order of £8K, with around £2.5K from resident precept/BPC reserves, the remainder from donations or volunteer time. In September Bleadon Parish Council also funded its project leader, Cllr Hemingway, to attend the awards ceremony in Newquay, Cornwall, where the Council was presented the following awards (09 Sept 19 Min 326.25):

Bleadon's District Councillor, Cllr Porter of Hutton & Locking Ward, is a South West in Bloom judge and was quoted in North Somerset Times (17 Nov 19): 

"A lot of places are doing this. It's amazing to see. The biggest issue will be people saying the council isn't doing its job. That's why the Blue Heart campaign came about, to say it's for environmental reasons."

Now that BPC has won these awards for the "village", residents look forward to the council's project group tackling some of the wider long standing parish environmental issues, although the project's next steps still appear to be village focussed.

 

The littered overgrown and now slippery A370 pavement is awaiting feedback and resolution from NSC since last December 2018. Or will this take a tragedy as seen elsewhere in North Somerset for this to be resolved? Also, the overgrown Public Rights of Way as legally maintained (or re-wilded) by NSC and landowners, as recently raised by residents this summer. Or perhaps these are waiting on NSC CIL payments from housing developers? 

 

 

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"Pennant Class (copied from South West in Bloom website)

For those entries new to Bloom, some groups prefer to start off with entry our Pennant Classes. These were first trialed(sic) in 2013 and due to their success we have continued with the pennant scheme, with great success and with groups progressing up to the main competiton(sic). Entry is free for all 'new entries', there is no portfolio required. As with main entries there is 1/4 hr for press and 1/4 for a presentation (if entries wish to do one). For the village to small town catagory(sic) there is an additional 1.5 hrs and town to citties(sic) an additional 2.5 hrs for judging. The Pennant catagory(sic) is also aimed at Bloom groups that we may have lost over the years and is intended as a gentle step back into the main competition. The Pennant criteria is also more relaxed and there is less to meet, the awards and scoring are slightly different to reflect this. All new entrants will be provided with help and advice, we can also allocate them a mentor to give them some guidance in preparing their judging tour. Click here to download 2019 Pennant Marking Sheet, we have combined the marking criteria with the BID, Town Center(sic) & Urban catagory(sic) to reflect the changes in Bloom and to make it easier for the entrants to self assess.". Other awards can be found here.

 

 

UPDATE: 30 AUG 19 - Some residents have received a letter dated 21 Aug 2019 regarding significant roadworks and closures involving Celtic Way, Roman Road and Bleadon Hill.

 

Why have these significant road closures affecting Bleadon residents and bus services not been discussed at a Parish Council meeting?

 

Phase 1 - 02 SEP - 04 OCT Bleadon Hill to Roman Road

 

Phase 2 - 30 SEP- 18 OCT Celtic Way and Roman Road and NSC Notice of Intent and map.

 

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SCHEDULE

 

Bleadon Hill– from its junction with Roman Road for approximately 580m in a westerly direction to its junction with Leighton Crescent - how will the community bus get over the hill?

 

Notice is hereby given that North Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, have made an order the effect of which will be to close, temporarily, to vehicles the lengths of roads specified in the Schedule to this Notice.

 

Exemptions are included for emergency services, works access and as works permit for premises which may only be accessed via the closed section of road.

 

This order was required because of the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon work by Wales & West Utilities Ltd to replace gas main. This will become operative on the 2nd September 2019 for a maximum period of eighteen months. However, the closures may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only as necessitated by the works which is anticipated to be of 33 days in duration. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed when the measures are in force.

 

For further information relating to this notice go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks

 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

 

Bridgwater Road, Celtic Way, Bleadon Road, Coronation Road, Bleadon Hill and vice versa.

 

Applicant: Wales & West

 

Contact: https://www.wwutilities.co.uk/

Telephone: 0800 912 29 99

Colin Medus Head of Transport and Infrastructure Town Hall Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ

Ref: T19-140

 

PUBLIC NOTICE NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14

Final Notice of Temporary Traffic Regulation Order 2019

Bleadon Hill,

Weston-super-mare North Somerset

Temporary Prohibition of use by Vehicles Order 2019

Date coming Into Force: 2nd September 2019

Bleadon Bees

Posted on 4th July, 2019

 

 

 

A swarm of 25-30,000 bees was sighted and bravely rescued last night between the bus stop and the Queens Arms.

 

Wikipedia states that for honey bees:

"Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.

 

Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.

 

Secondary afterswarms, or cast swarms may happen.

 

Cast swarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by a virgin queen.Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers."

BPC Blue Hearts in Bleadon

Posted on 4th July, 2019

 

 

 

UPDATE 18 AUG 2019 - Mercury article "Readers discuss council-backed 're-wilding' plans"

 

UPDATE 25 JULY 2019 - Mercury article "Council to adopt re-wilding programme across North Somerset to improve area's biodiversity"

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The following was posted on the Bleadon Acting Together facebook page:

"Bleadon Parish Council Bleadon in Bloom Project - Blue Campaign.

 

Bleadon has entered the Britain in Bloom competition. There is a new scoring criterion which means that community and environment are almost as important as the actual floral exhibitions. Therefore, as part of the project, participants need to be mindful of the local environment.

 

The Blue Campaign is a community nature project, started by Fergus Beely. The idea is that we can each contribute to wild habitats by leaving a piece of our gardens, schools, parks or even road verges uncultivated and letting it grow wild. To signify that you are doing that you can put a stake in the ground with a blue heart on it. This tells other people not to cut that area – that area is left to be as nature intended.

 

Bleadon in Bloom have put Wildflower seeds in many places and particularly along the rhyne edge. This is to support our Butterflies and Bees.

 

The Blue Hearts you can see so far are made by David Sharman. These will soon be accompanied by Blue Hearts made by children from Lympsham School and Rocks with Blue Hearts on them made by children from Westhaven School.

 

We will be creating a map so that people can follow a trail of Blue Hearts through the village.

 

Enjoy – and get in touch with Kirsten Hemingway 815540 to join the Bloomers or the Grass Roots Ecology Movement that will start on 9th June 2019 with Chris Sperring."

 

BOB Note:

 

Wild flowers on highway verges would be lovely, I really mean it, and I'm sure, like Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, NSC would love to save their grass cutting budget, however they already no longer maintain highway verges adequately, which is causing safety concerns to pedestrians and cyclists alike. Also the risk of potential flooding issues as the adjacent rhynes become overgrown and blocked. We currently appear to be in the same poor safety situation as in 2014/15 along with associated litter issues 

 

NSC actually removed shrubs and wild flowers from central reservations throughout WSM, so the only way 'seeding' will happen, and be maintained, is for Parish Council precepts to be increased, which is exactly what NSC wants. But what do Bleadon residents want and how much will it actually cost?

 

BPC don't publish project information in an easily accessible or transparent way, especially what finances have been allocated vs actual expenditure, what budget heading expenditure comes under vs Reserve allocation/depreciation, grants or donations received, etc but some budget estimates from Oct 2018 can be found in the April 2019 BPC report.

 

NB: BOB again made NSC and BPC aware of the verge and litter issues in Dec 2018, and was informed that "An order will be passed to the contractor to litter pick the verge at this location. The vegetation will be monitored until the summer". We are yet to receive a response as to when and how the verge and safety issues will addressed.

Giant Pink Marshmallows

Posted on 28th June, 2019

 

 

It's that time of year when the crops are being harvested before the summer rains threaten to ruin them. 

 

Bleadon farmers are again raising local and world wide awareness and money for breast cancer by wrapping bales of hay in pink, We certainly don't envy the long hours and the uncertainty of the British weather, especially with the recent severe weather warnings!

 

For those of you interested in how it's done see the video below:

 

 

 Link to previous Why Pink Hay Bales?

Honesty Request

Posted on 10th April, 2019

 

 

 

UPDATE 19 JUNE 19: Article printed in the Weston Mercury newspaper

 

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A number of residents in our community are kindly offering kerbside fresh produce such as eggs, fruit, vegetables, jams, etc.

 

However due to a 'customer' taking advantage and liberty as witnessed on CCTV, one such resident is kindly asking that people pay/donate a reasonable amount in return as otherwise they will unfortunately have to withdraw their service, which we think for a village community would be a shame.

 

In the meantime thank you to all the honest users of these services, long may they continue.

Vacancy - Coronation Hall Cleaner

Posted on 26th March, 2019

Position now taken

 

Cleaning

 

WANTED! The Coronation Hall Management Committee are looking for a weekly cleaner for the Coronation Halls in Bleadon. It is estimated that the work would take 4-5 hours per week, at £9.50 per hour. Times would be by mutual agreement and could be flexible.

For more information please e-mail: kevinbarrett240@btinternet.com

GP Community Support Initiative

Posted on 16th February, 2019

 

 

A resident has asked BOB to post "... information about a new initiative called the GP Community Support Service which has been brought to [their] attention as being of use and interest to people in Bleadon.  A lot of Weston GPs are involved (this is from Tudor Lodge, Nithsdale Road)."

 

Full leaflet can be seen here

A Bleadon New Hope

Posted on 14th January, 2019

BPC NDP Survey

 

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. 

 

Unfortunately, it seems that holiday season is the time when major applications and consultations are put to the public. This month is no different with several applications appearing on BPC's agenda on 14 Jan 19, along with their Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Questionnaire/Survey, as indicated below:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey - 31 Jan 19 deadline
    • Now available for all the public to comment by paper or online
  • Bristol Airport Expansion - 26 Jan 19 deadline
    • The last expansion reported to increase flights and noise pollution over Bleadon. This time it is has proposed "operating within a rolling annualised cap of 4,000 night flights between the hours of 23:30 and 06:00 with no seasonal restrictions". NSC's Local Plan Dec 18 Consultation states, "The Airport wants to double permitted air traffic to 20 mppa by the 2040s. In the short-term it seeks a relaxation of existing limits to allow for growth to 12 mppa [million passengers per annum]
  • Purn Way 16 Houses - 14 Jan 19 deadline
    • This application is outside the current Settlement Boundary
  • There are also a number of enforcements noted

Other Activity:

  • There has been a noticeable increase in plastic/rubbish in our community, especially along the A370, so BOB has reported this to NSC and BPC.
  • Development works at Wentwood Drive (Bleadon Hill) commence in January 2019. This new development will consist of 50 new 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

For further information follow links above and/or for other 'BeInvoved' information please visit https://www.bleadon.org.uk/beinvolved.html

Keepers Gate, Wentwood Drive - Community Information Event

 

See information on poster below

 

"Lovell are pleased to confirm development works at Wentwood Drive, Weston-super-Mare are due to commence in January 2019. This exciting new development will consist of 50 new 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

We are keen to keep you, our local residents informed at all stages during this development and would therefore like to invite you along to our “Community Information Event” which is taking place on:

 

Thursday 10th January 2019

From 4pm-6.30pm

Venue: Bleadon Youth Club, Bleadon, BS24 0PQ

 

Please come along to meet our team and ask us questions about the upcoming development.

We look forward to seeing you."

 

Wentwood Drive Development

Please see attached invite (above) to the Community Information Event arranged for 10th Jan.

 

We are sending out letter invites to all surrounding residents, but please can you forward this invite to any other interested parties.

 

Regards

 

Siân Diaz (MRICS, BA(hons), DipSurv, CIHM)

Senior Development Manager

 

dd: 02920 544 637 | m: 07773 478884

Lovell Partnerships Ltd

Unit 5, Cae Gwyrdd

Greenmeadow Springs Business Park

Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7AB

 

 

FYI. see previous BOB Blog on the original outline application