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Please read our latest blog posts below and comment on them if you like. If you want to add a new blog topic of your own choosing just email me the content or use the contact page and I will post it asap. You may be also interested in our Be Involved, Neighbourhood WatchEvents and Classified/Lost and Found blog pages and current issues, please remember that historical posts can be viewed by selecting the drop down menu at the top of the blog home page.

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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

Major Development in and around Bleadon

Posted on 9th July, 2017

House Building Image

There is a lot of major development going on in and around Bleadon with dwellings planned on the Caravan Park, Purn Way and Devil's Bridge/Bleadon Hill. These and other developments are on the Parish Council agenda this Monday 10 July 17 

http://www.bleadon.org.uk/media/other/24400/Agenda-297-July17.pdf

  • 90 static and touring caravans at Purn Caravan /Riverside Holiday Park; outside the Settlement Boundarythat would make 310 in the immediate area. The 2011 Census said we only had 530 dwellings in the whole of Bleadon Parish! http://www.bleadon.org.uk/beinvolved.html?post_id=26290)

 

 

Weston General Hospital A&E services are now shut in the evenings, and, with the above developments, services can only become more pressured http://www.bleadon.org.uk/whatsnew.html?post_id=26262
Other more positive news includes:
For other news and information in and around Bleadon see our news page at http://www.bleadon.org.uk/news.html

Weston Hospital AE Services Reduced

Posted on 4th July, 2017

Hospital A&E Sign imageIt has been announced that Weston General Hospital’s A&E department would be closed overnight after inspectors deemed the service was ‘not safe’. The hospital’s A&E therefore will be closed between 10pm and 8am from July 4 2017. See related BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-40481177 and the Mercury 29 Jun 17 article re: Hospital board 'committed' to 24/7 emergency care.

 

 

John Penrose speaks out

 

Maternity services are also set to change with Weston General Hospital’s midwives said to be ‘shocked and disappointed’ by plans to alter maternity services in the town in favour of working more with St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/changes-ahead-for-weston-super-mare-s-maternity-unit-but-bosses-vow-its-future-remains-secure-1-5086358. Also, the Mercury newspaper article.

 

Perversely, the Planning Inspector has recommended that NSC allocate land for an additional 2,500 new dwellings in North Somerset, to ensure that a minimum of 20,985 are built by 2026,

 

In response to Central Government and District Council's housing development policies Bleadon has seen several major developments in and around our village/parish. If WSM is the fastest growing town in Europe why are Central and Local Government controlled services not also being increased to meet this identified and/or imposed demand on our communities, e.g. hospitals, GPs, etc.? 

 

More people surely equates to more accidents waiting to happen.....!

Halls Booking Officer AdvertBleadon Coronation Halls Management Committee have a vacancy for their Booking Officer. More details and contact information on the poster attached to this blog post. Closing Date 30 June 2017

Lympsham Pre-School Changes

Posted on 15th June, 2017

Lympsham Pre-School logo

Lympsham Pre-School has recently become part of the Wessex Learning Trust and we are now a feeder school for Lympsham C of E Academy, which in turn feeds to Hugh Sexey Middle school and Kings of Wessex. So once a child has a place at Lympsham Pre-School they will automatically be offered a place at the next school in the Wessex Learning Trust system. We feel this is a great benefit to families in the Bleadon area who have until now not had the security of a guaranteed place in the Cheddar Valley catchment.

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