Welcome to the Flax Bourton Parish Council Website
The Parish Council
The village is made up of about 270 household and 540 electors. The precept (part of the council tax) is £22,000 for the coming financial year 2014/2015.
What we do
The Parish Council performs a number of functions under various statutes but representing residents on various local issues, developments and aspirations is the most important role for the Council.
Recent Council Involvement
The Parish Council is actively involved in a wide range of activities that have a direct impact on the lives of the people of Flax Bourton. In recent years these have included:
- The Village Hall, managed by the Council since 2006;
- Working on the Stancombe Quarry liaison group;
- Planning application monitoring - including the former MOD fuel dump site;
- Making appropriate representations regarding the development of the area and the Parish Plan;
- Assessing impact of the Localism Bill 2011 and potential benefit of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan;
- Working with the local parish primary school;
- Supporting our local youth group.
- Supporting residents with matched funding for additional playground facilities.
- Addition of two defibrillators
You can find out more about all these and our other activities on this website.
FARLEIGH GREEN PLAY AREA
Our trees need a trim!
Whilst they are having a tidy we're afraid the play area will be closed on Wednesday 18th January from 1.30-5pm.
CONTACTING THE COUNCIL
Contact details for the Parish Clerk, Councillors and our public correspondence address can be found on the Council Information page.
North Somerset Council now have a dedicated council gritter Twitter account to let people know when their gritters will be out and about. You can find information at @NSgritters
Don't forget changes to the garden waste service means you need to register for a bin before the new service comes into operation on 1st March 2017.
Full information about the changes here.
STANCOMBE QUARRY FUND
The Fund offers grants to community projects within the parishes of Backwell, Flax Bourton and Barrow Gurney, and meets twice a year to consider any applications received.
Applications are now being invited and need to be sent to the Clerk for Flax Bourton Parish Council (email@example.com) by midday 31st January at the latest.
Information and Frequently Asked Questions about the scheme are here: Stancombe Quarry Information.
Details of the criteria which will be considered for grants, and the application procedure can be found here: Stancombe Quarry Community Fund Request Form
PRIMARY SCHOOL EXPANSION
A consultation has been held regarding the proposed expansion of Flax Bourton C of E Primary School to a 210 place primary school. The Summary results of the consultation are now available on the N.Somerset website.
A370 ROAD WORKS
Complete overnight closure of the A370 may be implemented anytime from 31st October for a period of 18 months. The closures will only be applied to work requiring five nights or more, and diversions will be in place. The work will be in phases - Phase 1 affects the section between the Yatton Junction and Brockley Combe and Phase 2 Brockley Combe to Backwell. Full details here.
NORTH SOMERSET AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY COUNTRYSIDE DAY - 12th July 2017
The Society have asked if any local residents would like to volunteer to help out at this free educational event for schoolchildren in Bristol and North Somerset.
If you are interested and would like further information please contact Tim Ledbury on 08456 342464 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found at www.nsas.org.uk/countryside-day/.
TESCO 'BAGS OF HELP' GRANTS
Bags of Help is Tesco's local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
More information, including an eligibility quiz can be found here.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE NORTH SOMERSET
Find out about volunteering for the Community Resilience North Somerset programme from the Community Resilience website.
A370 DRAINAGE UPDATE
Find the latest report here.
KEEPING PATHS CLEAR
The Parish Council would like to remind home owners about the importance of ensuring any hedges or trees on your property do not impede the use of the public highway / footpaths. It is the homeowner's responsibility to keep all hedges, bushes and trees trimmed back so the highway remains clear for pedestrians, wheelchair users, and pushchairs. Please do take a minute to check that yours are all cut back appropriately.
North Somerset Council has announced a progress updated on superfast broadband for Devon and Somerset. For details, please click here.