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 2017/2018.
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.
HOME OWNERSHIP EVENT
Residents of North Somerset can find help buying a home at the N.Somerset Home Ownership Event.
The event, hosted by North Somerset Council, is at the Weston College Conference Centre, Hans Price Building, Lower Church Road, Weston Super Mare BS23 2AL on Thursday 30th March from 3.00-7.30pm.
There will be information about Help to Buy Equity Loan and Shared Ownership schemes, and opportunities to talk to experts about various home ownership schemes options. Financial advisers and property lawyers will also be on hand.
Entry is free, and there's no need to make an appointment. More details can be found here; register for a free ticket here.
WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
A number of events to find out your views on the ideas for developing and securing the hospital's future are being held. More details about these ideas can be found here, and also on the CCG website.
The events are:
- Tuesday 28 March, Oaktree Arena, Bristol Road, Edithmead, Highbridge, TA9 4HA, from 7pm to 9pm (CCG led)
- Wednesday 29 March, St Andrew's Church Centre, Old Church Rd, Clevedon, BS21 7UE, from 7pm to 9pm (CCG led)
- Thursday 30 March, For All Healthy Living Centre, 68 Lonsdale Ave, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ, from 7pm to 9pm (CCG led)
- Saturday 1 April, Portishead Library, Harbour Road, BS20 7AL, 11am 4pm (HOSP led)
- Wednesday 5 April, Weston General Hospital, BS23 4TQ, 10am to 4pm and then 6pm to 8pm (HOSP led).
Places at the CCG-led events are limited. To register your interest email email@example.com or call 01275 546 721.
The discussions end on 6th April - if you can't make an event, you can give your views online (www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/wgh-engagement), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org),telephone (01275 546 721) or post (North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Castlewood, Clevedon, BS21 6FW)
NEW GARDEN WASTE BINS
The new recycling and waste contract begins on Wednesday 1st March and with it comes the introduction of garden waste bins, replacing the current green garden waste bags.
When the new contract starts, the garden waste collection vehicles will only call at properties which have already registered for the new service and will only collect garden waste from the new garden waste bins.
More information can be found in this press release or at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/gardenwaste, where you can register for this new service.
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
CALLING ALL CARERS
Healthwatch North Somerset is collecting the views of carers on health and social care services.
Some details of how to participate can be found here, or on the Healthwatch website - although it's headlined "Young Persons Carers Survey", there are actually two questionnaires, one for carers of young people and one for adults. Closing date is end of March.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.