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.
Owing to a change in cicrumstances, we are sorry to accounce that our current Clerk to the Council is leaving us. Consequently the Parish Council has a vacancy for a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Full details of the job are here, and the job description and person specification here.
The closing date for applications is midnight on 28th April.
For further information or an informal discussion, contact the Clerk, Lorna Dukes, on 0776 3031435 / email@example.com, or Councillor Jane Moss on 0774 0927783 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The West of England Rural Network has issued an update on the progress of superfast broadband - read it here.
TEMPORARY ROAD AND FOOTPATH CLOSURES
Station Road between the junctions of the B3130 Clevedon Road and A370 Main Road will be closed to general traffic and pedestrians between 7.30am and 6.00pm on 1st May for the North Somerset Show.
Full details can be found in this schedule.
FLAXBOURTON YOUTH GROUP
The Youth Group meets in the village hall every Tuesday evening during term time - more information on their Facebook page
N.SOMERSET CYCLE FORUM
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting held on 16th March are now available here. The next forum meeting, which will also be the AGM will be held on Wednesday 12th July at 6pm at Castlewood, Clevedon.
The Brean Down Way workcamp and inaugural ride is to be held from 21st April - 1st May. Organised by the charity Greenways and Cycleroutes, the workcamp is the final part of the construction of the Brean - Weston-super-Mare cycle and pathway. Details about the scheme, and information on how to join the work team can be found here.
From Sunday 30 April First West of England are changing services:
- X1/X2 (Weston-super-Mare to Bristol) - service X1A will be renumbered X2. There will be changes to the timetable to improve punctuality but no changes to the route.
- X8/X9 (Nailsea to Bristol) - Abus will operate service X8 on behalf of First on Mondays to Saturdays - there will be no change to frequencies throughout the day. Sundays will operate as X9 only to an hourly timetable. Late night journeys will operate as X9 only to an hourly timetable, and very late night journeys on a Saturday will be withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.
SPECIALISTS WITHIN THE BRITISH LEGION
Did you know that the British Legion provides a range of specialist services, including specialist dementia nursers? To be eligible for this free service, either the carer or the person with dementia has to have done a minimum of 7 days paid service in any of the armed forces - National Service counts too! For further information see the Admiral Nurse Service Newsletter
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE NORTH SOMERSET
New 'Household Emergency Plan' postcard
Community Resilience North Somerset have produced a new 'Emergency Postcard' designed to encourage households to get prepared. You can download a printer friendly version here.
Volunteer with Community Resilience North Somerset
If anyone is interested in getting involved with Community Resilience North Somerset and would like further information please get in touch with the Clerk at email@example.com or check out the N. Somerset Community Resilience 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found at www.nsas.org.uk/countryside-day/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.