Flax Bourton
Flax Bourton
Flax Bourton
Flax Bourton

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Clerk to the Council
Our clerk, Sarah Jezard, can be contacted via email or phone 07932 518452

Contacting the Council
Contact details for the Parish Clerk, Councillors and our public correspondence address can be found on the Council Information page.

Council Meetings
Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month in the Village Hall, commencing 7.30pm.

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Monthly Crime Report
The local police report can be viewed here.


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.



The final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was issued on 22nd November, with a consultation period running until 10th January 2018, after which the Plan, along with all submissions received, will be passed to the Government's Planning Inspectorate.

The plan sets out the policies and principles for determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development to meet housing, employment and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.

The Parish Council has delivered a letter to all households in Flax Bourton regarding the JSP - a copy can be read here.

Details about the JSP, including how to make comments, can be found on the West of England website.

The Joint Spatial Plan will be an agenda item at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 11th December and we encourage everyone to attend. Once the opinions and concerns of residents are fully understood, Flax Bourton Parish Council will formulate a response.

You may be aware of the planned development of 700 new houses at Grove Farm, Backwell, and the potential infrastructure required to support this development, which may have an impact on Flax Bourton.

Although this is development in Backwell, Flax Bourton residents are also invited to comment on the proposals, which can be done online here. The deadline for submitting feedback is Friday 1st December. The Parish Council has already provided its comments.

The planning application for the extension of the Flax Bourton Primary School has now been registered, and affected residents have been notified by letter.

The consultation period on the application (17/P/1751/RG3) ended on 22nd August. Full details of the application can be found on the North Somerset Council website.

The minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting, held on 15th August, to discuss the proposal can be found here.

The summary results of the consultation on the school's expansion, held September-October last year are also available on the N.Somerset Council's website.

Stancombe Quarry has established a Community Fund to provide facilities and services for the benefit of communities within the parishes of Flax Bourton, Backwell and Barrow Gurney.

The Fund seeks to support projects within the parishes that improve the lifestyles of the residents and have clear benefits in terms of education, recreation, nature conservation and sustainability.

Requests can only be made via the Parish Clerk, either electronically or by hard copy, on the application form (below), and can be for a financial contribution or a contribution in materials from the quarry. Requests cannot be for the benefit of individuals or profit making organisations.

Requests are considered twice a year (March and September) and the deadlines for submission are 31 January and 31 July.

Application Form
The application form is available in both PDF format here and Word format here.

FAQs about the fund can be found here, and additional guidance can be found here.

Please send your completed application form to the Parish Clerk, Sarah Jezard, at clerk@flaxbourtonparishcouncil.co.uk or to PO Box 1222, Bristol, BS48 9BR

Please remember to use the designated footpaths when walking alongside farmland and to keep dogs under control to avoid damage to crops and nuisance to nearby residents.

The Parish Council have gained agreement from Tarmac that they will send a road sweeper to the A370 between Stancombe Lane and the Jubilee Inn once a month. Hopefully this will lead to an improvement in the condition of our roads and pavements.

Surfacing works on the A370 Farleigh Road in Backwell and the A370 Main Road in Flax Bourton, between the junctions with Station Road and Stancombe Lane are due to start on Monday 3rd July. The work is anticipated to take two weeks, and will take place overnight (8pm to 6am, except weekends), during which time the road will be closed.

The diversion route will be via Brockley Combe Road, Downside Road, A38 (Bristol Road, Potters Hill, Bridgwater Road), A4174 (Colliters Way), A370 Long Ashton Bypass and vice versa.

The official schedule of work can be found here.

Bristol Water will be installing a new water main in Church Lane, Backwell with work beginning on 19th June, which will involve some temporary road closures.

The official schedule of work can be found here.

There was a burglary in Flax Bourton over the weekend. The incident in Parson's Mead happened at approximately 4am and the offenders are thought to have opened a front UPVC door lock with a screwdriver or similar. Fortunately, the burglars were disturbed as the occupants got up to investigate the noise.

This latest incident follows the thefts in May at two properties in Church Lane.

Do remember to be vigilant if you have doors and windows open due to warm weather; ensure doors and windows are locked properly and make sure your property looks occupied when you are out or away. It is also good practice to take car keys upstairs at night and put them away safely when on holiday.

The Avon and Somerset Police website has some useful information about how to keep homes safe:

North Somerset Council have produced some advice after the Manchester attack -

The West of England Rural Network has issued an update on the progress of superfast broadband - read it here.

The Youth Group meets in the village hall every Tuesday evening during term time - more information on their Facebook page

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.

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

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 clerk@flaxbourtonparishcouncil.co.uk or check out the N. Somerset Community Resilience Website.

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.

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.

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.

Find the latest report here.

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.