Flax Bourton Topics - Recent Council Involvement

The 'new' Village Hall

- built in about 2000 by Persimmon Homes under a planning agreement but not handed over to the Parish Council until 2006. Increasingly popular for parties, club/association meetings etc (and the venue for Parish Council meetings), the Hall and adjoining playing field are run by local residents formed as a Community Interest Company - for bookings see link to separate website below.

Village Hall

Defibrillators

- two automatic external defibrillators were installed in the village in 2016. Situated on the railings of the Village School and outside the Village Hall, both are available 24 hours a day. The emergency services can be contacted via 999 for a code to access the defibrillator, and they will also offer guidance on its use.

More information on the use of the defibrillators can be found here.

Stancombe Quarry

- a long established local operation for the extraction of limestone, current planning allows activities up to 2023. A member of the Parish Council sits on the quarry liaison group and is particularly watchful for any extension of operations beyond this limestone extraction. A very active and successful Action Group was formed in 1999/2000 to oppose the building of an overhead conveyor belt to the main railway line.

February 2012 - the operators have announced they will be submitting a planning application to extend the quarry by approximately 25 hectares. The Parish Council is represented on a working group to review any issues and concerns.

February 2014 update - plans for this extension continue and public meetings were held by LaFarge Tarmac in January. A formal planning application is awaited.

Former MOD Fuel Depot (Station Road)

- built in 'Cold War' days and redundant from about 1990, a 'fast track' planning application was made in 2006 to bring the depot back into use. With many concerns including safety, access, vehicle movements and expansion of BIA, the Council (supported by a residents working group) vigorously opposed the application and to date no more has been heard! In August 2011, the MOD confirmed the site has not been put on the market and nor is there any intention to do so at the present time.

Sustrans Cycle Path (The Festival Way)

- Farleigh Green to Chapel Hill section opened in 2007 as part of the Bristol/ Nailsea link, the planning and legal requirements were enthusiastically supported by the Parish Council. Now very well used by walkers, joggers, dog walker and, of course, cyclists.

North Somerset Agricultural Showground site

- the land in Station Road / Clevedon Road (about half is within the Flax Bourton Parish Boundary) was purchased by the Show Committee from the Wraxall Estate Trustees in 2002. We welcome the local presence of this long established agricultural show and occasional similar rural events. With concerns over noise, access and general environmental impact, it is the policy of the Parish Council to ensure that the formal use of the land remains agricultural with occasional rural type events only. The show committee have a website - link below.

Showground

Footpaths

- we are blessed with many 'walkers' footpaths in the parish. Their maintenance and upkeep is the responsibility of the local unitary authority but the Parish Council (usually prompted by local residents) is always keen to lobby North Somerset Council for necessary work to be undertaken.

Local (Housing) Development

- an ongoing agenda item for most parish and town councils. Please see the separate section on the 'Parish Plans' for the current position as it affects Flax Bourton.

Recent background - until the change of national government in May 2010, various Regional Spatial Studies were being developed including 9000 new homes as part of the South West Bristol Urban Extension. A member of the Parish Council attended the various "Planning Together Workshops" organised by North Somerset Council to provide input and monitor closely the likely impact for Flax Bourton.

Update January 2012 - North Somerset Council have submitted a revised Local Plan (referred to as Core Strategy) under which Flax Bourton is listed as suitable for "infil" development only. The Plan is currently under review by a government planning inspector whose response is expected in March/April 2012.

Update February 2014 - the Local Plan has been signed off by the planning inspector and was adopted by North Somerset Council in April 2012.

Core Strategy (Local Plan)

Flax Bourton Church of England Primary School

- "a little gem" is how one parent described the school to Ofsted Inspectors in 2010 and, indeed, the school goes from strength to strength under the headship of Jane Bennett and Lorraine Woollven. The Parish Council has a good working relationship with the school - a Councillor is a governor of the school. There is a link to the school's website below.

School Website

Flax Bourton Youth Group

- about 30% of the council's precept goes to support the Youth Group which meets twice a week in its own small hall adjoining the School in Station Road. Average weekly attendance is 25/30. The Group leaders always welcome more team coaching/leading support.