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 £25,000 for the financial year 2018/2019.

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.

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News

STATION ROAD TEMPORARY CLOSURE
Station Road will be temporarily closed from 29th October for five days. The official Notice of Intent can be read here.


RECENT THEFTS
There have been reports of a number of thefts in Flax Bourton over recent days. Please be vigilant if you have doors and windows open or if you are going away on holiday; ensure you lock doors and windows 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 a useful reminder about how to keep our homes safe.


NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS
North Somerset Council is inviting views on their Local Plan 2036 - Issues and Options Document. This planning policy document identifies where housing, jobs, and infrastructure (roads, schools, etc) will be built over the next 20 years. Of the 25,000 new homes needed by 2036, over 11,000 are still to be allocated. Two new villages north of Banwell and Langford and extensions to Nailsea and Backwell are proposed. Brownfield land, especially in Weston, will be used for new houses and apartments. Sites for a further 1,000 houses will also need to be found elsewhere in North Somerset.

The purpose of this document is to identify issues which need to be addressed and to receive initial feedback on a range of proposed alternatives. The 3 month consultation will end at midday on 10 December 2018.

Find out more, and submit views on the North Somerset Council website:
www.n-somerset.gov.uk/localplan2036


WEST OF ENGLAND JOINT SPATIAL PLAN
The West of England Joint Spatial Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on the 13th April 2018. The plan will now be examined for its compliance with statutory requirements and on its soundness. Further detail, including links to supporting documentation can be found in this letter.


JOINT SPATIAL PLAN
Key Transport Consultants were selected to advise FBPC on its response to the Joint Spatial Plan with particular reference to the Joint Transport Plan and Nailsea Corridor Improvements - their report can be read here.

Following discussion at Parish Council meetings on 11th December 2017 and 8th January 2018, feedback from residents and information from the Key Transport Consultants report, a consultation response has been submitted on behalf of Flax Bourton Parish Council. This response can be read here.

The Joint Spatial Plan, supporting evidence, topic papers, statement of representations procedure and information about how to make comments are all available at www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk.


PLANNING DEVELOPMENTS IN BACKWELL
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 were also invited to comment on the proposals. The deadline for submitting feedback was Friday 1st December and the Parish Council provided comments on the consultation. Please contact the Clerk for further information.


BRISTOL AIRPORT CONSULTATION
Bristol Airport's recent public consultation set the scene for a new Master Plan, looking out to the year 2050. The consultation website can be found at www.bristolairportfuture.com.

The consultation ran until midnight on Friday 26th January 2018. Flax Bourton Parish Council's response can be found here and questions can be raised directly by email to future@bristolairport.com or call 0800 915 9892.


STANCOMBE QUARRY COMMUNITY FUND
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


ROAD SWEEPING
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.


PREVENT
North Somerset Council have produced some advice after the Manchester attack -
www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/community-safety-crime/prevent/about-prevent/


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


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


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


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.


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.