WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3 Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                          Clevedon Road

Email:blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                       Portishead

Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                              BS20 8PN

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 7.30 p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL, WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PRESENT:    Cllrs.  J Bennett, Mrs S Chambers, D Down, D Giles, P Harris, M Squire and P Yates-Round.

                        Jennifer Fawcett-Thorne, Parish Liaison Officer

                       1 parishioner

                       Rob Thomson, Highways, North Somerset Council

                       Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk

 

The parish council were expecting Jason Beale from Planning Department, North Somerset

Council to attend, but he did not.  This will be rearranged for the October meeting 

 

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:  District Cllr Nigel Ashton and Police representatives (no crime to report)

 

2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of 4th August meeting were agreed and signed off by Cllr Yates-Round. 

 

3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES AND ACTIONS : See items.

  

4. FINANCE:

Bank balance:  £6864.17

Balance at this time last year £8329.47 (included part precept)

Clerk’s monthly expenses: £3.20

Invoices:  SWALEC - electricity for Cadbury Lane lamp and phone box-   £not yet received

Clerk had received email from Linda Pearce, Secretary of the WiG Village Hall committee seeking donation towards hall insurance premium of £839.16.  Following discussion it was agreed to pay this amount as donation and to cover the use of the hall by the parish council for its meetings.

Two cheques were signed by councillors.

Completed audit received from Grant Thornton, which following query about date of minute reference (14th April inserted instead of 7th) they will be invoicing Parish Council for £25.  Clerk to complete Notice of Conclusion of Audit and this to be put on website and noticeboard. NOTED.

 

5. PLANNING:

Advice of Consultation on update of local planning application requirements from North Somerset Council. NOTED

 

6. HIGHWAYSPUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY:

Parishioner who lives on the corner of Cadbury Lane and the B3124 advised that a car had parked on the corner of the road obscuring visibility for drivers exiting Cadbury Lane.  There had been am event at the pub and cars had still parked partly on the pavements (one Councillor had put a polite notice on a car asking driver not to do this) and when the landlord had parked his van on the opposite side of the road, had received verbal abuse from drivers. 

 

 

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3  Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                          Clevedon Road

Email: blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                      Portishead

                  Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                        BS20 8PN

6. HIGHWAYS/PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY: (continued)

Landlord has cones and has offered to lend them to any parishioner with parking problems.  Suggestion they be used in any case at the top of Cadbury Lane.  There are not many driveways on the opposite side of the road, so cars could park more easily there.    

Rob Thomson of North Somerset Council Highways had brought plans with initial ideas for calming traffic on the B3124 through the village and these were circulated.  At the Clevedon end, he could not move 30mph signs closer to village as they would not be clearly visible. Make more of a feature of the signage in the village.  Refresh existing hatching areas.  Simple plastic bollards that are reboundable.  Narrowing of footpath by garage in order to have path opposite.  Rob thought this would probably cost too much to do, although he wasn’t sure what funding is available for the project.  Discussion on effect of bollards and hatching.  New road narrows sign at Portishead end of village (reduce speed now) and have hatching by 30mph signs or use kerbs, but concern about larger vehicles being able to get through.  Suggestion of offset chicane.  Strong visual narrowing of the road with stone steps.  Agreed not have priority system.  Suggestion of 40mph speed limit when approaching village.  Councillors liked the sign in Clapton in Gordano warning of 30mph ahead.  Noted that priority changes keep drivers alert in a Gloucester village.  It was not clear when the changes would be implemented. 

Rob Thomson advised that road markings should be refreshed after 3-4 years.  Bollards suggested outside The Tynings.  All agreed to have bollards and hatching by The Old Thatch.

Suggestion of white dragons teeth in hatching and/or cats eyes plus rumble strips at Clevedon end of village where there are no properties, but in the village.

It was agreed that the parish council were trying to achieve safe walking areas for pedestrians and reduce traffic speed.  Councillors to consider what to do in the middle of the village, but leave this due to uncertainty of budget. Suggestion of safety barrier similar to ones by schools.

Agreed Option 1 – bollards by The Tynings and rumble strips each end of village, also narrowing of road at 30mph signs at Portishead end of village.  Option 2 – protected walkway.  Option 3 – Permanent pavement.

Rob Thomson will return with more definite plans at the October meeting.  Councillors thanked him for his help and he then left the meeting.        

        

7. ROUTINE CORRESPONDENCE:

From North Somerset –– Nothing.

Barrow Gurney Clerk  - email asking if any parish councils have problems with fly posting. Agreed no problem in this area.

Portishead Town Council – Request asking if parish council interested in attending meeting regarding Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve and its maintenance.  Cllrs Mrs Chambers and Paul Harris advised they were interested and Clerk will respond yes.

 

8. SPEEDWATCH:  Speedwatches had been undertaken in the village and Cllr Squire advised that just before they were setting up the speed gun a recycling lorry went through the village at 40mph.  These lorries use the road frequently.   Suggestion of asking North Somerset Council to ask their contractor to remind drivers to slow down through the village.

Having received feedback from the police with Speedwatch figures, 10% of vehicles going through the village are speeding.  Weston in Gordano is one of 5 areas to get the police speed unit to come to the village.

Cllr Squires had received email from Police who are impressed with the signs saying how many drivers had been speeding through the village and asked to attend an event on 12th September to promote the signs.   These have now been copyrighted.  There are now 4 more Speedwatch volunteers.          

 

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                           3  Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                          Clevedon Road

Email: blackrockcfd@hotmail.com                                                      Portishead

                  Website: www.westoningordano.co.uk                                               BS20 8PN

 

     

9. GORDANO GREENWAY:  Nothing to report.

 

10.NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH:  There is still a co-ordinator vacancy.

 

11. RURAL BROADBAND;  Cllr Bennett to ascertain cost of having 4G in the village hall. 

 

12. ANY OTHER BUSINESS: 

There was concern about some low thumping noise when music played at the pub.

Cllr Bennett advised that Mrs Anne Chavasse has led the organisation of the summer fete for 20 years and is now standing down.  It was agreed by all that the parish council should recognise this.  Cllr Bennett to ascertain views of other organisations in the village.

Cllr Down advised that Avon Wildlife Trust will lead a walk round their property on 2nd October starting at 11 a.m. at The White Hart.   

 

Future PC meetings (all Thursdays): 2016 –

6th October, 3rd November, 1st December.

2017

5th January, 2nd February, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November and 7th December 

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.15p.m.ighways).High