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



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

                        Rob Thomson, Streets & Open Spaces, North Somerset Council

                       3 Parishioners                

                       Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk


1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:  Jennifer Fawcett-Thorne, Parish Liaison Officer.  


2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of 2nd March 2017 meeting were agreed and signed off by Cllr Yates-Round. 



Clerk confirmed village hall booked for Parish Council meeting and Annual Assembly on Thursday 27th April (in place of 5th May).  Chairman asked for suggestions for Annual Assembly agenda.  Please note 7pm start for Parish Council meeting with Annual Assembly at 7.30 pm.



Bank balance:  £7910.92

Balance at this time last year £5937.63

Clerk’s monthly expenses: £3.00

Invoices:  SWALEC - electricity for Cadbury Lane lamp and phone box-   £invoice awaited

                  SSE Lighting maintenance                                                £11.90                               ALCA sub renewal                                                                       £53.97

Received parish council Government grant (this may be the last one) £58.91


Audit papers were agreed and signed, including Governance Statements.   Keith Gaubert is willing to act as internal auditor again.  All agreed. 

Councillors signed off three cheques.



17/P/0769/LDESprigg Farm, Clevedon Road – Certificate of Lawfulness for the existing use of building as a residential dwellinghouse.  NOTED

17/P/0718/WT – Moor View, Clevedon Road – T1 Leyland cypress – fell and replant, T2 Cherry Plum – fell and replant. NO OBJECTIONS



Chairman had been advised that owners of Plumtree Cottage next to the White Hart were removing cables from across their land and were concerned that one cable went to the ex-phone box.  It was believed that the electricity cable to the box went in from underground.

Chairman welcomed back Rob Thomson from North Somerset Council who had brought revised drawings of proposed changes to B3124.  There has been some progress on the project, despite him being heavily involved with Weston Super Mare.  The works programme (including Weston in Gordano works) for the year has been agreed at district council and £20,000 earmarked for the project.  Chairman thanked Rob for his work on this project.  





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



Rob Thomson advised Cllr Nigel Ashton has agreed the measures including a 20mph speed limit between White Hart pub and church.  Parish Councillors concerned that this should be extended to the edge of the Portishead end of the village, as this is where most of the vehicles are over the speed limit.  Also this would not help at the junction of Cadbury Lane and B3124, which has difficult access.   Rob advised that Government guidelines are for 20mph limit by strategic points.  Following question from Councillor, Rob said the 20mph limit could be enhanced by having features at each end and in the middle of the village.  Otherwise suggested revisions were - a footway with plastic bollards opposite the garage, make gateway a stronger impact.  Councillors emphasised the need for rumble strips at both ends of the village and on both sides of the road.  Suggestion of 20mph flashing signs by gateway at Portishead end of village to see what effect this would have on motorists.  Following discussion it was agreed that Councillors were happy with the revised plans and that these should go ahead.  However, they would like North Somerset Council to reconsider the 20mph limit section to be from the church to the Portishead gateway.  Chairman thanked Rob Thomson for coming to the meeting.                     


Weedkiller has been sprayed on the verges in village.



From North Somerset –– Amendment to Register of Electors - NOTED


Glasdon – Products leaflet - NOTED

National Association of Local Councils – re parish precepts and Government decision not to extend Council tax referendum principles to any size of parish or town council for the 2017/18 financial year.  NALC think this is only a deferral.  Government challenging councils to exercise restraint when increasing precepts.  NOTED

Avon Wildlife Trust – poster re Walton Common Nature Reserve Guided Walks. On NOTICEBOARD

Avon/Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner - Newsletter  - CIRCULATED


8. SPEEDWATCH:  More Speedwatches being undertaken now the evenings are getting lighter and the better weather.  


9. GORDANO GREENWAY:  Nothing to report.


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


11. RURAL BROADBAND:  There had been a TV programme advising that the Government would like to see 10mgb in each household across the country.  It was noted that there was fibre broadband in the White Hart.  There had been an item in the Parish Pump (Easter 2017) by a parishioner who is trying to get fibre broadband in the village.  There have been difficulties in this respect, but parishioners are continuing to lobby for this.  Chairman will send round any news from North Somerset Council on this.  He has already written to Ofcom.   Clerk asked to write to Keith Vaz about rural broadband.     








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


12. VILLAGE GREEN:  Chairman gave resume of the problems with parking on the Village Green, following advice received from Avon Local Councils Association.  Area deemed a village green in 1973 and put into the charge of the parish council to maintain and look after it.  Chairman read out letter sent to owners of Honeysuckle Cottage in 1997 by the then parish council, which gave permission for owners to park one car on Green with one in the garage (this was following two cars being parked on the Green), but with proviso that future Councillors may revoke this.  Councillors were alerted to a piece of legislation (can be viewed at Gov.uk)

which rules that it is illegal to park a vehicle on a Village Green.  Parish council uncertain about right of access.  Councillors were advised that there was no such garage when the village pump was being used, but it was thought it had been a very small cottage at one time.  There is no evidence of planning permission for the garage/cottage.  The garage is not at present used for car parking.  Other cars have been seen parked on the Green.  Councillors unsure how or when the hard standing was put down on the Green.  Following discussion Clerk to send letter to Mr and Mrs Morley at Honeysuckle Cottage advising of the law that it is illegal to park on a Village Green and this should be done with immediate effect.

It is hoped to put a planter, tree and maybe bench on the Green, whilst Mr Yeatman of the White Hart will be donating a planter by the ex-phone box.  Small piece of land on corner of B3124 and Church Close next to Duck Pond Barn will be put to flowers.     



Councillors asked to consider what form they would like the Annual Assembly to take on 27th April.

It was noted that Western Power had dumped paint in a hedge.

Parishioner Geoff Mitchell, owner of Cadbury Lane, said he had crossed out “leading to Weston Drove” on the Cadbury Lane sign, to try to avoid fly-tipping and he has highlighted the words “private lane”.  It was noted there had been some tipping in Valley Road.  Clerk advised a bed had been left at the back of her property on private land. North Somerset Council have been asked to remove it.

Cllrs noted that on Thursday there had been vehicles queueing both ways in Valley Road, waiting to access the Recycling Centre (including a large lorry).  This was because the Centre did not open until 11 a.m.   Clerk asked to query with North Somerset Council why there are different opening hours on different days.      


Future PC meetings (all Thursdays): –


27th April (7pm start with Annual Assembly at 7.30 p.m., 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 9.30p.m.ighways).High