WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

Clerk:

Mrs C Dixon                                                                                                   3 Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                                      Clevedon Road

                                                                                                                        Portishead

                                                                                                                        BS20 8PN

 

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL VILLAGE ASSEMBLY HELD ON THURSDAY 27th APRIL 2017 AT 7.30p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL

 

PRESENT:    Cllrs. J Bennett, D Down, D Giles, P Harris, M Squire and P Yates-Round (Chairman)

                        District Councillor Nigel Ashton

                        James Aldred, Wildlife Cameraman & Community Tree Warden      

                        Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk

                        20 parishioners

 

Following refreshments, Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially District Cllr Nigel Ashton.

 

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

 

2. MINUTES OF 2016 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY – Following the Minutes having been distributed at the meeting, all agreed that they be signed off. 

 

3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – Cllr Yates-Round said the parish council had been working with North Somerset Council, Highways in a bid to slow down traffic on the B3124 through the village.  Cllr Giles had been instrumental in arranging meetings with Rob Thomson from Highways and thanked Rob for all his hard work on this.  Cllr Giles gave details of the planned proposals – at the Portishead end of the village there will be a series of rumble strips leading into the village and narrowing of the road at the gateway (although must be able to get a gritting lorry through), there will be a small pavement opposite the garage outside Oakapple and 1-3 The Tynings.  The parish council had put cones outside these properties, but they were just knocked over.  The narrows by the Old Barn will be enforced with “dragons’ teeth” – teeth-shaped paint with points facing into the road making the road look narrower.  There will be rumble strips at the Clevedon end of the village. Rob Thomson had suggested a 20mph limit between the church and the White Hart.  However, the parish councillors would like to see this continue to the gateway at Portishead end of village, as motorists tend to increase their speed once passed the White Hart.  Parishioner advised that vehicles also gather speed at Clevedon end of village.  Following a show of hands, most of those present would like to see 20mph speed limit through the whole of the village.  Cllr Ashton said the village was one of a few where 20mph speed limit zones were being trialled.  Cllr Ashton had signed off the planning proposals and suggested the 20mph speed limit zone be installed between the church and White Hart, which could be reviewed. 

 

Parish Councillor advised that lorries had been using the B3124 over certain nights when the M5 was closed for repairs.  He had contacted the Highways Agency and had received a complaint reference, but since then the M5 has been open one lane only.    Parishioners were advised to contact the highways Agency if they had any problems with lorries coming through the village (tel. no. 0300 123 5000).  Parishioner suggested weight limit on the road, but this may not be possible.  Articulated lorries would not be able to turn round between Portishead and Clevedon on the B3124.   There was concern at the long term damage to the road.  Drain covers are already collapsing.   Parishioner concerned at more road signs in the village due to 20mph speed limit.  Parishioner asked for pavement in the narrows by Steppe Cottage.  Lorry and bus cannot pass at Clevedon end of village, which is not helped by a hedge jutting out into the road.  It was noted that cars parked on the road over the weekend had slowed down traffic.  Suggestion of reducing width of road at Clevedon end of village, but Highways had already said that this could lead to congestion in the middle of

 

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

Clerk:

Mrs C Dixon                                                                                                   3 Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                                      Clevedon Road

                                                                                                                        Portishead

                                                                                                                        BS20 8PN

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the village.   Parishioners said traffic is ignoring the hatched areas and concern about lack of pavement in the village.  There was discussion on where use of hatched lines are in force.

 

Speedwatch   Cllr Squire, who runs the initiative, said 4 sessions have taken place in April.  1 car noted travelling at 39 mph was a local parishioner.  9% of vehicles are exceeding 35mph.  Average speed is 41.5mph, top speed 55mph.  Discreet monitoring had taken place on Bank Holiday Monday 5-5.30pm – 67 cars travelling under 30ph, 20 were going 30-35mph and 7 were going 35-40mph.  70% were on the speed limit, 21% 30-35mph and 8% over the 35mph.  On the Sunday following the Bank Holiday 28% were over 30mph.  Early mornings and evenings there is less traffic, but more drivers are over the speed limit.  Chairman thanked Cllr Squire for his work on Speedwatch and asked for more volunteers to help.  It’s purpose is to make drivers slow down.  Suggestion of having signs advising of “concealed driveways” in village.   Chairman asked Cllr Ashton for his help on this.    

 

4. QUESTION TIME Chairman welcomed new residents.  Suggestion of coming together as a community to take projects forward, ie with the general upkeep of the village.   In order to get traffic to slow down in the village, several areas are being revamped, the village green is to have flower troughs and a bench, the area by the telephone box with defibrillator will have new planters.  The corner of Church Close and B3124 by Duck Pond Barn is being planted following building works.  The parish council will invest in revamping the gateway at Portishead end of village and install new gateway at end of village towards Clevedon.  When road improvements are made the village name signs will be changed to include “please drive carefully through this village”.  Volunteers were sought to help with the roadside improvements.

 

Gordano Greenway This project still needs plans drawn up to put forward to the various organisations. Parishioner advised that there had been a cycling road race which had caused problems as there were no marshals. 

 

Broadband There had been an article in the Parish Pump about the problems incurred trying to get Broadband in the village.  However, there is progress being made now with Connecting Devon and Somerset.  Parishioners, David Quas and Mike Checkley had now ascertained that BT had reviewed the areas they were supplying and opened it up for public funding.  The discount voucher scheme is being reintroduced.  There is possibly a meeting in June with the new provider to see whether the village will be included.   Parishioner advised that there is broadband in the road.  

 

Chairman said the village was fortunate to have an active social committee who are organising new events.  He pledged the parish council would represent the community and asked for volunteers to get involved.

Chairman thanked Cllr Nigel Ashton and villagers for attending.

 

5. QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE ON ANY RELEVANT SUBJECT              

Parishioner said he was disappointed at the amount of rubbish in the hedgerows.   There was discussion on

the recycling site amended opening times – closed on Tuesday and not opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Backwell site closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.   There was concern at the increase in fly-tipping nearby

when site closed on Tuesdays as cars still arriving to dispose of waste.  Concern at queueing cars on Thursdays waiting for 10 a.m. – last week 6 cars queueing at the gate with 4 cars on the road and a recycling lorry waiting to get in.  Parishioner asked how much cost is being saved by opening two hours later.  Bins in

 

WESTON-IN-GORDANO

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Clerk:  Mrs C Dixon                                                                                                        3  Black Rock Villas

Tel: Portishead (01275) 849200                                                                                         Clevedon Road

                                                                                                                                    Portishead

                                                                                                                                    BS20 8PN

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL VILLAGE ASSEMBLY HELD ON THURSDAY 27th APRIL 2017 AT 7.30 p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL

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the site are now overflowing.  Following parishioner asking for the site to be closed on Bank Holidays, Cllr Ashton replied that when the survey was done about opening times, respondees asked for opening on Bank  

Holidays.  Concern at fly-tipping – fines have been increased for this, but it is catching the offenders. Fines imposed are by Magistrates not Council.  Suggestion of CCTV cameras to be used.   This has been tried but the cameras were stolen.   Parish Council will continue to monitor this.   Parishioner concerned at rubbish falling off the trucks.  Police can prosecute if lorries have waste falling off.  Following parishioner asking if a camera is not obvious, can the photographs that are taken be admissible in court, he was advised yes.

There was concern at charges for certain kinds of services at the recycling site.   Employee is needed to go through the waste being taken into the site.     

Parishioner asked for more use of database and website for advertising parish council meetings,

 

Noise from Model Aircraft Club Site.  Parishioner advised that he is still having problems with noise pollution from the site, especially concerning one particular model aircraft.   He had been in contact with the club, but with no satisfactory outcome and asked if the parish council could write and make representations about this.  Chairman agreed that the parish council will write to the Club about this.   A further 6 people at the meeting had problems with the noise pollution.  There was concern about the amount of days the site is used by the Club.

 

Chairman concluded that the White Hart now operating again is an asset to the village and Mr Yeatman has been helpful as regards parking.

 

Parishioner asked for the reinstatement of a map of the village for the noticeboard, which helps delivery drivers find properties.   Agreed. 

 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm