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

                        1 Parishioner                

                       Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk


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


2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of 1st June 2017 meeting were agreed and signed off by Cllr Yates-Round.  Clerk thanked Gill Stringer for taking the minutes.


3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES AND ACTIONS :  Clerk had received reply from AMARC regarding the flying of model aircraft:  “Further to your latest email, I have discussed the situation with our committee members.  They concluded that the best approach, is that we invite any resident that has any concerns about our flying constraints, to visit the site and we can run through our governing body’s rules for flying at Gordano.  Please feel free to give them my number.

I have to say, we regularly get the local residents visit our site to walk their dogs, sit and have a cup of tea and chat about our hobby, and I cannot remember any negative comments.

In fact, most of them compliment us on the incredible amount of work that has gone into the site since 2006, turning a discussed landfill site into a “nice and safe place to visit”.  Furthermore, we now have a thriving junior membership and there are a number of vulnerable individuals from local Care Homes, that have an interest in our hobby.

However, we are very conscious of our neighbours in Weston-in-Gordano and the surrounding area and we are happy to work with the local community to ensure that we can co-exist together, whilst enjoying our hobby.  I also think that we can both get more involved in each other’s local activities.  Please feel free to invite us to your local events.  I will make sure that the local residents are invited to our events.”  It was agreed to invite the club to the Strawberry Tea on the next weekend.     

Chairman opened meeting to parishioner, who advised that there are several parishioners who have raised the issue of noisy aircraft.  It was agreed to monitor the noise levels.



Bank balance:  £10,519.08

Balance at this time last year £7431.63

Clerk’s monthly expenses: None

Invoices:  SWALEC - electricity for Cadbury Lane lamp and phone box-   £11.54

                  SSE Cadbury Lane lamp lighting maintenance                            £11.90                               Clerk’s part salary                                                                       £325.00

Three cheques were signed off.

Following Clerk attending White Hart Community Interest Group meeting prior to the Parish Council meeting, this group had now closed and it was decided the money deposited with the Parish Council in December 2016 (£250 less 2 x £70 parish council had paid for renewing the registration of the company over the past 2 years - £110) should be donated to the Village Hall Committee.  All agreed.

Councillor queried the large balance, but this was reserved for possible expenditure for road improvements.



Grant Consent for 17/P/08674/F – Kildan, Clevedon Road, - Two storey side extension and single storey rear extension. Conditions – Development to be begun within expiry of 3 years and with approved plans, building materials used for external walling and roofing to match those in existing building, garage shown on plans shall not be used except for parking of vehicles and not converted to living accommodation or used for any other purposes without written permission from Local Planning Authority.  - NOTED  

Owners of Moor View advised that they put in pre-planning application to North Somerset Council, but were refused before planning application had been lodged.  The email received referred to some items not relevant to the property and the owners are not sure where they stand.  Cllr Yates-Round has spoken to the Planning Department and District Cllr Nigel Ashton and there will be a site visit.    



Cllr Down had received a phone call from Avon Wildlife Trust regarding parking in the lane by the church.  A villager has complained about the parking. Some cars park regularly there, but some may be visitors to the church.   Cllr Down (tenant farmer in the valley) and Mr Lewis, owner of The Dairy, do not have any problems with this.  Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) has refused permission for parking in the lane for a children’s party in the orchard field and are concerned at the use of the field by villagers.    Chairman said the AWT should be reminded that following the death of local farmer and landowner, Basil Tyler, a lot of villagers were involved in raising money to help AWT purchase the fields. Councillors were also advised that AWT are asking owners of Moor View for £25,000 to buy the land used for parking by that house.  Cllr Down is due to meet up with AWT regarding his tenancy and other issues and there was concern that if he does not continue using the fields for cattle grazing the village could lose the use of the church field.   

Suggestion of putting on new Weston in Gordano name board “Please slow down and appreciate our village.”



From North Somerset ––  None


Clerks & Councils Direct – Newsletter - NOTED

Broxap – litter and recycling bins catalogue - NOTED


8. SPEEDWATCH:  More Speedwatches have been undertaken.  Following the night closure of the M5 there had been many lorries using the B3124 instead of the recommended diversion via A369 – the Highways Agency has been advised of this.  This had caused sleepless nights for some villagers living near the road.  Cllr Squires and others had noted the names of lorries using the road and letters had been sent to the CEOs of Waitrose, DS Smith, Gregory Group, Next, Samworth, Culina, Iceland and Morrisons citing their individual environmental statements. 

Replies had been received from the first six companies, apologising for the inconvenience and advising that their drivers will be told not to use the B3124.  Gregory Group advised they “have also added a geofence around the village with our truck tracking system, in order for us to be able to identify any driver who has contravened this instruction.”   Culina suggested the parish council ask for a weight restriction to stop HGV’s passing through the village and The Highways Agency to place a sign that warns drivers not to pass through the village for the immediate control, while work is carried out on the M5.  Cllr Squires was thanked for his work on producing the letters to the companies.  Cllr Yates-Round had contacted Rich Smith and Rob Thomson about a weight restriction on the road.   It may be the parish council will need to donate £200 to North Somerset Council for a consultation for a weight restriction.

Cllr Harris advised that because of cars stopping by Sprigg Farm, he has problems entering his drive, due to the newly installed kerb restricting the road width.  There was discussion on the speed of traffic through the village, especially as the road had recently been resurfaced.  


9. GORDANO GREENWAY:  Nothing to report.


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


11. RURAL BROADBAND:  Awaiting announcement of Phase 2 Contractor.


12. VILLAGE GREEN:  Following discussion, Clerk was asked to send a letter to Mr and Mrs Morley at Honeysuckle Cottage asking that they should stop parking their car on the Village Green by 1st August and refer them to the Parish Council’s letter dated 30th November 1996 to Mr Broadway, of which it is believed they have a copy, where the final paragraph says “It should of course be noted that this is the view of the present Council and cannot be taken as a commitment for future Councils.”  



Cllr Giles advised he had had a meeting with the Rev. Noel Hector about the church being more involved with the village.   Cllr Giles invited him to a parish council meeting.   Clerk was asked to write to Rev Hector inviting him to a meeting.

Cllr Bennett said Graham Pritchard had paid for the annual renewal for the WiG PC website and asked for reimbursement.  Clerk asked for invoice in order to pay this.

On Monday 3rd July, there was a queue of cars outside the Recycling Centre in Valley Road at 8.15 a.m.  On investigation Cllr Down ascertained that there was only one key holder who had gone to the dentist and therefore the centre did not open until 8.45 a.m.  Following discussion, it was suggested there should be two key holders or have a coded lock.  Suggestion of opening at 7.45 a.m. when there is not much traffic.  Clerk asked to write to the Liaison Officer copying in District Councillor Nigel Ashton about this.           


Future PC meetings (all Thursdays): –


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