Mrs C Dixon 3
Black Rock Villas
Tel: Portishead (01275)
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL VILLAGE ASSEMBLY HELD ON THURSDAY 3rd MAY
2018 AT 8p.m. IN THE VILLAGE HALL
PRESENT: Cllrs. Mrs S Chambers, D
Down, D Giles, P Harris, M Squire and P Yates-Round (Chairman)
District Councillor Nigel Ashton
PCC Avon & Somerset Police
Parish Liaison Officer, North Somerset Council
Mike Yeatman, White
Hart public house and Venga, Portishead
Mrs C Dixon, Parish Clerk
refreshments, Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially District Cllr
Nigel Ashton, Sue Mountstevens, Hayley Verrico, and Mike Yeatman.
1. APOLOGIES: Cllr J Bennett, Stu Redway.
2. MINUTES OF 2017 ANNUAL
ASSEMBLY – Following
the Minutes having been distributed at the meeting, all agreed that they be
3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – Cllr Yates-Round advised
that the new traffic calming measures introduced in the village (20mph speed
limit and planters in road) are a success.
Further planters to be placed round the village. He thanked Cllr Nigel Ashton and the Highways
Department for implementing the road calming measures.
He thanked Cllr Squire for supplying the new history
noticeboard on the village green.
Various local groups are successful in the village.
Gigaclear now taking over rolling
out Broadband in the area and hoping Weston in Gordano will soon be on faster
Cllr Yates-Round thanked the parish councillors and
the Clerk for their hard work during the year and Gill Stringer and Alma Youde for providing the refreshments.
4. QUESTION TIME Chairman introduced District
Cllr Nigel Ashton, Sue Mountstevens, Hayleigh Verrico and Mike Yeatman.
Some questions had previously
been put forward for the panel:
There was some
concern about the possibility of a planning application to build 125 houses at
North Weston and if approved this could set a precedent for the Gordano Valley.
Nigel Ashton advised
that he would not support such an application as he wants to see the Gordano
Valley stay in Green Belt. However,
there is a continuous programme of growth in housing. He was concerned at the number of houses
which must be built in North Somerset, set by the Government and sites have to
be found, even if only for a few dwellings.
If a developer starts building a few houses on a site there are no
services. Developers can take too long building and if numbers not built, then
outstanding figures can be added on to next housing development. There is limited land to be built on. If suggested housing of 4,500 built at
Ashton, this could be of benefit to Bristol, but not North Somerset. Concern about building new houses – do we
need them? Parishioner asked about suggestion
that Government introduce legislation to tax builders on land where houses
should have been built. Nigel Ashton
said that this is gathering momentum and could be a possibility.
advised that due to reduction in staff at Trinity Road Police Station part of
the site could be used for housing. Suggestion by parishioner of using
redundant churches or land attached to large houses.
Suggestion of having
smaller developments of houses in villages that would not damage the
Cllr Yates-Round said
that parish council is working hard with home owners to make modifications to
existing houses in the village, but there has been a struggle with planning
proposals and North Somerset Council over this.
He was concerned to keep the Green Belt.
Cllr Nigel Ashton said
a letter will be going out to Parish Councils asking if there is anything they
want to do in the village to enhance it and not destroy it.
Following on from this,
parishioner queried why Wyndham Way is being widened. This is to make it easier for traffic coming
off the M5 get into the centre of Portishead.
Parishioner asked why police
are having to use valuable resources across a broad spectrum of minority
problems. Sue Mountstevens
has to allocate police funding and is concerned about cyber
crime, which is becoming more prolific.
Chairman suggested that perhaps a policeman could come to one of the
parish council meetings to advise on how to stay safe. Most festivals and football matches are now
mostly self- policed. However, St Pauls
Carnival cost £250,000 to police.
said to put things into perspective she had ascertained that the crime figures
for the village were 2 in 2016 and 6 in 2017.
There was concern about the use of social media, with no regulated areas
of some media and the breakdown of society.
Chairman was concerned that
there had been some adverse comments made in the media by non-residents of the
village concerning the traffic calming measures. Mike Yeatman said
he was concerned about adverse comments about the White Hart and the calming
measure and the power of influence by outsiders.
said she was pleased to see that people are still coming forward to be
councillors or be volunteers, although there was some concern about people
withdrawing from organisations. She
said social media is important when there are problems on the M5. She was also concerned that if police force
is reduced even more, then this could create more problems – 8,000 people go
missing a year and the police have to investigate individual cases. 20mph speed limit is policed.
How can authorities police fly-tipping? Suggestion of on-the-spot fines for offenders to
help police. Cllr Ashton said that if
cameras are installed where there is fly-tipping, a notice has to be put up to
say cameras in place. Concern about
fly-tipping by people from Bristol or Somerset.
Suggestion of fining companies if their logo is found on the rubbish. Who will police for litter when fines
increased? Parishioner asked who
decides the penalty for fly-tipping.
Cllr Ashton advised that if taken to court the judge decides the penalty
and if it’s a business, the charge is a percentage of income of that business.
If businesses fined, then they would stop using their name on packaging. Suggestion that it should be the
responsibility of the business to warn customers to dispose of their litter
Obesity – is there enough funding made available for
exercise plans as there is concern about obesity in children? It was
suggested that there should be better parenting and more responsibility. Hayley Verrico said
there is enormous cost to social care.
There should be education on food and more exercise. Cllr Yates-Round said the promotion of the
Gordano Greenway could help in this regard.
FROM THE AUDIENCE ON ANY RELEVANT SUBJECT:
there was still a problem with the noise of aircraft from the Avon Model Aero
Club (AMARC) site. Some parishioners agreed with this. He had raised the problem with the secretary
of the organisation, but could not get a response. Apparently this is a national problem and
affecting birds. The planning application has no time limit for it to carry
on. It has only been in the last 3-5
years there has been a problem and could be because site has been improved
(importation of top soil to level off flying area). North Somerset Council have
provided forms for complaints and parishioner advised he can give copies of
these to anyone who wants them.
Parishioner had made a recording of when there is a noise issue. Organisation can fly between 10 am and 9
pm. Cllr Ashton suggested a meeting with
the club on site. Parishioner said the
club is covered by the Civil Aviation Authority and is asking them to look into
thanked everyone for attending especially the members of the panel.
There being no further
matters, the meeting closed at 9.45 pm.