Welcome to the Flax Bourton Parish Council Website
The Parish Council
The village is made up of about 270 household and 540 electors. The precept (part of the council tax) is £22,000 for the coming financial year 2014/2015.
What we do
The Parish Council performs a number of functions under various statutes but representing residents on various local issues, developments and aspirations is the most important role for the Council.
Are you interested in becoming a Councillor? The Parish Council has one vacancy to fill by co-option.
If you would like to apply please email a short statement to Lorna Dukes, Clerk to the Parish Council (firstname.lastname@example.org), setting out why you are interested in the role and any particular experience or perspective you would bring.
For further information, contact the Clerk, Lorna Dukes, on 0776 3031435 / email@example.com, or Councillor Jane Moss on 0774 0927783 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Council Involvement
The Parish Council is actively involved in a wide range of activities that have a direct impact on the lives of the people of Flax Bourton. In recent years these have included:
- The Village Hall, managed by the Council since 2006;
- Working on the Stancombe Quarry liaison group;
- Planning application monitoring - including the former MOD fuel dump site;
- Making appropriate representations regarding the development of the area and the Parish Plan;
- Assessing impact of the Localism Bill 2011 and potential benefit of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan;
- Working with the local parish primary school;
- Supporting our local youth group.
- Supporting residents with matched funding for additional playground facilities.
- Addition of two defibrillators
You can find out more about all these and our other activities on this website.
Don't forget changes to the garden waste service means you need to register for a bin before the new service comes into operation on 1th March 2017. Register before 18th December to qualify for the reduced charge in the fee for the service.
Full information about the changes here.
PRIMARY SCHOOL EXPANSION
A consultation has been held regarding the proposed expansion of Flax Bourton C of E Primary School to a 210 place primary school. The Summary results of the consultation are now available on the N.Somerset website.
An information sharing event is being held at the school on Wednesday 7 December 2016:
2.30pm for parents
6.30pm for neighbours and other stakeholders
Further details about the sessions can be read here.
A370 ROAD WORKS
Complete overnight closure of the A370 may be implemented anytime from 31st October for a period of 18 months. The closures will only be applied to work requiring five nights or more, and diversions will be in place. The work will be in phases - Phase 1 affects the section between the Yatton Junction and Brockley Combe and Phase 2 Brockley Combe to Backwell. Full details here.
Temporary car parking sites for Bristol airport customers have become particularly problematic in the Green Belt since 2002. North Somerset Council are proposing to make an Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights granted by Schedule 2, Part 4, Class B of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development ) Order 2015. If the Article 4 Direction is confirmed it will remove automatic 'permitted development' rights for the storage, parking, cleaning, maintenance or repair of any motor vehicle of any description, provided such a use is not in association with the existing lawful use of the land. The Direction would also remove automatic 'permitted development' rights to provide moveable structures for the purposes of the controlled use.
The site notice is available to view here. Any representations concerning the direction can be made online at http://consult-ldf.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult.ti, by post to North Somerset Council, Post Point 15, Town Hall, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1UJ, or via email email@example.com between 1 November 2016 and 30 November 2016.
HELP BREAK A WORLD RECORD FOR CYCLING SANTAS!
The current record of 300 cycling Santas is held by Rome - a Santa Family Cycle Fun Run on Sunday 18th December is aiming to break that. More details here, and you can register for the FREE event here.
TESCO 'BAGS OF HELP' GRANTS
Bags of Help is Tesco's local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
More information, including an eligibility quiz can be found here.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE NORTH SOMERSET
Information about local drop-in sessions on emergencies and community resilience.
A370 DRAINAGE UPDATE
Find the latest report here.
KEEPING PATHS CLEAR
The Parish Council would like to remind home owners about the importance of ensuring any hedges or trees on your property do not impede the use of the public highway / footpaths. It is the homeowner's responsibility to keep all hedges, bushes and trees trimmed back so the highway remains clear for pedestrians, wheelchair users, and pushchairs. Please do take a minute to check that yours are all cut back appropriately.
North Somerset Council has announced a progress updated on superfast broadband for Devon and Somerset. For details, please click here.