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The present Civil Parish of Winscombe and Sandford is a combination of the ancient ecclesiastical Parish of Winscombe and areas surrounding the former hamlets of Barton, Oakridge, Sandford, Sidcot and Woodborough. The parish has a population of about 4500 and covers approximately six square miles of countryside on the western edge of Somerset's Mendip Hills.

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Planning Committee Agenda 20th October 2014
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Winscombe & Sandford Useful Information


Parish car parks - your views are very important!

The Parish Council has asked North Somerset Council (NSC) to register our two parish car parks as community assets. This means that if NSC decides to sell the car park land, we have six months to raise the money to buy the land ourselves. This will make the difference between having the chance to keep the land for parish car parks, or possibly losing the two areas to outside developers with ready cash.        

NSC has refused to register the car parks as community assets. We want to appeal against this as we think the car parks are important for local businesses and the whole parish.

We need to know as a matter of urgency whether, if the car parks were no longer available, this would affect your use of village services (i.e. shops etc).         

Please let us know your views in writing, by email or post to the Parish Office, as soon as possible but certainly by the end of September.


Road Closure – Greenhill Road A368 CARRIAGEWAY RE-SURFACING.

The above scheme is programmed to commence on site on Monday 11th August 2014 and is expected to take three weeks to complete. The hours of work will be 8pm – 6am (overnight), commencing each evening of Monday to Friday inclusive. Works will involve planing the carriageway surface 50mm deep and resurfacing with new bituminous material. Progress is dependant upon the weather and other factors. During the above Works, the Contractor (Balfour Beatty) will require access to the full carriageway width and length of the A368 between its junctions with Hill Road, Sandford and the A38 at Churchill. For safety and operational reasons, arrangements have been

made to close the A368 to through traffic between these extents during hours of work only. Diversion routes will be signed for through traffic (via the A38 and A371). It is expected to complete the Works in three work stages (1st A38/Hilliers Rd – 2nd Hilliers Rd/Greenhill Ln – 3rd Greenhill Ln/Hill Road).

Vehicle access to properties outside of the extents of a work stage will be from the relevant end of the road closure. Where works allow, access to properties within a work stage will be via the manned closure points at each stage’s extents, but this may not always be possible. Residents will be contacted by NSC in advance of the works giving details of how to contact the contractor for assistance. Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained at all times.Details of current and future road works can be found by visiting the NSC website at


….. and other planned road works in the parish.

Due to carriageway surfacing works, Hill Road will be closed from the A368 junction with Station Road to it’s junction with Quarry Road. This order will become operative on the 1st September 2014 and works are likely to take 3 NIGHTS in duration between the hours of 2000 - 0600.



Recycling food waste just got easier!

You can now use plastic bags to line your food waste caddy following a successful trial by North Somerset Council.

Previously, only newspaper or compostable bags could be used as liners, but the council wants to make it easier and cheaper for people to use the weekly kerbside food waste collection service. Following a successful trial on Thursday collections residents were interviewed and provided the following comments.

It’s more hygienic, cleaner, easier and with no added expense

A resident from Langport Road, Weston-super-Mare


Prevents leaking that contaminated the kitchen caddy when I used newspaper or compostable liners’

A resident from Clifton Mews, Weston-super-Mare


It costs £1.2m to treat and dispose of North Somerset’s food waste, and only half of the 14,500 tonnes of food waste generated by residents each year is recycled.  By composting your kitchen waste at home or using the kerbside collections scheme, you could help to drastically reduce that bill.


All food waste collected at the kerbside is sent to a new anaerobic digestion plant in Weston-super-Mare, that generates enough electricity to power up to 1,000 homes. For more information visit


Community Connect

Age UK Somerset can offer help and advice to older people or families and friends of older people. They offer several services including help to complete forms and benefit checks and have a befriending service that always need volunteers to help to ensure people are not lonely. Men’s cookery classes run in Winscombe so get in touch if you need help to get confident in the kitchen and they offer to run Ladies classes if there is enough interest. IT classes take place every week in Weston Library. 

Age UK Somerset provides the Community Connect service and have had a stand in Winscombe Market once a month for the last few years. July will be the last visit as they will be moving this to the Winscombe Doctors Surgery on the last Tuesday of every month. Janet Bedell will be there from 9.30 – 12.30 to answer your queries. If you would like information, support or can offer voluntary help then please phone Community Connect on  01275 888803.



Parish Council Office Opening Hours

From 5th March 2014, the office will be open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday although you may contact the Clerk outside these hours by telephone or appointment. The weekly Police Surgery will take place on a Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon


New opening hours for Winscombe Library

Visitors to Winscombe Library are to benefit from extended opening hours thanks to the support of volunteers. From April, the library will open every Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 5pm following a recent public consultation about opening hours.  Results of the survey, which saw 55% of respondents voice their support for this proposal, can be viewed online at  Due to lower usage, the library will also close at 6pm every Friday instead of 6.30pm. Changes take effect from 1 April, and the library will be open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 5pm; Fridays 10am to12.30pm and 1.30 to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering at their local library can contact 01934 426 657 or visit for more information about the opportunities available. To see the NSC press release please visit:


New Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at the Recreation Ground

The Parish Council, Winscombe Cricket, Football, Rugby and Tennis clubs & NSC Strawberry Line have all contributed to the cost of installing a PAD at the Recreation Ground for community use. The PAD has been installed to the front of the Cricket Clubhouse at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, clearly visible from the car park area. The defibrillator unit housed in the external green cabinet is built specifically for laypeople to use who may not have had any training.

It is intended that this unit, along with the PAD located outside Thatchers Cider Offices on Station Road Sandford will further safeguard those living, working and using recreational facilities in our parish against the risk that the Emergency Services may take more time to arrive than the precious few minutes you have to restart a heart after a Cardiac Arrest has occurred.



A calendar of Parish Council & Committee meetings in 2014 can be found by clicking on the following link:



Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found by clicking here:



Can we improve communication from the Parish Council to Shopkeepers and other business people?

If you would like to receive, via email, dates and agendas for any of the Parish Council meetings, or other information which may affect you, or be of use to you, please contact Lynne Rampton our Parish Clerk with your email address. Tel 01934 844257. 




Last updated 12th August 2014



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