Winscombe & Sandford Useful Information
Changes to Bus Services 121 and A2 from 11th January 2015
The 121 service is currently operated commercially by First, whilst the A2 service is supported by North Somerset Council using the DfT's Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Changes have been brought forward in order to safeguard the long term future for the core of these two routes.
From 11th January, these two services will be combined into one new service. Route and timetable details will be made available to passengers in due course.
For information, the main changes are summarised by North Somerset Council below:
Passengers that currently use the 121 to travel into Bristol city centre will need to change buses at either Bristol Airport (A1 flyer service) or Backwell (X1 or X8 services) for continuing journeys.
Councillor Casual Vacancy
Notice is hereby given that by reason of the resignation of Steve Bridges, a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council.
Any person wishing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing before the 12th January 2015 providing a little information about themselves and why they would like to be considered for the role of Parish Councillor.
An applicant's name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding January 2015 resided in or within three miles of the parish or, the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding January 2015 is in the parish. The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor. PUBLIC elections are due to be held in May 2015 but for the interim period, election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Parish Councillors.
Parish car parks – successful appeal
The Parish Council previously advised we would like to register our two NSC owned car parks as assets of community value and we asked you to tell us why these car parks were so important to you. Thank-you to all those of you that took the time to write to or email us – we received around 100 responses from you in addition to those of you that took part in a survey with some of our Councillors. After sending a letter of appeal to North Somerset Council asking that they review their decision, we have been advised this appeal has been successful and that the car parks are now to be recorded for the next five years as Assets of Community Value.
Woodborough Farm Site
Representatives from GVA, planning agents for the Woodborough Farm site attended the Parish Council Planning Committee meeting on 17th November to share their initial concept plan for the site and to advise of a public consultation which will take place early January 2015 prior to an outline planning application being submitted to North Somerset Council. You can view slides from their presentation by clicking on the following link:
….. and planned road works in the parish.
Due to works to install an optic fibre network, notification has been received of the intent to temporarily close to vehicles Barton Road from 18th December 2014 for a period likely to be 12 weeks and also The Lynch from the same date for a period of around 8 weeks.
Have your say about GP Services!
Patients in North Somerset are being encouraged to share their experiences of North Somerset GP surgeries with Healthwatch North Somerset.
Healthwatch North Somerset the independent consumer champion of health and social care in North Somerset, has launched a survey to find out what local people think about their GP practice.
Eileen Jacques, Chief Officer said: “This survey will give local people the opportunity to have their say about their own experiences of local GP surgeries. The results of the survey will highlight where there is good practice and where there is room for improvement”.
The findings from the survey will form part of a report with recommendations which will be shared with North Somerset GP practices, NHS England, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the public. Healthwatch North Somerset hope the report will show how North Somerset GP’s can all provide high quality services that meet the needs of the people of North Somerset.
Parish Council Office Opening Hours
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 www.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult. 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 www.n-somerset.gov.uk/volunteering for more information about the opportunities available. To see the NSC press release please visit: http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/News/Pages/Winscombe-Library-opening-hours-to-change.aspx
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: http://www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk/documents/calendar%202014.pdf
…and 2015 calendar
Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found by clicking here: http://www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk/wpcdocuments.php
Can we improve communication from the Parish Council to Shopkeepers and other business people?
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Last updated 5th December 2014
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