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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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Public Consultation – proposed new housing development in Sandford

Plans to develop around 132 new homes on land to the north of the A368, Sandford will be on display at Sandford Village Hall on Thursday 15th January 2015 between 4pm and 7.30pm. A copy of the leaflet posted to Sandford residents by the developer can be seen here  and invites comments on a freepost form for those who are unable to attend the public exhibition.


Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at Winscombe Community Centre

The new PAD has been installed to the front of the Community Centre building on Sandford Road, by the main double doors and 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 PADs located outside Thatchers Cider Offices on Station Road Sandford and at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, off The Lynch in Winscombe 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


New Year changes to bus service A2 From Sunday 11 January 2015, the new A2 service will provide an hourly link to Bristol Airport from Weston-super-Mare and Nailsea. This service is the result of combining First commercial service 121 and council-supported A2, which is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Buses will run along the new route from approximately 5am to 10pm. The service will depart Weston Railway Station for Nailsea every hour, with stops in Banwell, Winscombe, Lower Langford, Wrington, at Bristol Airport, Backwell and Nailsea. On Sundays and Public Holidays, four return journeys will operate on the route. The service will also operate through the West Wick development en route to Banwell, creating new links for this community.

Two interchange points are available for passengers to change to a connecting service. From Backwell Crossroads, passengers can change from the A2 to services X1 (every 20mins) and X8 (every 30mins). Alternatively, the interchange and facilities at Bristol Airport are available for passengers wishing to transfer to the Airport Flyer (a separate ticket is required). People living in BS25, BS29, BS40, BS48 and BS49 can get a community concession card for 50 per cent off Airport Flyer tickets. Visit  and search for ‘concessionary scheme’. The new service A2 will not serve Winford and Felton. To mitigate this, NSC is funding a new commuter service 21 which will operate two return journeys to Bristol each day (Monday to Friday), departing Felton at 6.50am and 7.20am and returning from Bristol at 4.40pm and 6.40pm. Additional options for off-peak travel will be explored further in the coming weeks. The A2 will no longer serve Claverham but First W1 will serve all of Yatton instead, providing a new link to Bristol. Yatton will also lose First’s X5 service but the council has worked with Carmel Bristol to extend the service 88 into Yatton. This will ensure a connection to Clevedon and Portishead is maintained.

For more information on other bus service changes in the New Year visit


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.


Parish Council Office Opening Hours

The Parish Office will be closed over the Christmas period from 24th December – 2nd January inclusive. The office will re-open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday from Monday 5th January 2015. The weekly Police Surgery will also recommence in the New Year on a Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon. If you have any urgent business during this period, please contact the Chairman, Mike Williamson on 01934 843511.


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:

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 2015 calendar can be found here:


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 29th December 2014


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