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Changes of email address

Please note that we have changed our email address to winscombepc@btconnect.com 

Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Each year any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return. All books, deeds, contracts, bills etc relating to them are available for inspection. You can see a copy of the notice for the year ended 31st March 2017 by clicking here and a copy of the audit conclusion here
Parish Council Office Opening Hours.
The office is open to the public between 10 am and 12 noon each Monday and Thursday. Police Surgeries will also be held on a Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon at the same venue on 26th October as well as 16th & 23rd November 2017.

Parish Calendar.  
A calendar of Parish Council & Committee meetings in 2017 can be found if you:  Click Here

Minutes of Meetings.  
Approved minutes of Parish Council and Committee meetings can be found if you: 
Click Here

 Recent News


1.  Bristol Waterworks - the new pipeline passing through the Parish of Winscombe and Sandford.

Part 1- The Shute Shelve Tunnel, as noted below in Part 2, was due to close in December 2016 but this has been delayed as a result of bats, hibernating dormice and minor rock falls. The Tunnel will now be closed in mid-April.  Hopefully the work needed within will be completed by mid-July.

Part 2  - Bristol Water Works contractors Kier Ltd have started work on Shute Shelve Tunnel.  
These are:
Temporary Tunnel Lighting, required for Bat Mitigation.
Covering of alcoves, required for Cave Spider protection.
Covering of calcite formations in order to protect these during the construction phase.
Other times for the introduction of the new water main are shown in this table:

 Area Affected




 Strawberry Line
Cycle Tunnel
- Shute Shelve

 Diversion (now delayed as
described above)

 6 Dec.

 1 June

Banwell Road

Two way
Traffic Lights 

4 Aug.

1 Sept.

Woodborough Rd.

 Two way
Traffic Lights 

 15 Sept.

 12 Oct.

 Banwell Road

 Temp lay-
down Area



The diversion of the Strawberry Line will be in place before the main pipe laying work begins.

Part 3

More detailed pipeline plans.

The following five links give access to  five consecutive sections of the pipeline as it enters and leaves Winscombe - as provided  by Bristol Water and via North Somerset Council.
Normally the initial viewing of the maps is extremely small and will need to be expanded on the system you are using which, if a pc, will involve clicking both 'ctrl' and '+' several times. 

Click here for link 1
Click here for link 2
Click here for link 3
Click here for link 4
Click here for link 5 


2.  The Proposed Development in Sandford

Planning Inquiry
                                          (Ref APP/DO121/W/15/3139633)
Regarding the recent public Inquiry - the decision is as follows:
     The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for the erection of up to 118 no. dwellings including 35 no. affordable housing units (30%), along with the provision of informal public open space, car parking, sports pitch, vehicular access from the A368 and associated works at Land to the north of A368, Sandford, North Somerset BS25 5QB in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref 15/P/0583/O, dated 17 February 2015, subject to the conditions set out in the attached schedule.
Further details and the attached schedule may be found on the NSC website by clicking here.


3. Proposed Development at Broadleaze Farm
Further Information regarding proposals for the Broadleaze Farm Site
(19th January 2017)

The outline planning application for up to 80 homes is now registered on the NSC website. The North Somerset planning application number is 16/P/2795/O.
The Parish Council Planning Committee considered this application on 9th January, 2017 at Sidcot School Art Centre. The recommendation of the Committee to North Somerset Council was that the proposal should be rejected.


(1st  September 2016) 

The following is a link to the presentation made on 1st August 2016 to a public meeting of the parish council.  Click here to make the link.

In addition there is a link to the feedback form that can be used to send comments or questions to Mead Realisations Ltd - the company that made the presentation.  Click here to make the link
The following details, July 2016,  were supplied by the Planning agent for a development at Broadleaze Farm:
You will be aware that we are engaged to promote the scheme at the Broadleaze Farm site on land between Southcroft and the Strawberry Line.
We discussed the site with you in August last year and also sent out a leaflet drop to all Village residents. We know, from the subsequent high level of attendance at the Parish Council meeting to discuss the proposal, that many residents raised comments and concerns in relation to the proposal. We have reviewed these and have amended our plans accordingly. We have also undertaken further final seasonal ecological surveys at the site to complete our application.
        We are now at the stage where the application is ready for submission and we therefore seek your further comments and intend to attend the Parish Council meeting on 1st August in order for us to provide reassurance, further evidence and explain our proposal to meet any concerns raised.
We know that the Parish is currently developing a neighbourhood development plan and that there is a need for additional housing in the Village identified in that process. We look forward to working with you to deliver the much needed housing and affordable housing that will support the Village economy for the future.
Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us and in the meantime, we hope to see you at the Parish Council Planning Committee Meeting on the 1st August in order to provide further update and copies of plans for your consideration.

A presentation by Mead Realisations (10th August 2015).

A presentation by Mead Realisations took place on Monday 10th August 2015 to the Parish Council Planning Committee.

To see the presentation Click Here

At the presentation Mead Realisations made available a 'feedback form' for comments and questions.  To see this form Click Here.  You could copy, paste, complete and send this form as a hard copy to Mead Realisations via the parish office.  Otherwise you could email Mead Realisations your comments/questions directly at
                                          ' admin@sutherlandpls.com'.  


4. Bookstart Rhymetime at Winscombe Library

Bookstart Rhymetime is half-an-hour of songs, rhymes and music for very young children.  Little ones are invited to bring a parent or carer along to Winscombe Library to join in the fun.
Our experienced volunteers will make sure you have an enjoyable time singing and making lots of noise with our musical instruments.
Babies and children who experience the pleasure of hearing stories and rhymes have a flying start when it comes to learning to read by themselves.  Sessions include a mixture of songs rhymes, rhythm and movement and provide the opportunity to share games, novelty books and toys.
Bookstart Rhymetimes are held at Winscombe Library on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9.15am. (term time only).     

For further information contact Winscombe Library. 01934 426050 
or to email click here.


5. Future Housing in North Somerset

'North Somerset Council has expressed its extreme disappointment at the Government's decision not to back it on the number of new houses needed in the district.
Council Leader Cllr Nigel Ashton said the council was now facing the consequences of having to provide nearly 21,000  houses,  rather than the 14,000 it had originally proposed.  ------ We want to accelerate housing delivery in the right locations. However, this decision flies in the face of all that we have been trying to achieve and does nothing to protect our communities from speculative planning applications. ------ (all this) has a tremendous knock-on effect for roads, public  transport, jobs, schools and community facilities. We will, of course, continue to do all we can to mitigate the impact of speculative applications.

6. The Proposed Development at Woodborough Farm

Woodborough Farm Site  (December 2016)

Outline planning permission has been granted by North Somerset Council for the development at the Woodborough Farm site - as illustrated in the planning application and seen by clicking here.
This planning application can be viewed on the NSC website by clicking as above (15/P1979/O) or by visiting the Parish Office where a hard copy of the application is  held.  This copy  can be inspected during usual office open times, or otherwise by appointment outside these hours.

The community contributions and requirements under the S106 agreement  - as described above, provides for the following:

Libraries: Total contribution of £21,800 for contemporary paper and electronic books and related fixtures and fittings or technology to accommodate it, to be provided in Winscombe Library, at Woodborough Road.

Education: Total contribution of £1,114,818.
• A contribution of £267,940 to support the creation of new early years places within Winscombe as a contribution to new provision that could be sited at Winscombe Primary School (subject to necessary consents) or within the village.
• A contribution of £661,878 as a contribution towards the 4 classrooms and supporting accommodation required to expand Winscombe Primary School, without prejudice and may be subject to change following discussions with the school and other education providers.
• A contribution of £150,000 for 5 years of the provision of home to school transport for secondary school places at Churchill.
Youth Facilities:
• A contribution of £35,000 to improve Youth facilities in the village. Public Open Space/Public Rights Of Way: Total contribution of £15,200.
Strawberry Line
• Improvements to the Strawberry Line, which runs along the eastern site boundary by replacement parapets on Woodborough Rd bridge = £6,000 (subject to detailed survey & design). This is 20% of the total forecast cost.
Orchard and the Strawberry Line
• Improvements to community orchard between this site and the Strawberry Line = £1,200 for benches and £1,000 for tree planting.
• Resurfacing Strawberry Line (500m part) = £5,000.
Public Rights of Way and Facilities
• Improvements to PROW crossing the site = £2,000.
• Plus supervision fees.
• Plus 15sqm per dwelling on site informal open space. Potentially with a 15 year commuted sum.
Affordable housing:
• 30% on site tenure 82% social rented and 18% shared ownership.
Built sports & leisure. Total of £108,038
• On site equipped play area and commuted sum of £30,038 for 15 years maintenance;
• Off-site Playing pitches improvements = £30,000
• Off-site improvements to the Churchill Swimming pool changing facilities = £48,000.
Highways and Transport Total contribution of £41,000.
• Bus Stop improvements to include raised kerbs, hardstanding waiting areas and drop kerbs for access: £4,500
• New bus shelter: £5,500
• Real Time information at bus stops: £8,000
• Power connections for RTI:  £2,000
Travel Plan Incentives
• Delegated report 15/P/1979/O Page 16 of 16 Travel Plan incentives: £21,000.
Community Centre.
• Towards enlarging/refurbishing/rebuilding the Hall = £300,000.
Avon Fire Brigade
• £9,000 for the delivery & maintenance of fire hydrants.