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Environment Working Group - terms of reference link

This Committee considers issues relating to the following.

         Traffic calming, street works, rural waiting restrictions, public rights-of-way and the obstruction of footpaths, play areas, bus shelters, public seating, public conveniences, village orderlies, street naming and numbering, street lighting and floral decorations.

The following are issues considered by this Committee: 

            General purpose gangs: these consist of three to four workmen that carry out remedial work, taking on a task lasting a day. This may be drain/gully clearing, laying curb stones etc. Each parish has a GP gang for four days in a year! Winscombe and Sandford have one day in January, April, June, and September. Please send details of any remedial work that needs to be addressed in your area to the Parish Clerk.
         Pot holes: the parish council receives complaints on a daily basis on the disrepair of the roads. North Somerset Highways has not had the resources to carry out any road drainage /repairs for many months. In the new financial year, more funding has been allocated to target this problem.
           Drainage: Winscombe Hill has a drainage scheme planned but whether the funding is allocated to this remains to be seen. Please write to your district councillor for support.
           Gully emptying: this is done once a year by North Somerset. Certain designated routes are emptied biannually, as is Winscombe Hill. The Parish Council are constantly recommending that more frequent and thorough emptying is undertaken.
           Road gritting: North Somerset do not have a duty to grit the roads during extreme weather conditions. Recent policy recommends that F1 and F2 routes are gritted. F1 routes, major routes and A roads, are gritted in anticipation of bad weather, e.g.. A368 in Sandford. F2 routes (roads accessing and egressing villages) are gritted after bad weather, i.e. Sandford Road through Winscombe.

Chairman: Janet Corry

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