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Survey about Village Development

We are holding a survey of Backwell resident's views on possible future development. This is in August (despite the holiday month) because North Somerset Council are seeking feedback on an initial document relating to a future Local Plan in early September. Please find: 1. Our survey - this can be completed and submitted either online or by paper. For online please click here or scan the below QR code: A paper version can be downloaded and then printed. 2. We are offering a background document relating to Local Plans written by Lucy White Planning Ltd. 3. A link to the NSC process is here and their on line survey here.    

Survey about Village Development2020-08-07T16:23:04+00:00

Speed limit 20mph

6 August 2020: Further to the text and proposals below (which were published in April 2020), the four formal North Somerset Council documents can be viewed from the links below (from 6 August 2020): 1. Notice of Intent 2. Statement of Reasons 3. Draft Order 4. Map / Plan   Text below from April 2020: Background: Following the implementation of the 20mph speed limit on Station Road, the discrepancy between that and the 30mph limits on the smaller surrounding roads has been highlighted by many residents. Also the resulting use of the smaller roads as “rat-runs” has been disliked, with Backwell Parish Council being asked to try to help. There is initial evidence that the reduced speed on Station Road may have reduced injuries and risk to all road users (including students walking to the senior school) however, it is also true that the traffic calming measures (“humps”) are disliked [...]

Speed limit 20mph2020-08-05T11:13:24+00:00


Below are contact details specifically for Backwell and we intend to try to keep this information up to date as things change. At present the recommendation is that (as well as washing your hands with soap frequently and carefully) if you have a raised temperature (37.8 C) and / or a new cough you should self-isolate for a 7 days. If you or a neighbour in Backwell might benefit from non-medical help, please see the below:   BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL - COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PROGRAMME Some people in Backwell will feel alone during this time of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) whether this be due to self-isolation (precautionary or mandated) or because they fall into one of the higher-risk categories (https://www.backwell-pc.gov.uk/coronavirus-information/). Those people may benefit from some friendly regular contact or need some simple help (outside that of a medical nature), and Backwell Parish Council would like to help during this time. [...]

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION2020-04-18T20:26:48+00:00

Rodney Road / Scout Hut area development

This is a statement of our initial understanding as on 22 October 2019 of a development proposal for an area near the Backwell Scout Hut accessed from Rodney Road follows and here:   22 October 2019: Statement for Residents on possible Taylor Wimpey Planning Application for land near the Backwell Scout Hut We have been seeking information about a potential planning application in relation to land immediately to the West of the Backwell Scout Hut. To date we have been able to clarify with Taylor Wimpey that: They are consulting and investigating the possibility of applying for approximately 60 houses on this site, accessed from Rodney Road. They have told Backwell Parish Council that they will be holding a public consultation / presentation during the afternoon and into the evening of Thursday 21 November 2019 in the Parish Hall. No planning application has been made and will not be submitted [...]

Rodney Road / Scout Hut area development2019-10-23T09:13:52+00:00

Backwell Village Show 21 Sept 2019

On Saturday 21 September 2019 the village show will be held in Backwell Parish Hall. Timetable of Events 8:30 am – 10:00 am Exhibitor staging of floral entries 8:30 am – 10:20 am Exhibitor staging of other entries 10:30 am Judging 2:00 pm Show open to the public (free entry) 2.15 pm – 4.00pm Children’s activities in the W.I. Hall 3.00 pm – 4.00pm Collection of cash prizes (W.I. Hall stage) 4:00 pm Presentation of awards (W.I. Hall) 4:15 pm Raffle (W.I. Hall) 4.15 pm – 4.30 pm Exhibitors remove entries 4:30 pm Sale of donated entries (W.I. Hall)   The full Show schedule pdf can be viewed at www.backwellvillageshow.co.uk and there are still a few printed copies available from the Post Office. Classes  for all ages and across a wide range of skills from horticulture to photography,  lego-building to cross-stitch. Free to enter but we MUST have the entry form [...]

Backwell Village Show 21 Sept 20192019-09-16T07:04:17+00:00

Full Council 7 March 2019

0. Summons 0.1 Agenda 3.0 minutes from 7 February 2019 6.0 Questions from Cllr James Cousins 7.0 Planning Minutes 21 February 2019 8.0 Clerks Report 9.0 Police Report for Backwell February 2019 12.0 Statement of Risk Assessment and Management 13.0 Bristol Airport Minutes 30 January 2019 13.0 Bristol Airport Service Quality Report 14.0 Joint Local Transport Plan 4 18b Highway Working Party Report 21 February 2019 18d Rights of Way Working Party update 18e Office Working Party Report 19a Receipts and Payments 7 March 2019 7th March 2019 Minutes

Full Council 7 March 20192019-04-05T07:50:04+00:00

Backwell Lake

We have a lovely lake between Backwell and Nailsea which can be walked around with exciting wildlife including birds, wildflowers and dragonflies. Backwell Lake is managed by Wessex Water. Photograph

Backwell Lake2019-02-09T14:19:59+00:00