Final Notice – Church Lane, Backwell T18-28

Final Notice of Temporary Traffic Regulation Order 2018
Church Lane, Backwell, North Somerset
Temporary Prohibition of Use by Vehicles Order 2018
Date coming Into Force: 29th May 2018
Notice is hereby given that North Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic
Regulation Act 1984, as amended, have made an order the effect of which will be to close, temporarily, to vehicles the
lengths of roads specified in the Schedule to this Notice.
Exemptions are included for emergency services, works access and when works permit for premises which may only
be accessed via the closed section of road.
This order was required because of the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon work by Bristol Water to
provide a new water supply. This will become operative on the 29th May 2018 for a maximum period of eighteen
months. However, the closures may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only as necessitated by the
works which is anticipated to be of 3 days in duration. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed when the measures
are in force.
For further information relating to this notice go to
Church Lane (part unaffected), Farleigh Road (A370), Dark Lane, Church Lane (part unaffected).
Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Town Hall
BS23 1UJ
01934 888802
Ref: T18-28
Church Lane– from property No 32 to property Farleigh Combe Manor.
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Update on Parish Council activities May 2018

The Parish Council meeting on 3rd May started with the co-option of a new councillor, Dorothy Baker, usually known as Dot. She was warmly welcomed onto the Council, and we hope her time on the Council will be happy and productive.

The Council’s fight to demonstrate that the Joint Spatial Plan is not fit for purpose – this contains the proposal that 700 houses are built up at Grove Farm- continues. An ecologist has been consulted, as well as a highways expert and a transport consultant. MP Liam Fox has written a letter in support of the Council’s position, as well as that of, surrounding parishes which is a positive step. However, there is no doubt that challenging the JSP will cost a great deal of money, and the funding assistance offered by the Backwell Resident’s Association and hopefully Backwell Resistance, will be well used.

Concerns about the expansion of Bristol Airport were raised by a member of the public, who set out very clearly all the potential and actual problems that will arise if the Airport get permission to go ahead with its plans. Everyone was very worried about what this will mean to the residents who live up at Downside, both now and in the future. There were comments that illegal parking sites for the airport might spring up and cause problems as has happened in the past. Cllr Steve Mitchell, who attends Airport meetings on behalf of the Council as well as being the lead on highways matters, promised to keep a close eye on what was proposed, and report back to the Council. There will be a consultation period between 14th May and 6th July and the Council hopes that everyone will have their say.

Councillors had been invited to go to a workshop on bullying at Backwell Junior School in June. This is something that the Council feels is very important for the welfare of Backwell youngsters, particularly since the increase of such problems on social media, and several councillors hope to attend to give the workshop their support.

The new Backwell Parish Council website is now live! It can be visited at and the new layout is far clearer than before.

The Annual Audit of the Council’s governance and finances has been completed, and yet again the Auditor gave the Council a clean bill of health. Much appreciation was shown to the Clerk, Jane Stone, for keeping all the administration in order.

The Council was delighted to hear that the top part of Farleigh Fields had been designated a ‘Local Green Space’ by North Somerset Council. This gives it some protection when it comes to planning matters. However, if Backwell wants to keep it, residents must use it regularly, so people are asked to get out there, have fun, walk the dog and generally enjoy the fields.

A letter had been received from a concerned resident about Station Road and the foliage which hangs over and encroaches on to the pavements, reducing their width and getting in the way of pedestrians walking up and down the road. Cllr Taylor explained that the Council had no power to cut the hedges back, and had spoken to the owners of the bushes to try to get them to co-operate, with a mixed response. He is meeting with North Somerset Council’s Streets and Open Spaces Officer for Backwell in 3-4 weeks time.

As part of the Council’s efforts to make Station Road as safe as possible for everyone who uses it, they are looking into the accessibility of the bus stop by Waverley Road. There may not be much that can be done about its location, but the Council will ask the Integrated Transport Team to take a look. Also, there is the possibility of Station Road and surrounding roads having a 20mph speed limit introduced, but if this is found to be a helpful approach to the issues around that area, there would still be a lot of hurdles to surmount.

There are still concerns being expressed by residents about the junction of Moor Lane with Station Road, both now and when the houses are built on Moor Lane in the future. The Council is doing its best to ensure that the junction is as safe as possible, and are in regular contact with both the developer and North Somerset Council Planning, who will have the final say.

The Council unanimously decided to fund the ‘Lollipop’ person who sees the children across Dark Lane near the junction with Church Lane. This is something that a local firm could subsidise as well if they wished, a good opportunity for some positive PR.

There was a review of the situation of the missing waste bins, removed by North Somerset Council without local consultation. At the moment there isn’t any apparent increase in litter, but the Council will keep their eye on the situation.

The next full Council Meeting is at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 7th June at the Parish Hall.







3rd May 2018 Full Council Minutes






Present: Cllrs R Taylor (Chairman), D Baker, M Bowerman, J Cousins, E Langston, J Llewellyn, Z O’Keefe, S Ould, R MacLeavy, S Mitchell, H Power, G Simmonite and P Soothill


In attendance: Mrs J Stone, Clerk of the Council

Members of the public: 5 members of public present


The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone present and pointed out the location of the emergency exits and toilets


  1. Apologies

146      Cllrs S Edwards and D Seddon.  District Cllr K Barclay


  1. To consider co-option of one new member onto Backwell Parish Council and, if co-opted, to receive their Declaration of Acceptance of Office

147      Resolved: Unanimously Dot Baker be co-opted onto Backwell Parish             Council.  Cllr Baker signed her Declaration, witnessed by the Clerk, and was

            invited to join the meeting


  1. Declarations of Interest

            To receive Councillors’ declarations of interests and to consider any written

application for dispensations

148      Personal interest

            Cllr P Soothill – Close to home

149      Prejudicial interest


150      Disclosable Pecuniary Interests



  1. Minutes (Circulated)

151      The Minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 5th April 2018 were unanimously confirmed as a correct record by those present at that meeting


  1. Public Participation

152      A resident spoke of her concerns regarding the proposed expansion of Bristol Airport, and the likely impact on the local roads


  1. To receive such communications as the person presiding may wish to lay

            before the Council

153      The Chairman reminded members to let him know of a date in September for

arranging a Councillor training course, and suggested the first week of


154      The Chairman suggested Councillors reply as individuals to the CPRE

consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework

155      The Chairman’s comments were noted regarding the Anti Bullying day being

held on Friday 29th June 2018 at Backwell Junior School

156      Members noted the new Backwell Parish Council website was now live, and

would be updated shortly


  1. To answer questions from Councillors

157        None


  1. To receive and consider reports and minutes of Committees

To receive the draft Minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on


158      Noted


  1. To receive and consider a report from the Clerk of the Council
  2. To receive this report

159                  Noted

  1. Update on non-agenda items

160                  None


  1. To receive, consider and approve the Annual Governance and Accountability

            Return 2017/18 for the year ended 31.3.18:

  1.       To receive and note the Annual Internal Audit Report 2017/18

161                  Noted

  1.       To receive, consider and approve Section 1 – Annual Governance             Statement 2017/18

162                  Resolved: Unanimously to approve Section 1

  1.       To receive, consider and approve Section 2 – Accounting Statements             2017/18

163                  Resolved: Unanimously to approve Section 2


  1. Update on Farleigh Fields re Local Green Space

164      The Chairman’s comments were noted regarding an email received in respect

            of Farleigh Fields and Local Green Space


  1. To consider letter received from a resident dated 19.4.18 re formal complaint regarding Station Road (previously circulated)

Members discussed the letter, and the Chairman advised members he would be

meeting with NSC’s Streets and Open Spaces Officer for Backwell in 3-4 weeks

time.  To be discussed further at the 17th May 2018 Annual Council meeting

165      Noted


166      Agenda Item 23a was brought forward

  1. To receive and consider letter received on 23.4.18 from Bristol Airport re                         proposed planning application to increase capacity from 10mppa to                                     12mppa

167      Members noted Cllr S Mitchell’s comments on the forthcoming planning

            application, and the 8 week consultation period between the 14th May 2018 and

the 6th July 2018


  1. To consider email received from residents dated 20.4.18 re Moor Lane and

            Station Road (previously circulated)

168      Members noted the email received. To be discussed further at the 17th May

2018 Annual Council meeting


  1. Update on JSP and Local Plan

            The Chairman informed members BPC had engaged the services of an Ecologist,

a Planning Specialist and a Transport Consultant

169      Noted


  1. Update on Coles Quarry

            The Chairman spoke of revised proposals recently received in respect of the 2016 Planning Application, which is still to be determined by NSC

170      Noted.  To be discussed further at the 17th May 2018 Annual Council Meeting


  1. To authorise expenditure of £3,400 for funding of school crossing patrol at

            Backwell Junior School

171      Resolved: Unanimously to authorise expenditure


  1. To consider NSC’s removal of litter bins in Backwell

            Members discussed this matter and whether there was an increase in litter in the

village following the removal of the bins

 172     Noted.  The situation to be monitored


  1. To consider extension of Landscape Services (South West) Ltd contract for

            Annual Grounds Maintenance from April 2018 to March 2019 at a cost of £5,321.92 + VAT per annum (please see Clerk’s Report)

 173     Resolved: Unanimously to authorise


  1. To receive and consider email from Western Power Distribution dated

            16.4.18 re proposed works at Oatfield Play Area, Downside

            Cllr S Mitchell to attend a site meeting next week at Downside, and to

report back to the 17th May 2018 Annual Council meeting

174      Noted


  1.     To receive and consider email from Backwell Flax Bourton Cricket Club

            dated 17.4.18 requesting funding from £500 to £5,000

            Members discussed the application received.  Suggestions were made for the

Cricket Club to apply to the Bristol Airport Diamond Fund and the Tesco Local

Community Grant Scheme

175      Resolved: Unanimously the Clerk to inform the Cricket Club no funding available at present, but to advise grant application forms for the 2019/2020

            financial year are available up to the 31st August 2018 deadline


  1. To receive and consider reports from Working Parties of the Council/Cllrs
  2.          To receive update from Enhancement Working Party

     176             No update at present

  1. To receive update from Highways Working Party

                        Cllr S Mitchell gave a verbal update on various highway issues

     177             Noted.  The Highways Working Party to continue dialogue with NSC

  1. To receive update from Cllr R Taylor re Stancombe Quarry Local Liaison                                    Group & Community Fund meetings on the 21.3.18

     178             Cllr R Taylor’s report noted

  1. To receive and consider report from Communications Working Party

     179             Noted


180             Agenda Item 23b,c,d and e was brought forward


  1. Planning

    181              23a already discussed, see minute no. 167

                        To consider the following planning applications:

  1. Planning application no. 18/P/2799/LDP Farleigh House, Backwell                                       Common, Backwell – Application for a Lawful Development Certificate                               for the proposed erection of an outbuilding for incidental use

182              Resolved: Unanimously Backwell Parish Council has no objection to

                        this application

  1. Planning application no. 18/P/2698/FUH 86 Church Lane, Backwell –

The demolition/removal of existing front dormer and existing side

extension/garage and the erection of a new front dormer extension and a

new single storey side/rear extension

183             Resolved: Unanimously Backwell Parish Council has no objection to

                        this application

  1. Planning application no. 18/P/2819/FUH The Firs, Church Town,                                       Backwell – Proposed single storey rear extension and alterations to north

west elevation

184             Resolved: Unanimously Backwell Parish Council will support the

                        decision of the NSC Planning Officer on this application

  1. Planning application no. 18/P/2845/FUH 22 Mulberry Close, Backwell –

Erection of a single storey side and rear extension

185             Resolved: Unanimously Backwell Parish Council has no objection to

                        this application


  1. Accounts
  2. To receive and consider Receipts and Payments schedule for April 2018

(checked by Cllr H Power prior to the meeting)

   186             Noted

  1. To authorise expenditure for the month of April 2018

187             Resolved: Unanimously to authorise plus additional cheque no.

                        103537 Dino Digital (website) £600 + VAT and cheque no.                                              103538 Lucy White Planning Limited (planning advice re JSP) £480

  1. To receive and consider Internal Audit Report (Final) 2017-18 carried

out on 13.4.18

188      Resolved: Unanimously the Chairman thanked the Clerk for all her                                     work in connection with the recent audit.  The Council acknowledged                                    the Audit Report


  1.             Confidential Items

            189      Resolved: That pursuant to the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings)

                        Act 1960, the Public and Press be excluded from the meeting for the

                        following items due to the confidential nature of the business to be                                     transacted


  1. Staff

            Staff matters

190      The Clerk left the meeting whilst the following was discussed

191      Resolved: Unanimously the Chairman to take the minutes in                                         the absence of the Clerk

            192      Resolved: Unanimously to award the Clerk, Office Assistant and                                    Village Orderly the cost of living rise as advised by SLCC and

                        NALC with effect from 1st April 2018

            193      The clerk rejoined the meeting and was advised of the resolution


            194      There being no further items of business, the Chairman closed the meeting                       at 2105 hours








Annual Parish Meeting of Electors Appendices 26 April 2018

Appendix 1  Backwell Residents Association (pdf)

Appendix 2 Backwell Allotments (pdf)

Appendix 3 Backwell Playing Fields Charity (pdf)

Appendix 4 The Backwell Charities – The Backwell Foundation and Backwell Educational Foundation (pdf)

Appendix 5 and 6 Backwell Parish Hall (pdf)

Appendix 7 Backwell Youth Club (pdf)

Appendix 8 Backwell Parish Council Financial Report (pdf)

Appendix 9 Chairman’s Response to Public Comments (pdf)

Appendix 10 Backwell Parish Council Chairman’s Report (pdf)

APM Minutes 27th April 2017


PRESENT:  Parish Cllrs R Taylor (Chairman), M Bowerman, S Edwards, M Gibbons-Price,

J Llewellyn, R MacLeavy, S Mitchell, S Ould, H Power, J Sear, D Seddon and G Simmonite plus approximately 22 members of the public. Mrs J Stone (Clerk to the Council).

The Chairman welcomed the electors to the 122nd Annual Parish Meeting of Electors of Backwell Parish and confirmed that Notice convening the meeting had been displayed in the Parish for more than 7 days as required by legislation.

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