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

JSP Examination letters

The below are two very important letters from the government inspectors who examined the Joint Spatial Plan. We need to hear the response from the four Councils but we consider this very encouraging and suggests our arguments were heard and understood. We will be holding a meeting of the 18-36 Working Party soon to consider next steps.   Letter from Inspectors 1 Letter from Inspectors 2  

JSP Examination letters2019-09-16T09:40:50+00:00

Humming Bird hawk moth

The photograph of this amazing creature was taken in a Backwell garden in June 2019 (the photographer gave permission for us to share it but does not want to be named). This creature is a moth and, as a result of convergent evolution to match an environmental habitat, it has become incredibly similar to a Humming Bird. Another example of evolutionary convergence may be our hedgehogs and the Australian echidna.

Humming Bird hawk moth2019-06-24T13:28:33+00:00

Grass-snakes

Backwell is very fortunate to still have some splendid wildlife - but it needs our support. Hedgehogs are easy to love but strangely many people are fearful of snakes. The attached is a picture taken by Mrs J Watts in the Backwell Playing fields and probably because of the strong markings, some people posted on Facebook that it was an adder. Adders are VERY beautiful but small animals that need our protection and are timid and very rarely bite - mostly when they are being attacked. Grass-snakes can be much bigger, like living near water or lower areas (such as Backwell village) and are entirely harmless beautiful creatures. Grass-snakes are the only UK snake to lay eggs (adders give birth to live young) so if you find leathery eggs in a compost-heap they will be grass-snake eggs. All reptiles are protected by law. Dr John Wilkinson (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, [...]

Grass-snakes2019-05-05T09:22:15+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