The Council is delighted to note that it’s Clerk, Mr Philip Edwards, has completed his Cilca qualification with three exemplary submissions. We recognise the effort that has gone into achieving this in a relatively short span of time. It is very valuable for the Council to have a suitably qualified Clerk and we congratulate Mr Edwards in his achievements.
A review of litter bins was made at the Parish Council meeting in September. Here is a map of bins around Temple Cloud. The bins with red circles are owned and emptied by BANES. The other blue bins are owned and emptied by the Parish Council. The Parish Council bins are for the users of the park and dog walkers on the playing field.
The purple lines show routes of public footpaths.
(Please don’t use the playing field bins as an overflow for domestic/medical waste, they have to be emptied by hand by Parish Council staff and the bins could be removed if this continues to be a problem)
In the September 2021 Parish Council meeting, the Chairman gave a report on the success of the Parish Council attendance at the Clutton Flower Show. The Chairman expressed thanks for the support of the Parish Council at Clutton Flower Show and expressed thanks to the organisers of Clutton Flower Show. Ideas were discussed to develop interaction with the public for the next show.
Presentations from the May 2021 Electors Parish Meeting
Thank you to all the participants who contributed with presentations to the Annual Parish Meeting for electors this year. On this page you can see some clips from the meeting showing activities that are happening around the Parish of Temple Cloud and Cameley.
We are very pleased to say that the Mobile Library in now back out on the road.
Staff will be operating an amended COVID safe service. We will be out mornings only and staff can take returns, issue reservations placed via LibrariesWest and offer prepared book bundles (Grab and Go). We are currently not able to offer browsing on the vehicle. This will be reviewed in early summer.
Here is a link to the Press Release that you may have already seen.
Householders across Bath and North East Somerset are being encouraged to help show how Covid has affected their communities and help plan for the future by taking part in the census on March 21.
Census 2021 is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is key to making sure decisions on the future of hospitals, schools, transport and other public services, following the pandemic and EU exit, are based on the best information possible.
The census is once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all people and households in England and Wales.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging residents to fill in the census questionnaire online using the code they have received from ONS in the post.
People who do not have access to the internet can request a paper questionnaire by calling 0800 141 2021 or ask someone else to request it for them online by following this link.
Pete Benton, census director of Operations, said “After years of planning, the census is almost upon us. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we need this up-to-date information to help shape vital services for the years to come more urgently than ever before and we are making sure everyone can be safely counted in line with all government guidance.
“We have made it simple, straightforward and safe to take part. It takes just 10mminutes per person to fill out your form and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them, as well as lots of support. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”
Councillor Dine Romero, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “I’d like to remind residents that the census is of vital importance in building up a picture of Bath and North East Somerset and helps us plan how to fund council services. We need everyone’s participation to help show how Covid has affected our local communities and help plan for the future. If you need a paper copy of the questionnaire or you haven’t yet received a letter with your online code, please don’t delay in contacting the census contact centre for help.”
Census field officers will follow up with households after Census Day on March 21 if householders have not yet completed their questionnaire. They will never enter a household, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance. Some questions also have updated guidance to reflect our changed living and working circumstances.
Pete Benton added: “For those on furlough, we have updated guidance on how to answer questions on work. All students need to be included in the census, and they should complete it for their usual term-time address. If they’re currently living at their home address, they will need to be included in the census for that household too.”
For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
First results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
There are three Census Support Centres based in B&NES which are offering remote support at present. Details of these centres can be found on www.census.gov.uk
For more information, visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.Telephone lines are open:
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 1pm
Sunday, closed Census weekend (20 – 21 March), 8am to 8pm
The Historian – A history of local occupations by Michael Flower
Part 1 – Bricks Wheels and Horseshoes
On the site of the Paulmont Rise estate a Brickworks was founded by Mr. Hippisley about 1860 and traded until about 1890. It was not a commercial success in the long term. The bricks would have been handmade …..
Following community feedback and in response to a community led poll on facebook, the Parish Council would like your views on installing a pump track on part of the playing field. This would be part funded by funds raised from past local developments (Community Intrastructure Levy), part of the funds would come from reserves held for facilities development and we will also be looking for sources of grant funding.
Initial Feedback from a Community Led poll in June 2020:
I think this is a brilliant idea There’s plenty of space and it would be a fantastic facility for young people
We are suggesting a small version similar in style to the following photos so that it blends into the environment. It would be suitable for all age groups and abilities. They can be used by bikes, skate boards, scooters, wheelchairs and roller skates. We are thinking of placing this on the playing field half way along the hedge behind the village hall.
A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping”—generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. It was originally designed for the mountain bike and BMX scene, and now, due to concrete constructions, is also used by skateboard, and accessible to wheelchairs. Pump tracks are relatively simple to use and cheap to construct, and cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
A pump track is a playground designed for all things on wheels. It can be used by mountain bikes, bmx’s, skateboards, roller skates, scooters and balance bikes. It provides communities with a sustainable free activity that everyone can enjoy.
Pump tracks teach the basic skills of speed, momentum and balance and use combinations of rolling jumps with turns they are both accessible and are designed to provide more challenges as you practice. The process of generating speed and momentum through “pumping” means that the risk involved with a pump track is self-regulating – you need a high level of skill to get up to a high speed. A gap jump for a professional can be something a 5 year old rolls through providing a safe and fun environment for all
Benefits of a community pump track
1 – Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Peeling children and teenagers away from their screens to actively engage in some kind of sport or exercise can be challenging. It is therefore really important to have facilities in local communities that are actually fun for youngsters to use. Pump Tracks are a gateway to developing an ingrained lifelong interest in a sport – not only cycling but also other wheeled sports like skateboarding, scooters and roller skates.
2 – Social Inclusion
The whole ethos behind a pump track is that it should be a resource that is fun and beneficial for all to use – all ages, all genders, all abilities, all wheeled sports.
A good pumptrack is designed as such that anyone is able to use it – all they need is the basic ability to ride their bike, scooter, skateboard, roller skates or any other wheeled equipment. Pump tracks are a place where it’s not unusual to find professional riders riding alongside a four year old on their balance bike. Everyone is having fun on the same track, and importantly the facility is safe for everyone to use.
3 – Help Develop Skills
One of the real benefits of a good pump track design is that it continues to engage people as their skills develop. A pump track is the place where a spark of enthusiasm can turn into a lifelong passion for cycling.
Pump Tracks help to focus teenagers. They are easy to ride, but hard to ride fast. Once the pumping action has clicked, riding a pump track becomes addictive and it’s hard to stop going until you reach the limits of your physical ability. On each lap your speed and flow increases but eventually you’ll reach a limit, and to progress further you might need to learn to manual a feature – that is to “wheelie” on your rear wheel, or maybe you need to jump from one roller to another. It’s this continuous challenge and development that really engages and focuses people, and encourages them to think creatively.
4 – Reduce antisocial behaviour
A study in Trehafod in the Rhondda Valley shows that a pump track installed in 2009 reduced antisocial behaviour in the local community by 70%. ITV News reported the great news. Further still, in 2014 the project was included in a European Commission list of the best and most promising practises in EU community policing. How is this possible? It gave local youths the golden combination of good exercise, a community to be a part of, and a place to focus and develop their skills. (source back on track http://back-on-track.co.uk/blog/four-social-benefits-of-pumptracks/)
Why wouldn’t Temple Cloud want one?
View Report from Access Sport on Cycling Inclusion
For groups allowed to operate under the new restrictions, the Hall will remain open to covid secure organisations.
The Parish Council have agreed in their July meeting to partially open the village hall to allow organisations that are COVID-19 secure to hire the venue. These organistation need to provide a risk assessment to demonstrate that they are able to comply with government guidelines. A draft guide as been published pending final approval of the Council, which can be reviewed here: http://www.templecloud.org.uk/covid-19-hall-risk-assessment-for-hirers/
Following the government advice on codonavirus to avoid unnecessary social contact and to avoid gathering in groups, we are temporarily closing the village hall. We appreciate how difficult this situation is for our hirers and the local community and we ask our hirers to refer to and follow the government guidelines. We will review the situation regularly to see when it is suitable to reopen.
Booking fees can be returned without any cancellation fees. You may also postpone your refund and booking to a future date. If you ask us to postpone, the offer of a refund still stands if you still have to cancel due to the coronavirus situation.
The Hall will be made available for meetings or events necessary to assist with efforts to alleviate the effects of the virus outbreak.
When the circumstances improve, we would very much welcome your bookings again. If it will help, you are also welcome to make future provisional bookings to reserve the date on the same understanding that if they need to be cancelled due to government guidelines, we will not require payment.
We would insist that all users of the hall consider their usage and act with regard to the health and wellbeing of their groups and the community.
Please find below a media release from Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Council’s gritting fleet gears up for winter
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s low-emission gritting lorries will be out and about this weekend testing their systems in readiness for keeping roads safe and traffic moving this winter.
The nine state-of the-art vehicles invested in by the council in 2019 will be undergoing test runs and route familiarisation for the drivers on October 24.
The tests will ensure that the fleet is ready to spring into action when temperatures drop and poor weather conditions arise and are part of the council’s winter preparedness programme.
The gritters are ‘all-wheel drive’, have a GPS-controlled automatic spreading system and mapping software that allows the driver to cover any route in any vehicle. On-board weighing means the gritters can measure and carry the optimum amount of road salt required to be spread for forecast conditions which saves time, fuel and reduces emissions.
Councillor Neil Butters, joint cabinet member for Transport Services, said: “If you see our gritting fleet out on the roads this weekend, please don’t worry – it’s not a sign that we are expecting bad weather. It’s crucial that we keep the roads safe and traffic flowing as we head towards winter, so we need to make sure the vehicles are in tip-top condition and are ready to be deployed at short notice.
“Working alongside our partner Volker Highways we have a very experienced team ready to deal with whatever conditions winter throws at us. When the time comes, a lot of the actual gritting work will be carried out overnight as we do our utmost to keep roads safe and the road network running throughout the colder months.”
In preparation for bad weather the council’s road salt storage facility has been topped up to capacity with 1,300 tonnes of salt. The 434 grit bins sited across the district for public use are also being refilled.
More than 38 per cent of the road network is treated by the council during freezing conditions – a total of 263 miles of highway which is more than the national average.
The gritting fleet can operate around the clock to ensure the maximum level of support is given to residential and business communities across the district.
Residents are being reminded that the council is unable to supply salt directly to the public and should not attempt to enter council highways depots for safety reasons.
During any severe winter weather, the council provides regular updates about the status of its services on www.twitter.com/bathnes
Residents can play their part in helping the council to manage the road network during severe weather by reporting any problems by calling: 01225 3934041, emailing: [email protected] or via Twitter @ccbathnes
For more information, including a winter advice leaflet offering tips on dealing with severe winter weather on highways and pavements, and Government guidance on householders clearing snow and ice outside their home, go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/gritting
Bath & North East Somerset Council, 15 High Street, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW, United Kingdom
Please find below a media release from Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Milsom Street bus gate cameras to be switched on
Cameras for the temporary bus gate at the junction of Milsom Street and George Street in Bath will be switched on tomorrow (October 23).
The vehicle restriction introduced by Bath & North East Somerset Council allows only buses to travel along the one-way Milsom Street up to the junction with Quiet Street between 10am and 6pm.
The measure provides more space for people to keep their distance and enjoy the health and environmental benefits of a traffic-free zone.
Temporary barriers managing the restriction will now be removed and from October 23, it will be monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) in line with other bus gates in the city and enforced by issuing of fines, to make sure the zone is safe for pedestrians and cyclists.
Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport Services, said: “From tomorrow the ANPR cameras will be fully operational, which means we will be able to remove the temporary barriers and make Milsom St even more inviting. The cameras will make sure that people can enjoy what Milsom St has to offer by bike or on foot and are able to safely social distance. Please remember that any driver who disregards the restriction will now receive an automatic fine.”
The council has put in place temporary traffic restrictions in other parts of Bath and in Keynsham to protect public health, make walking and cycling safer and encourage active travel.
Residents have also been asked to put forward locations for longer-term improvements designed to reduce the use of vehicles on our roads. Views were invited on the Liveable Neighbourhoods website up until the consultation closed on October 18 and the council is currently reviewing the feedback received. You can view the three Liveable Neighbourhoods strategies and consultation summary here https://bathnesliveablestreets.commonplace.is
Bath & North East Somerset Council, 15 High Street, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW, United Kingdom
Objections by Bath & North East Somerset Council to a local plan which proposes more than 500 houses on sites near Midsomer Norton will be heard in September.
The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that a two-week re-opened hearing, into the Mendip Local Plan, will start on September 22 giving the council the opportunity to put forward its concerns around the impacts of additional housing on the infrastructure and services in Midsomer Norton and Westfield.
All local authorities have to produce Local Plans which set out a vision for the future of each area and a framework for addressing housing needs and other economic, social and environmental priorities.
Mendip Local Plan (Part 2) is currently being examined by a Planning Inspector and the Inspector concluded that an additional 505 dwellings should be planned for and provided in the north/north east of Mendip District.
In response Mendip District Council has proposed changes to its Local Plan Part 2 to allocate three sites on the edge of Midsomer Norton to provide a total of 450 dwellings.
Mendip District Council published these proposed changes for public consultation in earlier this year and B&NES Council objecting to the proposed changes on the grounds that:
The need for the additional 505 dwellings is not clear and specific focussing on the north/north east of Mendip not justified
Even if 505 dwellings are needed they should be directed to more sustainable locations in Mendip (in accordance with Mendip spatial strategy)
Allocating sites on the edge of Midsomer Norton does not accord with the B&NES spatial strategy and will worsen the existing imbalance between homes and jobs in the area and high levels of out commuting
The impact of additional housing on the infrastructure, services & facilities in Midsomer Norton & Westfield and the environment has not been properly considered
Insufficient opportunity for the affected communities in B&NES (as well as B&NES Council) to be properly engaged in the work/process
Due to Covid-19 the hearing was delayed and it will now happen in September. The hearing will relate to the additional 505 dwellings and the sites identified to accommodate them including those on the edge of Midsomer Norton and Westfield.
Councillor Tim Ball, cabinet member for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, said: “Mendip Local Plan Inspector has considered issues raised by us as well as the parish and town councils and residents and in April agreed to re-open the Examination hearings so that the issues could be properly discussed. These hearings were delayed due to Covid-19 and I am pleased that we will now have the opportunity to raise our objections at the two-week hearing scheduled for September.”
People are being given the chance to have their say and drop in at a
series of events about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to
improve poor air quality in Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney.
The council has launched its Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney Air
Quality Action Plan consultation and is inviting people to have their
An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been declared in both
Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney because the levels of nitrogen
dioxide exceed the national air quality objective level for nitrogen
dioxide when considered as an annual average.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services,
said: “We all deserve to breathe clean air and so reducing people’s
exposure to harmful air is a priority for us. There is a real problem in
Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney which we can’t ignore. We need to
reduce emissions by smoothing the flow of traffic and reducing the ‘stop
starting’ of vehicles through the villages.
“We are taking action and we are now asking for people’s views about
our proposals to improve the air quality and the lives of people living
and working in both villages.”
The council has produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) as
part of its statutory duties required by the Local Air Quality
Management framework. The plan outlines the action the council wants to
take to improve air quality in the villages of Farrington Gurney and
Temple Cloud in Bath and North East Somerset between 2020 and 2025.
Councillor Wood added: “Air pollution is associated with a number of
adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the
onset of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, air pollution
particularly affects the most vulnerable in society, children and older
people, and those with heart and lung conditions.”
To take part in the consultation please follow this link
A series of drop-in events have been organised where people can
discuss the draft Air Quality Action Plan with council officers. The
26th February, 12pm – 2pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
4th March, 6pm – 8pm. Drop in session at St Barnabus Church.
TO BE CONFIRMED 8th April, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Temple Cloud Parish Hall.
25th February, 12 – 2pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).
CANCELLED 18th March, 6 – 8pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (main hall).
TO BE CONFIRMED 30th March, 11am – 1pm. Drop in session in Farrington Gurney village hall (social club).
An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.
Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.
Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.
The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already been completed. The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.
“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Avon and Somerset area safe. The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”
ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.
The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register your name and start learning, copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://ct.highfieldelearning.com/
As I’m sure you may be aware. The Villages along the A37 & A39 have been targeted by thieves during the nights. This has also extended out into Timsbury. They have targeted Vans particularly for their tools. One of the types of Vans being targeted are Ford Transit. Victims are reporting that their tools have been taken. But can’t see any signs of how the van has been opened / entered? It’s suggested that a skeleton key is being used on the Ford Transit models. Other makes like Peugeot, Renault, Nissan & VW have also been targeted but we’re not aware of any of those being targeted with a skeleton key. A Ford Transit on a 2007 registration was taken without the keys being present, likely to be a skeleton key used. Your local Beat Team have the following advice.
It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended. We have had reports of thefts from vans during the daylight along the A37 when victims have been at work with their van nearby. It literally takes a thief seconds for an opportunity. Never leave any valuables visible – keep ALL possessions out of sight. That includes power leads, Satnavs & mounts, coins, sunglasses, clothing or bags. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on your seat. A thief may try their luck. Whenever possible park in a lit area that is covered by CCTV. If the vehicle is parked outside of your property or driveway consider installing CCTV on your property. Remove your tools from your van when left over night. If that’s not possible fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks. Engrave or mark tools and their boxes. Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down the marking with a clear lacquer spray. Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building name or number. Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. Fit additional external locks to van doors. If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise. Ensure your alarm or immobiliser is set. There are various alarms on the market. However a small standalone PIR shed type alarm with a texting facility or personal attack alarm can be very loud when triggered, and will act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered. Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps Vehicles fitted with a smart or passive key are susceptible to relay theft. This key system allows you to gain entry and start your vehicle without the need to interact with your vehicles key. Criminals use specialist equipment that has the ability to grab the signal from the car to the smart key so that it appears to the car that the key is present. Your vehicle is most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on your driveway or directly outside of your home.
How to prevent this?
When not in use – either at home or when out and about – store your keys in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or signal blockers/shields and there are many security rated versions on the market. These pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle being captured using electronic devices. Remember to secure both keys in a security pouch.
Number Plate Thefts
We’re still receiving reports of thefts of the number plates from the victim’s cars. It’s highly likely that the plates will be fixed to another vehicle and that vehicle will be used for criminal offences. It’s important if you’re the victim of such an offence to report it so that our database can be adjusted to identify when stolen plates are being used. To prevent this you can fit theft resistant number plate fittings. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure plates.
Motorcycle / Moped Security
There have been reports of attempted thefts of motorbike / moped in Farrington Gurney. Keep your motorcycle / moped in a garage, shed or use a motorcycle cover. Storing it out of view is one of the best ways to prevent opportunist theft. Invest in good quality security. Lock your motorcycle / moped to something. Just using a chain & lock around the frames and wheels means a thief could just carry the bike away. Loop a chain around a sturdy fixed object. Avoid street signage. Some are not very high and lighter bikes could be lifted over the top of the post. Lock the rear wheel to an immovable object or ground anchor and use a disk lock on the front wheel. Making your motorcycle/moped less of an easy option will reduce the chances of it being targeted. Combine the use of a disk lock and a chain lock attached to a ground anchor. Where possible keep the lock off the ground. Whenever you lock and chain the rear wheel, wrap any excess chain around the rear wheel and try to enclose the lock. Keeping the lock off the ground can prevent it being attacked and smashed. Consider fitting a lock that has an added alarm fitted upon tampering. Choose a high quality chain at least 16mm thick as they are almost impossible to cut with bolt croppers. Quality chains of this are also much harder to cut using power tools. To work out what length of chain you need. Use a piece of rope through the intended route then measure the length of rope used. Do not buy a chain longer than you need. Leaving any length of chain, especially one with longer links, lying on the floor makes it vulnerable to attack. Be mindful that even 1 metre of 16mm chain will weigh 4.5kg so you will need a tail box or pannier. Avoid cable locks. Few offer any deterrent it is easy to cut them with a basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire-cutters.
There have been reports of caravans being taken from addresses in Farrington Gurney & Emborough. Fit physical security and a caravan cover. The combination of hitch lock anti-theft, wheel clamp and ground anchor. A physical barrier to theft is always a clear deterrent. Using a caravan cover and installing an alarm makes any theft more difficult and your caravan less attractive. Register record and property mark all parts of the caravan or trailer. Register your caravan or trailer with the Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRIS) and use overt and covert chips to mark it. If stolen it may have its number plates, chassis, frame or CRIS numbers removed. Take photos, including specific fittings, marks or damage as these can help to identify your caravan or trailer. Install an alarm and tracking system, including roof markings. If stolen being able to identify your caravan or trailer is vital. Add clear roof markings, giving the year of manufacture and CRIS number, to assist the Police in identifying your caravan.
Shed / Garage Security
There have been reports of garages being targeted taking expensive mountain bikes, child’s motorbike and fishing equipment. Most common things stolen from your shed or garage. Bikes, mowers, garden tools & power tools. Make sure your shed door, door frame and walls are solid. Replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections. Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate. The extra noise made by a gravel path can be a good deterrent. Security lights can have a positive effect, but you must be able to see them from your house. Fit a shed alarm to the inside of the shed door. Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Replace ordinary screws on outbuilding doors with non-return screws or coach bolts. Obscure the window of your shed / garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside. Ensure any ladders or steps are put away or secure with a decent chain and padlock. Consider keeping valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage. Fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps – one third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one third of the way down from the top of the door. Bicycles and larger garden equipment should be locked to a correctly installed ground anchor or shed shackle. If that’s not possible then consider those items to be stored in the garage / home. Fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames. If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system into the garage area. Fit a garage door blocker on the outside of the door. This product bolts permanently to the floor, has a large T bar shaped restrictor and a quality locking device. Various good quality “up and over” or rolling deadlocking door handles can be purchased to replace any existing poor quality locks to give better security. Consider purchasing loop cables. These have a long braided steel cable and a two bolt anchor locking point. These fix to garage walls or floors and can be passed through expensive property such as quad bikes etc. some cables are alarmed. The integral garage door of modern properties is usually a fire door but is not usually secure. We do not recommend carrying out any work on a fire door as it may affects its performance. We recommend products that are Sold Secure or Secure by Design.
If you require any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact your local Beat Team at Radstock Police Station.
Stay safe Stuart Peard Police Constable 3455 Safer Stronger Neighbourhoods Team, Avon and Somerset Police Radstock Police Station, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3SG Tel 101 (non-emergency number) or if you see suspicious activity call 999.
More than 1,200 new members, including 466 children have joined Midsomer Norton’s Library since it reopened last summer following a major revamp. Last year BANES Council invested £350,000 in the combined library and information service based at The Hollies in the High Street.
The redesign enables residents to access information, advice and services under one roof while providing a more flexible and useable space for the whole community. Since reopening last June it has been reported that 74,045 items have been borrowed, with more than half of the items borrowed by children. Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said “It’s really encouraging to see so many people signing up to use our library in Midsomer Norton and I’m particularly pleased that many of them are children. Libraries are an important community resource and are really valued by local residents and I hope people continue to discover and make use of this fantastic resource.”
The redesigned library and information service offers free WiFi throughout, improved internet technology, improved access to printing including wireless technology, a quiet area to study and a new children’s area with comfortable seating and fun educational features. It also boasts a wider selection of books and easy access shelving. New touch screen technology also provides access to the vast LibraryWest catalogue of more than three million items.
One of the key aims of the Midsomer Norton Library team is community involvement and regular events and activities are held including Storytime and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions, which will return in the autumn. Staff are currently are preparing for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The annual event was hugely successful last year; 387 children took part and read a total of 1565 books.
To find out about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge visit your local library in Bath and North East Somerset or visit: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service is open from Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 5pm, Fridays 9.30am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm
A Joint Police Forum will be taking place in Keynsham on Wednesday 19th June between 7pm and 9pm in the Community Space, Keynsham (5 Temple St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HA ).
The Joint Police Forum is routinely held across the Avon and Somerset Area and is a public meeting so residents are encouraged to attend.
The meeting will begin with an introduction from Police Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. This will be followed by an introduction from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen and then a local policing presentation from a Keynsham Neighbourhood Officer.
At the end of the evening, there will be an opportunity for local people attending to ask questions.
The programme for the evening is as follows:
18:45 – Guests and members of the public to arrive at the Community Space 19:15 – Introductions and Presentations
20:15 – Public Q&A
The PCC have said that if you would like to attend, it would be helpful to let them know so they can ensure a seat is allocated for you. You can find further information and register on-line here or e-mail [email protected] or call 01278 646188.
If you have any questions you would like to ask you can e-mail the PCC in advance at [email protected] They recommend that you do this if you have a question that might need some research (e.g. regarding a specific issue in your area).
You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC or message on facebook here.
The new Parish Council has been confirmed. We take forward four existing members and now have the opportunity to appoint five new members!
If you are interested in representing the views of fellow residents and can attend a meeting on the second Wednesday each month we would love to hear from you.
The most vibrant council is made up of a wide range of people representative of the community they serve – a range of ages, skills, backgrounds and all kinds of varied experience! All you need is an interest in your community. Training and support is provided.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Jenny, the Clerk by email: [email protected] or by phone: 07591 257 067.
During our last update from BANES Officers back in October 2018 we were informed that the BANES Council Environmental Monitoring Team were working hard to secure funding for a ‘Options and Feasibility study’ to explore and assess measures designed and intended to result in the required air quality improvement within the Temple Cloud Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
Conscious that we are now only 5 months away from it being a year since the AQMA was officially declared, the Parish Council wrote to BANES Officers to ask what progress had been made.
BANES Council have now confirmed that funding through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been approved for the technical assessment. The study will assess possible options against: feasibility, deliverability, predicted air quality benefit, and cost.
The measures that are deemed deliverable and effective in achieving the necessary reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels will form part of the Temple Cloud Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) alongside other, less complicated measures that haven’t required the same technical assessment.
The Options and Assessment stage will begin in tandem with Farrington Gurney (who are also subject to a AQMA on the A37) and this should commence shortly – in April 2019 and will include a two week Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) study.
Once the study has taken place and the draft AQAP has been prepared, there will be a further phase of public consultation.
The issue of Air Quality in Temple Cloud remains a key priority for the Parish Council – the Parish Council are pleased that funding to undertake the technical assessment work has been secured and will continue to work closely with the Environmental Monitoring Team at BANES Council to ensure that residents are kept fully updated and the impact of air quality is addressed.
You can see the headlines from BANES Council Officers below:
Springfield Road Surfacing will commence work on the Temple Cloud Village Hall car park from Monday 4th February 2019 to provide a new finished level surface, drainage, install lighting, a planting area and marked bays .
The work will also clear some of the scrub behind the Village Hall sign to extend the surface of the car park to the kerbstone edge to maximise useable parking space available once the project is finished. As a result, the car park will not be available for a two week period between Monday 4th February 2019 and Friday 15th February 2019. A small section of parking may be left clear for parking over the weekend if health and safety permits the contractor to do this.
Regular hirers of the Village Hall have been informed of the project and asked to communicate this message to members / customers to reduce the impact to those using the Village Hall for clubs, events and parking as well as to those residents living close by who may also be impacted by the project.
The Parish Council thank users of the Village Hall and residents for their patience at this time and during the two week period but hope that the end results will further enhance and improve the overall experience of using the Village Hall and car park for everyone.
People are being advised to look out for revised recycling and rubbish collection dates across Bath and North East Somerset over Christmas and New Year.
There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
All wheeled bin customers will get notice of revised collection dates via bin hangers distributed during the first two weeks of December.
Re-useable rubbish bag and black sack customers will be notified by letter.
The revised collections dates will also be advertised in the local press and people can also check details for specific addresses on the council’s website: www.bathnes.gov.uk/checkcollection
The council’s recycling centres will be operating as normal for the majority of the festive period, but will be closed on:
• Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December
• Boxing Day – Wednesday 26 December
• New Year’s Day – Tuesday 1 January
There will be NO garden waste collections from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 25 January inclusive. Normal garden waste collections will start again on Monday 28 January.
People who have bought real Christmas trees can take them to the council’s recycling centres or put them out between 28 January and 8 February on garden waste collection days (even if they don’t have a green bin) and we will collect them free of charge. Please cut them up small enough to fit in the lorry and make sure they are free of decorations.
B&NES Council have issued the following advice to residents:
More rubbish is thrown away over Christmas than at any other time of year, and people are being urged to think responsibly and recycle as much waste as they can.
Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods said: “We all love Christmas but it is a time of year when a staggering amount of food is thrown away and excess packaging is created. We can all do our bit to reduce excess waste by thinking about how much we buy and recycling. If we all do our bit, we can reduce the amount that goes to landfill.”
The Love Food Hate Waste website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas.
Lots of other festive waste can also be recycled. Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in our recycling containers. However, glitter or foil backed wrapping paper and glittery Christmas cards can’t be recycled, so please choose wisely when you shop. Brown paper wrapping is the best environmentally friendly option.
Don’t forget other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways can also be recycled.
And you can even recycle small electrical items such as broken fairy lights, textiles like old Christmas jumpers and shoes.
The Parish Council are looking to employ a part-time Village Operative (15 hours per week) to undertake a number of tasks to keep the parish looking its very best!
Tasks will include sweeping pavements, litter picking, regular checks of the playground and occasional maintenance / repairs to Parish Council property.
A copy of the Job Description which includes further information together with details of how to apply is available below. The first page sets out the purpose and main duties of the role and the second pages provides more information / details of how to apply.
Please send your CV/written application to the Clerk (Jenny Howell) by 5pm on Wednesday 5th December 2018.
One of the three options set out in the report include further potential residential development at Temple Cloud and Clutton (broad locations are outlined in the maps within the document).
A Public Consultation will run between 12th November and 21st December 2018 during which time a series of drop-in sessions/exhibitions will be held where BANES Officers will be available to answer questions and discuss issues.
Residents are encouraged to read the report and respond to the public consultation. You can find out more here:
Nominations for the Community Award (Hosted by the Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council) are invited by 21st December 2018.
The Community Awards 2018/19 recognises volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community, putting people first and inspiring others to get involved. The Awards contribute to BANES Council’s vision to make ‘Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit’.
Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people for the following categories:
Category 1 – Volunteering in the Community Awards
Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year (25 and Under)
Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year (25 and Under)
Volunteer Team or Young Volunteer Team (25 and Under)
Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year
The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement
Category 2 – Business in the Community Award
Business of the Year
Category 3 – Service to the Community
Employee of the Year
Employee Team of the Year
Above and Beyond (Employee)
In addition to the awards the Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.
For more information about who can nominate, how to nominate and what’s next, visit the BANES Council Community Awards website.
Residents are being asked whether they are prepared to pay an additional £1 a month towards policing from April, 2019.
Last year the Government unexpectedly gave all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country the flexibility to raise the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month for the average band D household.
Sue Mountstevens is hoping that PCCs will be given that flexibility again this year, she said: “With last year’s £1 rise we were able to start an ambitious programme of recruitment and commit to employing up to 300 police officers. We were also able to protect neighbourhood policing, the police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in your local area, all thanks to your support for the rise. The Chief Constable and I have agreed that next year’s focus will concentrate on serious violence. The threat from serious and organised crime has changed rapidly, increasing in both volume and complexity and preying on the most vulnerable in society.
“If we are able to increase the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month next year and the Government grant for policing stays the same and there are no additional surprises we are committed to a new focus on burglary and drugs. We must continue to dismantle the recruitment of vulnerable young people into ‘county lines’ drugs gangs. It’s clear that this leads to an increase in knife-crime and serious violence, including stabbings and gang-related disorder and it must be tackled and given the right resources. I absolutely recognise that any increase in household bills will be felt by residents and it’s not easy to keep asking local people to contribute to the issues that we are facing in policing and as a society. It’s really important that residents tell me what they would be prepared to pay. These are difficult decisions and I need to be sure that I have heard from as many local people as possible.”
For further information or to request a copy of the survey please call 01278 646188.
The Office for Ms Mountstevens report to have also spoken to hundreds of residents while visiting events across the summer. Sue will continue to talk about the policing part of the council tax at her surgery sessions find out where she will be on her website http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk
Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council has launched the ‘Our Young Stars’ campaign to discover and celebrate the most extraordinary young people across our region.
BANES Council are now asking the residents of Bath & North East Somerset to nominate a child or young person who they feel has achieved something special, however big or small, which deserves recognition.
There are five main categories for the awards; Courage, Education, Innovation, Sport and Unsung. The awards are open to any child or young person aged 18 or under at 31 December 2018 who live in Bath and North East Somerset. Nominations close on 30 November 2018.
In December a panel of judges will look at all the nominations and decide upon three of the most deserving children in each category to become finalists. These fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced with awards being presented to all finalists.
BANES Councnil have asked that we attached a copy of their poster and nomination form and to promote the campaign in as many ways as you possibly. Nominations can be made online or emailed/posted as below.
The Parish Council have previously been informed that Temple Cloud Football Club were not re-forming for the football season. A Working Party was set up at the July Parish Council Meeting whose purpose was to assess the condition of the sports pavilion, maintenance requirements for future letting and report back on options for the council to consider. The Working Party met on 01/08/2018. At the September meeting, members considered a report from the Sports Pavilion Working Party. The Working Party reported that:
In its current state it did not make sense for the council to continue to pay out maintenance on an under-used building.
Possible alternatives for the provision of changing rooms had been discussed, but in the absence of demand and a sustainable income stream felt that a large capital project would be difficult to recommend.
The Working Party would be delighted if there was a good use for the pavilion which transformed it into an asset for the community and eliminated the continuing demand on Parish Council funds.
As a result, the Parish Council are now asking whether there is local interest – from groups or businesses to take on the maintenance of the building and use it to benefit the community.
In addition, the Parish Council may offer a grant to local groups to help start new projects that benefit the community.
Do you wish to run a venture at the pavilion?
Please submit your proposal in writing to the Clerk by 31st October 2018.
A grant application may be submitted alongside your proposal.
Your proposal / business plan should cover a 5 year period.
Please contact the Clerk if you wish to arrange access to the pavilion.
In the absence of a suitable future use of the building, the council may decide to de-commission the pavilion.
Representatives of Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council met with BANES Officers from the Environmental Monitoring Team on Tuesday to find out more about the AQMA for Temple Cloud.
Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, the District Council are required to review and assess air quality. In Temple Cloud, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) concentrations are monitored using diffusion tubes which provide monthly average concentrations.
Monitoring data is then compared to National Air Quality Objectives. For NO2 there are two objectives:
40µg/m3 is the annual average.
200µg/m3 (18 exceedances) is the hourly average.
Where exceedances of these objectives occur, an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) is declared, and then an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) is developed to identify actions to reduce the NO2 concentrations.
Temple Cloud Air Quality Management Area
Monitoring in Temple Cloud has recorded exceedances of the NO2 objectives and an AQMA has therefore been declared.
The overall project now focuses on drafting the Air Quality Action Plan where potential actions and measures suggested by residents during the consultation and others identified by the team will be considered. The team are looking at a range of hard measures (road widening to improve the flow of traffic) and soft measures (to help reduce exposure). Officers are also trying to secure funding so that options can be assessed externally for their viability and effectiveness. This will help ensure that the best measures are identified.
A further round of consultation will take place once the range of options has been considered.
Short term measures
Ventilate your home from the side / away from the road to draw in clean air. Prioritise ventilation from 1st floor upwards – this is cleaner air. Don’t stop walking and cycling – time exposure is minimal when walking or cycling through the AQMA and exposure is less compared to being inside a car.
What you can do to help
BANES Officers are appealing for ideas to tackle the pollution in the Temple Cloud Air Quality Management Area. The Team have asked that residents make contact with them directly with any ideas about what actions could be taken. The team are open to all suggestions – no matter how creative the idea may seem!
Please send your ideas to the team by email: [email protected] or contact Lucy Boulton, Public Protection Officer (Environmental Monitoring) by phone on 01225 396493. You can also visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/tcbreathe for more information.
Clean Air Plan, Bath BreATHes 2021
Since 2002 BANES Officers have been monitoring pollution levels at the roadside in Bath. BANES Council have now launched a Clean Air Plan for Bath, with a view to introducing a Clean Air Charging Zone that’s capable of reducing NO2 in the city by 2021 at the latest.
The council has drawn up a shortlist of three options which they believe are capable of bringing about the required improvements by 2021. No decisions have been made at this time, but the council are legally bound to reach a decision on a final package of measures by December 2018. This will affect everyone, so please get involved. You can have your say here: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021/get-involved
This update follows a meeting with Lucy Boulton and Dr Nicola Courthold, Public Protection Officers (Environmental Monitoring) at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which took place on Tuesday with representatives of the Parish Council. A summary will be provided at the October Parish Council Meeting which will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at Temple Cloud Village Hall. Residents are welcome and there is a dedicated public participation session at the start of the meeting.
Parents across Bath and North East Somerset, whose children are currently in Year 6 are being reminded that the deadline for applying for a secondary school place for September 2019 is fast approaching.
And they are being urged to fill in all five preferences available to them to avoid being offered a place at a school some distance away.
The Schools Adjudicator, in a report to the council, highlights the fact that many children currently starting Year 7, who are travelling from South West Bath across the city to a school they didn’t name on their application form, could have secured a place at a closer school this year if only parents had used the five preferences available to them.
Parents and carers are being advised to use all five preferences in order to ensure that in a highly competitive school admissions process, they are able to ensure their child gains a place at a school within a reasonable travelling distance.
Councillor Paul May, cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “You could think of it as naming your top three schools but then adding in two reserves just in case, or make yourself a list of all 11 mainstream secondary schools across Bath and North East Somerset and put them in your order of preference, then tell us the top five. This will give your child the best chance by making use of your five preferences.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council must receive all applications by 31st October. Late applications will not be considered until the second round of allocations next May.
Councillor May added: “Parents should be reassured there are enough secondary school places locally with the council helping fund some existing schools to expand their numbers to ease the pressure on places that was experienced this September. The sufficiency of secondary school places also means there is no educational or economic argument for an additional school in Bath.”
This year 81.3% of parents across Bath and North East Somerset obtained their first preference school, with 93% offered one of their first three preferences.
Each preference is considered equally against the school’s admissions criteria regardless of whether it is listed as the first, second, third, fourth or fifth preference.
Your highest preference school is always given first consideration, if you do not qualify for a place your second preference will then be considered. Again if you do not qualify, your third preference will be considered and this continues down to your fifth preference. Offers of places will be made on the 1st March 2019.
People are being encouraged to take a last look at a unique free exhibition which, over the past four years, has commemorated the Centenary of the First World War.
First shown in Bath in 2014, the Bath & North East Somerset Council WW1 Remembered exhibition was displayed in Radstock in 2015, in Keynsham in 2016, and in Midsomer Norton in 2017; it now returns to Bath for a final showing.
Councillor Paul Myers, cabinet member for Economic & Community Regeneration, said: “Now is the last chance to see the exhibition back in Bath for two weeks, at the Central Library from Monday 1 October to Sunday 14 October.”
“WW1 Remembered tells some great local stories of the First World War through photographs and letters from the Bath In Time photographic archive and the Bath Record Office, as well as contributions from local people.”
The exhibition includes the story of Oliver Brooks who was born in Paulton. He grew up working as a carting boy in the coal mines. He enlisted in the Army when he was still under-age. In 1915 he became the only First World War soldier in the Bath and North East Somerset area to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Oliver Brooks continued to serve and came home to find his courageous efforts pictured on playing cards and even in Fry’s Cocoa advertisements.
WW1 Remembered is just one of several events taking place in Bath and North East Somerset this autumn to commemorate the WW1 Centenary. Find out more here.
The exhibition is free and is open at the following times: Monday-Friday 9:30am-6pm; Saturday 9:30am-5pm Sunday 1-4pm at Bath Central Library, The Podium, in Northgate Street.
From 3rd September 2018 the opening hours of police enquiry offices in Bath and Radstock will be changing, following a review of the service across Avon and Somerset. Alongside improvements in the police estate and the need to make significant savings, the changes are said to reflect the low footfall in some areas at certain times of the day.
Bath area commander, Chief Inspector Steve Kendall said: “Keeping our neighbourhood police officers in the heart of the community they serve is our priority and these plans will not make any changes to these officers. We know the role of the enquiry office is important in our communities and our main enquiry offices in Bath and Keynsham will continue to be open at the times when we receive the most visitors, supported by the enquiry office in Radstock.”
Police can be contacted 24/7 online at http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by phone – 999 if it is an emergency or a crime is happening now, 101 if a crime has happened in the past or if you have an enquiry. There is also a yellow phone positioned on police stations, where you can call the communications centre on 101 for free.
BANES Council have now published a link to the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) Consultation Report for Temple Cloud (following the first phase of public consultation).
50 responses to the online survey were received, which saw a 68% agreement with the proposed boundary.
The survey was the main method for collecting responses, however ideas and issues raised during the drop-in event and meeting were noted.
14 residents attended the drop-in event back in March at the Village Hall. Some lengthy and useful discussions took place.
During the consultation there were ~10 responses that requested the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) boundary be elongated to cover the whole stretch of A37 through the village.
Post consultation, the team reviewed the AQMA boundary and it was altered slightly in line with the requests.
The official AQMA sign-off has since been working its way through the Council’s decision making process.
Overall the project moves on to drafting the Air Quality Action Plan which has been started and the team have been generated ideas on this. The team have also had an initial group meeting with other service areas in the Council to discuss potential actions.
A further public consultation will follow at Action Plan stage.
BANES Council have published a notice of intent to introduce a number of variations to waiting restrictions along roads in North East Somerset.
Full details of the proposal are contained in the draft order which, together with a map and a Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the order, may be inspected at The One Stop Shops at Manvers Street, Bath and at Keynsham Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham during normal office hours.
Objections and representations with respect to the proposal, together with the grounds on which they are made must be sent by 12th July 2018, or by email to [email protected] The notice sets out that all representations received may be considered in public by the Council and that the substance of any representation, together with the name and address of the person making it, could become available for public inspection.
Residents are encouraged to consider the changes proposed by BANES Council which include changes at:
A37 Main Road/Paulmont Rise
A37 Main Road/Temple Inn Lane/Meadway/Brandown Close
The Parish Council will discuss the TRO and proposed changes affecting this parish at the July Parish Council Meeting which will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at Temple Cloud Village Hall.
As always, residents are welcome to attend and there is a dedicated session at the start of each meeting for public participation during which time residents are invited to speak to the council and share their views.
The below maps highlight the changes proposed in the parish (there are two pages of maps to click through) and a copy of the Notice of intent is also supplied for information.