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An Agenda for the next Meeting of the Parish Council to be held on 3rd August 2021 is set out below


You are hereby summoned to attend a Meeting of Woolavington Parish Council which will be held in  Woolavington Village Hall, Higher Road, Woolavington on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 at 7.30 p.m.



To identify any declarations of interest.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 29th June 2021 to be presented and signed.

Public Question Time.

To receive brief reports from the County and District Councillors;

To receive an update on issues relating to anti-social behaviour in Woolavington;

Maintenance and Highway issues – to consider attached report.

Villages Together – to receive an update

Finance – Authorisation for payment and approval of bank reconciliation at 30.6.2021 (previously circulated)

Planning Applications - to consider 008 – Retrospective application for 2 mobile home pitches and creation of 4 mobile home pitches, Vardoes, Cossington Lane – Mr & Mrs W. Burton; 010 - Erection of a two-classroom block with toilets on site of a temporary classroom unit, Woolavington Village Primary School, Higher Road – Clevedon Learning Trust; 012 – Change of use of land to residential caravan site with 9 pitches each with three mobile homes and hardstanding area to the south of Green Paddock, Cossington Lane – A. Smith; to confirm recommendation of refusal in respect of 011 – Proposed change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling at Chilpitts – Mr & Mrs J. Haggett and to consider any new application received by the date of the Meeting.

Reports from Voluntary Organisations.

Date of next Meeting – Tuesday, 14th September at 7.30 p.m.

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27th July 2021                                                Clerk of the Council

The Press and Public are welcome to attend this Meeting

Members are reminded that the Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions: Equal Opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), Crime and Disorder, Health and Safety and Human Rights.




The Gravity Village Enhancement Scheme is scheduled to commence six months after completion of the new link road in accordance with the provisions of the S106 Agreement. Completion of the link road is behind schedule

The County Council’s Land Drainage Officers have been investigating the long outstanding drainage issue in Crancombe Lane. The inspection cover in the road is dislodged during heavy rainfall but the cause has been discovered to be a blocked culvert on private land. This is being followed up.

County Highways have repaired a number of road defects in the village and they will also enhance the faded road markings. Sections of the Hill have been put on a list for possible resurfacing. It has been noted that only the actual defect holes are filled and cracked or subsiding areas around the holes are ignored resulting in the reinstatements breaking out again at an early date.


A grant of £20,000 has been received by National Grid to enable the Playing Fields Association to replace the old wooden equipment with a robust modern metal trim trail and safety surfacing for the 4 to 12 age range. Work is scheduled to start on 16th August 2021.

The provision of the new skateboard facility in the Sports field has been delayed due to a difficulty in the contractor being able to source some of the specialised materials required from the USA. He has most of the other materials and some of the parts have been assembled.

Discussions are being held with Sedgemoor Planning Officers regarding the future maintenance of the amenity areas, play areas and allotments on the Wain Homes site. It is understood that the developer is willing for the Parish Council to manage these areas but they will not be completed for several years.

The transfer of the bus shelter outside of the Surgery was completed in late May and a few days later glass in one end was broken. Mr Bickers is sourcing some replacement glass. Mr Marsh has replaced the acrylic sheet in the Higher Road noticeboard.

The Litter Pick on Saturday 3rd July was successful with some 15 volunteers. Several people suggested holding two events per year but they are not so successful in the autumn due to leaf but events in the spring and early summer next year could be arranged.

A request has been received for the Parish Council to plant a tree to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary early next year. At the same time, details were received of an offer of £150 worth of free trees from the District Council. 5 standard trees such as silver birch could be obtained with guards/ties etc. There is room to plant these trees at a suitable distance apart in the cemetery field, it being noted that the mature ash tree is likely to be lost to disease in the near future. There is an undertaking to maintain the trees etc especially for the first two years including watering in dry weather.

Several maintenance items have been identified in the Sportsfield including renewing some kissing gate posts and renewing the wooden treads to the steps near the Highcroft entrance. Mr Bickers will attend to these after peak grass cutting season. There have also been requests for benches along the perimeter footpath and this will be considered by the Playing Fields’ Association in the first instance. Nigel Haggett will refurbish the sloping section of the path leading to the Lower Play Area from the car park.

Work is underway on a 28-year extension to the Sportsfield lease. There will be legal costs to be met by the Parish Council.