Update – 21st December 2018
The Council submitted a full response to the planning application, lodging a strong Objection on bahelf of our parishioners.
Nevertheless, at the NSC Planning and Regulatory Committee meeting on the 12th December, the application was APPROVED – subject to conditions. We await the formal minute to understand what those conditions are.
We understand that North Somerset Council will now be applying to ventral Government for funding.
All of the documents – including our response – are available to view on the North Somerset Council website https://planning.n-somerset.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for 18/P/4758/FUL
Update – 26th November 2018
Matters have progressed at pace (since the original post below) and a full planning application has been submitted. Search for 18/P/4758/FUL on the NSC website to see all of the details.
A village meeting took place on the 24th November 2018 at which parishioners expressed their views at an “open” Council meeting. This has served to inform the Council of what to say in its response to the planning application.
Original Post – October 2017
The Weston to Clevedon cycle route is a long held ambition of North Somerset Council and, since it was last discussed with us in 2013, the project has been on “the back burner”. However, following the success and publicity surrounding the Brean to Weston cycle route, interest in the route that will prospectively go through Kingston Seymour has been re-energised.
Your Parish Council became aware of this shortly before the September 2017 meeting and we invited representatives from the project along to that month’s meeting.
The full draft minutes of that meeting are attached here and the section below relays what was said about the link.
To understand the latest proposals for the proposed Cycle Route through the village.
David Fish (DF) attended on behalf of North Somerset Council (NSC) to explain the current position with the proposed Cycle Route from Weston to Clevedon.
By way of background, DF advised that the proposal had first been discussed in 2012 but had been stood down when Natural England declared their intent to create a Coastal footpath and North Somerset Council deemed it most appropriate to work with them at the due time. The Coastal Footpath work is underway and it is NSC’s intent to work closely with Natural England.
The creation of this Cycle Route being part of North Somerset Council’s overall strategy to encourage greater access to areas of the county and a healthier lifestyle.
A document – dated August 2015 and entitled “Weston to Clevedon Cycle Route – Tutshill Crossing Proposals: Kingston Seymour to Wick St.Lawrence” – was available (and will be placed on the Kingston Seymour website), but DF stressed that whilst this a good starting point, he would be reassessing the proposals in this document to re-test their validity so it could not be assumed that these proposals were exactly what was going to happen.
By way of timescales, DF envisaged that initial feasibility work will be completed in this financial year (i.e. by the end of March 2018) – that in the FY 2018-19 there would be funding applications made to various bodies and planning permissions sought where required – the in 2019-20 once funding was in place, a three month tender period would be started, with construction some time later on in that financial year. The project could easily take up to 5 years to deliver
A number of questions were raised by parishioners at the meeting and these have been summarised and listed on the supplementary sheet to these minutes. These questions will be formally submitted to North Somerset Council and this list will be maintained and developed going forward. A copy of the latest position will be placed on the Kingston Seymour website.
Action: Clerk to create and maintain the list and to formally write to North Somerset Council
MS acknowledged the feelings of many of those in attendance and thanked DF for coming to see the village at such an early stage in proceedings. MS emphasised that a number of fundamental questions were asked which need a comprehensive and robust response. A future visit will be arranged so that DF can update the village on progress and, in the meantime, the question bank will be kept up to date with the latest responses from North Somerset to the questions raised by the parish.
The minutes refer to two documents.
- The first is a fairly detailed analysis of the Kingston Seymour to Wick St Lawrence section. This demonstrates the level of thinking that existed at the time the project was formally shelved in August 2015. This document is here.
- The second is a list of questions which we have now formally asked North Somerset Council. This document is here. This document will be updated as answers are received or as new questions are raised.
Update – October 2017. North Somerset Council have given an initial response to our questions and these are posted here
If you have any questions or would like the Parish Council to refer anything new to North Somerset Council, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you, Steve Dixon, Parish Clerk