Monthly Archives: December 2014

CONSULTATION ON RURAL HOUSING SITES AT WESTERLEIGH – response form

As part of a review of the local need for housing in rural areas of South Gloucestershire, your Parish Council has identified that there is a need for 20 dwellings to provide for smaller households/ starter homes (1-2 bed) and for families (3-5 bed) in Westerleigh.  It is suggested that these new homes should be market dwellings and shared ownership with no right to buy and this could be delivered through an extension to the settlement boundary at Westerleigh and removing part of the village from the Green Belt. The parish council’s reasons for supporting this alternative approach are:

“Based on recent census data Westerleigh Village has a high proportion of older residents needing specific services, whilst the village as a whole needs an influx of younger residents who would bring specific needs on services to make rural habitation a viable option.  Development can take place in a sympathetic manner achievable by ‘insetting’ whilst maintaining its green belt status”

This approach was subject to public consultation in the summer of 2014. 

The parish council has considered the responses to the summer consultation and has now asked us to consult you on potential sites for this new housing which would then be identified in the Policies, Sites & Places Plan.  Any new housing sites and part of the existing village would be removed from the Green Belt as part of this process, in line with government policy.

We have undertaken a technical assessment of sites on the edge of the village in order to identify potential alternative sites for up to 20 new houses taking into account a variety of issues such as heritage, landscape, impact on Green Belt, access etc.

From this assessment we have concluded that sites 4 & 9 could potentially be suitable for development.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE SITES ARE IN THE GREEN BELT, OUTSIDE THE SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY AND IN THE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE AND WILL REMAIN SO UNLESS AND UNTIL THIS CHANGED IN A DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

Westerleigh Response Form 2014

Christmas Message from Avon and Somerset Police

Christmas is almost upon us.  For a lot of people in a lot of different ways it is a very special time of the year.  For many it is a time for visiting family and friends, the giving of gifts and attending parties and social functions.

I would like to share with you all a few hints and tips for helping to have a crime free, happy, mishap free Christmas.

Your home:

Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when in the house.

Keep presents out of sight. Large piles of gift wrapped presents under the tree that are visible through a door or window are tempting to thieves.

Don’t leave empty boxes on display outside. Discarded packaging advertises all the new goods you have indoors.

Don’t leave car keys and handbags as well as other small easily portable items of value on display from outside your house.

Make it look like someone is at home when you’re going out for the evening. Leave lights on and close curtains. If you have a burglar alarm, set it.

If you’re going on holiday over the festive period, ask a friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on your house.  If they can get them to change things in and around your home giving the illusion that the house is still being lived in.

Your car:

Don’t leave presents in view in the car when out shopping. These can be tempting to thieves. Lock them out of sight.

Always lock your car and make sure windows are closed, even if you are away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.

Never leave your keys in the ignition whilst your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Opportunistic thieves will often steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.

Don’t leave valuables in the glove compartment. Take bank cards, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems with you. These items are on a car thieves’ shopping list.

Ensure you park in a well lit area or in an attended car park.

If you have returned to your car to deposit shopping and intend to return to do more shopping consider parking your car in a different location in case you have been seen depositing your shopping.

Your property:

Make sure all valuable property is marked. You can either postcode mark your property with an ultra violet pen, or use a forensic marking solution such as Smartwater.

Register bike frame numbers, mobile phone IMEI numbers and other identifying details on Immobilise, the free, national property registration scheme – http://www.immobilise.com/

The police recover hundreds of stolen items every year, and it’s much easier to prove that an item is stolen and return it to the rightful owner if it has been registered with Immobilise or security marked.

Be alert when you go out, and make sure your purse or wallet is secure and hidden from view.  Don’t carry large amounts of cash on you.

Don’t keep your chequebook and card together. Keep your PIN confidential and don’t write it down.

Check that your home insurance adequately covers you for the value of goods in your home.

Passing stolen goods:

You can make it difficult for criminals to operate by not purchasing stolen property. If you are offered a quality product at a bargain price you should be thinking is this too good to be true – ensure that the source is genuine.

If there is nobody to supply to, the demand is reduced – which results in less being stolen!

Drink & Drugs while Driving:

Many people will be visiting family and friends or attending parties at this time of year.

Ensure that you have nominated drivers driving to and from where ever you are going.  People will sometimes try to calculate what alcohol they have drunk and decide whether they will be able to drive and be under the legal limit.  The safest way and only way to be sure is to not drink any alcoholic drinks at all if you driving.

Having been out for the evening and drunk large quantities of alcohol people can still find themselves over the legal limit when they drive the following day.  The chances of being over the limit are increased if the person has gone to bed late and/or is getting up early the next morning.  Consider your plans fro the following day before you start drinking and plan accordingly.

Officers across Avon & Somerset force area are carrying out stop-checks throughout the month of December and increasing patrols in hot spot areas, including more isolated locations and rat runs.

The message is clear – if you’re getting behind the wheel, steer clear of alcohol and drugs. The penalties are severe:

Drink drivers face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000 and a driving ban of at least 12 months.

  • Anyone causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink could be imprisoned for up to 10 years and banned for up to two years.
  • Refusal to provide a breath specimen could lead to a six month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5,000 and a 12 month ban from driving.

Above all look out for each other and look after yourselves.  From the DC122 Neighbourhood Policing Team; PCSO Andy POUND and PC Finbar SIMMONS have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

 

Frome Vale Area Forum

 

A number of decisions were made at Area Forum meeting last week that affect Westerleigh Parish:

  • Speeding traffic on Nibley Lane between Badminton Road and Iron Acton has long been a concern for residents in Nibley and also for cyclists using the cycle route. At the Forum we approved a scheme to introduce a 20mph limit there.
  • We awarded New Homes Bonus money to Coalpit Heath Village Hall (“The Miners”) to put solar panels on their roof.
  • Station Road, Coalpit Heath was one of the roads we chose for resurfacing in 2015/16.