Part one - election results.
Part two (a)- byways open to all
Part two (b)- update re byways open to all
Parish Election Results.May 1st. 2003
The votes cast for the following nominated persons
were as follows:
Those elected are underlined.
|Prudence Anne Witter
Part Two (a)
Byways Open to All Traffic
North Somerset Council has published an
Order that, if carried out, will give traffic of all descriptions the right to
drive over the footpaths along Eastwell Lane, Fullers Lane, Yadley Lane and
Yadley Way. The idea, it is believed, originated from Woodspring Bridleways
Association. Details of the Order have been published in local newspapers and
many, many parishioners are totally against its implementation.
The Chairman of the Parish Council
Environment Committee, with the support of many other groups within the parish,
"It is important in the wider
context that North Somerset Council does all within its power to defeat this
continuing threat to our countryside. The Council originally determined that no
Order should be made but was over-ruled by the Secretary of State following an
appeal. The Council must be urged towards consistency by deciding that the
Order must be referred to a Public Inquiry and by continuing to object to the
Order being carried out. A Public Inquiry should enable the will of the
majority to prevail!
The defences against these applications,
and the subsequent appeals, place a burden upon public and private resources
totally disproportionate to the ease with which the applications may be
submitted. The current stream of applications is both politically and
environmentally unacceptable and North Somerset Council at a Public Inquiry
must be sure not to adopt a neutral stance but support the rejection of the
Order. This action will then send a clear message to all concerned that the
Council does not support such applications and does not wish to foot the bill
for the attendant, considerable costs."
Apparently, over one-hundred and
seventy-five people registered by post with North Somerset Council an objection
to the above plans and, as legislation insists, all were without recourse to
describing concerns that involved safety, loss of amenity, effects on wildlife
and inconvenience to other users. These concerns will, if the need arises, be
voiced later and result in even more letters of complaint.
Objections will now go before the North
Somerset Council's Southern Area Committee (Chairman - Councillor Tony Lake).
If they represent the feelings in our Parish, these Committees will make the
decision that a Public Inquiry must take place and that North Somerset Council
will continue to oppose this Order. We shall all look out for the results of
Part Two (b) - an update
Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATS)
The Council's South Area Committee
considered the matter on 30th July 2003, recommending to the Planning and
Regulatory Committee that the Secretary of State should be advised that the
Council does not support confirmation of the Order. The Planning and Regulatory
Committee endorsed the recommendation on 20th August 2003. These Committees
agreed that whilst the appeal was originally granted on the basis that there
was confilicting evidence such that it was reasonable for byways open to all
traffic to be alleged to exist, the Committees did not accept that on the
balance of probabilities, byway rights had actually been shown to exist.
Some form of inquiry will now take place
for a final decision to be made and for this to be recommended to the Secretary
of State. The inquiry should take place in Winscombe sometime during
If you require further details of how
you could present your views to North Somerset Council, contact Gerald Lloyd,
Chairman of the Parish Environment Committee, by telephone on 01934 842468 or
by e-mail - email@example.com.
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