- Note - all Committees consist of volunteers
from the Parish Council. Co-option of additional members does occasionally
- Note - members of the public have a
right to attend any of the meetings of the following committees except where
very special circumstances arise
1. Award Land. The Award Land
is that given to the Parish under the Shipham and Winscombe Enclosure Act of
1799. The committee meets at the discretion of the Chairman to deal with
matters pertaining to the efficient management of the Award Land.
2. Cemetery and Allotments Committee. This
Committee meets quarterly to deal with matters pertaining to the efficient
management of the Cemetery and Allotments at Ilex Lane off Sandford Road.
The Allotments were established in 1976. The
twenty productive plots are rented on an annual basis to local residents. At
present, owing to an increased interest in home grown produce, there is a
waiting list of prospective tenants.
The Cemetery area dates from the 1960's, has graves,
'vacant' plots, and a separate section for people's ashes. The whole area is in
a tranquil setting away from traffic. A cemetery orderly is employed to look
after the area.
3. Chairman's Committee.
This Committee meets on an ad hoc basis at the
discretion of the Chairman to deal with matters that require an urgent decision
and/or for which it would be inappropriate to call a special meeting of the
Environment Committee. This Committee
considers issues relating to the following:
- traffic calming, street works, rural waiting restrictions,
public rights-of-way and the obstruction of footpaths:
- play areas, bus shelters, public seating, public
conveniences, village orderlies, street naming and numbering, street lighting
and floral decorations.
The following are issues considered by this Committee
- General purpose gangs: these consist of three to
four workmen that carry out remedial work, taking on a task lasting a day. This
may be drain/gully clearing, laying curb stones etc. Each parish has a GP gang
for four days in a year! Winscombe and Sandford have one day in January, April,
June, and September . Please send details of any remedial work that needs to be
addressed in your area to the Parish Clerk.
- Pot holes: the parish council receives complaints on
a daily basis on the disrepair of the roads. North Somerset Highways has not
had the resources to carry out any road drainage /repairs for many months. In
the new financial year, more funding has been allocated to target this problem.
- Drainage: Winscombe Hill has a drainage scheme
planned but whether the funding is allocated to this remains to be seen. Please
write to your district councillor for support.
- Gully emptying: this is done once a year by North
Somerset. Certain designated routes are emptied biannually, as is Winscombe
Hill. The Parish Council are constantly recommending that more frequent and
thorough emptying is undertaken.
- Road gritting: North Somerset do not have a duty to
grit the roads during extreme weather conditions. Recent policy recommends that
F1 and F2 routes are gritted. F1 routes, major routes and A roads, are gritted
in anticipation of bad weather, e.g.. A368 in Sandford. F2 routes (roads
accessing and egressing villages) are gritted after bad weather, i.e. Sandford
Road through Winscombe.
5. Finance Committee. This
Committee considers and recommends to the Council priorities for
- raising of fees and charges
- insurance issues,grants and
- an annual precept figure.
The committee consists of the Parish Committee Chairmen, and
the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Parish Council.
Action Team. (CSLAT - Community Safety
Local Action Team). This Committee was formed in May 1999 as a result of a new
Crime and Disorder Act. Its role is to identify community, and to find ways of
resolving them either locally or by involving the correct authorities. At the
moment the Committee consists of fifteen members, coming from all sections of
the Parish. If any person wishes to join the group he/she will be very
7. Planning Committee. All members of the Council
are invited to attend Planning Meetings. This Committee deals with planning
application and development-control, together with the consideration of
strategic planning issues. Meetings comply with deadlines for planning
applications, and therefore agenda are posted three full-working-days before
the scheduled meeting date.
8. War Memorial
Recreation Ground. This Ground was acquired
by money raised from public subscription as a permanent Memorial to the
Officers and Men of the Parish who fell or served in the Great War, 1914-18.
The Ground is vested in the Parish Council and is held in trust by the Council
for recreation, amusement, athletic sports, instruction, improvement and
generally for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish. The management of
the Ground is the responsibility of the War Memorial Recreation Ground
Committee. This Committee deals with all issues specified under the current
constitution. Representatives from the Parish Council attend all WMRG meetings.
Council. The Youth Council has received support from Community
Action, a registered charity, which works in partnership with local
authorities, parish and town councils through a Youth Council Facilitator.
The Youth Forum (Winscombe and Sandford) began
in Churchill Secondary School. Local youngsters then met each month, so finding
a means of becoming involved in the community.
A survey was sent in the parish to eleven year olds and
above. The survey asked which of a BMX track, an indoor meeting place or an
outdoor meeting place was needed in the Parish. The majority voted for an
outdoor meeting place, as being somewhere to hang out and meet friends. This
seemed an achievable first-time project.
Designs for and siting of an
outdoor meeting place. The Thames Valley Police good practice guide
entitled "Youth Shelters and Sports Systems" first published in
September 1999 addressed the need for provision of outdoor meeting points and
informal sports areas for youths and gave the Council some basic ideas. Designs
and materials drawn up by members of the Youth Council were discussed with a
local artist and now, at last, the Youth shelter is in position.
Fun: the Youth Council arranges events and days-out
to create awareness and have fun. If you want to know more, please contact the
Clerk to the Parish Council. If your
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