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the online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends

November 2017

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Christmas is coming and for details of Nailsea Community Christmas Fair including where to buy online skate tickets click HERE. Other events are on the What's On page or a special festive page HERE.

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Nailsea Community Christmas Fair

Lots of children have been enjoying lessons making lanterns out of recycled plastic bottles and festive stickers ready for Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.
The children will be singing Christmas carols and parading under the arches at Somerset Square on Friday, December 1, at 5.30pm.
They should assemble behind the library 15 minutes earlier to collect their free LED tea lights.
The fun starts from 5pm and entertainment on a big stage at Somerset Square includes Nailsea School musicians, We Love Nailsea choir, singers, dancers, actors and panto performers.
Crown Glass Shopping Centre mascot Honeysuckle is booked to switch on the Christmas tree lights at 6pm.
To comply with North Somerset Council regulations people going to the fair both in Nailsea and nearby towns will have to pay an admission charge otherwise all the 40 plus stallholders would have to pay an extra £61 for a street trading permit.

At Nailsea it is 10p per person or by a £1 lucky programme.

Road closed

The High Street is being closed to traffic from 3-9pm so the charity, arts and crafts stalls can set up safely but there will be unrestricted access to all town centre car parks during the fair.
Colliers Walk is going to be a food and drink zone selling everything from dinky donuts to spicy meat burgers with beer, champagne and cider stalls also ready for business.
And if the children follow the sparkly footprints and signposts made by Nailsea Shedders they will find Santa’s Grotto at Clevedon Walk along with the mobile police unit with its free bike-marking service.
A pop-up photo shop will be at 65 High Street with the 6t5 youth club serving free hot chocolate from its new upstairs base and the Air Training Corp flight simulator parked outside.
Other attractions on the night include the big skate rink at Crown Glass Place, walkabout clowns and balloon seller, donkeys dressed as reindeer and nearly 30 shops and businesses staying open late.
Other dates for NCCF future planning meetings and other ‘happenings’ are:

  • Monday, November 27, 5.30pm NCCF meeting at Trinity Centre coffee lounge

  • Friday, November 24 all afternoon Tesco selling programmes/raffle tickets

  • Saturday, November 25 all day Tesco selling programmes/raffle tickets

  • Friday, December 1, 5-8pm Nailsea Community Christmas Fair

Photos from the Saturday market are HERE.

What has changed? Same story, same journalist, three decades apart. Difference is in the 1980s we joked that the line of the road had been drawn on the back of an empty fag packet...pictured below our beautiful green fields, Backwell lake and North Somerset MP Liam Fox in the bunker with Backwell Resistance planning strategy. Backwell protests in full swing see photos below

Urbanisation of North Somerset

Backwell is going bananas about the proposed housing sprawl and new major road links for the small A370 village.

Villagers are planning petitions, sit-ins and huge neon roadside signs objecting to the changes on the drawing board for its rural setting.

But in Nailsea the reaction to news of 4,000 more homes in this part of North Somerset is a bit more muted.

While Backwell is stopping short of manning the barricades it has organised a public meeting for Thursday, November 23, inviting people to ‘fight change’ but whether this is a bit like King Canute trying to stop the tide coming in’ we will see.

Resident Lorraine Hopkinson-Parker attended the parish hall exhibition by Taylor Wimpy.

She said: “When I voiced concerns over the ability of Backwell as a village to absorb that number of people, children, cars that 700 additional houses would generate the response was that this was understood and with North Somerset Council they would look at additional facilities being provided at the ‘hub’ of the new development.”

The majority of the new homes are proposed for fields behind West Leigh School/Moor Lane, stretching down as far as Chelvey together with a 240-place primary school.

With Nailsea likely to get 3,200 new homes it is planned that the extra traffic generated will feed into a major new road and Metrobus route across Backwell Common which currently shows it running across Backwell Lake to link to the rail station.

Some estimate it will send thousands of extra cars onto the A370 commuter route which is already gridlocked at peak hours – especially with overflow when M4/M5 has roadworks/accidents.

All was first revealed last month when the Joint Spatial Plan which is the blueprint for future development was published.

Consultation on this will run to January 2018 before being submitted to a Government inspection for independent examination in March.

Hundreds of Backwell residents have already taken to social media to vent their anger…Nailsea is somewhat more circumspect as with empty classrooms and shops some population growth was expected although the community is fiercely opposed to mass building on the beautiful countryside which surrounds the town and the diverse eco-system the green space supports.

Fears of a new dual-carriageway added to the massive pylons in the pipeline to provide power for the next generation could add to the biggest blot on its rural landscape since the 1960s when the village grew from 3,000 to 17,000.

Backwell Parish Council said in a statement that ‘There have been lots of planning activity relevant to Backwell going on behind the scenes during the past months…as a result of changes to planning policy outside our control’.

The result is North Somerset Council is being forced by central government to implement long term plans a decade earlier than anticipated.

Which basically means Backwell’s Neighbourhood Plan being binned.

The four unitary authorities in this part of West of England produced the draft Joint Spatial Plan for the period 2016–2036.

The parish council added ‘the potential significance of these proposals for Backwell are enormous’.

The JSP document, supporting evidence and details of how to make a submission as part of the engagement process will be published online at on Wednesday, November 22.

The draft West of England JSP was approved for consultation by North Somerset Council executive last week.

The council has been working with the three other West of England authorities – South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and Bristol – to develop the plan.

The JSP sets out the overall amount of new homes and business development and where it should be located across the West of England area, as well as the key infrastructure, such as transport improvements, needed to support that growth.

Within North Somerset new communities are proposed near Banwell, Churchill, Backwell and Nailsea.

If the locations for these new communities are confirmed, the new North Somerset Local Plan will need to set out in more detail how the proposals will be planned and delivered.

Local residents are being invited to discuss, debate and contribute ideas towards how to plan for these new communities at four Local Plan drop-in events where planning and transport officers will be available to answer questions.

Residents can drop in any time during these sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 22 at Churchill Primary School, 6-8.30pm

  • Wednesday, November 29 at Banwell, Winscombe and Sandford Children’s Centre, 3-7pm

  • Thursday, November 30 at Backwell Parish Hall, 4-8pm

  • Thursday, December 7 at Nailsea Tithe Barn, 2-6.30pm.

You can also visit the Local Plan 2036 webpage at where you can see the information which will be available and find out how to join the discussion.

A draft of North Somerset’s new Local Plan will be published for consultation in the spring.



Nailsea Action Group formed to protect rural Nailsea has reacted to plans to building thousands more houses in the town.
It said: "The plan proposes an additional 2,575 houses on top of existing allocations making a total of more than 3,600 houses. 
"A 50 per cent increase in the size of Nailsea.
"Nailsea Town Council is having a full council meeting to discuss its response to the plan on Wednesday, November 29, at 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn.
The agenda including the council’s proposed response and a copy of the letter sent by chairman David Packham to North Somerset MP Liam Fox can be read via the NAG website by clicking HERE.
NAG added: "Please try and attend if possible to express your views to the town council."
North Somerset Council exhibition is also at the Tithe Barn on Thursday, December 7, 2-6pm.

How Nailsea People reported it first on its Breaking News page more than a fortnight ago

Future planning blueprint


  • Nailsea and Backwell have been earmarked as 'stategic development areas' in a the final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan which is due to be discussed by North Somerset Counci special executive committee on Tuesday November 14.
  • Apart from hundreds of new houses the key seems to be the railway station to be linked by new road to A370 plus four additional primary schools and a new secondary school! 
  • Nailsea and Backwell are to keep separate identifies with a 'stategic gap' and Station Road is down for improvements.

The final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) has been published ahead of its consideration by the four councils, North Somerset, Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The JSP will provide the overarching development framework to guide housing, employment and infrastructure requirements to 2036.

The JSP will be discussed by the West of England Joint Committee on Monday 30 October and, subject to the approval of the four councils, public engagement is planned this winter before the document and feedback received is sent to the Secretary of State for examination next year.

The JSP sets out the policies and principles that have been applied in determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development. The document is the product of more than two years joint working and two previous consultations, where individuals, communities and other stakeholders have made contributions to help shape the future growth of the region.

The JSP is the first such joint planning approach in the UK, which takes into account the impact that development in one area has across council boundaries.

Alongside the JSP, the four councils are continuing to develop a Joint Transport Study (JTS), which is designed to help the region meet the growing infrastructure demands that new growth will bring, as well as identifying the projects that are needed to upgrade existing links where there is already pressure on road and public transport networks.

This includes providing the key transport infrastructure needed to reduce reliance on cars with better road and extended cycle links, improved junctions and better access to public transport.

In a joint statement, the leaders of North Somerset Council, Cllr Nigel Ashton, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Cllr Tim Warren, South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Matthew Riddle and the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “Each of the councils in the West of England face a key challenge: To ensure there are sufficient new homes, jobs and infrastructure to accommodate a growing population, while at the same time protecting and enhancing our unique built and natural environment.

“This is not just a local issue, the UK as a whole is struggling to meet growing demand for new homes. We have joined forces to prepare a different type of plan to tackle this challenge.

“The JSP aims to build a common understanding of the need for new housing and the benefits that new development will bring, including transport improvements and more opportunities to link our communities with homes and jobs.

“Of course the impact of growth will vary in different communities, so it is important that people understand why the strategy is being proposed.

"The JSP includes the locations that would be sites for sustainable growth. It also spells out the policies and evidence, which we have already consulted upon, that has guided these decisions.

“People have talked constructively, taking into account that development in one part of our region impacts the others, about meeting the increased demand for services and infrastructure that housing growth brings and, because we are looking ahead for the next 20 years, about protecting our natural environment for the long-term.

“We have the power through long-term and evidence-based planning to address key economic and social imbalances in the region and to support inclusive growth.  We need to ensure the homes that are built meet people’s needs; they need to be the right size, in sustainable communities, available to rent and to buy and in locations that people and businesses need.

“Businesses should be able to locate where they can be most efficient and create jobs, enabling people to live in places which are accessible to where they work. Transport and infrastructure provision needs to be in place up front or keep pace with development to support sustainable growth.

“People feel passionately about where they live and the impact new growth might have on their local communities. We share the value they place on their local environment, landscape and biodiversity because it is part of what makes our region the place we want to live.
“We are committed to this plan-led approach to provide certainty to our communities, in order to secure high quality, sustainable growth for the West of England.”

In the first half of November, the JSP and proposed engagement plan will be considered by each of the four WoE local authorities.

Only once it is approved can it proceed.

Subject to approval by the four councils, the proposed public engagement is due to run from 22 November until 10 January, 2018. Following this process, the draft plan, along with all of the feedback received will be sent to the Secretary of State (SoS) early next year.

The draft plan will then be examined in public by an Independent Planning Inspector, who will then make a report back to the local authorities, which may include proposed amendments. Once satisfied that the plan meets all planning rules and laws, the four councils must adopt the plan, giving it statutory authority. At that point the approved JSP would sit above and guide the review of the councils’ own Local Plans.

To read the full nearly 400 page document click HERE.

POLICY 7.4 - BACKWELL, North Somerset


Land to the west of Backwell is shown indicatively on the Key Diagram as the broad location to accommodate an extension to the village. The key strategic principles and infrastructure requirements are as follows:

  • Delivery of an extension to Backwell village to create a sympathetic and well-designed development appropriate to its rural setting of around 700 dwellings including affordable housing.

  • Lower densities will be expected on more sensitive parts of the site, including to safeguard heritage and ecological assets.

  • Creation of new footpath and cycleways linking the site to the rail station, proposed MetroBus connections and local services and facilities.

  • Improvements to the rail station to create a multimodal interchange including enhanced parking, facilitating increased frequency and capacity, accessibility and accommodating a MetroBus interchange.

  • Local junction improvements will be required including at Station Road, and theA370 Backwell signalised junction.

  • Provision of a primary school of at least 2.4ha to be located to maximise safe access from surrounding communities by walking and cycling.

  • Protection of the settings of historic Chelvey and West Town Conservation Area and the need for sensitive treatment in respect of the setting of Grove Farm.

  • Strategic approach to the assessment, safeguarding and enhancement of greater and lesser horseshoe bat habitat (particularly the Juvenile Sustenance Zone between the A370 and Chelvey Road), and Tickenham; Nailsea and Kenn Moor SSSI interests.

  • Development should avoid the flood plain and demonstrate reduced run-off rates including through the use of attenuation ponds and other features as appropriate. Additional land may be required off-site to facilitate long term water storage as part of the sustainable drainage strategy.

  • Development to be mitigated with the delivery of: APPENDIX A Page 44 i. New multi-modal link from A370 Long Ashton Bypass to station interchange (including rail crossing), Nailsea SDL and Nailsea town centre, with connection to A370 west of Backwell (including rail crossing) and a new or improved connection to M5. ii. New MetroBus route linking Bristol to Nailsea from Long Ashton Bypass to the station interchange (including rail crossing), Nailsea SDL and Nailsea town centre, and potential onward link to Clevedon. iii. Opportunities to phase delivery of the highway improvements in step with parts of the development may be explored.

POLICY 7.7 – NAILSEA SW, North Somerset


Land to the south west of Nailsea is shown indicatively on the Key Diagram as the broad location to accommodate a new extension to the town. The key strategic principles and infrastructure requirements are as follows:

  • Delivery of an extension to the south west of Nailsea with its own character and sense of identity for around 2575 dwellings including affordable housing. An additional 725 dwellings are estimated beyond 2036.

  • Creation of a new local centre to form the heart of the new community with a range of retail, employment, services and facilities, but of a scale and type which is complementary to Nailsea town centre which will remain the main centre.

  • Higher densities at the local centre and at accessible locations, particularly along the proposed MetroBus route and lower densities towards the western edge of the development.

  • Creation of new footpath and cycleways linking the new local centre with residential areas, locations within Nailsea and the rail station and public transport services.

  • Development to be mitigated with the delivery of:

i. New multi-modal link from A370 Long Ashton Bypass to station interchange (including rail crossing), new development area and Nailsea town centre, with connection to A370 west of Backwell (including rail crossing) and a new or improved connection to the M5.

ii. New MetroBus route linking Bristol to Nailsea from Long Ashton Bypass to the station interchange (including rail crossing), new development area and Nailsea town centre, and onward link to Clevedon via M5 J20 link.

iii. Opportunities to phase delivery of the highway improvements in step with parts of the development may be explored.

  • Local junction improvements including Station Road, and A370 Backwell signalised junction.

  • Provision of a secondary school of 8 ha and four primary schools of at least 2.4ha each, located to maximise safe access by walking and cycling.

  • Strategic approach to the assessment, safeguarding and enhancement of greater and lesser horseshoe bat habitat, and Tickenham; Nailsea and Kenn Moor SSSI interests. This includes investigating the potential for a dark corridor through the new development linking habitats at Backwell through to open countryside to the north and at Batch Farm Meadow wildlife site.

  • Protection of heritage assets and their settings particularly listed farm buildings in the area whose settings should be addressed through a sensitive green infrastructure strategy.

  • Long-term water storage and other measures are likely to be required as part of a sustainable drainage strategy, as well as reduced run-off rates to surrounding area. Measures to ensure water quality and levels are not adversely impacted on the nearby Tickenham Moors SSSI must be in place.

  • The separate identity and character of Nailsea and Backwell will be retained through the provision of an appropriate Strategic Gap.

  • Improvements to the rail station to create a multimodal interchange including enhanced parking, facilitating increased frequency and capacity, accessibility and accommodating a MetroBus interchange.

  • Consideration of relocation/undergrounding of existing pylons.

  • Identification of around 10.5 ha of employment land well-connected to the railway station, local centre and Metrobus route. Investigate the potential for a new office park close to the railway with optimum travel links.

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: Nailsea's own Old Curiousity Shop has a definite Dickensian look with its stock of pre-loved designer clothes, shabby chic furniture and bric-a-brac galore. Beautiful owner Sandi MacDonald said: “We have lots of unusual items some especially seasonal." Pop in and have a look at this High Street emporium. A 10 per cent discount if you mention Nailsea People website.




  • Schoolwear: uniforms, shoes, nametapes

  • Sportswear: PE kits and more

  • Footwear: football boots, Wellington boots, trainers, shoes, velcro daps

  • Dancewear: RAD approved ballet, tap, modern, jazz

  • Uniforms and accessories: Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts

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