News 1 July 2015
Fourth of July
The big parade for Fourth of July wound its way through the streets of Nailsea at the weekend.
But although Nailsea Carnival procession was on the same date as Independence Day in the United States the Europeans dominated.
And it was the'Allo 'Allo entry by Nailsea Bikers which won the day with its French theme and German tank - and wicked gun mounted water pistol!
Organised by Friends of 1st Nailsea Scouts the fun procession of fancy dress walkers from schools, dance troupes and community groups turned the village streets into a riot of colour.
An hilarious moment in the middle of carnival parade came when woman pushed her supermarket trolley full of loo rolls across the High Street pedestrian crossing seemingly oblivious to all going on around her - this and other images are captured in the gallery which can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Starting at the Clevedon Road and ending at the Millennium Park for the fair a crowd of thousands lined the streets which for the second year in succession was bathed in summer sunshine.
And on the field at Scotch Horn music and dance, children’s rides, stalls and a big car boot sale dominated.
2015 marks the 28th anniversary of the event organised by 1st Nailsea Scout Group and is its main fundraiser.
The group has raised half the £180,000 needed to repair its dilapidated training and activity centre at Clevedon Road built nearly 50 years ago.
But with a Scouts Association loan of £80,000 to repay it needs every penny it can raise.
Work started in March this year and is expected to be completed by the beginning of October.
In the meantime the various packs are meeting at a number of different venues in the town while the building is out of action including Nailsea School and 2nd Nailsea Scout’s headquarters at Hannah More Road.
Monies from the bucket collection on route are going to the scout building fund along with the profits from the sales of the door-to-door programmes.
The group currently has nearly 200 boys and girls aged between six and 14 in its beaver, cub and scout sections and offers a variety of programme activities throughout the year including archery, canoeing, sailing and camping.
Nailsea Town Council supports the scouts carnival with a £750 grants and sponsorship from the business community and individuals is being sought.
Results added now to gallery pics HERE
Please may we turn lights on?
Nailsea School offer neighbours blackout blinds and to stop using all weather pitch July Sundays
Nailsea School is trying again to extend the use of its all weather pitch.
The academy at Mizzymead Road withdrew an earlier application after an assessment by a sound engineer found noises levels for those living nearby to be unacceptable.
Now the school has submitted an amended planning application to North Somerset Council which addresses the problems.
Under the terms of the existing planning permission the pitch, which is floodlit, cannot be used after 8pm during the week, after 6pm on a Saturday and before 9.30am or after 1.30pm on a Sunday.
The original amended proposal was for the AWP to be used all year round Monday to Friday 8.30am-9.30pm, Saturday 9am-9.30pm and on Sunday and bank holidays 10am-4pm.
The new proposal is from May-July the AWP would be in use Monday to Friday 8.30am-8.30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and on Sunday and bank holidays 9am-3pm with no Sunday use during July.
And from August-April open hours would be Monday to Friday 8.30am-9.30pm, Saturday 9am– 6.30pm, Sunday and bank holidays 9am-3pm.
The school says extra hours are needed because of an increase in demand for the pitch, which opened in May 2010, from the community.
They say the increase in operating hours would allow an extra 200 people a week to use the pitch.
Head teacher Chris Wade has written to neighbours of the 1,000+ pupil comprehensive outlining the new proposals.
Mr Wade said: “The school submitted a planning application in 2014 to change two planning conditions relating to the use of the All Weather Pitch (AWP).
“Following comments from neighbours and after further consultation with an environmental health officer the school took the decision to withdraw the application in order to give itself more time to look at the noise implication which was the reason for a previous refusal.
“In early 2015 the school employed a sound consultant to carry out a more detailed assessment which was agreed with the EHO prior to the study commencing.
“The outcome from the assessment was that in certain circumstances the level of noise intruding into gardens was likely to be in excess of that recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and also the council’s guidelines.”
The report recommended an acoustic barrier between properties at Ash Hayes Drive and Mizzymead Road directly facing the pitch.
Mr Wade said: “The recommendation in the report is for acoustic wooden fencing and the school agrees that this appears to be the best option.
“The school’s desire is to reach a working compromise for the extended use of the facilities which meets the demands from the wider community while realising the effect it has on neighbouring properties.”
And the new application spells out reduced usage during May, June and July when residents are more likely to be using their gardens.
The school would also give seven days notice of any all day bookings on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday to residents who wanted advance warning.
It also committed to a contribution to blackout blinds for neighbour whose homes are directly affected and promises not to ask to extend the hours again before July 2020.
This latest attempt is seen as a more consolatory approach to reach a compromise with people living in homes which were built after the school but before the state-of-art new sport facilities were added.
During a previous attempt to extend hours Nailsea School operations manager Chris Perry said: "The demand for the use of the all weather pitch facilities at the school is far greater than originally envisaged and therefore does not allow us to meet the demands of the local community.
"The existing restrictions mean we are presently having to turn away local clubs and individual users as well as restricting how much time is available to our existing users.
"Unfortunately as we only have three hours available each weekday evening for community use, we have been unable to offer them anything and this is restricting the development of individuals, their clubs and sport in general within Nailsea.
"We are aware that to have the lights on until 9.30pm on weekdays will not be universally popular and some of our neighbours have been vociferous in their objections to the current usage.
"However we have taken them into consideration by limiting our request to 9.30pm, which is earlier than the sun sets at the peak of the summer period."
Residents of neighbouring Ash Hayes Drive and Station Road, said back in 2012 it will cause additional noise and light pollution.
And in an objection published on North Somerset Council website Richard Piercey, of Ash Hayes Drive, said: "As neighbours to the pitch we are directly impacted by the proposed prolonged hours of usage.
"We are concerned that any extension to the hours will have a detrimental effect on the value of our property and we also believe that this will affect our quality of life."
At the time town council planning and environment committee chairman James Tonkin said: "I am fully in support of the all-weather pitch as I think it is a fabulous facility for the local community.
"But any chances to its operation need to be done harmony with the local residents."
But North Somerset councillor Andy Cole says he is opposed to this and if officers approve he will ask for the application to be 'called in' for a decision by the planning committee.
Nailsea School which has technology and media arts college status opened in 1959 as a grammar school with 90 pupils.
It became a comprehensive school in 1966 catering for pupils aged from 11 to 18 years.
In September 2010 HRH the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the £32 million new building on the same campus.
The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project was funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and includes a state-of-the-art all weather pitch with floodlighting.
The school currently caters for more than 1,200 students and has a history of successful Ofsted reports and top exam results.
Floodlights for Fryth Way FC
Two North Somerset football clubs have merged.
Nailsea Town FC which is based at Fryth Road, Nailsea and Tickenham United FC who play at Golden Valley playing fields have amalgamated to form Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club.
Nailsea Town FC was founded in 1989 by director and former first team manager Rex Baker, of Chelvey Court Farm.
Together with his brother Toby, of Bakers Butchers, that they acquired the current ground off Pound Lane which is partly overhung with pylons and surrounded by steep banks on several sides.
Rob Gregory who runs a sports agency replaced Rex as first team manager last December and will be chairman of the newly merged club.
Tickenham was founded in 2007 and played in the Weston Super Mare & District Football League 1 while the more establish Nailsea club is in the Somerset County Premier League.
Despite former Bristol City legends Geoff Merrick, Chris Garland, Clive Whitehead, Howard Pritchard and Ricky Chandler all turning out for the 1990s first team it has always been seen as the Cinderella sister of Nailsea United FC based at the Grove playing fields which has a history dating back to 1897.
In 2004, Nailsea United Football Club embarked on a formal development plan which is still ongoing.
It has been unable to take its rightful place in the Western League as it has been unable to win permission for floodlights.
And Ashton & Backwell Football Club is hoping planners will allow planners to extend the use of its floodlights to allow its continued participation in the Western League.
Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club will launch at the start of the 2015-2016 season with nearly 50 players aged 16 upwards.
It will then field two Somerset County teams, with a first team in the premier division and reserves team in Division 2 West, playing all home games at Fryth Way.
Vice chairman and former Tickenham player Jamie Smith has a day job working in a bank.
Now reserve team manager Jamie, 29, said: “There is a lot of work currently happening behind the scenes to ensure the long-term success including ground and facilities improvements.
“The club has big plans with the potential for new clubhouse, changing rooms and floodlights at the current site.”
Rob said: “It was an easy decision for both clubs as we both were striving to attain the highest level of football for Nailsea.
“The merger will add strength to the club in many ways, the main ones being on and off the field resources, pooling of finances and ground development.”
Pre season training started on Wednesday, July 1, 7pm and new players are welcome.
The new club has three FA qualified football coaches and will soon be announcing the full pre season friendly fixtures.
Jamie added: “Our qualified physiotherapist will also be attending the first session and we would therefore welcome any current injured footballers for a free consultation.”
SR Burchills the greengrocers at Colliers Walk have agreed to sponsor the new black and white kit and the new logo has already been designed.
For further sponsorship opportunities contact Al Parsons who was a driving force with the Tickenham players at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nailsea roadworks in pipeline
North Somerset Council has announced it is spending more than half a million pounds patching up its roads.
But not one road in Nailsea is included in the £600,000 surface dressing programme for July covering around 18 miles in the district.
This is despite a petition from residents of Holford Close, off Coombe Road, saying their road is full of pot holes and First drivers dubbing Whiteoak Way the worse road on a main bus route.
But do not despair as help is on its way.
North Somerset councillor Jan Barber said: “There is a whole list of roads to be done in Nailsea, Whiteoak Way being one of them due to be done in August.
“Ash Hayes Road and Meadway Avenue are also included.
“The problem with Whiteoak Way and the reason that it has taken so long is that it isn’t surface dressing, it requires complete resurfacing at a cost of around £200, 000, I understand.
“Holford Close is similar in that it will be a very expensive job and is difficult to get on the priority list, despite being in an appalling condition, as it is a cul de sac and only used by about 40 residents.
“I am presenting a petition about it at full council on Tuesday, July 14, and am hopeful that it can be classed as a priority.
“Every road should be surface dressed every seven years and that would maintain our roads to a much higher standard.
“That is what we are aiming for, but there isn’t sufficient money available.”
Last August Washing Pound Lane and The Causeway at Nailsea did get resurfaced.
And while residents are invited to report problems on the highways street repairs website although the council acknowledges it has viewed comments there is no indication whether they are fixed or about to be fixed.
A report of ‘there are at least three large, deep potholes along Southfield Road (toward the Clevedon Road end’ went online in February but we don’t know if it is fixed.
The lucky roads for resurfacing this July are:
Tuesday, July 7 - South Road, Woodhill Road and Battery Lane, Portishead;
Wednesday, July 8 - Nore Road and Down Road, Portishead; Church Road, Easton-in-Gordano;
Thursday, July 9 - The High Street and Portbury Lane, Portbury; Whitehouse Lane (including Cuckoo Lane) and Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano;
Friday, July 10 - Folleigh Lane, Long Ashton; Barrow Lane, Barrow Gurney; Liberty Lane, Blagdon; Shiplate Road, Bleadon; Brimbleworth Lane, St Georges;
Saturday, July 11 - B3128 Clevedon Road, Wraxall and Failand;
Sunday, July 12 - A38 Churchill traffic lights; Banwell Road and Hutton Hill, Banwell;
Monday, July 13 - Totterdown Road, Newton Road and Shrubbery Walk, Weston; Littlewood Lane, Cleeve;
Tuesday, July 14 - Meetinghouse Lane, Jasmine Lane and Brockley Way, Claverham; and
Wednesday, July 15 - Brockley Way, Claverham.
The surface dressing process involves spraying the road with bitumen, covering it with granite chippings and then rolling the road to embed the chippings into the surface. Excess chippings are then swept up to be re-used in the following year's programme.
Surface dressing does depend on the weather so this schedule could change. You will be able to check the latest situation on the council's roadworks website at www.northsomerset.roadworks.org.
Road closures will be required at all the locations, apart from the A38 at Churchill where four-way temporary traffic signals will be used. Every effort will be made to minimise any disruption.
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