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Sept 2022 District Councillor Report

WHPC Report 

Dave Wood, 22/9/22

I must send my apologies to the reorganised September meeting. My day job has its monthly board meeting at 730pm on the fourth Monday of each month and I have presentations to give. 

I’m sad to miss Jan’s last meeting and would like to join in thanking her for her service. Welcome also to Philip, congratulations on getting the job. 

WH 20mph Zone

If my notes are correct the date for the public meeting on prioritising uses for the £20k may be set at this meeting. 

In case is it helpful, from mid to end October the evenings I already have existing meetings are 10th (WHPC), 11th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 26th. 

It would be good to indicate our requests for Phase 3 soon as these need to be fed into the budget process. I have made an initial flag with Highways that I’d like a Phase 3 to be considered for the Transport Improvement Programme. 

Road Resurfacing 

The team intended to do the whole lot in one hit but as you know this needed to be phased. The reason was conflicting road closures over the border in Somerset that would have created diversion of too great a length. 

I understand two phases have been completed with a third phase in coming weeks. 

Reports of ASB

Residents have contacted me with reports of antisocial behaviour in the village, this was touched on a few months ago. I have spoken with our local Police Constable to pass on the information. 

Promotion of Clerk Vacancy

As you know I recommended the WHPC Clerk position to the new clerk. 

LPPU Update 

It was a tense summer of hearings. My eye was on the house-builders challenges to the 5 Year Land Supply. 

A housing developer had engaged a lobbying firm to attempt to disprove the land supply. The developer in question has interest in building 80 houses in the Chew Valley area. 

If a 5 Year Land Supply is disproved this leaves the area at risk of speculative development. 

I’m happy to report that the Regional Planning Inspector found in favour of the Council so we are at much less risk. 

The LPPU is out for final consultation based on changes recommended by the Regional Planning Inspector and is due for final adoption round the end of the year. 

Full Local Plan Launch 

The FLP is being launched with extensive rounds of consultation and is due for adoption in 2025. 

There is a call for sites this month. 

The first two rounds of workshops specifically with parish and town councils take place in November to January and then from June to July 2023. 

I attended a presentation at the Chew Valley Area Forum and planners put out a call to parish councils to tell them how they would to engage in the process. Comments to Richard Daone. 

There is a new CVAF chair as Chris Head stands down. New chair is Heather Clewett of Bishops Sutton. 

  • Posted: 23rd September 2022