Welcome

CHARLCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS:

The next Charlcombe Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th May, following the Annual Residents meeting, which starts at 7.00pm in the Lansdown and Langridge Village Hall, Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 9BT.
The agenda will be published here about a week before the meeting.

If you are a member of the public and would like to participate in the meeting, please email the Clerk at charlcombepc@gmail.com no less than 24 hrs prior to the meeting.

The draft minutes from the 12th March 2024 Parish Council meeting can be read here .


NEWS:

Temporary Footpath Closure between Woolley and Upper Swainswick
B&NES introduced an emergency temporary path closure on public footpaths BA5/6 & BA24/12 running between Church Street, Woolley and Innox Lane, Upper Swainswick on 27th February.
The footpaths have been closed because of the likelihood of danger to the public caused by a collapsed footbridge. This closure has now been extended until 19 September 2024, however the footpaths will be re-opened sooner if it is possible to replace the footbridge sooner.

Have your say: new B&NES Local Plan Options consultation starts

Options for how we address our future development needs, such as where to deliver new homes and jobs across Bath and North East Somerset and what policies we need for addressing the climate and ecological emergencies are being consulted on from today (12 Feb).

Residents and businesses can have their say during the eight-week consultation on the Local Plan Options Document, which is the next stage in the development of a new Local Plan for the district.

The Local Plan is an important statutory document used for decision making on development and the use of land, and when adopted will form the basis for determining planning applications until 2042.

The options, which were approved by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet, support the council’s Corporate Strategy and Economic Strategy for a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable economy.

Another key objective for the Local Plan is to maximise the delivery of housing that is more affordable and the document says an estimated 14,500 new homes are needed up to 2042. Of those, more than 6,000 will be built on sites, mainly brownfield sites in Bath, that are already committed for development via planning permission or allocated in the current Local Plan.

Residents and stakeholders will be able to comment on the options proposed by responding to an interactive version of the Local Plan online, as well as taking part in a series of in-person events.

Videos will be added to the council website giving step-by-step guidance on ‘How to Comment on the Local Plan’ and explain ‘What is a Local Plan’ as well as outlining how the various options will help to deliver the council’s priorities on housing, the climate emergency and sustainable transport.

A second set of videos will discuss locations identified in the Options Document that could be developed to create additional housing or jobs, together with the necessary supporting infrastructure: Keynsham and Saltford, Hicks Gate, Whitchurch, Bath and the Somer Valley.

Printed copies of the Options Document are available at Bath Central Library; Keynsham Library; Midsomer Norton Library; Bath Housing, Welfare and Advice Services, the mobile library and all community libraries. Easy Read copies can be requested by emailing planning_policy@bathnes.gov.uk and there is an Easy Read version of the document online.

Councillor Matt McCabe, cabinet member for Built Environment and Sustainable Development, said: “The Local Plan ensures that high quality development can be delivered in a planned and co-ordinated way alongside the necessary infrastructure while helping the council to meet its priorities: providing affordable housing and addressing the climate and ecological emergency. We are encouraging as many people as possible to take part by submitting their comments on line or by attending one of our engagement events that we are running across the district. People can also submit comments by post. We are keen to hear peoples’ opinions.”

The consultation opens today (12 February) and runs until 15 April. You can respond on the council website.

When the consultation closes, the issues raised in all comments and feedback will be considered and a Draft Local Plan will be produced which will be subject to consultation. It will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and examined by an independent planning inspector in 2025. If approved by the inspector, it will be adopted by the council.

More information about the development of the new Local Plan can be found on the council website

New funding round open for local Cotswolds grants scheme – Caring for the Cotswolds!

The Cotswolds National Landscape team is once again inviting new applications to the Caring for the Cotswolds scheme, and encourages applicants to get in touch to discuss potential project ideas. The scheme is open to charities, town and parish councils, and other non-profits in the Cotswolds. Projects should match one of the four key themes of: Conservation of Habitats and Species, Education, Heritage and Landscape and Improving Access.

Grants start at £500 and go up to £2,500. Projects must fall within at least one of the scheme’s four themes and offer good value for money. The application form and accompanying guidance document can be downloaded from the Cotswolds National Landscape website. The application window will be open until 15th March, after which time the applications will be reviewed and decisions made at the beginning of June.

Nina Stubbington, Grants and Access Officer at Cotswolds National Landscape explains, “In the last grants round, almost £20,000 was allocated across 12 exciting new projects – innovative community engagement and restorative heritage and biodiversity work will now be realised. If your organisation is developing high-quality, impactful projects across our region, we are keen to hear from you.”

James Webb, Partnerships Lead said, “We’re interested in small projects that make a big difference to the quality of the natural environment, or help people access the countryside. We remain grateful to our business members, and their customers, whose generous contributions to this scheme help to keep the Cotswolds a special place to live, work, and visit.”

Further details on the scheme and of the projects supported can be seen here: https://www.cotswolds-nl.org.uk/looking-after/caring-for-the-cotswolds/

Cotswolds Warden Activities

Charlcombe Parish Council is grateful to the Avon Valley District Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens for all of their help with maintaining and improving the 20 miles of public footpaths within the parish. This includes improving signage, putting in handrails and keeping the paths clear for walkers to enjoy.
The Cotswolds Wardens carry out work parties across the area and their activities in 2023 can be viewed at: Avon Valley Work Party Locations 2023.
The Cotswolds Wardens also lead monthly walks and details can be found on the Local Walks page of the website.
If you are interested in finding out more about the voluntary wardens, please go to the Cotswold National Landscape website.

Live Well is an online resource which provides an wide range of information, resources and support for families living in B&NES, with targeted information for parent carers with a child (aged up to 25) with additional needs and adults needing care or support.

B&NES Energy Efficiency Initiatives

  • Bright Green Homes
    Funding and support available to owner occupiers and private rented households not on gas heating to install a range of energy efficiency measures and low carbon technologies. Income criteria apply but some post codes are exempt.

For more information go to www.energyathome.org.uk

Notes from Annual Parish Meeting – Wednesday 17th May 2023

All residents of Charlcombe Parish were invited to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 17th May in the Lansdown and Langridge Village Hall. The notes from the meeting can be found here.

Our three new parish noticeboards are now in place


The parish council has bought three new noticeboards to replace the twenty year old noticeboards in Langridge, Woolley and Upper Weston. The first was installed in Upper Weston with the others following in February. A huge thank you to the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens for their help in assembling and installing the noticeboards.

Staying safe around livestock when out walking

Responsible dog walking campaign Graeme Hall 053_77811

The National Farmers Union website  https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/care-for-the-countryside/countryside-code/ provides some excellent guidance for how to keep safe and to enjoy your time out walking in the countryside. It includes a video giving specific advice about walking with your dog near livestock.

Improvements to drainage on Osborne’s Lane
This section of the lane, which is used by pedestrians travelling between Broadmoor Lane and Weston, has been prone to flooding making it near impassable to those on foot. Recent work to add a larger drain and culvert have helped mitigate the issue.

Improvements to the footpath behind Charlcombe Church
Using funds from the Ward Councillor Empowerment Fund, the Parish Council commissioned the installation of additional steps and handrails on the very step footpath that runs behind Charlcombe Church, making it easier for walkers to use.

Grassland Restoration Advisory Service

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Bathscape project, this service provides advice to owners of fields and meadows with potential to become more flower-rich and biodiverse.

Flower-rich grasslands along with their considerable benefits for wildlife have declined enormously over the last 80 or so years. To help address this, available is a free grassland restoration advisory service, potential to access small grants for meadow restoration, botanical surveying and a party of volunteers who can carry out work such as wildflower seeding using local provenance seed.

If you are a small landowner within Charlcombe parish who would like to find out more about engaging with the grassland service, please contact the Bathscape team via info@bathscape.co.uk

Find out how you can build on your success

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support to help individuals develop the skills and confidence they need to take their next step. They provide support, advice and skills training to specific groups within B&NES. For more details visit www.futurebright.org.uk or call 01225 395555 or email futurebright@bathnes.gov.uk

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Following a transfer of service back to Bath & North East Somerset Council on 1st
July 2022, the number to ring if you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected
(this could be you or someone you know) will be 01225 394200.

Phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Fridays 8.30am
to 4.30pm; at all other times, call the Emergency Duty Social Work team on 01454
61 51 65 (evenings, weekends and bank holidays). If you think someone is in
immediate danger, ring the emergency services on 999.

You can also report a concern via email; there is a new email address to use for
safeguarding referrals; please use Safeguarding_Adults@bathnes.gov.uk.

Worrying about Money?

Advice and support is available within B&NES for those who are struggling to make ends meet – further details are here

One farm through one century

An opportunity to hear about life at Manor Farm in Langridge going back to 1917 via this Bathscape Podcast https://footprints.captivate.fm/episode/105-years-at-manor-farm-langridge
It’s very interesting, going from pre-mechanisation to war-time to modernisation. The current owners describe their successful Emorsgate seeds business.

Bath Preservation Trust – New Quick Guide to Energy Efficiency in Old Homes
B PT has released its new quick guide on how old homes can help cut carbon emissions, as an update on our existing energy efficiency guidance in Warmer Bath. This new publication includes a number of helpful no cost and low cost tricks and tips to reduce energy usage whilst keeping old homes warmer, and is intended to empower residents to make changes this coming winter with minimal risk to historic fabric. You can find the guidance available via our website: https://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/new-quick-guide-from-bpt-advises-how-all-old-homes-can-help-cut-carbon/