Armed Forces Day - Saturday 26th June 2021
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service Families, Reservists, Veterans and Cadets.
There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.
You can find out more on the Armed Forces Day website: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 23rd 2021, commencing at 7:30PM at the Village Hall.
The Press and Public are invited to attend, although due to the current Covid-19 restrictions would any member of the Public or Press wishing to attend please contact the Parish Clerk in advance.
Community Response Officers
The Parish Council in partnership with NSC are to shortly instigate Community Response officer patrols of the Beach and Dunes at Sand Bay on a daily basis utilising the powers granted under a Public Spaces Protection Order, in an effort to combat anti-social behaviour, littering , criminal damage etc. which have been experienced recently in the area.
Community Response Officers have the authority to issue on the spot fines for breaches of the PSPO although the emphasis will be on educating those responsible of the effects of their actions,
It is hoped that they will be backed up shortly by Community litter wardens.
Traffic/Parking issues – Statement by the Parish Council
The Parish Council is aware of a number of parking issues in and around the village and in particular Myrtle Tree Crescent, St Bridges Close and Crookes lane.
Following a recent Parish Council meeting the Chairman of the Parish Council has written and referred the matter to the North Somerset Councils head of Transport and Infrastructure, who it is understood has requested his Highways Manager to allocate some resource to looking at the problems, both in the Interim and longer Term.
The urgency of providing permanent solutions was stressed as well as providing some immediate help to alleviate the current situation, such as Traffic Cones.
It is hoped that with the easing of Lockdown and Covid-19 related restrictions numbers visiting the Village will decrease and the parking issues reduce.
The Parish Council will continue to work with NSDC in addressing the traffic issues and will monitor the situation and any progress made by the Highways Manager, as well as providing regular updates.
Coastal Defence Maintenance Work
The Parish Council has recently been informed that Coastal Defence Maintenance Work by the Environment Agency has now commenced at Sand Bay and is expected to last for a month.
Part of the work will be to erect some post and rail fencing, mainly opposite the Bus Terminus Car Park, to direct the public to a reduced number of specific paths to the beach, thus allowing areas to be protected whilst remedial work to protect the dunes from erosion is undertaken.
Other works involve additional chestnut pailing fencing to prevent the erosion of the dunes.
The Parish Council works in an ongoing partnership with the Environment Agency to help protect the sea defences at Sand Bay.
For further information please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506;
Footpath Crookes Lane
UPDATE - The Parish Council is pleased to announce that a further agreement to secure the footpath along Crookes Lane from the Village Hall to Sand Bay Chip Shop for another 10 years has now been completed.
- Councillor Jim MacDonald, Chairman - Kewstoke Parish Council.
Motorist Speeding Issues
A number of residents and even a couple of visitors have complained about the speed of some traffic in our village. There was even a brisk discussion on the village Facebook page among its members.The Parish Council approached our District Councillor Lisa Pilgrim and asked if she could make a representation to the relevant officers in North Somerset Council as to possible solutions to the issue.
This is not the Parish Council’s first intervention, traffic calming measures including 20mph in the center of the village and flashing warning signs being the most recent.
The response from North Somerset Council is summarised below:
Speeds in the village and along the seafront are generally low, but like most locations there are a small number of road users who travel faster.
The injury accident statistics are low (in the last five years there was been one ‘slight’ accident on the bend by the Commodore in 2018).
It’s unlikely to be prioritised using North Somerset resources, over other locations with worse speed and accident records.
The response also suggests Police enforcement as a solution.
Perhaps a way forward would be to arrange a meeting with the beat team and concerned residents at the Village Hall. This could be managed with social distancing and perhaps a few residents representing others, to keep the numbers down.
If you would be interested in attending or having someone else voice your views at a meeting, can you please contact Mike Hardwick (Clerk). He will organise it so that your voice can be heard working within the confines of the new Covid 19 regulations.
Play Area - COVID 19 Restrictions
The Play Area is now open albeit in a restricted capacity.
Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain. Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place the user of this equipment does so at their own choice and risk.
To ensure Government Guidelines are observed and users stay safe, please ensure the following guidelines are observed:
1. Consumption of Food and drink within the play area is forbidden
2. Only those under 14 years old to use the play equipment.
3. This site is used at the participants own risk
4. All litter is disposed in the litter bins or taken home.
5. Social distancing is observed at all times by both users of the play area as well as Parents and Guardians and Carers.
6. Face Coverings where appropriate, are used.
7. A Maximum number of users to use an item of play equipment as indicated on the equipment.
8. Parents where possible are requested to bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean their children’s hands before and after using the equipment.
9. Users and Parents or Guardians of users are not to touch their faces, and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available.
10. Adults and Children not to put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
11. Parents, Guardians or Carers should dispose of all litter including any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves properly in litter bins or taking it home. Note Disposable face coverings and gloves cannot be recycled.
COVID 19: North Somerset Together
Latest information about North Somerset support services, health advice, the situation in the UK and how to stay up to date: