Village Action Noticeboard

Brockeridge Sensory Garden

posted 18 May 2018, 13:26 by Phil Handy   [ updated 18 May 2018, 13:26 ]

We recently installed a "Mag Post" at the Brockeridge Centre Sensory Garden. This is a 5* magnifying glass mounted on a hardware post which enables children to look in detail at plants or small insects.


The post was purchased with the help of a generous donation from NISA stores in Woodend Road.

Says Court Nature Hunt

posted 15 May 2018, 11:27 by Phil Handy

Meet an owl in May Half Term, 31st May, 12noon to 14:30.

Join Avon Wildlife Trust at Says Court Solar Farm for an afternoon of wildlife with the Hawk and Owl Trust. You can meet an owl, go vole habitat hunting, grab a pot and go bug hunting, search for butterflies and buzzing bees! Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the wildflower meadow.

£2.50 per person. 

Meet at Says Court Farm, Badminton Rd, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2NY. 

Free car parking is available.

Suitable for all ages though all children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information email

Drop-in workshop re the 1,800 homes proposed for Coalpit Heath.

posted 9 May 2018, 13:55 by Phil Handy

The event is being held from 1:30 to 6:30pm on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Coalpit Heath Village Hall (aka "The Miners").

Anyone can attend the drop-in event this Thursday on the 1,800 homes proposed for Coalpit Heath.
There had been some confusion because South Glos planners originally planned an invitation-only workshop event for key "stakeholders" - like the Parish Council and community groups. At some point this became a drop-in but when Westerleigh Ward Councillor Claire Young asked officers for clarification of the format last week she was told it was still invitation only. Yesterday they told her this was a mistake, it was now open to anyone.
Officers say:

"The 4 West of England Authorities have now submitted the Joint Spatial Plan to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public, which is likely to take place later this year. Therefore, due to local interest we now wish to provide an opportunity for local people, key stakeholders and local representatives to discuss site master planning options such as:
The type and location of new local facilities and employment uses
The location and purpose of new green space(s)
The location of vehicle, foot and cycle routes into and through the site.

It will NOT however consider wider strategic transport issues which will be subject of their own formal public consultation period and events later this year."

They go on to add:

"Please note that final decisions regarding the Strategic Development Locations have not yet been made, and attendance will not affect any representations you may have made to the JSP or new Local Plan objecting to the principle of development at Coalpit Heath. We consider however, that it is important to consult with the local community and key stakeholders on such planning matters as there is developer interest in the location and the Council cannot prevent new planning applications coming forward."

Consultation on StreetCare Winter Maintenance Changes 2018

posted 23 Apr 2018, 08:56 by Phil Handy

South Gloucestershire Council is holding a consultation on proposed changes to the  precautionary salting routes in South Gloucestershire which would take effect from winter 2018/19.

The key points of the new proposal are to make savings in financial terms (£100,000) by reducing the number gritters in the fleet by two, and to reduce the amount time spent by drivers treating the highway network by removing approximately 30km of roads from the precautionary salted network.

SGC are keen to hear from a range of individuals and organisations on how these proposed changes might impact them, in order to help them make a final decision on how to make this financial saving.

The consultation is open until end of day Monday 18th June

How to Find Out More and Have Your Say:
  • Visit the consultation webpage to read the consultation document and see a map of the proposed routes which would be removed from the primary network for salting 
  • Complete the online survey
  • Pick up a paper survey or view a paper copy of the route map at your local library
  • Email your comments to
  • Write to Freepost RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL, BS37 5AF
  • Phone us on 01454 868154
  • Come to a drop in session where the StreetCare team will present the proposals and answer your questions:
    • Kingswood: Committee Room 1, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR. 18:00 – 19:00 and 19:00 - 20:00 on Monday  23rd April
    • Marshfield: Large Hall, Marshfield Community Centre, Hayfield, Marshfield, Chippenham SN14 8PG. 10:00 – 11:00 and 11:00 - 12:00 on Wednesday 25th April
    • Yate: Meeting room, Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Broad Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7LB, 15:00 – 16:00 & 16:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 2nd May

Perrinpit Road and Park Lane are included in the proposed changes. 

Christian Aid Week

posted 23 Apr 2018, 08:25 by Phil Handy

The following events have been organised for Christian Aid Week: 

  • Quiz Night, The British Legion, Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell Friday 11th May 7.30pm. Teams of 4 at £3/ person. Booking: 776618. No team? Book in- we'll make up on the night! In support of Christian Aid (a Churches Together Event) 

  • Coffee & Cake/ Soup Lunch, St Saviour’s Church Hall, Coalpit Heath, Saturday 12th May 11am-2pm. Good food & good company! (a Churches Together Event) 

  • A Service of Praise to celebrate Rogationtide, Latteridge Green Farm, BS37 9TS, Sunday 13th May 6pm Everybody welcome- cheese & wine after the service & an opportunity to look first hand at modern farm vehicles! In support of Christian Aid

  • Folk@Frampton Concert, Crossbow House, School Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Friday 18th May 7.30-10.30pm. A great night of folk music! A regular monthly event, but this month donations in support of Christian Aid (a Churches Together Event)

  • Big Brekkie, Zion Hall, Woodend Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Saturday 19th May 8.30-10.30am. Come & join in our magnificent community breakfast! Donations in support of Christian Aid (a Churches Together Event) 

  • Plant Sale & Coffee Morning, The Lilacs, Station Rd, Iron Acton, Saturday 19th May 10am- 1pm. Come & buy your summer plants- loads to choose from! In support of Christian Aid (a Churches Together Event) 

  • Train Rides & Cream Teas, Bridge House, Rectory Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Sunday 20th May 2-4pm. A fun afternoon for all ages! In support of Christian Aid (a Churches Together Event) 

Local History Society

posted 7 Apr 2018, 09:29 by Phil Handy   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 14:07 ]

“Ghosts in the Garden “. 

Georgian Bath re-imagined, 
using digital technology in the historic environment.

A talk by Prof Steve Poole, UWE.

Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 7.30pm.

Zion Church, Woodend Road
Frampton Cotterell

All welcome. 

Entry £4 (free to members, annual subscription £15). 
Includes light refreshments

Says Court - Signs of Spring Walk

posted 22 Mar 2018, 07:32 by Phil Handy   [ updated 22 Mar 2018, 07:48 ]

Wednesday 4th April 10am to 12 noon

For further information contact:

Frampton Cotterell Local History Society

posted 7 Mar 2018, 08:52 by Phil Handy   [ updated 7 Mar 2018, 08:52 ]

‘The GWR Badminton Line ‘ 

A talk by Alan Freke of Frenchay Museum

Wed 21 March 2018 7.30 pm

Zion Church, Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell

All Welcome. Entry £4. Free to members, Annual Subscription £15.

Includes light refreshments.

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group talk and AGM

posted 25 Feb 2018, 09:39 by Phil Handy

The next talk of the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group is at Coalpit Heath Village Hall on Wednesday 7 March, after the AGM which is at 7:30 for 8:00pm. The talk, starting about 9:15pm, will be about exploration of the coal resources in the area by the mining companies – or as David Hardwick our speaker says “Another Boring Talk”!

About the talk David says:
“At the 2015 AGM Rob Vernon gave us an excellent talk on the history of boreholes in the UK. This talk will continue the theme in the local context by covering the boreholes carried out for local collieries, why they were done, the people who drilled them and the methods they used. Although it’s ABOUT boring it won’t BE boring (honest!)”

"Blackberry Farm" Planning Appeal

posted 11 Feb 2018, 07:17 by Phil Handy

If you wish to comment on the appeal lodged by Barrat Homes regarding the proposed Blackberry Farm development, a member of VALID campaign group has produced the following layperson's guide to commenting on an Appeal made because a Planning Application has been refused.

Barrat Homes and David Wilson homes have lodged an Appeal by Public Inquiry against the refusal of planning permission for 215 dwellings on Land East of Park Lane, Coalpit Heath, S. Glos. ( Blackberry Park, Woodlands Farm)

Planning Application Number PT17/0215/O ( capital O for Outline) S. Glos Council website

Dept Of Environment Appeal Ref : APP/P0119/W/17/3191477
Start Date : 25th January 2018

Any comments already made by people about the planning application will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate. If people have something new to say they can submit their further views by e-mailing You can also write to Stella Perrett The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN quoting the appeal reference number, the address of the appeal site, your name and address, sending three copies typed in black ink if possible, by the 8th March 2018.

There is a Guide to taking part:

The guide suggests that you say either:
‘I am against the appeal proposals’ and explain whether it is for the
same reasons as given by the LPA ( Local Planning Authority) or, if not, explain your own reasons;

‘I support the appeal proposals’ and explain why

The reasons for refusal decision by the S.Glos LPA were :-


1. Paragraph 14 of the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) states that sustainable development should be approved unless the adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

In this instance, due to the:
- adverse impact on the landscape,
- lack of sustainability
- and loss of the best agricultural land.

2. In the absence of a Section 106 legal agreement to secure the following:
- On-site public open space and a contribution towards off-site sports facilities
- Works and measures in relation to the highway network
- The delivery of self-build or custom plots
- Affordable housing of a suitable tenure mix and unit types

The proposal fails to provide sufficient mitigation to address the impact of the
development and is contrary to Policy T12 of the South Gloucestershire Local
Plan (Adopted) January 2006; and policies CS1, CS6, CS8, CS9, CS18 and
CS24 of the South Gloucestershire Local Plan Core Strategy adopted 2013,and
the Affordable Housing and Extra Care SPD 2014.

Proposed Development Site (in red)

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