10 November 2018
Huge turn-out at CALRAG drop-in
North Somerset Council 'Issues and Options' Local Plan 2036 consultation attracts very concerned residents of all ages.
The CALRAG drop-in to provide support and information to concerned villagers about North Somerset’s Issues and Options consultation - the informal consultation for the Local Plan 2036 was an overwhelming success with a terrific turnout throughout the morning including young people, those who have lived in the village all their lives and those who have recently moved here.
Attended by John Penrose MP and James Davis, prospective local councillor, residents of Churchill & Langford, learnt much more about the document issued by North Somerset, and were able to share their fears and concerns not only John and James but also with CALRAG team representatives.
People were very confused by this consultation. North Somerset’s part of the Joint Spatial Plan 4.2 referring to Churchill /Mendip Spring New Dormitory Town, has yet to be scrutinised by independent inspectors so why consult upon it now? Residents gained the impression that the JSP is a ‘done deal’, when it most definitely is not – far from it. No one should pre-judge the Independent Inspector's decision following the Public Examination of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan which feeds into the Local Plan 2036 - not the other way around.
The unprecedented support and encouragement from 99% of our residents, gained whilst distributing leaflets to every household, attendees at the drop-in or who simply contact us to offer their support, is very gratifying. Residents' views must be listened to. We are even more determined to challenge North Somerset’s plans for the creation of a new dormitory town almost the size of Wells, here in Churchill”.
The Public Examination is not scheduled to commence until Spring 2019 at the earliest, and will take many months to complete. Residents of Churchill and Langford, together with those in neighbouring villages still have time (deadline 10th December) to email comments on the consultation to North Somerset Council. Click here
CALRAG stall attracts crowds at Churchill Village Fayre
CALRAG's stall at the Churchill Village Fayre was buzzing June 23rd as people came to support us. It was further proof, (as if needed!) about residents' opposition to the JSP. People were more than willing to help us raise the £10,000 needed for our barrister. We have even had an offer for a concert in the autumn! If you would like to help by making a donation click 'here' to go to our 'donations' page.
The traditional English Village Fayre atmosphere was superb; children from Churchill Primary singing and maypole dancing and making music. Churchill Academy's Youthful Spirit choir which sang superbly; a vintage bus was on display and Police dog- handlers gave a demo, village groups and churches were all coming together to have fun - even a RED ARROWS fly-past! Many thanks to the organisers - Churchill Primary PTA and Churchill Village Fund.