CRAG’s take on Monday night’s parish meeting

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Congresbury Parish CouncilIt was almost standing room only for around 20 residents at the emergency meeting of Congresbury Parish Council, at the Old School Rooms on Monday 27th July.

The meeting had been called to decide whether to hire experts to represent the Parish at October’s public inquiry into Barratts building scheme.

Packed with CRAG supporters, Parish chair Di Hassan asked if any members of the public wanted to address the meeting. And CRAG members Robin Lea, John Mills, Susan Hibbert and Mary Short gave telling reasons why the council should hire a barrister and a traffic consultant.

Other residents were concerned about North Somerset Council’s attitude to the so called “mitigation scheme” proposed by Barratts to improve traffic flow at the High Street/A370 junction.

John Mills argued that the scheme – on Barratts own figures – was a temporary solution at best and an independent traffic engineer would be able to demonstrate its weaknesses.

“And for this possible improvement, Barratts want to wreck the conservation area, chop off the memorial garden and in the process urbanise the entrance to the village,” said John.

After a short discussion, the council decided unanimously to hire London barrister David Fletcher and local solicitor Laurence Holmes. CRAG’s Mary Short urged the council to follow the advice of the barrister and employ a traffic consultant.

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Journalist and jazz saxophonist John Mills has lived in Congresbury for more than 25 years, moving to the village from West London with his wife Rocki and 10 month old son, Sam in 1979. After a few years in Clevedon, John and Rocki moved back to the village in 2006, renovating and extending a bungalow in Yew Tree Park. Sadly, Rocki died in 2013. John, 71 keeps busy musically, playing with Cadbury Wind Band, with his son in the Sam Mills Quintet, and with a newly formed duo, Sax in the City with fellow Congresbury saxophonist and vocalist, Louise Harris.

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