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CRAG & The Fight Against Sprawl

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MeetingCongresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) met recently to talk about the three development schemes within the village – as well as related topics.

The formation of a multi-village alliance was high on the agenda. It was reported that representatives from eight village action groups – Banwell, Churchill, Claverham, Congresbury, Langford, Sandford, Wrington and Yatton – attended an inaugural meeting at Langford Inn.

Supported by well over a thousand residents of North Somerset villages, these action groups have a common aim – to call a halt to unwarranted urbanisation threatening to destroy rural communities.

Two development schemes within Congresbury have been given outline planning permission – 14 houses on land off Venus Street and 38 on land off Cobthorn Way – which now await the submission of detailed plans.

North Somerset Council’s refusal of outline planning permission for a scheme at Bleadon could have implications for the Gladman scheme for 70 houses off Wrington Lane. The group agreed to keep a close watch on all schemes.

Since the meeting, CRAG has learned that the developers had posted various items on the NS website linked to their traffic survey in Wrington Lane. CRAG members suspect a discrepancy in their pedestrian figures, so needs someone who can challenge what is being claimed.

It would be extremely useful if we had a few volunteers to keep a regular watch on the North Somerset Planning website. Please get in touch if you are prepared to do this. If several people offer then of course it becomes a much easier job.

Also on the CRAG agenda was a report about the rumoured new GP surgery on land near the former garden centre site in Smallway. Secretary Viv Tomkinson will contact the Parish Council for information. It had been suggested the new building would serve both Yatton and Congresbury.

Offers of help can be made to John Mills on 01934 830554 or email: brigly@hotmail.co.uk.

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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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