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CRAG Public Meeting – Report by John Mills

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At a meeting at the village Methodist Hall on Wed 1st Nov, around 70 Congresbury residents heard updates on current planning applications from members of the local action group and district councillor Tom Leimdorfer.

CRAG’s Susan Hibberd reported that the Sunley development off Cobthorn Way was nearing the construction phase. The proposed Gladman scheme at Wrington Lane – dismissed by a planning inspector but approved by North Somerset Council – is still stymied by the need for a footway.

Councillor Leimdorfer confirmed that the Council had approved the Fremantle application for the field beside the A370. Councillors had accepted the developer’s assertion that the access could not be moved.

A safety audit had been carried out which had satisfied members of the planning committee, despite the fact that the audit had raised three serious safety concerns, only one of which had been addressed.

CRAG secretary Viv Tomkinson asked residents to support the Council’s defence against the Strongvox application to build on the field off Brinsea Road behind Venus Street. The public hearing will start on Tuesday 21st November in the Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare at 10am.

Viv told the audience that even if they did not wish to say anything, their presence alone would help the cause. Anyone wanting to speak, should contact either her or Mary Short.

Diana Hassan, chairman of the Parish Council gave an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan, which still has someway to go.

Chairing the meeting, Nick Green called for more people to get involved in village planning by joining CRAG or the Neighbourhood Plan Group. Details from Maryrshort@aol.com or Vivtomkinson@aol.com

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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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