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CRAG: Call to attend Strongvox appeal meeting in WSM

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The field behind Venus Street

Congresbury residents action group (CRAG) is calling for people to attend the appeal by developer Strongvox against the refusal by North Somerset Council of their application to build 24 houses in a Brinsea Road field south of Venus Street.

The hearing is due to start at 10am on Tuesday 21 November at the Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare. If the appeal runs into a second day, it is scheduled to move to the town hall council chamber.

CRAG secretary Viv Tomkinson said: “Residents are welcome to attend the hearing, either to speak or just offer support. So do come along if you can – even if you can only stay for a short time.”

CRAG speakers will be addressing key issues such as the blight on the landscape that such a development would have; the proximity of the local bat colony and the hazards of the busy Brinsea Road.

North Somerset Council is due to be represented by a barrister to defend its decision to oppose the scheme.

A recent CRAG meeting heard outline details of the region’s Joint Spatial Plan which will be issued for consultation in the near future, and which could have a devastating impact on North Somerset residents.

A demonstration against the plan is being planned by the North Somerset Villages Alliance. The organisation, of which CRAG is a prominent member, wants to show councillors the strength of feeling against unplanned speculative development in the area. Details to be announced later.

John Mills John Mills

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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