Article on Portbury, Avonmouth & Severnside Strategy Study (from NSC)

What barriers prevent you from travelling to and from Portbury, Avonmouth & Severnside?
Local Authorities in the West of England are working in partnership with SevernNet to develop a joint Transport Strategy for movement in the Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside (PAS) area, helping to ensure it develops to the benefit of the West of England, supporting businesses, employees, residents and other associated access requirements.
The aim of the Transport Strategy is to help connect people from across the region with job opportunities in the Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside area, through sustainable modes of transport. For more information please visit us at

How can I get involved?
We will be holding a number of events across the region in March & April and we would love to hear your views on how the current transport options linking your area to Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside act as a barrier to employment.
Here are some of our upcoming events:
25/03/2020 – Clevedon Job Centre. 9.30am – 12.30pm. Castlewood, Tickenham Rd, Clevedon BS21 6FW
30/03/2020 – Weston Job Centre. 10am – 2pm. Regent House, High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1JH

Alternatively please complete our online survey and have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win £100 Love2Shop vouchers here:

MetroWest Registration Deadline


At the Parish Council meeting on Monday 24th February, the consultation process on the proposed Portishead Branch Line (MetroWest Phase 1) Order was discussed. The Parish Council believes that the railway is an important development for the village and our community, and will affect us all in many ways.

In order that you can make your views about the proposals known, it is absolutely vital that you register individually via the Inspectorate website:-

Registration will entitle you to keep up to date with developments and also contribute your comments and observations.  It is especially important that you do this as a matter of urgency, as the closing date for registration is Wednesday 26th February 2020


It is your chance to keep in touch with the biggest development that our village has experienced.

Please note:

Under the “Your representation” section you don’t need to write a lot.  You simply need to give some indication of what you will want to express at greater length at a later stage.  This might be that you:

  • are fully behind the project and hope it proceeds as quickly as possible
  • want to see the railway built but are concerned about the possible impact on wildlife of some aspects of the construction phase – for example, the use of land at Lodway Farm for a compound, given the use of the land by many creatures, including amphibians
  • are worried about the traffic generated by the construction phase and want to see plans that minimise its impact on both the village (of Pill) and other roads locally

The above is not our advice about what you should write, it’s simply an example of how that section of the form could be completed.

Talk Nautical Women, The Hidden History of Women sailing the High Seas

Full info here. Author Rosemary Caldicott will be telling us about her book in which she investigated the intriguing histories of nautical women. These include stories of cross-dressing women who went to sea to earn a living and the mad, tragic and often funny consequences they encountered and endured. Living in or near Bristol, we’re all quite familiar with images of sailing ships – but the focus is usually on the men who built or worked on them. Rosemary wants to bring to life a forgotten history – women sailors and the women of sailor towns.


Originating in 2009 due to the enthusiasm and drive of Chris Roach, Pill Music Festival has become another successful event in the village calendar.

There has been a gap of several years since the last one, however the good news is that Pill Music Festival is going ahead again this year at various venues around the village, featuring a host of quality local talent.

  • Wednesday 25 March – Pill Festival Band
  • Thursday 26 March – An evening of various and varied local Ukelele bands; ‘Pauline’s Pluckers’, ‘The Rhynes’ and from Bath the ‘The Mother Pluckers’ at Pill Community Centre.
  • Friday 27 March – Gordano Folk Club, a wide range of folk music from some of the best local amateur performers.
  • Saturday 28 March – Various music workshops during the day, aimed at encouraging anyone to start or continue learning to play or sing. Also, performances in the afternoon and early evening from Pill Community Choir and the village acapela group ‘The Mudlarks’ , and from 8pm at the Memorial Club The Bee Gees tribute act.
  • Sunday 29 March – Churches together at the Memorial Club followed by ‘Jazz in the afternoon’ at Lodway Cricket with ‘Afterhours’ and friends.

Most events will be free entry or run at cost (except for The Bee Gees, which is £8, and the workshops), with any money raised going to encourage and support, through the Festival Band, the teaching and playing of music by youngsters in the village.  Look out for more details around the village, on Facebook and the Festival Band website, also on the Parish Council website.

Consultation now open on the region’s plan for cycling and walking

There is an opportunity to have a say in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan;

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is a detailed plan that identifies that over £400m of investment is needed and will be sought and channelled through the West of England Combined Authority. Working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, we’re aiming to provide high quality infrastructure to ensure the West of England is a region where cycling and walking are the preferred choice for shorter trips.

What are your thoughts? Please view our plan and let us know your views.

You can view the plan and access the consultation questionnaire at the link here.

Note! Closes: 15/03/19

M5 J19 works and Wynhol viaduct joint repairs (3 to 21 February 2020)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out a package of
safety and improvement works on the M5 between J19 and J20.
The work will include replacement of the joints on Wynhol viaduct and improvements to the J19 southbound exit slip.

M5 J19 to J20 Wynhol viaduct – 3 to 21 February 2020
They will carry out the majority of works overnight under lane closures when traffic flows are at their lowest. Some overnight closures will be necessary for resurfacing works:
Southbound J19 to J20 overnight closure – 3 February 2020, 8pm to 6am
Northbound J20 to J19 overnight closure – 10 February 2020, 8pm to 6am

M5 J19 southbound exit slip
These works will take place overnight Monday to Friday only, from 8pm to 6am. During the day the carriageway will remain open as unusual with coning in place around excavations. To reconfigure the lanes around the roundabout they will sometimes need to close part of the roundabout (again weeknights, overnight 8pm to 6am).

SPAD/Parish Council tree planting

100 young native hazel tree whips will be given away FREE at the market plus other bare fruit trees will be on sale at cost price. You’ll get advice on planting and care of your tree and we hope in time to have over 100 small trees across a patchwork of local gardens to capture carbon, clean our air, attract wildlife and feed the birds and yourselves! There will also be tree planting in the afternoon in Jenny’s Meadow, the nature reserve beside Avon View – all welcome. Hope to see you there.