Planning Application Wells Road

Planning Application 2017/0022 - Bovis Homes, Wells Roadhouseconstruction.jpg

The parish council’s planning board met on 15 November to discuss the Bovis Homes development of 203 new homes. Without any input from village residents, I was only able to reiterate the feelings expressed in June at the WHRF AGM. In the event, the parish council voted against the latest planning application from Bovis Homes citing the objections filed on the MDC planning portal, and technical objections.

Your local district councillor, Cllr Mike Pullin, does not yet have a firm date for the MDC Planning Board hearing - 20th December is a possibility. HOWEVER, both Cllr Pullin and your North Ward parish councillors strongly encouraged residents to speak at the Planning Board meeting on the PLANNING reasons they do / do not want this development, e.g. inadequacy of infrastructure to cope with increased traffic (expansion of ‘rat-runs’), parking and narrowing of roads, added pressure on local services (doctors surgeries, dentists, policing, schools etc.) and social services. (Note, only valid planning reasons have impact, personal opinions about too much housing, etc are disregarded).

Cllr Ed Danson

Butterfly Count

This week Pete Smith and I ,tLucy White , went up the Mendips to look for our weekly count of butterflies and we were delighted to find 2nGreen Hair Streaks ( fairly rare round here and only around for a week or two at most) and Holly Blue,all on the same bush. I photo'd them but alas what with sunshine etc did not get much of a snap. However we were delighted and saw our first Small Heath of the season and Dingy and Drizzled skippers as well. They sound ugly but are actually delightful little fellows. They fly near the ground so are relatively easy to spot. There was 100% sunshine and although the wind was rather fresh we had a very successful trip with all the usual ones in attendance
It was a lovely experience but the decision to go was taken late in the day at 10.30am and we went at 11.30am to catch a good moment in around other activities for that day
Now I am home typing this and ready to go for a more modest local walk. The butterfly trip takes 2 hours

Community Garden News


Lots of good news.

In case you haven’t yet heard St Mary Magdalene Community Garden has now been given the official go ahead by the Diocese.  We received a letter this month to let us know that a Faculty had been granted, this is the ecclesiastical equivalent of being given planning permission.  Now that this is in place we can progress the project further.

Sunday 30th April 10am onwards we will be having a garden maintenance and tidy up day.  Come and lend a hand for as long or short a time as you can manage.  If you fancy staying over lunchtime bring a packed lunch.  Tea, coffee and squash will be available in church.  Gardening equipment which might be useful are, gloves, loppers, secateurs, spades, rakes.

Sunday May 14th 12.30pm come along to the picnic.  You may remember last year we had a picnic in the garden on Whit Sunday, with lots of fun and games.  We are having a similar event this year but on May 14th  which is the date that our new vicar, Reverend Sam Denyer, is taking his first service at Wookey Hole. You can find out more about Sam by clicking on this link to the village website   You are very welcome to come along to the service which is at 11am and/or come to the picnic  at 12.30.  There will be a bring and buy bookstall so do bring any books that you have finished with and would like to pass on and some money to buy replacements!

Pass on the invitation to any friends, family or neighbours who might like to come along.

Look forward to seeing you soon

Julia and all the Community Garden Working Group

01749 672754


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New Vicar for St Mary Magdalene Wookey Hole

We have a new Vicar of our village Parish Church, Revd Sam Denyer.  His institution into the post by Bishop Peter will be at St Cuthbert’s in Wells on Saturday May 6th.  His first service in the village will be at 11.00 am on May 14th. Everyone is welcome at the service at 11.00 or to join us at 12.30pm to meet Sam and the family, bring a picnic and a rug. 

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