Sandford Neighbourhood Group

SNG Newsletter - March 2021

SNG's latest newsletter has been produced and delivered to all households in Sandford.

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SNG Newsletter - February 2021

SNG's latest newsletter has been produced and delivered to all households in Sandford.

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SNG Newsletter - January 2021

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SNG Newsletter - November 2020

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SNG Newsletter - August 2020

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How to get help and offer help in Sandford
COVID-19 information leaflet about transport, food, advice.

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SNG Newsletter - February 2019

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SNG Newsletter - October 2018

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SNG Newsletter - August 2018

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SNG Newsletter - 16th October 2017

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Sandford news - 23rd August 2017
News from Sandford Neighbourhood Group

SNG members have been busy over the last months.

New Village Hall update: The new Community Centre Committee has been set up, and is now applying to the Charity Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This will mean we can access planning services and funding, on a much better footing. Discussions with the landowners and developers of the Strongvox housing estate have not resulted in the offer of a site for the hall, unfortunately. The developers of the Aurora site have been asked for a site, but their current site plan does not leave room for this.

Back in 1909, when our village needed a meeting place large enough for the whole village, a site was found. 108 years on, Sandford needs a site for a new village hall so that we can continue being a village where everyone can meet to talk, to enjoy hobbies and exercise, and to celebrate family and village life. Talks with local landowners are ongoing. If you, or anyone you know, have an available site, please get in touch.

Strongvox housing development update: SNG members have looked into the thorny problem of why our village has been left so badly off, when it comes to the Strongvox developers contributions. Firstly, after the idea of a new community hall was dropped, there was no provision in the Inspector's Decision for any alternative village meeting place. Looking at the usual contributions developers make, we are missing contributions towards a youth facility, a safe walking/cycling route to Churchill, exercise/sports facility like a Multi-use Games area, allotments, maintenance of public areas on the estate, extra space for the School, as well as a new village hall contribution. Part of this is due to the Council not checking the Inspector had the right document about developers contributions at the Inquiry, which missed out a lot of conditions. The Council has admitted that part. Part of this is due to the Council either not asking for contributions, or dropping them, for reasons we haven't discovered. SNG have asked the Council to meet with us to discuss the shortfall and how to put this right. So far they have not been willing, but the door is still open on that so far as we are concerned.

Flood risk news: The Internal Drainage Board have put in an objection, on the 21st, to the Strongvox reserved matters application, which deals with things like design, appearance, materials, etc. The Board says " no assessment has been made of the offsite impact of the development flows. The green field run-off rates have been over-estimated and therefore will be exceeded in the post development condition and cause localised flooding..the flows generated by the development will exceed the downstream capacity of the receiving watercourse" The Board says improvements are needed, including to the culvert under Sandmead Road. We know that surface water flooding is already a problem along Sandmead Road, Station Road, and other areas after heavy downpours. It's up to NSC planning now to take action on the report. Hopefully the developers will be made to do the work needed to prevent flooding in the village, now we have this wake-up call from the experts. The Parish Council has recommended refusal of the reserved matters application as well, expressing disappointment that the final Strongvox plan does not include space for the new village hall. The Parish Council commented on the lack of measures put forward on the flood risk and ecology. SNG's comments on the application will be posted on the village website soon. If you would like to comment, the NSC planning reference is 17/P/1799/RM.

Flood reports please: The Council is keeping a record of surface water flooding incidents, and so are SNG. Please report any incidents of flooding you see, with the date and your contact details, to Council Connect under 'road and pavement issues- flooding on the highway', or by ringing 888888. Please copy in SNG at sng@winscombeandsandford.org.uk or by leaving a note for SNG in Sandford Stores. If you would like to send in information or photos about past flooding, please send this in to the NSC Flood Team as well.

Primary School update: SNG are asking the Council to provide a footbridge from the School to the new junior playing pitch and play area on the Strongvox site, so the children don't have to walk around near the main road to get to them. The Parish Council have also commented on this need, to NSC Planning. The need for a footbridge stems from another unwelcome discovery. The Council and the developers didn't allow for the fact that the rhyne, which has to be protected for drainage/flooding reasons, runs between the Strongvox site and the School. This rules out the School expansion plan they had agreed on, which was put forward at the Inquiry. The School will now have to keep to their existing site when the 2 new classrooms for the Strongvox estate children, and new School hall are built, which means there will be less playground. So far, the Council have not agreed to pay for the footbridge, but we are hoping for a change of heart.

Goodbye and thank you to Sandford Pre-School Playgroup, which reluctantly wound up last month after 40 years service to families in Sandford and the surrounding area Sadly, this meant making 3 members of staff redundant, and leaves Sandford without any pre-school provision in the village. Villagers will miss the sight of the very little children playing happily outside, and we know it has been a stretch for families to find alternative places. The playgroup was based in the Methodist Chapel Annexe in Hill Road, which has now closed, and despite looking for alternative premises, was unable to find any. A plan to use temporary premises in Winscombe, and re-locate back to Sandford when the new community hall on the Strongvox site was built, was blocked when the community hall idea was dropped. With a large number of new families coming to Sandford, there is even more need for pre-school provision in the village. Hopefully the Primary School will be able to offer pre-school places when the Strongvox expansion takes place, if space allows.

Winnowing End Playground improvements: Following on from responses to the village survey in March, SNG members have been following up on the suggestions for improving Winnowing End play area. A Multi-Use Games Area , which could be located to the North of Winnowing End, is one longer-term aim, and preliminary advice from a play equipment company has been obtained about this. A piece of play equipment allowing several children of varying ages to use this at once, with a covered bench for adults supervising to use on those not-so-summery days, has been suggested, and is being looked into by the Parish Council, which is good news. There will be more news about this as the project progresses over the next few months.

SNG Comments on Aurora Proposal - 17th May 2017
SNG sent the following objections and S106 request to North Somerset Council over the application (17/P/0887/O) for 93 houses on land north of Greenhill Road, Sandford, to the east of the Strongvox development.

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SNG objection to Aurora application-2.pdf
SNG S106 Request -Aurora development.pdf

SNG Comments on Sweetings Yard Proposal - 2nd May 2017
SNG sent the following comments and S106 request to North Somerset Council over the application (17/P/0606/O) for 16 houses at Sweetings Yard.

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Comment on planning application Sweetings Yard.pdf
S106 Request - Sweetings Yard.pdf

Public Meeting to discuss Aurora Development - 24th May 2017

A public meeting was held at Sandford Village Hall to discuss this application for an additional; 93 houses in Sandford, adjacent to the approved Strongvox development of 118 houses.

SNG Newsletter - 3rd May 2017

SNG's first newsletter has been produced and delivered to all households in Sandford.

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SNG Newsletter 03.05.17.pdf

Sandford Primary School and Sandford Community Hall Update April 2017
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Sandford Neighbourhood Group update April 2017.pdf
Background Documents Sandford School and Community Hall update April 2011 Background documents -1.pdf
Questionnaire results report - March 2017
8. Strongvox site draft Sport Open Space Leisure provision comparison chart
9. Strongvox First site plan 19.2.2015
10. Strongvox Second site plan 16.6.2015
11. Strongvox Third site plan 15.8.2015
12. Strongvox Fourth site plan 30.11.2015
13. Statement of Common Ground, Strongvox Inquiry
14. Summary proof of evidence Jessica Harper (NSC) re Strongvox: Statistics
15. Summary proof of evidence Jessica Harper (NSC): Sandford's Sustainability
16. Appeal Decision Strongvox

SNG Questionnaire Launched - March 2017
SNG surveyed Sandford residents with a questionnaire delivered to every household in Sandford.

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SANDFORD QUESTIONNAIRE REPORT March 2017.pdf

SNAG (later SNG) is formed - 9th February 2017
The newly-formed Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group (SNAG) held a meeting tonight, (Thursday 9th February) to decide on an action plan, after a public meeting in Sandford on Friday 27th January about the challenges to the village brought by the new Strongvox Homes development of 118 homes off Greenhill Road. SNAG's first priority is a new Community Hall for the village, with youth facilities. A new site for the Community Hall is needed, as there is no room to expand the current Village Hall, and there is not enough provision for new residents, particularly the children and young people who will come to live in the village. SNAG will be inviting local landowners, the developers, and North Somerset Council planning officers to meet the Group, to discuss how the Community Hall can be built on the Strongvox site, or nearby. SNAG can be contacted at SNG@winscombeandsandford.org.uk

Strongvox Consultation Event - 3rd February 2017
Strongvox and their agents Pegasus held a "consultation" event at Sandford Village Hall.

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Click here for the Pegasus / Strongvox letter sent to local residents
Click here for the view from the Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group (SNAG)

Sandford Village Hall Meeting - 27th January 2017


A meeting was held at Sandford Village Hall on Friday 27th January 2017 to discuss housing developments in the village.
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Sandford VH Meeting 20.01.17.pdf