Action group boosts its plight

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 July 2015

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.


MEMBERS of a village housing action group have been busy raising awareness of their campaign at a series of community events.

The Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) set up a stall at the Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group’s (YACWAG) Rivers Are Important event earlier this month.

The group stated it wanted to raise awareness of housing developments which are ‘threatening the character of the village’.

This was followed by a display at Congresbury’s village fete, which took place on Saturday in the St Andrew’s Church paddock, off Church Drive.

Both stalls included a game designed by CRAG, where players could guess the location of some kestrel chicks.

The purpose of both stalls was to raise awareness and funds for an appeal against developer Barratts Homes’ application to build 80 homes off Brinsea Road.

The appeal will be heard by a planning inspector in Weston on October 6, and CRAG is helping to raise funds to pay for legal advice at the hearing.

A spokesman for CRAG said: “CRAG made some useful contacts and received a donation towards the Barratts fighting fund at the YACWAG river event.

“CRAG’s display on the Millennium Green attracted a stream of visitors, including new residents of the village who did not know of the action group’s work.

“While only raising around £30 to add to the fighting fund, our stall at the village fete on Saturday also attracted a lot of interest and offers from people to attend the public appeal hearing on October 6.”

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