Appeal over future of village car parks

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 August 2014

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WINSCOMBE Parish Council is appealing a decision which means it may have no say surrounding the future of the village's car parks.

The parish council applied to North Somerset Council to have two car parks - in Browns Corner and Woodborough Drive - declared as community assets.

This declaration would mean if there were ever plans to sell the land the parish council would be given six months to raise the money to purchase it.

However North Somerset rejected the application.

The parish council’s deputy clerk Dave Woolley said the car parks are an ‘integral’ part of the village.

He said: “There are obviously lots of elderly people who may struggle to get around. They rely on the car parks for using the village shops.

“The car parks are absolutely integral to the village.

Without the shops you wouldn’t need a car park, but without a car park you definitely wouldn’t have the shops.”

He said the parish council is ‘not criticising’ North Somerset Council’s decision against making the land a community asset but hopes it will reconsider its move.

He said: “The council was fair to sit down and discuss it with us, but it’s now down to us. We need to go into the appeal with a little more evidence.”

The parish council wants residents and businesses to let them know their views by writing to Lynne Rampton or Dave Woolley at The Parish Office, Community Centre Building, BS25 1JA, or via email at lynne@winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk

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