Saturday 10th September

clutton-model-railwayCome to the Cabin in Clutton on Saturday 10th September, 10.30am – 3pm to see Tim Venton’s fabulous model of Clutton Station in its heyday.

Also take the opportunity to meet with Parish Councillors to look at plans for the new Clutton Station Park, discuss options for the area, and maybe take inspiration from the historic model.

Ideas already suggested are – outdoor gym equipment, a children’s cycle path, benches, an outdoor table tennis table, a small performance area, but what do you think?!

Give us your ideas and visit the Cabin on Saturday.

Press Release from B&NES regarding the cancellation of the 379 bus service

Changes to supported bus services in Bath and North East Somerset

A number of changes are being made to supported bus services in Bath and North East Somerset.

The changes are being made following a review of supported bus services in the area, aimed at protecting or improving services for the vast majority of bus users, whilst at the same time ensuring that the Council’s bus subsidies are used to the best possible effect.

Nearly all the bus services in the area are run by private bus companies on a commercial basis, over which the Council has no direct control. However where possible the Council steps in to provide financial support to meet social needs not being met by the bus companies.

In a number of cases residents will see an improvement in their bus service, with improved frequency or journey times. However the Council is scaling down support where services are underused, or where there is duplication of commercial services, to ensure that funding is being used to the best possible effect and provide value for money for local taxpayers.

Despite the financial challenge facing the authority, Bath & North East Somerset Council is continuing to spend more than £1 million in supporting local bus services as well as local Dial-a-Ride and Ring-and-Ride services.

Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “These changes are being made following a review of supported bus services across the district. During this review, our priority has been to protect and improve services where possible whilst at the same time ensuring that the investment we are putting into local bus services is being used to the best possible effect for the maximum number of users.

“Unlike many councils – who have removed most bus subsidies – we are continuing to spend more than a £1million a year to support local bus services in both rural and urban areas. However, we also have a duty to ensure that we use taxpayers’ money to the best possible effect, and where a service is running almost empty we clearly cannot justify asking taxpayers to subsidise a service that may, in many cases, cost more than the equivalent taxi journey. In such cases, other supported services such as Dial-a-Ride and Ring-and-Ride may be more appropriate.”

Commenting on recently-announced changes to some commercially-run bus services between Bristol, Keynsham and Bath, Councillor Clarke added: “Whilst the Council has no control over commercially-run bus services, we have expressed concerns to First Bus over some of their recently announced changes, such as to the number 38 through Keynsham.  Whilst there is a limited amount we can do in these circumstances, in order to try and maintain a bus link between the Park Estate and the High Street in the evenings, the Council has agreed to fund two new journeys from Keynsham Church to Keynsham Park Estate at 20:05 and 21:05, to be run will be run by Bath Bus Company.”

Detailed changes

Service 42: Odd Down – Royal United Hospital (Park and Ride)

<!– ·         The 42 Park and Ride service will continue to run broadly the same timetable but will be run by a new operator, Wessex, on a commercial basis.

<!– ·         The new operator will not be running the flexible route / request stops service, which was used on average twice a week during 2015.

Service 4, Bathampton 

<!– ·         From 5 September 2016, an extended number 12 service will operate between Bathampton, Bath city centre and Haycombe. The service will replace the no 4 from Bathampton.

The service 12 allows passengers from Bathampton to retain their links to Bath and Oldfield Park. The service will run every 40 minutes.

<!– ·         The section of the route 4 from Kingsway will now run as bus service 8, which will link through the city centre to Upper Weston every 30 minutes.

Service 2: Ensleigh – Bath city centre

<!– ·         From 5 September 2016; the Lansdown Park & Ride service will serve all stops on Lansdown Road replacing service 2 from Ensleigh. The Park and Ride will provide more flexibility for these stops with a frequency every 12 or 15 minutes compared to the hourly number 2 service.

<!– ·         The Park and Ride service will continue to terminate at Milsom Street.

<!– ·         Any passenger who need to go to the Bus Station will be able to use the 620 (Old Sodbury – Bath) service, which will run an additional trip on Saturday mornings. Currently an average of 8 people per day travel through to the bus station on service 2.

<!– ·         Through tickets will also be available from Lansdown Road for passengers needing to transfer to services 6/7 at Milsom Street for the Bus Station

Service 6/7: Fairfield Park & Larkhall – Bath city centre

<!– ·         The 6/7 will be operated by First on a commercial basis and continue to provide Larkhall and Fairfield Park with access to Fairfield Park Health Surgery with both services operating along Camden Crescent, with a bus every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. 

<!– ·         Services will, however, no longer stop on London Road; where it was found that just two out of 458 passengers interviewed travelled between Larkhall and London Road and just one from Fairfield Park to London Road.

<!– ·         While some areas of Fairfield Park will no longer have direct bus access to Larkhall Square, just five passengers out of the 458 surveyed made this journey and Dial-a-Ride can provide an alternative local bus service 

Service 379: Bath – Bristol

<!– ·         This service has been subsidised by developers but is unlikely to become commercial. The service will cease from 4 September as there are a number of alternative services:

<!– –       A new, commercially operated 172 service will link Paulton, Midsomer Norton and Bath from 4 September 2016.

<!–  –      The 376 links Pensford and Clutton to Bristol and Wells

<!– –       The 178 links Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Keynsham and Bristol

<!– –       Changes to the 768 service route will provide a new link between Clutton and Midsomer Norton

Changes to Service 178 and new 172 service

<!– ·         From 1 September, the 178 will operate hourly between Radstock and Bristol only, with services to Bath replaced by a new, commercially-operated 172 service. The 172 will operate every 30 minutes Monday – Saturday daytime, and hourly on Sundays. 

<!– ·         The 178 between Radstock and Bristol will no longer run on Sundays, because of low usage and most passengers will be able to use alternatives such as the commercial service 39.  

<!– ·         The weekday 23:15 journey from Bristol will cease because of very low usage, with most passengers having alternative services available.  The last direct service from Bristol to Radstock and Midsomer Norton will be at 19:35, although later connections will be available via Bath (connecting with service 172 departures to Paulton as late as 23:50).

<!– ·         The 178 will no longer operate through the Chandag estate in Keynsham. This area will continue to be served by the 665 service. The 178 will no longer stop at Tesco in Midsomer Norton, but there are several alternatives including the new 172 service which will provide a service every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sunday.

<!– ·         The Council will continue to support hourly evening journeys between Bath and Paulton on the 172 service with a last departure from Bath at 23:50. 

Service 179: Bath – Writhlington

<!– ·         The Council will continue to subsidise the 179 service to increase frequency of well-used daytime journeys. 

<!– ·         Evening services are not well used, and many passengers could use alternative services.  From 5 September the last journey from Bath will normally operate at 19:40 during the week, but the Council has agreed to retain the 23:00 journey from Bath on Fridays and Saturdays only, when there is passenger demand.  Journeys from Writhlington at 19:28, and from Bath at 20:55, will no longer operate.

<!– ·         The 179 service will be rerouted from 4 September to serve more passengers and it will now serve Farrington Gurney and Cranmore Place in Odd Down. 

Keynsham Park Estate evening services:

<!– ·         The Council has agreed to fund two new journeys from Keynsham Church to Keynsham Park Estate at 20:05 and 21:05.  These will be run by Bath Bus Company.

Service 82: Paulton to Radstock Tyning

<!– ·         Following the retirement of the operator (Somerbus), the Council has found an operator, Frome Minibuses, to run a service Monday-Friday from 5 September 2016. This will continue to serve residential areas in Paulton, Westfield and the Tyning, as well as provide a link between Paulton and Somervale school.

I<!– t has not been possible to secure an operator for the service on Saturday. Many passengers may be able to use other nearby commercial and supported services for their journey.  There will, however, be no service to the Tyning on Saturdays.

The Council continues to support Dial-a-Ride services, which are available across the district and can be used by many people who cannot use a scheduled bus service to reach their destination.


Clutton Parish Council Statement on Maynard Terrace Development

The Parish Council has been notified that a group of residents has commenced legal proceedings, through a Judicial Review process, of the decision by B&NES to approve the detailed “Reserved Matters” application for the Maynard Terrace development.

The legal action is being taken in the name of Rosemary Naish, who is also the Chair of the Parish Council. Rosemary has asked the Council to make clear that the action is being taken in her name and in a strictly personal capacity. The Parish Council is not involved and indeed in law cannot be party to the action as it is not directly affected by the development. The Parish Council is not party to the legal advice that has been provided in respect of the action and is not involved in funding it.

The Parish Council has consistently opposed the Maynard development on numerous grounds and was deeply disappointed by the decision of the B&NES Development Management Committee to approve the reserved matters application. As a Council we are very concerned by the apparent lack of account taken of the policies in the Clutton Neighbourhood Plan. We therefore welcome the fact that the proposed Judicial Review process should provide clarification of the weight those policies should be given in considering this and other planning applications. The Parish Council will keep the position closely under review and will if appropriate discuss it again at the next meeting.

David Worskett
Clutton Parish Council
2 September 2016

Traffic Calming Scheme (4a)

Bath and North East Council highways officers have now given us an updated version of the proposed traffic calming scheme and this will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 19th October.  There are three drawings linked below which showing different areas of the village.

Option 4a – Lower Bristol Road and Church Lane

Option 4a – Greensbrook

Option 4a – Cooks hill Station Rd

You will need to zoom in on these drawings to view the specific features of the scheme.

If you have any comments please forward them to so that they can be considered by the Parish Council.

Clutton Primary School Governing Body Vacancies

Clutton Primary School is a friendly, caring community, learning together. It is a happy, friendly place which reflects the highest quality of learning and the value we place on ourselves and others.

We are currently seeking to fill two upcoming Community Governor vacancies on our School Governing Body.

We are particularly interested in individuals with experience in the area of finance and those individuals who have experience of financial planning/management within the public or private sector. Experience in procurement/purchasing and/or premises and facilities management are also desirable but not essential.

The School is committed to an inclusive culture, respects diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Anyone interested in learning more about what being a Governor involves should contact Kate Wilson, Chair of the Governing body, by e-mail at

To apply, please submit a covering letter outlining your specialist experience/skills/attributes (particularly if it relates to any of the priority/target areas outlined above), a summary of qualifications/main career/other interests and the reasons why you would like to be a member of the Governing body (please also use this opportunity to highlight any connections that you have with Clutton and/or the School). Please also provide the names and addresses of two referees whom the selection panel may contact. You can submit this information by email to or by post to:

Kate Wilson, Chair of Governing Body

Clutton Primary School Station Rd Clutton BS39 5RA

Village referendum for Neighbourhood Plan

Clutton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on 10 September

  • The Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by a broad cross-section of residents and fully consulted on
  • It has met all the “technical” planning requirements
  • If more than 50% of those voting vote “Yes” it comes into legal force
  • If less than 50% of those voting vote “No” current planning and financial arrangements stay unchanged
  • Anyone who lives in Clutton and is on the Electoral Roll for local government elections can vote
  • If you are not on the Electoral Roll you can apply to Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5A, no later than Mon 24th Aug 2015 

Why you should vote

Adopting the Neighbourhood Plan means:

  • Our local priorities and policies have legal effect
  • They have to be reflected in B&NES planning decisions
  • More local control over where development takes place
  • More local control over the type of development
  • More local control over the design of development
  • We can deal with issues not usually covered by larger plans, such as parking
  • More funds (25% 0f the Community Infrastructure Levy paid by all developers) for the Parish Council to spend on improving the village

Not adopting the Neighbourhood Plan means:

  • No change to the current status
  • Only 15% pf the Community Infrastructure Levy to spend on improving the village

Don’t miss this opportunity to help decide how we shape our future.

Printed and published by Clutton Parish Council, 13 Maynard Terrace, Clutton, BS39 5PL


Traffic Calming update

Following May’s Parish Council meeting the following email was sent to the B&NES highways department informing them of the Parish Councils decision:

Subject: Re: FW: Traffic Calming Scheme – Station Road, Clutton

Dear Tom 

As you can imagine, the traffic calming proposals were discussed at length at our Parish Council Meeting on Monday Night. 

We had a large turnout of residents with 21 members of public in attendance ( we normally get 2 or 3).  9 of which spoke of their support for the strongest possible measures and recounted anecdotes of near misses and their fear that a serious accident would occur.  A further 9 residents raised their hands to say that they were there as parents and supported the traffic calming measured previously agreed.   No-one spoke against the measures that had previously been agreed.

Following the public participation session the recommendation was put forward, that following the second marginal speed survey and the challenge from one member of public, the Parish Council should amend plans to an option 4 which included strong gateways into the village which would slow the traffic down, a build out/crossing outside the school (especially important now we have lost the school crossing patrol) and a virtual footway as in option 1.  we should also ask for a further speed survey, once the measures were put in place to establish whether further measures would be required.

However in the discussions that followed a number of other councillors spoke to voice their disappointment that option 2, (which had been recommended by B&NES highways officers, and been discussed at length and supported by the Parish Council), was now not being progressed because of a single challenge and that this was not democratic.  The speed surveys were marginal, but as residents we know that cars travel too fast.  The stretch of road should be considered as a specific case as it is used as a cut through from A37-A39, there are no pavements, there are blind corners, the width of the road changes and it is a route to school.  It was also pointed out that the second speed survey was carried out in winter, with darker nights and bad whether, when people were more likely to travel carefully, bringing the average down.

Therefore it was proposed that with the overwhelming backing of the residents the Parish Council put their full weight behind option 2.  This was agreed unanimously.

Kind Regards

Helen Richardson , Clutton Parish Clerk.

Their response was as follows:

Hi Helen,

Thanks for the info gathered from the PC meeting. It is unfortunate that the more conclusive 24h 7day speed data readings didn’t come in sooner (we had an issue with the company involved who went into liquidation after payment was made hence the delay in not receiving the data until February) as my recommendations within the feasibility study would have been slightly different. If you remember the PC were pushing for the report to be presented over Christmas so that you had time to discuss with and lobby the local member (Jeremy Sparks) to find funding for the scheme in 15/16 and the only way this deadline could be met was to use the 1 hour snapshot speed gun survey data already obtained. 

We (as a council) must be seen to be offering a consistent message to all villages that are requesting 20 mph speed limits, therefore the policy has always been;

  • If existing mean average vehicle speeds are under 24mph then a ‘signs only’ speed limit will be permitted.
  • If existing mean average speeds are between 24-26mph then further Engineering solutions would be require before a 20mph speed limit can be implemented. E.g. extra signing and lining, visual road narrowing, additional gateway treatments, flashing VAS signs etc.
  • If existing mean average speeds are above 26mph then traffic calming will be likely required.

I therefore must insist that a hybrid of Option 1 can be the only justifiable scheme that we can pursue at Station Road bearing in mind the mean average speed readings which give a conclusive reading of 24.5mph. The hybrid Option 1 that we will pursue to detailed design will include;

  • Significant 20mph Gateway (to likely include a narrowing + village name sign to include road safety message)
  • Virtual footway throughout Station Road
  • Pedestrian Build out opposite the school (justifiable with loss of School Crossing Patrol)
  • Post implementation Traffic Survey to monitor performance of new speed limit.

I apologise for the confusion this may have caused however we must adhere to the policy that we have set for introducing 20mph schemes in the rural communities otherwise if we don’t we would set a president and other villages would demand the same. Also if challenged it could open the Council up to a judicial review which in turn would then risk the delivery of all 20mph schemes in the rural communities in the short to medium term. 

I believe that the hybrid option 1 will still offer a huge benefit to the local community as well as offer good value for money considering the limited budget, as stated in the original feasibility study. Vehicle speeds will likely be further reduced and pedestrian safety should be greatly improved. I therefore aim to begin the detailed design of this Hybrid Option 1 in June/July and feed this back to the PC and Cllr Warrington before beginning the 20mph speed limit consultation period at the end of July. I will be back in touch with further details once this work has commenced. 

Kind Regards

Tom Hayward, Project Engineer

Bath & North East Somerset Council

The next step will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 15th June.