Parish Council Minutes – 25th July 2022



Present: Ms J Flower, Mrs S Grimes, Mr T Heaford, Mrs T Jones, Dr L Malt, Mrs J Stephenson (Chairman), Cllr P. May (B&NES) Mrs H Richardson (Clerk) and 5 Members of Public.

Public Submissions: A representative from POKE (Protect Our Keynsham Environment) asked the Parish Council to support them financially in their opposition to the Appeal for 21/00419EFUL Resourceful Earth and asked for a grant for £400. (30.5e) Continue reading Parish Council Minutes – 25th July 2022

Industrial Food Waste Plant near Pensford – Last Chance to Attend Public Meeting

If you missed the public meeting in Pensford, here is a further chance to find out more.

POKE is representing our local communities to fight the proposed supersize industrial scale food digester plant between Pensford and Keynsham. If approved, this plant would have potential to blight our local roads and quality of life.

Although the local council unanimously refused the original planning application, it is now necessary to fight an appeal lodged by the developer.  This appeal will be determined by a government inspector (not by our local council).

This is an important meeting for anyone with concerns about this development.  If you want to help preserve your local environment and quality of life, please do attend:

Date:  Thursday (28th July)

Venue: Whitchurch United Reformed Church, 24 Bristol Road, Whitchurch Village, Bristol, BS14 0PQ,

Time: 7pm

Everyone welcome.

Find our more on the Protect Our Keynsham Environment website here

Campaign against large anaerobic digester plant near Pensford granted ‘Rule 6 status

Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE) has been granted ‘Rule 6 status’.  and is now considered to be a main party at the public inquiry and can cross-examine other parties.

Read more in “The Week In” here

POKE need to raise more funds to cover the cost of employing experts to represent our local community against  this industrial scale scheme which has the potential to blight our local roads and quality of life.

Find our more on the Protect Our Keynsham Environment website here

Framed Paintings and Drawings by Robert Bailey to be available at The Miners’ Coffee Shop in Pensford

THE MINERS COFFEE SHOP here in Pensford has very kindly agreed to display and sell some of the framed artworks by the late Robert Bailey.  A small selection at a time will be on display to view and / or purchase and these will be rotated on a regular basis.  Donations of frames from a few local people have enabled us to frame an additional 31 artworks and we hope that they are much more appealing and will generate even more money for donation to both All Saints’ Church and the Pensford Local History Group (PLHG).  So please, pop in to The Miners for a drink and / or a snack and have a look at what’s available.

And also, to let everyone know, the PLHG will have another stall at the Church Market at All Saints’ Church in Publow (BS39 4HP) on Saturday 1st October 2022 from 10:00am to 11:30am.  We look forward to seeing you there.

An updated Catalogue can be found here 




Special Public Meeting – Anaerobic Digester Plant Near Pensford

Bath & North East Somerset councillors voted unanimously to refuse permission for a supersized anaerobic digester plant, north east of Pensford as you head to Keynsham.  But the developer is appealing the decision, hoping a Planning Inspector will overrule the council’s decision. 

If the developer succeeds, Pensford will face around 13,000 extra HGV trips through the village every year – meaning more noise, traffic and pollution!

A renewed campaign to counter the developer is now needed.  This is being led by Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE) – the group behind the highly successful campaign to oppose this development at the earlier planning stage.  POKE have already got off to a flying start, calling for money to fight the appeal at a 3-week public planning inquiry starting in October 2022.

POKE is holding a residents meeting on Tuesday, 12th July at Pensford Memorial Hall from 7pm to 8pm. 

Find out what POKE have done so far, what they intend to do to fight the appeal and what you can do to help protect Pensford.  You can ask questions of your local councillor and others. 

Publow with Pensford Parish Council are kindly supporting the meeting and everyone is welcome.

Publow with Whitchurch councillor Paul May, said: “I urge members of the local community to attend this meeting on 12th July and I thank POKE for setting it up.  If we are successfully to fight this appeal, we must come together as a community and present a united front.”

POKE spokesperson Kerry Morgan added: “If the development were to go ahead, there will be around 28,500 extra two-way HGV movements every year – meaning more noise, traffic and pollution!  The battle is not yet won and I encourage everyone to do what they can before it is too late.”

Publow with Pensford Parish Council Official Website

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