Message from Liveable Neighbourhoods Team including drop-in on 17th August 4pm-8pm at Queen Charlton Village Hall

We want to thank everyone who took part in the Liveable Neighbourhood co-development workshop for the Whitchurch Village and Queen Charlton area and inform you of an important event in August where you can view the output from the workshop and share your opinion on a proposed through-traffic restriction trial .

Workshop outcomes and exhibition

We have enjoyed gathering people’s ideas and working with communities to start developing more inclusive and accessible neighbourhoods. We are now preparing a report, highlighting all the ideas expressed at the workshop for the Whitchurch Village and Queen Charlton area. 

We’ll be inviting your opinion on what measures from this ‘longlist’ of ideas should be shortlisted for preliminary design. Now we have your wider views, we’ll also now be asking you to focus back on the original application area. You can give your feedback at an exhibition this August where the ideas will be showcased. When we draw up the shortlist for preliminary design, we will also consider costs, timescales and other practicalities.

You are welcome to come to the exhibition whether you attended the earlier workshop or not. Friends and family are also welcome. Please see details of the event below. 

If you can’t make the exhibition, you’re welcome to view the workshop output report online from mid-August and to email with your comments. There will also be several other opportunities to have your say on the designs in due course.

Share your opinion on a through-traffic restriction proposal

At the event we’ll also be asking opinions on a through-traffic restriction trial in Queen Charlton Lane which, if supported, would start this autumn.

It’s one of four schemes across the area that are being trialled ahead of the wider Liveable Neighbourhoods programme. This is because levels of support for it are already high among residents who responded to earlier surveys. The purpose of this engagement is to check how the wider community feels before we proceed. For details of the proposal and to complete a survey, go to

Event details

The workshop exhibition and public engagement on the proposal for Queen Charlton Lane through-traffic restriction is on 17 August 2022 at Queen Charlton Village Hall between 4pm and 8pm. This is a drop-in event, open to the public.

If you have a question or need support to access the event, please email or call Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41. 

Yours faithfully,

The Liveable Neighbourhoods Team


We have advised by Bath and North East Somerset Council that over the next few weeks the following roads will be closed and to expect delays and congestion.

STAUNTON LANE 8-9th AUGUST THTTC2880 – These are patching works being undertaken by BANES on Staunton Lane from the junction with the A37 up to the Sleep Lane roundabout. Works are planned for 8-9th August, with the road being closed 7am – 7pm. This can be viewed 2 weeks before the start of the works on via the following link: will also show the official diversion route.

MAGGS LANE 15-19th AUGUST THTTC2838 – To replace the footpaths. Works are planned to start on 15th August and expected to take 5 days to complete USRN 47904495 when link available will also show the official diversion route.

STAUNTON LANE/SLEEP LANE 15-19th AUGUST THTTC2926 – These are resurfacing works being undertaken by Flynn Limited in connection with the Bellway housing development Section 278 remedial works. Works are planned to start on 15th August and are expected to take 2 weeks to complete, with the road being closed for the whole period of the works – The first week will be a closure on Staunton Lane from the Sleep Lane roundabout up to the tuning for Horseworld. The second week will be a closure on Sleep Lane from outside number 10 to outside no 4. The entrances to Hamilton Way and Farrier Way will also be closed as part of the Sleep Lane closure. These can be viewed on 2 weeks before the start of the works via the following links: (Staunton Lane) and (Sleep Lane). will also show the official diversion route.

Residents asked to check their voter registration details as part of the annual canvass

Bath & North East Somerset Council will soon be asking residents to check their electoral registration details so they can vote on decisions that affect them.From Monday 25th July residents who have previously provided their email address will receive an email from the domain on behalf of the Electoral Registration Officer at Bath & North East Somerset Council.The email will ask residents to check their household details via a dedicated secure portal where they can either confirm that the information is correct or, if necessary, make any changes.If residents have not provided an email address they will be sent a letter in the post, which will explain what action they need to take.With local elections taking place in May 2023, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.Will Godfrey, Electoral Registration Officer and Chief Executive of the Council said: “We want to make sure that we have the right information for every household in Bath and North East Somerset, so everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so at our next elections.”For further information visit

Whitchurch Cricket Club Centenary Match against MCC Thursday 21st at 1.30

As part of Whitchurch Village Cricket Club’s continued and highly successful Centenary celebrations they are hosting a highly prestigious MCC XI on Thursday 21st July from 1.30pm at their Norton Lane ground. Everyone from the Village and surrounding area is very welcome indeed. The bar will be open all day and a pay BBQ available. No entrance fee and ample parking at WCC or Bristol Barbarians across the road. See you there.

Notice of Road Closure: Staunton Lane

From 0700 TO 1900 on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June Staunton Lane will be closed for road maintenance/resurfacing.
We have been assured that access for affected residents will be
maintained at all times.

Also see below re Charlton Lane. noting that heavy traffic is expected due to Glastonbury Festival

B&NES emergency road closure – please plan your journey

People are being advised to plan their travel next week following the emergency closure of a busy road near Keynsham, due to a burst water main and planned resurfacing works on the A368.
A Bristol Water mains burst, which happened yesterday (June 16) has forced a section of Charlton Road to close and this may increase pressure on the local area’s road network over the next week.
A diversion route is in place and sign posted through Bristol using the A37 and A4. The emergency closure coincides with planned resurfacing works to the A368 at Chelwood, a national rail strike and an increase in traffic for Glastonbury Festival. 
Bristol Water is working over the weekend to re-open the road; however Bristol Water is expecting the affected section of Charlton Road to remain closed into next week.
A spokesperson from Bristol Water said: “The burst main on Charlton Road has been repaired and the team are now going to backfill the excavation. “They will then have to break out the other damaged side of the carriageway to check for any damage to the integrity of the road, and refill and repair this. “The team will continue working over the weekend on the reinstatements, with further assessments of the road on Monday morning to review the extent of the damage. “The repairs have been complicated and with significant damage to the road surface, we are anticipating the road to be completely cleared and reopened next Friday.” Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: “This emergency road closure may increase the pressure on the local traffic network as it will overlap with a planned two-week road closure of the A368 at Chelwood, which starts on Monday 20 June. Unfortunately, these works cannot be rearranged as there is no alternative timeframe in the immediate future and the method being used to resurface the roads requires warmer temperatures. A diversion route using the A39 will be in place throughout.” Traffic was already expected to be higher than usual over the next week as a national rail strike is due to take place on the 21st, 23rd and 25th of June, and over 200,000 people are expected to attend this years’ Glastonbury Festival which is taking place 22nd–26th June. Bath & North East Somerset Council has put in place diversion routes for traffic and advanced notices positioned along the route to warn road users of the road closures. The council expects there to be higher than usual volumes of traffic along the A37 and A39 while these roadworkses take place and advise planning any journeys ahead of time to avoid delays.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tea Party

The tables set with delicious food
Decorations added colour to the event
Opportunity to have a photo to mark the occasion

Villagers gathered to celebrate this historic occasion and raise a toast to Her Majesty. A delicious selection of sandwiches and savouries together with homemade cakes and scones was enjoyed by nearly 60 residents .

Councillors and volunteers along with representatives from the 107th Whitchurch Scouts, Cubs and Beavers served teas, coffees and food in a warm and friendly atmosphere with lots of laughter and memories shared.

Click here for menu

Whitchurch Village Commemorates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by joining the National Beacon Lighting

Our new commemoration beacon
Flying the flag at the playpark
The village gathers to watch the beacon being lit
Over two hundred enjoyed the evening
The beacon shone bright in the night sky

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made the beacon lighting an amazing event. About 200 people raised a toast to Her Majesty as we joined others around the country celebrating 70 glorious years. The Deputy Lieutenant David Medlock attended and read the proclamation .

It was a joint village effort with various groups and people joining together to commemorate the occasion

Whitchurch Cricket club opened the bar and provided use of their facilities, a thriving club with a youth section for 5-17 age olds, training every Friday evening. Whitchurch Cricket Club Youth Section .

Barbarians Rugby Club provided use of their ground for parking.

Whitchurch and Pensford Royal British Legion provided standard bearers and a piper, who heralded the beacon lighting.

Martin Squire brought his illuminated vehicle along and provided support on the evening.

Audrey, one of our senior resident who has lived in the village the longest, lit the beacon magnificently with support from Nick Kirk WVC chairman.

Cocoa and Crumb served hot drinks and snacks.

Finally the councillors and volunteers worked hard setting up the event and marshalling the evening to make it a tremendous success.