LAND YEO FRIENDS
Minutes of meeting held 6th December 2018
PRESENT Stewart Edwards, David Robinson, Tim Bessant, Mike Adames, Graham Watkins,
APOLOGIES Frances Harrison, Geoff Harrison
- MINUTES Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Insurance has been renewed for the Punt and Trailer, same premium as last year £51.64. A cheque for £120 from the Monmouthshire Building Society, grant for buoyancy aids, had been paid in to the bank (see item 4 below).
- RIVER CLEANING Prior to the very successful clean up on the 27th October 2018. The river was checked where possible between the Scout Hut and South Clevedon playing field from the bank, it was virtually clear of any debris. Therefore the river clean with the boat took place from the playing field through to Southern Way Bridge and the main work party covered the bank through to Marshalls Field. Items recovered included a traffic cone base, electronic till, baby carrier, two car tyres, a child’s scooter and six large bags of assorted items. The rubbish included mostly plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles. It was pleasing to find however that compared to previous years there was a reduction in the amount of rubbish recovered. This year we greatly appreciated the help given by Surfers Against Sewage who provided us with insurance cover and some equipment. Thanks are due to all who helped in the work parties, on the bank, in the boat and to Geoff and Frances who compiled the necessary risk assessment for the insurance cover, helped with the safety briefing and posted notices in advance of the clean-up. General discussion about the benefit of SAS insurance and the need of risk assessment.
- EQUIPMENT Three new Palm Buoyancy Aids (adjustable to all sizes) have been purchased from the Canoe and Kayak store with the grant of £120 from Monmouthshire Building Society, the aids have been collected and are now stored with the boat at Meadow Road.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS Update on the Two Rivers walk. Mike Adames confirmed gates and posts are in place and the broken gate by the motorway is to be fixed. The farmer (Mr Dodds) is to replace a gate near the motorway. Court Lane overgrown access to the path is still to be settled. Position of an electric fence in this area is to be improved. Graham Watkins has not as yet received a response from
North Somerset Council regarding the clearing of the hedge/fence/grass verge on Court Lane. Stewart Edwards said this should be resolved by the NS Highways Dept. Michael Adames wondered if we should attend to this work ourselves. David Robinson advised the authorities would not want this sort of work done by volunteers for health and safety reasons. They also have all the proper equipment and it is their responsibility. Stewart Edwards and Tim Bessant will take a look at the amount of work involved. Stewart Edwards explained that the original footpaths are still shown on maps. Signage for the path was then discussed along with website content. It was agreed to proceed with design for signage with our own contacts and with the involvement of The Barn. Concern was expressed about the crossing of Northern Way to gain access to the path and the safety aspect of crossing via the central refuge or the underpass.
On the 17th November 2018 Stewart Edwards and Tim Bessant completed a two hour circular walk upstream from Tickenham Church to view the raised embanked Land Yeo channel on the hill side, the Moorend Spout, Parish Brook, the Boundary Rhyne and back over the causeway returning via the Land Yeo and Tickenham Mill site.
6. LEVELS AND FLOWS
- Following recent rain, debris building up on the North Somerset trash screen and the lowering of Cooks Clyse weir to the winter level, there have been several fluctuations to the level and flow since the last meeting. The 30cm plus build up on the trash screen was last cleared on
29th October 2018 and resulted in a noticeable drop in level at the screen and increased flow upstream by Meadow Road. However following further heavy rain and more debris washing onto the trash screen, the level increased and flow reduced even prior to Cooks Clyse weir being lowered on the on 9/10th November 2018, (the level at Cooks Clyse was noted at approx. 4.7m on the 12th November 2018). There is still a build-up of debris on the screen and with further heavy rain last Monday the level at the screen by the Conservative Club was 4.7m (which is the same as the controlled winter level at Cooks Clyse); for the last three weeks the resultant flow through the town has been minimal.
7. REPORTS OF RIVER SECTIONS
Tim’s section (The Yearling Ditch to Northern Way) At the end of October Stewart Edwards cleared a large clump of watercress that had accumulated in the entrance to the culvert under Northern Way.
Stewart’s section (Northern Way to Tyres Direct) The river is now reasonably clear and very little in the way of weed growth following clearing, shorter days and the onset of winter, a push chair has been recovered near Medical Centre bridge.
Town section (Tyres Direct to the Curzon Cinema) During October there was a large build up on the trash screen. After weed removal by the Environment Agency, on the 29th October 2018 and following further heavy rain, another build up occurred and North Somerset Council were made aware of this on the 8th November 2018,it was confirmed an order had been raised for it to be cleared. However by the 29th November 2018 it had not been touched and another text was sent to their representative who confirmed he would chase it.
A push bike had been dumped in the river by the Conservative Club and has now been removed.
The two Sycamore trees growing on the bank beside the Conservative Club are now quite large and although nice to see, their root structure could be damaging the retaining wall which has had to be repaired in the past.
Curzon section (Curzon Cinema to Strode Road Bridge) A report of Japanese Knot weed growing from the bank at the back of the Chinese restaurant has been forwarded to the
Environment Agency enforcement officer who will be taking appropriate action.
The Buddleia branches by Strode Road Bridge were recovered during the LYF clean-up, unfortunately some of them were thrown back in, another visit has been made and they have been removed again and taken away.
A week after litter had been cleared from South Clevedon playing field during the clean-up, another collection of plastic bottles, cans and a glass bottle occurred near the footbridge, this was gathered up and taken away before any of it could find its way into the river.
Graham Watkins will make enquiries to see if there has been any progress with our request for a litter bin to be installed near the footbridge.
Paul’s section (Strode Road Bridge to the outfall including Jacobs Walk) Successfully cleared during the clean-up, the boat was recovered by Southern Way bridge as there was very little rubbish in the river between there and the outfall.
8. WATER QUALITY Nothing to report
9. PUBLICITY – David Robinson has gained a new contact at the North Somerset Times who is interested in LYF news and has published his recent report on the clean-up.
David Robertson pointed out the publicity opportunities arising from recent donations.
Following our appeal directed at younger people published in Clevedon Living, an offer of help has been received from the Barn Youth Club with potential for liaison possibly in relation to the Two Rivers Walk. Also possibly promoting the walk’s opening with a sponsored walk. A meeting with the Barn is anticipated in due course.
10.WEBSITE Continues to attract interest at a low level. Geoff Harrison will be adding thanks to our various recent donators on the website homepage. Monmouthshire Building Society (buoyancy aids). Clevedon Town Council (small grants allocation). Environment Agency (equipment). A private donation. North Somerset Council (paths, erection of gates and styles). Surfers Against Sewage (public liability insurance and equipment).
11. ANY OTHER BUSINESS Feedback from Mike Adames with regard to damage caused to Land Yeo embankment by Badgers near Brook Farm, Backwell Bow, it is possible view any time by using public footpaths, beware of 25 to 30 holes in the embankment. A general discussion about this issue followed.
Graham Watkins asked how the grant from Clevedon Town Council was spent (LYF responded: insurance, possible cost of signage for the walk, replacement pressure washer) so that he was able to report back to Clevedon Town Council meeting.
Stewart Edwards and Tim Bessant reported they had spoken to someone in the Cooks Lane area who said otters had been seen on the river.
12. The Oak Room at The Curzon Cinema has been booked for the following meetings 7th February 2019, 4Th April 2019, 6th June 2019,1st August 2019, AGM 5th September 2019.
Minutes of Meeting Held on 2nd August 2018
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, Graham Watkins,
APOLOGIES Liz Leaming, Mike Adames, Paul Trowbridge
5th April 2018 Minutes accepted as read.
Funds held of £24.06. An application has been sent to Clevedon Town Council under the small grant schemes. Town Clerk, Paula Heath, has acknowledged receipt of the application. The meeting attendees agreed an application for a grant should also be made to the Monmouthshire Charitable Trust.
We have secured public liability insurance for physical work, on and about the river, free through Surfers against Sewage. SAS were very supportive of our work.
3 RIVER CLEANING
Some grass on the bank has been strimmed through the town by EA contractors, manual weed clearing from the river has also started this week near Meadow Road, slow progress so far as they are new contractors and are unfamiliar with working on the Land Yeo.
The pressure washer has developed a leak, it will be checked to see if a repair is possible and if parts can be obtained. The EA have supplied a new pair of size 10 chest waders to replace the originals that have developed a leak. The EA have turned down our request for personnel buoyancy aids. An attempt will be made to source them through a grant. If this is not possible we shall be unable to use the boat. If any members have any ideas please let us know.
In respect of the Two Rivers Walk, Roger Baker of Triangle Farm and the EA have been contacted regarding a date the contractor can start installation of the gates. The contractor has the gates in his possession. Andy Carroll of North Somerset Council has not been contactable as yet, the contractor awaits his instructions.
6 LEVELS AND FLOWS
Following the unusually prolonged dry spell, river levels and flow are low at the moment, after some rain at the weekend Cooks Clyse was checked on Sunday afternoon and found to be just below 4.8m with no water passing over the weir. As usually happens at this time of year the level is low near Meadow Road and is expected to improve when the annual machine weed clearing is completed by the EA. The level at the Outfall was noted at its usual level of 4.3m on the 15th July.
7 RIVER SECTION
Bernard’s section The EA are aware of the caravan near the river between M5 and Court Lane and have reported it to Highways England, we have been informed by HE they are working towards the eviction of the caravan from the site. Another request has been made for the watercress to be sprayed near
Court Lane, as it is now spanning the river.
Stewart’s section – – North Somerset Council have replaced the litter bins by the Medical Centre and Meadow Road footbridges, there has been no response to the request to NSC for two more bins near the river, please see below.
The smaller fish in the river, Roach/Rudd, have continued to thrive, although during the very hot weather they have appeared to struggle a little with low oxygen levels in the evening.
Seven of this year’s brood of duck lings are now fully grown and from a late brood of moorhens chicks two have managed to survive.
Town section – – Unfortunately there has been no reply from NSC to a request for the litter bin to be replaced by the river near the Conservative Club. The NSC trash screen was cleared sometime in June, there is a slight build up there at the moment, however that will soon change when the EA weed clearing gets under way and more frequent cleaning will be required.
Liz’s section – CTC supported our request for a litter bin near the footbridge from Strode Road over the river and into the playing field, they advised we should apply to them for a grant to cover the cost of its installation, unfortunately there has been no response from NSC to a request for it to be included in their rounds for emptying. Graham Watkins agreed to pursue this.
Paul’s section — Two signets have hatched from a clutch of five eggs, when last seen they were about duck size and doing well. Although the river appears attractive and pastoral the banks for most of the length are quite overgrown. Most of the water is clear but weed growth is present around Strode Road bridge and in patches with yellow flowers in two places and reeds in various locations. A few ducks were the only wildlife spotted. The most significant thing to note is the smart new railings on, and to the side of, the little bridge into Pill Way, all painted in green
8 WATER QUALITY –Nothing to report.
9 PUBLICTY—All of the flyers have been taken from the display at the Pier. DR was requested to circulate local press to advertise the forthcoming AGM and also to:note new members are needed to support committee, administration and clearance operations.
A website primarily about North Somerset nature was discovered that contained wording that caused concern to the LYF. The LYF were concerned that the content may impact donations or deter new volunteers. The website stated that the LYF had been undertaking planting work on the river bank and leaving organic arisings without seeking consultation or permission. The LYF has not been undertaking such work. We have made contact with the site. POST MEETING NOTE: The website have amended the wording relating to the Land Yeo Friends to a less accusatory tone.
10 WEBSITE Continues to attract a low level of hits and positive comments.
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Unfortunately due to family commitments Liz Leaming is no longer able to be actively involved with the committee.
Sept 6th 2018; The AGM is being held in the Oak Room at the Curzon. All welcome, please try to attend.
Minutes of Meeting Held on 5th April 2018
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, Graham Watkins,
Mike Adames, David Robinson, Liz Leaming
APOLOGIES Paul Trowbridge
February 2018 Minutes accepted as read
Funds held of £39.06. A cheque £15 of this money was issued at the meeting to cover the costs of the web site HSBC have issued a letter to Mike Adames advising the bank account held by
Land Yeo Friends will be transferred to a commercial account in July 2018.
An application has been made to the Bristol Avon catchment partnership for a one or two year much needed grant to cover insurances and the web site costs.
Next year it may be possible to apply for funding from the Clevedon Lions annual Dream Scheme, awards are made to local voluntary groups, applications can be submitted in January.
A donation of £20 was gratefully received from Pam Soper to help with overheads, cheque forwarded to Mike Adames.
3 RIVER CLEANING
No rubbish clearing since last meeting except trash screens, please see item 7 Town section.
Nothing to report.
It was suggested half of Two Rivers walk could be organised for some time in April, i.e. part Land Yeo, Yearling Ditch and part Blind Yeo. Mike Adames advised it would be best to wait until the walk is confirmed. Mike Adames had covered part of the walk and discovered a kissing gate had been erected near the Craft Centre. It was unclear whether this was the gate designated for the walk, as it was not in the agreed location. Mike was going to investigate .
6 LEVELS AND FLOWS
During the last 2 months levels and flow have been mostly around normal for this time of year. There was an increase for a while when the snow melted which caused a build-up of debris on the trash screens.
Fortunately both screens were cleared before the periods of heavy rain over Easter, as a result levels were higher for a couple of days and there was a good flow. Due to the wet weather and higher levels the adjustment of Cooks Clyse to the summer level of 4.8 m may have been delayed, this normally occurs at the beginning of April.
7 RIVER SECTION
Bernard’s section – During the second week of March it was noticed a caravan had been set up on Highways England Land between the M5 and Court Lane. To gain access a fence and post had been removed and as there had been problems in the past with unauthorised camps on this land,
Highways England have been notified and will be sending someone to investigate.
Stewart’s section – Along with our neighbours we were all extremely disappointed to discover that
North Somerset Council(NSC) have removed the litter bins by the Meadow Road and Medical Centre footbridges, unfortunately from past experience this will lead to an increase of litter ending up in the river. There have been indications that the fish have returned although they have been difficult to spot as the water is discoloured following recent rain, a kingfisher has also been seen this week. There has also been an unusual visitor recently, a Reed Bunting has been regularly coming to our feeders near the river bank. Graham Watkins advised Clevedon Town Council are going to approach NSC for an explanation. On the matter of the litter bins.
Town section – After the snow melted a build-up of debris occurred on both trash screens, Curo group and NSC were both contacted on the 12th March, the Old Dairy Court screen was soon cleared, NSC cleared most of their screen the week before Easter. Unfortunately following the heavy rain over Easter and a higher than normal flow rates more debris has accumulated on the NSC screen, at the moment it does not appear to be restricting the flow, a text will be sent to NSC when is does. Arrangements to be made with J Shopland for timber to be removed from culvert under Shoplands Yard.
Liz’s section – No further information about who now owns the small parcel of land on the opposite bank to Teatro Lounge. Liz was satisfied with the condition of her section of the river.
As a result of NSC recent attempts to cut costs two litter bins have been removed near foot bridges over the river, (please see above), in view of this it appears extremely unlikely we will be successful with our request to have one installed near Strode Road
Paul’s section – There is bramble undergrowth on the banks apart from that all is fine. The swans have been observed making this year’s nest next to the footbridge to Marshalls Field from St Andrews Drive.
9 WATER QUALITY Nothing to report
10 PUBLICTY the website continues to get hits. Stewart Edwards has emailed letter to North Somerset Times re rubbish and litter bins.
10 WEBSITE Continues to attract hits most days.11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
It was agreed an email would be sent to all Supporters asking them to confirm they wish to receive minutes and information from the LYF. This confirmation is required due to changes in the Data Protection rules coming into force later this year. It was also confirmed that anyone who fails to reply will automatically be taken off the Supporters register held by the LYF. The following email was sent:
Subject: PLEASE READ IMPORTANT E MAIL RE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION HELD BY THE LAND YEO FRIENDS. THIS IS A REQUEST DUE TO CHANGES THE DATA PROTECTION RULES
You currently receive the minutes of the bimonthly Land Yeo Friends meetings via e-mail. To send these minutes and other information your e-mail address is held by the secretary of the group. Due to the new Data Protection rules coming into force later this year your written confirmation is required to continue doing this. Can you please confirm to me that you are happy for me to continue using and holding your e-mail address in future. Land Yeo Friends will not share your e-mail address with any other groups or individuals. Please return your acceptance via e-mail to this address.
If you wish to use a different e-mail address from the one we hold on file please take this opportunity to let me know.
If no response is made by 1st May 2018, your details will be removed from the address list.
I sent a similar e-mail to this one at the end of last year, unfortunately there was little response. Thank you to those of you who did respond and I am sorry to ask again however this is a new regulation.
Regards Frances Harrison
Secretary to Land Yeo Friends
- Geoff Harrison has obtained a quote for public indemnity insurance on the open market. The cost is about £100 for the year. The Environment Agency and NSC have been approached and are not able to extend their cover to the LYF. NSC are not unable to help as they do with other voluntary groups as most of the land involved is not NSC property. Clevedon Town Council have also been approached. (Post meeting Note: It was confirmed the next day that Clevedon Town Council are unable to help).
- SE has contacted CSC, thanked them for past use of the Club for our meetings and cancelled dates booked for the rest of this year, we are welcome to return in the future if we so wish.
- Curzon Cinema, The Oak Room has been booked for meetings on the following dates,
June 7th 2018, August 2nd 2018, September 6th 2018 AGM. Meetings start at 19.30.
Minutes of Meeting Held on 7th December 2017
PRESENT – Liz Leaming. Stewart Edwards. Graham Watkins. David Robinson. Paul Trowbridge. Neville Youde
APOLOGIES Frances Harrison Geoff Harrison Mike Adames
- MINUTES Approved
- FINANCE/GRANTS – £51.64 paid by credit card to Noble Marine for the renewal of boat and trailer insurance by SE
- RIVER CLEANING – During October the EA machine and manual weed clearing was completed through the town and down to Marshalls field, a much improved standard has been achieved this year in the removal of river weed and brambles shrubs etc encroaching on the river from the bank.Following completion of EA operations a LYF work party was organised for the 18th November to recover as much rubbish as possible from the river and banks. The boat was used from the Scout Hut to Strode Road where much of the river is inaccessible from the bank. Rubbish was also collected by two groups from the banks in South Clevedon Playing Field and from Strode Road to Marshalls field. Approximately 10 large bag were filled with bottles, cans etc, of which about 70% consisted of plastic items, four traffic cones, three small scooters, a wood garden seat and a small trampoline were also removed. Everything was taken to the Amenity Site and all the equipment cleaned, many thanks to everyone who helped during the morning and afternoon with this very successful clean up. Following the visit to the Amenity site the boat and trailer was cleaned by Neville and Stewart. It was stated that there appeared to be more plastic items in the river that on previous clean ups. PT suggested that a record should be kept of the number of people and the number hours spent on each clean up day
- EQUIPMENT 12 months premium paid to Noble Marine for boat and trailer insurance.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS GW spoke about the Neighbourhood Plan and said that the LYF group and the footpath plans had been noted in the Open Spaces aspect of the Plan. SW produced a printed map of the footpaths in the Clevedon area to which the 2 – Rivers Walk could be added.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS During the last 2 months water levels in the town have been higher than usual upstream of the NSC trash screen, this has been due to a build up of weed and leaves on the screen that NSC have been unable to remove (please see item 7 below). During this period there was still a reasonable flow, however levels and flow have now both decreased following the adjustment of Cooks Clyse to its winter setting of 4.7m at the end of November.
- RIVER SECTIONS
Bernard’s section – As noted on Tuesday 5th December, the tent and rubbish gathered into a heap on HA land near Court Lane have now been removed and the damaged fence by the road has been repaired.
Stewart’s section – Following a very thorough cutting back of the brambles by the EA contractors recently on the Medical Centre side, most of the material removed was transferred to the bank on the opposite side which the riparian owners try to maintain. On the 8th Nov a full trailer load was gathered up by SE with the help of two of his neighbours and taken to the Amenity Site.
A Lidl trolley was found on the bank by the Medical Centre bridge on 2nd November, their call centre was informed and SE was advised it would be collected within 4 hours, it wasn’t, and by the following morning it had been pushed into the river, they were contacted again and advised it would be uplifted by contractors the following week, which it was on the 10th, apparently Lidl’s manager could not send any of his staff to collect it as they would not be insured if they left their carpark, as it ended up in the river it probably went for scrap.
Town section – NSC have now been contacted several times regarding the build up of weed and leaves on the trash screen by the Conservative Club, this has been restricting the flow and created a difference in water level of up to 8 inches. The officer we had previously contacted has now retired and did not return to work after being taken ill, his replacement has been contacted and on the 16th November advised by text he was trying to agree risk assessment with their contractor and hoped to be in touch soon. SE has spoken to him again this week and was advised that contractors have now been instructed to clear the screen. Having explained our concern that in the event of a torrential downpour, a 6 month build-up of debris in front of the screen would increase the risk of flooding from surface water run off, SE was advised the clearing work would be given a higher priority. Hopefully the work will be carried out soon. SE added that the work has been contracted to Glendale. GW added that he would bring the matter to the attention of North Somerset Council if the work is not done. A discussion took place regarding the need for regular cleaning of the screen.
A group member recently came across a culvert survey being carried out from the last access chamber in the B&M carpark, under Great Western Road and out of the end behind Teatro and the Cinema. The EA have confirmed this was a routine inspection being carried out by their contractors.
Liz’s section – River checked from Scout Hut to South Clevedon Playing Field whilst collecting rubbish with the boat on the 18th November.
Some activity has been recently noted in the small triangular parcel of land that had been advertised for sale adjoining Lidl carpark and on the opposite bank from Teatro Lounge, the plot has been cleared and a sold sign has now been put up, the manageress of Teatro Lounge confirmed they were not the new owners. Can GW throw any light on it? Members agreed that it is not known who now owns this piece of land but it is understood that the land sold at auction for £28,000. SE said there was still a need for a litter bin at South Clevedon Playing Field and alongside the Conservative Club. GW said that the Town Council were aware of this need but pointed out that NSC would be required to pay for the cleaning of the bins. SW and GH (Chairman LYF) will be attending a Clevedon Town Council meeting.
Paul’s section – The EA confirmed they had cleared the bushes and brambles around Heron Bridge in preparation for the river weed removal that was completed from Strode Road to Marshalls Field in October.
Rubbish left on river bank removed by LYF on 18th November (see item 3)
8.WATER QUALITY Copies of report from Wessex Water Magazine regarding removal of phosphorus from waste water and how it can lead to eutrophication in water courses when levels become too high.
9.PUBLICTY DR has been in touch with the North Somerset Times but was disappointed with the amount of coverage in the paper.WEBSITE GH reported that there continues to be a number of hits on the website together with favourable comments.
10. ANY OTHER BUSINESS We may need to share CSC with another group at the next meeting, we will be able to hold our meeting at the far end of the club. SE has visited Teatro and spoken to the manager about the strip of land opposite their premises and during conversation an offer was made for 10 LYF members to receive complementary lunch at Teatro. This was gratefully accepted and a date agreed for Monday 18th December.
Activity next to Lidl meeting requested GW to establish any information that Clevedon Town Council may have.
Highways agency have raised work order to remove rubbish from their land M5.
11. CSC has been booked for meetings on the following dates, Feb 1st 2018, Apr 5th 2018, June 7th 2018, Aug 2nd 2018, Sept 6th 2018 AGM
Minutes of Meeting Held on 5th October 2017
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, Graham Watkins, Mike Adames, Chris Hammond (Avon Wildlife Trust).
APOLOGIES David Robinson, Liz Leaming, Jackie Tait.
- MINUTES July 2017 Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Funds held of £70 when the trailer insurance for this year is paid we will have a balance of £20. It was agreed that further funds need to be raised to enable the group to pay the future basic bills received from September 2018 onwards. Mike Adames is applying for funding from Clevedon Town Council to support the group.
- RIVER CLEANING An excellent job was made by the EA clearing the weed between Court Lane and Northern Way on Aug 25th, our thanks were passed on to the same operative, who with a smaller machine completed the Northern Way to Yeates Court section yesterday. They will soon move down to start again near Strode Road Bridge and clear down to the outfall. The EA are hoping to start the hand work from Meadow Road through the town on 16th October. Part of the large clump of weed upstream from Tyres Direct was sprayed by the EA around the beginning of September. On the 24th three of the nearby riparian owners managed to remove most of the weed that had been restricting the flow. It was also encouraging to find recently that a large clump of watercress behind Clevedon Funeral Services, that had also escaped the attention of the EA, had also been removed by another riparian owner.
- EQUIPMENT Nothing to report.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS Mike Adames walked the route of the proposed Two Rivers Walk with Andy Carroll of North Somerset Council. NSC have agreed to fund maintenance of new gates. This is the next step to getting the permissive path agreement from the Environment Agency. There may also be a possibility of further funding from local environment support groups, Geoff Harrison is investigating this.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS Following the weed clearing from Court Lane to Northern Way there was an increase in level of about 2 inches by Meadow Road. After the weed by Tyres Direct was removed the level dropped again and the flow improved, this illustrates how levels and flow can be affected when dense weed growth creates a restriction in the town section of the river. Following overnight rain there has been a further increase in level and flow through the town today, Cooks Clyse was checked this morning and was found to be on the summer level of 4.8m, with nothing flowing over the weir. This would again indicate an improvement in river capacity following recent weed removal, allowing 100% of the flow from upstream to pass through the town.
- RIVER SECTIONSHighways Agency land near Court Lane have still not been taken away. GH to chase
Bernard’s section – East of Northern Way: As noted yesterday the tent and rubbish gathered into a heap on
Stewart’s section – Northern Way to Tyre Depot. Following weed clearing completed by EA between Northern Way and Yeates Court on the 4th October, the burgeoning fish stocks will now have to tolerate cloudy water for a while until the disturbed silt clears, a kingfisher has also been seen on several occasions recently.
Stewart’s Section: Town section – A request has been made for the NSC trash screen to be cleared due to the build-up of leaves that is occurring. Several items of rubbish including a recycling box and child’s cycle were removed from the river beside the Conservative club on 24th August.
Liz’s section – Curzon Cinema to Strode Road. Flowing smoothly no sign of litter.
Paul’s section – Strode road to Outfall. A work party was organised with the Woodcutters on 27th September to remove some of the bushes and bramble growing over the Heron Bridge and its abutments, some of which had been trapping floating rubbish in the river. These arrangements were cancelled, as the week before it was noticed the work had already been carried out, we think this may have happened to enable North Somerset Council to carry out a bridge inspection. In addition the weed growth has been cut back from the river bank.
8.WATER QUALITY Nothing to report.
9.PUBLICTY Nothing to report.
10.WEBSITE Continues to attract hits and positive comments. It was suggested a face book presence might help the group.
11.ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Chris Hammond, warden for Avon Wildlife Gordano Valley areas attended the meeting. He was seeking information from LYF on otter presence and also provided valuable insight into a variety of environmental topics in and around the area. The meeting thanked Chris for his input and stimulating thoughts.
12. CSC has been booked for meetings on the following dates, Dec 7th 2017, Feb 1st 2018, Apr 5th 2018, June 7th 2018, Aug 2nd 2018, Sept 6th 2018 AGM
Minutes of Meeting Held on 27 July 2017
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, David Robinson, Liz Leaming, Graham Watkins, Mike Adames, Paul Trowbridge
- MINUTES June 2017 Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Funds held of £120.70. We will soon need to pay the annual £50 to Clevedon Sailing Club , for the hire of the meeting room
- RIVER CLEANING The use of herbicides by the EA to control weed growth has proved very successful in many parts of the town section of the river, especially between Parnell Road and the Conservative Club, there is also very little in the way of watercress now by Strode road and the bridge, the recent spells of dry weather have probably helped increase its effectiveness. However there is one very bad section that has been missed where weed is spanning the river just upstream from Tyres Direct, a request has been made for this to receive similar treatment as the spraying in other areas has also been very successful in eliminating the root structures. It was noticed this week that machine weed clearing by the EA has started on the Blind Yeo, this would normally take place before weed clearing starts on the Land Yeo.
- EQUIPMENT The long handle rake has been collected and returned to central store.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS – MA & SE completed most of the Two Rivers Walk with Paul Selway from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on 3rd June. The same walk was also completed by GH & SE on 17th July with Eric Heath from Avon Wildlife who had expressed an interest in the walk and who we hoped might be able to help with the future maintenance requirement for the Bristol Gates and Styles. MA tasked to investigate further opportunities for this funding.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS Probably as a result of the dry weather and weed growth, not long after the last meeting a reduction in the water level through the town occurred, for the most part it has been similar to that expected in the winter. On four occasions since the last meeting the level at Cooks Clyse was noted at the summer level of 4.8 m with very little or no water at all passing over the weir. The level at the Outfall was noted at 4.3 m on the 17th July.
- REPORTS OF RIVER SECTIONSBernard’s section (The Yearling Ditch to Northern Way) – The tent and rubbish gathered into a heap on HA land near Court Lane have still not been taken away, there is a risk some of it could end up in the river close to the Court Lane culvert entrance. As expected the watercress near Court Lane has now spread across the river in several places and a request has been made for it to be sprayed. The EA have also been reminded that the branches from the rapidly growing willow tree upstream from the Northern Way footbridge are now spanning the river and reaching down into the river. GH to contact the Highways Department to remind them the rubbish still needs clearing.
- Stewart’s section (Northern Way to Tyres Direct) There are now five juvenile ducklings and a second brood of three moorhens at the moment, this is very encouraging as the water fowl have not met with much success raising young in the last couple of years. There is no shortage of fish this year including several large pike, in addition we have recently seen several large Bream; a shoal was noticed earlier in the year by Strode road bridge but have not been seen in this section before.
- Town section (Tyres Direct to the Curzon Cinema) The NSC screen was cleared on the 8th June and there has been relatively little build up since, the Old Dairy Court screen has also been reasonably clear, this is probably due to the weed mentioned above that is spanning the river upstream of Tyres Direct and is effectively trapping any debris being carried downstream (see Item 3 above). Spraying carried out by the EA has effectively cleared the weed previously reported between Parnell Road and the Conservative Club.
10 Liz’s section (from Curzon Cinema to Strode Road) A photograph of the swans and signets was taken by TI at the end of his garden near the Scout Hut shortly after the last meeting, their wellbeing appears to be much appreciated by other members of the public as photographs regularly appear on the Hello Clevedon Facebook site. Liz recently ran into a gentleman rescuing bucket loads of toads from beside Teatro, they could not make it up the river bank. Thank you if you are that person.
11 Paul’s section (Strode Road to the outfall including Jacobs Walk) It would appear that a visit from a couple of EA staff viewing the tree branches dropped into the river near Brunel Engraving was enough to encourage the riparian owner to take them back out!! The reed growth near Marshalls Field has not been as vigorous as usual this year and so far has not managed to span the river.
12 WATER QUALITYFollowing a recent storm an oil slick was reported in the river as it emerges from the bridge across Parnell Road. The river was running clear the following morning when inspected by the LYF.Some encouraging comments from Eric Heath (Avon Wildlife) whilst walking the Two Rivers route with regard to appearance of river quality and efforts being made to reduce phosphate reduction in watercourses generally.
The response to GH’s Freedom of Information request to the Environment Agency has made it clear that:
- The Agency is the statutory duty holder with accountability for enactment of the Water Framework directive and the Habitat Directive
- They regularly sample the Land Yeo both at statutory sampling locations and at incident driven locations.
- They were clearly aware of the detail along the complete length of the Land Yeo and its surroundings and potential risk areas resulting from particular farm layouts and / or topography. They noted our specific concerns and agreed some features were undesirable but did not see them to be an imminent high risk category.
- They stated that they are taking action at some specific locations in relation to water quality issues.
On the basis of this response it was agreed to keep a watching brief rather than engage in a sampling or intervention by the LYFs.PUBLICITY Talk for Trefoil Guild has been cancelled, as they do not have a projector nor do we. The talk has recently been updated however we are in need of a projector, we do not have the funds to buy one. Does anyone have one they can donate or do you know of any source we may obtain one. We were recently approached by Clevedon Town Council as a matter of urgency asking the LYF to clear some rubbish from the river, it was made clear to them what our standing as a voluntary group is. An article in the North Somerset Times by the Town Council followed the discussion pointing out to riparian owners their responsibilities. The article also highlighted to the general public, the need to dispose of rubbish responsibly.
12 WEBSITE Continues to attract hits and positive comments.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS None
14 CSC Has been booked for AGM September 7th. All welcome please try and attend we would love to see you
Minutes of Meeting Held on 1st June 2017
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, David Robinson, Liz Leaming, Graham Watkins, Mike Adames, Mike Fearon.
APOLOGIES Paul Trowbridge
- MINUTES April 2017 Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Funds held of £120.70. Avon Wildlife have agreed to pay the costs of the new leaflets direct to the printers.
- RIVER CLEANING No organised clearing work has been undertaken during the nesting season. Part of a fence panel was removed from the river near the mouth of the culvert under Tyres Direct, a few days later Stewart had to return to the same location to remove a small pallet which had been washed into the mouth of the culvert following the torrential downpour on the 11th May
- EQUIPMENT Long handle rake to be collected and returned to central store.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS Stewart will be taking Paul Selway of the Clevedon Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group around the route of the Two Rivers Walk this Saturday afternoon. Geoff is to write to Environment Agency about delays in completing the land issues for the Two Rivers Walk.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS Now the summer levels have been set, conditions have again been steady and normal for the time of year, apart from a rapid but brief increase in level following the downpour on the 11th May.
- REPORTS OF RIVER SECTIONS
Bernard’s section (The Yearling Ditch to Northern Way) – Tent and rubbish near Court Lane have been gathered into a heap. Perhaps the Highways Authority are preparing for its removal. Two broods of moorhens and three ducklings were seen between Court Lane and Northern Way. The spread of watercress in this section is moderate at the moment although in places it is half way across the river, the most rapid rate of growth usually occurs in June.
Stewart’s section (Northern Way to Tyres Direct) – Details and photographs of the bank slippage have been forwarded to the Environment Agency, Asset Performance Department. This will highlight if it is an issue that needs addressing. For the first time in a couple of years there has been a brood of ducklings and moorhens in this section, although the final three ducklings reached a reasonable size, unfortunately they all eventually disappeared. So far the moorhens have been more successful, at the last count there were five and hopefully they will mature to a size when they will be safe from predators.
Town section (Tyres Direct to the Curzon Cinema) – There has been a gradual build up on the NSC trash screen and a request has been made for it to be cleared, the Old Dairy Court screen is still being cleared on a regular basis. The Environment Agency have posted notices in advance of weed spraying and have been made aware of the vigorous growth that is occurring in the section between Parnell Road and the Conservative Club.
Liz’s section (from Curzon Cinema to Strode Road) – A large shoal of Bream were recently seen between Strode Road and Churchill Avenue, most were about twelve to fifteen inches long, there were also a very large number of tadpoles near the footbridge into South Clevedon Playing fields. A brood of about eight ducklings have also been seen and hopefully they are now large enough to survive predation.
Paul’s section (Strode Road to the outfall including Jacobs Walk) – Nesting Swans and signets have left this area there has been a possible sighting up stream.
- WATER QUALITY LYF have just received latest phosphate sampling under freedom of information request from the Environment Agency. The results continue to show levels exceeding Water Framework recommendations for a watercourse. A brief comparison was made at the meeting between these latest Environment Agency results and those contained in the dissertation report previously produced as part of a university Masters Degree course. Indications are that phosphates are penetrating further into the town from upstream contamination. Geoff to review more fully and report back on the results.
Geoff to write to the Environment Agency again seeking more information on their accountability and plans in regard to phosphate reduction in the Land Yeo. Previous correspondence with the Environment Agency on this topic led to being directed to the Bristol Avon Catchment partnership which has not been overly productive.
It was noted that there have been two reports on BBC Countryfile recently that have mentioned phosphates contamination of water courses resulting from the spreading of farm and sewage sludge.
- PUBLICITY Five hundred new leaflets have been printed by Paceprint. If anyone would like some for distribution please contact Geoff or Stewart.
- WEBSITE Continues to attract hits and positive comments.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS North Somerset confirmed they are unable to help with river clean ups.
- CSC Has been booked for meetings on the following dates in 2017, 3rd AUGUST has been rebooked for 27th July, AGM September 7th.
Minutes of Meeting Held on 6th April 2017
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Frances Harrison, David Robinson, Liz Leaming, Graham Watkins, Paul Trowbridge, various visitors from Clevedon Neighbourhood Plan and its Stakeholders
APOLOGIES Mike Adames
- CLEVEDON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN The Clevedon Neighbourhood Plan group took the opportunity to attend the LYF meeting. They attended with various “green” Stakeholder groups to discuss the Plan and consult with the groups. Each group introduced themselves and described what they had already achieved together with their aims for the future.
- MINUTES February 2017 Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Funds held of £120.70. Web site renewal fee waivered by a committee member contribution. .
- RIVER CLEANING Thanks to the efforts of SO,MA,PS,TI,SS and SE rubbish was removed from the bank between Strode Rd and Marshalls Field on the 21st March. On the 28th March the boat was used to remove the rubbish that could not be reached from the bank, thanks again to SO,MA,SS,SE and PT.
- EQUIPMENT Nothing to report.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS Two Rivers Walk. Mike Adames advised us by E Mail land issues are with the EA Estates Department who are checking out the final details. It looks as though it is going to happen.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS Levels have again been steady and normal for the time of year, another improved metre board has been installed at Cooks Clyse allowing Land Yeo level readings to be taken from the footpath on the west side of the Yearling Ditch, i.e. 4.7 m 19th March. Outfall level noted at 4.34 m on 26th February.
- REPORTS OF RIVER SECTIONS
Bernard’s section – The tent now appears to be falling apart and there is a lot of rubbish scattered around on the river bank. On the 19th March it was noticed the bicycle had been removed near the Northern Way footbridge and had been left propped up against the fence, a visit was made on the 21st March to pick it up but it was no longer there, hopefully it has not been returned to the river. Geoff to contact Highways Agency to seek removal of rubbish and clean-up of the area.
Stewart’s section –The EA have visited to take photographs of the bank slumping on the south side between the footbridges, help may be available as this bank gives them access for maintenance and weed clearing. Shoals of fish have returned probably Roach, the same afternoon four Pike were also seen varying in length from 12 to 18 inches.
Town section – The NSC screen was cleared not long after the last meeting, a gradual build up has since occurred. This has now been removed. An increase in weed growth including watercress is now very noticeable in the sheltered section between Parnell Road and Kenn Road.
Trevor’s section – Rubbish removed from river near footbridge into South Clevedon Playing Fields on the 21st March and bicycle removed near Churchill Avenue on the 28th March.
Paul’s section – Work parties organised removing rubbish from the bank and river between Strode Road and Marshalls Field.
- WATER QUALITY Avon Wildlife confirmed no response from the farmers they had contacted. It was suggested LYF contact EA direct, Geoff to approach Avon Wildlife for further discussion on the way forward. On warm sunny days there is a constant stream of black algae rising from the bed of the river and floating on the surface from Court Lane into the town section where it is held back by the trash screens.
- PUBLICITY The meeting agreed the final version of the LYF leaflet. Avon Wildlife have suggested they may be able to contribute to the publishing costs of the leaflet, Geoff will contact them to see what funds they are willing to provide.
- WEBSITE Nothing to report
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS Charges and access to the Waste Disposal Facility were revised on the 1st March. Graham Watkins agreed he would discuss with the Town Council at their next meeting to see if there was a way forward for improved access for the LYF trailer.
- CSC has been booked for meetings on the following dates in 2017, 1st June, 3rd AUG has been rebooked for 27th July, 7th Sept AGM.
Minutes of Meeting Held on 2nd February 2017
PRESENT Geoff Harrison (Chair), Stewart Edwards, Mike Adames, Bernard Grey, Frances Harrison
APOLOGIES Judith James, Jackie Tait, Graham Watkins, Liz Leaming, Mike Fearon, David Robinson
- MINUTES December 2016 Minutes accepted as read.
- FINANCE/GRANTS Funds held of £120.70. A cheque for £15 is to be made for web site annual fee. Leaving a balance of £105.70 (this includes the donation from Clevedon Town Council). Mike is to arrange removal of Judith’s name at the bank naming her as LYF secretary, as a result of her request to step down as the group’s secretary.
- RIVER CLEANING. Weed clearing was completed by the EA between Northern Way and Meadow Road on the 19th December and from Strode Road down to Marshalls Field the following day. It was agreed, the river bank would be cleaned up during March weather and volunteers permitting.
- EQUIPMENT Some bin liners have been donated free of charge for rubbish collecting.
- FOOTPATHS/WALKS Two Rivers Walk Mike reported good progress on permitted ways. Issue still remain with funding of long term maintenance. Mike is investigating potential solutions.
- LEVELS AND FLOWS Following completion of weed clearing by the EA there has been a reduction in material being carried downstream, as a result there has been a decrease in the build-up on the trash screens. Levels and flow have been mostly steady and normal for this time of the year, apart from this week, when there was an increase on Wednesday following rain during Tuesday night. Levels were checked on the 14th and 15th January at the tilting weirs, Cooks Clyse was just below 4.7 m and the Outfall just above 4.3 m.
- REPORTS OF RIVER SECTIONS
Bernard’s section – The tent is still beside the river between the M5 and Court Lane but does not appear to have been used recently. A bicycle has been dumped in the river near the footbridge beside Northern Way.
Stewart’s section – Machine weed clearing was finally completed from Northern Way to Meadow Road in December. Compared to previous winters there has been an increase in the amount of river bank slumping on the south side between the Meadow Road and
Medical Centre foot bridges
Town section – NSC screen was eventually cleared on the 12th December, it has been reasonably clear until this week, another request for clearing was made yesterday due to the build-up of debris following the increase in level and flow yesterday, NSC have confirmed it will be cleared soon. An Egret was recently spotted in the river behind the cinema.
Trevor’s section – Nothing to report.
Paul’s section – Weed clearing completed between Strode Road and Marshalls Field in December. A gas cylinder was recently recovered from the river near Marshalls Field
- WATER QUALITY LYF have assisted Chantel Brown from Avon Wildlife in identifying potential pollution locations along the length of the river. Avon Wildlife are a major stakeholder in the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership and are seeking opportunities to assist Riparian owners to improve quality of the river.
- PUBLICITY David has submitted a final draft of the updated LYF leaflet. Geoff will circulate this to all committee members. Thanks to David for all of his time and hard work.
- WEBSITE A posting has been received on the website asking if the group had any knowledge of the proposed housing development north of Nailsea, asking if we could provide the local community with any information. The group did not feel it had any contribution to give at the moment. The situation will continue to be monitored by LYF as it may impact the river.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS The group were entertained by Michael Adames eating his hand crafted baked hat. This was in celebration of the installation of the new drain under Jacobs Walk removing the soft spot created by roof drainage from the adjacent buildings. In the December it was recorded that Judith James had stood down as secretary to the group. Frances Harrison will be taking over this duty.
- CSC has been booked for meetings on the following dates in 2017, 6th Apr, 1st June, 3rd Aug has been rebooked for 27th July, 7th Sept AGM.