The Parish Council has now received the necessary permission from Natural England in relation to bats to allow us to proceed from 1st March and so the Weeping Ash and the Common Ash located on Coombe View, which are suffering from Ash Dieback, are both now planned to be felled during the week commencing 2nd March. Traffic management will be in place and there will be restrictions on pedestrian access as well to ensure the safety of everyone.
Part of the conditions for the tree felling is to provide two bat boxes. The Parish Council has agreed to provide four as part of our commitment to improving local biodiversity. The plan is for these to be put up on 21st February.
Replacement trees will also be planted as part of the planning conditions. The exact plans for this are still under discussion but we hope to be able to plant before the end of March.
The Parish Council will provide further updates when we have more information.
Compton Martin Parish Council
Compton Martin lies in the west of Bath and North East Somerset, straddling the A368 and nestling below the north slopes of the Mendip Hills approximately midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, with Brisol 12 miles to the north and Wells over the Mendip Hills to the south. It is within the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the village is also a conservation area.
The population has remained fairly static, despite the changing face of life, the loss of the hamlet of Moreton under the waters created for the Chew Valley Lake in the 1950s, and a large area of "top of Mendip" to Priddy, when Avon was formed.
The village is primarily a commuter based village now, with only two farms remaining with large dairy herds and some local and home based businesses.
There are two halls, The Old Schoolroom was the school from 1843 to 1950 and is next door to the Church. The Village Hall at the east end of the village was built as a memorial after the First World War.
One public house remains, the Ring 'o Bells, which is in the centre of the village. The local shop (since the 1840s) sadly closed in 2001, but we retained the Post Office.
Our twelfth century church "is considered one of the finest specimens of Norman architecture" in Somerset (Ref: Pevsner) with a twisted column and a very rare columbarium (a pigeon loft).