Leigh Woods is a part of Long Ashton Civil Parish and is represented by 2 Councillors and is also a joint Ecclesiastical Parish with Abbots Leigh. However, its location is unique and has clear boundaries which enables Leigh Woods to have a close community of residents who have a shared interest in maintaining the ‘village’ feel to the area. As such, all residents are encouraged to join the Leigh Woods Society when they arrive in the area.
In order to achieve our aims for the area, we have established a committee of local residents in Leigh woods who meet regularly to discuss and progress matters of interest for all. On a day to day basis, we look at issues regarding planning, roads and other concerns of residents and comment on the activities of our neighbours, Leigh Woods (National Trust), Ashton Court (Bristol City Council) and the Clifton Suspension Bridge (Their Trustees) which have consequences for Leigh Woods residents.
In February 2000, the residents of Leigh Woods developed and published a 10 page Village Design Statement which was subsequently adopted as best practice by North Somerset Council as a set of policies for changes in the Leigh woods area. A copy of this excellent document can be found through this link: Leigh Woods Village.
The talks of interest about the neighbourhood include a fine series on the history of Leigh Woods diligently researched and delivered with panache by Derek Smith the former director of Burwalls. Some of these articles can be found in the pages on Leigh Woods People.
A recent innovation from residents, which seems increasingly necessary, is the annual Spring Clean.
The strength of our voice on planning and representative matters is directly related to the number of our members and their interest, so we encourage all residents to get to know their old and new neighbours and join. The annual cost is small and helps cover our overheads and organising events (our rates have not changed in 19 years - who else can claim that!).
We do of course find time to socialise and meet new people moving into the area. We organise a Summer Party and a Christmas Party, open to all residents (and their guests) in Leigh Woods.
We encourage all residents - old and new - to join the Leigh Woods Society (a small annual charge of £3 or £5 (single or couple) is requested towards the running cost of the society, communications and organising the various events.
Please e-mail Bob Whiffen (see Contacts page) to register your interest.