Deborah Yamanaka
List the Clock House? In February’s Journal our esteemed editor expressed the hope that Debbie Fortune’s recently vacated estate agent’s premises in Wrington would not be turned into a house. Another resident suggested to me that perhaps the building should be listed to prevent it being significantly changed. It is certainly an iconic building in a prominent position in the centre of Wrington. I too hope that the offices will be re-let commercially, but I am well aware that several other business premises have successfully applied for change of use to residential in Broad St and elsewhere. Whether as an office or a residence, Clock House is within Wrington’s Conservation area, and so it would be difficult for anyone to gain permission to change the outside appearance. If any concerned resident does want to apply to have the building listed by Historic England then they would have to apply online at <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/apply-for-listing/>. The building would not be listed unless there was an immediate threat to it. Flood storage work started Last July the application was approved for the formation of a flood storage embankment off the brook in the field off Rickyard Rd. When this flood storage area is complete I certainly hope that the houses in Garstons Close, The Glebe and Silver St which have been flooded so many times in the past will no longer be threatened at times of heavy rain. In January the public footpath along the brook was closed temporarily so that work on the storage embankment could start. The footpath from Rickyard Rd to Long Lane is staying open. Work started by reducing hedges and felling trees in the pond area. Registry Office and Registrar’s Service Last year NSC delegated the operation and storage for its Registrar’s service to Somerset County Council - the Weston and Clevedon offices remained open. The change included an online appointment booking service for the public, as well as a telephone contact centre. Now the Clevedon registry office has moved to Castlewood and the booking function has improved. It will be open 9am-12.30pm Monday to Friday, plus 2-4pm on Tuesdays.