Welcome to the website of Clapton-in-Gordano Parish Council

Clapton in Gordano is a rural village in North Somerset close to Portishead and Clevedon.

Its most famous building is the Black Horse pub named around the time of the thriving local coal industry.

There are numerous listed buildings – mainly ancient Somerset farms. Clapton Court Farm dates from the 15th century and the Church of St Michael dates from Norman times.

See also the Wikipedia.

The Parish Council has six members and meets every two months usually on the third Thursday at 7.30 pm in a room at the Black Horse. Dates of meetings may vary according to public notice. Members of the public are most welcome to attend and may speak during the public participation item of the agenda. Parish Council Meeting Dates.


Road Closure: M5 J19 Southbound Slip Road – from 29 June 2020

The Highways Agency will be undertaking work to improve traffic flow on the M5 Junction 19 Southbound slip road, and the roundabout, from 29 June 2020, until November 2020, although not continuously.  When the work is taking place, there will be narrow lanes on slip road and roundabout during the day, and overnight closures (Monday to Friday, and some Sundays) between 8.00 pm and 6.00 am

Speed Limit Proposals: Caswell Lane & Hill, and Whitehouse Lane

North Somerset Council is proposing to implement speed limit changes, reducing from national speed limit (60 mph) to 30/40 mph on parts of Caswell Hill, Caswell Lane, and Whitehouse Lane, around the junctions with the National Grid service roads.  Observations are invited, by 16 July 2020; details of how to respond are in the Notice of Intent.  Further details are in these documents:

Road Closure: Caswell Lane Under M5 Bridge – from 27 July 2020

North Somerset Council has given permission for closure of Caswell Lane under the M5 bridge, from Monday 27 July 2020, to allow the National Grid to lay new service ducts.  It is anticipated that the closure will be in place for up to 40 days, ie until early-September.

Road Closure: Caswell Hill & Lane – 2 August 2020

North Somerset Council intends to close Caswell Hill and Caswell Lane on Sunday 2 August 2020, between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, for surface dressing work.  There will, therefore, be no access to Portbury along either of these that day.

2019/20 Unaudited Accounts

As required by law, the Parish Council unaudited accounts for 2019/20 will be available for inspection from 1 June 2020 (until 10 July 2020), by appointment with the Clerk.  The Annual Governance and Accounting Statements have been published on the Budgets & Accounts page of this website.

Parish Council Meetings

While the parish council can no longer meet at The Black Horse, due to restrictions on public gatherings, it can now meet remotely, and did so on Thursday 28 May 2020, with those who live and work in the village invited to join the meeting via Zoom.  Currently, the parish council does not intend to meet again until September 2020.