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.  *Meetings are currently being held virtually: see notice below.


Road Closure: Clapton Lane 23-27 November 2020

North Somerset Council will close Clapton Lane, between Naish Hill and Clevedon Road (B3124), from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, on Monday 23 to Friday 27 November 2020 inclusive, for road resurfacing and replacement of speed bumps.  For periods during the work, vehicular access will not be possible; pedestrian access will be maintained.  Staff will be on site to advise residents of access arrangements.  Prior to this closure, during the week of Monday 2 November 2020, minor surface patching and drainage work will take place, with local traffic management.

Starting School in 2021

Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 are eligible to start school in September 2021.  Parents can now apply for school places (until 15 January 2021).  There is more information in the North Somerset Council “Starting School in 2021” poster and on the school admissions pages of its website.

North Somerset Citizens’ Panel

Residents are invited to join the new Citizens’ Panel for North Somerset and have their say on local issues.  To find out more, go to the information and sign-up page on the North Somerset website.

Parish Council Meetings

While the parish council can no longer meet at The Black Horse, due to restrictions on public gatherings, it can meet remotely, and will next do so on Thursday 19 November 2020.  Those who live and work in the village are invited to join the meeting via Zoom.  Details of how to do so are at the end of the meeting’s agenda.  The intention is to continue to meet every other month, using Zoom until further notice.

Road Works on M5 J19 Southbound Slip Road: until November

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.  M5 J19 southbound exit slip-road will be closed overnight (8.00 pm to 6.00 pm) on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 August 2020.

Coronavirus Information

The “Useful Links” page of this website has been updated with links to various Government, NHS and North Somerset Council sources of information, advice and support about coronavirus.  From the main North Somerset Council website page, you can access information about how its various services have been affected.