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Mike challenges NHS chiefs on A&E closure

by mikebell on 26 June, 2017

At a meeting of North Somerset Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel, local councillor Mike Bell challenged the decision to introduce an overnight closure of Weston Hospital’s accident and emergency department. From 4 July, the Accident and Emergency Department will be closed between 10pm and 8am. The decision follows a damning Care Quality Commission inspection […]

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The amount of parking available to residents in Weston-super-Mare town centre is unacceptable, with people finding it ‘almost impossible’ to park outside their homes. Parking has become a hot topic since the council implemented its civil parking enforcement scheme in April – with enforcement now in the hands of the council rather than the police. […]

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A community hub in Weston-super-Mare which houses council services like a GP surgery and children’s centre would offer ‘immense’ benefits and be ‘a real asset the town centre’, according to North Somerset councillor Mike Bell. The council revealed its Weston Central One Public Estate project last month, which aims to tackle ‘long-standing concerns’ over health […]

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Free event in the Italian Gardens

by mikebell on 23 June, 2017

Preparations are well under way for a free event to mark the arrival of Weston-super-Mare’s newly improved Italian Gardens. The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership awarded £2.478m of funding to support the project, and the work is now nearing completion. Improvement works, which started on site in January  have involved installing a 158,000-litre capacity […]

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The opening hours of Weston-super-Mare Town Hall and Library are changing. A review of visitor numbers has shown only 6% of our visitors use the service on Sundays, so in order to make best use of our resources we will no longer be offering Sunday opening with effect from 2 July. The Campus library in […]

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Weston Accident and Emergency unit is going to close overnight with almost immediate effect. Weston-super-Mare Councillor Mike Bell comments: “The closure renders the consultation process that is going on at the moment about potential future solutions for the long term for Weston A&E as completely meaningless since they have jumped the gun and implemented overnight […]

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Parking – more work needed to get it right

by mikebell on 13 June, 2017

Local councillors Mike Bell and Robert Payne have been inundated with comments about the parking situation. Despite the return of parking wardens, the situation doesn’t seem to have improved for many people – and for some it has got worse. Tell us what you think by completing our our parking survey. Councillor Mike Bell said: […]

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Thanks for your support

by mikebell on 10 June, 2017

Councillor Mike Bell writes: “I want to say a big thank you to the more than 5,000 people who backed me in Weston, Worle and the villages to be our MP in the General Election. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be this time. However the support and friendship people gave me, whether through their ballots or […]

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Need help on a Saturday night? See Mavis

by mikebell on 10 June, 2017

People enjoying a night out in Weston-super-Mare now have a safe place to go every Saturday night if they need any sort of help. Mavis (multi-agency vehicle in service) provides a hub for police, ambulance, street wardens, street pastors, licensing and other local agencies, enabling them to offer immediate assistance to ensure people enjoy a […]

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All set for take off

by mikebell on 8 June, 2017

The Weston Air Festival – one of the highlights of Weston-super-Mare’s summer calendar – takes place over the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. The free event, which includes spectacular aerobatic displays and Armed Forces Day celebrations, will run from 10am to 6pm each day on the seafront. Aerial displays are due to […]

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