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News for Weston-super-Mare Central Ward from local councillors Mike Bell and Robert Payne : serving you on North Somerset Council and Weston-super-Mare Town Council Learn more

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North Somerset Council is launching a new service to link residents in need to the fantastic support being offered by communities. North Somerset Together is an initiative that will help residents who have no support from family or friends and who are socially isolated access the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. […]

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North Somerset Council is urging local businesses across the region to get in touch to see what’s available for business and individuals who have been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Following Government guidelines announced last month, the council is delivering the following schemes: Business rates relief – applicable to all retail, hospitality and leisure properties, including estate […]

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Councillors say ‘thank you’

by mikebell on 2 April, 2020

Councillors from across the political spectrum in North Somerset have joined together to praise council staff for all the work they’re doing to keep vital services running. In the message, council deputy leader and Weston Central Ward councillor, Mike Bell thanked council staff and partner organisations for their efforts in helping tackle coronavirus. He said: […]

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Help with your Council Tax

by mikebell on 1 April, 2020

North Somerset Council is offering help to any residents having difficulty paying their Council Tax during the coronavirus crisis. Anyone having problems paying should contact the council to discuss either a payment holiday or reduced payment arrangement, or be directed to other welfare assistance. Where possible they should use the ‘contact us’ form on the […]

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Coronavirus: help for households

by mikebell on 1 April, 2020

The Government has announced additional help for people whose household income has been affected due to coronavirus. For people in work and not claiming benefitsIf you are unable to work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay you will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of your […]

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Coronavirus Council services update – 20 March

by mikebell on 20 March, 2020

We aim to issue an update on the latest situation with council services at around 4pm every working day. Any new developments will be highlighted – for example, the information about libraries closing in today’s update. Even if there are no new developments we will issue an update to say so!  Flood protection scheme Work […]

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Disposing of coronavirus waste

by mikebell on 20 March, 2020

North Somerset Council is urging anyone with symptoms of coronavirus to follow Government advice when disposing of personal waste. The council and its contractors Biffa are also asking for the public’s patience and help ahead of likely service disruption in the coming weeks as the infection reduces staffing. The latest Government guidance on disposing of […]

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From the end of the school day today, schools and early years childcare settings across North Somerset will be closing to most pupils until further notice, but will continue to provide support for the children of key workers and vulnerable learners. North Somerset Council is working with schools to ensure that all children entitled to […]

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Beware coronavirus scams

by mikebell on 19 March, 2020

Residents in North Somerset are being warned to be on their guard against coronavirus scams. Cllr Mike Bell, deputy leader of North Somerset Council, said: “A known risk of being scammed are health concerns. People can sometimes respond impulsively to possible health protections and cures in a genuine attempt to control a difficult and unpredictable […]

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Bus pass holders can now travel before 9am

by mikebell on 19 March, 2020

As a result of coronavirus and the announcement by some of the supermarkets that they will be opening for their first hour just for older people or those with a disability, North Somerset Council is extending the hours when bus passes can be used. At the moment holders of a Diamond Travelcard bus pass for […]

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