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Council approves car parking charge increases

by mikebell on 21 February, 2018

North Somerset Council approved new car parking charge increases for Weston at a meeting last night (20th February 2018), despite opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors led by Mike Bell. The council’s budget includes proposals to: increase a range of on-street and off-street car parking charges; change the start time for on-street charges to 8am from […]

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Council budget seeks new ways of raising income

by mikebell on 20 February, 2018

A new income stream to help fill the gap left by reduced government funding was given the go-ahead by North Somerset Council at its budget-setting meeting tonight (Tuesday 20 February). In setting the 2018/19 budget councillors approved: a 2.99% increase in council tax to help meet the increasing demand and cost of frontline council services […]

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It has been revealed that the Conservative Government’s funding for local roads maintained by North Somerset Council will be cut by £784,000 in the coming financial year. Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Bell is calling for the Conservative Government to reverse its funding cuts to North Somerset’s road maintenance budget and to tackle the difference in […]

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Broken promises’ over a planned £9million leisure pool at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre have been slammed almost three years since the project was first announced. The council first revealed ambitions for the pool – complete with slides, rides and waves – at the centre in March 2015, two months before local elections were due to […]

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Turn your project idea into reality

by mikebell on 14 February, 2018

Do you have an idea for a project that could benefit your local area? North Somerset Council has joined forces with specialist crowdfunding provider Spacehive to bring forward an exciting new funding opportunity for projects that improve local places. ‘Crowdfund North Somerset’ enables residents and local businesses, organisations and groups to post their project ideas […]

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Alexandra Parade changes?

by mikebell on 7 February, 2018

The council has announced that work to change the Walliscote Road and Alexandra Parade area in the town centre will begin in October. The top level objectives, which are to make the area more pedestrian friendly and create a bus interchange, can be read here: http://consult-ldf.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult.ti/WSMspd/viewCompoundDoc?docid=8214708&partId=8219348&sessionid&voteid Cllr Mike Bell said: “I’ll be pressing for public […]

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GWR and Network Rail are to improve access to the station this year, by spending around £955,000 on the changes. New lifts are to be of installed, which should be of particular help to disabled passengers, some of whom currently have to be taken across the track by members of staff to get from one […]

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Tropicana gearing up for a packed year of events

by mikebell on 2 February, 2018

The Tropicana, on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, is enjoying something of a renaissance as a multi-use events and entertainment venue, and 2018 is already shaping up with a great programme of events. Since Banksy brought Dismaland to the venue in 2015, North Somerset Council has worked hard with local and national event organisers to bring […]

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Crime on the rise as police cuts bite?

by mikebell on 26 January, 2018

Recorded Crime statistics released today have shown a big increase in serious criminal offences across England and Wales, with violent crime and sexual offences both seeing big increases in the year up to September 2017. Across Avon & Somerset, there has been a huge surge in possession of weapons offences, up 34% on the previous […]

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New data released by the End Child Poverty Coalition has revealed that more than 4,500 children in Weston-super-Mare are living in poverty. In some parts of the town, more than one in three children are growing up in a family living beneath the breadline. As price rises risk pushing ever larger numbers of children below […]

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