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Council Tax set to rise by nearly 4%

by mikebell on 15 February, 2019

Conservative-run North Somerset Council will approve the budget and council tax for the new financial year at a meeting next week. Here are some headline: ➡️ A 2.75% Council Tax increase – collecting around an extra £2.75 million in council tax from local payers. When the increase from town and parish councils, fire and police are […]

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Weston Hospital changes consultation now open

by mikebell on 15 February, 2019

The formal consultation process on the planned changes at Weston Hospital and A&E has begun. There are public meetings and an online survey. Please make every effort to take a look and have your say. Without a strong public response, our hospital will be downgraded and our A&E will close overnight permanently. You can read […]

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Council Leader responds on M&S closure

by mikebell on 14 February, 2019

On 15th January, I wrote to the Conservative Council Leader about the planned closure of M&S in Weston High Street and urge action. Today, one month later, he has finally replied. I am copying below his reply and my original email. I’m grateful for the reply, at last, but not impressed or reassured by his […]

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New law to protect tenants

by mikebell on 12 February, 2019

A new law that will enable tenants to take their landlord to court will come into effect on 20th March. The law basically means that when renting a property, tenants have the right to expect that it is fit for habitation from they date they rent it and right through their tenancy. The courts will […]

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SeaQuarium under threat?

by robpayne on 11 February, 2019

Doubt has been raised over the future of Weston’s SeaQuarium, whose doors remained closed last weekend, The owners of the attraction, which employs 11 staff on its sea-front site, have said that it is under review and no decision has been made. But they have admitted that there are financial difficulties and that all employees […]

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Following last year’s rise in Weston Town Council’s portion of the council tax by a whopping 11%, there was hope for more restraint this year. But the Conservative-run authority in setting the budget for this year have once again forced through a rise in excess of inflation – this time at 3.3%. Liberal Democrat town […]

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Council urged to declare “climate emergency”

by mikebell on 8 February, 2019

Councillor Mike Bell report: “I’m delighted to have worked with colleagues across the parties on North Somerset to table a motion for the next council meeting on declaring a #climateemergency Climate change is fact and it’s happening now. We need to take positive action now, to protect the future of our planet and all the creatures that […]

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M&S to close on 27th April

by mikebell on 8 February, 2019

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced when its Weston-super-Mare High Street store will close. The provisional date for the retailer’s closure is April 27. M&S has had a presence in the town for more than 110 years having first opened a store in Weston in 1907. Councillor Mike Bell said: “It is disappointing that the […]

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A new crisis recovery service will be opening in the centre of Weston-super-Mare later this year, as part of the NHS Healthy Weston programme. The crisis cafe will provide much-needed support for people with mental health challenges. Councillor Mike Bell said: “There’s lots of evidence from around the country that just this kind of non-clinical, […]

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Dog owner ordered to pay over £4,000

by mikebell on 6 February, 2019

A former Weston-super-Mare resident has been ordered to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for failing to clear up after his dog. Carl Davies, formerly of Royal Sands but who now lives in London, had pleaded not guilty to three offences of failing to pick up after his dog on 5, 6 and 8 […]

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