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North Somerset Council is being urged to urgently evaluate options for a park and ride scheme for Weston-super-Mare following another bumper Bank Holiday weekend of visitors – and traffic queues. North Somerset Councillor Mike Bell (Liberal Democrat, Weston-super-Mare Central Ward) says that the traffic jams over the Bank Holiday weekend showed “yet again that a fresh approach […]

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Weston on the map for arts and culture

by mikebell on 16 May, 2018

Since Banksy brought Dismaland to the Tropicana in 2015, Weston-super-Mare has continued to develop its role as a significant coastal arts and culture destination. This has become a key element of North Somerset Council’s regeneration and growth plans for the town. As a result, the town is now being supported by Arts Council England as […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

by mikebell on 14 May, 2018

  Run by the Mental Health Foundation – this Mental Health Awareness Week, 14-20 May 2018, looks at stress and how to cope with it. For many people the stresses of life can become difficult to deal with so this Mental Health Awareness Week is all about tackling and coping with stress so that it […]

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Students from the University of the West of England (UWE) are working with the Weston-super-Mare Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) to develop a design guide for changes to streets and shop frontages in Weston. The four students, who are studying Architecture and Planning BA (hons), have been asked to develop a draft design guide for the […]

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Campaigning Central Ward Councillor Mike Bell has urged North Somerset Council to do more to listen to local people, make it easier for residents to have a say on decisions and open-up decision making. Speaking at a North Somerset Council meeting this week, Mike challenged the Conservative Council Leader to make council debates and decisions […]

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Bank Holiday rubbish

by mikebell on 9 May, 2018

Councillor Mike Bell reports: “Lots of residents have contacted me about rubbish in the seafront and parks over the Bank Holiday weekend. There were some issues with bins not being emptied frequently enough and with visitors leaving rubbish behind them. “I’ve raised this with council officers to ask them to look again at what can […]

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Weston Trees Group

by mikebell on 7 May, 2018

Weston Civic Society, impressed that in Bristol every tree in a public space or street can be found and identified on an internet based map, has launched a project to ape the scheme in Weston. There is now a Facebook Public Group for anyone interested in the project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376893056049964/ Weston Trees is a project by […]

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Campaigning local Liberal Democrat Councillors Mike Bell and Robert Payne are continuing to challenge North Somerset Council’s parking policies to try and get a fairer deal for local residents. Their latest research has revealed that: – total income from car parking is around £2.4 million per year, an increase of 36% over five years; – […]

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More potholes reported

by mikebell on 2 May, 2018

Following on from previous reports, Councillor Mike Bell has continued his campaign to get our local roads and pavements repaired. In the last couple of weeks, Mike has walked around his Weston-super-Mare Central Ward looking for examples of poor roads and pavements – unfortunately there are a lot of them! Mike said: “In just a […]

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Royal Hotel extension

by robpayne on 29 April, 2018

We previously reported proposals for an extension to the Royal Hotel with an underground car beneath the lawn. The design has now been altered as follows: • The size of the proposed extension has been reduced (set further back from Royal Parade) and redesigned. • The basement car park has been reduced in size and […]

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