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Big changes are being planned to services provided at Weston General Hospital as part of the NHS ‘Healthy Weston’ programme and a series of roadshows will provide more details on the range of options being looked at for Weston Hospital, GPs and Community Services. Roadshows will be held at the following locations in December: * […]

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A proposed extended conservation area for Weston-super-Mare has been adopted by North Somerset Council. The new Great Weston Conservation area stretches from Birnbeck Pier to Royal Sands and includes the town centre of Weston. Cara MacMahon, Heritage Action Zone Officer, said: “The adoption of Great Weston Conservation Area is a game changer for Weston-super-Mare. By […]

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Railway station Sunnyside entrance open again

by mikebell on 5 December, 2018

Councillor Mike Bell reports: “I’m pleased to see that the Sunnyside Road entrance to Weston railway station has reopened fully again at long last. I’ve campaigned to get this reopened since it closed back in 2016 as it does make access to platform 1 easier for those with mobility problems. We still need a lift […]

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Thousands of children are missing out on key support for diagnosed special educational needs in England and it is a “national scandal”, according to the chief inspector of England’s schools Her annual report reveals 2,060 children in 2018 with official education, health and care plans (EHCs) setting out their needs still received no support at […]

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Victory for tenants rights!

by mikebell on 4 December, 2018

After pressure from Liberal Democrat Peers and housing organisation, the Government have announced major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill. The amendments will significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent, require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and […]

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Orchard Street closure on 11th December

by mikebell on 4 December, 2018

Orchard Street in Weston will be closed next Tuesday evening (11 Dec) from 7pm to 11pm, between the junctions with Alexandra Parade and Meadow Street while North Somerset Council repair traffic lights.

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Demolition of the old police station begins

by mikebell on 3 December, 2018

North Somerset Council is to begin the physical demolition of the former police site on Monday 3 December as part of its plans for Walliscote Place. The demolished station will make way for a contemporary building which will include modern homes in the town centre. The demolition process, which started in November, has already seen […]

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A six-person committee set up to review parking restrictions is comprised entirely of North Somerset councillors from wards where there are no charges for on-street parking. Council leader Nigel Ashton chairs the committee comprised of Conservative councillors Jan Barber, Chris Blades, Peter Crew, David Pasley, and Kate Stowey. Of the six councillors engaged in the […]

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SEN Theatre Survey – Can you help?

by mikebell on 30 November, 2018

Don’t like loud noises or dark rooms, clapping or loudspeaker announcements or just feel uncomfortable walking into new unfamiliar places? Would you like to go out and enjoy theatre as a family without the stress and worry of a meltdown and no-one understanding? Do you know someone with Special Educational Needs who would love to […]

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Finding RNLI lifeboat station a suitable home

by mikebell on 30 November, 2018

For some time there have been rumours and suggestions about the fate of a lifeboat station in Weston. Now a real step has been taken along this long and, at times challenging, road. The lifeboat has been active in Weston since 1882. For most of that time there was a lifeboat station on Birnbeck Island. […]

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