Weston Focus

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

View more tweets

View more tweets

Weston-super-Mare’s railway station has been awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England. Designed by Francis Fox and completed in 1884, Weston’s station was granted the coveted status as part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), a Historic England programme which focuses on supporting the on-going regeneration of the town’s centre and its areas of […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Council must make over £10m savings in year ahead

by mikebell on 3 December, 2017

North Somerset Council, like many councils across the country, is facing a very difficult budget setting process for 2018/19. Having already incorporated £90m of revenue savings into its budget since 2010, the continuing fall of government funding, along with significant increases in demand for social care services, mean the council will have to find further […]

Read more    2 Comments

North Somerset Council’s Conservative administration has announced details of budget proposals for next year – including plans to increase parking charges and potentially introduce on-street charges on a Sunday in Weston-super-Mare. The report, which is being considered by the council Executive on Tuesday 5th December, says: “Draft proposals have been prepared raising a number of […]

Read more    3 Comments

Weston Literature Festival announced

by mikebell on 28 November, 2017

Weston-super-Mare Town Council has announced that Weston’s first Literary Festival will take place between Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 1st March 2018. This free week long festival will feature an exciting line up of local authors and range of events including talks, workshops, panel discussions and an anthology reading, as well as a children’s trail. […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Late-night craft fair at the creative hub

by mikebell on 27 November, 2017

Weston-super-Mare’s creative hub, The Stable, will be welcoming local creative talent as part of a pre-Christmas late-night shopping event on Thursday 7 December 5pm – 9pm. Up to 20 stalls will be selling a range of home-made goods and items, ‘Stalls @ The Stable’ will showcase Weston and Somerset’s creative talent, celebrating the region’s high […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Traffic calming planned for Oxford Street

by mikebell on 19 November, 2017

As part of the area improvements in Oxford Street associated with the Dolphin Square development, North Somerset Council will be constructing speed cushions and a raised table in Oxford Street to slow traffic. At the same time, the speed limit along the entire length of Oxford Street and High Street will be changed to 20mph. […]

Read more    2 Comments

20mph speed limit plan for Orchard Meadows

by mikebell on 19 November, 2017

North Somerset Council is proposing to permanently change the speed limit to 20mph along roads in Orchard Meadows, Weston-Super-Mare. Councillor Mike Bell said: “This is something that, together with businesses, I highlighted last year, so I am very pleased to see this. “The fact is that in most urban areas, 20 is plenty. If a pedestrian […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Amended plans for former TJ Hughes

by mikebell on 13 November, 2017

Developers have submitted an amended planning application for the former TJ Hughes building in High Street. The plans have seen the removal of 21 student bedsits to make way for more retail space. Cllr Mike Bell said: “The removal of the 21 student lets and replacement with extra first floor retail is a definite improvement […]

Read more    Leave a comment

People in North Somerset are collectively £13million better off, thanks to work done over the past 12 months by a Weston-super-Mare advice organisation. Citizens Advice North Somerset (CANS) is based at the Badger Centre in Wadham Street, and helped inject £13,122,864 into communities in 2016-17 by supporting people’s efforts to generate income, win charity grants […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Winter walks

by mikebell on 9 November, 2017

A number of walks will be held in North Somerset at the beginning of January as part of The Ramblers Winter Walking Festival. Four walks will take place in Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Nailsea and Clevedon. The walks are aimed primarily at those who do not take part in regular exercise and are new to walking as […]

Read more    Leave a comment