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Council spends £250,000 on new senior managers

by mikebell on 9 August, 2018

North Somerset Council has revealed plans to recruit a new permanent chief executive and head of finance at a cost of more than £250,000. The Conservative-run council has also appointed specialist recruitment consultants, at a cost to taxpayers of £27,000, to advise them on the process. Councillor Mike Bell, Leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat […]

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Council buys Sovereign Centre

by mikebell on 6 August, 2018

North Somerset Council has announced that it has bought the Sovereign Centre in Weston today in a private equity deal worth £21 million. Councillor Mike Bell writes: “The idea is that they will invest in the centre, attract new retailers and generate a profit above the costs. We shall see. I am in favour of […]

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Changes in national housing legislation designed to improve standards in privately rented properties come into effect in North Somerset later this year. Houses in multiple occupation, known as HMOs, are properties where people from different households are living and sharing facilities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom. Under current legislation only properties shared by five […]

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Dog fouling

by robpayne on 2 August, 2018

A freedom of information request by Weston Mercury has revealed that since North Somerset Council introduced new regulations to tackle dog fouling and other problems, only two fixed penalty notices have been issued for dog fouling. The council promised to take a tough stance following the introduction of the orders in November last year to […]

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South Parade roadworks

by robpayne on 2 August, 2018

Changes are afoot to the road layout around South Parade and Knightstone Road. This awkward junction around the Royal Hotel causes difficulty for both motorists and pedestrians who attempt to negotiate the narrow and blind double bend. North Somerset Council has obtained government funding to implement the changes which will include a new pedestrian crossing […]

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Play park refurbishment?

by robpayne on 2 August, 2018

Weston Town Council’s programme of installing and refurbishing children’s play areas could see improvements at Wyvern Close. This play area is close to the Drove Road/Locking Road/Ashcombe Road junction, and is currently looking rather tired. The council has a budget of £14,000 for the improvements, and is looking for companies to tender for the work. […]

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Children’s centres summer activities

by mikebell on 18 July, 2018

There are lots of activities for families with children under 5 at some of our local children’s centres, including in Weston Central.

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Dozens of residents have contacted local Councillor Mike Bell about missed or late waste and recycling collections in recent weeks. In response, Councillor Bell has arranged for many missed collections to be completed, but is also raising serious concerns about the way the contract with Biffa has been managed over the last year. In a […]

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Significant concerns about special educational needs and disability provision in North Somerset have been raised following an inspection of local services by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. Commenting on the new report, local Councillor Mike Bell said: “The Ofsted inspection of North Somerset Council’s special educational needs and disabilities services has been published and […]

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Make mischief this summer!

by mikebell on 11 July, 2018

Children in North Somerset are being encouraged to sign up to read six books this summer as part of “Mischief Makers”, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. “Mischief Makers” launches in libraries across North Somerset this Saturday (14 July) and runs until Saturday 8 September. The Summer Reading Challenge, organised nationally by The Reading Agency, asks […]

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