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North Somerset Council has been urged to act to help provide more support to people sleeping rough on our streets. Councillor Mike Bell, leader of the Liberal Democrats on North Somerset Council, highlighted the growing number of people sleeping rough in the district at a meeting of the council tonight (9th January 2018). Councillor Bell […]

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Nearly 7,000 working age households in North Somerset who have a low income or no income will soon have to pay more council tax. Low income households will have to pay more council tax after Conservative controlled North Somerset Council voted to increase the minimum payment required under the council tax support scheme from 24.5% […]

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99 patients in the Weston-super-Mare area have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E at Weston Hospital so far this winter, Liberal Democrat analysis has revealed. Of these, 15 faced waits of over an hour. Analysis also shows that local hospitals are suffering from dangerously high bed occupancy rates. Weston Area Health […]

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North Somerset Council (NSC) is currently running a consultation on their recent “Review of Housing Conditions in the private rented sector”. The council has a statutory requirement to improve private rented properties in poor condition. One in two people in Central Ward live in private rented properties and one third of those properties are considered […]

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200 homes in North Somerset are empty long-term

by mikebell on 2 January, 2018

Approaching 200 homes in North Somerset have been lying empty for longer than six months despite pressure to build more homes and rising homelessness, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats. The data was collected through freedom of information requests sent to councils across the country, which showed 60,000 properties had been empty for […]

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Liberal Democrat Councillors on North Somerset Council have proposed budget ideas for next year that will protect services for children and young people, keep council tax bills low for poorer families and cut the cost of parking in Weston. North Somerset Council will consider its budget for 2018-2019 at a series of meetings in January […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

by mikebell on 20 December, 2017

We’d like to wish all residents of Weston-super-Mare a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2017 has been busy and eventful, with lots more changes – for good and ill – in Weston. 2018 will no doubt offer more of the same. We’ve continued to work hard this year, standing up for local […]

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The recycling and rubbish bin collection dates will be changed slightly over the Christmas and New Year period as in previous years. The correct dates should be reflected on your recycling calendar and are also summarised below.

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Council festive opening times

by mikebell on 16 December, 2017

The festive opening hours for 2017 for local offices, call centres, libraries, leisure centres, household waste and recycling centres, and register offices have been published for North Somerset. Click here to read the full list of opening times: http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-council/communityinvolvement/council-locations/festive-opening-hours/festive-opening-hours-2017/

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Council tax could rise by 6% next year

by mikebell on 14 December, 2017

The Government has raised the maximum council tax rise to 6% for next year, which could see North Somerset’s average Band D Council Tax rate rise by around £75 a year. North Somerset currently has the second lowest council tax in the south west and faces a budget gap of £10 million for next year, […]

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