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Weston-super-Mare town centre is undergoing a period of change and renewal, set in motion by North Somerset Council’s strategy for town centre regeneration. A major programme of improvements is well under way in the town to further develop the town centre as a great place to live, learn and spend leisure time. At least in theory. […]

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Weston to host evening street food event

by mikebell on 16 August, 2018

An evening of street food, music and family entertainment is promised as a new event comes to Weston-super-Mare this summer. Weston Street Food Market will take place at the Italian Gardens in the town centre on Friday 24 August from 4pm-9pm. The event has been arranged by the organisers of the eat:Weston festival in partnership […]

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“We’ve reported previously about our concerns on the council’s strategy to buy commercial investment properties, the latest being the Sovereign Centre,” reports Councillor Mike Bell. You can read more on this story on the Bristol Post website: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/shrouded-secrecy-cash-strapped-council-1890015

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New food innovation centre moves closer

by mikebell on 11 August, 2018

Plans to build a regional food and drink innovation centre in Weston-super-Mare have moved a step closer. The full £11.8m funding agreement for The Food WorksSW, recently agreed by the West of England Joint Committee, comes from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund. North Somerset Council is now […]

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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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