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From Monday 4 June 2018 the council is making changes to your recycling and waste collections to make them more efficient and reliable. This will mean your collection day may change from 4 June onwards.   The same crews will work in your area five days a week. This will make it easier for them […]

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Council tries to tackle rogue landlords

by mikebell on 27 March, 2018

North Somerset Council is adopting a new approach to proactively tackle poor housing conditions in private rented homes in Weston-super-Mare town centre. The new area-based approach will target the council’s enforcement action at rogue landlords and poor quality privately rented homes in the town centre, including Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The council has conducted […]

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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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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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Affordable housing needed in Weston

by mikebell on 27 October, 2016

Local Councillor Mike Bell wrote in the Weston Mercury this week about the importance of more affordable housing in Weston town centre and elsewhere in the town. He said: “We do need to see a plan to deliver affordable homes to buy and rent to help meet the needs of the many local families that are […]

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20,985 new homes for North Somerset?

by mikebell on 6 October, 2016

Key planning documents setting out local housing needs for the next 20 years will be considered by North Somerset Council’s Executive next week. The Site Allocations Plan identifies the sites needed to meet North Somerset’s housing requirement up to 2026. The Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study look at where longer term growth alongside […]

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North Somerset Council is pressing ahead with plans for the next phase of the Dolphin Square redevelopment by looking for World-class architects to design a new residential and mixed-use development. The council is working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Government’s housing investment body, to bring forward the development of the site which […]

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Private landlords licensing scheme update

by mikebell on 26 August, 2016

We’ve reported recently that North Somerset Council had decided to introduce a licensing scheme to improve poor-quality private rented housing in Weston-super-Mare town centre, following a 20-week consultation period earlier in the year. The scheme was approved by councillors and was due to be implemented from November this year. Unfortunately, the scheme has been challenged […]

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