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Weston homeless centre to become permanent?

by mikebell on 11 March, 2019

The ‘truly incredible’ transformations of some of Weston’s rough sleepers has spurred volunteers to make the town’s first night assessment centre a permanent fixture. The Weston Night Assessment Centre, based at Somewhere To Go in Boulevard, opened on November 12 with 10 beds for the homeless. Five months on, the centre has increased in size […]

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Ever wondered what North Somerset looked like 100 years ago? Or wondered how your town has changed? An exciting digital mapping programme, Know your Place, has been given a boost after being awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. As part of the Great Weston Heritage Action Zone, the cash injection will create an […]

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Our High Street and town centre is facing a crisis with empty shops and businesses closing. Meanwhile, Conservative-run North Somerset Council is spending millions on vanity projects. £71 million borrowed and spent buying the Sovereign Centre and Sainsbury’s site in Worle. £4.5 million on road changes in Alexandra Parade and South Parade, and almost £3 […]

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Council Tax set to rise by nearly 4%

by mikebell on 15 February, 2019

Conservative-run North Somerset Council will approve the budget and council tax for the new financial year at a meeting next week. Here are some headline: ➡️ A 2.75% Council Tax increase – collecting around an extra £2.75 million in council tax from local payers. When the increase from town and parish councils, fire and police are […]

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Weston’s purple reign continues

by mikebell on 26 January, 2019

Weston-super-Mare’s purple reign continues! For the fourth year in a row, the town has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag in recognition of its safe and diverse evening and night-time economy. It follows a joint submission by North Somerset Council and the Weston Business Improvement District (BID) to the Association of Town and City Management […]

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A giant beach windmill gifted to Weston-super-Mare from global graffiti artist Banksy, following the Dismaland pop-up “bemusement park” in 2015, is to be displayed in the town centre thanks to a cash injection of £50k from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund. The Government’s announcement will allow the council to move the windmill from storage to […]

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Marks and Spencer store set to close

by mikebell on 18 January, 2019

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced today (Tuesday) it is set to close its Weston-super-Mare High Street store. The retailer is consulting with its 74 colleagues on the proposed closure of the store, which is also accessible through the Sovereign Shopping Centre. The closure is part of M&S’ plans to shut 16 of its stores […]

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North Somerset councillors have slammed a ‘heavy-handed’ move by its executive to hire two new parking officers who are expected to issue fines totalling £120,000. Central ward councillor Mike Bell accused the council of ‘ignoring’ public concerns over rising fines after a recruitment drive increased the number of parking enforcement officers to 11. Cllr Bell […]

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Weston-super-Mare will be part of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. On 11 November 2018, the public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during […]

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Motorists now have access to ‘cheaper’ parking after the car park at Weston’s former police station and magistrates court was opened to the public. The Station Road site, which is now known as Walliscote Place, has been temporarily been made available to motorists by North Somerset Council until the police station is harvested for housing. […]

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