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Upgrading the railway around Bristol

by mikebell on 28 March, 2018

Network Rail will be working on the lines around Bristol area to reduce congestion, cut journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability from January 2019. From Friday 30th March through Tuesday 3rd April inclusive, no train services will operate from Weston, Weston Milton or Worle to Bristol or London. A replacement bus service will operate […]

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Easter railway upgrade

by mikebell on 26 February, 2018

There will be no rail services north of Weston-super-Mare railway station from 30 March (Good Friday) until the early hours of Wednesday 4 April. The station will be open for passengers travelling south towards Taunton and Exeter. Hourly rail replacement bus services will be in operation towards Bristol Temple Meads. More information is available at […]

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Council approves car parking charge increases

by mikebell on 21 February, 2018

North Somerset Council approved new car parking charge increases for Weston at a meeting last night (20th February 2018), despite opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors led by Mike Bell. The council’s budget includes proposals to: increase a range of on-street and off-street car parking charges; change the start time for on-street charges to 8am from […]

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It has been revealed that the Conservative Government’s funding for local roads maintained by North Somerset Council will be cut by £784,000 in the coming financial year. Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Bell is calling for the Conservative Government to reverse its funding cuts to North Somerset’s road maintenance budget and to tackle the difference in […]

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The Weston Mercury reported last week on North Somerset Council’s budget position and the alternative proposals from opposition groups. I just wanted to highlight, in particular, Liberal Democrat proposals on parking charges, which were not covered in your article. Since the introduction of on-street pay and display parking charges in the town centre, the Conservative […]

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North Somerset Council’s Conservative administration has announced details of budget proposals for next year – including plans to increase parking charges and potentially introduce on-street charges on a Sunday in Weston-super-Mare. The report, which is being considered by the council Executive on Tuesday 5th December, says: “Draft proposals have been prepared raising a number of […]

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Parking – more work needed to get it right

by mikebell on 13 June, 2017

Local councillors Mike Bell and Robert Payne have been inundated with comments about the parking situation. Despite the return of parking wardens, the situation doesn’t seem to have improved for many people – and for some it has got worse. Tell us what you think by completing our our parking survey. Councillor Mike Bell said: […]

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Call for action on potholes

by mikebell on 28 March, 2017

One in six roads across England and Wales is in such a bad state it must be repaired within the next five years, according to local authorities. The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) found that 17% of roads were in “poor” condition. The government is planning to invest £1.2bn in roads this year, […]

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Car parking changes facing delay?

by mikebell on 16 October, 2016

North Somerset Council’s plan to put traffic wardens back on our streets and take over parking enforcement this month has been delayed. The council needs Government approval to proceed with the scheme and this has not yet been confirmed, which means the plan is delayed for now. Local councillor Mike Bell said: “This delay is really disappointing. […]

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Tesco to end free parking unless you spend

by mikebell on 13 September, 2016

Shoppers at the Tesco store in Weston town centre will have to spend at least £5 in store if they want to park a car for more than 30 minutes. Tesco bosses are going to introduce new parking measures for the store which will see people fined £70 if they stay for longer than two hours. If […]

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