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Have YOUR say on new town vision

by mikebell on 28 February, 2020

North Somerset Council is working with a consortium led by Turner Works to create a new vision for Weston and set out a programme of projects and activity over the next ten years. Turner Works have been leading an engagement programme called #superweston. You can find more information at www.superweston.net A key part of this process is […]

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Volunteers needed to lead health walks

by mikebell on 27 February, 2020

More volunteers are needed to help lead the popular health walks in North Somerset. More than 6,000 people have enjoyed North Somerset’s health walks programme since it was launched over 12 years ago. The scheme relies heavily on trained volunteers to lead the walks that take place every week across the district. If you enjoy […]

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A town reinventing itself

by mikebell on 26 February, 2020

Weston-super-Mare is a town “reinventing itself for the 21st century” with “ambitious plans for the future”. This is the view of assessors who visited the town in November following a joint submission for Purple Flag status by North Somerset Council and the Weston Business Improvement District (BID). As a result of the assessment Weston has […]

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Weekend closure of A371

by mikebell on 26 February, 2020

A section of the A371 at Locking will be temporarily closed for a weekend early next month to enable work to be carried out on a new junction. The road between its junctions with Elm Tree Road and McCrae Road will be closed from 8pm on Friday 6 March to 6am on Monday 9 March. […]

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Council sets budget and adopts corporate plan

by mikebell on 24 February, 2020

North Somerset Council agreed the budget for the year ahead at a meeting last week (Tuesday 18 February). It will see a council tax rise of 1.99% in April in addition to a 2% levy the government has allowed local authorities to raise specifically to help fund the increasing costs and demand for adult social […]

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A new booklist which recommends reading to help children aged 7-11 (Key Stage 2) and their families understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times is now available in all North Somerset Libraries. The new Reading Well for Children booklist is part of the national Reading Well programme and was launched nationally at […]

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Successful bid for more trees in urban areas

by mikebell on 23 February, 2020

More trees are to be planted in North Somerset where they are most needed following a successful bid for government funding. North Somerset Council, in partnership with Bristol City Council, applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for a grant from the Urban Tree Challenge fund. North Somerset’s share of the […]

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Literary Festival returns to Weston

by mikebell on 16 February, 2020

Would-be writers, illustrators and book lovers can hear local authors and get first-hand advice on publishing when a popular literary festival returns this month. Weston Literary Festival returns to the town for the third year running from Saturday 29 February to Friday 6 March.  Events including talks, workshops and panel discussions. The festival is organised […]

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Help make North Somerset a cultural hotspot

by mikebell on 16 February, 2020

Do you love live music, seeing a theatre show or wandering around art galleries? If so, North Somerset Council wants your views on how to put the area on the map for arts, culture and heritage over the next decade. Last month the council adopted a 10-year strategy to increase the range, access and quality […]

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Ambitious strategies are being drawn up in North Somerset to keep delivering much-valued services and the council needs your views to help shape them. A number of consultations are now running, which are being grouped together under the banner of ‘Your Neighbourhood’. It includes a consultation on the garden waste service, which looks in detail […]

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