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School funding crisis

by mikebell on 11 April, 2019

Education leaders are warning of the huge crisis facing schools in North Somerset due funding cuts. Between 2015 and 2019, schools in the area have lost out on a total of £17.3million in funding – which equates to £256 per pupil. Leaders of multi-academy trusts (MAT) have said the situation is ‘critical’ with schools facing […]

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Eat Weston – 13th April

by mikebell on 11 April, 2019

A free to attend, locally focused food and drink in the heart of the town centre with 80+ local producers, street food, print workshop, cook school & lots of entertainment, Eat Weston takes place on Saturday 13th April. It takes place in the Italian Gardens and High Street from 10am-5pm. And don’t forget, all-year-round, Weston […]

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Standing up for tourism

by mikebell on 10 April, 2019

The Weston Mercury has asked the different political parties to offer 150 words on key policies. Here is what the Lib Dems had to say on tourism. ☀️ 🏖 Tourism is important for North Somerset – generating jobs and boosting our economy. However, it is not an industry that has been well supported by the […]

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Are you planning to vote for Mike Bell, Robert Payne, Ella Sayce and the Lib Dems in the local elections? If so, please pledge your vote here. By pledging your support, we can remind you on polling day to cast your vote and focus our efforts on persuading people that still need to be convinced. […]

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Weston’s A&E could be downgraded to an urgent treatment centre within two years, if potential suggestions are endorsed by health bosses. Proposals to shut A&E overnight are already being pursued, but a new report has revealed these may well be just the start of reducing emergency care at Weston General Hospital. Longer-term ideas include scrapping […]

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Lords report on seaside towns calls for action

by mikebell on 4 April, 2019

Councillor Mike Bell reports: “There are lots of good suggestions and food for thought in a new House of Lords report on the future of seaside towns. As ever, much depends on the quality of local leadership and the level of government investment. “North Somerset Council’s political leadership has been weak on tackling the root […]

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Lib Dems launch council election manifesto

by mikebell on 3 April, 2019

Are you fed up of a council where the Conservative majority, which has been in power for 12 years, refuses to listen to local people? Do you think Weston and North Somerset needs a change from the same old, tired and out of touch faces? Then take a look at the local Liberal Democrat manifesto […]

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Funland opens this weekend

by mikebell on 3 April, 2019

Funland at the Tropicana opens this Saturday 6th April, in time for the Easter school holidays. Don’t forget the excellent Grand Pier is open all-year-round too! For more information on Funland visit their website.

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Dog bins still a problem

by mikebell on 1 April, 2019

Dog bins are still not being emptied efficiently across Weston as Weston-super-Mare Town Council continues to struggle to find effective arrangements. Councillor Mike Bell said: “I’ve just reported another overflowing Weston Town Council dog bin, this time in Swiss Road. The chaos over emptying continues. They really must get to grips with this. If the […]

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M&S confirms closure date

by mikebell on 1 April, 2019

Marks & Spencer has confirmed when it will close its Weston-super-Mare branch. News the retailer planned to close its High Street branch first emerged in January as part of a UK-wide announcement. A spokeswoman for the brand said: “Shopping habits are changing and reshaping our store estate to reflect this means making some difficult decisions. […]

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