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Actions to tackle climate emergency agreed

by mikebell on 18 November, 2019

A series of initiatives, projects and policy changes have been devised by North Somerset Council to help tackle the climate emergency. The measures are set out in the council’s Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan. The council declared a climate emergency in February this year and set a target of North Somerset becoming carbon neutral […]

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Shared Lives service rated good

by mikebell on 16 November, 2019

The Shared Lives service provided by North Somerset Council is ‘Good’ according to a government watchdog. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission inspected the service over three days in August and published their report last month. The council’s adult placement scheme known as Shared Lives, recruits, trains and supports self-employed Shared Lives carers, who provide […]

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‘Resident fun pass’ for locals proposed

by mikebell on 15 November, 2019

A ‘residents’ fun pass’ for Westonians, which would offer discounts at top attractions, will ‘give something back’ to people of the town. Weston Town Council has agreed to look at the prospect of introducing the scheme and aims to get support from the Grand Pier, Water Adventure Play Park and other businesses and restaurants. Central […]

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Railway changes this Christmas

by mikebell on 15 November, 2019

There are some major timetable changes coming to Great Western Railway services on Sunday 15 December. Not only will train times be changing, the calling patterns for many services may also be different. GWR are asking everyone to check their journeys and to spread the message about the changes, details are on GWR.com/timetable2019 As well as […]

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Bathing water quality results have been announced in North Somerset following the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ 2019 bathing water quality classifications. The report reveals that Weston Main Beach has improved to sufficient.  This means that three out of the four bathing waters in North Somerset – Weston Main Beach, Sand Bay and […]

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Council seeks views on council tax support

by mikebell on 14 November, 2019

North Somerset Council is keen to hear residents’ views on options to change the concessions of its council tax support scheme. The proposed options could result in larger maximum discounts for qualifying people of working age. The current scheme allows maximum discounts of up to 72.5 per cent of the bill for working age residents, […]

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Shoppers in Weston-super-Mare will be able to enjoy some free parking in the run-up to the festive season for the first time in some council-run car parks. This will apply on five Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm starting from 23 November. The free parking offer will apply to Carlton Street and Grove car parks […]

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Have your say on rewilding programme

by mikebell on 12 November, 2019

Consultation on North Somerset Council’s rewilding programme has been launched this week. Residents, town and parish councils and community groups are being asked for their views on the suitability of the sites identified by the council for rewilding and for their suggestions of any other potential locations in their area. They also have the opportunity […]

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Banwell bypass gets Government funding

by mikebell on 12 November, 2019

North Somerset Council has been successful in a £97m bid to Government to provide essential infrastructure for future housing. The funding will be used for transport and education infrastructure improvements to serve the Weston Villages and to unlock potential housing sites near Banwell that will help meet the need for new homes in North Somerset […]

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Anyone for tennis?

by mikebell on 11 November, 2019

The three dilapidated tennis courts at Ashcombe Park in Weston-super-Mare are to be refurbished and brought back into use. North Somerset Council has secured a Sport England Community Assets grant of £40,000 to match fund the section 106 developer contributions identified by the council to improve the courts. Work on the £85,000 project is due […]

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