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NHS meeting approves consultation on A&E proposals

by mikebell on 5 February, 2019

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group met this week to confirm proposals that will see the overnight closure of Weston Hospital made permanent. The plan will now be subject to a 14-week consultation process before a final decision is made. You can keep in touch with the progress of this […]

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Councillor Mike Bell reports: “There was a good turnout at the first two of four patient consultation meetings this week about the future of Clarence Park and Graham Road GP surgeries. My view is clear that both surgeries should remain open, though there may well be opportunities to manage lists and staff better to maximise access […]

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The overnight closure of Weston General Hospital accident and emergency department could become permanent as part of changes to health services across in the town. Health bosses shut the department from 10pm to 8am each night in July 2017. Despite coming under fierce pressure to re-open the A&E as a 24/7 facility from the local […]

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Clarence Park and Graham Road GP surgeries update

by mikebell on 30 January, 2019

Are you a patient at Clarence Park or Graham Road GP surgeries? Then an important opportunity to have your say on their future is coming up. Health planners and local doctors who provide services from Clarence Park and Graham Road GP surgeries have been talking about how to change and improve service provision for patients […]

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Protest at NHS meeting

by mikebell on 29 January, 2019

The Save Weston A&E campaign group will be protesting outside the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) Meeting on 5th  February at 1 pm at the Royal Hotel in Weston-super-Mare. At this meeting, the CCG is expected to announce the start of a consultation which could lead to the permanent […]

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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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Residents across North Somerset recycled more than ever before over the festive period while non-recyclable waste barely increased at all. North Somerset Council has analysed the different types of waste collected between Monday 17 December and Friday 18 January and the results are very encouraging. An extra 894 tonnes of extra recycling were collected compared […]

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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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