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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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Blue Plaque for Henry Butt unveiled

by mikebell on 23 January, 2018

Weston-super-Mare Town Council has unveiled another blue plaque, this time for Henry Butt. Henry Butt was voted by the residents of Weston to be the next recipient of a blue plaque. At the unveiling on Friday, the Mayor Councillor Jos Holder was joined by Councillor John Crockford Hawley, Chairman of the Museum and Heritage Sub-Committee, […]

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February fun at The Campus

by mikebell on 23 January, 2018

With the February school holidays fast approaching, now is the time to book your child’s place on one of the fun-filled holiday clubs at The Campus in Weston-super-Mare. The popular ‘Football Fun Days’ will run from 9am-3pm each weekday from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February for children aged five to 12.  The cost is […]

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A new levy on developments to help fund much-needed infrastructure in North Somerset came into force last week (Thursday 18 January). The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge which developers will be required to pay to help fund the cost of infrastructure, such as schools and transport improvements. It is being introduced by […]

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Safeguarding the future of Worlebury Hillfort

by mikebell on 19 January, 2018

Plans to safeguard the future of Worlebury Hillfort are set to move ahead following the award of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. North Somerset Council has successfully bid for a grant of £10,000 to kickstart a project to preserve the Iron Age hillfort situated on Worlebury Hill overlooking Weston-super-Mare. The hillfort is designated as […]

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Adults living in Weston-super-Mare are being encouraged to contact North Somerset Council’s Health Trainer service to receive up to 12 free sessions of healthy lifestyle support this New Year. Every year the service successfully supports hundreds of local residents to eat healthier, drink less alcohol, lose weight, exercise more and stop smoking. To book an […]

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North Somerset Council has been urged to act to help provide more support to people sleeping rough on our streets. Councillor Mike Bell, leader of the Liberal Democrats on North Somerset Council, highlighted the growing number of people sleeping rough in the district at a meeting of the council tonight (9th January 2018). Councillor Bell […]

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Nearly 7,000 working age households in North Somerset who have a low income or no income will soon have to pay more council tax. Low income households will have to pay more council tax after Conservative controlled North Somerset Council voted to increase the minimum payment required under the council tax support scheme from 24.5% […]

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99 patients in the Weston-super-Mare area have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E at Weston Hospital so far this winter, Liberal Democrat analysis has revealed. Of these, 15 faced waits of over an hour. Analysis also shows that local hospitals are suffering from dangerously high bed occupancy rates. Weston Area Health […]

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North Somerset Council (NSC) is currently running a consultation on their recent “Review of Housing Conditions in the private rented sector”. The council has a statutory requirement to improve private rented properties in poor condition. One in two people in Central Ward live in private rented properties and one third of those properties are considered […]

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