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January homes for sale by Property Peeps page sponsors Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents in the High Street HERE. Plus news that district council has decided to go it alone with a Local Plan is also on this page
For pubs and eating out reopening dates go to this page with the first community events for year ahead and sadly some cancellations. But the bike show and Rotary charity walks/runs are on and included are diary listings click HERE
Backwell Lake where the wild things live...
Work by Wessex Water at Backwell Lake is in the final stages.
The new accessible viewing platform on the south western edge of the lake near the car park is nearly finished as is the upgrading of the path round the lake.
Shiny black benches and passing points are in so just the car park improvements to complete.
The idea is to make the area more visitor friendly especially for people with disabilities.
Backwell Lake which feeds into the River Kenn was created in the mid-1970s as an urban drainage system to control flooding.
This is still its primary purpose however the area has evolved into an important site for wildlife and recreation.
Designated as a County Wildlife Site (CWS) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) the 20-acre site is surround by marshy grassland, mature trees, and dense scrub.
It is home to several protected species including bats, greater crested newts, otters, barn owls, swans, ducks and breeding birds although no badgers have been seen lately.
The rare southern marsh orchid grows on its banks.
However, two invasive non-native plants Nutall’s waterweed and Himalayan balsam also grow at Backwell Lake and signs of the American mink have been found in the past.
Previous proposals for Backwell lake have included being surrounded by massive pylons and the building of a dual-carriageway motorway link on stilts running through it.
Backwell Lake was created in the 1970s by developers building new housing estates in Nailsea to drain water from the land and to avert flooding.
The Backwell lake ground is owned by Wessex.
It was designated as a Nature Reserve in 1990 and is an outstanding area for dragonflies and for foraging bats, including the protected Greater Horseshoe bats.
The path around the lake was completed in the summer of 2015 thanks to Backwell Access Group (BAG).
In April 2019 there were calls for new safety measures to stop swans flying into overhead power lines which straddle the far end of the site.
Western Power is of the view that because trees and greenery were cut down last year the swans now have no natural background and can't see the 33,000 volt power lines which supply electricity to around 18,000 homes and businesses including Bristol Airport.
There were long term, controversial proposals to skirt the lake with huge pylons to link the Hinkley nuclear power plant to Avonmouth as highway engineers wanted to build a dual carriageway linking the A370 to the M5.
In January 2018 more than 600 people joined hands around Backwell lake to protest at the proposal to build a four-lane motorway with metro bus links on the beautiful rural space between Nailsea and Backwell.
On a bitterly cold but sunny Sunday afternoon, January 7, they linked hands and long scarfs on the footpath surrounding the lake which separates the two communities.
It was squelchy mud underfoot and winter coats and earmuffs were the preferred order of the day which took on a friendly outdoor party atmosphere.
However, there was also an underlining mood of seriousness and urgency with a three day left deadline to get comments to planners but mostly it was a show of solidary by country lovers of all ages and their pets against the new road and massive housing plans for the area.
Those who stood together cheered, did the Mexican wave and some even did the hokey cokey although the real threat to the flora and fauna including rare birds, otters and bats of the lake lands were not far from their minds - thanks go to Backwell Resistance for organising the event.
There are many slideshows from Backwell lake in our photo galleries.
On the downside we found an overflowing bin and an abandoned bike at the lake grounds.
Word on the street (1)
Nailsea people are asking what on earth is going on with North Somerset Council and its proposed car ban on country lanes.
At this time the consensus seems to be a speed limit and HGV ban may have been a first good step and a ‘trial’ on one or two lanes to gauge impact.
However, it has become a bit of a political football.
Let’s give it a rest for the Easter weekend but it you want to read the full proposals click HERE.
f you have an observations write to Director of Development and Environment, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ quoting the reference ATF2/RL/310321; go to the Save Our Access Facebook page; or contact North Somerset MP Liam Fox via his website at https://www.liamfox.co.uk/contact.
The consultation process ends at 5pm on Friday, April 30.
More information on the Breaking News page HERE.
Word on the street (2)
Nailsea was full of businesspeople rolling up their sleeves and preparing their premises for the end of lockdown.
Paint and plastering everywhere.
RSJs have been installed across the frontage of the old tattoo shop which is being made ready for a design company to move in.
Another online media business further along the high street has the decorators in ready for Squarebird staff to move in. Its building at Kingshill is currently being marketed by Hensons.
And Nailsea is going to be spoilt for choice with lots of places to eat out this summer.
Work is going on at Ivy Kitchen, formerly Gilly’s café; the rooftop terrace at Coates House; the new double fronted Café 119 which will be a lounge bar with pool table at the back when it reopens; Greens which is looking for a name change (to more reflect its menu) and is hoping to expand into the shop next door at Colliers Walk; Paradiso is being refitted and aiming to open soon; have we missed anyone?
Flower Bee has its sign up outside; the colourful cottage opposite the Royal Oak is nearly ready for its new homeowners; Broad Street Hair has sorted out its bow frontage slightly spoilt by the mould streaked wall next door; Holly Hedge charity shop has had the painters in although not finished yet; the oak tree stump on the village green looks bleak but Nailsea Town Council is hoping to turn it into an exciting sculpture and Nailsea International Stores finally has the shop fitters in-house putting up lots of wooden shelves.
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The TEK Hut was started by Ben Parker in the summer of 2018.
For 12 years Ben had been one of the team at The ICT Workshop which provided a wide variety of computer services to Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Backwell and even Weston-Super-Mare.
Ben felt it right to continue the same great service customers had previously experienced but under new branding for a new business and The Tek Hut was born.
Trading at the familiar location in Nailsea, The Tek Hut will continue to offer the same cost effective, new laptops and PCs, upgrades, onsite support for homes and businesses through to a wide range of workshop services and accessories.
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