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Our town is a very nice town

THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends     

May 2022
Property Peeps

Our Property Peeps page sponsors HENSONS estate agents sold two featured homes within days of Nailsea People posting details online. It has more than 80 networked offices in the south west and London, the Nailsea office is at Ivy Court, 61 High Street. Read more HERE about planning applications approved and in the pipeline as Nailsea moves towards welcoming hundreds of new home owners at Engine Lane and The Uplands. Latest from our 'construction corner' this month as Taylor Wimpey  and Barratts continue at Netherton Grange and Parish Brook

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This is the page for the food markets, festivals, fairs, fetes and all the fun things in life. It has a 2022 diary of events and the Queen's Platinum Jubiliee celebrations in Nailsea and nearby. To add your event send a message via Facebook or email nailseapeople@gmail.com

Color Fog
Sunday, May 8, 10am-5pm 
Ring O’Bells and
Grove Sports Centre & Social Club
Cheer the rainbow fun runners, bid in the auction, buy at the stalls
Words and pictures HERE
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What's On 2022
Gallery 2022

We have hundreds of images in our galleries and for 2022 from the wassail, frosty mornings, sky at night and day and the latest from 2nd Nailsea Scouts open day on May bank holiday. We also have lots more wildlife plus famous footballers at Fryth Way. Email your images to nailseapeople@gmail.com. This image is by Tracey Thomas of a bluebell wood near Nailsea

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Getting rid of rubbish

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Strike action by binmen in North Somerset is still not resolved.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We’re working with North Somerset Environment Company (NSEC) to minimise inconvenience for you during the industrial action currently taking place.

"Strike action has been suspended to allow a ballot to take place of NSEC staff who are GMB members.

"This will take place during the weeks starting Monday, May 2 and 9.

"All household (black bin) waste, recycling and garden waste collections are continuing as usual.:

North Somerset’s three recycling centres at Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare are also continuing to open as normal."

You can find more information on the strike action on the council page here Important information about the collection crew strikes.

Nailsea Post Office staff strike

Nailsea PO staff who work at Crown Glass Place are pictured joining a national strike on Tuesday, May 3.

A decision on further action will be made later in the week after talks with Post Office bosses who are insisting on a pay freeze for 2021-22.

This is despite the company generating a profit for the past two years during the pandemic thanks to the efforts of its key workers, say the Communication Workers Union which is pushing for a negotiated deal.

A CWU statement said: "Post Offices across the country will face massive disruption unless bosses stop engaging in 'power play' with their workers’ wages.

"Workers won’t accept a collapse in their living standards."

They have been offered a two per cent pay increase plus a £250 one-off payment  which is pro-rata for part-timers for 2022-23.

Post Office management claim it is following government policy on public sector pay.

Post Office postal assistants – a significant sector of the workforce – currently earn less than £24,000 per year.

If management strictly followed government policy, these workers would have received a wage increase of at least £250, yet they have not.

The CWU added: “Post Office can’t put their heads in the sand.

"This dispute won’t go away, and our members are united – they won’t accept a collapse in their living standards.

“To avoid more disruption to services this year, the CWU urges Post Office to get round the bargaining table and thrash out a settlement with us that treats our key worker heroes with the respect they deserve.”

PHOTO: CWU Nailsea member Ben Watts

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HEAVY HAUL: They have been trying for many years to introduce a weight limit along Nailsea High Street. That was after ditching plans to pedestrianise the one-way town centre thoroughfare. In a bid to stop HGVs from using it as a shortcut Nailsea Town Council applied to North Somerset Council for a 7.5-tonne weight limit. Although told imminent Mark Ashman, of Nailsea MicroPub, caught on another juggernaut trundling along the narrow highway

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Lidl Nailsea news

Budget supermarket Lidl has renewed its quest to come to Nailsea and is offering a cash reward to anyone who can find them a site.

The discount retailer announced this week it wants to double its portfolio across the country and Nailsea is on the list for a new store.

And at Clevedon Lidl wants to relocate to a different site in the seaside town where many Nailsea shoppers go to buy their groceries.

The last serious attempt by Lidl to come to Nailsea was in 2014-15.

Then it put in a planning application to build in the car park belonging to the town centre property investors Praxis.

Its plans attracted scores of objections as people were desperate to keep free parking spaces.

But many residents said they were keen to have a Lidl at a different site.

A dedicated Facebook page called ‘Nailsea Lidl - yes to store, no to location’ says: 'We are not against Lidl, or any other discounter, setting up in Nailsea, we are only against the proposed location and its impact on the usability and accessibility of the town centre'.

Past suggestions or rumours have been Blackfriars industrial estate, scouts HQ at Clevedon Road and the Weston College site at Somerset Square.

Lidl said it will pay a finder’s fee to anyone that identifies a suitable site for a new store

The fee is either 1.5 per cent of the total freehold purchase price or 10 per cent of first year’s rent for leaseholds, which would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase.

Lidl invested £1.3 billion in its expansion during 2021-22 and wants to have 1,100 stores nationwide by the end of 2025.

In April 2022 it became the sixth largest supermarket in the UK behind Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Aldi.

Lidl GB chief development officer Richard Taylor said: “We know that the majority of British shoppers still love doing their shopping in person and we are as committed as ever to opening new stores and enhancing our existing ones.

“We’re opening an average of one new store a week, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of keeping that pace going over the last couple of years.

“But there are still communities up and down the country that are telling us how much they want – and need - a Lidl store.

“We work with some of the best people in the industry to identify new sites, but we also know how engaged our future and existing customers are and we want to build on this.

“Our finder’s fees are, therefore, available to absolutely anyone that can identify a viable option for a new store that we’re not already aware of, and we welcome any suitable suggestions that will help up us to meet our ambitious target of 1,100 stores by the end of 2025.”  

Members of the public who know of potential sites are encouraged to check details against Lidl’s site requirements and contact its property team with further details.

More information can be found here: www.lidl.co.uk/about-us/property

Site requirements: 

  • Prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow

  • Freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities

  • Unit sizes between 18,000 and 26,500 sq ft and 100+ dedicated car parking spaces. Waitrose Nailsea is on a 43,000 sq ft site

  • 1.5+ acres for standalone stores or up to 4 acres for mixed-use schemes

  • Town centre or edge of centre and retail parks

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RE-ELECTED COUNCILLORS

Councillor Mike Bird who was recently re-elected of second term remarked in this annual report about another strange ‘Covid’ year adding he was first elected via a Zoom meeting. In response to criticism on social media he said his tenure as a district councillor was an advantage as it gave him easier access to North Somerset Council officers. He indefatigably disputed it was a conflict of interest – rather the opposite. He said: “My focus is always Nailsea.” BBC producer Emily Miller was re-elected as vice chairman for the second year.

  • A report on the annual town meeting on Wednesday, May 11, in on our Political Peeps page HERE

NATIONAL GRID NEWSLETTER

In Nailsea, an £18,000 grant from National Grid's Community Grant Fund helped Ravenswood School to create a new sensory room. The Discovery Room, as its known, is now a state-of-the-art, interactive sensory room that provides a stimulating educational environment for their pupils and the wider community. Read the NG's latest news HERE

RECYCLING HUB

Nailsea Community Recycling Hub at 26 Somerset Square has broaden items it can take. Currently it has bins for:

  • glasses (not cases)

  • contact lenses and packaging

  • pens

  • felt tips

  • highlighters

  • correcting fluid

  • BRITA water filters

  • plastic toothbrushes

  • toothpaste tubes

  • empty medicine blister packs

  • Pringle tubes

  • British and foreign stamps

  • foreign coins (and notes) including obsolete currency

  • old and broken jewellery.

Paving way for progress 

Work is progressing on re-vamping the front of Tower House Medical Centre - see slideshow photos.

North Somerset Council gave planning permission in November 2021 for the new frontage to the medical centre which faces the Stockway South car park belonging to the shopping centre.

The surgery is part of Tyntesfield Medical Group which caters for 31,600 patients from Backwell, Long Ashton and Nailsea.

There were plans to sell Brockway Medical Centre and move everyone to Tower House but this was thwarted by the pandemic.

The current project is for the ‘removal of the existing single storey projecting oriel window at ground floor, erection of a single-storey glazed extension to form new entrance lobby, new steps and DDA-compliant ramp up to new entrance lobby and associated hard and soft landscaping. Internal reconfiguration of existing accommodation to create 8no. new consultation rooms, creation of climate-controlled archive store in basement / car parking area’.

It said in its design and access statement prepared by architects Wotton Donoghue ‘the key principles of the proposal are to enhance the patient and staff experience of the existing centre, improve the efficiency of the internal layout, as well as safeguarding against spread of disease'.

Adding:

• The minimal external changes include a new glazed entrance extension

• New pedestrian access entrance with ramp

• The holistic ‘sensory garden’ 

• Medical archives moved to a new, climate-controlled enclosure in the basement

• EV charging points

• Reconfiguration of the Somerset Room.

 

  • A representative of Praxis, the town centre property management company, made a presentation to Nailsea Town Council earlier last year about the old petrol filling station. In an extract from the minutes about proposed changes promises were made for a formal application in the summer – this has yet to happened although the site has been cleared.

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Exterminate Mr Mole and stop dogs pooping at playing fields

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In the past six months Nailsea Town Council has received nearly £160,000 windfall from developers.

This is not counting the millions of pounds from the Engine Lane land sale which is subject to a consultation on what to do with that money.

Nailsea People is not sure where this latest payment is to be spent but floodlighting for the skatepark, dealing with seven moles at Greenfield Crescent and posters telling dogs not to poo on Grove playing fields are among current expenditures.

The latest payments made to local communities in North Somerset to help address the pressures of housing growth have now topped £1m, say the district council. 

In 2018 North Somerset Council introduced a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is paid by developers to help fund the cost of infrastructure such as schools and transport improvements.

Fifteen per cent of the money is passed by North Somerset to the town or parish council where the development takes place, giving them direct control over how the money is spent in their local communities.

This increases to 25 per cent if the town or parish has an adopted neighbourhood plan.

Payments are made every six months. In the latest round of payments over £300,000 has been distributed to 13 councils, bringing the total paid out to 28 councils since 2018 to over £1m.

​The money received by town and parish councils can be spent on any kind of infrastructure to support development.

Examples of the ways in which the money has been used by communities include:

  • play equipment for play areas

  • information noticeboards

  • creating and improving local green spaces

  • local drainage and flood schemes.

The councils to benefit in the latest round of funding are:

  • Abbots Leigh - £11,173

  • Barrow Gurney - £7,759

  • Churchill - £8,464

  • Clevedon - £7,315

  • Congresbury - £900

  • Hutton - £1,168

  • Nailsea - £159,402

  • Portishead - £36,670

  • Tickenham - £28,333

  • Weston-super-Mare - £21,641

  • Winford - £232

  • Winscombe and Sandford - £1,627

  • Yatton - £18,125.

With more housing in pipeline town and parish councils should be awash with extra cash.

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On sale at Simply Green
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www.thetekhut.uk
computer techies for the online community

 

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.

FIVE STAR

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  • Get spruced up for 2021 with this Nailsea-based company boasting best prices
  • Quotes for fascia, gutters and drainpipe cleaning no obligation
Call 0759 532 3274
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 Togs

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  • Starting School: Everything you need for that first special day 

  • Schoolwear: Uniforms, Accessories and Name Tapes

  • Sportswear: PE Kits, Gumshields, Shin Pads and Velcro Daps

  • Dancewear: RAD Approved for Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz

  • Activitywear: Uniforms for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

School Togs

Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, BS48 1RS

01275 857491

www.schooltogsnailsea.co.uk

Nailsea bed and breakfast
A home from home at Highdale the family-owned bed and breakfast at Nailsea. The B&B at 82 Silver Street is run by Tony and Tina Davey. Call 01275 858004, email mail@highdalebb.co.uk, or go online by clicking HERE for more details