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Our town is a very nice town

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

August 2019


Have villagers finally uncovered the identity of the mystery 'dumper' who leaves a trail of rotting fruit and vegetables and household rubbish at Backwell Common and along the rural roadsides of other North Somerset communities from Weston to Bristol? Click HERE to read more...


Read about plans for a micro pub in Nailsea High Street, new landlords at Ring O'Bells, Flipper energy switch company who have moved into upstairs offices at Crown Glass Shopping Centre and a breakfast meeting for independent traders by clicking HERE


Nailsea and nearby captured in images from January-July including the Country Market 100th birthday celebrations and much more. Click HERE to view

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Nailsea People Property Peeps

Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents Nailsea opened its doors at the start of the millennium as Heritage Estate Agents, with the business going from strength to strength.

With their continued proactive approach and creative marketing they have become an established and well recognised Estate and Letting Agent within the community providing an outstanding service.

Their key to success has been to listen to their clients’ needs and tailor a service to ensure they have a swift pleasurable journey through the sale transaction.

Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents pride themselves in their local knowledge and have the benefit of members of staff living locally.

They are interactive with the community and aware of not only the area but also social and news events at the same time.

This increases their knowledge of what’s happening locally and coupled with every member of their team trained in Estate Agency and Letting  Agency, they can ensure you are talking to the right people.

All staff at Hunters Nailsea are required to take and pass various exams and undergo regular up to date training with Hunters Training Academy to ensure they can provide the ultimate service.

Pop into the office for a cup of tea and a chat at 104 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AH.

Nailsea People welcome the team online with us as sponsors of our Property Peeps page where you will find a small taste of what Hunters have to offer and links to their main website.

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104 High Street

 Nailsea, BS48 1AH

Tel: 01275 544477

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Millennium Park, Nailsea weeding out problems


The words from the song ‘I didn’t promise you a rose garden’ ring true in Nailsea where the weeds in the Millennium Park are taller than the flowers.

And these aren't the only weed(s) to be found in the town centre park.

People living near to the neglected rose garden want the area to be tidied for the summer.

The green space is owned and maintained by North Somerset Council but in the past few years has had is tales of woe from rat infestation to rubbish, from vandalism to the use of illegal substances.

But mostly it is a well-used public area enjoyed by people of all ages and interests.

The rose garden has been there from before the turn of the century when it was called Scotch Horn Park.

Nailsea Town Council paid for the floral planting to provide a peaceful, scented place especially for the elderly and those partially sighted.

Millennium Park is the end of the official cycle route to Bristol and field activities include Friday nights fun youth activities organised by the police neighbourhood team supported by @thegym - see Gallery 2019 for photos - and it is the home ground for many a sports team.

The skatepark is well used and it has been hosting successful free skate school sessions for primary aged children for the holidays.

And the park is next to a leisure centre with gym, changing facilities, café and conference rooms as well as a main hall which serves as a function room and theatre.

As we go into another long school summer holiday the zip wire next to the winding tower remains broken but the young people are able to enjoy the playground, youth shelter and skatepark although it is an uphill struggle to keep park structures free of graffiti and the litter bins emptied.

However, the biggest challenge at this moment is sorting the rose garden which has had thousands of pounds spent on it since 2017.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said: “Everyone seems to be complaining about this. 

“There was a sum of £6-7,000 of section 106 planning gain money from the Sapphire Lodge elderly people’s apartments which was spent on sorting out the trees, seating, some pruning and planting red hot pokers. 

"When it was done it looked good but unfortunately nothing seems to have happened about maintenance. 

“When it was brought up at town council it was suggested volunteers should do it but as you are fully aware it is the same few people who work hard in the town for Nailsea in Bloom and Trendlewood Park. 

"It would be nice to have properly trained and paid for gardeners. 

“Councillor Jo Hopkinson has arranged for some students from Nailsea School to weed the plot.

"They will be supervised and people living in Scotch Horn Way have offered to provide refreshments.

“We are trying to deal with this, but it is all very disappointing so far.”

However, some who live in homes neighbouring the park disagree that after spending thousands on the rose garden it looked good.

One said: “I don't think my wife and I would agree that the rose garden ‘looked good’ after the work.

“The fencing had been sorted and the damaged seats replaced but the central bed still looked a mess. 

“They cut down some very nice trees including a Redwood.

“We very rarely see gardeners working on the rose garden. 

“It is such a shame as there are people who enjoy sitting there to eat their lunch or have a break on their way home from the shops.

“I know people in our road pick up large amounts of litter otherwise the garden would be submerged in it.”

The skate park which was spruced up for the annual festival has had another coat of anti-graffiti paint after the would-be street artists left more naïve artwork and tags.

Junior potheads also left 'evidence' of illegal smoking activities and someone had defaced the green benches bought and newly installed by the Nailsea Town Council..

Christian Surfers director Phil Williams went in armed with a paint brush and covered up the offending scribblings before the summer skatepark school started.

And another neighbour got out a broom and cleared the youth shelter of broken glass and one public spirited youngster picked up much of the discarded rubbish.

Skatepark manager Neil Wylie believes most of the damage is caused by young people who live outside Nailsea and haven’t had the same


involvement with massive fundraising to build the £130,000 concrete concourse back in 2016.

The CCTV cameras have been repositioned in the hope of catching the culprits, he said.

Graffiti tags and overflowing bins have been reported in other area of Nailsea at Engine Lane and the Grove playing fields and several sites in Backwell.

STOP PRESS: North Somerset Council has announced this week improvement works at 12 parks are due to be carried out this summer. The projects, ranging from replacing children’s play equipment to repairing paths include installing a new zip wire at Millennium Park, Nailsea. It follows the award of a £37,118 grant to the council by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support ‘urgent’ works in parks. Trendlewood Park is also to get an extra piece of play equipment. However, there is no mention of sending in the gardeners to weed the rose beds.

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SKATE SCHOOL: Free sessions led by Neil Wylie have been timetabled throughout the summer and are proving a great success yet just hours before a small group of caring people went in to ensure it was spick and span for the children - see below 

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Any questions from Backwell School?

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Backwell School is hosting a live broadcast of the BBC Radio 4 panel show Any Questions in October.

Entry is by ticket-only.

The programme is in the main school theatre on Friday, October 4, from 6.30pm. 
Any Questions is a weekly topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and current affairs are posed questions by the local audience. 
With the current Brexit deadline standing as Thursday, October 31, this panel will be just weeks before what could be a pivotal point in British history. 
The panel or presenter for the Backwell School broadcast is not yet confirmed.
Headteacher Jon Nunes said “We are very excited to be facilitating a national broadcast from the school site and look forward to welcoming the BBC to Backwell School.” 
To reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite click HERE.
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