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THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends
Our Property Peeps page sponsors HENSONS estate agents sold two featured homes within days of Nailsea People posting details online. Read more HERE about planning applications approved and in the pipeline including this 7-storey tower block for the old Weston College town centre site
What's On 2022
This is the page for the food markets, fairs, fetes and all the fun things in life. The summer flower show is at Nailsea School. It is open to the public from noon-5pm on Saturday, August 6, We couldn't find a poster for 2022 so shared this one from 1916! All events are HERE
We have hundreds of images in our galleries (under dropdown menu top) and for 2022 it goes from the wassail to wildlife, jubilee to carnival, skatefest to beerfest and much more. The latest slideshows include balloons over Nailsea from the ground and from the sky. Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
Street entertainers sought
eat:Nailsea food and drink festival returns to Nailsea this autumn - bringing more than 100 local food and drink producers to the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, High Street and in a newly expanded area down past the Link Road towards Tesco.
The 2022 dates are Saturdays, October 8 and December 3, both festivals run between 10am-4pm.
The twice a year festival, supported by Nailsea Town Council and North Somerset Council, are the biggest events in the town each year with the shopping centre and High Street filling with people from 10am enjoying the atmosphere and the great selection of produce on offer.
This includes farmers' market favourites alongside street food, artisan makers and entertainment.
Organiser Bev Milner Simonds said: "We love working in Nailsea and it is honour to be invited back again by the town council.
"By expanding the area this year we are staying to create a bit more elbow room and also create space for some new producers too.
"We will have music from our DJs and space for buskers too.
"If you are interested in busking - please drop us an email so we can plan that in.
"Big thank you to the town council for their support and local estate agents, Hunter Leahy for their support this year too.”
Co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds explained how the new area will work
She said: “The newly expanded area won’t need an extra road closure.
"This means buses can still get through and residents and businesses access their properties at the rear, but the parking bays will be suspended for the day and stalls positioned in them, facing the pavements.”
To get in touch with Bev and Sarah email www.eatfestivals.org.
Bus route on map
Taylor Wimpey has submitted a detailed planning application for the second phase of its development at Netherton Grange.
The overall scheme will see 450 homes built over the 60-acre site.
Work on the first phase to build 130 homes, 41 of which are ‘affordable’ - loosely defined as under £325,000, by local councillors - started last year.
The second phase will see a further 217 homes built, 63 of which will be affordable housing.
There will be a mix of two, three and four bed homes in the second phase of the development.
In the master plan submitted with the application it shows areas for the houses, playgrounds and green space.
It also shows with a blue dotted line a proposed bus route going from Netherton Wood Lane past Bizley House and coming out at Youngwood Lane.
To read all 56-documents submitted to North Somerset click HERE.
However, it hasn’t joined up the dots on the road network although it does give an indication those living on the new housing estate should be able to drive to the railway station?
In an invitation to prospective house owners, it says Nailsea has ‘more local amenities’ and ‘more green space’ giving ‘more reasons to move’ into the development on the western edge of the town.
And its latest marketing missile adds ‘Among the many advantages of Netherton Grange is the opportunity to join a friendly new community. Some features of the development will include orchards, allotments, and play areas for you to explore. Find your new home today and start your journey’.
The planning application for 450 homes to the north of Youngwood Lane and east of Netherton Wood Lane was first submitted in July 2016 after a presentation and consultation headed by Scottish house builders Mactaggart & Mickel.
But North Somerset Council failed to make a decision in time, so the developer now Taylor Wimpey lodged an appeal and the plan was approved by a Government planning inspector in November 2019.
The scheme has proved controversial with Nailsea Town Council raising concerns against the area being developed, claiming it was in the ‘wrong location’ and would set a precedent for further ‘piecemeal development’ in the town.
This was despite it was recommending developing on ‘recreational’ land it sold to Barratt Homes at Engine Lane a stone’s throw away at the same time.
Councillors said at the time that the Netherton Grange development would put ‘unacceptable pressure’ on existing infrastructure and would put additional stress on the already congested road network.
And with more houses proposed on fields at Flax Bourton the joined-up thinking is a link road from the A370 skirting Backwell and going through Backwell Lake is still somewhere on the drawing board.
As part of the scheme, Taylor Wimpey Bristol will make contributions of more than £1.1m to the surrounding community, including highway improvements and green travel initiatives.
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said "Netherton Grange will provide much needed homes, including affordable housing, and investments for the local community.”
Nailsea is expected to see thousands of new homes built over the coming decade.
North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for placemaking and economy Mark Canniford is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston Hillside.
He said: "The Government has told North Somerset Council to provide 20,880 homes by 2038 which is extremely challenging when all the environmental constraints are taken into account, including flood zones, green belt and the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"We have undertaken a robust assessment of development opportunities but there are no easy sites left and the standard method housing target is unrealistic.
"We are therefore interested that in statements following the recent Queen's Speech the Government appears to be moving away from mandatory housing targets based on need.
“As an area with considerable Green Belt challenges, we hope to be held to a lower housing requirement than less constrained councils.
“We will continue to engage with the Government on this sensitive issue.
"We would like to thank everyone who took part in our recent local plan consultation and played their part in helping to shape the future of North Somerset."
Contained in this plan are the words in the highways section ‘Nailsea orbital route’ but no details.
However, Nailsea Town Council is hosting a drop-in session at 65 High Street with North Somerset Council executive members and a highways officer – no date agreed yet.
Among the questions sure to be asked are plans for High Street, West End, potholes, rewilding encroaching on footpaths and thoroughfares plus a commuter route by road out of Nailsea given more and more people are coming here to live.
For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan
LATEST ROAD CLOSURES
North Somerset Council is closing Queens Road in Nailsea to traffic for three days in August for road repairs and maintenance.
It will will be closed 8am-5pm on Wednesday, August 10, and from 9.30am-3.30pm on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12 from North Street to Ash Hayes Road.
However, as in earlier notices these dates and/or times can change due to weather and staffing issues.
Traffic lights will be in use on Hanham Way from Monday to Friday, August 15- 19, for works by National Grid on the overhead pylons.
A map of all Nailsea roadworks/closures are here https://one.network/uk/northsomerset/.
Nailsea Community Recycling Hub at 26 Somerset Square has broadened items it can take. Currently it has bins for:
glasses (not cases)
contact lenses and packaging
BRITA water filters
empty medicine blister packs
British and foreign stamps
foreign coins (and notes) including obsolete currency
old and broken jewellery.
The community shop hours are 10.30am-12.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Read the latest retail news on this page HERE just updated with some Turkish delights being served at Coffee Corner, the date Winning Post betting shop opens, but no date for the new look on Somerset Square from Coffee #1 (how do you say that?) but shopfitters said booked for five week job. We spot Alan Goddard, of Home Additions, learning to ride his new delivery bike and the page contains no speculation on who else may be closing/moving soon as a posting 'leaked' on social media posts had huge legal implications for the business owners concerned.
REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS
Nailsea People has a backlog of books to read and theatre productions to share. Please be patient, this is turning into a full-time unpaid job! The latest show Bat Out of Hell with exciting drive-past on Harley-Davidsons by men-in-leather is HERE. Opens at the Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday, August 11 and runs until Saturday, August 20
Royal British Legion at Nailsea disbands
The Nailsea branch of the Royal British Legion has disbanded leaving the future of the annual Remembrance Day parade in doubt.
The legion, which has been operating in the town for more than 100 years, says it has no-one to run the group as its chairman Bryan Irwin, secretary John Davis and treasurer Ron Collins all wanted to step down.
And at a final meeting at the end of July with Somerset county chairman Robert McDonald and membership support officer Kate Hurley at the Grove it was decided to close the branch.
Once there were more than 100 members but at last count it was 38 but no one felt able to take on the key roles.
Nailsea RBLchairman Mr Irwin said: “What people don’t realise is that these organisations must have people to run them.
“All of our members are too old now to take the roles such as chairman and secretary.
“Our membership was once well over 100 but over the years it has dwindled to just under 40 as people have died or moved away.”
The legion leads the annual Remembrance Day parade at Holy Trinity church.
It also used to organise the annual poppy appeal and 11.11.11 service at Somerset Square.
However, for the past two years there has not been a legion poppy appeal in Nailsea due to coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Irwin added: “We have been unable to do the poppy appeal for the past
two years in part to the pandemic and because we could not get the supplies of poppies.”
Mr Irwin, aged 78, who served in the army, has been involved with the legion for 45 years.
He added: “It’s a very sad day for Nailsea that the branch is closing but I feel that the town council should take over running the Poppy Appeal and annual Remembrance Day parade.
“We are not the only place which this is happening.
“Branches right across the UK are having to close or merge with others due to dwindling numbers.”
The RBL used to have a base at the Comrades Club at Chapel Barton. But this was sold in the 1930s and more recently renamed Nailsea Social Club.
REWILDING GONE WRONG: Overgrown, neglected and vandlised the old health centre, waiting for planning permission for seven-storey apartment block. North Somerset Council will decide as Nailsea Town Council passed on making a recommendation, damned if they do and damned if they don't...
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.
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