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October digest Nailsea Town Council

If you missed the full Nailsea Town Council meeting for October the next meeting is on Wednesday, December 16.

Time will tell if this is also on Zoom.

You may download a calendar of all meetings HERE or go to the council website for more information at https://www.nailseatowncouncil.gov.uk/.

For the Nailsea residents who didn't have a couple of hours to spare on Wednesday evening, October 22, or time to wade through a 64-page agenda here is a digest of items discussed:

  • Former councillor James Steel who heads Nailsea Community Group asked in a personally capacity (as a resident of Nailsea) about an outstanding business plan to cover No65 High Street (previously known as Nailsea Place and Youth House), Tithe Barn and farmers’ market - all heavily subsided by the town council by more than half a million pounds in the past three years. Currently the council repays loans totally £38K per year

  • Newly Youngwood ward co-opted councillor Emily Miller, a BBC producer, is joined by a further co-option with environmentalist Anthony Hobbs, he will represent West End ward

  • A volunteer rota of councillors was agreed for the monthly 10am-noon Saturday drop-in sessions at No65 High Street for the next four months on November 21; December 19; February 20 and March 20

  • Nailsea Town Council has three staff vacancies. A new appointment of communications/social media officer, replacement finance officer and maternity cover assistant clerk will be advertised shortly

  • Finance chairman Ben Kushner told councillors of the dire constraints facing them when setting the next budget – Nailsea Town Council has a budget of half a million per year but is expecting a multi-million pound windfall when (and if) the land it is selling to housebuilders Barratts goes ahead at Engine Lane

  • The capital cost of installing new town centre CCTV cameras will be approximately £28K with maintenance and monitoring priced at £18,200 per year

  • Nailsea Town Council agreed to post a notice on its website telling residents that the decision to allow the fairground to park on Millennium Park, owned by the district council, was taken by the events department at North Somerset Council and did not fall under its remit. Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said: “We were contacted by a North Somerset Council events team officer to ask if there had been any issues previously with the fair that needed to be flagged-up. All risk assessment information for Covid-19 had been supplied by the fairground and the council was happy with that.” Jo said they had been inundated with emails and telephone calls from concerned residents. She added: “It was really taken out of our hands – it was a North Somerset decision and I don’t feel we have the wherewithal to decide whether somebody is compliant with national guidelines – it is concerning it is coming to Nailsea but we certainly weren’t asked our views on whether it was safe or not.”

  • Nailsea people could be asking ‘where did all the flowers go?’ when councillor Liz Frappell said Nailsea in Bloom will be tending the ground level planters next summer but the hanging baskets could be a casualty of the proposed cuts by Bristol City Council to its gardening service at Blaise Plant Nursery which supplies many adjoining towns and villages – Nailsea has 80 street hanging baskets

  • Remembrance Sunday, November 8, will be a muted affair because of the coronavirus with wreath-laying at Holy Trinity live-streamed so as not to attract a crowd. There will be no church service or procession. Nailsea in Bloom has raised £1,000 from its memorial Poppy Appeal and planting will begin this Friday, October 24

  • Under chairman’s remarks Jan Barber reported she had opened the community larder at No26 Somerset Square which had already saved 1.85 tonnes of food in the past month going into landfill. NCG is currently advertising for additional volunteers to help man this service and Mrs Barber also attended the farmer’s market in an official capacity

  • District councillor James Tonkin reported that a £10,000 grant towards the repair and upgrading of the service road behind the High Street leading to the Brockway has been agreed.  Nailsea Town Council’s contributed is a further (estimated) £10,000 – no figure was disclosed for the total cost

Parking charges stalled

Plans to bring new parking charges to Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead have been put on hold.
The new tariffs were proposed earlier this year as part of a cross-party parking review launched in response to ongoing problems across North Somerset.
North Somerset Council executive voted to extend the review to better assess the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on parking habits before changes are made, and to continue work to look at options to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes.
Executive member with responsibility for parking, Cllr Mark Canniford, said: “We ran a consultation about proposed parking changes in February and March. 
"But with the impact of the national lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, now is not the time to be making big changes to parking in our town centres or on our seafronts.
“We have listened to feedback from residents and town councils and can confirm we will not be taking forward proposals for new charges at this time, but we will continue to look at the management of parking in North Somerset as part of our longer-term planning.”
Consultation results showed support for parking charges to be introduced at Leigh Woods where a scheme has been called for by local residents for some time.
Cllr Canniford added: “With different issues, including the impact of commuter parking, the Leigh Woods area has a much clearer case for introducing an on-street parking scheme now which includes pay and display parking charges and residents' permits. 
“The Leigh Woods scheme can then act as a pilot as we look to introduce resident parking schemes throughout the district, including in Weston, as the impact of on-street parking was a strong theme in the consultation.”
Charging is expected to be introduced to the streets around Leigh Woods next year. 
As well as extending the review, transport officers will also look at issues raised as part of the consultation and investigate solutions.  

Nailsea People and Covid-19

Wraxall resident Matt Howell, aged 41, began his quest to find out why with rising cases of Covid-19 locally the fairground was given permission to set up in the town.

He said: "I thought it was bonkers given we are in the middle of a global pandemic with cases rising to hold an event like this in Nailsea."

Matt said he had no wish to be a spoilsport but the wider implications were too serious to ignore.

His first port of call to start asking questions was North Somerset Council Yeo ward councillor for Millennium Park Mike Bird.

Mr Bird replied saying: "I’m currently in Cornwall on holiday. I have a few people awaiting replies, I’m currently trying to get an official statement from North Sjomerset Council. I like most people, didn’t know anything about this till Sunday afternoon."

Matt then turned to Dr Fox to ask the same questions and his office contacted North Somerset Council.

Below is the reply sent by his PA Ione Douglas.

 

Dear Constituents, please forgive a circular letter in response to your email about this matter. Dr Fox wrote to the chief executive of North Somerset Council about the fair. He will not be back in the UK until the weekend, but I thought you would like to see Mrs Walker’s letter. If you are still unhappy about the arrangements, then I imagine that you and your family will not attend. 

Yours sincerely,

Ione Douglas MBE (Mrs)
P/A to the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

020 7219 4198

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

The response from Mrs Walker is published in full.

Matt found the replies incredulous and has shared with Nailsea People.

He said: "So it appears that the decision to allow the fair to operate was taken by NSC on the basis of a risk assessment submitted by the fair operators themselves, without consulting the relevant local councillors."

Dear Ione,

Re: Covid risk - Travelling Fair at Millennium Park in Nailsea Importance: High

Thank you for your email below requesting further information around permitted events on council land, and in particular the Travelling Fair at Millennium Park in Nailsea.

The current legal position is that outdoor events that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations and public bodies are not restricted to a specific number of attendees and may go ahead provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission.

All events on NSC land go through a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) assessment process. The SAG is made up of NSC department representatives and external agencies of Police, Fire and Ambulance. At the moment, events are assessed on a case by case basis to ensure that their plans are COVID safe. This is the process by which events are accepted or declined permission on our land.

For this specific event I can advise the following:

Events are legally permitted to go ahead provided they are Covid secure and in this case the organisers have provided the authorities with very thorough Covid-safe risk assessments for the management of the event.

The event application form and supporting documentation including a Covid risk assessment has been processed via the events team and Safety Advisory Group (SAG). None of the SAG agencies raised objections to the event and all advice provided by members has been taken on board by the organisers.

We have outlined additional Covid measures below:

  • ​Enclosed site

  • Separate entrance/exit

  • Reduced site capacity (click in and click out to monitor numbers on site)

  • NHS Track and Trace ‘QR’ code upon entry Social distancing signs, markings and hand sanitiser on entry to site and ridesIncreased more frequent cleaning of rides

  • Funfair is advertised as being open until 9pm (this will aid everyone being off site by 10pm, all lights, noise etc to be off no later than 10pm to discourage anyone from staying near the site)

  • Funfair is also advertised as family attraction, people to attend in household or support bubble and will not be permitted entry in groups of more than 6

  • No alcohol is sold on the site

  • As the event is outside, the risk of transmission is significantly lower

 

Health and safety will be undertaking site visits this week, with event officers to ensure the organisers are implementing the measures they have included within their Covid risk assessment.

I do hope this reassures Dr Fox the appropriate risk assessments and permissions are in place for this and any future events.

Kind regards

Jo Walker

Chief Executive

North Somerset Counci

Zoom into council meeting

The city of Wells moved its outdoor food festival in October and instead staged a ‘virtual’ event online.

The eat:festival for Burnham-on-Sea for Saturday, October 24, has been cancelled after Sedgemoor District Council stepped in following concern about the rise of Covid-19 cases.

Before the latest spike in infection rates Nailsea held a successful and well-attended eat:festival followed a week later by the return after six months of the farmers’ market.

But there is widespread concern expressed on social media about the fun fair which rolled into town for half-term.

Option is split between those not wanting to spoil a treat for younger people to those worried about vulnerable family and friends.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber who had no prior knowledge of the fair coming said: “The decision is delegated to officers at North Somerset Council.”

There is a full town council meeting which is open to the public on Wednesday, October 21, at 7.30pm.

Nailsea Community Group leader James Steel has asked to speak under the public participation part.

All Nailsea residents are invited to ‘zoom’ in.

Click on this link to join the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88984995107?pwd=ZWwwWngzMkI4N2E2VklxTjlzNXliUT09

Meeting ID: 889 8499 5107  

Password: 144023

Or dial in on a land line or mobile with one of the following telephone numbers:

  • 0203 481 5240

  • 0131 460 1196

  • 0203 051 2874

  • 0203 481 5237

You will be prompted to provide the meeting ID and password.

To download the agenda click HERE.

The latest seven-day rate for North Somerset is 53.9 per 100,000 which is an increase on last week’s rate, however, since the publication of these figures Nailsea People has been told of a spike in the town.

Following the Government's announcement at the beginning of the week about the three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels North Somerset is at 'medium’ alert level.

‘Medium’ is the lowest of the three tiers and this means that the national measures already in place remain.

These include meeting in groups no larger than six people, and certain businesses that sell food and drink on their premises are required to close 10pm-5am.

Schools, universities and places of worship will remain open, and weddings and funerals can go ahead, but with restricted numbers of attendees.

North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We must all continue to take individual and shared responsibility for our actions and those around us and these familiar messages of hands, face, space are absolutely essential in halting the spread of coronavirus:

  • wash your hands well;

  • regularly wear a face covering when indoors in public places and in enclosed public spaces such as public transport; and

  • keep your distance – two metres.

Nailsea People published a carefully worded warning when it was told of several cases of Covid-19 at the weekend.

It began with a message which was published without the senders name saying: "I am a Nailsea resident and have had Covid-19 for two weeks now as have six members of my family, two in Clevedon and two in Yatton. I cannot express how concerned I am that the fair is being encouraged, myself my husband and daughter work across three of our local hospitals and the admission rate is going up. The farmers' market also seemed short-sighted with open uncovered food and people paying with cash. It just seems terribly irresponsible. We are a healthy fit family with no underlying health issues and we have been very unwell with this virus and I have a real concerns for the elderly community in Nailsea."

Advice was given to anyone needing help saying they could turn to the Nailsea Community Group for shopping/prescription deliveries and a link was added to the necessary form needed to be completed to get help by admin Shelley Forbes.

Then we heard of more cases in Nailsea.

There was a full and frank discussion on the merits of holding the eat:Nailsea food festival followed a week later by the return of Nailsea Farmers' Market but the shite really hit the proverbial fan when the fair rolled into Millennium Park on Monday morning, October 19.

Warnings were posted about the difference between 'flu and coronavirus

In a more conciliatory mood Michelle Irene Elizabeth said: "Hope they are better soon and it's contained in there small bubble, stay safe all."

Victoria Aslan said: "I was one, as was my mum.

"I don’t recommend getting it, it wasn’t fun.

"We have both been lucky to have mild cases, but people should take it seriously.'

"I had my positive test result before the food festival so it’s been here awhile and obviously at the weekend I was still in isolation."

Louise Marchionne said: "My son was hospitalised today with suspected Covid 19.

"It exists. It makes you feel beyond awful, is terrifying for someone even when they are in their twenties, asthmatic and very scared."

Happily although poorly Louise's son return a negative result for coronavirus.

Nailsea grandmother Sandra Lock said: "My friend is in hospital now with COVID he has blood clots on his lungs and can’t breath.

"I this fair really worth infecting Nailsea’s vulnerable?

"No it’s not and of course the kids want to have fun but we all know it won’t just be groups of six they will gather together and spread the virus as they go.

"Well done to North Somerset Council for allowing this event not!"

And another Nailsea senior citizen said she had caught Covid-19 despite self-isolating.

Nailsea people complained about 'super spreaders' and spread the blame on either youngsters or seniors.

Gill Stokes said: "I see selfish, ignorant and rude people of all generations not adhering to the guidelines."

Sally Nailsea said: "It is In our community, so why are we attending street fairs and farmers markets without facemasks and social distancing?"

Andy Thomas said: "It takes about five days to incubate so the farmers' market is too early, food festival maybe but Weston College had a outbreak recently."

Tim Lock said: "Hate to say it a few events in the town and now the positive cases rise."

Steph Warn said the arrival of the fair is 'total madness'.

Sharon Ann said: "This is ridiculous, can we not put a stop to the fair and ask them to move on, it is such a risk."

Trish Beetham said: "Unbelievable. I assume it needs the approval of North

Somerset Council - what a shambles they are."

Bryan Sheppard said: "Why hasn't North Somerset Council cancelled the fair, making money for outsiders but placing residents at risk?

"If one kid gets ill a hundred kids get sent home from school and a hundred families have to adjust.

"Selfish, and unnecessary.

"If they are desperate to win a goldfish take them to Cadbury Garden Centre.

Robin Porter told of the very strict rules when the fair was in Yate recently.

Adele Filer said: "I couldn't believe my eyes this morning, when spotted the fair vehicle, after seeing this the Nailsea People Facebook page post."

Nailsea People talked to Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy and was informed it was a decision by North Somerset Council after carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment.

Mother of six Danii Long said: {Everyone complaining about the fair coming, don't you think the kids have suffered enough?

"People were quick to jump at the chance of going to the food fest and then the farmers' market but now something for the kids is here everyone wants rid."

Sharon Ann said: "None of it should be happening at the moment, we will be in lockdown again before we know it."

Sue Bales said: "This just puts more pressure on our police force keeping the youth groups dispersed.

"Dont think any of these events should be taking place in an area which until now has been relatively low."

Phil Tomlinson said: "I don’t think it’s a case of young people being discriminated against, just safety concerns and lessons which should perhaps have been learned from previous events. In the current situation we all have to make sacrifices."

Trish Beetham said: {The food festival was a nightmare and no doubt that will be reflected in the number of cases to come (or is already).

"The farmers' market was almost as bad.

"We all want to be back to normal as quickly and safely as possible but these repeated mass gatherings are putting all as risk."

Hayley Iles said: "The fair has had to introduce very strict Covid-19 protection and has been strictly regulated.

"They have worked very had to get this approved and are a struggling business.

"The protection they offer will be a lot stricter than most other businesses."

Jenny Howell said: "I was horrified to see the fair arriving this morning.

"The park is one of the few remaining options I have for my toddler as all the groups are shut.

"Now we’ll have to stay away from there too.

"Extremely grateful neither of my children are old enough to go to the fair - in the middle of a pandemic, what is the council thinking?"

Jo Thyer said: "There's been a fair at the Tropicana in Weston for months with no issue.

"As long as guidelines are followed I don't see a problem."

Trish Beetham said: "How have North Somerset risk assessed a travelling fair coming to the town?

"And that's before you have the crowds attending.

"Their stupidity knows no bounds."

Derek Iles said: "Fairs and street gatherings are being cancelled across the UK but popping up weekly in Nailsea!"

Anne Leonard said:  "Very sadly I don't think any of these events should be going ahead.

"If we are sensible now, we have more chance of returning to some form of normality in the early spring.

"We may live in a lovely rural bubble, but that could change so easily.

"I wish the family who have Covid all the very best, and totally understand the views they have expressed."

FAIRS FAIR: The fair arrived with full risk assessment and like the one in Weston and another in Yate all are approved by local councils

Take your rubbish home plea

Dog walker Julie Mawman is disgusted about the litter being left at the Grove sports field.

She said; “For the second day in a row I go onto the Grove field to walk my dog and low and behold more rubbish round the memorial bench and all over the field,

“This needs to stop it is so disrespectful and not nice to see.”

And Julie asked parents to educate their children on how to dispose of rubbish politely.

Julie added: “The bin is right next to the seat - do they throw their rubbish down at home in their bedrooms?

“I bet not!”

The memorial bench has unveiled in February 2019.

It remembers Nailsea mother-of-two Claire Tavener who was murdered in 2018.

It was put up on the spot where she used to picnic with friends.

Claire was aged 27, when she was killed at her home in Brendon Gardens, by her 45-year-old husband Andrew Tavener.

He is currently serving a life prison sentence.

TEST DRIVE: It's nearly time for North Somerset Council awesome gritters Portispread, Nailski, Weston-scooper-Mare, Sleetholm, Burrrrrington and Bleadon-cold (and their awesome drivers) to do their grit. They'll be on a test run this week - if you spot them, give them a wave. North Somerset Travel & Roads tweeted: “Don't panic if you see a Gritter out...we've not lost the plot and there's no snow in the forecast. It's a test run to ensure drivers are familiar with the routes and to check everything is working correctly. Don't forget to give the drivers a wave.”

Netflix sci fi blockbuster filming The Last Bus at Nailsea School

Nailsea School was the location for a new Netflix blockbuster being filmed at the weekend.

Crews from Bristol based Wildseed Studios Film are using the comprehensive school site which will feature in a new sci fi 10-part series called The Last Bus.

The Last Bus is an action-packed, futurist road trip adventure about a group of mismatched school students who band together to face a fearsome new machine intelligence.

This ambitious series is being produced in Bristol and the south west and shot mostly at the Bottle Yard Studios.

Wildseed Studios is a Bristol-based multi award-winning scripted entertainment production company, specialising in nurturing new talent to make premium content in live action and animation for older kids, family and young adult audiences.

Film crews also used sites at Portishead for filming.

Wildseed Studios creative director and co-founder Jesse Cleverly said: “Although at the top level The Last Bus is a shamelessly entertaining sci-fi romp, at another level it is a powerful eco-fable about how the younger generation must be empowered to make very different choices from the generation which preceded it when it comes to the two big challenges of the age - environmental breakdown and hugely sophisticated artificial intelligence.

“We hope that by producing The Last Bus, and releasing it simultaneously to a global audience, we will have made a small contribution to the pool of courage young people will need to draw upon in the years ahead.”

The studio has pioneered a unique approach to nurturing exciting new talent by identifying promising creatives, working with them in development, piloting their ideas and pitching the resulting work into premium platforms.

As a result, The Last Bus features an array of rising production talent identified and mentored by Wildseed over several years.

Wildseed Studios managing director and co-founder Miles Bullough said: “When we established Wildseed, our vision was to become the leading destination for promising talent looking to get their break into scripted prime time - plugging the gap between platforms and financiers looking for new talent and the ‘bedroom creators’ with the ideas.

“We are proud and delighted that Netflix has championed the production of this ambitious, entertaining and important show and we look forward to working with the excellent team we have assembled in order to execute this to the highest possible standard.”

The series is created and written by Paul Neafcy, who was spotted by Wildseed making mobile-phone films on YouTube from his bedroom and

new directors include 25-year old Drew Casson and Nour Wazzi, the first Arab director of a premium drama in the UK.

These rising stars are supported by some of the UK’s leading creative talents including directors Lawrence Gough (Misfits, Endeavour, Dr Who, Bancroft and Vera) and Steve Hughes (Doctor Who, Land Girls, Midsomer Murders, Treadstone) and production designer James North (Discovery of Witches, His Dark Materials, Dr Who and Line of Duty).

Wildseed worked with Paul Neafcy to develop two series – Philip Human and PrankMe – for SVoD service Fullscreen before developing a premium scripted sci-fi drama concept and a 10-minute pilot that convinced Netflix this new creator was worth a full original commission.

Drew Casson met Wildseed when he was just 18 and produced Hungerford with him, a low budget 80-minute multi award winning feature film and then its sequel The Darkest Dawn, both picked up by Netflix.

The studio worked with rising young director Nour Wazzi on proof of concept film The Moderators before asking her to direct two episodes of The Last Bus.

The cast will combine proven talent with some kids who have never acted before, cast from a trawl of thousands of young people.

PHOTOS: From left writer Paul Neafcy and Drew Casson, one of the directors of The Last Bus © Wildseed and Nailsea School rebuilt in 2006 as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and costing more than £30 million 

Driver on phone knocks boy off bike

The teenaged son of Simon Warburton narrowly escaped serious injury when he was knocked off his bike on Friday evening, October 9.

Simon said: “My 17-year-old son was knocked off his bike at approximately 6.45pm on Friday by a car leaving the Backwell lake car park.

“While not badly injured he has nasty cuts and grazes to his hand and his thigh.

“The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly then sped off without even checking to see if he was okay!

“My son did not get a good look at the driver but it was a man around early 20s and he was on his phone.

“My son thinks the car was silver and similar to a Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus.

“There is likely to be some minor damage/scratches to the front of the car from his bike.

“If anyone happens to see a car such as this please let me or the police know.”

Police reference is AOR-ZPYDU.

PHOTO: For illustrative purposes only

Prowler casing garages

Warning that there were two break-ins in Nailsea Park on Sunday.

The culprit(s) were caught on CCTV searching the area on Sunday night only to return again in the early hours of Tuesday.

This is a garage door they prised open.

The householder said: “Not much was taken, obviously they were looking for something more valuable.”

On its Nailsea People Facebook page residents reported garage and shed break-ins at Nailsea Park, Silver Street, Horwood Road and Allington Gardens, the attempt at Flax Bourton is thought to have been foiled by the presence of two large Alsatian dogs.

This is around the time the valuable mountain bike was stolen from a garage in Silver Street, see story below.

Police have issued a warning to people living in Nailsea by reminding them to take steps to secure garages and their properties following three reported burglaries to them in recent days.

The incidents we’ve received calls about are:

  • A black Range Rover, among other items, was stolen from a property in the West End of Nailsea between 8pm and 7am on Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6;

  • A break-in took place at a garage in Nailsea Park at 11pm on Tuesday, October 6; and

  • A garage nearby was broken into between midnight and 8am on Wednesday, October 7. Nothing was reported stolen.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: “It is unusual to get reports of this nature in Nailsea and enquiries to identify the offender, or offenders, responsible are ongoing.

“It is too soon to know if these incidents are linked, but we’re keeping an open mind.

“Extra patrols are being carried out, while house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are also being conducted.

“But we’d like to remind residents to make sure they take precautionary steps to secure their garages and homes, preventing valuable items being stolen.”

We advise people carry out the following crime prevention tips:

  • Don’t leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.

  • Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.

  • Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.

  • If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.

  • Fit a battery-operated alarm in your property and install a security light or camera to the outside.

  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked and no valuable items are left on show.

  • Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220226136.

After the expensive mountain bike was taken from Nailsea, a black Range Rover from West End and a spate of other shed and garage thefts police have released this CCTV when entry was forced to a locked garage door in the early hours of Sunday, October 4, in Dundry.

The garage door and lock was damaged.

Several other similar incidents were reported in the Dundry Lane, Ham Lane and Hill Road areas overnight on that date.

House-to-house and CCTV enquiries have taken place and footage has been found showing three people police wish to speak to in connection with their investigation.

Anyone who can help with our investigation is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220224865.

And finally (we hope) police are appealing for help in tracing a motorbike that was stolen in Winford.

Between 9.30pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday, October 11-12, a motorbike was stolen from an outbuilding of a property on Kingdown Road.

The motorbike is a blue and white Yamaha YZF 250.

It is an off-road bike, so doesn’t have a registration plate, but it does have the frame number engraved.

Investigating officer PC Amy Reason said: “As the theft happened overnight in a rural location, it’s unlikely that there would have been anyone about to witness this.

"However, I would appeal to people in the local area to keep an eye out for off-road bikes to see if it is the one that has been stolen.

"I would also like to remind anyone with outbuildings to ensure they are kept secure. If they are not secure, don’t keep valuable items in there.”

Roadworks on commuter routes

Two major commuter routes into Bristol from North Somerset are to close this month for repairs.
The B3128 Clevedon Road in Failand will close from Monday, October 19 between the junction of Tower House Lane at Wraxall to 500 metres past the Beggar Bush Lane at Failand junction.
The closure will be in place between 7pm and 6am and will be in place for up to five nights.
The road is being closed to carry out essential repairs to the carriageway ahead of resurfacing the section of the B3128 in 2021.
During the closure an anti-skid surface will be installed on the junction of Wraxall Hill – a notorious accident blackspot.
A diversion will be put in place during the work via the M5 and other local routes.
Local residents and businesses will be written to ahead of the work commencing.
The following week, the B3130 at Wraxall will also close during the day between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
The closure, from the junction of Wraxall Hill to The Battleaxes will be on place from Monday, October 26 for five days to allow for ‘essential’ drain cleaning works.

The signed diversions is: Tickenham Hill, Clevedon Road, Tickenham Road, Northern Way, Ettlingen Way, M5 Motorway, M5 Junction 19 interchange, Martcombe Road, Haberfield Hill, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh Road, Rownham Hill, Ashton Road, Long Ashton Bypass, Barrow Street, Clevedon Road, Bristol Road, High Street, Stock Way North, Clevedon Road and vice versa.

The cost of the scheme is £178,000 and the maintenance contractor is Skanksa with several smaller, specialist contractors completing the works.

Keep up to date with what's happening on North Somerset's roads click HERE.

  • The drain cleansing comes just months after properties including at The Grove at Wraxall flooded after thunderstorms and heavy rain his the region. North Somerset Council has yet to confirm whether the drain clearance works were prompted by the floods in June. Several inches of rain fell in just a few hours and the drainage system did to cope, sending a torrent of water through residential streets.

ANOTHER NIGHT AND ANOTHER RESCUE: Nailsea firefighters joined crews from Bedminster and Temple to rescue a man stuck in a slurry pit.  Avon Fire & Rescue Service based at Pound Lane turned out on Wednesday evening, October 7. A slurry pit is where farmers gather all their animal waste and other unusable organic matter, such as hay and water run off from washing down dairies, stables, and barns. Several deaths are recorded every year of people falling into slurry pits.

COP THIS NEWS: Nailsea Police Community Support Officers publish a monthly newsletter to tell people what they are doing. The neighbourhood PCSOs also keep everyone up to date on the Facebook page set up by PCSO Connor Aiken. Please note you cannot report crime on the FB page. The PCSOs say in its latest newsletter 'our high target patrol areas will include  ASB (anti-social behaviour) hotspots of Millennium Park; Morgans Hill and Grove playing fields; Nowhere Woods; Nailsea and Tickenham FC at Fryth Way. To download the newsletter click HERE.

FINED FOR BREAKING QUARANTINE: Neighbourhood police have now submitted a fixed penalty notice for a man who visited three pubs in North Somerset when he should have been self-isolating following his return from a holiday abroad.The 35-year-old from Portishead was still within the 14-day self-isolation period when he visited the Poachers and the Old Mill in Portishead and the Royal Oak in Nailsea on Saturday, September 19. He was subsequently confirmed as COVID positive and has now completed the period of self-isolation required following a positive test.Nailsea People was told the man, who has not been named, is ashamed and apologetic for his behaviour.

  • The Department of Health says there have been a further 14,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK with 70 further deaths as of 9am on Wednesday, October 7.

Queens Road crash

Floods, fires and fender benders this must have been the busiest few days ever for fightfighters from our area.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service crews from Clevedon and Nailsea together with police and paramedics were on the scene of a road traffic collision off Queens Road, Nailsea on Tuesday morning, October 6.

An AF&RS spokesman tweeted: “Both vehicles made safe and road cleared of fuel and debris.

"Good multi-agency working.” 

Amber Walters said: "Hope all are okay?"

A debate on Nailsea People Facebook page discussed elderly drivers versus boy racers with no consensus.
Helen Nagel said: "This is the top of Wedmore Road going on to Queens Road. 
"There is a road name sign that is really awfully placed here and it completely obstructs the vision of the person pulling out. 
"It needs to be moved further back so it is easier to see oncoming traffic."
Eyewitness Leanne Sandy said: "The RTC involved an older gentleman in his 80s and an 18-year-old male driver.
"Luckily both gentleman are okay after being taken to hospital with mild pain in shoulders - they will have a speedy recovery."

  • HIGHWAYS ENGLAND warning posted 5pm Tuesday: M5 Northbound J20 Clevedon towards J19 Portishead traffic officers currently on scene assisting AF&RS with two lanes blocked due to a multi vehicle RTC. Please take care on approach. The motorway was cleared a few hours later.

SCRAPYARD FIRE: Crews from Nailsea and their High Volume Pump (HVP) were in Avonmouth assisting with a fire involving 20,000 tons of scrap metal. Acrid plumes could be seen across the Bristol Channel and those living nearby were warned to close windows and doors. Visibility on the M5 was also affected. An AF&RS spokesman said: "At 10.40pm on Sunday, October 4, crews were mobilised to reports of a fire. On arrival, crews found a fire involving 20,000 tonnes of scrap metal. The incident is ongoing and there are high levels of smoke as far as Thornbury. Please close windows and doors in the area.The incident is on St Andrews Road. Bristol Port and Highways England are aware and monitoring roads in the local area." The fire took three days to bring under control and firefighters remained on site to dampen down.

Dog attack Golden Valley

A woman walking home alone across Golden Valley fields has been attacked by a huge stray dog.

Nailsea nursery nurse Emma Bridges, aged 26, said: “I was terrified.”

The whippet-type animal chased after her and jumping up gnawed at her arm.

The attack happened at approximately 5.30pm on Monday, October 5.

Emma added: “The owner was nowhere to be seen and I was all alone with this massive dog that was either a greyhound or a whippet but it was very large.

“Luckily I had a coat and jumper on but I could feel him biting me - I was petrified.

“I kept walking and shouted at it.

“It was white with a few black markings on it and ran off in the direction of the woods.”

Despite her heavy winter clothing the dog managed to leave marks on her arm.

Police are investigative the attack.
There were nearly 70 comments on Nailsea People Facebook page sending Emma well wishes, offering advice and speculating on the breed of dog.
Erin Townsend said: "I’m going with greyhound if a big dog because aren’t whippets the much smaller ones?
"Grey hounds arent normally aggressive are they?"
Emelie Arnold said: " I don’t think so but they obviously like to chase and a lot are rescues so may have issues. 
"So could of been so many different reasons why it attacked but obviously owner needs to be found and made aware."
Erin Townsend added: "Could be a lurcher."
Melanie Gould said: "English pointers are similar."
Damien Hill said: "That’s terrible. 
"Glad the lady suffered no serious injury and hope the owner is found and held accountable."

Ann Brewer said: "Many similar breed that could be mistaken for a greyhound, could easily have been a Borzoi but must say both the Borzoi and the greyhound are normally very placid dogs."

Jen Bessant said: "Please report to police and dog warden. 

"They were both pretty good when we got attacked."

Cathryn Prideaux said: "Was it a Saluki."
Saara Neath said: "Could be a child next time. 
"The owner needs to do something."
Saara Neath said: "Pharaoh hound?"
Helen Iles said: "Sounds terrifying Emma. 
"I was cornered by a small dog while running there other day, that was scary enough. 
"I really believe all dogs in public places should be kept on leads."

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Thieves with wire cutters steal mountain machine

Engineering manager Matt Lamb had his distinctive Intense Recluse bike stolen from his Silver Street, Nailsea, home at the weekend.

Matt is offering a reward for the safe return of the  skillfully crafted all-mountain machine worth thousands of pounds which was stored in his garage.

It is described as a turquoise 2017 model with lots of modifications.

He said: "The bike is very custom and built with the best and most expensive parts you can buy worldwide."

The thieves used bolt croppers to break into the garage.

It is believed the break in happened at 1.26am on Monday, October 5.

Call Matt 0756 584 7107 with information or contact his brother Spencer Lamb on 0789 442 8829 or via Facebook.

Dramatic rescue at Backwell

An amber weather warning turned into a red alert for two teenagers driving across Backwell Common late on Saturday night, October 3.

Student Emily Richards, aged 18, and her Devonian boyfriend Darren ‘Daz’ Williams, 19, had to be rescued by the fire brigade when their car hit a huge puddle and filled with water.

Emily who lives in Nailsea was returning from Exeter where she stays most weekends with Daz who works as a bartender in the city.

She said: “The traffic at the crossroads was a bit busy so we took a shortcut across Backwell Common when the car hit a massively deep puddle near the railway bridge at Chapel Hill.”

This flooded the engine of the Mazda 2 sports car and it stalled and came to a halt in the middle of a dark pool covering most of the rural road.

Emily said: “We just wanted to warn other road users as because it was dark, we couldn’t see how deep the puddle was.

“Once the car stopped rainwater gushed into the car and within no time reached the height of the door handles.

“We were in immediate danger of being trapped so we grabbed our phones and escaped out of the window and scrambled onto the roof of the car.

“I was absolutely terrified.”

The fire brigade came and helped the couple off the roof and put warning notices around the flooded area which is near the railway bridge.

The Avon Fire & Rescue crew then moved their car to the side of road into a layby.

Emily who is a childcare apprentice at Weston College and was a passenger took the photos which show how pitch black it was inside the car.

The couple had to wait for a tow truck on Sunday morning to ‘rescue’ the car forcing Daz to prolong his stay in North Somerset.

Widespread flooding led to a very busy time for firefighters throughout the Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) area with hundreds of calls for help from homeowners with flooded properties and people stuck in vehicles caught in up to four feet of water.

The North Somerset area seems to have been the most affected, with multiple calls for help in Backwell, Claverham, Congresbury and in and around the Chew Magna area.

In another incident a driver was rescued by another motorist from the floodwater at Backwell Common, Backwell.

When the Bedminster crews arrived, they used a raft to search a vehicle which was submerged in water.

Emily’s warning posted on the Nailsea People Facebook page reached more than 7,000 readers many recounting similar flood-related incidents in the area and Backwell Parish Council uses regular flooding in its local plan objections to more houses in the village.

It said in January 2019 as part of its JSP submission: “…the closest analogy is Chapel Hill and where that road goes under the railway, water pumps are installed permanently to avoid the road flooding and keep it clear for traffic. This is same water level as Backwell Common and next to Backwell/Nailsea Lake. In addition, access to the proposed transport hub would still be through the inadequate Station Road and indeed the traffic light controlled single-track road under the railway. Pedestrian access is a single pavement less than one metre wide and is subject to flooding on a regular basis…’

Molly Ruth said in the FB comments: “Yeah you don't want to go near the common on a rainy day - all Backwellians know this too well.” 

Susan Fisher said: “It always floods under that bridge! My dad lost his car when it flooded about 45 years ago!”

Cherry Gale said: “So glad they're okay. That must have been terrifying.”

Zoe Piper said: “Maybe there should be some permanent warnings up if it's a known flood spot.”

Phil Higgins said: “Maybe put water level markers on side of bridge and warning signs. It has flooded under that bridge for past 40 years that I can remember.

"I’ve heard many stories of cars floating away under that bridge.”

Kevin Buck said: “In the late 1990s I went under on motorbike while water was only about a foot deep when suddenly a three to four-foot surge of water came around the corner.

“The other side there are some gates that had blocked up causing a dam with sandbags and debris. They burst open when could not take weight anymore.

“To push that 750cc bike home to Nailsea wasn’t the exercise I wished for.”

Phil Higgins said: “…glad you are okay and nothing more than soggy clothes and a broken car, all of which can be fixed.”

Mike Davies said: “Had the water halfway up the windscreen on an Audi A4 once.

Emily and Darren and the photo they took inside the car

“You need to keep the revs really high next time.

“So long as the wheels have got traction, you should be fine - the car will be buggered but it should save you getting wet feet.”

Sue McLachlan said: “Even if there are flood markers, that’s not going to help at night. Not sure what would help but maybe improving the drainage somehow.”

John Keysell said: “Yikes - glad they’re okay, that must have been scary.”

Anna Reynolds said: “There should be a permanent sign there warning people that the dip in the road under the bridge is subject to deep flooding.

“So many cars have been written off there.

“It’s dangerous as in the dark it is impossible to see the water.”

BRANCH DOWN: The wet and windy weekend weather brought this large branch down at Pound Lane, Nailsea partially blocking the road near the Children's Centre early on Sunday morning, October 4. It is believed it is an ash tree close to the entrance of Kingshill Church School and Ravenswood Specail School with the police station and fire brigade HQ on the corner with Clevedon Road

ACCIDENT WRAXALL: Avon Fire & Rescue Service busy weekend continued with this shout when a car flipped on its roof at the bottom of Wraxall Hill. Vehicles were stopped going down the hill by bystander early on Sunday afternoon, October 4. Crews stabilised the vehicle and the casualty was safely helped out and looked after by paramedics, tweeted a AF&RS spokesman

Covid-19 latest

North Somerset Council has confirmed more cases of coronavirus this week, and it anticipates numbers will continue to grow, like we are seeing in other parts of the country.
A council statement said: "It’s important that we keep you up to date on the actions we’re taking locally and that we all play our part as community leaders to support our residents.
"This week we have published details of the payment scheme announced by government to support people on low incomes who are required to self-isolate and can’t attend work as a result.
"The latest 7-day rate for North Somerset (based on a full week’s data) is 13 per 100,000 down from the 21.4 per 100,000 figure we shared last week.
"For context, the comparable South West 7-day rate is 16.4 and the England rate is 55.4. Given the national trends we do expect rates to rise in the South West over the coming months.
"We are now using the government data published daily for consistency with the data used by other outlets.
"You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
"We are also publishing the seven day data every Friday on our website homepage and our social media channels to help the local community understand the latest picture for North Somerset.

The Bristol Post reported a Covid-19 positive drinker goes on a pub crawl which includes the Royal Oak, Nailsea.

Police are investigating but the article split local opinion with some sympathic to a 'mistake' and others more scathing.

A fried said: "The person with Covid who went on the pub crawl, had not tested positive when he was out drinking, but developed symptoms afterwards.

"What he should of been doing was self isolation after flying back from a Greek island.

"He was really stupid, has admitted this and immediately contacted the pubs after getting the results.

"I know who the man was and he is absolutely ashamed. I know you will keep the information anonymous but I thought it might help all the 'keyboard warriors' unpleasant comments at bay."

  • People who are self-isolating could be eligible for up to £500 if they are unable to work under the new support measures from the Government. North Somerset Council will administer the ‘test and trace’ support payments locally to people who are on low incomes and cannot work as a result of self-isolating. The new support payment scheme started at the end of September and will close on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Individuals can apply for the support payment from Monday, October 12. Conditions apply to claimants. Read more HERE.

Brockway is not FOR SALE

In February 2020 planning permission to knock down Brockway Medical Centre and build flats was given the go-ahead.

Three years ago, Brockway Medical Centre along with Nailsea Family Practice based at Towerhouse and the surgery at Long Ashton merged to become Tyntesfield Medical Group.

North Somerset Council gave outline permission for the demolition of existing medical centre and erection of a three-storey building containing eight apartments at the end of January.

This means the doctors can sell Brockway and look to relocate.

Word on the street strongly suggests it will be onto part of the old Weston College site – where it originally began life.

The new 15 partner strong practice was formed to look after the primary health care needs of 31,000 people.

But as executive manager Lawrie Lewis explained in the page-long letter posted on the wall at 8 Brockway in August 2019: 'We recognise that the current facilities of Tower House and Brockway medical centres, situated just a few hundred metres from each other, would not in their current form be able to meet the anticipated increase in demand and we are therefore exploring our options to expand...'.

It is a long way from when in the 1980s the late Hugh Davies and his new partner Robin Lambert made the radical move across town from the purpose-built health centre near the library to the converted private house.

This was because of an expanding population and with more proposed building the doctors are again looking to the future.

However, the solicitors next door at Clifford House which lies at the back of Bargain Buys store, the outline planning application to replace its accommodation with a three-storey apartment building was refused.

Within the 'design and access statement' for Clifford House is said '...directly adjacent to the application site is the Brockway Medical Group...we 

have been commissioned to submit a similar planning application for this site...'.

Once the ‘commercially confidential’ negotiations are finalised in a letter to patients Mr Lewis said: “Within the next couple of weeks I am confident we will be able to share with you’re the details of any plans to put Brockway up for sale.”

The latest decision published in full above was released on Thursday, October 1. 

Man robbed on Friday night in Nailsea

A middle aged man was reportedly attacked in The Elms area of Wraxall, on Friday night, September 25, at approximately 8.30pm.

A neighbour said: “This is a rather horrible incident, I'm afraid.”

The victim was knocked unconscious and had his wallet emptied.

A warning was posted to other joggers on Nailsea Running Club Facebook page.

It added: “He is a bit unclear as to exactly where this happened due to his concussion.

"Do take care if you're running in the dark.

"A rare incident for Nailsea but unfortunately there are some scumbags out there.”

A police spokesman said: “ We can confirm we’ve received a report of a robbery which took place in a lane off Cooks Gardens, Wraxall, at about 8.30pm on Friday.

“It was reported to us at about 10.20pm on Saturday, September 26.

“If anyone has information about this incident, they should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220218532.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.”

If anyone has information about this incident, they should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220218532.

UPDATE; The wife of the person injured in the attack in The Elms area of Wraxall, who does not want to be named, has contacted Nailsea People Facebook page and asked us to share this information.

She said: “Hi, just to let you know regarding the attack on Friday night, it was my husband, I haven't commented on the post however just wanted to let you know he is okay. He had concussion and was released from hospital after a CT scan, he currently doesn't have any recollection of what happened or where. All he was able to tell us on Friday evening was that he was hit by someone and had said Cooks Lane, however we believe it is likely to have happened before he reached The Elms based on small bits of information we have. Also he wasn’t a jogger he was just walking home. we just wanted to reassure people of The Elms. I'm happy for you to provide an update but do not want to named. Hope this helps many thanks.”

Coronavirus everything you need to know - latest news

North Somerset Council has released the latest seven-day rate for the district as 18.2 per 100,000 up from the 16.7 per 100,000 figure it shared last week. For context, the comparable South West seven-day rate is 10.1 and the England rate is 38.1.

A spokesman said: “Given the national trends we do expect rates to rise in the South West over the coming months - you can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

“We are also publishing the seven-day data every Friday on our website homepage and our social media channels to help the local community understand the latest picture for North Somerset.”

This comes after Nailsea School, Backwell School and Kingshill Church School reported a handful of confirmed cases of Covid-19 among staff and students.

A Weston primary school and Churchill School have also reported cases.

There is a regional testing centre at Bristol Airport and two mobile testing units (MTUs) at the Castlewood car park in Clevedon and Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare.

The MTUs will be open up to Thursday, October 1, and maybe beyond.

  • Clevedon is open daily except on Sunday, September 27, and Thursday, October 1

  • Weston: open daily except Friday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 30.

Access to testing continues to be an issue locally and nationally, said the North Somerset Council spokesman.

The advice remains that people with symptoms should self-isolate at home while trying to access a test.

The council said it is continuing to support schools with suspected and confirmed cases to make sure that effective infection control measures are in place and that it will continue to work with colleagues in the BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group and Sirona to provide support to our care homes around how best to protect residents and staff against COVID-19.

The Prime Minister’s announcements this week have seen us introduce and support a number of additional changes beyond those we were already expecting to come into effect yesterday.

As of Thursday, September 24, businesses are legally required to provide a QR code which will log customers' arrival at their premises as part of the NHS Test and Trace service.

The businesses required to log details of customers, visitors and staff include leisure venues, hospitality, business or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public and an event which is taking place in a physical location.

The NHS app will notify individuals if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.

Each venue needs an individual QR code poster for each location.

QR code posters, which need to be displayed at the premise's entrance, can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.

For customers who are unable to download the app, businesses must provide alternative ways to gather contact information.

Places of worship are not legally required to provide the QR code poster but are still encouraged to collect users’ data.

Pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues now have to close by 10pm with table service only. This is a strict closure time with last orders at 9.30pm.

In addition to the existing requirements for face coverings it is now legally-required to be worn by staff working in more settings including shops, supermarkets, bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés, banks, estate agents, libraries, post offices and the public areas of hotels and hostels.

The list provided by government includes: 

  • a shop, but not including premises providing legal or financial services

enclosed shopping centres

  • restaurants with table service, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members clubs

  • bars, including bars in hotels, or members clubs

  • banks, post offices, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers

  • community centres, youth centres, members clubs and social clubs

  • public areas in hotels and hostels

  • concert halls, exhibition halls, conference centres or other public halls

  • cinemas

  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms and other indoor parts of tourist, heritage or cultural sites

  • bingo halls

  • public libraries and reading rooms

  • casinos

  • theatres.

Taxi and private hire vehicles have been added to the list of settings where face coverings are required to be worn by the public although if you have a private chauffeur they we understand are excluded.

Customers should also wear a face covering when moving around hospitality premises, removing them only when seated to eat or drink.

The fine for not wearing a face covering in a setting where one is required has now increased to £200 for a first offence.

From Monday, September 28, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must be sit down meals. Anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.

There is no change to the numbers of people allowed to attend a funeral with a maximum of 30.

Indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six. There is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people from today.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all workers in England who are able to work from home should continue to do so over the winter.

Meanwhile the boss of Bristol Airport has called for all airline passengers in the UK to be tested for coronavirus to improve safety and protect aviation jobs.

Help at hand

Nailsea Community Group is still here to help.

Since it began in mid-March as Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group is has become a Community Interest Company, and now employs two part-time admin people Shelley Forbes and Jules Richardson to help expanded its reach and man its town centre headquarters.

In its first six months it has had 9,500 requests for help.

Former Nailsea town councillor and now NCG leader James Steel said on its Facebook page: “We thought it may be useful to put all of our services on one poster.

“We are still working hard to support as many people as possible and continue to be blown away by your support and the dedication of our volunteers.”

It has 220 registered volunteers on its booked and has signed up 142 community buddies to help on a 1-2-1 basis.

James added: “Please remember if you need support then please get in touch for a chat.

“You can fill out our other online form by clicking HERE, email info@nailseasupportgroup.com or call the town council telephone number 01275 855277."

The group currently operate from its base at 26 Somerset Square which is open most days.

Nailsea Support Group was born to bring together all caring organisations.

Following the impact of the global pandemic it became clear how many people in Nailsea required support and assistance but were unsure of where to seek help. 

NCG has also pioneered the Nailsea Active Facebook group funded by Tyntesfield Medical Group with Willow Chiropractic sports masseur Glen Schmidt at the helm.

And encouraged town centre businesses to join an online ‘virtual’ High Street called WeAreNailsea again subsidised to help retailers through this difficult trading time.

Marvellous Molly is a fundraising machine

A Nailsea teenager has got super fit during the summer of 2020 while raising money for Cancer Research.

Inspired by her grandparent’s cancer battles Molly Gardner, aged 18, signed up for the couch to 5K challenge adding to her daily sponsored outdoor exercise.

To go the extra mile, the former Backwell School student who works at Allegro Logistics on the Blackfriars industrial estate has had to run more than five kilometres daily for 10 days sometimes accompanied by friends or family in her bid to raise more than £1,000.

Mum Clair said: “We are so proud of Molly undertaking this during a time when things have been tough for so many people.

“Molly's original gap year plans are not going to be as hoped, but keeping busy with work, music conservatoire  applications and teaching her Little Notes vocal group at Footlights Studios, along with dance and running regularly are certainly meaning the big smiles are fixed in place.”

Molly said: “Cancer is happening right now, which is why I’m fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, vital cancer trials have been delayed so there’s no time to lose.”

Molly has been running throughout the duration of than lockdown as well as taking part in the extra couch-to-5K.

She added: “Before I started this challenge, I couldn't think of anything worse than going out running.

“Now, I can't wait for my next opportunity to go for a run.

“I wanted to share my newfound passion, while raising money for people who truly need it.

“The 5K for 10 days straight seemed a bit daunting but it ends this week.”

Clair added: “Keep going Molly, you are a star!”

You can support Molly’s effort by clicking HERE.

Biffa is binned by council

North Somerset Council is taking charge of its own recycling and waste services from next April.

Councillors made the decision to bring rubbish collection and sorting back under local control on Tuesday night, September 22.

This spells the end of the current commercial contract and establishes a wholly council-owned company to run the services from April 2021.

A full ‘virtual’ council meeting considered various options but went for an in-house solution.

Recycling and waste services include the household kerbside collections and operating the three recycling centres in Weston-super-Mare, Backwell and Portishead.

They have been delivered by Biffa since 2017, but discussions between North Somerset and the company led the council to terminate the current contract early, by mutual agreement, and establish a new means of delivering and developing the service.

In July 2019 the BBC reported: "A waste firm accused of repeated delays to bin collections in North Somerset is under pressure from the council to improve its service. Biffa took over the £50m contract in March 2017 and initially blamed problems on being new to the job, said the council. Since 3 July North Somerset Council has posted 13 notices about service delays. Biffa said it currently had staffing issues, but it was trying to improve its service."

Cllr Bridget Petty, executive member responsible for recycling and waste, said: “It’s really important that our residents have the confidence that the council will continue to provide effective recycling and waste services and that staff, who will transfer over to the new company, will be supported through the transition process.

“We believe that the best way to deliver the quality local service we all need and deserve is to create a local company that has North Somerset at its heart.

“We want an excellent and reliable recycling and waste collection service for our residents and having an external provider has not always given us the flexibility we want to respond to the needs of our area.

“We appreciate and value the staff who work on our collection rounds.

“Their response during the current pandemic has shown to all our residents that we have a great team of people out there in all weathers doing their best to deliver a reliable service.

“We’re committed to supporting them to continue to provide a great service to local people.”

During the coming months, the council will work with Biffa to ensure a smooth transition to the council-owned North Somerset Recycling Company. 

Mrs Petty added: “We want to improve our residents’ experience of the service.

“Any profits made by the company will be used to support the council’s priorities and benefit local people.” 

Biffa municipal managing director Roger Edwards said: “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement with the council regarding the future direction of the contract that is beneficial to all parties.

“We thank all the North Somerset staff and team for their hard work to deliver a great service to the residents of North Somerset throughout the pandemic. 

"During the coming months we will work to ensure a smooth transition so that both the local team and the residents of North Somerset experience a seamless transfer.

“Although we will be sad to see valued colleagues leave Biffa, we wish them all well for the future.”

How residents use the service, and the day on which they get their collections, will stay the same for the time being.

There will be no immediate changes.

Rise in coronavirus cases delay in testing

North Somerset Council is lobbying Government in order to improve access to Covid-19 testing locally.

Council leader Don Davies, has written to Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, calling for urgent action in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The move comes following reports from local residents of the difficulties they have experienced in accessing tests locally despite there being three testing facilities in the area.

Cllr Davies said: “It’s just not good enough. We are working hard locally with the community to identify and stop outbreaks before they can spread.

"But being able to access tests is key to this, and time after time people are struggling to get tested and are often being sent hundreds of miles away.

"We have three testing centres in North Somerset, so there is seemingly no shortage of testing capacity and yet people can't access the provision. 

"These individuals are trying to do the right thing by seeking a test but have limited means to do so. This needs to be resolved urgently."

This issue of local testing has also been raised by the council over the last three weeks through a number of regional and national forums.

The council is concerned that if access is not improved immediately there could be several concerning consequences including:

  • people may stop trying to get a test, and not isolate even if infectious

  • people may get tested too late for the swab test to pick up their infection and they may not isolate even though they can still spread the virus

  • as a population, we will miss the information we have worked so hard to build into a picture that we can monitor daily in order to spot outbreaks emerging

  • there could be a backlog of tests and delays to results which equally is a risk to public health.

Cllr Davies added: "Having received so much feedback from our residents, I felt compelled to write to the Secretary of State and ask for this situation to be resolved as a matter of great urgency. I look forward to his response."

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days, and their household members should isolate for 14 days. Close contacts of confirmed cases are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Everyone is encouraged to continue to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings and practising good hand hygiene. 

Mobility scooter joyriders caught on store CCTV

Police have launched an appeal after damaged mobility scooters dumped in Nailsea taken from a town centre sheltered housing complex and dumped at Tesco supermarket.
Police are renewing its appeal for information after receiving CCTV footage of the thieves breaking into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home last month and stealing residents’ mobility scooters.
The burglary happened overnight Wednesday to Thursday, August 5-6 August in Silver Street.
Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.
Police are  releasing new CCTV footage of the individuals they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, seen in the car park of Tesco, Nailsea and later exiting a taxi at MacDonald’s drive-thru in Hengrove. 
If you recognise them or have any information that could assist our investigation, call 101 quoting reference 5220176014.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220176014
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Bountiful free food

Nailsea Community Group has a larder at 26 Somerset Square full of free giveaway grocery goodies.

The Community Larder which is stocked with surplus food some just past its best was officially opened by Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber on Monday, September 14.

Jan said: “It is wonderful, it looked like a stall at the flower show, most impressive.”

Nailsea Community Group spokesman Jules Richardson said: “Four million tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away in the UK each year and we hope our community larder will help redistribute some of this food before it goes to waste.

“It’s good quality surplus items that would otherwise would have gone in the bin.

“We also have fruit and veg that has been kindly donated from Nailsea allotments and gardens.

“We are asking people to pop in and take up to five items per adult per day.

“It costs absolutely nothing as all the food is rescued but you will be helping us cut down on the amount of quality food heading to landfill.”

The larder does not contain food that has been donated to Nailsea Community Group foodbank and it does not impact the stock the group has available to support residents, added Jules.

She said: “The food is sourced locally from schemes such as FareShare and Neighbourly.”

FareShare UK is a charity network aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, which has been running since 1994.

Neighbourly ensures product surplus is put to good use in the community - whether it’s food and drink or toiletries, books and household goods.It says one in three UK children are living in poverty and an estimated 14 million people, one fifth of the nation’s population, are suffering in ‘impossible situations’ where paying bills and putting food on the table can be incredibly difficult. 

PHOTOS BY ELLIE JELLIS: Nailsea Community Group volunteers Jules Richardson and Shelley Forbes

with Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber cutting the ribbon

Tacks on Nailsea roads wreck tyres

​The malicious vandals who scattered screws, nails and tacks on Nailsea roads appear to be back - for the third time after a space of several months.
In January this year motorists in Orchard Road, Southfield Road and on Trendlewood reported punctures due to metal tacks being scattered along their roads.
In April 2019 at least seven cars suffered flat tyres after nails and tacks were strewed along nearby residential roads.
Neighbours in Chapel Barton, Cherry Road and Orchard Road recovered handfuls of the nails of various lengths which damaged their vehicles.
On Sunday, September 6, it appears the nail sprinkler was back in action.
Hundreds of nails were collected from Union Street, Chapel Barton and Orchard Road.
More than 8,000 were reached on the Nailsea People Facebook page with many saying their vehicles had suffered flat tyres.And more than 55 left comments - here is a selection.
Kris Miller said: "I was in Nailsea last night, got up this morning to a flat front tyre, it has a large nail in it, could just be a coincidence of course!"
Matthew Day said: "This type of stupidity can prove fatal for motorcyclists."

Natalie Thorogood said: "My mum had a nail in her tyre today. Looked like one of these too."

Chris Perry said: "I'm not a builder but these look like nails used for roofing felt ... any roofers missing some nails?"

Paula Heasman-Walsh said: "Hmm, interesting, we live on Orchard Road and my husband had a flat tyre last week.

"My car was one of those affected last April."

Leanne Bessell said: "I was affected back in April.

"I didn't realise more people were hit."
The matter is being investigated by police and Neighbourhood Watch has distributed warning letters in the affected areas.

More screws handed into Richard Stamp at Nailsea Police Station on Friday, September 11.

They were picked up across the entrance to Nailsea Social Club (formerly Nailsea Comrades Club) car park.


NAILSEA NAILS: Photo of nails collected from Orchard Road, on Monday, September 7 and nails collected in social club car park on Friday, Setpmber 11

Firefighters driving ambulances ends

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) concluded its additional support to South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) with the final wave finishing at weekend.

During the 18 weeks of support, staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts driving ambulances and responded to 787 incidents – including more than 80 category one incidents. 

Throughout the course of the support, 32 staff from wholetime, day crewing, on-call and corporate staff drove two additional ambulances based at Nailsea fire station and co-located at SWASFT’s Bristol Ambulance Station.

Those involved were added to a weekly shift rota and the support was spread out across the organisation to ensure AF&RS maintained operational availability.

The move followed an agreement between the National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Brigades Union to support local authorities and the NHS.

AF&RS station manager and volunteer lead Iain Campbell said: “Working with SWASFT throughout this difficult time was a fantastic opportunity for our staff and the service, but also meant we could support our blue light colleagues in a new and proactive way.

“We know that SWASFT’s modelling showed they would need extra resources during COVID but our staff put themselves forward in unprecedented ways to help, support and ensure there were adequate resources to deal with demand.

“We are incredibly proud of the ways in which we responded.

“The good feeling from the public during this time has been amazing and it’s been great for us to be able to offer this support to a fellow Service at this time.

“This situation has shown how flexible and committed our staff can be when striving to protect our communities during exceptional times and how we can collaborate and strengthen each other.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with both organisations learning a lot about the other, how we both work and ways in which we can continue to strengthen.

“I would also like to thank the staff that supported this from a logistics point of view – Lee Comley and Victoria Williams-Locke – who worked tirelessly to ensure it was a success.”

SWASFT was the only trust in England which approved fire service support to drive on blue lights and already some on-call firefighters have secured roles with the organisation as Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs).

 

Support statistics:

  • Staff from AF&RS responded to a total of 787 incidents

  • Staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts

  • Firefighters picked up additional safeguarding work such as fitting a deaf patient with pillow devices

  • From the first support request on in mid-March, trucks were on the road within just 15 days

  • Not one staff member developed symptoms of COVID

  • 12 members of staff will remain trained in case of a second spike

Yatton on-call firefighter Michelle Crossman said: “This has been an incredible time and I am so happy that I was able to support.

“As on-call firefighters, we are often at the heart of the community and this was just another way in which we could support and assist.

“I learnt a lot from my time with SWASFT and hope partner with the organisation more in the future.

“We worked very well together and it is easy to see the benefits this brought to both organisations."

In March, SWASFT formally requested the five South West fire and rescue services to provide ambulance drivers as part of its Covid-19 response.

SWASFT invested in a fleet of 15 additional ambulances, which were driven by 45 volunteer firefighters across the South West 24/7.

From mid-April, they attended lower priority calls with ECAs, but from the end of June, they worked alongside paramedics to respond to all categories of emergency.

The firefighters, wearing their usual uniform, responded to more than 4,500 incidents during the first three months of the scheme.

SWAFST interoperable capabilities resilience officer Derek McCullough was responsible for setting up the scheme.

He said: “We are extremely grateful for the invaluable support we’ve received from all the region’s fire services since April, which has truly benefitted our service to patients.

“This partnership has been a really positive experience for both emergency services.

"AF&RS has helped to make a significant contribution to our patient care and our ability to respond to increasing demands on our service.

"Their support and teamwork has helped to make this project extremely effective.”

Get well fundraising for Emma from rugby club

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club is raising money to help their physiotherapist who broke her back in a riding accident.

Emma Klijn, aged 37, fractured her spine in several places while training for a showjumping competition.

The rugby club hosted a fundraising barbecue at the weekend and raised £313.70 to help support Emma while she is unable to work.

Emma moved to Nailsea in 2016 and 18 months ago moved her business to the Old Vicarage, Somerset Square.

She has been supporting the players at the West End sports club for some time and in appreciation of her work they have also set up a Just Giving page to help her towards her loss of earnings while recovering from the accident.

Emma said: “The accident happened on Thursday, August 27, during a showjumping training exercise.

“My horse Zee and I were doing some complicated lines and we got one of the jumps a bit wrong and the horse frightened herself when she hit a pole.

“She then shot off to the right and I went left landing directly on my back.

“I was positive it was all just muscle spasm but unfortunately the CT showed extensive fractures throughout my thoracic spine.

“One of which (T3) was possibly requiring surgery to stabilise, but fortunately it was deemed safe.

“There were also two fractures within the lumbar spine.

Nailsea physio breaks back in riding accident

“Although this all feels very unlucky, I am very lucky not to be paralysed and on a ventilator!

“It is going to be almost three months before I can work again which is a big hit following the COVID enforced shutdown for three months already.

“As a type 1 diabetic I find it impossible to get health insurance or income protection, they see me as too much of a risk despite being a sporty healthcare professional.

“It was a complete surprise the rugby club had set up a fundraiser, such a wonderful community there, they make you feel like extended family.

“My horse is absolutely fine and I’m determined to come back stronger, it’ll just take time.”

Emma is considered one of the Bristol area’s top sports injury physios and she blogs about her life with diabetes and eventing on Facebook and Instagram.

To help Emma’s fund click HERE.

Police news

Nailsea police report in its August newsletter that there were six burglaries reported in the town in August and some of them were due to insecure doors and windows.

Along with advice on keeping property safe and secure the four pages contain useful contact details for Nailsea people and the date of the next bike marking at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Saturday, September 5, 11am-3pm.

It is put together by the PCSOs for our area who can be contacted by email:

Or on the Facebook page set up by PCSO Connor Aitken.

To download your copy click HERE.

Timber in Tuesday's high winds

Nailsea People wasn't sure was sort of tree came crashing down in Crown Glass Shopping Centre car park in the high winds this week and was about to consult Terry Smith’s book of Nailsea trees but our Facebook social media readers soon gave us the information.
It was on Tuesday, August 25, that the fire brigade posted on Twitter that unless life and limb (forgive the pun) were at risk they were unable to attend and to call North Somerset Council.
Thank you Sue Kathleen Ford for the photo
Angela Daynes said: "It's a conker tree - not sure of the technical name - used to love climbing that tree as a child.
"Take care in the wind everyone."
It was a close call for Sam Pearce who said: "We were picking up the conkers underneath this tree a couple of hours ago."
Jeanne Parkinson said: "It's a horse chestnut tree."
Patricia Adams said: "Oh no, that's a magnificent old fellow,  I love that tree - I really hope it can be saved."
Andy Miles reported another tree in The Dell off Hazelbury had gone down.
And Emma Bentley said:  "I watched a huge tree at bottom of The Perrings sledging slope split down the trunk and fall, so sad."

Backwell Leisure Centre is not to reopen this year as it needs major repairs.

North Somerset Council and operators Legacy Leisure have agreed Backwell Leisure Centre will not re-open before the end of 2020 due maintenance work to be carried out at the building.

However, the news came as a shock to the leisure centre staff as no one informed them before the council sent on a press release on Monday afternoon, August 17.

The council said during the period of lockdown at the centre it became apparent that the boilers responsible for heating the building and pool require replacing as well as extensive roof repairs.

No cost for the updates have been given.

North Somerset Council executive member for leisure Caritas Charles is the the Independent ward councillor for Portishead East.

He said: “It’s extremely disappointing that we are unable to re-open Backwell Leisure Centre as part of our efforts to make more leisure facilities available to our residents as we ease out of lockdown.

“We are undertaking work on the site to understand the extent of the investment needed to enable the centre to operate and will update residents as soon as we know more."

Tracy Danks, of Legacy Leisure, said: "While we're disappointed that we're not in a position to re-open the centre at this time, we welcome the council’s work to establish what is needed to bring the centre back into service.

“We'll keep customers up-to-date with the progress of the work over the coming months and look forward to re-opening the centre as soon as possible."

When Nailsea People broke the news on its Facebook page a flood of comments expressing shock and concern were posted.

Laura Spindler said: “Nice for the staff to be told.”

Sarah North said: “Does anybody know what happens with the kids swimming classes, it would be good to be kept informed?”

Stephen Morten said: “Close it permanently and finally build a leisure centre and pool in Nailsea.”

Sarah Goulty said: “There isn't any available funding for something like that sadly.

Ashley James said: “…that'll not help us in Backwell. Need leisure facilities at both.”

Anne Kemp said: “Maybe all the money town council gets from selling Engine Lane land could go towards a new pool?”

Charlie Cashley said it would have been nice to of been told about children's swimming lessons and he feels for the staff if they have no other places for them.

Lester Solway said: “Return it to the school rugby pitch.”

Lucy Stokes said: “It would be better to rebuild the whole leisure centre because even from the outside it looks like it needs updating and modernising.

“Not been inside personally but seems like this one has been left behind in terms of investment compared to Hutton Moor.”

Jase Searle said: “Very true, long overdue a refurbishment and compared to Hutton Moor it’s decades behind, not changed since my first visit more than 25 years ago.”

Nailsea People front page April 2015

Nick Wright said: “Build a new swimming pool on Nailsea Park.”

Helen Symonds said: “Would have been nice if someone from Legacy Leisure communicated with the affected staff before reporting in the media. Shocking management.”

Will Hellier urged readers to let North Somerset Council know how they feel.

Helen Symonds said: “I would just like to point out that the announcement regarding the extended closure of Backwell Leisure centre yesterday was a surprise to the employees (apart from lifeguards who have already been laid off).

Ashley Cartman said: “I am the North Somerset councillor for Long Ashton and was involved in the decision to refurbish the pool and I agree that it is awful that staff were not told.”

  • In April 2015 it seemed as it all Nailsea's worries about having its own pool were other when just before the May elections in April 2015 it was announced

  • North Somerset Council agreed a £1.2million package to help six leisure centres run on behalf of the authority by contractors Places Leisure, Legacy Leisure and GLL post coronaviris crisis. This includes Hutton Moor, Weston; Scotch Horn, Nailsea; Parish Wharf ,Portishead; Backwell, Strode at  Clevedon and one at Churchill School.

Caring Caitlin gets 9th birthday charity haircut

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Nailsea schoolgirl Caitlin Chambers celebrates her ninth birthday with a mega new hairstyle as she had her long locks cut for charity.

Caitlin, who is nine today, Saturday, August 15, decided to do something wonderful by having her waist length hair cut and donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children and young people with hair loss.

The hair which must be at least seven inches in length is used to help children who have hair loss due to cancer treatment or other causes.

Caitlin, who goes to Golden Valley Primary School and takes dance classes with Miss Adele, had her haircut by Fiona Mallet, of Sunnymede Road, whose home salon is called Capelli By Fiona.

Fiona cut more than 10ins (26cms) off the length which means Caitlin does miss swishing her hair a bit, said mum Claire.

Caitlin’s awareness of the needs of others was heightened as when she was just two years old her mum, a former Nailsea Ladies Hockey Club player developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) a neurological disorder.

Claire said: “I think Caitlin is a very kind and caring child and she would have been like this without my disability, but it does make her more mindful of the needs of others.”

Parents Kevin, deputy course manager at The Bristol Golf Club, and Claire, a legal expenses company administrator, who live in Dunkery Close, have been collecting sponsored donations from family and friends on behalf of Caitlin.

So far the total has reached £180 for the Little Princess Trust.

Claire added: “Caitlin has been growing her hair ever since she started at Golden Valley Primary School but decided that she wanted to do something 'special' to mark this strange year and mentioned donating her hair.

“This was a massive decision, as anyone that knows Caitlin will be able to tell you how much she loved her long hair. 

“We are extremely proud of her.

“Along with the hair donation Caitlin gave £1, of her own money, for each centimetre of length cut off.

“This has been matched by our family members.”

To learn more about the charity click on the logo to go to its website.

Free balloon ride for 'our' unsung lockdown heroes

Nominate a Nailsea key worker or carer and they could win a free ride in a hot air balloon.

People living in the Greater Bristol region are likely to know the Bristol Blue Balloon. The familiar blue balloon is sponsored by Business West, Destination Bristol and UWE and is piloted by Derek Maltby.

Derek and his colleagues are keen to offer something special to our local unsung heroes and are putting on a balloon ‘fly-out’ where a number of like-minded balloonists from the region’s balloon club, have volunteered to offer flights to key workers or carers who have been working hard during the lockdown.

Any key worker or carer can be nominated and these could include school staff, postal workers, refuse collectors and those working in retail.

For Nailsea People our nominees would include the volunteers from Nailsea Community Group, Maynews newspaper delivery staff and the supermarket checkout workers.

Derek said: “We are so grateful to those people who have continued to work for us all in the region during the lockdown and with the gifts, skills and assets we have, felt we could show our thanks in a tangible way.

“A balloon flight is on a ‘bucket list’ wish for many people so this could be a special treat for someone who has worked hard during the past months to support their community.”

Unsung heroes and key workers from Bristol and the surrounding counties of Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset can be nominated.

All nominees/entrants must be aged 18 or over and names must be received by the closing date of midnight on Monday, August 31.

BRISTOL BALLOON TREAT: Friends, family and co-workers can nominate their unsung heroes via this link: https://ziabia.co.uk/keyworkersballoonflight/

Battleaxes goes bust

The Battleaxes at Wraxall has gone into administration.

South African owner Matt Lowe who lives in Market Harborough has finally admitted defeat after months of misery.

A nil rating from the food hygiene inspector, extensive roadworks with divisions and noise followed by Covid-19 led to the inevitable failure of the business bought in late 2019.

On Friday, November 1, an inspector from North Somerset Food Hygiene called and gave the restaurant on the B3130 towards Bristol from Nailsea a ‘nil’ rating and called for major improvements in its hygienic food handling and food safety management.

Country Pub Group managing director Matt Lowe said at the time: “Following instruction from EHO (Environmental Health Office) we are working closely to improve our rating.

“A lot of structural issues were identified such as needing to replace some flooring and painting of walls which we have now completed.

“We are always working with EHO to improve our record keeping and paperwork.

“We believe the kitchen is of a good level and if EHO thought it was unsafe they would have shut it down.

“We would also like to welcome any customers into the kitchen at any time to see for themselves."

Country Pub Group took over the historic building in August 2019.

On Tuesday, December 10, the food inspector called again but while the pub received a much more positive response coronavirus was just around the corner.

The Country Pub Group has three other pubs – two of which have a five-star food hygiene ratings and one of which has a four-star rating.

As well as a bar, large restaurant, and function room, the Battleaxes offered overnight accommodation in six boutique-style bedrooms with a downstairs separate bar called The Shindig.

The Battleaxes was originally built as a Temperance house by the benevolent Matilda Blanche Gibbs, widow of wealthy merchant William Gibbs, in 1881.

She wanted the Victorian building as somewhere for Tyntesfield estate workers to meet without drinking alcohol.

But at the outbreak of World War I the Temperance House was leased to Georges Brewery, later Courage Brewery.

When Courage’s gave back the lease to the late Lord Wraxall (Richard Gibbs) in the 1960s he promptly sold the building.

Changes in ownership and name followed with reports of a fire in the 1970s.

Success varied but a brief spell as an Indian restaurant didn’t suit the locals.

Now Country Pub Group with four venues across the South West has gone into administration and a meeting of creditors has been called for the end of August.

Country Pub Group runs The Battleaxes, in Wraxall near Bristol; Temple Inn, in Temple Cloud; Mendip Inn, in Oakhill near Shepton Mallet; and Castle Inn, in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.

 The company has appointed Steven John Parker and Trevor John Binyon of restructuring and insolvency firm Opus as administrators.

The announcement was confirmed on public records site The Gazette .

Matthew Lowe is named on Companies House as the only director of the Country Pub Group.

A notice on the pubs’ websites advises consumers who have made a deposit or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card to request a refund from their card issuer.

It said: “You may be able to get your money back by claiming a refund from your card issuer. Please contact your card issuer as soon as you can if this may apply to you.

“Further information including on time limits that apply is available from the UK Cards Association Credit and debit cards: A consumer guide.”

The news comes just a year after the Country Pub Group bought up the Battleaxes and Castle Inn from the Flatcappers group for £300,000, according to the Morning Advertiser .

It is not known yet what will happen to the pubs or if jobs are now at risk although many of those working at The Battleaxes were told at the beginning of the lockdown the chain was heading for administration and they jobs were in jeopardy.

Countryside code abused

Dog walkers are damaging crops by walking across a farmer’s fields in Nailsea.

Janet Brown‎ told Nailsea People: “Earlier this week we walked behind the Elms and through the fields of crops (on the pathways) and saw in the distance a family with children and a dog running through the wheat.

“This totally destroys the wheat and means it can't be sold.

“Perhaps I'm naive but I don't understand how anyone could think that this is an acceptable thing to do and shows no respect for the farmers livelihood.

“We have plenty of open spaces in Nailsea.

“You don't need to destroy crops.”

Former Nailsea town councillor Ian Wilson said: “My experience of dog owners is they couldn’t care less.

“We have similar problems with dog owners at the Portbury nature reserve, they allow dogs to run into the water courses during the bird breeding season despite signs asking them not to do so.”

Janet said: “I'd like to think that not all dog owners are like that.

“My family are all dog owners and we do care but there are also some very inconsiderate dog owners.”

'There are signs on every gate into the fields behind the Elms as the farmer is quite rightly cheesed off with the lack of respect… but if people really need to see a sign to know that they shouldn't be running in crops and destroying them then they need to have a long hard think about themselves'

Jeremy Furber said: “If I’m right, there’s also a big sign on the gate from the farmer asking people to keep their dogs on a lead through that field.”

Janet added: “There are signs on every gate into the fields behind the Elms as the farmer is quite rightly cheesed off with the lack of respect… but if people really need to see a sign to know that they shouldn't be running in crops and destroying them then they need to have a long hard think about themselves.”

Cilla Bunting said: “There was a family picnicking in a crop field at the top who swore at us when our dog Loki walked past on the path.”

Ruth Yarr said: “My husband David and I regularly walk across the fields, as a farmer’s daughter I am equally frustrated by the lack of respect for the farmers.

“There are areas where dogs can roam freely but not on land that’s has crops or animals.”

Andrea Ball said: “No need for it when we have so many lovely open spaces where you can let your children and dogs around.

“So ignorant!

“We're so lucky to have so many open spaces where people can let their children and dogs run around without worry so why do they feel the need to ruin a farmers crop instead?”

The Countryside Code gives advice on how you can enjoy your visit to the countryside and also act responsibly to protect the countryside.

The code explains that is important to plan ahead, stay safe, control your dog near livestock and prevent fires.

Basicall it says ‘leave all natural places as you find them. Never uproot plants as they will be lost forever. Keep your distance from wild birds and animals to prevent disturbance and stress especially to adults that are with young and in winter when food may be scarce or weather harsh’.

Oh and most importantly take all your litter home.

The countryside is vulnerable to fire especially during dry weather. Accidental fires pose a great risk to farmers and foresters. Be careful to extinguish all used matches and cigarettes. Use a stove for cooking rather than a fire. Never throw cigarettes from a car window.

Barn blaze at Barrow Gurney

The smell from hundreds of tonnes of burning hay reached Nailsea in the early hours of Friday, August 7.

Flames were first spotted on the horizon at midnight and crews from five fire stations rushed to the scene at Barrow Gurney.

Nailsea Fire Station spokesman Lester Solway said: “Firefighters from Nailsea, Bedminster, Temple, Southmead and Avonmouth have been dealing with a large barn throughout the night in Barrow Gurney.

“The hay has been removed from the barn to an adjacent field to allow a controlled burn.

“Everyone including livestock is safe and you will see a smoke plume and smell it for a little while as the wind direction is taking it towards Nailsea from Barrow Gurney.”

Kirsty Carnell commented on Nailsea People Facebook page: “All cattle and farmers are okay.

“Cattle were moved as soon as smoke and flames were spotted.

“Unfortunately, a lot of hay bales have been lost, but it could of been so much worse.

“Bales are still burning out of the shed, so expect the smell to carry on for most of the day.

“Huge thank you to Avon Fire and Rescue Service for a rapid response.

“Posting on behalf of my sister.

An AF&S spokesman said later in the day: “Crews found a barn fire involving around 200 tonnes of hay.

“The hay was moved to an adjacent field and crews used four high pressure hose reels to tackle the barn fire.

“Due to the amount of hay and hot weather, this is being allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner.

“Smoke will be visible in the area for some time, but crews are aware and will return if necessary.

“The cause is thought to be accidental.”

It was a case of déjà vu at Barrow Gurney as in June 2017 a barn holding 40 tonnes of hay was damaged in a serious fire which police said was arson.

North Somerset residents had been complaining for hours of an unusual smell and some Nailsea residents say they discovered soot on their windows.

Cathy Walker said: “Woke up this morning to the smell of smoke and when walking the dog first thing could see the smoke rolling over the fields adjacent to Backwell Bow.”

Janet Kay said: “Woken up by the smell of smoke in the middle of the night, actually walked outside to check neighbours’ homes were okay, hope it’s not too serious.”

Rachel Young said: “I thought I could smell burning last night. Crazy how it travels.”

Joanna Ruth Wyatt said: “I can smell it in Tickenham.”

Rosie and James Littlefield were relieved the animals were safe and no-one hurt.

PHOTO: Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Liz Davies said: “Phew glad everyone is safe!

“Running around the house at 4am, worrying that it was a brazier fire we had two nights ago come back to life or something.”

Andrea Morgan said: “I drove pat at 5.15am and the fire brigades were there, I did wonder what it was.”

Liz Hodge said: “We thought it was an early morning bonfire. Glad no-one was hurt.

Joyriders steal mobility scooters

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home and damaged residents' mobility scooters.
The senseless burglary happened overnight Wednesday-Thursday, August 5-6 at Silver Street.
Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: "All five scooters will need repair before they can be used again.
"Many of these vulnerable elderly people have been isolating indoors for months due to the COVID crisis.
"This contemptible act has now deprived them of their freedom to go outside. It's stooping really low, and I hope those responsible will come forward to make amends."
The offenders abandoned two bicycles in the store room and officers want to hear from anyone who recognises them.
If you saw anyone riding these bikes last night, or spotted the scooters being driven around the town in suspicious circumstances call 101 quoting reference 5220176014.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Binned at Backwell

North Somerset Council is carrying out an investigation into how a workman fell into a bin at Backwell Recycling Centre on Saturday afternoon, August 1.
A council spokesman said: “It was a Biffa staff member who ended up in a residual waste bin (not metal or large domestic appliances).
“It contained stuff that can’t be recycled
“They weren’t lodged but it was considered safer to get them out carefully so the fire brigade were called.
“The person was taken to hospital as a precaution and returned to work the next day.
“The site reopened ‪at about 3:15pm‬.
“The incident is now being investigated.”
Avon Fire & Rescue Service also attended.

A spokesman said: "Crews from Nailsea and Weston fire stations were mobilised to reports of a trapped male on Church Town in Backwell.

"On arrival, crews found one male trapped in a rubbish skip.

"Firefighters rescued the man using safe working at height.

 "The casualty was handed to ambulance crews at the scene." 

PLAYGROUND TAGGING: A group of five youngsters arrived in Nowhere Woods, off Trendlewood, early on Tuesday afternoon armed with cans of spray paint. This is the damage they did to play equipment before being tackled by a concerned parent. The young people wearing backpacks are thought to be aged 13-14 years and took off in direction of Nailsea town centre. The vandalism has been reported to police. The photo of the gang has been deliberately blurred...

Not facial fashion but now shopping necessity

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets will be mandatory from Friday, July 24 , to minimise the overall risk of coronavirus.
Those who fail to comply will face a £100 fine, although children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
Face coverings should also be worn when using public transport and visiting a hospital.
North Somerset Council deputy leader Mike Bell, whose portfolio includes public health, said: “Face coverings can be simple pieces of cloth, such as a cut-up T-shirt or bandana, though the more layers of material the better.
“The mask needs to fit snugly around the face, covering the mouth and nose, though you should still be able to breathe comfortably.”
The Government has produced a guide to making your own and the BBC also has a how-to guide to make your own as well as answers to some FAQs about face coverings.
Mr Bell who a Liberal Democrat councillor for Weston Central Ward added:  “Social distancing and hand washing are still vital to help protect yourself and others against coronavirus.
“Continue to stay at least two metres away from anyone you don’t live with or who isn't in your support bubble.”
If that’s not possible, you can keep a distance of one metre but only if you take other precautions:

  • one metre plus a face covering

  • one metre plus face away from each other

  • one metre plus keep interactions brief.

Keep washing your hands more often, including when you get home, before you eat or handle food, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze.
Use soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser if soap and water isn’t available.

Fashionistas please note many of the images in the slideshow came courtesy of the Moscow Times!

Testing at Clevedon car park

A temporary mobile testing unit will be set up in Clevedon from Monday, July 27, for residents concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus to be tested locally and quickly.

The unit will be in the Castlewood car park and will operate from 10am-4pm every day.

It will be run by a commercial operator on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and will be available for pre-booked coronavirus tests only.

Appointments can be made online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age, is eligible for a test with essential workers given priority.

For tests to be effective you must be symptomatic. Symptoms of the virus are a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell. More information on the symptoms of Covid-19 can be found HERE.

A mobile testing unit has been based at Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare since the end of May, increasing the number of tests available to the local community by 1,500 a week.

Police appeal for witnesses

Police are seeking witnesses to three serious traffic incidents in North Somerset.

  1. A grey Ford Focus and a white Audi A3 were involved in the collision at about 7.30pm on Friday, July 17, in Clevedon Road, Tickenham. The driver of the Ford failed to stop and the car was found later abandoned nearby at The Star Inn. Did anyone see two men leaving the car at the pub? Call 101 and give reference 5220159143;

  2. Police continue to appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage following a fatal collision on the M5 on Monday afternoon, July 20. Officers were called at about 4.30am to a report of a pedestrian in the southbound carriageway. They found an injured man just south of junction 20 (Clevedon). He had been struck by a vehicle and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The southbound carriageway was closed between junctions 19 (Portishead) and 21 (Weston-super-Mare) until 2pm to allow for specialist collision investigators to examine the scene. While formal identification is yet to take place, the deceased is believed to be a man in his 30s from Gloucester. We offer our condolences to his next of kin who are being supported by a Family Liaison Officer. The driver involved has been spoken to by officers. Any footage or information which could help, get in touch with officers onine at  www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or call 101 quoting reference 5220160731. Police would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure.

  3. There was a fatal collision on Wick Road, Wick St Lawrence at approximately 5pm on Tuesday, July 21, between a motorcyclist and an agricultural vehicle.The rider of the bike, a 56-year-old man, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed. Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or has dash cam footage, that could help our investigation. Anyone with information is asked to report it online or call 101 and give reference 5220162320.

Gun found in Backwell Lake

Nailsea police have retrieved an airgun from the Backwell Lake.

It was a joint action between the neighbourhood police team and Nailsea-based Channel Kayaks.

In an Excalibur moment the gun was spotted sticking out of the water.

Nailsea sergeant Mark Raby said the gun was not used in a crime ‘as far as we know’.

It is not the first-time police have enlisted the kayak company to clear rubbish in the lake.

A combined operation between community police, Wessex Water and Channel Kayaks cleared discarded litter and large rubbish bin from Backwell lake in April last year.

This had been deposited by louts ‘partying’ on Sunday evening.

In the 2019 photo Channel Kayaks CEO Byron Baker-Brown was helped to litter pick on the lake by PCSO Julie Berchall and his accompanying pets.

It is owned by Wessex Water and designated as a Nature Reserve in 1990.

Backwell Lake is near the railway station and is a haven for a diversity of wildlife including grey herons, pipistrelle bats and rare dragonflies.

But fishing, cycling and swimming are not allowed neither is depositing firearms in the lake!

Mind your head on top

With a big bang a brand new bus that only went into service earlier this year crashed into Nailsea & Backwell railway station bridge getting firmly stuck in the process and bringing traffic to a standstill.
It happened on Tuesday evening, July 21, and the news was posted on Nailsea People Facebook page within minutes.

Overnight it has reached more than 70,000 with hundreds of concerned comments and the inevitable On The Buses jokes from the TV sitcom.
Police were soon on the Station Road scene and commuters armed with mobile phones supplied the photographs.
Thomas Morley was 'live' at the location and took the first photo saying he was waiting for emergency services to arrive. He said: “Traffic unable to get through and train waiting at station.” 
Rachel Coleman took second photo and said no injuries but the bus driver is ‘shaken’. 
The third photo by John RIxon is from the Backwell side of bridge. 
He said: "Unfortunate sign on bus says ‘Stay Alert’."
The six-month-old biogas bus costs when new approximately £300,000.

Station Road is the route of the X8 single decker and it is believed this was a bus returning to the Bristol depot.
With the bus not in service there were no passengers onboard.

The electronic signage on the front of the bus was displaying one of First West of England's public health messages about the coronavirus pandemic.

At the moment of impact when the bus became wedged in the arch of the bridge, the message on the front read 'Stay Alert'.
The incident happened at 7pm, and for more than an hour, police had to close the main road between Backwell and Nailsea, while First Bus and Network Rail sorted out the situation.
The bus was eventually reversed back out from under the bridge, and positioned around the corner into Station Close, the road on the Nailsea side of the railway line.
Network Rail assessed the structure of the bridge, and soon permitted trains to continue travelling over the bridge. It isn't the first time high-sided vehicles have got stuck under the bridge which has a height restrict of 12' 6".

Chris Morris remembers another bus 11 years ago and HGVs had problems when their sat navs directed them along the narrow winding station route.

Covid-19 £15m budget shortfall

North Somerset Council is facing a medium term budget deficit of £15m as a result of the financial impacts of Covid-19.

An executive reporft spells out that £8.6m of this shortfall will need to be found in the current financial year to balance the budget, with the remainder adding to an increasing budget deficit over the next three years.

The report to the Executive meeting on Wednesday, July 29, outlines the actions being taken to address the shortfall, including identifying areas where savings can be made and lobbying the Government for further financial support.

The report says that after the council approved a 'robust and deliverable' budget in February, the financial environment 'very quickly changed' following the coronavirus outbreak.

The report continues: "The council rapidly responded to the immediate needs of the community throughout the lockdown, which included the closure of some of its facilities as well as the creation of new services.

"As the pandemic has progressed the council has recognised the need to protect its residents, suppliers and providers. Particular measures have been needed to support care providers, rough sleepers, leisure providers and local businesses, while at the same time ensuring the council’s own workforce could continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

"All of these actions came with financial consequences. At the same time the council was experiencing loss of income from its car parks, investments and other income generating services."

The cost to the council so far of Covid-19 is estimated to be £26.7m, largely made up by:

  • additional expenditure to support adult social care providers and purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - £10m

  • impact on council tax and business rates income - £8.3m

  • lost income on parking, events and leisure facilities - £7.4m.

 

This cost has been offset partly by financial support from the Government and the council will continue to lobby for more support.

Despite this a budget gap of £15m remains. With £8.6m of this needing to be found in the current financial year, the report identifies savings totalling just under £2.8m, plus the use of £750,000 of reserves, reducing the immediate gap to around £5m. It is hoped that future government support will help close this gap further.

The report ends by highlighting the knock-on effects of Covid-19 on future council budgets. A forecast £19m budget gap over the next three years has now risen to £26.2m with £11.6m of that required next year.

"This will mean that further difficult choices are likely to be required in the future and could potentially include a fundamental review of which services the council can afford to provide," says the report. "The council will look to engage widely with residents and partners about the services it offers, its spending and funding sources, as well as the financial challenge, and will seek their views."

To read the full report click HERE.

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Plea from young mum

I hate the sound of broken glass - especially when it crunches underfoot while walking along a footpath with toddlers and a puppy in tow.

I find broken glass regularly found around the area I live in Nailsea.

Mainly Coombe Road, and the lanes that go underneath Mizzymead Road.

I walk my dog here and also my young children ride their bikes.

It's clearly people recklessly dropping their bottles, and glasses.

I have several times had to pick glass out of my dogs paws.

Today I cleared a smashed Budweiser bottle off the path.

Please take your litter home, thank you

Mystery of mucky black stuff

Some weeks ago the beautiful mosiac made by Nailsea schoolchildren to brighten up a bland brick wall in the town centre was nearly ruined.
It is believed creosote was thrown or accidently leaked on the three hangings and despite being cleaned a nasty black stain has been left on the wall facing the High Street.
Pupils from Golden Valley Primary School, Hannah More Infant School, Grove Junior School and Nailsea School all contributed their artistic talents to make three large collages depicting life in the town.
It was Fran Newton, a volunteer with Nailsea in Bloom, who came up with the idea sponsored by Nailsea Town Council.
The wall is adjacent to the village green and children designed pictures based on given topics:
Nailsea School – Today
Hannah More and Grove – History
Golden Valley – Nature

Posted on the Nailsea People Facebook page here is what readers commented.

  • Mark Corrick What is wrong with people these days, I just don't get it.

  • Derek Iles Looks like some roofing sealant or damp proofing substance which has leaked though concrete and brick section above. Has there been some recent maintenance?

  • Anne Williams Are you sure its not come from the roof.. If someone wanted to throw it would of surely been all over?

  • Sharon Ladwa New look and Superdrug have been having problems with their roof- maybe?

  • Clare Elswood I’d agree that’s looks like a building issue otherwise it would be all over the artwork?

  • Anne Williams Just got my friend a builder to look at photos...the water spoil marks come from same place all along. Maybe somone has painted the floor or resealed.

  • Alex Pritchard That is not vandalism there is a problem with the roof that needs looking at ASAP I would suggest!

  • Chris Callaghan Looks like residue from roofing works not vandalism. The landlord should be approached to get the contractors to clean properly.

  • Poppy Leith The mosaic looks fine and doesn’t look like vandalism, definitely looks like a problem with the roofing/walls as none is on top of the mosaics. Hopefully they aren’t ruined and can be taken down while the problem is fixed then put back up.

  • Patricia Adams I'd agree with all of the above comments - I noticed it last week and it does seem to be something oozing from the brickwork - especially as it's in a very straight line.

  • Maryanne Goldstone New Look have big buckets inside with black water in. The ceiling is open in one part and all black/brown.

  • Sam Pearce Superdrug have a leak in the ceiling in the baby items aisle.

  • Elizabeth Ann Andrews Thankfully the mosaics look to be ok.

  • Charli Knight Looks like it’s pouring through the roof bricks if you ask me.

Nailsea newspaper deliveries 'at risk'

STOP PRESS: Just as they were closing on Monday night, July 20, Maynews boss Phil Morris received an email from North Somerset Council to say that all the suspended work permits of their under 16 boys and girls had been reinstated and dispensation had been approved - total u-turn allowing all the brilliant parents who had been covering rounds to stand down. Success.

 

North Somerset Council is stopping paper boys and girls delivering newspapers during the coronavirus crisis without further risk assessments.

The delivery boys and girls already have risk assessments but the extra paperwork runs into another seven pages across three government produced documents per delivery person which according to a Nailsea newsagent is prohibitive at such short notice.

Maynews boss Phil Morris, of Somerset Square, Nailsea, learned this week that without the paperwork no newpapers can be delivered door-to-door.

Phil said: “On Monday, July 13, we were notified by North Somerset Council it is ‘suspending all child employment licensing activities with immediate effect’ - basically our paperboys and girls.

“We deliver more than 700 newspapers every day and it is a vital service for many not able to go out at this time.

“In my 27 years in business this is yet another challenge for local businesses like mine.

“There are ways to apply for dispensation but until my company figure this out the permits remain suspended.

“We have a lot of unhappy parents that want to share their views on social media and complain to the council but I've told them my priority is to get the deliverers back first.

“It is not just us affected, it is anywhere within North Somerset that employs people aged under 16.”

North Somerset Council say it has suspended all arrangements for child employment however, businesses can apply for a dispensation, provided they meet clear criteria to ensure the child's wellbeing is safeguarded and the child is able to work in safe conditions.

The Government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although this guidance is not specific to child employees it includes producing risk assessments which runs into seven pages across three documents:

  • covid 19 risk assessment

  • covid 19 medical declaration

  • covid 19 employer statement

 

Employers applying for a dispensation will need to sign an employer statement and code of conduct and complete a risk assessment.

Parents will also need to sign a medical declaration.

Once supporting documentation is received then the council will consider whether dispensation may be agreed and employers will be advised in writing.

This is in line with guidance from the Department for Education, National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment and North Somerset Council bylaws. 

The situation will be reviewed regularly in line with government guidance and updates will be communicated to employers, say the council.

Buzzard swoops on runner

A Nailsea runner was dive-bombed by a bird of prey while out jogging and suffered bloody lacerations to his head.

Dad Stuart Jellis took a photo of his injuries.

He said: "Just look what is did to my head."

In a scene akin to The Birds the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock horror film others have told of being attacked while out in the countryside.

At first thought to be a seagull or a kestrel but now it is thought to be a buzzard which has been spotted gliding on the thermals.

Rich West said: "It is more likely to be a buzzard.

"Kestrels don't tend to glide, they hover.

Paul Anderson said: "It's a buzzard.

"It's had a go at me three times in the field behind the Nailsea Patio Centre.

"It wants my hat!"

And Cathy Blakemore said: "There are buzzards over the moors."

Phill Higgins said: "Loads of buzzards up the valley towards Flax Bourton."

Damien Hill though it probably has young nesting.

Jayne Mitchell said: "Maybe a young bird was on the ground nearby and the parent was protecting it?

"Fledged the nest and failed to get into a safe place?”

Stuart added; "I was nowhere near any trees at The Perrings end of Youngwood Lane.

"I just thought I was food.”

Faith Moulin said: "Most likely an escaped falconer’s bird used to going to people."

Runners in the over parts of the country have reported being 'repeatedly swooped on' by ‘wakes’ of buzzards, with several having their faces scratched by the giant birds’ talons.

Stuart Jellis shows his injuries

Some runners have taken to wearing hats and carrying sticks to fight off the birds who come down 'like a missile' from the sky.

The RSPB told Runner’s World: “Just like us, buzzards have a strong instinct to protect their young.

"During summer months they will be busy raising a family, which can mean someone unwittingly coming too close to their home maybe seen as a threat to their young.

“In most cases a buzzard will be content to see a runner move away or ignore the nest as they follow their route, however in very rare situations, the bird may feel so distressed and concerned that it acts more aggressively.

"These are incredibly unusual circumstances and attacks are extremely rare.

"If you notice a nesting bird of prey where you run, it may be worth changing your route slightly during July and August to give the birds some space while the chicks are at their most vulnerable.

"If that spot is popular with runners or other locals, maybe contact the council or landowner and ask them to put a sign up so other people are aware and know to take a different route.”

TRAFFIC FREE STREETS
Did you enjoy less traffic during lockdown?
Ever thought how wonderful it would be to close your road to traffic on a regular basis?
Would you like to see more children outside having more freedom to play and be more active?
How about getting to know your neighbours a bit more?
North Somerset Council would love to hear from any neighbourhoods who would like all of this to happen and more!
Contact us: Active Lifestyles Team 01934 627014 kira.thorpe@n-somerset.gov.uk
To find out more go to: www.playingout.net

Speedwatch Nailsea roads are racetrack

Nailsea Speedwatch clocked a BMW driver travelling at 65mph on Nailsea Park on Saturday, July 11.
The road was full of young children and their families on their bikes.
The BMW driver was one of 22 recorded speeding in just one hour.
Police are now following up.
Speed cameras have been calibrated and extreme speeders will be prosecuted.
A Nailsea Speedwatch spokesman said: “65mph is stupid, dangerous, antisocial.
“Stop it before someone gets hurt or worse.”
Bryan Sheppard asked if police prosecute from speedwatch data?
Chris Perry said: "Community Speed Watch Schemes are predominantly about education, meaning no speeding tickets will be issued. 
"Additionally, most schemes use equipment that is not of the correct specification, so issuing a penalty would not be possible on a legal footing."
Tony Randall Phillips agreed.

He said: " Thanks Chris, that's correct. 
"Police however are visiting homes of extreme speeders on speedwatch data. 
"Separately, they are also using their own cameras which are of correct specification and can (and will) prosecute."
Martyn Jones said: "Trendlewood is also a race track particularly with cars coming up from the roundabout end."
Julian Camp said: "I would welcome a speed check at both ends of Trendlewood Way. 
"The Elms end of Trendlewood way has a speed activated 30mph flashing sign but nothing at the other end of Trendlewood Way. 
"It would be good to see the speed watch team in this area."
Debbie Jenkins said: "Try living on Causesway View, it is  arace track at all times of the day and night."
Steve Lewis said: "This type of incident is not new news, however it continues to make bad news! 
"I do hope the police will target the Trendlewood, Nailsea Park and Station Roads as part of their mobile speed enforcement programme."

Dawn Stamp said: "Try living on Queens Road its a death trap at times, so many idiots its been even worse during the lockdown months."
Steve Wright said: "There are all sorts of vehicles being driven by idiots all around Nailsea. "Our house backs onto Queens Road and I'd love the speed watch and mobile enforcement out the back - I think they would be shocked at some of the stupid speeds."
Debbie Jenkins said: "Speed limits are there for a reason, regardless if we think they are right or not, I agree 60 limit on a lane is just insane but it doesn’t mean you have to drive to that limit, no matter what I say on this very emotive subject people are going to agree or disagree, so i think we should leave it at that."

Firefighters on call

Nailsea fire crews have had a busy week in early July.

The Avon Fire & Rescue Service based at Pound Lane responded to a false alarm at Tyntesfield, did an overnight standby at the home of a stroke victim living in a property with a suspected gas leak and attended the road traffic incident at the top of Wraxall hill.

Pauline Davis said: "Apparently someone saw a gardeners’ bonfire and called the fire brigade.

"Protocol is that five fire tenders turn up.

"People manning the property didn’t know why they’d come as they hadn’t called them."

To keep up-to-date go to the firefighters own Facebook page.

DEAR DEER: Craig Teadman warned drivers to beware of a small deer loose in the St Mary's Grove and Church Lane part of Nailsea which he spotted on morning, Friday, July 3. When posted on Nailsea People Facebook page lots of others joined in with sighting including Ros Carey who said: "So surprised to see it in our garden this morning." Craig added: "It almost plucked up the courage to take itself home but got spooked by pedestrians on Church Lane."  The advice from the RSPCA was to give it the opportunity to take itself home. Beth Connock said: "It’s usually in the fields around the Uplands. I’ve seen them around for several years." Suzy Ruth said: "Poor thing looked terrified at 8am bounding around Chancel Close." Talia Stillwood saw the deer at 4pm at Harptree Close heading towards Sedgemoor Close and hopefully the fields. And Alex Wadsworth commented that 'I knew I wasn't going mad when I saw it running towards me'.

And the beat goes on...

The police community support officers for Nailsea and nearby have their own Facebook page managed by PCSO Connor Aitken.

Connor is responsible for posting all the various activities of the PCSOs from patrolling the area to carrying out good deeds.

The team(s) have been involved in checking on anti-social behaviour, delivering Easter eggs and fixing dates for cycle postcode registrations.

It is not a page to report crime – if the incident is not an emergency you should call 101 or visit the Pound Lane front office.

Please note: in line with government’s guidance regarding Covid-19, Nailsea police station is currently closed to protect the public and staff.

Its site is shared with Avon Fire & Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Connor said: "The Facebook PCSO page is for people to see what is going on in the Neighbourhood Team."

  •  PCSO Connor Aitken and PCSO Kate Turner cover REDWOOD beat (Pill & Long Ashton)

  • PCSO Chea Scandrett, PCSO Andy Gatenby and PCSO Sue Hawkins cover NAILSEA beat

  • PCSO Julie Berchall and PCSO Kate Turner cover BACKWELL & WRINGTON beat

  • PCSO Marie Broomfield covers YEO VALE beat (Congresbury and Langford area)

  • PC Martin Faithfull & PC Justina Lewis are the beat managers

Go to Pcso Connor Aitken FB page and ‘like’.

FRONT LINE: Avon Constabulary, Avon Fire & Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust all shared the Clevedon Road/Pound Lane site in Nailsea

Who's looking at you?

The eyes have it - what wag did this to the statue of Wurzel frontman Adge Cutler in Nailsea High Street?

Something over the weekend someone has decided to give Adge a new look - by sticking a set of googly eyes on his face.

It is understood the eyes had been put on with blue tack and easily removed.

Adge lived and went to school in Nailsea before settling in Tickenham.

The tribute is positioned outside the Royal Oak pub, where the band recorded their first record more than half a century ago.

The band had hits with songs including Combine Harvester and I Am A Cider Drinker in the 1970s.

Adge died in a car crash in May 1974 aged 43.

Members of Adge’s family are understood to be cross at the addition.

His nephew John posted on Facebook: “I am not happy about this at all.”

And others agreed.

Lyn Greenwood posted: “I hope whoever has done this returns Adge to normal and as punishment gives him a wash and brush up”

Others posting on the community site Nailsea People suggested Adge would have seen the funny side of his new look although they said it made him look like comBenny Hill.

Fan Rich West posted: “ I bet Adge would have laughed his head off at that.”

The four foot tall statue was created by local sculptor Roy Cleeves and was unveiled by Adge’s brother Dave Cutler and his nephew John Cutler.

Members of Wurzels tribute band The Twice Dailies, pictured below,  were also at the ceremony.

The Adge Cutler statue was unveiled in May 2016.

Roy also built the statue’s plinth from all the different types of stone quarried from the Mendips reflecting the theme of Ade’s song All Over Mendip Tonight.

The statue had previously travelled with the band to gigs across the West Country.

Adge, is buried at Christ Church in the town centre.

'Wild' swimming with dead sheep

A Nailsea farmer is warning about young people ‘wild swimming’ on their land.

They said: “Not one to moan but there’s been lots of youths on bikes around the West End of Nailsea, we stopped a group coming through our farm on Thursday looking to swim in the river, and found a mass gathering of teens on the moor jumping on private land.

“I don’t wish to be named or make a fuss but wonder if people actually realise where their kids are?

“I know we all need to have a little fun but then water can be dangerous and I’ve seen many decomposing sheep in there too!

“Hope the litter will not extend to our beautiful countryside and pray no accidents happen!

“I’d be terrified if my child did this unsupervised and in a remote location!”

“Wild swimming on isolated and private land can be dangerous.”

The warning comes at  North Somerset Council closed Abbots Pool nature reserve in Abbots Leigh following increased concerns for public health and issues with environmental damage and anti-social behaviour.

This comes hard on the heels of police reporting incidents of anti-social behaviour and excess litter left in parks and countryside around Nailsea.

A North Somerset spokesman said: “Visitors have been ignoring social distancing and using Abbot Pool as a toilet which both pose a significant threat to public health.

“Other problems caused at the site include large amounts of litter, damage

to the woodland and verges on the track leading to the site and to the eco-system of the pool itself which has been used for swimming, even though no swimming is allowed on site.”

The closure is likely to remain in place throughout the summer and will be kept under review until the end of September 2020.

  • North Somerset Council has approved improvements to the path round Backwell Lake by constructing six new benches and three new passing places with renovations to others with a hard-surface wildfowl viewing platform on the edge of the lake with deck area.

Nailsea High Street closure nightmare

The shambolic closing and re-opening of Nailsea High Street was slammed by town councillors at a planning meeting on Wednesday evening, June 24.

For 10 days the thoroughfare became a mix of HGVs, vans, cars, cyclists, skateboarders, tractors, pedestrians, wheelchair-users and the occasional dustcart all using the middle of the road.

Nailsea Town Council conducted the ‘virtual’ planning committee chaired by Rod Lees on Zoom as meetings at the Tithe Barn have been abandoned due to the coronavirus crisis.

North Somerset Council had a knee-jerk reaction to a government public safety edict to ensure social distancing in retail areas which was acted on without consultation with parish and town councillors, the meeting heard.

Mr Lees said: “We were told it was going to happen and that was it.

“I must say communication with North Somerset Council has been pretty poor – they could have done better.”

All the road closure notices and barriers to stop people using the parking bays will now be removed, and it will go back to how it was before, he added.

Town and district councillor Mike Bird said: “One of the problems was we allowed deliveries and disabled badge holders access to the High Street and it got abused by 4X4 drivers and articulated lorries.

“It got a bit dangerous as cars were driving through while people were walking in the road.”

All agreed long-term weight and speed restrictions were desirable.

“We need to stop these huge wagons going up the High Street which are a nightmare,” said Mr Lees.

There is a small window of opportunity for the district council to apply for a £190K plus grant for ‘temporary enhancement works’ but it was questionable whether Nailsea would qualify, said clerk Jo Duffy.

The meeting adjourned for Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, to speak.

He spoke of the ‘horrible’ look of the red and white barriers and mixed messages about lorry access.

Councillors thought upgrading the service roads a priority coupled with the taking over of the Clevedon Road and Station Road car parks to ensure fees are not introduced by the district council.

Councillor Clare Hunt said it was imperative to get people back shopping in the High Street. She accepted that although they could like to see a café culture ‘closing the road however desirable isn’t going to be an option’.

Councillor Jo Hopkinson said: “I go up and down the High Street and see the number of people flaunting rules of road not just during lockdown but since the barriers have been up.

“We should definitely apply for a grant and use it to improve signage and get height and weight restrictions.”

Councillor David Packham said closure had been botched, it was a missed opportunity and in the long term it should be looked at again.

Councillor Liz Frappell said: “I was beginning to come round to pedestrianisation, but I am afraid the experiences of the past few weeks remind me of when Avon County Council closed the road in the 1990s.

“I was in business then and it was absolutely devastating, dreadful.

“We should take it off the table completely for the moment.”

Mr Lees concurred saying 'we have enough to worry about at the moment with coronavirus'.

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICER OF COUNCILLOR

Parish of Nailsea Youngwood Ward

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of John Wilson, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council.

If by 9 July, 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

However, if an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations.

Dated 19 June, 2020

Jo Duffy
Clerk to Nailsea Town Council
Tithe Barn
Church Lane
Nailsea
BS48 4NG

Market back in September 2020

Nailsea's farmers' market will be back on Saturday, September 19 - if all goes to plan.
It was agreed at Nailsea Town Council planning meeting on Wednesday night that the farmers' market should be held in the High Street.
This will now be closed for just one day a month so stalls can be set out.
But the cost of one day road closure orders runs into thousands of pounds and requires 12-weeks notice.
This is the same issue faced by Nailsea Community Christmas Fair whose committee suggested North Somerset Council needed to change the bylaws for local one day/seasonal events.
A waiver is already in place for Weston seafront stalls.
Councillors wanted the market to mimic the success of the Eat:Nailsea festival.
The meeting was told Crown Glass Shopping Centre company Praxis is not interested 'at the moment' of having the farmers’ market back at Crown Glass Place.
The town council is waiting for a quote from Somerset Farmers Market (SFM), a not-for-profit organisation, which runs several markets across the county.
SFM charge £27 per food and craft stalls.
Praxis has agreed if necessary, stalls could stretch into Somerset Square, the meeting was told.
Road closure orders cost £1,250 per date (more if full 12-weeks notice isn't given). On top of this is street trading consent is £1,200 for 12-months and then there is £600 for the physical opening and closing every time.
Chairman Rod Lees said: "I think we should go ahead with a September farmers' market, end of.
"Let's be positive about it.
"It will certainly liven up the High Street...it's a no-brainer."
Councillor David Packham said: "We do lose quite a lot of money on the markets."

Clarification would be sought to see if costs can be 'negogiated' down.
Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, asked on behalf of High Street traders that they are informed on any decisions in the future that would affect them.
Mr Lees said they would keep Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Nailsea Independent Traders a small breakfast meeting business group informed organised by Mike Bird.

Unfortunately neither group has meet since long before lockdown.

Market manager Jo Liddiatt resigned in March amid the coronavirus crisis and restrictions are only just being lifted.