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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.

Nailsea High Street open again 

North Somerset Council planning and transport chief James Tonkin announced 24hr before that Nailsea High Street was reopening on Tuesday, June 23, only 10 days after it closed amid social distancing concerns.

The U-turn from the West End ward councillor came in consultation with High Street ward councillor Mike Bird when it became apparent that apart from angry traders who hadn’t been consulted it was presenting with more health and safety issues than it solved.

Not least among these were access for delivery lorries/customers, reversing dustcarts and two-way traffic on two wheels.

By 11am on Tuesday all the 'road closed' notices had been removed but parking bays remain blocked except for disabled badge holders and deliveries.
The 'no right turn' sign coming out of Waitrose car park was still there at noon.
Nailsea People witnessed boys on scooters, bikes on footpaths, white vans, cars and wheelchair.

Most traders fearing loss of passing trade were against the closure.

But Mark Hunter, of Hunter Leahy estate and letting agents, said: "The High Street should be shut off to all traffic.

"There are service yards to each side of the High Street and the link roads were put in to take the traffic away from the High Street."

Stephen Leather said: "I went for a walk along the High Street on Saturday morning and numerous cars drove down it, all bar one using it as a shortcut to the Waitrose car park. 

"One car even bullied me along as I tried to maintain social distancing by using the 'closed' road. 

"One Monday I noticed the additional barrier and notice near the Holly Hedge charity shop had gone and even more cars were using the road.

"Nailsea Town Council and North Somerset Council seem to have created a bigger health and safety issue than covid-19 will their ill-thought out plans."

Nailsea People would like to point out that Nailsea Town Council were not consulted or officially informed about the open and close plans although it is on a planning committee agenda for Wednesday, June 24.And all this was happening as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced bars, restaurants, cinemas, and hairdressers can reopen from 'Super Saturday', July 4,

Meanwhile people in Crown Glass Shopping Centre were enjoying the sunshine and browsing the handful of newly opened stores.

The Works had a bubble machine outside, and the atmosphere was friendly as impromptu al fresco dining was enjoyed outside Greens which had only just received its 2metre distancing signs which had been on order forever.  

Only Ecigwizard the vape shop at 10 Colliers Walk won't be reopening.

Social distancing from the fourth is being halved to 'one metre plus' to free up thousands of business, with precautions such as face masks deployed to make sure the risks of transmission stay 'broadly' the same.

And the Mail Online reports 'staycations are also back on the agenda, with hotels, campsites and holiday cottages permitted as long as they comply with 'Covid-19 secure' guidelines. Church services - including wedding ceremonies - can restart, but there is a ban on singing as it poses a 'particular' threat of spread. Two households will be allowed to gather indoors, in their homes or at a restaurant, with no limit on numbers. But they will have to observe social distancing, meaning grandparents will have to wait a bit longer to hug their grandchildren. Nail bars, gyms and swimming pools will also remain off limits after officials decided they are currently too dangerous to operate.'

ROAD WORKS: National Grid will install two and three-way traffic lights on Hanham Way from Monday, June 22. Advance notice signs are already in place and the website was updated with the new dates. They are expected to stay in place until mid-July. Its contractor, Murphy, has assurance residents access will be maintained during this work. There are plans to close Hannah More Road from Saturday, July 4 – when details are finalised Nailsea People will share a diversion map. More details HERE.

Engine Lane progress report

Some thought the flooding this week or the 11th hour intervention by North Somerset MP Liam Fox might carry sway but it was all too little too late and new homes will be built at Engine Lane, Nailsea, with several landowners including Nailsea Town Council to benefit from a windfall.

Barratt Homes secured permission to build 183 houses in Engine Lane in 2017 but faced complications from a National Grid project to move power lines across the site underground. 

The developer scaled back its proposals to 171 homes to create the necessary space.

National Grid does not object in principle but said it was imperative the amended plan did not compromise its ability to deliver the Hinkley Connection Project. 

It said: “The implementation of Hinkley Point C Connection is essential to facilitate the export of low carbon electricity from the South West and South Wales and Gloucestershire regions and maintain the UK’s energy security of supply of electricity.”

North Somerset Council planning committee nodded it through without debate despite scores of objections. 

Reflecting many of the concerns, Nailsea Action Group said the town faced having 671 new homes built ‘in a relatively small area serviced by lanes and roads unaltered for 50 years and with no plans for infrastructure improvement’. 

It said: “The mistakes of the past do not need to be repeated for the future. More imaginative ways need to be found to meet the need for housing. There are, for example, brownfield sites in the area, empty shops and office accommodation, and these, unfortunately are likely to increase in the aftermath of the pandemic.”

But planning officers had recommended approval, saying: “Subject to the remaining pieces of information and satisfactory assessment of these, the adverse impacts are outweighed given the need for housing and the benefits arising from this allocated site and the mitigations proposed and the application should be approved.” 

Committee chair Andy Cole who is the Independent ward councillor for Nailsea Golden Valley said he was happy with the recommendation, and so was Nailsea West End ward member councillor James Tonkin. 

Much of the site is owned by Nailsea Town Council.

Legal advice to the body ahead of an extraordinary meeting in April said: “This scheme delivers new housing in accordance with the town council’s housing mix policy, meets North Somerset Council’s planning requirements, will deliver new homes from 2021 and will provide a capital sum for investment in Nailsea in what will undoubtedly be a difficult time financially following the current Covid-19 pandemic.”

It said the negotiations with the National Grid had been ‘long and inconsistent’ but now the town council’s ambitions can be realised.

All new developments must have a proportion set aside for affordable housing to get planning permission.

While developers are required by local authorities to provide a proportion of affordable homes – often about 30 per cent – in any new development, many use 'viability assessments' to negotiate down the number by arguing that the requirement would adversely affect their profit margins.

Social housing tends to be sold to housing associations who then rent them out, usually on a part buy part rent basis.

On the original plan for the Engine Lane development for 183 houses there were 55 affordable properties, 12 one bed flats, 20x2 bed houses, 15x3 bed houses and 8x4bed.

We are told regulations can change and once Barrett has bought the land there is no legal reason why it could not be altered or even passed to another builder.

Barratt Homes’ plan was delayed while National Grid installed the new 132kv underground cables around the edge of the land.

Completion of the whole development is expected to be by the end of 2023 and the number of homes reduced to 171.

Barratts scrapped the 4 beds to reduce the overall number of houses.

There is not a breakdown of the number of 'affordable housing' in the revised scheme.
The government definition of affordable housing states it must be provided at a level at which the mortgage payments on the property should be more than would be paid in rent on council housing, but below market levels.

Analysts have predicted a drop in house prices this year, particularly as the economy shrinks due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Knight Frank has estimated a three per cent dip across the UK this year and some fear Barratt may pull out or try to renegotiate.

Interestingly Barratt Homes Nailsea is no longer on its website?

Police appeal to parents after weekend of drink and drugs

Do you know what your children are doing tonight or what they have in their bags?

Nailsea police have received an increase in complaints about anti-social behaviour during the weekends  at the Grove sport centre field, Nowhere woods and Millennium Park.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: "There has been excesive noise late into the evening, criminal damage and  littering."

He has ordered an increase in patrols by neighbourhood police and the special constabulary.

Sgt Raby added: "We are aware at this time things are still difficult and people want to be out and  meet with friends but we will not tolerate ASB.

"This weekend a number of groups were spoken to where alcohol and an amount of Nitrous oxide ( laughing gas) was confiscated.

"We are asking all parents to talk to their children and discuss this please, we want everyone to enjoy the good weather but be sensible."

OPENING THIS SUMMER

  • Weston General Hospital A&E department re-opened on Thursday, June 18, 8am-10pm every day. In addition, all clinics have re-started and the hospital continues to receive patients who, due to the temporary closure, were initially admitted to our neighbouring hospitals for their care and treatment. This includes the Minor Injury Unit, X-ray, the Outpatients department and the Elton Rehabilitation Unit at Clevedon hospital.

  • The Wild Place Project which has European brown bears and grey wolves living side by side together for the first time in a UK zoo is re-opens on Friday, June 19, after a 13-week closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm re-opens on Tuesday, June 23 – tickets must be bought online beforehand

 

NOT OPENING THIS SUMMER

• Nailsea summer playscheme which has been running for the first fortnight of the school holidays for more than 30 years is not going ahead in 2020

The Nailsea Shopping page is now open so read more HERE

Soccer stars talk to Swags

England superstars Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Declan Rice took time to talk to sporting heroes who had helped during the coronavirus crisis including Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club.

First team captain Chris Gale and community manager Al Parsons took the Zoom call organised by The Football Association partner PayPal.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis N&TFC (also known as the Swags) has been supporting the community by doing essential jobs like delivering food and medicine, helping with household and garden jobs and saying it with flowers to those having a hard time during the pandemic.

England partner PayPal contacted the Swags to hear their volunteering stories and invited them to take part in the call with the premiership players.

Chris and Al joined the video call and to their surprise so did the Manchester United and the England forward Marcus Rashford, Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount and West Ham and England defender Declan Rice.

The chaps were able to have a nice chat with national team players and as thanks for their community efforts PayPal rewarded them with a £500 gift which will go towards a fridge/freezer for their Fryth Way clubhouse.

The North Somerset players were also invited to join an England training session at St Georges, Burton-upon-Trent, when the crisis is over.

Swags chairman Rob Gregory said: "We knew at the beginning of this crisis we needed to do something to help our community but to be recognised for the club’s efforts by the sport’s governing body and be thanked by our playing heroes is massive for us."

Published extracts from the interview can be heard on the official England twitter feed HERE.

PayPal is the official payments partner of The Football Association (FA) in a four-year partnership that will see the two invest and encourage grassroots football.

PHOTOS: From top screengrab of Zoom video call posted on Twitter,  plus previous artciles featuring volunteering by club members during coronavirus crisis

DAY AFTER: Karen Chandler took these Wraxall photos of the flooding near Cradle Bridge where a new ‘lake’ near what used to be the back of The Old Barn appeared making for atmospheric farmland/wetland images

Oh no, don't let the rain come down

With the storm clouds gathering over Bristol Airport this top image full of foreboding was captured by Wayne Parsons.

Little did we realise late on Tuesday afternoon, June 15, that Nailsea would be caught in the eye of the storm.

The Met Office had posted a Yellow warning which means ‘severely bad weather is possible over the next few days and could affect people in the area concerned. Yellow means that people should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day-to-day activities’.

The optimistic Nailsea people thought at least we won’t have to water our gardens for a few days while the pessimistic predicted an apocalypse.

But then the heavens opened and the rain – lots of it – came down.

The main roads became riverways and traffic couldn’t get through, roofs started to leak, and hailstones as big and golf balls battered the pavements.

Some did rain dances in their back gardens while others bailed out with buckets their homes as the water crept under the doorframes.

Bristol Post reporter Heather Pickstock posted a lament on her Facebook page worrying about her newly planted sweet peas.

That was moments before the ground floor of her Wraxall home became a lake.

She wrote: “Had it just been the sweet peas that had been battered, then that would have been okay.

“Instead, the openings of the heavens led to a flood of biblical proportions at Wraxall.

“It was just down to the sheer volume of water.

“Several inches in 20 minutes plus the fact that I live down the bottom of a lane.”

Nailsea firefighters came to the rescue of several people and properties in Backwell, Nailsea, Flax Bourton and Wraxall.

The worse hit area was the appropriately named Watery Lane which became a fast-moving stream filled with debris.

Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland and Co-op stores closed due to flooding adding to the woes of the business community.

Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, summed up the situation aptly.

He said: “Pandemic, now the floods, we just need the locusts.”

Hardly an area of Nailsea escaped from High Street and its surround roads to Trendlewood, Causeway, North Street, Greenfield Crescent and Walnut Close reporting the downpour.

Danii Long said: “The lane off Hanham Way and Causeway View next to where the National Grid works is a good 5ft deep if not deeper...this is the top of the hill and it's shin deep there alone.”

Wessex Water came to the rescue of those flooded at the bottom of Union Street by replacing drain covers.

Karen Chandler said: “Terrible driving conditions and lots of surface flooding.

“The turn right from Queens Road and then left to Trendlewood was pretty bad.”

Tracy Morris said: “I left Sycamore Lodge at 4.30pm and it was horrendous driving conditions, I couldn’t see a thing yet when I got to Bristol town centre there was no sign of even a shower.”

Thank you everyone who shared your photos, many used in slideshow above and the videos posted on Nailsea People.Facebook page.

And while we are on the subject of lost and found - email nailseapeople@gmail.com or visit the Nailsea People Facebook page for more details.

  • Sweep has lost his doggie bandana while out walking along the public footpath in the fields behind Leighwood Drive and Parish Brook Way – anyone seen it? Pet owner Colin Fraser would be grateful for its return.

  • HSBC premier debit card found in Tesco car park Nailsea on Tuesday afternoon. Handed in to customer services yesterday afternoon Mrs J Askew.

  • Kelly Louise Crane‎ is looking for a Giant men’s white mountain bike last seen in the Station Road area of Nailsea at the weekend.

  • Tracey Stevens found cyclists keys on Lodge Lane, Nailsea, on Tuesday evening. Do they belong to you?

Cat with fetish for rubber gloves

Sarah Mumby has a very strange kitten cat called Margaret – well, Maggie for short.

Sarah, aged 38, said: “Maggie is a nine-month-old kitten who likes to bring me gifts.

“It started with small things like twigs, petals and feathers and has now escalated to potato crisp bags and lids of strawberry pots - bin day is always interesting!”

Sarah who went to Nailsea School moved to her home in Clevedon nearly 15 years ago but still have lots of friends in Nailsea.

She added: “My daughter Addie, seven, thinks she’s trying to save the planet by litter picking but by far the most random and mysterious are the rubber gloves.

“She’s been dragging them through the cat flap in a steady stream for a few weeks now and we have no idea where they are coming from, she’s even managed to get a matching pair of Marigolds!

“It’s still a complete mystery as to where they are coming from despite asking on social media.

“Someone somewhere must he scratching their head wondering where their gloves are going.”​