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Dog poisoned by discarded drugs

A Nailsea dog walker discovered packets of drugs and nitrous oxide canisters in Hanham Way on Saturday night but not before her puppy swallowed one of the packets.

Gill Ryan said: “My five month old puppy collapsed after swallowing one of these packets.”

It is hopeful the young dog will make a full recovery but the cost of emergency treatment from a vet is expected to be run into several hundred pounds. 

Gill is warning all dog walkers to be vigilant saying ‘there are no words to describe the person who dropped the drugs’.

The NOS canisters and drug packets pictured were recovered from the grassy area next to pavement near the roadworks.

Gill added: "My puppy is recovering well as the drug ingested is a sedative in white powder form, possibly ketamine."

Kayla Caddoo-Frost commented on Nailsea People Facebook page where more than 8,000 read about the incident in the first few hours is was posted.

Kayla said: "The poor pup but it is not just animals what about small children, why do illegal drug dealers have to put pictures on the bags (see photo of drug bags decorated with dolphins)?"

A police spokesman said the neighhood team will be stepping up foot patrols in the area this week and reminded the public if they see anything suspicious to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Beau(tiful) update

on poisoned puppy

Dog owner Gill Ryan is letting everyone know that her five-month-old Golden Retriever puppy is fully recovered after digesting drugs picked up at Hanham Way, Nailsea, on Saturday evening.

Emergency treatment by vets Watkins & Tasker saved the day and after a scary night administering liquid charcoal (and clearing up the sicky mess) Beau is happy and healthy once again.

This news reached more than 10,000 on the Nailsea People Facebook page with hundreds of 'likes/loves' and many comments including:

  • Sarah Jefferies who said: "Amazing news.'

  • Sue Lane said: "Oh I’m so please. Thank you for the update. Sending all my love."

  • Amber Walters said: "So glad the pup has made a fully recovery! Hope who ever left those dirty packets laying around has seen this and feels very guilty and ashamed of themselves."

  • Jeanne Parkinson said: "So pleased your pup is fully recovered."

  • Cathy Blakemore said: "Great to hear Beau has recovered You must have had a fretful night."

  • Anne Ray-Rowley said: "Oh that's great news I'm soo glad Beau's okay."

  • Charlotte Smith said: "So glad your beautiful puppy is recovering well."

  • Lee Lynas said: "So glad."

  • Mike Davies said: "Cute pup."

Council to remember

Nailsea Town Council environment and leisure committee chaired by Jonathan Argles discussed memorials at its Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 13.

There was a discussion about a suitable memorial for former councillor Phil Barclay, who was in his nineties when died in December.

This should acknowledge all his work on mapping public footpaths and conservation, it was decided.

Naming a road after him and/or a tree were among the ideas favoured.

An oak tree is also to be planted at Lions Green to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday, January 27.

The theme for HMD 2021 is Be The Light In The Darkness which has taken on a new and more poignant meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. Councillor Ben Kushner will read a Hebrew prayer and the event will be filmed and shared.

Council chairman Jan Barber said: "The tree will be a 12ft oak and replaces the tree which was damaged after a storm."

There was talk of establishing community gardens on many of the green open spaces dotted around the town including those on housing estates along with shared compost bins - but only if neighbours agreed.

The communal areas could be more than cabbage patches but used to grow fruit trees and the harvest shared with the community larder established by Nailsea Community Group.

However, there was some concern voiced about the number of ‘twigs’ planted at Blackthorn Way which has completed covered the area and whether the maintenance of the saplings was adequate.

Councillor Joanne Hopkinson said mulch had been put down this week and clerk Jo Duffy said this was on the agenda for discussion with North Somerset officers later this month.

This meeting has been arranged to discuss several items of concern to Nailsea councillors including 'dangerous' pot holes on The Drove. 

The re-wilding spearheaded by the district council has resulted in a forest rather than a coppice being planted at Nailsea Park, said town council chairman Jan Barber.

She told the committee she had received several complaints about what had happened to the land which people are now unable to walk across.

There is a mineshaft from Nailsea's coalmining era in the middle of the space hidden by hedgerows.

The committee was told Nailsea Junior Football Club has made an approach to Nailsea Playing Fields Association to join Nailsea United FC and Nailsea Cricket Club by making the Grove sports field its home ground.

The sports field is owned by the town council and leased for 31 more years to the NPFA.

No matches have been played since December, said NPFA representative Maureen Brady.

New councillor Emily Miller is to progress ideas to make the skate park more accessible for all ages in consultation with Phil Williams who was the driving force behind the facility being built in the town.

The Millennium Park amenity is currently closed on police advice due to the Covid-19 social distancing rules although some young people have flagrantly ignored the closure, the meeting heard.

POLICE NEWS: Nailsea neighbourhood police have sent out a newsletter with a new year message for all – see photo. There is a new Facebook page for the officers which includes Portishead and Nailsea at:

https://www.facebook.com/Portishead-Clevedon-and-Nailsea-Neighbourhood-Policing-100814498548256/

The majority of police front offices are closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This includes Nailsea. Only four front desks remain open seven days a week at:

• The Bridewell Police Station, Bristol

• Patchway Police Centre, South Gloucestershire

• Bridgwater Police Centre, Somerset

• Yeovil Police Station, Somerset

FROZEN 3: The weather forecast predicted snow but here in Nailsea all we got was a bitter wind which was enough to freeze the ice on the duck pond at The Elms, Wraxall. However, this clever hen led the way by breaking the ice with her beak and swimmomg to open water followed by two mallards. She got the idea after watching a child using a stick who broke the ice at the pond edge 

Bowie birthday broadcast

Nailsea screenwriter Ashley Pharaoh made a guest appeared on Radio 4 on Saturday morning to talk about David Bowie.

The programme was in honour the day before of what would have been the Ziggy Stardust legend's 73rd birthday on January 8.

Ashley, aged 61, who is also a television producer was born in Southampton but grew up in Nailsea.

North Somerset gets a mention on the programme as Ashley recalls his teenaged years.

Ashely is best known as the co-creator/writer of the successful drama series Life on Mars, which began on BBC One in 2006, and creator/writer of the family drama Wild at Heart, which aired on ITV1 from 2006 until 2012.

A former pupil at QEH he went on to study at the University of Sussex and the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in the 1980s.

His graduation film Water's Edge was nominated for a BAFTA which is said to have featured Nailsea characters and he still has local family including his dad Freddy, aged 90, living in the town.

Ashley wrote many EastEnders scripts and an episode of District Nurses starring Pam Ferris and Sarah Lancashire about a Yorkshire community in which he uses his experience of his late mother Margaret’s cancer treatment.

Ashley credited the late great singer as the inspiration for Life on Mars series and on the programme musicians and fans talk about the wistful beauty and the philosophical intent of David Bowie's classic song.

Ashely said on air: “The lyrics ‘See the mice in their million hordes, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, Rule Britannia is out of bounds, where does that come from?

“The song was a massive part of the television series.”

TUNE IN: If you missed the programme you can hear it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r33c.

Break-in Nailsea

Police made house-to-house inquires after a house in The Perrings area of Nailsea was broken into overnight Friday/Saturday, January 8-9.

Nothing is believed to have been taken but the culprits fled in a hurry leaving the conservatory doors wide open after making a search for items to steal.

Police asked all householders to step up their home security.

Nailsea People Facebook comments include reports of a similar incident at Hillcrest Road and the contents of a parked unlocked car taken.

PHOTO: For illustrative purposes only

North Somerset Covid-19 news

This is the latest updates issued by North Somerset Council.

As case rates continue to rise in North Somerset we know that the coming weeks are going to be extremely difficult, especially for our health services which are already under pressure.

The most important thing we can all do to help our NHS, and protect our community, is to respect the lockdown rules. We should all stay at home as much as we can, wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering if we can, and always stay at least 2 metres from anyone not in our household or support bubble.

Working together we can look after each other and bring our rates down.

LATEST CASE DATA

Our weekly seven-day rate for North Somerset (based on a full week’s data) shows the North Somerset rate is 372.0 per 100,000 head of population. This is an increase on the rate with shared with you on Wednesday of 360.4. This compares to the South West seven-day rate of 344.1 and the rate for England at 612.1.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday 2 January. 800 new cases were identified in that week.

These rates are the highest we have seen in North Somerset since the pandemic began.

You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases

 

NORTH SOMERSET RAPID TESTING

North Somerset Council will use government funding for community testing to extend the successful pilot, which launched in Weston College last month.

Our public health team is finalising the details of this service and we expect to be able to start offering tests to our residents in the next couple of weeks. We will release more details, including where the testing sites will be, who can benefit most from a test and how to book, as soon as it is available.

The testing, which is known a lateral flow, is for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, so are asymptomatic. Anyone with symptoms - a new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – should continue to book their test at  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. This testing is free and available now.

 

MOBILE TESTING UNITS

For anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus the mobile testing units (MTU) are operating at Locking Road car park, Weston-super-Mare, and Castlewood in Clevedon until at least Sunday, January 24.

The Department for Health and Social Care (government) decides where to have mobile testing units and when they will be open. There has been a mechanical issue with the vehicle that serves the Clevedon MTU this week, so that site is currently being served via a reserve unit. This may affect availability of the Clevedon site over the coming days but should that be the case we will provide a further update when DHSC inform us.

You can book a free test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If you have symptoms, book a test.

 

NORTH SOMERSET TOGETHER

Thank you to all the North Somerset Together volunteers who have responded so quickly to this third national lockdown. Our network partners have confirmed that they are ready to respond to new requests for support, giving us coverage across all towns and the larger parishes in North Somerset.

We currently have enough volunteer capacity and, in some cases, have already had new volunteers come forward. Given the increasing level of infections we will keep this under review as the lockdown proceeds.

More specialised support continues to be available via North Somerset Together from partners including Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS), Citizen’s Advice North Somerset, Curo and Alliance Homes.

Anyone who is classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) has been asked to shield during this lockdown, staying home as much as possible. As well as the support you can get from North Somerset Together, if you are CEV you can also register with the National Shielding Support Service (NSSS), which will give you access to priority supermarket deliveries. If you have already registered with the service, you do not need to do so again.

Anyone aged over 70 who registers with the NSSS and indicates that they need additional support will also be referred to North Somerset Council’s Wellness Service, which offers telephone welfare checks for people who are self-isolating, for an assessment.

Our community meals service is on standby to help the network with emergency food requests if needed.

Government communications to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are arriving, and we will follow up North Somerset Together information later next week to give a second prompt to people to register with NSSS or contact their local network if needed.

The network has also been supporting the vaccination programme by helping eligible residents get to their appointments. We will continue to work with the NHS in the coming weeks as the rollout continues.

 

NEWS FROM OUR HEALTH PARTNERS

From BNSSG - Ashton Gate announced as Vaccination Centre

The Government has confirmed Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol as one of seven 'super vaccination centres' across England, and the first in the South West.

This is another significant step forward for our local vaccination programme. The increased capacity at Ashton Gate should allow us to continue to move through the prioritisation categories at pace, and vaccinations at the stadium will start next week.

As a system, our shared priority is a safe and effective roll-out for everyone in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Our local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) began vaccinating the over 80s and care home residents in December, and by the end of next week all 19 PCN sites in BNSSG will be up and running. The UHBW hub also became operational this week, doubling our hospital hub capacity.

A huge thanks go to the health and care staff in every setting who have pulled out all the stops and worked so hard on the roll-out to date. We know is hasn’t been easy and the programme team would like to thank everyone for their resilience and perseverance.

While this strengthens our capacity to vaccinate at scale, it will still take time to reach everyone. Please be reassured that there is enough vaccine to go around and people will be invited by the NHS to receive their vaccination as soon as it is their turn.

We are working through the next steps for frontline staff vaccination at the moment and will be sharing more on this soon.

You can find all the latest updates on the local roll-out at the Healthier Together webpage:  COVID-19: Mass vaccination - Healthier Together

 

FROM UHBW - WESTON HOSPITAL

Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust said: “Weston General Hospital continues to be under significant pressure, but we have taken appropriate action to maintain the safety of our patients and staff, and are working with our partners across health and social care to help to ease the pressure on the hospital.

“We would like to repeat that Weston General Hospital is open as normal and is not a COVID-only hospital. We assess and treat all patients on the grounds of clinical need and patient safety, and over the past few days we have admitted COVID-positive patients to Weston and admitted COVID-negative patients elsewhere to help ease pressures on Weston General Hospital. This is a temporary measure which is under regular review.

“We would like to provide assurance that the measures we have taken enable Weston General Hospital to continue to operate safely. We would encourage anyone who has an appointment to please attend as planned, and remind the wider public of the crucial importance of following the latest Government restrictions.”

ROLL OUT: Dr Jon Rees, of Brockway Medical Centre, posted this image on Instragram after a busy day on the frontline

FROM NIGHTINGALE HOSPITAL BRISTOL

We know that many of our hospitals in the Severn sub-region are extremely busy, as they are all over the country, with the rising numbers of people with Covid-19 and the usual winter illnesses. At present, we at the Nightingale Hospital Bristol remain in standby – ready to care with compassion when needed.

The Nightingale hospitals each play a different role in their local areas, while the Nightingale Hospitals in Manchester and Exeter are step-down facilities for patients with Covid-19, as your know, our hospital has been specifically designed to provide the highest level of specialist care for critically ill patients with Covid-19. The design of the unit directly affects its suitability for different types of clinical care for inpatients. While it is suitable for the delivery of outpatient services, in terms of inpatient clinical care our hospital is only suitable for inpatient intensive care.

We can assure you that we constantly review our position with our system partners and the regional team. We are the insurance policy for the region and as yet we are fortunate that in this region we have not reached the triggers for opening as a Covid-19 intensive care unit. If and when we do, we will, of course, let you know.

 

IT EQUIPMENT FOR ONLINE LEARNING

If someone in your community doesn’t have access to the internet at home or if their child doesn’t have a suitable device for online learning, please advise them to contact their school who may be able to help via the government’s national scheme.

 

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

With case rates in North Somerset at their highest levels, we are redoubling our efforts to encourage our local communities to play their part and do everything they can to reduce the spread of infection. We will be adding regular updates to our website and social media feeds so that the local community can access the latest information available, and encouraging everyone to respect the lockdown measures. Please share these posts when you see them and help us reach more people. Your endorsement as community leaders will also help to encourage positive behaviours.

 

BUSINESS SUPPORT

 The chancellor has announced support for businesses including:

  • One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the spring; and

  • £594 million discretionary fund to support other impacted businesses.

This is in addition to the grants and funding already on offer, and the furlough scheme.

Full details of what is available and information on how to apply can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport

We will share more details of the new grants when more information is available.

Calling Little Bo Peep

On Wednesday, January 6, it was sheep in the meadow but no cows in the corn when we received reports of a pitch invasion at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

It prompted every pun known to sheepshearers and reached nearly 4,000 Nailsea People Facebook fans on social media.

Paul Mccullough said: “When caught they should be barrrred.”

But runner Lee Passco said he saw nothing while exercising that morning.

While others added a YouTube musical link to Beep Beep I'm a Sheep featuring

TomSka & the BlackGryph0n!

Mick Graham said: “Nailsea is starting to feel like the Scottish Highlands & Islands the amount of free roaming cattle and sheep we've had during the past couple of months.”

Beth Connock said: “It’s not the first time it’s happened.”

And when Linda Cripps captured a flock grazing on the field the rugby fans conceded the pitch invasions.

N&BAFC vice chairman Dave Hudson used the opportunity to spell out some rules.

He said: “Just a reminder that the rugby club is private land where children and adults play rugby.

“We request dogs are kept on their leads and that any dog mess is picked up by the owner and disposed of in the correct bins...not the club rubbish bins.

“Thank you for helping to keep the young rugby players of Nailsea & Backwell safe.”

UPDATE: Since publishing this on our Nailsea People Facebook page we have had reports of sheep getting out in the Backwell, Wraxall and Greenfield Playing Fields areas all belonging to different farmers. The photo by the stile is lambs getting out at The Elms

2020

SERGEANT SANTA: Nailsea neighbourhood police weren’t looking for naughty children when they parked a magical caravan at Somerset Square on Christmas Eve. The constables and PCSOs were accompanying Santa on a tour of the town and Crown Glass Shopping Centre was just one of the festive meet-the-people pitstops. They also visited care/nursing homes in the town bringing Christmas cheer to all ages. Well done Avon & Somerset police and thank you. Avon Fire & Rescue crew from Pound Lane, Nailsea, is pictured wearing festive hats. The firefighters were on duty all over the Christmas holidays and had many call-outs including weather-related flooding and we say another big thank you. The service is currently recruiting retained officers go to https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/your-area-home/north-somerset/nailsea for more details 

Back in Tier 3 here are some public services notices

Christmas carols drive-in

Every time I have a date there's only one place to go
That's to the drive in
It's such a groovy place to talk and maybe watch a show
Down at the drive in

Beach Boys

Nailsea hosted a drive-in show with a different on Sunday, December 21, when carols were sung in a service put together by the Rev Michelle Taylor.

The ‘sell-out’ afternoon event took place in the car park of Nailsea School and it was a full house with 100 free spaces all allocated weeks in advance.

Michelle, on behalf of Christians Together in Nailsea, said: "Nailsea’s first ever drive-in carol service was a wonderful and joyful event for the town.

“A host of heavenly volunteers - angels in disguise - contributed to the smooth running from the tech team, Open The Book members, Aviator Brass musicians, Joyful Spirit choir, readers, Neil Tucker for the loan of his truck, and the army of stewards keeping everyone safe.

“Everyone was able to join together to celebrate the birth of Christ from the safe and dry confines of their cars, participating with the loud honking of horns to show their appreciation.

“Thank you to everyone for helping to make it such a success.

“Have a blessed Christmas.”

A church in Swanmore, Norfolk, started the trend by hosting a drive-in service with its congregation winding down their windows to join in with the hymns.

Michelle was a leading light at the 2019 Nailsea Beer & Cider Festival when the headline band for the Sunday afternoon session failed to show and she joined Elvis and others for an impromptu performance.

Michelle who is Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate was on bar duty but soon swapped pulling pints for a stage performance par excellence.

Her idea to bring a Passion Play to Crown Glass Shopping Centre at Easter was thwarted by the coronavirus crisis and has been postponed for another day/year.

Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'

The last story we wrote about the access for disabled people at Nailsea & Backwell railway station was in September 2019.

This is when North Somerset councillor James Tonkin and wheelchair user Alison Morgan were invited to attend a GWR seminar at the House of Commons by North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

For more than a decade Access For All campaigners have petitioned, threatened court action, appealed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and asked for public support to get First Great Western to install ramps at the railway station which is on the Bristol to Exeter line.

Then came the bombshell in this sorry saga in the shape of a joint letter in the summer of this year from GWR managing director Mark Hopwood and Network Rail Western interim managing director Mike Gallop saying the cost of fixing Nailsea & Backwell railway station to make it accessible for disabled people is now estimated at £10 million and they just didn’t have any funds and there are embankment stability problems.

This is when Nailsea People vowed never to write another story about the long sad story without definite news.

We are not sure this article fits into our criteria but this month The West of England Combined Authority it is 10 year plan to transform travel by rail has included the promise to ‘…station improvements including better accessibility and new seating and shelters at Freshford, Lawrence Hill, Nailsea & Backwell, Parsons Street, Patchway, Severn Beach, Stapleton Road, and Yate’.

We apologise now if Nailsea & Backwell only gets a couple of new platform benches but fingers-crossed it means something a bit more substantial.

Published online by Travel West you can read it HERE.

The plan, agreed at the December committee, sets out how rail travel will change between 2020-2030 providing people with new rail routes, step-free access at stations and more frequent ‘turn up and go’ services.

It is the first time a long-term regional rail plan has been agreed for the West of England. The West of England Combined Authority is leading on the work, in partnership with Network Rail and local councils.

Projects to be delivered by 2025 include:

  • Re-opening the Portishead line including new stations Pill and Portishead

  • Increasing services on the Severn Beach to Westbury line and providing a new station at Bristol’s Portway Park and Ride site

  • Upgrading and extending the Henbury line, extending services to Gloucester with new stations at Ashley Down, Henbury and North Filton

September 2019
  • Creation of a new Eastern entrance at Bristol Temple Meads, leading to the site of the planned University of Bristol campus and St Philips Marsh

  • Station improvements including better accessibility and new seating and shelters at Freshford, Lawrence Hill, Nailsea & Backwell, Parsons Street, Patchway, Severn Beach, Stapleton Road, and Yate.

And you can read our last story in full by scrolling down this page HERE

Tiergate - changes for Christmas

Following the Government’s announcement that North Somerset will move to tier 2 health leaders are urging residents to keep up the fight against Covid-19.  

The call comes as restrictions are set to change from Saturday, December 19, allowing some hospitality businesses to reopen in line with national guidance. 

But case numbers show coronavirus is still very present in the community, with the latest reported figures showing infection rates starting to creep up again following the move out of national lockdown and into tier 3 earlier this month.

North Somerset Council executive member for health Mike Bell is the Liberal Democrat ward councillorr for Weston Central.

He said: “This has been a really hard year and it’s very tempting to let it all go, even for a few days over Christmas.

"But things can turn around so fast.

"We’ve seen Covid cases spike very quickly in other areas and we all need to do everything we can to avoid that happening here.

“The new tier 2 restrictions will still be tough for many of our businesses and households, but the reality is that until a full vaccination programme has been rolled out the threat from Covid remains a real and present danger.

“So, I urge everyone to keep doing what they have been doing over the past few weeks: follow the guidance, protect each other and protect our health services.

"The worst thing we could do now is to halt the progress we have made or risk restrictions through complacency.  

“For anyone finding it hard, emotionally or financially, including our hard-pressed businesses, please visit the North Somerset Together pages at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/togther for practical advice and signposting to the support available.”

Extra grants for the hospitality trade, including wet-led pubs that do not serve food, have been announced this week. Details can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.

Public health director Matt Lenny, said: “Covid-19 continues to circulate in our community and can still be caught by anyone in any setting.  “Our case numbers have come down, but not as fast or as far as we would like to have seen since lockdown ended.

"The feeling of exhaustion is understandable, but we need to keep looking after each other and keep the virus under control in North Somerset.  

FROM DEC 19

“Wash your hands often, cover your face if you can, stay at least 2m away from anyone not in your household or support bubble, and follow the government’s guidance.”  

The latest reported rates show the seven-day rate for North Somerset is 123.3 per 100,000.

The comparable south west rate is 90.7 and England is 196.3.

North Somerset’s rate was 172.5 on 31 October, when the national lockdown was announced.

It peaked at 305.5 during the second lockdown, following a previous peak of 68.4 during the spring lockdown. Rates went down to 113.9 on 9 December before starting to climb again.

  • Nearly 1,000 patients aged 80 and over booked at Tyntesfield Medical Group surgeries this week as the first batch of vaccine arrives.

  • Many pubs and cafes have chosed not to reopen, an up-to-date list can be found on Nailsea People Facebook page.

  • Go to Gallery 2020 to view several slideshows of December in Nailsea with the Christmas What's On page HERE.

TESCO SAY THANK YOU

Tesco Nailsea played Santa this week and gave tins of sweets to our emergency service personnel as early Christmas presents.

Manager Jon Weed said: “We gave a tin of sweets to all our police, ambulance and fire brigade staff to say thank you from us for everything they do for the community keeping us safe.”

NO BIG VEHICLES: Temporary signage on 'A: board - the proposals by North Somerset Council officers and the Yeo Ward map and the image of the red and white plastic parking bay barriers which caused such controversy in Nailsea ...

HIGH STREET

Except for access

9am-5pm

High Street restrictions

North Somerset Council officers have put forward a new traffic solution to Nailsea High Street and ward councillor Mike Bird wants to know what everyone thinks.

After the fiasco of recent months with the closure, re-opening, ugly red and white plastic parking bay barriers, whether in these times a street market should go ahead or not and then the idea we were not going to get any Christmas decorations this time people are being asked first - hooray.

Mike is the Independent ward councillor for Nailsea Yeo which includes the town centre.

He said: “This is a follow on from the barriers being removed, but with a thought that it could become permanent if people think it’s a good idea.

“Having talked to many people during the past year, my thoughts were, what if we could make the High Street a place where pedestrians had priority?

“Where pedestrians could walk in the road and socially distance without fear of being runover?

“Also, how to stop the heavy lorries using the road?

“This is the solution North Somerset Council officers have come up with.

“It means between 9am-5pm traffic has only access rights to the High Street, meaning people can still drive up the road, load, unload and even park if they want to, there is nothing to stop residents driving up the High Street, but they will have to drive much more carefully as pedestrians have the right of way.

“Between 5pm-9am the High Street is open as normal.

“The planters at the entrance will be spaced three metres apart meaning access is restricted to cars, minibuses and delivery vans not HGVs.

“At some point next year, a weight limit will be installed on the High Street, but these things I’m told legally take much longer to get put into place.

“As well as the main signs, there will be a temporary ‘A’ frame sign near the Station Road roundabout warning of the new restrictions.

“This is just until people get used to the idea.”

So Nailsea People and more importantly High Street businesses what do you think?

Email nailseapeople@gmail.com with your response.

Covid-19 latest early December 2020

Nailsea People were told ‘if’ we go into Tier 2 before Christmas and it is a big ‘if’ a certain pub chain will not reopen in Nailsea.

The customer said this was because pubs fear being swamped with customers making keeping social distancing impossible.

However, The Royal Oak general manager Craig Mamo said: “It is not long now until the next government announcement.

“In the meantime, we want to clarify that should we drop down a tier to Tier 2, we will be looking to re-open The Royal Oak before Christmas, albeit under very tough conditions.

“This isn't a guarantee that we will open but it's likely that we will.

“When we do find out what tier we are in for Christmas, we will comply with all regulations as before and make it as safe as we possibly can.

“We will not allow overcrowding at any time.

“We will know at the same time as everyone else, so we ask for patience while the decision is made.

“We will update on our Facebook page and to our guests directly when this happens so keep an eye on our FB page for the most up-to-date news about The Royal Oak.

“You can get in touch with us any time via Messenger or by calling the pub.

“We are looking forward to opening our doors again and welcoming the people of Nailsea back in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Mick Graham said: “I'd like to think Nailsea pub goers would act responsibly but let’s look at why reopening might be a bad idea - it's Christmas and most people will drink a little extra - boom, social distancing will disappear, look at the hordes in and outside Bristol.

”I'd like to think Nailsea pub goers would act responsibly but let’s look at why reopening might be a bad idea - it's Christmas and most people will drink a little extra - boom, social distancing will disappear, look at the hordes in and outside Bristol pubs before lockdown (let’s face it some would be from Nailsea, it's the place to go for many) - infection rates rocketed, and it wouldn't just be Nailsea drinkers - remember the guy that should have been self-isolating that decided it would be a good idea to come here for a drink?

“I know I'm going to be slaughtered by those that think they're invincible but rather a little more pain now for a bigger gain later. Tin hat on.”

Several schools in our area have COVID-19 positive cases and have implemented quarantine procedures.The latest date from North Somerset Council shows our current rate is per 100,000 head of population is 113.9.

This is a decrease on last week's rate of 163.7.

This compares to the south west seven-day rate of 79.3 and the rate for England at 153.

There is a lag of five days in case data meaning the latest information is for week ending Saturday, December 5.

You can see more detail on local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases.

Covid vaccinations began this week, both nationally and in North Somerset with a priority order in place.

For anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus the mobile testing units will be operating in North Somerset throughout Christmas and the New Year.

Locking Road car park, Weston-super-Mare, will be open daily until at least Friday, January 8 This includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Castlewood site in Clevedon will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, but open every other day between now and at least Friday, January 8.

The Department for Health and Social Care decides where to have mobile testing and when they will be open.

You can book a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If you have symptoms, book a test.

This slideshow of out-of-date notices around Nailsea was prompted by Alex Hosking who posted on Facebook an example of one about a vehicle ban dated 2006 in Union Street.

This is the best and the oldest found so far.

Flyposting in the town isn’t as bad as first feared but we suppose this is because nothing is happening…no events due before Christmas unless we get taken out of Lockdown 3.

That is except the Christmas farmers’ market along the High Street on Saturday, December 19, and a banner should go up on the roundabout by Iceland soon.

Flyposting is displaying adverts and other promotional materials without permission, on buildings, posts, poles, litter bins and elsewhere in public. 

Flyposting is mainly done by businesses and community groups that want free advertising.

According to Wikipedia, the online free encyclopaedia flyposting in the US is called wild posting or bill posting and is considered is a guerrilla marketing tactic.

These posters are also commonly referred to as wheatpaste posters because wheatpaste is often used to adhere the posters.

Posters are stuck to construction site barricades, building façades and in alleyways.

In Nailsea it is more likely to be an old telegraph pole or bus stop shelter.

Past its sell-by date flyposting around Nailsea 

Winning by a whisker team

Get a handle on this magnificent team of Nailsea & Tickenham FC players and a member of the support staff raising money for Movember sporting face furniture for charity.

Fifteen footballers and their club secretary raised £2470 by growing a moustache for the month of November.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

Midfielder Aaron Latta conordinated the fundraising and put in place the rules so before they started everyone had to be clean shaved.

Aaron said: “I normally have a beard put that had to go and we agreed everyone would wet shave every day around our moustached.

“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, including men.

“Globally men die on average six years before woman and mostly due to preventable causes.

“That’s why this year, more than ever, did some of the lads want to get behind the Movember movement and grow our moustaches, grow them proudly and try and raise as much funds and awareness as we can.

“The Movember charity really is making a difference in men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer and we know that the money we’ve raised will help save a bros life.

“We are delighted to announce that we have raised a whopping £2,470.

“Thank you to everyone on behalf of Nailsea & Tickenham FC for all your kind donations and we all hope to be doing the same next Movember!” 

PHOTOFIT LINE-UP: Aaron Latta, Jake Murray, Paul Balshaw, Craig Burchill, Dane Wilshear, John Murray, Matt Pilgrim, Gary Freeman, James Seeley, Al Parsons, George Gillingham, Louis Ashley, Mike Rickard, Scott Pilgrim and Mike Carroll

POLICE BRIEF: Speeding in Nailsea and the hotspots of Millennium Park and the skatepark, Morgans Hill. Grove playing fields, Nowhere Woods and Nailsea and Tickenham FC ground at Fryth Way all feature in the latest newsletter from our neighbourhood police team. To read more and download your own copy click HERE.

Key contact details are:

 

A date for the next Facebook Live session will be announced soon...​

Backwell Lake improvements

BACKWELL LAKE: Top is the lake grounds in the beginning, the slideshow has some historic photos, the protest and more work in progress shots and above is the path and new viewing platform construction in November 2020

Wessex Water is spending thousands of pounds on improvements at Backwell lake.

Work has started:

  • Constructing a new accessible viewing platform on the south western edge of the lake near the car park;

  • Upgrading the path round the lake;

  • Build six new benches and three new passing places plus renovating other seats; and

  • Improving the car park.

The idea is to make the area more visitor friendly especially for people with disabilities.

The work was scheduled to begin in May but has only just begun.

Backwell Lake which feeds into the River Kenn was created in the mid-1970s as an urban drainage system to control flooding.

This is still its primary purpose however the area has evolved into an important site for wildlife and recreation. 

Designated as a County Wildlife Site (CWS) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) the 20-acre site is surround by marshy grassland, mature trees, and dense scrub.

It is home to several protected species including bats, greater crested newts, otters, barn owls, swans, ducks and breeding birds although no badgers have been seen lately.

The rare southern marsh orchid grows on its banks.

However, two invasive non-native plants Nutall’s waterweed and Himalayan balsam also grow at Backwell Lake and signs of the American mink have been found in the past.

Previous proposals for Backwell lake have included being surrounded by massive pylons and building of a dual-carriageway motorway link on stilts running through it.

The current plan is fair less radical.Backwell Lake was created in the 1970s by developers building new housing estates in Nailsea to drain water from the land and to avert flooding.

The Backwell lake ground is owned by Wessex Water and is leased from them by North Somerset Council for 25 years.

It was designated as a Nature Reserve in 1990 and is an outstanding area for dragonflies and for foraging bats, including the protected Greater Horseshoe bats.

The path around the lake was completed in the summer of 2015 thanks to Backwell Access Group (BAG).

In April 2019 there were calls for new safety measures to stop swans flying into overhead power lines which straddle the far end of the site.

Western Power is of the view that because trees and greenery were cut down last year the swans had no natural background and couldn't see the 33,000 volt power lines which supply electricity to around 18,000 homes and businesses including Bristol Airport.

There were also long term, controversial proposals to skirt the lake with huge pylons to link the new Hinkley nuclear power plant to Avonmouth as highway engineers wanted to build a dual carriageway linking the A370 to the M5. 

In January 2018 more than 600 people joined hands around Backwell lake to protest at the proposal to build a four-lane motorway with metro bus links on the beautiful rural space between Nailsea and Backwell.

On a bitterly cold but sunny Sunday afternoon, January 7, they linked hands and long scarfs on the footpath surrounding the lake which separates the two communities - it was muddy underfoot and winter coats and earmuffs were the preferred order of the day which took on a friendly outdoor party atmosphere.

However, there was an underlining mood of seriousness and urgency and it was mostly a show of solidary by country lovers of all ages and their pets against any new road and massive housing plans for the area.

Those who stood together cheered, did the Mexican wave and some even did the hokey cokey although the real threat to the flora and fauna including rare birds, otters and bats of the lake lands were not far from their minds - thanks go to Backwell Resistance for organising the event 

Telling Tier 3 how it is

The Government announced on Thursday that North Somerset will go into a very high level of alert – known as tier 3 – at the end of England’s national lockdown next week.

North Somerset Council said its data shows us that the latest lockdown has had a positive impact, so we are asking everyone to keep doing what they are doing to continue the trend and move North Somerset as quickly as possible into a lower tier of alert.

No one wants to be in the situation of having to continue tough restrictions in North Somerset. The lockdown put a significant strain on many parts of our community, especially those who need to take extra care during Covid and our hospitality sector, and the decision to keep us in a high level of alert means these difficulties are not yet at an end.

 

LATEST CASE DATE

The second lockdown saw an initial surge in coronavirus cases, peaking at a rate of 305.5 per 100,000 in a seven-day period – nearly four and a half times as many as the 68.4 per 100,000 during the peak in the first lockdown.

Rates have fallen over recent days and now stand at 210.6 per 100,000 but our local pattern is still above the regional average.

For context, the comparable South West seven-day rate is 139.7 and the England rate is 209.1. 453 cases were confirmed in North Somerset during the last seven days reported.

You can see more detail on our local case data HERE.

Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases.

PROTECTING BUSINESSES

We do not want North Somerset in tier 3 any longer than necessary. If our hard work continues to pay off and our rates continue to go down we will be asking Government for assurances of a regular review of the evidence and to ensure that we are not unfairly linked to rates outside of our area.

December would normally be the busiest time of the year for our hospitality sector so it is crucial that those who cannot trade normally get the business support that is available.

We encourage those of us who can to support all our local traders as much as possible over the Christmas period. Shop local and help make sure our businesses can survive into 2021.

PROTECTING RESIDENTS

The network of volunteers who have helped residents across North Somerset throughout this pandemic continues to be on hand for anyone who has no support from family or friends or who is socially isolated. Local group details can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together or call 01934 427437.

KEEPING UP HANDS, FACE, SPACE EFFORTS CRITICAL

The changes we all made to stay at home as much as possible since November 5 have made a difference.

It is challenging to keep going but we have the power to reduce the impact of this virus if we follow the same basic advice.

Washing our hands as much as possible, wearing a face covering if we can, and keeping at least 2m away from anyone who is not part of our household or support bubble, are still the most important things any one of us can do in the fight against the virus.

 

TESTING

It is very important that anyone who needs to get a test request one as quickly as possible and if they are symptomatic or a contact of a case, please follow the guidance on self-isolation to prevent others being put at risk.

The mobile testing units at Castlewood, Clevedon, and Locking Road car park, Weston-super-Mare, will be operating seven days a week until at least Wednesday, December 9.

Appointments are made available on the nhs.uk/coronavirus page twice a day - once in the evening for tests the following morning and then once in the morning for tests that afternoon.

We are planning to bring lateral flow testing to North Somerset and are working through the logistics of setting up this new service, and who will be offered the tests.

The Government has said that local authorities that fall into tier 3 will be offered support from NHS Test and Trace and the armed forces to deliver a 6-week rapid community testing programme. As we have been put into this tier we are waiting for more details.

This is separate from the testing that has been announced to support visiting in care homes. We are also waiting for more details on how that will work.

 

TIER 3 GUIDANCE

The last day of England’s national lockdown is Tuesday, December 1, with the new tier restrictions coming into effect on Wednesday, December 2. All retail, leisure, and personal care businesses which had to close can reopen, and recreational sport can resume, but entertainment and hospitality venues will remain closed, apart from delivery, take-away and drive-through sales.

Businesses which continue to face trading restrictions are encouraged to make sure they are accessing the grants that are available.

People will still not be allowed to meet indoors under the rules, or in most outside spaces, but up to six can now meet in some outdoor public spaces such as parks, sports courts, and public gardens.

 

The guidance, which can be found at GOV.UK, says:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes: indoor play centres and areas, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, snooker halls.

  • ​Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:

- zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves

- aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
- model villages
-museums, galleries and sculpture parks
- botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
- visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
- landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
- leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close

KEEPING YOU INFORMED: Join a North Somerset Council  webinar on Friday, December 4, from 3-4pm. This will be hosted by North Somerset Council chief executive Jo Walker who will be joined by other senior council representatives. It will be available to watch on YouTube and you’ll be able to ask your questions via Slido using event code #NSCUPDATE. If there are any particular topics that you’d like us to address on Friday, please let us know by replying to this email.

  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place

  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers

  • As part of a single household, or a support bubble

  • For work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

  • For childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

  • For supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

  • For formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

  • To allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

  • For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

  • For prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

  • for birth partners

  • to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

  • to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

  • to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

  • to provide emergency assistance

  • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

  • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

  • to facilitate moving home

 

COUNCIL SERVICES

All leisure centres in North Somerset will reopen on Wednesday, December 2.

The Playhouse Theatre and Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare will remain closed.

The Campus in Weston and Somerset Hall in Portishead will be open for pre-booked sessions, such as childcare, training courses, NHS blood donor sessions and church groups.

Libraries will continue to offer bookable computers for those who need to access online public services and do not have internet access at home, click and collect, and deliveries to existing Home Library Service customers. Doors will also reopen for limited browsing. For more information about what is on offer at each library visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect

The Town Hall reception in Weston is open on an appointment only basis. Customers who have enquiries should contact 01934 888 888 and ask for the relevant service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged for you.

Other services including recycling centres, kerbside collections, schools and nurseries, parks, play areas, and car parks will stay open. Funerals can continue and can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Weddings ceremonies are permitted again and can include up to 15 guests. Midwifery appointments will continue in children’s centres.Critical council services, such as social services, care connect, road repairs, gritting, and community meals also continue. Covid-safe measures are in place across all council services and buildings, such as social distancing measures.

No barrier to shopping

It was mid-June 2020 Nailsea High Street was closed to traffic and the story featured on the front page of Nailsea People, read more HERE.

Access was allowed for delivery lorries up to 7.5 tonnes, disabled drivers, the community bus and emergency vehicles.

It was after a public outcry about lack of consultation led by High Street traders and Nailsea Town Council it was re-opened but with red and white plastic barriers blocking the on-street parking bays.

Amid moans and groans all summer about what was happening next with North Somerset Council keen to cash in on government grants for making public thoroughfares COVID-19 compliance a rethink has finally taken place.

North Somerset councillor James Tonkin who originally had a vision of a traffic free high street conceded this week ‘providing we don’t have a resurgence’ of coronavirus cases the barrier are gone for good (or the foreseeable future).

James had hoped Nailsea High Street would become a cafe society space filled with people enjoying al fresco dining with pedestrians and cyclists moving safely in these socially distancing times.

But it was a step too far for many shopkeepers already dealing with difficult trading conditions.

Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, said: “Many thanks for listening and removing the social barriers and for realising how important it is for us traders to have our High Street open up as normal again.”

FARMERS’ MARKET: North Somerset Council officials approved the health and safety measures put in place on Saturday, November 21, at the High Street market. There were only 24 food and drink stalls to allow space for shoppers to keep a safe distance from other customers ... and the road was closed to traffic ...

Big bang theories

Nailsea experience its second electricity cut this week.

Reports on social media at teatime on Friday that a pylon 'blew up' near Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club got the following response from Western Power Distribution that ‘…we have a line down in the area so the public may have witnessed some flashing in that area…’.

Many residents experienced complete blackness for 30 seconds with their television and broadband not restored for minutes later.

Lee Lynas said: “Yes, it all went out ten minutes ago for a few minutes in West End, Nailsea.”

Kersti Clement said: “And near Tesco, all the streetlights went out too.”

Congresbury, Wraxall, Yatton and even Weston people reported lights flickered or went out.”

Kate Nurminen said: "House alarms going off left right and centre."

Jane Holt said the lights went out inside Tesco supermarket.

Kate Atwell said: "We had electricity off for about fiuve seconds in Backwell and everything straight back on afterwards.

"Love the drama though."

Jan Thomas said: " Was cooking dinner, that wasn’t pleasant with a hot pan in my hand - could have issued some warning surely?"

Tony Rickard said: "For those asking for warning that would suggest something was premeditated. I would guess something either unexpectedly broke or was unexpectedly broken - digger through cable kind of thing?

Tony added it was made worse with so many working from home reliant on the Internet.

A WPD spokesman said: “Apologies for the disruption, our engineers are carrying out a fault finding process as there is a fault in the area, and this is the quickest way to find the fault and isolate supplies as quickly as possible.

“We aim to restore all supplies that are currently off by 6.30pm.”

Days earlier a similar incident happened, and people took to Facebook with reports of hearing a ‘huge bang’ and seeing a ‘bright flash’ in the sky over the town.

Many reported their lights flickering, the power to their homes tripping and

On the High Street

internet and TV connections being lost at approximately 3pm on Tuesday, November 18.

People living further afield in Cleeve, Tickenham and Clevedon also said their lights had flickered and power switches had tripped.

Dannii Long posted in the Nailsea Forum Facebook page: “Anyone know what the big bang was close to Ryhne View?

“Just tripped the electric.”

Emma Louise saw the flash in the sky, posting: “The whole sky lit up.”

“There was a massive flash of electric from the overhead cables near the rugby club.”

The ‘huge bang’ was caused after contractors working on a small housing development at St Mary’s Grove hit a power line when excavating the site.

A WPD spokesman for the previous ‘bang’ said: “We received a call at 2.47pm yesterday about damage by a third party to a cable in the St Mary’s Grove area of Nailsea.

“Contractors were excavating in the area when they hit a cable.

“We arrived on site at 3.36pm and made the cable safe and completed the repairs by 4.10pm.

“One property was off supply as a result of the incident.”

The spokesman added that it was ‘likely’ the incident is what caused power to properties in the local area to trip.

The opening of Nailsea farmers’ market in the High Street on Saturday, November 21, is proving controversial.

With some arguing it is safer to shop in an outdoor market than a busy supermarket, others say people cannot be trusted to maintain a safe distance during this second lockdown.

Some fear the long-term goal of North Somerset Council is to pedestrianise the road with or without its shopkeepers being in favour.

North Somerset Council has an additional £473,750 from the Government to spend on road safety in rural areas.

This is for introducing by 2021 new walking, cycling and socially distanced environments.

The funding is part of a national £175m grant from the Department for Transport (DfT).

North Somerset Council has already introduced temporary measures, with wider pavements for effective social distancing and pop-up cycle routes to help safe travel.

Its goal is to add ‘quiet lanes’ with speed limits and with pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders getting priority over vehicles.

North Somerset Council executive member for transport James Tonkin is the Independent councillor for Nailsea West End.

He said: “This funding recognises the important role active travel will play in the next phase of Covid-19 and supports the increase in active travel and walking we have seen this year.

“Introducing better routes for people to walk and cycle to enable work, education or leisure is an essential part of the economic recovery of our region and we are delighted that we have secured this additional funding to allow us to introduce these schemes and create safer environments for our visitors, residents and businesses.

“This council is committed to creating more opportunities for sustainable travel and reducing carbon emissions and these schemes will also support those important goals.”

But Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, is concerned the red and white plastic barriers blocking all the High Street parking bays will affect festive trade.

He said: “We are due to be out of lockdown in two weeks, will the barriers be gone by then - I really do hope so?

“It would be great to trade up to Christmas without having to lug large heavy items like 65in TVs halfway up the High Street.

“Like many other shops, we have a massive increase in deliveries and collections around Christmas.

“It would also be great for those with mobility issues to be able to park close to the shops again.

“But it is not just me that thinks the barriers are a bad idea, I don't know any traders or customers that say they are doing any good and even our own town council meeting agrees.”

  • STOP PRESS: Despite concerns about its budget Nailsea Town Council is to spend £11,500 on plants for 2020. This includes more than £5,000 for weekly watering of the hanging baskets (more if the summer proves a scorcher). The environment and leisure committee decided  on Wednesday evening, November 18, that they would approve a slight price increase and pay for 70 baskets in the High Street. Nailsea in Bloom horticulturists had intended to scale back next summer's planting to cut costs as Blaise Plant Nursery reviewed its core business with local authorities. 

TESTING TIMES; The mobile testing units at Castlewood, Clevedon, and Locking Road, Weston, car parks will be operating seven days a week until at least Monday, November 30 

THURSDAY FIGURES: On the day Nailsea People published the latest available figures for COVID-19 on its Facebook page Nailsea School sent Year 8 pupils home as one student tested positive. Previously the school had announced three teachers had also tested postive. The latest case has resulted in the Year 8 bubble isolating for a period of 14 days at home. But late on Thursday North Somerset Council sent out a press release saying 'an increasing trend in Covid infections for over 60s in North Somerset has prompted calls to ‘look after each other’.' This latest reported figures show a sharp rise in cases in the older age group, which includes some of people most vulnerable to complications from the disease. The risk of falling seriously ill due to coronavirus increases with age, and for those who have other underlying health conditions – which are also more likely in older people. With infections continuing to climb across all age groups everyone is asked to take more care to keep those most at risk safe. There is a lag of up to six days in case data meaning the latest information is for 13 November, which shows the seven-day rate for North Somerset is 306.4 per 100,000, with 659 new confirmed cases. The comparable South West seven-day rate is 193.5 and England is 274.3. To checked the COVID-19 figures for Nailsea and nearby go to https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map 

Huge North Somerset fly-tipping fine

A man caught fly-tipping in North Somerset countryside has been fined thousands of pounds.

Richard Young of Perrycroft Road, Bristol was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, during which he must complete 200 hours unpaid work, and was ordered to pay North Somerset Council who brought the prosecution its investigation, legal and clean-up costs totalling £6,358.01.

Young was prosecuted for six offences relating to five large-scale fly-tipping incidents at:

  • Abbots Pool car park, Abbots Leigh;

  • Oxleaze Lane, Dundry; and

  • A bridleway off Dial Lane, Felton.

In a case heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 12, Young pleaded guilty to five charges relating to waste duty of care offences under section 34(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and one charge of fly-tipping under Section 33(6) of the same act.

Between July and November last year council officers attended five incidents where waste had been fly-tipped and found evidence of where this waste had come from.

On speaking to the individuals whose waste was fly-tipped it was identified that the vehicle used in each of these incidents had the business name CY Landscapes and Garden Maintenance printed on the side.

Further investigation showed that the defendant operated under this business name.

Very soon after these collections were made the waste was found fly-tipped in North Somerset.

Young was also the registered keeper of the vehicle used to carry out a fly-tip on a bridleway off Dial Lane, Felton where around seven tonnes of waste were found blocking the bridleway.

Welcoming the outcome of the prosecution is North Somerset Council executive member for waste and recycling who is the Green Party ward councillor for Backwell.

She said: : “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and has a negative 

impact on our local environment and communities.

“North Somerset Council will investigate all incidents of fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty notices or prosecute individuals when sufficient evidence is found.

"Residents and businesses are advised to ensure that a private contractor disposing of their waste is a licensed waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency and provides them with a receipt for the collection giving the contractor's contact details.

“Also, making a note of the vehicle registration used to collect the waste ensures that they can be traced."  

Any business or contractor who carries waste must ensure they register with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and keep records for a minimum of two years for all waste they produce, transfer and/or dispose of.

A reputable company shouldn’t have any issue with you requesting this information.

Follow these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed legally:

  • S - Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.

  • C - Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.

  • R - Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.

  • A - Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.

  • P - Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

Household waste can be disposed of at any of the council recycling centres.

Residents who find fly-tipped waste are encouraged to report it online to the council as soon as possible at https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/parking-travel-roads/street-cleaning/fly-tipping.

ROAD WORKS: Queens Road in Nailsea is being closed for three days from Wednesday, November 18, so North Somerset Council can patch-up the potholes. Access for people living in roads off this main thoroughfare but residents in nearby roads are angry they weren't notified. The X8 and X9 buses will be diverted via The Perrings and has been seen going along Hazlebury Road. Residents have been sent letters and there are notices on all the bus stops. Pictured is the highways crew parked overnight in Mizzymead Road ready to start work and potholes here seemed to be ‘marked’ for repair.

Spate of car vandalism

A spate of damage to cars in Nailsea has been reported to police.

The culprits trying to get into cars at Friendship Road in the early hours of Friday and Saturday morning, November 13-14, have been caught on film.

The video is posted here - unfortunately, it is poor quality.

The homeowner said: "My apologies for poor quality of video due to spider and spider web in view! Have now cleared camera of spider webs in case it happens again!"

Two people, one wearing glasses, can be seen rummaging through compartments and the boot of another car which was unlocked on a neighbouring drive.

Also, on Friday night, November 13, the vehicle pictured had its windscreen smashed at The Perrings.

The car was parked near Biddesham and Blandford Close. It has been reported to police on incident number 5220256904.

This follows a spate of similar incidents the night before mainly centred on Hazlebury Road area.

Thieves tampered with cars parked in Hillcrest Road on Thursday night, November 12.

One vehicle was parked on a driveway near the junction with Mizzymead Road.

The owner said: "There isn't damage so it looks like it could have been a digital device.

"Can you alert others and ask if anyone has cctv in Hillcrest Road/Valley Way Road?"

The reports were posted on Nailsea People Facebook page and provoked lots of questions about what the police were doing to solve the crime.

Mick Graham said: “There's been an increase in general criminal activities in Nailsea over recent weeks and the only increased police presence I've seen is the safety van on Mizzymead Road.

“The police seem more interested in catching motorists on a straight stretch of road than protecting peoples’ property.

“I know speeding is wrong and dangerous but I'd love to see the figures on how many people have been killed or injured in Nailsea from those convicted of speeding, and how many burglaries, thefts and assaults have gone unsolved?

“And if its all down to prevention, well what about this horrendous increase in those latter crimes?”

Paul Hardwidge said: “There is CCTV evidence at Wraxall garage showing the culprits who got into my car Thursday night using my credit card… the police won't even go and get it, they absolutely useless.”

Thomas Saunders advised people to keep their car on their drive with a home security camera pointed at it.

Chris Roly suggested officers brought in a police dog to track the offenders.

Time to give

Nailsea School head of Dragon House Will Hellier completed a 20K poppy run for the Royal British Legion.

Will dubbed his efforts which he completed on Saturday, November 7, and has so far have raised more than £1,300 a ‘jog plod/Womble stomp’ which took him on a tour of neighbouring North Somerset villages.

He is leaving the fundraising page open HERE for latecomers to still give.

Will who is pictured at Tickenham church said: “Grateful of any donations for this most worthy of causes.”

The Royal British Legion has like so many things this year had to adapt to the threat of Covid-19 which has curtailed is Poppy Appeal fundraising.

It said: “We're calling on the public to support us like never before, because every poppy counts.

“As millions of people across the UK are now unable to leave their homes to find a poppy, and with collectors unable to carry out face to face collections, we've unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely.

“From donating for poppies through the post for your neighbours and local community, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run, there are many ways to support the Poppy Appeal from home in line with Covid-19 restrictions.”

Lambtrad assistant business manager Jack Tucker who has worked at the Portishead and Worle branch and also done charity work with the Ronald McDonald House in Bristol is also taking part in the My Poppy Run fitness challenge.

Jack who is aged 29 and lives in Backwell said: “This is the first time I have done something linking fitness into it for charity. 

“In the past it was in-house fundraising weekends, helping out Gordano School to repaint their special education department and refurbishing their garden. 

“Back towards the beginning of this year I was quite overweight.

“This year, during lockdown one, I have decided to join the Royal Air Force, following in my family footsteps.

“Through diet and exercise I have lost three stone in a few months so I can pass the RAF medical. 

“So walking 40km is a massive leap for me, as back in lockdown one, I did no exercise at all.  

“Having family in the military has been a massive influence for me to do this walk, as I understand the impact the Royal British Legion has on people’s lives.”

To support Jack who so far has raised £660 and is pictured on a coffee pitstop click HERE.

For the second year in succession gardeners from Nailsea In Bloom have planted giant wooden memorials in flower beds around the town.

Nailsea In Bloom chairman Wendy Mobbs said: “We would like to thank people for supporting us in this appeal.

“We are thrilled to have raised £850 approximately £300 more than last year.

“I’m sure you will all agree the flower beds look great with them in and if anyone would like the poppy they sponsored please email me at wendy.mobbs@outlook.com.”

All the photos from Remembrance are now in the Gallery 2020 slideshow.

The Mustache Month

Who is doing Movember?

We know Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club players who always win by more than a whisker have signed up - anymore?

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

The chaps are looking to raise £1,000, which will go to the official Movember charity.

Pictured is first team player Aaron Latta.

Click HERE to go to the club’s fundraising page on the Movember site. 

Rick Hand, of Nailsea Auto Electrical, also has joined the Movember movement the leading charity changing the face of men's health.

HIs official fundraising page says 'Together we can make a difference for men's health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Help me stop men dying too young.'

Click HERE to donate to Rick and his team.

POLICE BULLENTIN: Fallen trees on the A370 among other roads and power lines which came crashing down in bustery weather has made our police busy in the past weeks. But local PCSOs also found time to deliver sweeties to young people living in Nailsea households with a Halloween display as they were aware of the lack of trick and treating because of  Covid-19 restrictions. Read all about it in their latest newsletter which you can download HERE or go to the Facebook page run by PCSO Connor Aitken. Halloween photos are on the Gallery 2020 page.

Not going out

So, another month of lockdown starts as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across North Somerset.

North Somerset Council said the rate of infection has gone above 100 per 100,000 people locally with 294 new cases confirmed in past week.

Nailsea People has heard of High Street shopkeepers, bar staff and families who have caught and recovered from the disease along with many new cases.

Added to the cancellation list which includes bonfire night at the rugby club is Remembrance Sunday and there is a big questionmark about the farmers’ market it is a bleak start to winter.

As expected, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced what is effectively a second national lockdown in England, which will come into effect on Thursday, November 5 and will last until Wednesday, December 2, when the government will ‘seek to ease restrictions’ and return to the 1-3 Tier system, Johnson said.

People may only leave home for specific reasons, including education, work, exercise, medical reasons, to escape injury or harm, and to meet with members of ‘exclusive’ support bubbles from one other household if they live alone, for childcare purposes or to provide or receive vital support.

All non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed, though click and collect services will continue and essential shops will remain open.

Schools, universities, courts, childcare providers and other public services will remain open.

People cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions.

Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.

The Treasury’s furlough scheme, originally set to expire on October 31, will be extended until the end of November with the same conditions.

North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: "For a number of weeks our infection rate was below the rest of the South West, but we are now just above the regional average.

“The number of cases continues to increase and it's important that everyone plays their part to break the chain of infection by observing the three main principles of hand washing, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing."

Analysis of the latest case data also shows that there's no clear pattern of infection in local communities.

Matt added: "The case data tells us that the virus is circulating generally in our community and we are no longer seeing greater rates of infection just in younger people.“

All age groups are becoming infected and therefore it's incredibly important that we all play our part to reduce the risk of transmitting or catching the disease.

Poll ends Friday, November 6, 2020

"The risks from coronavirus become more severe as people grow older,

and particularly if they have other long-term health conditions, so we must all do what we can to protect the more vulnerable members of our community.

“We are all connected - through our work, our families, education and our social lives. The virus does not discriminate."

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate and book a test immediately. The symptoms are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Tests can be booked online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. 

There are three testing centres in North Somerset:

  • Castlewood in Clevedon;

  • Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare; and

  • the regional testing centre at Bristol Airport.

All three sites offer pre-booked appointments only.  

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.