What's new pussycats in Nailsea and nearby? This is mostly crime, court, weather and traffic updates - planning issues including new development(s), homes for sale all moved to Property Peeps pages
Nailsea motorcyclist hurt in Christmas Day accident
Police are appealing for witnesses after motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car in Nailsea.
The incident happened in the early hours of Christmas Day at about 2.25am in Trendlewood Way.
The motorcyclist was in collision with a parked car and sustained serious head injuries.
He was taken to Southmead Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Collision investigators are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Trendlewood Way area at the time of the incident.
Anyone able to help is asked to call the collision investigation unit on 101, quoting reference 5217293166.
Christmas and New Year on the buses
Up to Saturday, December 23
Normal services will operate
Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve
Normal Sunday timetable will operate from the start of service, however...the last departures will be from around 6pm, with no services operating after approximately 7.30pm (except Airport Flyer Services A1 and A3 which operate a normal service)
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day
No services will operate
Tuesday, December 26 Boxing Day
Special timetables will operate on a number of services in and around Bristol. Sunday timetables will operate on Airport Flyer Services A1 and A3. There will be no services operating elsewhere on the West of England network
Wednesday to Friday, December 27-29
Saturday timetables will operate on the majority of services
Saturday, December 30
Normal Saturday timetable will operate
Sunday, December 31 New Year's Eve
Normal Sunday timetable will operate
Monday, January 1 New Year's Day
Special timetables will operate on a number of services in and around Bristol. Sunday timetables will operate on Airport Flyer Services A1 and A3. There will be no services operating elsewhere on the West of England network
Tuesday, January 2 onwards
Normal services will operate.
For a copy of the 2017-18 Christmas and New Year service guide click HERE.
BOOM TOWN: This was what I was thinking ‘Twas the nights before Christmas, when all thro' the town not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’ then (and sorry to spoil the pretty image) I thought RATS
Council needs £10m to balance its books
North Somerset Council has to find another £10 million in cuts.
Well don't know how they are going to do that given they have sold the family silver and reduced staff/services to the bone.
Yet like many councils across the country it is facing a very difficult budget setting process for 2018-19.
Having already incorporated £90m of revenue savings into its budget since 2010, the continuing fall of government funding, along with significant increases in demand for social care services, mean the council will have to find further savings of more than £10m next year.
The council’s Executive is meeting this month to debate plans to close the gap in next year’s budget.
Council officers have been working hard to identify potential areas where additional savings can be made.
Because of the significant levels of savings already generated, the ability to drive further large scale savings has become increasingly difficult.
It says 'the focus remains on transforming the way services are delivered and adopting a more commercial approach'.
That probably translates into more privatisation and a hike in community charges.
It says it has kept council tax increases low for a number of years and has also accepted the government’s freeze grant on several occasions, both of which have enabled local residents to have a very low level of council tax compared to others.
This also means that the council has a low tax-base, and is effectively being penalised, with less opportunity than other councils to address the shift in funding resources from government grants to locally-generated income sources.
By 2020, more than 92 per cent of the council’s budget is expected to be funded through council tax and business rates income rather than through the revenue support and other government grants.
The council’s strategic approach to long-term sustainable budgeting is to create a largely self-sufficient financial position by 2021.
Delivering structured growth of housing and business with the required infrastructure is key to this.
An increased council tax base and more local business rates will reduce reliance on the inevitable declining funding from central government.
The executive meeting at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare this week will publish a report on the council website.
To read click HERE is available on the council’s website.
Councillors have the opportunity to scrutinise budget proposals during December, and all savings proposals must also be assessed for the impacts they will have on recognised equalities groups.
The final budget will be considered again by the executive on Tuesday, February 6, before the budget is set, and council tax rates agreed at the full council meeting on Tuesday, February 20.
NAILSEA ROBBED: NatWest and RBS is closing a total of 259 branches all around the country - and the bank at Crown Glass shopping centre is one of them.Another in North Somerset is the bank at Chew Magna. The 21A Somerset Square bank has recenlty been refurbished and has been in the shopping precinct since it was built in the 1960s.
Skate park meeting December 7
The people behind Nailsea Skate Park have called a meeting to discuss how build on its success and sort some of its anti-social problems.
The open meeting is on Thursday, December 7 at 7pm at 65 High Street.
In 2016 more than £100,000 was raised to completely revamp the skate park opposite Tesco supermarket.
It is widely used but there have been a few concerns lately with anti-social behaviour including litter mess and drug arrests and those in charge are anxious to address any issues which stops young people using the hard fought for facility.
Organiser Phil Williams said: “It has now been 18 months since the new Nailsea skate park opened which has been used extensively by not only the local community but those travelling from further afield.
“It is fantastic to see that after the 20 months or so of hard work and fundraising to get to the figure of around £116,000 which enabled us to build the park it continues to be a really popular community space.”
Nailsea town councillors, supermarket staff and community police officers will be at the meeting which is open to youngsters and their parents who use (or want to ) the skate park and those who walk, rest and play at Millennium Park.
Refreshments will be served at this meeting.
The 16th anniversary Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival 2018 is on Saturday, June 9.
Mandy moves on
Mandy Langham who lives at Weston-super-Mare was Nailsea Town Council town orderly for seven years.
But this month she quit
When the job was advertised in 2010 there were some reservations that she didn’t live locally but considered the most suitable applicant Mandy took up her broom and was tasked to keep the High Street spick and span.
Out in all weathers pushing her cleaning trolley Nailsea people took Mandy to their hearts as she got to know everyone, exchanging chit-chat and advice on her daily rounds.
The Bristol Post even did a big feature about her rubbish busting prowess.
However, despite the town council being a ‘living wage employer’ Mandy said she couldn’t live on the part-time minimum hourly rate.
She said she was heading for the city which paid more.
And this week Nailsea Town Council advertised the position previously held by Mandy.
Town Orderly - Nailsea
Up to 24 hours per week (flexibility around hours or employing more than one person on fewer hours) £8.45 per hour
Nailsea Town Council is seeking to recruit an orderly to undertake duties throughout a defined area, including litter picking, bin emptying, clearing leaves and weeds as well as other related tasks.
The post holder will be required to walk, work outside and undertake manual handling throughout the day meaning physical fitness is essential as well as the ability to use appropriate tools safely.
It also wants the town orderly to be a good communicator able to represent the council to members of the public and traders in the town.
All for the princely sum of £8.45 an hour.
Are 'drug dealers' advertising at Millennium Park
A reader has pointed out that a pair of hanging trainers can indicate drug dealing or even more sinister a nearby crack house.
This information right was gleamed online at Wikipedia.
The reader said:"The trainers hanging from the tree adjacent to Nailsea Skate Park have a serious meaning.
"They are a symbol for drug dealing by drug dealers for potential buyers promoting that here is where you buy from.
"They should be removed or reported.
"After the recent arrest I think it is important to mention."
We have passed the information on to police.
Police arrest after teens sold drugs at skatepark
An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an incident in which two 14 year olds bought the prescription drug Xanax in Nailsea.
The man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a class C drug, as well as possession of a class B drug and possession with intent to supply a class A drug.
A boy and girl, both aged 14, were taken to hospital as a precaution after falling ill.
They are both recovering well.
It’s believed they’d bought the prescription drug at Nailsea Skatepark on the evening of Monday, October 31.
Police were informed the following day.
Ch Insp Leanne Pook said: “The early phone call to us about this incident enabled our officers to act swiftly and they were able to make an arrest and ensure no further harm was caused to young people in the Nailsea area.
“This rapid and multi-agency response sends a clear message about our zero-tolerance approach to anyone who targets young people in this way.
“Using a prescription drug for recreation purposes is extremely dangerous.
“We’re continuing to liaise with local schools and the local authority following this issue and we’d advise parents to speak to their children about the risk of taking these drugs.
NOTE: Alprazolam, available under the trade name Xanax, is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic—a minor tranquilizer.
NAILSEA PARKING: It is October and some more drivers putting on the handbrakes in odd or even illegal places - thanks for the photos everyone...lucky the driver who upended her vehicle escaped with severe bruises and luckily wasn't more badly hurt...keep the photos coming
Bus timetable changes for school run
It is all change on the buses at a Nailsea special school as the coach owner has decided to retired making several drivers redundant.
Based in Weston-super-Mare, Coombs Travel has been serving the local community for 52 years, but owner Brian Coombs is now looking to retire.
As part of winding down the business, Coombs has now given North Somerset Council notice on its home to school transport contracts.
Coombs currently operate the following five school routes on behalf of the council:
4139A to Churchill Academy
BTREE2 to Baytree School
BTRE11 to Baytree School
RAVE 1 to Ravenswood School
4602S to St Bede’s Catholic College
Coombs will continue to operate their school routes until the end of the current term.
The council will be working to arrange for new operators to take over these routes from the start of term two.
There should therefore be no disruption to students travelling to and from school on council transport.
Coombs also operate the 985 school route from Weston-super-Mare to Clevedon on a commercial basis.
Students who currently travel on this route are advised to use First public bus service X5 instead when travelling from Weston-super-Mare or services X5, X6 or X7 (First) and 88A/88C (Carmel Bristol) when travelling around Clevedon town centre.
North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member responsible for transport Elfan Ap Rees said: “I am very sorry to lose Coombs Coaches as a North Somerset Council transport provider.
"The company has been a valued asset and I wish Brian all the best in his well deserved retirement.”
Mr Coombs said: “We all have to retire sometime.”
West Country coach operator Bakers Dolphin is stepping in to offer jobs to drivers and other staff affected by the changes.
Managing director Max Fletcher said: “We were surprised to hear that Coombs Travel had handed back a number of school contracts and rumours that it has ceased trading.
"We are trying to recruit drivers and staff at the moment so we are exploring how we can help by taking people on as we hear that some staff have been told not to come into work.
“We have many regular school contracts in the area and we are trying to get some clarity on what is happening at Coombs Travel so that we can support anyone, both staff and customers, which have been affected."
Ban for driver who ignored Backwell road closure signs
A man who ignored road closure signs and drove at high speed past a council work-crew has been banned from driving for three and a half years.
In the early hours of Friday, July 14, this year Joshua Farrow, aged 23 and from Weston-super-Mare, twice drove through a road closure on the A370 in Backwell and Flax Bourton where council crews were carrying out drainage and road repairs.
This was reported to Avon and Somerset Police and officers stopped Mr Farrow while he was driving through Weston town centre, when he was found to be over the drink drive alcohol limit.
When he appeared before North Somerset Magistrates' Court on August 8, Mr Farrow pleaded guilty to the charge of driving with excess alcohol.
He was banned from driving for three and half years, given 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £80 costs.
PC Andre Burgoyne, the investigating officer for Avon and Somerset Police, said: “An offence of this nature would usually result in a 12-month driving ban but in this case his driving through the road closure was taken into consideration, resulting in a much harsher penalty.”
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “Driving through a road closure is completely unacceptable.
"Just a few months ago we had an incident in Portishead where a worker was seriously injured when someone drove through a closed, coned-off area.
“We all find roadworks frustrating at times but the road signage is there for a reason – to protect the safety of crews who, after all, are working to keep North Somerset’s roads safe to the benefit of all drivers and pedestrians.
"This individual put our crews, contractors and themselves at risk of serious injury or worse.
"We take the safety of our crews extremely seriously and we will work with police to make sure anyone who puts them at risk in this way faces the consequences.”
An invitation to Christmas lunch
People can end up on their own at Christmas for a variety of reasons - loved ones have sadly passed away or maybe friends and family live too far away to travel.
But at Nailsea there is no need to be lonely at Christmas as the third community lunch of turkey with all the trimmings (and a vegetarian option) is once again on the menu at the Trinity Centre.
This is the third year in succession people have shared this joyous Christmas get-together which is supported by many businesses including Tesco Nailsea, S&R Burchills fruit and vegetable shop and Holy Trinity church.
It you would like to attend call Lynda Dicks on 01275 853495 or email email@example.com.
Anyone who can help with transport shoud also contact Lynda and of course while they have the chief cook a few more bottle washers would be very welcome too.
The article on the left is from a Christmas past but for the present hurry up and sign up XX
Re-opened Thursday night
The Star Inn publican shuts up and moves out
The Star Inn at Tickenham closed this week after the publican running the free house said it was no longer a viable business.
Steve King had been in situ less than a year but bad publicly about the food standards of the previous owner Douglas Bonar ‘killed trade and we couldn’t recover’ he told Nailsea People on Tuesday.
A Food Standards Agency report had given that pub and restaurant zero stars but a further inspection under Mr King supervision saw the rating leap to four stars.
Mr King said the pub's location halfway between Nailsea and Tickenham didn’t help as there was no community living nearby and only last week the road outside had been labelled an accident blackspot.
The 19th century mock-Tudor building on the Clevedon Road also has bed and breakfast accommodation, large garden and children's play area.
But when the outdated news the previous owner had allowed ‘rancid’ food to be kept in its fridge and a host of other hygiene failures made the front page of the free weekly newspaper Mr King said it was a death-knell.
As he packed to move out this week he said he could no longer afford to keep losing money.
Mr King who took over in February said a former chef at the pub was due to move in on Thursday but he couldn’t say when the pub would re-open.
M&Co to open Nailsea store
It was this job vacancy pictured left found online at the Retail Choice website which kicked it all off.
A posting on the Facebook Nailsea People paged reached nearly 10,000 during the weekend with almost 100 comments - mostly in favour - with 52 shares!
The shop is coming to Crown Glass Shopping Centre soon.
M&Co is one of the largest, privately-owned fashion retailers in the UK and has been selling quality clothing for 50 years.
Originally a small family business of only six shops in Glasgow owned by the McGeoch family in the 1960s, M&Co, has almost 300 stores nationwide.
You'll find them on local high streets across the UK, from the Shetland Isles in the most northerly part of Scotland to Penzance on the edge of the south west coast of England.
From our very first products 50 years ago we have focused on quality, never compromising for price.
Specialising womenwear, menswear, babywear and homeware it is not sure whether all departments will open in Nailsea.
DASH CAM: With the children back at schools and the big people back at work it was hopeful that motorway traffic would begin to calm down. Unfortunately an early morning fatality in South Gloucestershire backed queues up to Clevedon this week on the M5 and its tributary roads. All three lanes of the M5 northbound between junctions 16 and 14 have been re-opened after a pedestrian died early this morning.The road was closed at 4.45am. Police said they were reopening the road just after 11am. Highways England tweeted shortly afterwards asking people who had left their vehicles to return to them at once. For several Nailsea drivers it was an hour wait to get to Cribbs Causeway on Thursday, September 14. Nearer home Portlock Garden residents are not very happy with the off-street parking of a neighbour so they posted this photograph on the Nailsea People Facebook page for us to continue our name and shame campaign. More photographs by scrolling down...keep them coming...
Police on case after mayhem of weekend
On Tuesday at midday, August 29, police released a statement appealing for witnesses after yet another weekend of wanton vandalism at Nailsea.
Contrary to some comments posted on Nailsea People Facebook page police say they did respond and come to Nailsea in the middle of the night to investigate during the bank holiday weekend.
However, since this press statement Nailsea People has heard of even more incidents.
Magdalena Bartel said: "Last night, Monday, August 28, a few items were stolen from my husband's car.
"We thought we had forgetten to lock the car, but I spoke with one of my friends and she said her husband found his car opened this morning too.
"If something similar happened to you please report it to the police so they are aware that something is going on.
"It seems as they have some device as the car alarms didn't go off.
"People who did this prefer posh cars as my old Ibiza haven't been affected.
"I live in Southfield Road, my friend on Sunnymede Road.
"Items that got stolen include iPod nano, two original Apple charger leads, it was all in black laptop bag containing Toshiba laptop - his work laptop, they are not going to have much joy with it as it is locked - with power supply and a blue ring binder BMW branded bag containing BMW branded car cleaning kit."
And another Nailsea resident sent us a photograph of the wall outside Bakers the Butchers at the end of Queens Road which looks as if it has been kicked down.
Lots of litter left behind by culprit.
And the mess at skate park has not been mentioned - perhaps because any to link may be permature and impede inquiries?
Avon & Somerset Constabulary said: "A number of criminal damage incidents happened in Nailsea overnight Friday to Saturday, August 25-26. The first incident reported was a fire in a skip in Fryth Way just before 7pm on Friday, August 25. Around 2.30am on Saturday there were two calls reporting a group of young people smashing bottles and damaging a car in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, and breaking bottles in the High Street. Officers attended and searched the area but found no trace of the offenders. On Saturday morning there were three further calls reporting damage to cars in Porlock Gardens, The Perrings and Blandford Close overnight. The damage included cracked and broken windscreens and mirrors and dents on the bonnets and roofs of the vehicles. A shop on the High Street also reported having its compound broken into. Garden chairs taken from the compound were found near Tesco and Scotch Horn. Neighbourhood PC 2441 Martin Faithfull said: 'Crime scene Investigators have examined the damage to the cars and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. We had further incidents reported in the Biddisham Close area after delivering letters in the area asking for information. I’d like to thank everyone who has been in touch so far, but we’d still like to hear from anyone else who saw any of these incidents or has any other information which could help our enquiries.'.”
Anyone with information can get in touch through the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101 quoting reference 5217195399.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
They never ask your name or trace your call.
You could even qualify for a reward and still remain anonymous.
Caught on camera
By their own admission they have been at skatepark all night boozing and popping pills.
The young yobs also boasted they had upturned the waste bins and lit a fire on the ramps at Millennium Park before giving a tirade of foul abuse to the parent who took these photos.
This is 8-9am on Saturday, August 26.
When confronted they sulked off, their clothes covered in vomit from their night of alcohol and drug abuse shouting obscenities.
One of the people who discovered them said: “They look as if they have been here all night, sick everywhere around them, smashed glass and tablets all over the floor.”
Phil Williams who was instrumental is raising the funds to build the skatepark said: "A few young lads, who do not typify our community last night made a right mess in the skate park, don't let the actions of these people disrupt your bank holiday weekend, if anybody can help clear it up that be fantastic as I am currently 160 miles away otherwise I will be there myself let's make sure that the police identify who they are, and sort them out, our CCTV should pick them up as that's what it's there for and thanks for your ongoing support."
Word on the street is it isn't Nailsea youths who caused the damage but half a dozen lads from Knowle - we are told.
More and more parked cars found vandalised
Nailsea mum Jacqui Seager woke up early on Saturday, August 26, to discover her son Ryan’s car parked on the main Mizzymead Road had been vandalised.
She said: “My son' car was vandalised in the early hours of this morning.
“If anyone heard or saw anything please contact me.
“The police have been informed.”
The silver Vauxhall Corsa looks as if someone jumped all over the vehicle before smashing the windscreen and wing mirror.
Other cars parked alongside were not damaged.
The culprit left their footprint embedded in the dented roof of the car.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Crimestoppers Trust is an independent crime-fighting charitable organisation in the United Kingdom. Crimestoppers operates its telephone number, allowing people to call anonymously to pass on information about crime.
But as the day has progressed more and more damage to cars and property is being discovered.
A blue Ford Focus parked on Queens Road, pictured below the sideshow, was attacked and again the person responsible left footprints all over the bonnet.
One resident heard a loud bang at approximately 2am only to wake up this morning and find their car windscreen 'stomped in'.
We hear that other cars at Crown Glass shopping centre car park, the car park opposite Iceland and in Station Road have been damaged.
And there are reported of at least three cars being driven into a Nailsea garage today covered in paint and with smashed windscreens.
Added to the skate park damage above it looks like the town suffered another night of mindless morons on the rampage.
Comments on Nailsea People FB page include:
Lesley Faith Bowman: "There is no excuse. I don't care if they are bored, there are plenty of clubs available to young people in Nailsea, run by volunteers and the vast majority of Nailsea youngsters wouldn't stoop to this level. I am sure even if there were more facilities there would still be a minority who would prefer to behave like idiots. What we need is more police on the beat, especially on Friday and Saturday nights!
Verity Grace: "Obviously this is not acceptable but the lack of facilities and affordable things to do for young people cannot be ignored in Nailsea. Honestly, what else is there to do except sit in a park? This sort of thing will continue to be a problem until there is serious investment by someone (North Somerset Council, try helping somewhere other than Weston!) to give bored young people something to keep them occupied."
Steph Warn: "This is an absolute disgrace. Children young and old use this facility. I hope the footage has been shared with the police and they are found and asked to return and put right the damage they've caused - with an audience.
STOP PRESS: The Easigrass company based at Nailsea has reported that 'sadly our little grassy car was amongst those damaged on Mizzymead Road on Friday night/ Saturday morning'.
Posted on Nailsea people FB page the owners told us: "They damaged the mirror but did leave some very nice footprints that the police were grateful for.
"I understand that our local officers are working hard towards identifying those responsible."
The iconic vehicle is much admired and this adds to all the senseless vandalism of the weekend.
Toys and tools stolen from car parked on Nailsea drive
Opportunist thieves took toys and tools from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a house at Nailsea Park on Sunday night, August 20.
Mum Felicity Ralfs who owns Butterfly Travel in Nailsea said the family Land Rover was unlocked on their drive as she was about to go out and get fuel.
Felicity said: “Between 8.30-10.30pm last night someone stole the children's remote-controlled cars and my husband Alan's tools from inside the Discovery.”
The children Jas, aged 13, and Jake, nine, are ‘completely devastated’ as they paid for the electronic cars out of their own pocket money, she said.
The tools which were in a hold-all include snap-on air gun, spanners, screwdrivers, Tork socket sets and pliers.
The theft has been reported to the police.
Felicity added: “Nailsea people let me know if you hear of anything.”
TANGOED TRAFFIC: Nailsea has new orange livery double decker buses spotted at Link Road this week although the driver was having problems with the X9 to Bristol display! Resident Ruth Eager though isn't so pleased. She said: "Yeah, that hideous orange beast hurtles down my road way too fast on a daily basis and is always EMPTY!"
GATED COMMUNITY: This is Nailsea High Street mid afternoon Monday with an Eastern European HGV driver relying on his Sat Nav to make a delivery unaware the loading yard was round the back. He completely blocked the gate to the front entrance to Coates House and navigating his way out of this narrow one-way pickle was scary to watch...not sure what he was delivering and to where but after a few moments he returned to his vehicle from the Somerset Square directions
SILLY SAT NAVS: Continuing the 'name and shame' theme this isn't necessarily bad parking/driving but examples of 'no overtaking'! Tina Davey took the photo top of the HGV having to reverse back up Silver Street on Thursday, August 10, while Kirstie Port reports that another lorry got wedged on Kingshill two weeks ago. Cars parked on Kingshill while owners are at hair dressers resulted in the lorry being wedged between the drystone wall and the parked vehicles. She said: "There should be huge overhead signs up stating that these things can't go down Silver Street and Kingshill." Angela Caslia tells of the lorry pictured right at West End on route from Clevedon towards Nailsea damaging trees as the driver was squeezing his way through. She said: "Dread to think how a horse would have reacted coming face to face with it. I am guessing he was heading to Blackfriars Trading estate as turned down Hannah More Road." Then there was the Friday afternoon mayhem with traffic at a standstill from Yatton railway station to the A370 and beyond blamed on roadworks, balloon fiesta and holidaymakers clogging the motorways and the villages taking the knock-on effect. And finally but even more seriously Nailsea resident Jayne May was among many motorway drivers lucky to be alive when faced with vehicle hurling wrong way down M5 in the early hours this week.Several motorists and passengers say they called 999 after witnessing the vehicle drive the wrong way down the third lane between Clevedon and Gordano the wrong way on Thursday night.
GOING FOR A ROLL: You could be forgiven if you think this is part of the name and shame series on bad parking. No it isn't. It is an accident which happened on Wednesday evening which blocked the road at Towerhouse Lane. Driver Ryan Stutt said: "Unfortunately this was me. Front left wheel caught on something while moving into the hedge for an oncoming car causing it to roll over. Thank you to everyone who stopped and helped, especially the chap in the Pickford van who stayed with me making sure I was okay and the ladies who lived along the lane who brought the police and me cups of tea while waiting for the recovery vehicle. Neck and shoulder are hurting now due to me falling on the drivers door during the car flipping but apart from that all okay." Glad to hear that Ryan.
Bad parking on Nailsea roads is a hot potato with residents.
John White took the photograph of the Kellaway Building Supplies lorry parked half on and half off the pavement at Engine Lane.
He said. “I took this photo at 3pm on Monday, July 24.
“This is the second occasion I have photographed this lorry parked like this.
“The last time the driver threw his orange peel out of the window into the middle of the road…all on my camera.”
At least the orange peel is biodegradable!
Lynn Thompson photographed the white van driver illegally parked at Horwood Road.
She said: “Enough is enough – this has been going on since last May.
“Wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs all have to go out into the road to get past this van.
“It is a very dangerous crossing point anyway but one used for pupils of Golden Valley and St Francis primary schools, disabled people trying to access the woods and commuters going to and from Nailsea & Backwell railway station.
Nailsea town councillor Jeremy Blatchford said: “Parking a commercial vehicle on a pavement is 3pts on your licence plus the cost of the repairs to pavement.
“Nothing to do with North Somerset Council but a police issue.
“Happy to take it up as a town councillor, in my ward.”
And Bill Turner took the photo of the Wessex Water van blocking his drive.
He said: “Luckily I wasn't planning on going anywhere that day!”
Martyn Jones said: “Sadly it's not just inconsiderate parking that we are seeing in Nailsea.
“There are a number of cars that like to use Trendlewood as a racetrack.
“Absolutely no consideration for those that live here.”
Cathryn Butler said: “I don't mind where they park in Wraxall if it helps get speed down.
“I risk my life every time I venture out of my home on Bristol Road.”
Fiona Erleigh called for inconsiderate drivers to be ‘named and shamed’.
She said: “Maybe we need large signs to stuck onto windscreens of inconsiderate folk?”
Kerry Simpkins said: “Try going up and down The Maples - good job no one needs a fire engine.”
John White said Engine Lane is especially bad on a Sunday morning where it is joined by The Bramleys.
Sue Smith said the bad parking was probably down to a delivery driver who needs a quick turnaround.
She said: “They are paid for speedy delivery so consideration goes out the window.”
Mum Sara Hare said: “I have come across so many now.
“I've got a baby and walking around with a pushchair.
“It is not always safe to be walking around it in the road.”
And Sue Ford agreed.
She said: “There is no need to park on the pavement.”
Ceri Petrie said the bad parking in Woodland Road pictured above has turned the road into ‘a slalom’.
She took this photograph of a grey car which was parked on the opposite side to three other vehicles.
Ceri added: "I must qualify the picture by saying the bad parking refers to the car on the far side of the road which was the last vehicle to park, surprise surprise!"
And dog lover Nick Gill told how he was nearly mowed down while walking across the pedestrian crossing on MIzzymead Road.
Luckily, he lived to tell the tale.
Nick said: “This is the pedestrian crossing outside Nailsea School.
“On Monday while crossing a middle-aged female driver carried on driving when I was still on the crossing.
“This isn't the first time this has happened to me either.
“Please can all road users - no matter how many wheels you have - please look at what is going on while driving because at the end of the day you are in control of a lethal weapon.”
And last but not least is another example of selfish parking in Nailsea submitted by a resident who wishes to remain nameless.
He commented: “Tiny car but still needs two spaces!
The driver in the frame had ignored the white bay markings and parked across to spaces in the car park opposite Iceland supermarket.
The trio of badly parked cars at top of page sent by Dave Collins are from left at Tesco and then two from Waitrose car parks.
Email photos of poor parking to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add to this article.
Nailsea High Street revisited July 2017
It was a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon and after the carnival fair I took a slow walk through the town centre on my way back home.
And then I saw my first First Bus in its new North Somerset colours - see front page story last month by clicking HERE when Nailsea People announced another updated timetable and that our buses including the X8 and X9 would soon be sporting bright orange livery.
Lucky I had my sunglasses on - dazzling!
Gilly's old cafe is sadly still vacant and looking sorry for itself and although it was one less charity shop the old Changing Lives unit is spoiling Clevedon Walk especially now the scaffolding is down and Refresh the beauty and holistic centre is looking so smart.
Don't know when the roof is going on the old Royal Oak garage and was told building work is halted due to listed building consent not being obtained - a formality but if it stays open to the elements during a bout of bad weather will what's left of the structure fall down, who knows?
A £1.3million project to turn a derelict garage in Nailsea High Street into new homes was suppose to be completed within 12 months.
It surely has to be well behind schedule now?
Youth House now to be known as 65 High Street is waiting for contracts to be exchanged and completed for Nailsea Town Council to formally take ownership of what will be a community hub.
Heard there is a legal hitch that is being resolved...
Beautiful is just that an old curiousity shop with modern and odd nick-nacks stacked in all corners.
New stock is expected anyday at 132 High Street hence the current sale to make some room.
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Nailsea night of destruction
Mindless vandals went on the rampage at the weekend causing thousands of pounds of wanton damage to vehicles and property.
Worse hit was Carmel Coaches at Blackfriars Road, Nailsea.
A depot spokesman posted these photos on Facebook on Saturday morning, June 24, saying: "This is the sight our drivers found at our Nailsea depot this morning.
"Four windows smashed, seats damaged and an emergency hammer stolen.
"This is a disaster for us, thousands of pounds worth of damage, vehicles off the road at our busiest time of year. If you have any information, please let me or the police know."
More than 4,000 people read this on the Nailsea People FB and many commented about other damage in their roads to cars, fences and a red telelphone box.
On Monday, June 26, the police issued this statement: "We are appealing for information and witnesses in relation to a number of incidents of criminal damage and antisocial behaviour that happened in Nailsea and Wraxall overnight between 23/24 June.
"Between midnight and 04:30am - 14 separate incidents of criminal damage occurred, which has left two coaches, 12 cars and four fences damaged.
"We also believe a telephone box was also smashed up on Silver Street.
"The two coaches on the Blackfriars Trading Estate had their windows smashed, seats slashed and fireworks let off inside them.
"Car windows were smashed on Elm Lodge Road, Trendlewood Way, Lodge Lane, Woodford Close, Huntley Grove, Avening Close, Ash Hayes Drive, Church Lane near the Tithe Barn and Blackfriars Road.
"Fences were also damaged in Fowey Close, Bucklands View, Porlock Gardens and Winchcombe Close."
Nailsea sergeant Mark Raby said: “This is just mindless vandalism and we won’t tolerate it.
“The collective cost of sorting out all the damage caused on Friday night is probably going to run into the thousands, in addition to the inconvenience to all the victims having to take vehicles in for repair and mend fences.
“We have identified several suspects that we are currently speaking to but we are really keen to speak to anyone who has information or witnessed any of the incidents in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“We are seeing an increase in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in Nailsea at the moment, but we are working with our partners including North Somerset Council and local schools, to both investigate recent incidents and prevent further issues.”
If you have information about any of these incidents or any crime or ASB in Nailsea, please contact Sgt Raby by emailing him from the police website by clicking HERE or by calling the 101 number.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
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A shed of their own in Nailsea
Well I expect you have all heard of men caves but what about social shedders and did you know we had a group in Nailsea who until recently didn't have a shed?
Well that is all sorted now as 2nd Nailsea Scouts has come to the rescue and offered them a home (or shed) at its HQ at Hannah More Road.
In return for a place of their own at a modest rent the shedders have agreed to help with basic maintenance at the scout hut.
Nailsea Social Shedders is part of the UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA).
UKMSA exists to bring men together around practical activity, equipment and purpose.
There are now more than 400 sheds open in the UK with approximately seven new sheds opening a month. Some sheds, like Nailsea Social Shedders have women members and others include young people.
For more information click HERE.
Nailsea shed is open from 1-4pm on Tuesdays.
On the agenda is:
Drinking tea and eating bitesize chocolate cornflakes;
Fixing band saw with new blade on order;
Fixing a battery drill; and
The magic of WD40.
A future activity includes upcycling a wooden ladder.
Coppers at Pound Lane
With no pomp or ceremony Nailsea police station moved into the fire station at Pound Lane three weeks later than planned on Wednesday, May 23.
The new police station will house the enquiry office and neighbourhood policing team and be co-located with Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
Nailsea Ambulance Station is next door.
The opening hours of the police enquiry office will not change nor will the number of police officers and PCSOs who are currently based at Nailsea.
North Somerset local policing commander Tina Robinson said: “Our existing police station at Stockway South is much too large for our current needs.
"Co-locating with Avon Fire & Rescue Service means we can have a more efficient building with smaller running costs, while enabling us to continue to respond to the needs of the local people.
“I can see huge benefits in co-location which will enhance partnership working and collaboration.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Local people continually tell me of the importance of having a policing presence in Nailsea.
"Moving neighbourhood officers and the enquiry office function into Nailsea fire station makes perfect sense.
"Sharing a base with Avon Fire & Rescue Service will enable us to retain our focus on frontline policing, make significant savings and is a great opportunity to work even better together.”
Avon Fire Authority chairman Peter Abraham said: “This is a great example of how we are working together with our partners to ensure public services are provided in the most cost-effective way.
"By using the spare capacity we had at Nailsea fire station it allows the police to provide a much-valued resource to the local community without impacting on the ability we have to deliver our services.
“We will continue to provide exactly the same level of fire cover from Nailsea which operates with two ‘on-call’ fire engines.
"As a result local people can rest assured the changes will have no impact on the emergency response we currently offer.”
The new police station is open Monday to Friday 10am -6pm.
But be warned when Nailsea People popped in on Thursday it was closing for lunch and there was little parking on Pound Lane as it was taken by school traffic.
The old police station has been sold to McCarthy and Stone, who plan to develop the site into retirement apartments.
Click HERE to read the May front page feature about Blue Light Corner.
BROKEN HEARTED: Popstar George Shelley performed a song he had written as a moving tribute to his younger sister Harriet at her funeral.
Hundreds of family and friends packed into the tiny St Andrew's Church, in Clevedon, on Tuesday, May 23, to say their final goodbyes to Harriet as she was laid to rest.
Harriet, aged 21, died on May 6 after being hit by a car in Bristol on April 28.
She had suffered serious head injuries and had been in intensive care at Southmead Hospital.
She had just qualified as a midwife when the accident happened.
Harriet made her final journey to the tiny hillside church overlooking the Bristol Channel in an ornate white carriage covered in flowers pulled by two jet black horses wearing white feathers in their harnesses.
Mum Toni, dad Dominic and Harriet's large and loving extended family many of whom have lived in Nailsea and Backwell attended the moving service.
Toni said she intends to organise a memorial fundraising this summer for Southmead ICU which cared for Harriet in her final days.
For full Bristol Post report click HERE.
Walk pylon path and discover Britain
On Friday, May 19, geography staff at the University of Exeter will lead a walk along the route of the new HPC power line from Nailsea to Avonmouth.
The walk is being supported by the Royal Geographical Society’s Discovering Britain initiative.
Discovering Britain has been created by the RGS to help people learn more about the geographical stories behind Britain’s rich and varied landscapes.
It hopes to bring these landscapes to life by helping you to uncover the stories behind them.
The aim is to explore the value of landscapes and the impacts that changes bring, with a particular interest in changes that are proposed and imagined but not yet in place.
Professor Patrick Devine-Wright said: "Walking is the chosen method because we want to engage with the landscape directly in a sensory way and use the walk to meet and engage with residents, walkers and whoever (and whatever) we meet along the path, people who will know more about the area that we do and will be directly affected by change.
"We are leaving Nailsea at about lunchtime for a walk to Portishead that evening along footpaths and minor roads, before setting out on the Saturday morning aiming to arrive in Avonmouth at lunchtime, and you would all be very welcome to join us for some or all of this walk.
"If there are others that you think would be interested to join us email P.G.Devine-Wright@exeter.ac.uk or call 01392 72229.
Protesters are still hoping the controversial plans for a new 37-mile power line - swathes of which will cut through the North Somerset countryside – will be reviewed if plans for the new Hinkley C power station are scrapped but that could be wishful thinking.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has already approved plans by energy giant National Grid for the new overhead, 400,000 volt line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth.
But uncertainty still surrounds whether the £18 billion Hinkley C power plant will go ahead after safety and economic concerns are still unresolved.
Work on the new line, which National Grid say is needed to bring electricity on the transmission network, was due to start next year.
Bosses at National Grid, which has spent an estimated £100 million so far on plans for the new power line.
The new power line would see the existing power line which crosses Tickenham Ridge taken down with the new line being routed to avoid the historic Priors Wood at Portbury.
The line will then come over the hill and follow the M5 before crossing over and following the A369.
The Portbury Wharf nature reserve will not be affected and the line has been kept away from homes.
The line from Portbury Dock to Avonmouth will follow the western edge of the village and the taller pylons along the river will be replaced with smaller ones.
The existing overhead line above Avonmouth Church of England Primary School will also be removed.
An eight kilometre stretch of the line through the Mendip Hills Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (AONB) will also be undergrounded following pressure from residents, councillors and local MPs.
The five mile stretch to go underground will run under the Somerset Levels from near Biddisham north to the old Strawberry Line Bridge near Sandford.
As part of the scheme, the existing 132,000 line will be taken down, ridding the beauty spot of unsightly pylons.
Hundreds affordable homes
In June 2015 Nailsea People broke the story of a proposed 'new town' on the edge of Bristol between A370 Long Ashton bypass and Barrow Tanks.
Now the Bristol Post has updated the story to say the plans include 1,800 new affordable homes.
A total of 900 of the new homes would be for rent - managed by a housing association - while the other 900 would be so-called Starter Homes, sold at a 20 per cent discount.
To read original story go to: https://www.nailseapeople.com/news-1-june-2015
To read Bristol Post latest story go to: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/local-news/three-new-villages-fringes-bristol-60283
Nailsea drug dealer in court
A 25 year-old man from Nailsea was given a two year suspended sentence and a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement at Bristol Crown Court this week.
Charlie Godsell was also given a three month curfew, enforced by electronic tag, which means he must be at home between 9pm and 7am on Friday and Saturday nights.
In addition, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, he was also subject to a Confiscation Order for £2685 and ordered to pay Court Costs of £290.
Godsell was arrested for possession with intent to supply in October 2016 following a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at his address in North Street, Nailsea.
Officers found nearly £4.5k worth of drugs including high-potency cocaine and diazepam.
They also seized £2,685 worth of cash believed to have been gained through the dealing of illegal drugs.
Sgt Mark Raby, of Nailsea Police Station, said: “I firstly want to thank the communities and local businesses in and around Nailsea.
"We received an awful lot of intelligence regarding Mr Godsell suspected drug dealing.
"I hope this reassures residents that we do listen and we do take action.
“The community made it clear they didn’t want drug dealing in their neighbourhood.
"We won’t tolerate it. Please keep coming forward with intelligence like this. We have to work together, police and the public.”
Mr Godsell has been given the suspended sentence for two years, meaning he cannot reoffend within that time or he will face prison.
Sgt Raby added: “I hope this outcome will make Mr Godsell think carefully about his behaviour going forwards, and help to break his pattern of offending.
“We won’t tolerate drug dealing in our communities.
"There is support for people with addiction, and we work closely with our partners to help those who wish to break their habit.”
If you have information about suspected drug crime, please contact us either via the website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or via the 101 number.
You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
They never ask your name or trace your call.
If you need help with a drug addiction, you can talk to Frank on 0300 123 6600.
May 11, 2017
Scouts sleeping rough at Backwell
Thirty seven youngsters from 1st Backwell Scout Group spent a night sleeping outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness.
The young Scouts and Explorers put together an assortment of shelters which they hoped would keep them dry and warm during the one-night sleep out.
Luckly it was a clear dry night.
Their efforts rasied £2,000 for 1625 Independent People, a charity that helps 16 to 25 year olds get back on their feet and ‘reboot their lives’.
The charity also undertakes a number of other vital services such as providing support to young people who are resettling in the community after leaving custody or care or providing in-house training so they can learn new and transferable skills.
Organised by troop leader Iain Rhodes, the Scouts and Explorers hope their efforts will make people stop and think about the issues surrounding homelessness and maybe contribute either time or money to help people who, more often than not, through no fault of their own find themselves living on the street or 'sofa surfing'.
Iain said: “It’s all too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the issues of homelessness while tucked up in our comfortable homes, so it’s great that the troop want to raise the issue further.
“Come rain or shine, the troop decided to sleep out and we hope more people will take on board and think again about the reasons young people can find themselves on the street and consider doing something more about it.”
Charity spokesman Dom Wood said: “On behalf of 1625 Independent People I’d like to thank Backwell Scout Group for doing this sleep out while raising awareness of homelessness.
"Unfortunately those we try to help are out there day in day out putting up with unimaginable hardship.
“The funds that this event will raise come at a crucial time when so much vital funding and public services have been cut that aim to help young people get out of the trap of homelessness.”
For more information about the charity click HERE.
Nailsea roadworks ahead...
Wales & West Utilities is going to be digging up Station Road at Nailsea in the next few weeks to lay new gas pipes.
The work was scheduled to start on Friday, March 24 and last until Tuesday, April 4, but no workmen have been spotted yet?
The road however is a minefield of potholes so perhaps it will be resurfaced when pipes have been laid?
To find out more click HERE.
Traffic wardens back on Monday, April 3
With the police too busy to book cars parked illegally Nailsea drivers have enjoyed a bit of a hiatus for the past few months.
Apart from the chap with his ticket machine wandering around Waitrose car park the chances of getting caught leaving your vehicle where you shouldn’t has been pretty much zilch.
Well all that is about to change.
Drivers who park inconsiderately will face tougher consequences when North Somerset Council introduces civil parking enforcement (CPE) next month.
That’s the ‘officaldom’ word for traffic warden in case you didn’t know.
At the moment Avon & Somerset Constabulary is responsible for enforcing most on-street parking restrictions in North Somerset but this will change from Monday, April 3 when the council takes on the powers, following the authority’s successful application to the Department for Transport.
And this week in preparation for the introduction of CPE, the council’s civil enforcement officers (or CEOs) will begin placing blue warning notices on vehicles that are contravening parking restrictions.
They were spotted driving a white van in Nailsea this week putting ‘dummy’ warnings on windscreens advising which parking restriction has been contravened and that a penalty charge notice could be issued in the future if the vehicle is parked in the same way.
North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways Elfan Ap Rees, the Conservative councillor for the Hutton and Locking ward, said: “Bad parking can lead to congestion, prevent emergency vehicles from accessing areas or cause problems for local businesses when vehicles overstay their parking time outside shops.
“The council taking on CPE means there’ll be better enforcement of the traffic regulations that are already in place.
“This will lead to better parking in areas where there are restrictions as well as better turnover of parking spaces and improved safety for both pedestrians and road users, as people won’t be able to flout restrictions such as double yellows or zig-zag markings.”
Under CPE, the council will be able to enforce:
• double and single yellow lines
• blue badge bays
• limited waiting bays
• taxi ranks
• loading bays
• zig-zag markings at schools (if restrictions apply) and pedestrian crossings
• parking across dropped kerbs where there is a crossing point and tactile paving
• double parking or parking too far away from the kerb edge
• parking in bus stops.
This is all in addition to the off-street car parks and on-street pay and display parking that the council already looks after.
The police will continue to be responsible for dealing with dangerously parked vehicles, obstruction and moving traffic offences.
Drivers who contravene parking restrictions will be issued with a penalty charge notice or PCN.
Cllr Ap Rees added: “Our team of 11 civil enforcement officers will work seven days a week across North Somerset and we’ll have extra officers on duty during busy, peak periods – for example during the summer months.
“They’ll issue parking charge notices to anyone who contravenes an on- or off-street parking restriction.
“Any money from charges will go towards running the scheme and if there’s any surplus this will go towards transport initiatives and road improvements, in line with DfT guidance.”
Under CPE there are two levels of charge – a higher and a lower depending on the type of contravention.
The levels and the fine costs are set out by the secretary of state and a discount is available if the charge is paid within 14 days.
People will be able to pay PCNs online or by telephone.
People will be able to appeal the charge if they believe it has been wrongly issued.
Under CPE the keeper, or user of the vehicle if it’s hired, is responsible for paying the PCN.
More information about CPE is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/cpe.
Where there is muck there is money
A number of changes are being introduced at North Somerset’s three recycling centres from Monday, April 3, as part of North Somerset Council’s efforts to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on sending waste to landfill.
Charges are being introduced for the disposal of construction and non-household waste.
The first bag of hardcore or rubble taken to a recycling centre will be free to dispose of, but each subsequent bag will cost £2 to get rid of with payment to be made by card only on arrival.
There will also be charges payable for asbestos, plasterboard, tyres and gas canisters.
Full details of the amounts payable are available from the council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.
The website also includes a full list of all the materials that can be accepted at the centres.
All three centres will have started operating using summer opening hours from Saturday, April 1.
Backwell is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Portishead is open every day except Tuesday and Weston-super-Mare is open seven days a week.
Dedicated reuse areas have been introduced at all three recycling centres for items that could be given another home.
Hard plastics and plate glass will soon be added to the list of items that can be recycled and all three centres will soon have webcams to show how busy the site is so residents can check before setting out.
In the coming months small businesses will also be able to use the centres.
This will be at certain times only to reduce traffic pressure during peak hours, and to make access easier for those businesses when they do visit.
Later in the year, residents permits will also be introduced.
These are already in place in neighbouring authority areas, and using them in North Somerset will ensure that the recycling centres are only being used by local residents, reducing waiting times.
North Somerset Council executive member for recycling and waste Peter Bryant said: “The changes being introduced are all part of the new contract we now have in place with Biffa.
“Following successive years of reductions in funding we are having to make savings across the council so that we can continue to prioritise the work we do to support vulnerable adults and children.
“These small changes mean that residents will still be able to dispose of their household waste, recycling and garden waste free of charge at local recycling centres, and that charges will be made for items where recycling is not an option.
“Through the introduction of webcams, residents permits and access periods for small businesses I am hopeful people will experience less queuing traffic when they visit the centres too.”
Residents will be kept informed of the further changes over the coming months through the local papers, the council website and North Somerset Life magazine.
Downfall of daffs
The destruction of the High Street daffodils on Sunday attracted on last count 3,319 views on the Facebook Nailsea People page and many outraged comments.
Some misguided person with anger mangement issues I fear was responsible.
A few of the comments are reproduced below but to counter the view that Nailsea is full of morons we have added some pretty photos of flowers along High Street and Mizzymead Road to show not all is not lost.
Go to Gallery 2017 and thank you very much Marg Bird for the original photo.
Email email@example.com anymore flower photos to add, thanks.
Here is what Nailsea People FB fans said:
Claire Louise Grimsted After growing up in Nailsea and seeing these beautiful daffodils in bloom every year we were horrified to see the state of them this afternoon when we drove past on our way back to Clevedon.
It's totally senseless 😡
Sarah Smith Glad they left this beautiful display in the high street. I love the flowers in Nailsea and the effort people make (normally as volunteers ) to keep our town pretty.
Hev Pickstock Saw this earlier. Yobs spoiling the lovely display for everyone else. Makes me cross
Sandra Lou Thorne Vick They need to be forced to plant new flowers and wear a board around thier necks telling people wot they have done to the flowers . Sad losers
Sue Newman Why can't people just leave things alone and just enjoy, idiots
Mandy Saddington I saw this early this morning and thought it was really sad. Why?
Fiona Michael Parker I saw this earlier as I drove by, really was a sad sight makes me so angry
Katie Moore Very sad, walked past earlier. Someone hopefully feels guilty this morning.
Sandra Flan Lock Bloody mindless yobs they looked lovely yesterday this must have happened this morning wish I'd have caught them hope they see all these comments
Gwen Gardner Didn't anyone see or hear anything as they're in front of houses along there? How moronic!!!!
Nina Kaye Absolutely disgusting horrible cretins !!!!!😡😡😡😡
Joe Pike For f*** sake Dan Dan Farrer
Emma Charlotte Bridges This happened last year and my boyfriend shouted at them
Carol Marshall What a shame I love seeing daffodils every where. 😡
Tracie Kuleli & the point was. .. 😠😠
Tim Davey Absolute idiots, hope they get caught 😡😡😡😡😡😡
Pauline Davis Very sad.
Charlie Cashley I live right by and heard nothing at all 😭
Tom Neill Still the most interesting thing to happen there this year!
AlunandElaine Hughes Brainless.daffodils are beautiful and a real taste of spring
Pete Neath We have the same yobs in Clevedon
Date for 2017 diary
STOP PRESS: Backwell Festival is cancelled for 2017 read more below
Backwell Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, 2017 so if you love music and the performing arts be sure to keep the date free.
Festival director Jane Sabherwal said: "We are planning two more fabulous days of creativity and culture and we look forward to sharing them with you."
To remember 2016 watch the video.
It will give you that happy, warm, nostalgic feeling for summer - tickets will be on sale in the New Year.
Waterworks at Backwell cancels festival 2017
Backwell Festival is cancelled for 2017 because its field is being dug up for waterworks.
Backwell Festival director Jane Sabherwal made the announcement at the weekend.
She said: "We're reluctantly taking an enforced rest this year.
"At Christmas we discovered that new pipeline work by Bristol Water is more extensive than originally thought and will majorly affect both the existing site during the period of the festival and alternative fields in the village as well.
"We have been exploring various site options but, amazingly, all suitable locations have been acquired by Bristol Water for the same pipeline work and other venues are not available....so we have finally had to admit defeat!
"Needless to say we are incredibly disappointed as Backwell Festival has evolved into a wonderful and successful cultural event.
"We are, however, hoping to put on some gigs and events for adults and children throughout the year and we'll keep everyone posted about those.
"We're really sorry about this year, but look forward to seeing everyone in 2018."
Digging up the Backwell fields all the way to Farleigh forms part of a new £27 million water main which will secure the supply to 280,000 people.
In total 30km of water main is being installed between Barrow Gurney and Cheddar, via Banwell, to cope with an ever increasing population boom.
The result should be Bristol Water will be able to get water to the areas such as Cheddar, Banwell, Burnham, Weston-super-Mare and Glastonbury through more than one route.
Bristol Water believe the population of Somerset and North Somerset will grow by more than 100,000 people by 2030, making it one of Europe’s fastest growing areas.
The pipeline at Backwell begins at Stancombe Quarry and heads west and to the south of Backwell on towards West Town.
And the water company says to minimise disruption most of the work will be across fields to avoid the A370 and the old quarry.
The project is due to end in March 2018.
One of the biggest engineering accomplishments of the scheme is the ability to use gravity, rather than pumping, to get water from Barrow all the way to Cheddar minimising the impact on the environment.
Backwell Festival has been running for nearly a decade and during its long weekend stages fabulously cultural days of exciting, interactive and creative experiences for all ages, in an idyllic village setting.
For 2016 its blurb said: "Loving local, but looking global, Backwell Festival shares its passion for world rhythms and inspirational British music. Proudly independent the fabulous event brings you two music stages; literature tent; chefs tent; theatre; discussion; art, music, circus and dance workshops; world street food and lots of entertainment for children. And this year for the first time it has a nearby campsite to make it into a truly North Somerset Glastonbury! In its eight year, this little independent festival delivers superior music, food, art and creativity in an natural amphitheatre, with stunning views across the Yeo Valley to Wales."
It will be sadly missed this year.
Bella's new blanket
Bella has a new blanket thanks to the gigantean efforts of her Nailsea family, friends and people who read about the story on social media and in the Bristol Post.
The eight-year-old autistic youngster and her comfort cloth have been inseparable since she was born five weeks premature and weighing just 3lbs.
Sadly, after many years of cuddles and cycles in the washing machine the security blanket was about to totally disintegrate and her frantic parents Dave and Sam urgently sought a replacement knowing Bella would be distraught without it.
But no manufacturer could be found still making the fleecy green cot cover adorned with teddies and even efforts to find a secondhand one drew a blank.
For Bella who is non-verbal and suffers delayed development it was impossible to explain the dilemma.
Sam, 49, said: "Bella has not been without her greens since she was born, and uses them as a form of self-soothing.
"They go with her everywhere, to hospital appointments, to school and various outings, and she sleeps with them at night.
"We knew that without them, Bella would not be able to cope with everyday life."
Then Bristol mum Tracey Zehtabi, who also has an autistic son, Zac, got in touch and suggested Dave and Sam contact a London-based personalised photo gift company called Bags of Love.
And after hearing of Bella's plight, the firm stepped in to make an exact replica of her greens.
The blanket arrived this week - much to Bella's delight.
Sam said: "To a lot of people, this blanket may seem a small thing.
"But for David and I it is our only real source of communication with Bella.
"Her greens calm her and keep her safe and have been a steady thing in her life.
"When the blanket arrived, we opened the parcel, looked and it and both burst into tears.
"It is exactly the same as the old one.
"We took it to her and said 'Bella, new greens' and she gave us the most amazing smile.
"She put them over her legs and starting stroking the teddies."
Dave and Sam sent more than 25 pictures of the old blanket to designers at Bags of Love to ensure the blanket was an exact replica.
Sam added: "We are so grateful to everyone who shared our appeal on Facebook to try and help us and obviously to Bags of Love, who produced the blankets for free.
"We were gobsmacked they wanted to do this for us free of charge.
Bags of Love senior marketing manager Stefanie Mors said: "We were delighted to be able to help Bella.
"It is always a pleasure to see the positive impact a product like this can have on a person."
Thieves took bottles of vodka and gin when they broke into a Nailsea restaurant at the weekend.
It took several hours for the scene of crime forensic team to arrive and start investigations which led to all bookings for Sunday being cancelled at Gillys on the Hill.
Coupled with the loss of trade and inconvenience Gilly and Dan Chu and their staff were faced with the mammoth task of clearing up and replacing stock on Monday what should have been their ‘rest’ day.
They also had the added expense of fitting additional security measures including extra CCTV at the bistro.
The popular couple have been inundated with messages of sympathy and disbelief on social media from many well-wishers.
Gilly said: We will definitely be open as usual from 11.30am on Wednesday, March 1.”
People are asked to report to police anyone touting Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin or bottles of Polish vodka.
Is this a case of bad parking or a dumped stolen car?
The silver Peugeot was left at Valley Gardens all day on Sunday, February 26.
Resident John Seeley said the car which was left feet from the curb had obstructed a driveway and had boxed one neighbour in completely.
Mr Seeley added: “It is very inconsiderate.”
Any ideas anyone – use the page three contact form.
Council tax £6.30 more per month for Band D
In 2006 a cross-party group of politicians from North Somerset trudged up to London to complain about the lack of money given by central government to our local council.
It wasn’t the first time our elected representatives had protested loudly about the amount our district was receiving in central funding compared to other areas of the country.
But if they knew then what we all know now what would they think because every year the figure decreases and some predict could disappear completely.
All this was before austerity became the byword to describe the fifth-largest national economy in the world.
On Tuesday night, February 21, a council tax increase of 1.75 per cent plus the government’s three per cent adult social care levy was agreed by North Somerset Council at its budget-setting meeting.
This means the average Band D council tax bill for the coming year will be £1,265.81 – which is the second lowest charge in the south west.
The average Band D charge with police, fire and parish precepts will be £1,573.06 – an increase of just under £63 on this year.
Last financial year the cost to a Nailsea D band ratepayer was £1,529.81.
The council is having to find a further £10.4m of savings in 2017-18 on top of the £60m savings it has already delivered since 2010.
This is at a time when funding from central government continues to reduce and the cost of providing services continues to rise.
In the year ahead, the council expects about nine per cent of its core funding to come from central government, but by 2020 it is likely to be nearer just one per cent with an increasing reliance on council tax and business rates to fund local services.
North Somerset has initiatives aimed at reducing expenditure including using digital technology and working even more closely with partners to deliver services collaboratively and make public money go further.
North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton, Conservative councillor for Gordano Valley, warned the meeting that delivering £10.4m of savings next year was going to be ‘very, very difficult’.
It comes on the back of the £8.6m of savings the council has had to make this year and its current overspend of £2.5m.
Mr Ashton said: “It is the hardest budget I have had to deal with, but North Somerset staff have an excellent track record of delivering savings.
“We will continue our regeneration and growth policy that is increasingly essential as we depend almost entirely on locally generated income.”
Residents will receive their council tax bills in March and the council is encouraging residents to register to receive their bills electronically to reduce printing and postage costs.
Registration is simple and can be done online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/myaccount.
Those who sign up by Friday, February 24, will receive an emailed bill in March rather than one in the post.
The amount you pay in council tax depends on the value of your home.
There are eight council tax property bands and you pay the rate given to that band.
Bands are based on the estimated value of your property on 1 April 1991.
Properties built after this date are valued as if they existed on 1 April 1991.
Property bands are:
band A – up to £40,000
band B – £40,001 to £52,000
band C – £52,001 to £68,000
band D – £68,001 to £88,000
band E – £88,001 to £120,000
band F – £120,001 to £160,000
band G – £160,001 to £320,000
band H – more than £320,000
Bands are set by the government’s Valuation Office Agency.
Drunk driver jailed 7 years for Nailsea Valentine's Day death
A driver has been jailed for more than seven years today, Monday, February 20, following a fatal collision in Nailsea last February.
James Bisset, aged 23, of Yatton, pictured right, was driving along Clevedon Road in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016 when it was in collision with a group of pedestrians.
One of the pedestrians, 18-year-old Alex Gould, top, died following the collision.
Bisset was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving a motor vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit, driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a controlled drug over the specified limit and possession of a class A drug (cocaine).
He was today jailed for a total of seven years and four months. He was also given a seven year driving disqualification.
Sergeant Peter Truch said: “Nothing will bring Alex back and our thoughts remain with his family and friends.
"Our thoughts are also with the other person who was seriously injured during the incident and his family.
“This serves as a tragic reminder of the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol and drugs.
“This incident has had a huge impact on all those involved and the wider community in Nailsea.
£Anyone wishing to report someone they suspect of drink or drug driving should contact us immediately on 999.”
New X7 Weston bus stopping at Nailsea
A new bus service linking Nailsea to Weston-super-mare will be up and running in time for the summer season.
North Somerset Council has awarded the kick-start contract to First. which will replace the current X6A route.
Service X7 will link Bristol and Weston every hour, connecting with Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Congresbury and West Wick along the route.
This will improve connections between these local towns and villages.
First will also enhance its seaside number service 3 to complement the new X7 service X7.
This will provide new links to Clevedon, Nailsea and Bristol for West Wick residents and the combination of services will mean buses every 15 minutes through West Wick.
First are committed to providing high-quality buses on routes with on-board facilities including leather seats, free wifi, next stop announcements and free Metro newspapers for passengers.
It is also putting together a promotional package that will include a free trial period for passengers to try out the new services as well as other ticketing offers.
New contracts will start on Sunday. April 30, with timetable information available at libraries and online at www.travelinesw.com in the weeks prior to this start date.
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Fine for misuse of dead granddad’s blue badge
A Backwell woman who continued to use a blue badge for almost two years after her grandfather had died, has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines and costs.
Zoe Carter-Owen, of Westfield Close, pleaded guilty by post and did not appear in person when the case was heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Friday, January 20
The court was told that at 10am on Thursday, June 23, last year a North Somerset Council parking attendant was on duty in full uniform in Palmer Street in Weston-super-Mare when she witnessed a woman park a black Audi A4 in a designated pay and display bay.
The driver was alone in the car and was seen by the parking attendant to put a blue badge on display before leaving the vehicle.
The woman walked past the pay and display machine and made no effort to purchase a ticket.
The officer inspected the blue badge on display and information on it indicated that it had been issued to a man born in 1925 who had not been present with the female driver.
Some 50 minutes later, the parking attendant saw the same woman return alone to the car, remove the excess charge notice that had been placed on the windscreen and get back into the driver’s seat.
The parking attendant approached the woman who refused to hand over the badge for inspection, stating she was late.
She said that the badge belonged to her grandfather and she was going to pick him up.
Further enquiries established that the blue badge had been issued to Melville Walter Owen, born in May 1925 but had been cancelled in September 2014 as Mr Owen had died at the end of July that year.
The Audi A4 in question is registered to Zoe Carter-Owen; she was invited to an interview under caution but did not attend.
The blue badge has still not been recovered.
For misuse of the blue badge she was fined £220, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £320. For failing to pay the parking fine she was ordered to pay £220 and costs of £70.
The court has also ordered that the blue badge be returned to the council.
North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member whose portfolio includes parking Elfan Ap Rees welcomed the court’s decision.
He said: “We said last year that we would be taking action to clampdown on the misuse of these badges and this is the first case to reach court.
"Last year we seized in excess of 100 badges and we are currently processing another 21 cases for prosecution.
“While the majority of blue badge holders use their badges correctly, a small minority misuse them, which can leave valid badge holders unable to park.
"Misuse of the system also leads to the public having less faith that the badges are being used as intended.”
Out-of-date badges can be handed in at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare, the Castlewood offices in Clevedon or to a uniformed North Somerset Council parking attendant.
Millions of new £££s for roads
North Somerset councillors were among those to herald the opening of the South Bristol Link Road this week.
From the roundabout at the end of the Long Ashton bypass the link represents a shortcut for Nailsea commuters heading to Bath.
Transport minister Andrew Jones was joined by North Somerset Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees and development and environment director David Carter.
The council has pledged to invest £40m in road maintenance and improvement schemes between 2015-20.
North Somerset has been awarded nearly £5million in government funding to fix its roads.
The money is to cover highway maintenance and to fix potholes.
From the £4,631,000 North Somerset Council as the local highway authority is being asked to to upgrade a five mile stretch at Banwell.
On Monday, January 16, Mr Jones MP spent time viewing the work council is doing to improve roads across the area including visiting a Long Ashton road for a demonstration by highways contractor Skanska of its technique for repairing potholes.
Mr Ap Rees said: "The condition of roads in North Somerset is comparable with that in other areas across the country, and investing in roads remains high on the agenda for us.
“This additional investment will help us do more to halt the deterioration caused historically by successive years of under-investment."
"Public demand is to spend money on immediate and reactive repairs but evidence shows that spending money on preventative and structural maintenance is much more cost effective in the long term.
"The more the overall network deteriorates, the more the demand for reactive response gets out of control.
“This can lead to a vicious circle of prioritising spend on reactive maintenance and making less available for structural and preventative measures."
In 2016 the council repaired 20,073 potholes as well as laying more than 21,500 square metres of road patching, using a variety of methods - for example, thermal patching recycles the existing surface meaning a typical pothole repair can be completed with just one van and two operators in approximately 20 minutes, leading to less disruption to road users.
Information about future planned road repairs, traffic and road improvement schemes as well as public transport and real-time traffic information can all be viewed on the council's interactive roads map by clicking HERE.
North Somerset road network constists of :
A roads 106km
B roads 85km
C roads 199km
700km associated footway
22,000 street lights plus signs and bollards
110 traffic signals, and crossings
36,000 highway gullies of which 42,000 are cleaned annually
1,400 structures - bridges, retaining walls and culverts
winter service - with 420km roads salted (40 per cent total network)
street works (traffic management)