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Closing Nailsea High Street to all traffic
Moves are afoot to close Nailsea High Street to traffic.
The idea is being investigated by James Tonkin who is ward councillor for Nailsea West End and serves on North Somerset executive with special responsibility for planning and transport.
James says no decision has been taken he would just like to know what people think.
The success of the eat:nailsea October event saw stalls line the High Street without the red tape of other town centre events when organisers had to put up barriers and charge a nominal fee to enter designated areas selling items other that food.
On Saturday, December 21, Nailsea farmers and craft market will use Somerset Square and High Street to sell goods but with no community stalls as in the past to negate licensing laws.
Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said: “I can remember well the disaster it was last time it was closed to through traffic in the 1990s when I was on Avon County Council, so I am against it.
“I was surprised it was suggested.
“It should have done it when the road was first paved, and everything looked so good.
“Now the road surface is crumbling, and several traders rely on residents parking outside the front.
“Sam Bird's TV is opposed as is Furniture Additions as they rely on transporting their goods.
“Also, I suspect people buying fish and chips like to park on the High Street in the evening.
“However, residents with small children probably prefer it closed to traffic.
“I think North Somerset may do a consultation and some traders may prefer it but last time it was deemed a 'ghost town' without the traffic.
“If it is pedestrianised a lot of money would need to be spent to do it properly as opposed to the half-hearted attempt with a few planters blocking the entrance as per last time.
“Will the government come up with the sort of money necessary to make it look really good?
Nailsea Independent Traders discussed the idea at its December breakfast meeting.
Councillor Mike Bird wasn’t at the meeting but he said: “I’m told there was a good discussion around the pedestrianisation of the HIgh Street.
"I’ve also had other emails this week from people in High Street and I think it would be a good idea to organise a meeting of all HIgh Street trader with the town council fairly soon.
"I’ll look to organise something in the new year.
"The challenge over Christmas is to think of positive steps we can make to improve business generally in Nailsea, promote the High Street and town centre.
One shopper said: "I have very mixed feelings about closing the High Street on a permanent basis.
"This is because I remember last time is was difficult to police but perhaps with our elderly demographic, we won’t have same concerns as I can’t see marauders on mobility scooters being a concern?"
Home Additions owner Alan Goddard said they move would sound a death knell to his shop.
Alan said: “We would go out of business within six months if the High Street was permanently closed.
“I am not against is being closed once a month for market day.”
But Mr Tonkin said there is no half-way measures as a monthly Saturday road closure free is approximately £1,000.
This news comes in the same week that Nailsea People learn North Somerset Council executive will consider introducing charges to car parks and roads in Nailsea at its meeting on Tuesday, January 7. If agreed further consultation would be carried out. It is expected to take 18 months to consult and implement any changes. Also at this meeting councillors will discuss proposed charges of £50 per household per year for the collection of a 240 litre green garden waste bin.
NAILSEA CHRISTMAS MARKET
Saturday, December 21
Stalls selling fresh local produce including:
Organic Vegetables and
CROWN GLASS SHOPPING CENTRE
Filled with craft stalls and hot food stands selling oven pizzas, stew, dumplings and hot chestnuts
under the Christmas tree
10am-2pm Santa Claus
10am-2pm festive Punch & Judy
11am-noon Barley Rye will be singing carols
10am-2pm fundraising morning at Home Additions for Spring Of Hope ladies night shelter in Bristol
Made in Nailsea
Nailsea School students who helped create a beautiful mosaic to brighten up a brick wall in the town centre were among those at the first official photocall.
Others who were busy with end of term school festive activities would be at a second picture opportunities.
But there was a line-up of dignitaries representing all of those who had contributed and you can read the original story in full on the School Peeps page HERE.
Pictured are five young people with head teacher Dee Elliot from Nailsea School, Nailsea in Bloom horticulturalists and Nailsea town councillors who had supported the project.
Led by Fran Newton who said: “The community project, originally conceptualised back in 2010 and coordinated by me has now reached its first major stage.“The mosaic artwork consisting of three large panels has been created to enhance a blank and uninspiring wall space to the side of New Look and provide residents and visitors with an informative and colourful space to relax near.”
PHOTO CALL: For those involved in project led by Fran Newton (in yellow coat) and below one of the original articles on Nailsea People School Peeps page, children from Golden Valley Primary School and Nailsea Town Council past and present chairmen Jan Barber and David Packham
The nature panel has a robin, dragon fly, ladybird, trout, bluebells, dormouse, bats, fox, frog, acorns and swan and was devised by pupils of Golden Valley Primary School as a tribute to Friends of Trendlewood Park, Stockway North Nature Reserve, Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust who maintain and nurture our beautiful green spaces.
And Nailsea today shows the farmers’ market, 65 High Street, library, Nailsea in Bloom, carnival, guides and scouts, theatres, 999 services, sports and Tithe Barn among its panels by Nailsea School students.
To read the panel explaination in full click HERE.
UPDATE: One week later a group of young people representing Golden Valley Primary School are pictured by head teacher Kevin Lynch at the base of their artwork.
Approximately 300 pupils, aged from Year 2 up to sixth form were asked to come up with suitable designs.The history panel consists of a tractor, war memorial, evacuee children, horse and cart, winding tower, glass vase, apple and cider making, mining, glassworks, telephone box and the evangelist and teacher Hannah More made by Hannah More Infant and Grove Junior School pupils.
From Nailsea with love
Three Nailsea police officers went to Kenya in late November to take early Christmas presents for needy children.
Among the parcels they took were pre-loved clothes donated by well-wishers, rugby and footballs, new T-shirts from the beer and cider festival, stationary, pens, pencils and colouring felt tip pens.
This was a return visit for some, and this time a couple of nurses accompanied the 21-strong group which included Nailsea Police Station chief inspector Leanne Pook, PCSO Marie Broomfield and sergeant Mark Raby.
Witnessing in 2018 first-hand the poverty and neglect suffered by young people inspired them to want to return.
Sergeant Mark Raby said: “Last year a few of us went to Kenya to work in a rescue centre at Amboseli for young girls aged eight to 18 who had been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages or dangerous situations."
The officers worked alongside The Divinity Foundation which is the charity behind this project.
Mark added: “This was in the south of the country and while in Kenya we also visited an orphanage in Nairobi and some outlying villages.
“This trip affected all of us – the children have very little or nothing but the one thing they have is sport.
“Out in the villages we saw barefoot players kicking a ball made of mesh wire and leaves.
“Everyone on the trip paid their own fares and expenses and we raised monies at an 80s disco to give to the charities supporting these children.
“While out there we worked in a rescue centre for girls who have suffered FGM or abuse we also taught life skills in isolated villages.
“Seeing children with nothing smile when being given items from the people of Nailsea was a proud moment.
“We would like to thank the Nailsea community including Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club, Nailsea Junior, Selkirk. Nailsea & Tickenham football clubs who all donated items towards this trip.”