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Big lorry High Street ban
Nailsea High Street will have a 20mph speed limit this spring and big lorries will be completely banned.
North Somerset Council highways department has written to town centre businesses to tell them about the changes which could happen as early as March this year.
But Eirik Bird, of Samuel Bird TV, is concerned about deliveries to small independent shops because of inadequate service roads.
Although he conceded he was not against some improvements to traffic flow.
He said: “From my point of view, reducing the speed of traffic and redirecting large lorries using the High Street as some sort of shortcut, are good ideas.”
Nailsea Town Council renewed its calls to North Somerset Council for a 7.5-tonne weight limit for the busy thoroughfare which runs through the town centre in January 2020.
This was after failed attempts to ban traffic altogether along the narrow High Street from the Link Road to Station Road past Coates House on the corner.
The move comes after increasing concern about the number of HGVs using the High Street.
The single lane one-way High Street has limited parking bays for the community bus, taxis and short stay spaces for shoppers, but its traffic calming measures make it a tricky route for larger vehicles to negotiate.
Lorry drivers will be asked to use Stockway North and South, Queens Road and Station Road rather than the High Street.
It is thought that some of the drivers mistakenly use the High Street after being directed to it as a route by their sat navs.
The High Street will still be closed to all traffic on market days.
How it affected the carnival route is unclear.
If the plan goes ahead access to the High Street for emergency vehicles and the community bus would be retained but not 7.5 HGVs.
Eirik add: "We rely on deliveries outisde our shop so this will won't be good for us and I think other High Street businesses.
"Although I personally agree on diverting through traffic of large lorries around the High Street and the 20mph speed limit.
"But we get pallet deliveries from over 7.5T lorries on a regular basis which for insurance reasons drivers cannot breakdown before delivering.
"The service road behind the north side of the High Street is owned by Waitrose and if used will block the main access to the supermarket car park.
"There are plans for the offices above the Arcade to be converted into flats and while this is being done the south service road will be blocked with the building work.
"Until the south service road is improved and widened, I suggest that the signs are changed for 20mph with access exemption for all lorries.
Nailsea Heritage Trail is now Go-Geocaching
Nailsea Heritage Trail now has a Pokémon-style feature thanks to local Geocacher Bob Selby.l
Nailsea Town Council lauched the trail In December 2021.
It has 10 sites dotted around the town, each marked with a stone plinth, information board and QR code which allows access to more content.
Unlike traditional geocaching, there is no physical cache to find at the plinths; you follow the trail through an app on your phone; answering questions from each board to move on.
The geo circuit starts at:
Clevedon Road car park: then moves to
Morgan's Hill; and
The Tithe Barn.
For traditional geocachers' there is also a surprise to find on route!
Further information on The Nailsea Heritage trail can be found on the Nailsea Town Council website site HERE.
And explorers can access the geocaching element of the trail by using the Adventure Lab App HERE.
A Nailsea Town Council spokeman said: "We love hearing feedback from our residents.
"We are thrilled to see the Heritage Trail has had a positive uptake in the town and are looking forward to seeing more and more people use it."
STILL GOING UP: Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset are still increasing this week. 2,835 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 2,761 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population is 1315.1. This compares to a South West figure of 1270.2 and an England rate of 1695.4, which is a decrease on the national rate from last week of 1709.1. There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday,January 8. You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp. Next date for the Lateral Flow Test mobile van to be in Nailsea is Friday, January 21, 9am-noon parked in the Station Road car park.
Green Party protest proposed police bill
A peaceful protest took place in Nailsea town centre on Thursday, January 13, against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The bill reaches the House of Lords this week and votes will be cast on amendments which will culminate on January 17.
North Somerset Green Party invited residents of all political persuasions to march to the Nailsea High Street office of the Conservative MP, Dr Liam Fox.
North Somerset Council Green Party group leader and ward councillor for Backwell is Bridget Petty.
She believes this bill poses a threat to the public's human rights.
She said: "The Policing Bill threatens to remove one of our most basic human rights; the right to peacefully protest.
"And the amendments to the Bill that have been slipped into it by the government at a late stage make it even worse."
Currently, if the police wish to place restrictions on a protest then there must be evidence that it could result in ‘serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community’.
Police also have the power to impose specific measures on the routes of marches.
However, under the proposed bill, police bosses could be allowed to put more conditions on static protests such as start times, finish times, noise limits. These could all be applied to protests of just one person.
Mrs Petty added: "People charged under these laws [proposed by the Bill] could be jailed for up to 51 weeks.
“These are the kind of powers used by dictators, and they create conditions for this government, or any future government, to introduce a police state.
"The Bill could be used to criminalise people taking part in climate-related
protests, nurses and doctors protesting for better PPE, or any other group that the government might find annoying.
"We are calling on all MPs and members of the House of Lords to stand up for our basic human rights and reject this dangerous and anti-democratic Bill."
The protestors delivered a letter calling for Dr Fox to denounce the Bill.
Firefighters 999 call
Nailsea firefighters come to the rescue after fire broke out in a garage in neighbouring Clevedon.
With the seaside town covered in a thick blanket of fog, Avon Fire & Rescue Service who HQ is in Pound Lane, Nailsea, tackled a garage fire affecting a caravan and adjacent homes.
Crews from Avonmouth, Clevedon and Yatton were also called out at 10.49am on Wednesday, January 12.
On arrival, crews discovered a large fire engulfing the garage and parked caravan.
With 10 firefighters in attendance some wearing breathing apparatus, the crews used two hose reel jets and a 45mm jet to extinguish the fire.
Also in use were thermal imaging cameras to check for hotspots and monitor residual heat.
The cause of the incident was determined as ccidental ignition.
PHOTOS: Rebecca Chester and Chloe Witcombe-Farr
For the love of Toby Riley an outdoor gym in Nailsea
The family of Toby Riley is raising funds to build an outdoor gym in Nailsea as a fitting memorial to the much-loved teenager who died in the summer of 2021.
The sports mad youngster enjoyed bike rides with dad Al was a keen skate park competitor, football player and coach who in his short life been a member of:
Nailsea Air Cadets;
Nailsea Scout Group;
Nailsea Skate Park;
Nailsea Junior Football Club;
Nailsea United FC;
Priority Football; and
Senshinryu Karate Association..
A charity fun day is being put together for Sunday, May 8, from 10am-5pm at the Ring O’Bells and Grove Sports & Social Club.
Toby died, aged 18, on July 4, 2021.
Toby’s mum Suzy said: “It is time to remember Toby in a positive way.
“We need help with sponsorship, donations for raffle and auction prizes and more.”
Within days of the word getting out offers have already started coming in.
The original idea for installing an outdoor gym in a Nailsea park came from Nailsea International Bike Show stalwart Sharon Colley who will fellow auction organiser Samantha Mildon raised more than £8,000 for Children’s Hospice South West in September 2021.
Sharon’s idea was supported by town councillor Jo Hopkinson who took up the cudgels and now has the full council backing.
To site the outdoor gym at Millennium Park wiould need permission from North Somerset Council who own and maintain it but other areas are under consideration.
Sharon said: “I came up with the idea after noticing on my walks that surrounding towns in North Somerset have more outdoor exercise equipment than Nailsea.
“We have some beautiful green spaces in our parks which would really benefit from some equipment that all ages could use from young children, teenagers and adult residents.
"The bike show team have offered their support for the fun family day.”
To kick-start the fundraising an appeal they need:
Sponsors - £50-100
Bands to play live
Children entertainers from magicians to those dressed as a favourite cartoon character
Stall holders – arts, crafts and fundraising ideas welcome
People to do face-painting, stick-on tattoos and hair-braiding
Among the planned activities is a multi-coloured fun run with entry tickets £5 on sale from March.
Monies raised will also be going to Young Minds a registered charity that supports young people and their families.
Its website says: ‘It’s hard to watch young people struggling. And it’s even harder when it feels like there’s no one at all who can help. Since the pandemic, millions more young people are struggling to cope with their feelings. That is why we are on hand to help. More young people need our help more than ever, which means we need you more than ever. Give the gift of life-changing support and a brighter tomorrow to the young people and families who need it most.’
Please email Tobysfunday@hotmail.com with offers of help.
The fund will be boosted by the Go Fund Me page donations which raised a massive £18,994 and paid for Toby’s funeral.
Suzy said: “The money donated to the Go Fund Me page was more than enough to pay for Toby’s funeral and so I wanted to put the money left back into the community somehow.
“The town council have agreed to building a outdoor gym park and I have identified some equipment suitable for all ages.
“It may take a while to get started though and is still in discussion with the council regarding location of the park.
“In the meantime, I wanted to do something fun for the community in Toby’s memory so together with Rob Prior, of Priority Football, and Rebecca Williams, from Ring O’Bells we put our heads together and came up with the idea of the family fun day to raise even more money for the park as well as Young Minds.
“Becky, Rob and I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us already to offer sponsorship or help on the day.”
If you have been affected by issues discussed here Nailsea has a new Community Peer Support Group for people who have experienced loss. The STAR (Share Talk and Remember) Community Peer Support Group meets at 65 High Street. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month 4-6pm, and the second and fourth Saturdays 10am-noon.
Testing, testing in Nailsea
North Somerset Council’s Covid-19 rapid testing vans are back on the road as testing rules change in England.
Unprecedented demand for lateral flow home testing kits, which are for anyone without symptoms of coronavirus, and delayed and smaller than expected orders from government, meant the council’s community vans ran out of stock
The vans were unable to get out last week, but the teams are now back on the road. The two vans, which include one running on a fixed schedule and the other moving around to reach as many people as possible, are open daily from 9am-noon to try to make sure everyone, including those without internet access, can get access to tests.
Anyone who has difficulty doing the steps needed to get their results from lateral flow tests can also visit the vans for assisted testing, where staff process the results.
From Tuesday, January 11, anyone who gets a positive test on lateral flow will no longer need to confirm the result with a PCR, which is a more sensitive test that needs to be sent to a laboratory to process the results.
Recent changes also mean anyone with Covid who gets two negative results, 24 hours apart, on home lateral flow tests, from day six after a positive test or symptoms starting, can end their isolation. This means they could finish isolating from day seven onwards, depending on the results of their tests, rather than the previous 10 days.
North Somerset Council executive member for health is Mike Bell the Liberal Democrat ward councilor for Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “Our community testing vans are only one way people can get access to lateral flow tests in North Somerset.
“The main route is through the government’s online ordering system. We strongly encourage anyone who needs tests, who has internet access, to use this portal.
"Capacity has been increased, and kits are added throughout the day, so keep checking if you find an out-of-stock message.
“Some pharmacists also have lateral flow tests available for home testing.”
North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: “These types of rapid tests, where you process the results yourself, should only be used if you don’t have symptoms of Covid-19 – a temperature, new continuous cough, or a change to your sense of taste or smell. If you have any of these, however mild, you must still isolate and get a PCR test straightaway.”
Lateral flow tests can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Details of where North Somerset Council’s mobile testing vans visit is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting
Anyone who needs a PCR test can book online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
FOLLOW THE LFT VAN PARKED UP 9AM-NOON AT ALL LOCATIONS
Monday 10 January
Hutton Moor Leisure Centre car park, Weston
Lake Grounds Esplanade, Portishead
Tuesday 11 January
For All Healthy Living Centre, Lonsdale Avenue, Weston
Queen’s Square, Clevedon
Wednesday 12 January
Lake Grounds Esplanade, Portishead
Car park, Village Hall, Hutton
Thursday 13 January
Queen’s Square, Clevedon
Winscombe Community Centre
Friday 14 January
Station Road car park, Nailsea
Haywood Road, Pill
Saturday 15 January
Italian Gardens, Weston
Lake Grounds Esplanade, Portishead
Sunday 16 January
Italian Gardens, Weston
Queen’s Square, Clevedon
Police ask public do you know this man?
Police have issued a CCTV appeal of a man they need the public’s help to identify.
A spokesman said: “We’d like to talk to him in connection with an assault in Nailsea during the early hours of New Year’s Day.
“A man in his 30s was the victim of a sustained attack by another man outside Kebab Kitchen in Nailsea on Crown Glass Place at 12.30am.
“The victim required hospital treatment for facial injuries.
“The offender is described as white, of medium build, aged in his late 20s and approximately 6ft tall.
“He had short dark hair, light stubble and a moustache and wore a navy blue Hugo Boss long sleeve top and dark blue jeans.”
Anyone who knows who the man in the CCTV image is asked to phone 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5222000035.
Alternatively, can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.
With seconds of publishing this appeal Nailsea People was sent an identification. The post reached more than 4,000 people with 48 shares is less than three hours. A day later is stood at 15,972 people reached with 136 shares. All information has been shared with investigating officers. Nailsea town councillor James Steel said: "Nailsea Town Council recently spent £30,000 upgrading the cctv system in Nailsea. Great to see them being utilised effectively. I hope the victim recovers quickly." Anti-social behaviour in the town was an agenda item at the last town council meeting.
Ask Nailsea people
Nailsea Town Council intends to ask the people how it should spend its planning gain windfall from new housebuilding in the town.
Nailsea Town Council has gained a significant sum of money from the sale of the land at Engine Lane and is looking at how this money can be reinvested into the community to benefit residents.
The council discussed a proposal to ‘Ask Nailsea’.
It was agreed the question will be put directly to the people of Nailsea and will ask them how they would like the council to invest in the community for the future.
It will be contacting all residents to get views and will promote the questionnaire in local and social media.
It is hoped that a broad scope of ideas will come forward.
The information gathered by Nailsea Town Council will be read, collated, and the most suitable ideas will be selected, developed, and put out for public consultation, it was decided.
Councillors met new Nailsea police beat team constable Lee Kerslake at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, Janauary 5, which had been postponed from December.
PC Kerslake talked about future policing plans and anti-social behaviour and damage to the old Weston College site.
He is keen to build a positive rapport with Nailsea’s youth and wants to increase communication between police and the community.
The beat team intend to have a visible presence on the streets of Nailsea, which is an important aspect in gaining the public’s trust, he said.
Nailsea Town Council has upgraded the CCTV network during the past 12
months and has a mobile camera which can be deployed to locations not covered by existing cameras.
All relay images to North Somerset Council CCTV unit and the police, the meeting heard.
Nailsea Town Council budget for 2022-2023 is £567,568 has been set considering increases in running costs and additional staffing.
This is an additional £6.38 a year for a householder in the B and D council tax band or just over 12p per week and is slightly more than the predicted inflation rate of 6.5 per cent by April this year.
For context a Band D household is currently billed £1,906.71 per annum.
Nailsea will be expanding as a town over the next few years and the town council recognises it needs to increase its communication with residents and expand the use of its buildings which has been factored into the 2022-23 budget, the meeting agreed.
New year, new Covid data
Along with the rest of England, North Somerset is seeing its highest ever Covid case rates.
This means the virus is circulating in our community and you are at risk of catching it when you are out and about.
As always, you can help reduce your risk by continuing to wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering when you’re in crowded spaces, and socially distance from anyone you don’t live with if you can.
If you’re meeting with people inside, take rapid lateral flow tests before you go, and open up doors and windows to keep air circulating.
You can get the best possible protection from Covid by getting vaccinated. If you’ve not had a chance yet, book yours now. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first jab, or booster, getting it done as quickly as you can will reduce your risk of getting seriously ill if you do come into contact with the virus.
If you do have symptoms, a temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell, stay home and get a PCR test. Rapid tests, where you process the results yourself, must only be used if don’t have symptoms.
North Somerset Council is expecting case rates to continue to rise, so it will be seeing extremely high numbers here in the coming weeks.
This means it’s more important than ever to do everything you can to reduce your chance of catching the disease and get vaccinated to reduce the chance of getting really poorly if you do.
This helps you and will also help limit pressure on the NHS and social care.
Latest Covid data
Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset have reached an all-time high and continue to increase.
2,761 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 1,840 in the previous week and 1,061 in our last update to you in December.
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population is 1280.8, compared to 492.2 in our last update, which reported figures from Saturday, December 11.
The South West is 1243.7 and an England 1709.1.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, January 1.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
At 87.7 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 12 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 82.4 per cent have had two doses.
A total of 68 per cent have also had a booster or third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
You can view interactive maps on GOV.UK which show you case rates and vaccination data for your area.
Latest Covid rules
Government guidelines continue to be updated as the coronavirus situation develops and more is understood about the latest variant.
Recent changes include:
From Tuesday, January 11, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test and report the result.
From 4am on Sunday, January 9, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.
From Friday, January 7, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.
Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in Year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.
Rules around when you need to self-isolate and for how longs have been updated. See our ‘Self-isolation’ article for more details.
There have been some changes to the rules around self-isolating, including introducing shorter isolation period for people who get negative test results, and bringing in daily testing for close contacts of positive cases.
It continues to be a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
To make sure you’ve got the latest information, here are the current rules around self-isolating, which is taken from the NHS website.
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these three symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild::
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
you've tested positive for Covid-19 (with a rapid lateral flow or PCR test) – this means you have the virus
someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – check below if this applies to you)
you've been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
If you live with or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine
you're under 18 years and 6 months old
you're taking part or have taken part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
How long to self-isolate?
You usually have to self-isolate for 10 full days if you've tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).
If you've been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19, you may have to self-isolate for 10 full days.
You might need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.
If you’ve tested positive
If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.
If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.
You can stop self-isolating after seven days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days six and seven of your self-isolation period and:
both tests are negative
you did both tests at least 24 hours apart
you do not have a high temperature
If you do a rapid lateral flow test on day six and test positive, wait 24 hours before you do the next test.
If you stop self-isolating on or after day 7, it's important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing Covid-19 to others. This means you should:
work from home if you can
wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors, in crowded places or where there is not much fresh air
limit contact with people at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19
follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading Covid-19
You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if either:
you do not have any symptoms
you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone
If you have a high temperature after the 10 days, or are feeling unwell, keep self-isolating and seek medical advice.
If you need to self-isolate as household contact of Covid
If someone you live with tests positive, your self-isolation period includes the day their symptoms started (or the day they had the test, if they do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.
You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if you do not get any symptoms.
Get PCR a test to check if you have Covid-19 on GOV.UK if you get symptoms while you're self-isolating.
If your test is negative, keep self-isolating for the rest of the 10 days.
If your test is positive, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started. This will mean you're self-isolating for more than 10 days overall.
If you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
Self-isolate immediately if either:
you get a text, email or call from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate
you get an alert from the NHS COVID-19 app telling you to self-isolate
Your self-isolation period includes the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for Covid-19 and the next 10 full days.
It's a legal requirement to self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
Residents across North Somerset are asked to keep looking after each other as Covid rates climb.
Cases of Covid-19 in North Somerset have reached the highest levels to date and are expected to continue rising, which may leave some members of the community in need of more support.
High infection rates are also putting huge pressure on the local health and social care system. The latest reported figures show 2,761 infections recorded in the previous seven days, up 50 per cent on the previous week, which gives a rate of 1,280.8 per 100,000 head of population. The number of Covid patients in local hospitals has also more than doubled in just two weeks.
This pressure, and the higher rates, may leave some members of the community in need of extra support so North Somerset residents are encouraged to keep looking out for each other during the coming weeks.
North Somerset Council executive member for health Mike Bell is the Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “During the pandemic, North Somerset communities have done an incredible job of helping and looking out for each other.
“And, while we’re working hard with our colleagues in the NHS, social care and emergency services to do everything we can to look after the most vulnerable people, the huge pressures on the system caused by Covid and increased need for services over the winter, mean we’re asking for everyone to help where they can.
“What you might think is small gesture of help for a friend, family member or elderly neighbour really can make a difference.
“Nothing’s too small. Any practical help you can give to help a loved one return home from hospital, or help stop them going into hospital, will help.”
Help for family, friends or neighbours could include:
Checking in on them to see how they are
Getting some shopping
Checking they are eating well and drinking enough each day
Making sure they are warm and able to keep warm
Picking up their prescription or other medication
Taking their dog for a walk
Offering to feed their pet
Helping with household chores like putting the recycling or bins out, doing some laundry or helping keep their home clean
Making time to ring them for a chat
Covid may also bring extra challenges as people may need short-term help because they or those who usually support them are ill or self-isolating.
If friends, family, or neighbours cannot help, North Somerset Together is still available to connect people to local support networks.
The online portal also gives information about financial support available for individuals who may lose income if they need to self-isolate, and for businesses that continue to be affected by Covid.
North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny, said: “This is a difficult time in our fight against Covid as we try to manage the impact of infection rates on other aspects of our health and wellbeing.
“The winter weather will also be having an effect, especially on our most vulnerable residents.
“But, we can reduce the impact by continuing to look after each other, and remembering that helping out with everyday tasks may seem small, but can make a massive difference to someone else's life.”
We are here to help!
Covid cases in our area are the highest they have ever been which means that large numbers of people are isolating.
If you, or or someone you know, are isolating and are without a local support network to help you out with shopping etc please contact us at Nailsea Community Group and we will do what we can
Nailsea Community Group hub at 26 Somerset Square is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-12.30pm
Get boosted now
People continue to be urged to book Covid-19 booster appointments after a huge drop in the local take up of the vaccination since Christmas.
The drop is thought to be the result of a false perception that the Omicron variant is milder.
Please visit www.grabajab.net to book an appointment or call 119.
Second dose Covid-19 vaccinations are now available for 12 to 15 year olds in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
You can book an appointment at a dedicated GP clinic or Vaccination Centre clinic using the online National Booking Service or by calling 119.
Your child is eligible for their second dose three months (90 days) after their first dose. If they catch Covid-19 after their first vaccination, they must wait three months after their positive test before having their second dose of the vaccine.
For more information, please visit www.grabajab.net.
Vaccination alert for Saturday, January 8: Young people aged 12 to 17-years can get a jab at Brockway Medical Centre. Call 01275 866761 to book. To check the eligibility criteria, go to www.tyntesfield.nhs.uk/news-2
Supporting health and social care teams
Our local health and social care system continues to respond to the ongoing pressures caused by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and winter pressures.
This release covers all health and social care organisations across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area, which includes our own social care teams here at the council.
Health and social care providers have also updated their patient visiting policies. Settings across our health and social care system are configured differently, and visiting arrangements are only changed based on clinical risk:
Sirona Care and Health
If you are planning to visit any other care facilities, including care homes, please check for updates to their polices before you travel.
Demand for lateral flow tests continues to be high. Our mobile testing units, which offer lateral flow testing for those who don’t have symptoms of Covid-19, visit towns and villages across North Somerset for home testing kit collection and assisted testing.
However, extremely high demand for kits and delayed and incomplete deliveries from government, have left our vans out of stock.
We hope to back on the road next week, but, while demand continues to be high, we are asking people who can get kits online to use the government’s ordering service, so we can prioritise our community collection tests for those without internet access.
The government’s online system has increased capacity and adds new stock throughout the day, so keep checking to order your kits at Gov.UK
You can also continue to collect from some pharmacies.
We will update our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting with details of where our vans will be visiting and when once our next delivery date is confirmed. Please continue to check this page for the latest updates before you make a special trip.
Recycling for new year 2022
North Somerset is the best performing council in the south west for recycling according to the latest figures.
So why oh why does some fly-tipper dump rubbish on Backwell Common – see photo.
Recycling rates published in December by Defra, name North Somerset Council as the second best performing English unitary council.
This places North Somerset higher in the top 10 than before as the seventh best council in the country for recycling rates, up from ninth position in 2019-20.
In 2020-21, 60.4 per cent of household waste generated in North Somerset was recycled, compared to the UK average of 44 per cent.
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: “One of our main priorities is to make North Somerset a greener place to be, so I am delighted to see our recycling rates have jumped even higher up the top ten of all councils in the country.
"We have worked incredibly hard to encourage our residents to recycle as much as they can and I am hugely impressed with how people have responded.
“Thank you to everyone who plays their part. The time and care that our residents take to sort their recycling correctly is keeping us at the top of the south west.
“The hard work pays off and is worth it.
"Thanks must also go to our hardworking crews for their efforts in what has been an extremely challenging year for them due to the national aftershocks felt from Covid-19 and the shortage of HGV drivers.
“I look forward to publication of the council’s new waste strategy in the new year.
“This key document, which has been put together using residents’ feedback from the recent recycling and waste consultation, will set out our plan for the future.”
This year, waste and recycling collections will not change over Christmas. As Christmas falls on a weekend, your collection day will remain the same. You can always check your collection dates HERE. Please be aware staff shortages and delays are likely to continue over Christmas. Remember to check North Somerset missed collection report if your collection has been missed here www.n-somerset.gov.uk/christmas-waste.
Christmas trees can be put out for collection with your first garden waste collection after Christmas. This will be between Monday and Friday, January 17 and February 11.
Old Christmas cards can be recycled, unless they are covered in glitter. Even better reuse them. They make great gift tags, bookmarks, postcards and even napkin rings! Watch here for ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=yULwnlkjb0s.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is again leading the way with recycling after the Christmas holidays. It is where discarded festive trees can all be put to good use. Supported by North Somerset Council groundwork team the trees will be turned in bedding mulch and silage. It is all part of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s Green Zoo initiative to help with a sustainable future. People wishing to donate their Christmas tree can do so between Sundays, January 2-23, when the zoo is open from 10.30am-4pm and while there visit the zoo and Farm Shop.