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Nailsea park gets Green Flag award
It's a high five for North Somerset's parks and green spaces which include a Nailsea park.
Five sites will proudly fly the Green Flag again this year:
Abbots Pool in Abbots Leigh
Watchhouse Hill in Pill
Trendlewood Community Park in Nailsea
Prince Consort Gardens in Weston-super-Mare
Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve in Weston-super-Mare.
The Nailsea park is on the south east of Nailsea around Trendlewood Way.
It is supported by Friends of Trendlewood Park and on its website here https://friendsoftrendlewoodpark.org.uk/gallery/ you can view a slideshow of the flora and fauna taken by Andrew Town in the autumn of 2021.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Flying the prestigious Green Flag is the mark of a quality park or green space and is a sign to the public that the site boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
"The last year has continued to be challenging with renewed lockdowns at the start of the year and demand on our parks and open spaces continuing to be high," said Cllr Mike Solomon,
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.He said: “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
"Achieving these awards again reflects the commitment and skills of our
Natural Environment team and volunteers in delivering excellent facilities for our local communities.
Our contractors, Glendale and Somerset Wood Recycling, working with our Natural Environment team, have continued to support our volunteers when opportunities for them to be involved have continued to be restricted.
"Our volunteers have also worked tirelessly whenever they have been able to return to our parks and open spaces carrying on with a number of projects and generally improving sites for all.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in managing our green spaces during what has been a continuously difficult year."
Nailsea Saturday litter collections
The last two litter picks for 2021 are on Saturdays, November 6 and December 4.
Now called Nailsea Community Litter Heroes the environmentally-friendly group formerly known as Better Nailsea meet at 26 Somerset Square at 10am both days and usually set out clearing streets, car parks and communial areas until 12.15pm
Everyone can join in.
You can pick litter where you choose!
Stay for the whole time or just do what you can - every little helps..
We will provide all the equipment - you just need to turn up.
Garden waste collections back
North Somerset Council is to resume garden waste collections this month.
Having suspended its garden waste service earlier this month, North Somerset Council is putting plans in place to restart collections at the end of September.
Although the national shortage of HGV drivers is continuing to impact significantly on the recycling and waste service, the council has developed an approach which will enable a service to be delivered.
From Monday, September 27, garden waste collections will restart with customers receiving a collection once every four weeks instead of once every two weeks until December when collections normally reduce to this frequency.
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: "This is a pragmatic approach that enables us to offer a garden waste service to all our existing customers.
"The driver shortage remains a very serious issue for us.
"We are losing drivers to other businesses and very sadly have lost some long-standing colleagues to ill health.
"I say this because I'm keen everyone understands that we remain in a precarious situation with our staff resources and the situation may yet change again."
The council is contacting all garden waste customers to let them know when collections will restart and garden waste collection calendars will also be amended and available on the council's website before collections resume so all customers know their revised collection dates.
Mr Solomon said: "I completely understand why some of our customers are frustrated that we've not been able to maintain uninterrupted collections in the same year we've introduced a subscription service.
"Because of the inconvenience caused we will be offering all our existing subscribers a discount on next year's collections to compensate them for the disruption.
"Customers don't need to contact us to qualify for this offer - it will be automatically available at renewal."
The council will also trial setting up satellite sites across the area so that existing customers have the option to take their garden waste to staffed drop-off points if they don't live within easy reach of one of the three recycling centres.
These will be announced as soon as they're up and running.
Mr Solomon added: "I'm also keen that our residents understand that we
are lobbying government to solve the driver crisis. We simply can't make this problem go away on our own, and it's not just our services being affected.
"All areas of business logistics are affected and garden waste collections are just a tiny part of the problem.
"We desperately need government to undo the damage caused by the Brexit driver exodus."
The council is working with other councils in the region to lobby ministers and has also asked the two local MPs to support a resolution to the crisis.
New subscriptions for the garden waste collection service are currently suspended and will resume when the current driver shortage issues are resolved.
Recycling and black bin waste collections are not affected by these changes and residents should continue to put containers out as normal for collection.
Residents interested in home composting can also still take advantage of the council's reduced price compost bin offer at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/composting
No garden waste collections for Nailsea
North Somerset's garden waste collections are being suspended for at least the next two weeks because of HGV driver shortages.
Unlike other areas, North Somerset Council has managed to keep garden waste collections going throughout the summer, with minimal disruption, but driver shortages have now reached the point where there are now no longer enough people to make the collections.
There will be no garden waste collections between Monday and Friday, September 6-17, but recycling and black bin waste collections will continue as normal.
All households which provided their email address when they signed up to the garden waste service are being emailed directly to let them know.
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services is Mike Solomon who is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: "We really couldn't ask for a more dedicated team out on the rounds and I am very grateful to all of them for everything they've been doing.
"But the staff shortages - caused predominantly by the widespread shortage of HGV drivers - have reached the level where we know we are not going to have enough people available to provide the garden waste service for the next two weeks.
"HGV driver recruitment is an issue affecting the whole country with the Road Haulage Association estimating a shortfall of 100,000 drivers nationally.
"We are working hard to find ways to remedy the crisis locally and will have a clearer picture on compensation for our customers and what we’ll do to mitigate further impacts within the next two weeks.
"However, this situation will not be resolved quickly without government intervention which is why we are also lobbying our MPs and ministers to fix things.
"I'm sorry that this temporary interruption to the service will inconvenience people.”
Recycling centres will be open as normal for anyone wishing to dispose of their garden waste during the next two weeks. Home composting is also a good way to deal with any additional garden waste generated.
LET THE PEOPLE PLAY: North Somerset Council has now removed the rotting grass cuttings from the area of Trendlewood Park bordering Turnbury Avenue and Bude Close, says Pam Salisbury who took all the photos. Pam said: “This has been traditionally used for ball games and team recreation sports for more than 30 years. Thankfully it is now accessible again. Do use it.”
Fines for North Somerset litter louts
A crackdown on littering, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour has started well and is making North Somerset a cleaner and greener environment for everyone.
Earlier this year North Somerset Council teamed up with private company Local Authority Support to issue £75 fixed penalty notices to anyone seen breaching our public space protection orders.
The 12-month contract started in May and six trained officers have been patrolling the area since then.
Up until the beginning of August, more than 400 on-the-spot fines had been issued, compared with just 14 in the same period last year.
331 for littering
42 for dogs not being on a lead when they should
27 for owners breaching dog exclusion zones
three for people urinating or defecating in a public place
two for dog fouling.
Several were in Nailsea including the newspaper shop boss fined for discarding a cigarette butt.
In a survey last year, only 40 per cent of respondents thought the area was clean, and about 90 per cent agreed it was reasonable to issue on-the-spot fines to deal with dog fouling.
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent councillor for the Hutton and Locking ward.
He said: "Environmental crime and anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental effect on our communities and littering and dog fouling remain a big concern for many residents.
"By working with LA Support, we are building on the great work already undertaken by officers and volunteers across the area who pick up other people's litter and keep North Somerset clean.
"By working together we will tackle this anti social behaviour that blights our public spaces."
If you are aware of particular hotspot then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also report locations of dog fouling using the Pooper Snooper app (https://poopersnooper.app/get-started).
The app informs the council of the worst offending areas allowing targeted patrols.
For more information about the public space protection orders visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/community-safety-crime/public-space-protection-orders.
Waste not, want not
Temporary crew shortages mean that garden waste collections won't go ahead in North Somerset on Thursday and Friday, August 12-13.
Recycling and waste collections are continuing as normal and the three recycling centres are also open for their regular summer hours.
North Somerset Council is asking for feedback on its new draft Recycling and Waste strategy.
The council has a mission to achieve zero waste and save the planet.
Despite achieving one the of the highest recycling rates in England in 2019-20 an audit revealed 45 per cent of the average household black bin was recyclable material.
It wants to raise awareness of unnecessary packaging and the use of reusable containers, plus getting rid of junk mail.
To read the draft strategy summary document download HERE.
To share your views go to:
The consultation closes on Wednesday, August 18.
Our green and carbon neutral land
Eye-catching posters advertising an innovative art competition will start appearing around North Somerset this week.
The Picture This art competition invites local people, particularly children and young people, to imagine a carbon neutral future where the worst impacts of climate change have been prevented.
Unfortunately the way Nailsea is being targeted by developers the post could be a little to green and who gets the wind turbines?
The posters feature an artist’s impression of a net zero carbon North Somerset and have been designed by local illustrator Cai Burton.
North Somerset Council is working in partnership with Culture Weston on the Picture This project, which aims to inspire local people and provoke change to make North Somerset carbon neutral by 2030.
In net zero carbon communities, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced as close to zero as possible, with the small amount which remains being removed from the atmosphere, for example through planting trees.
North Somerset Council executive member for climate emergency is the Green Party ward councillors for Backwell.
She said: “In 2019, North Somerset Council declared a climate emergency and set a target of North Somerset becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“I’m really excited about the Picture This art competition. We’re inviting local people of all ages to create art which imagines a net zero carbon future for North Somerset.
"A future where we have adapted to use low carbon technologies and are more resilient to climate change.
"Visualising a brighter future is so important and we need everyone’s help with this.”
Culture Weston programme manager Tom Newman said: “We all know that the old ways of doing things are not working and have not worked.
"New ideas are vital.
"We need new ways of thinking and living, to inspire people and provoke change.
“We’re looking for artworks in any creative medium.
"That could be drawings, poems, songs, creative writing, textiles, film – anything which focuses on what is possible and achievable to address the challenge of climate change and create a better world for our future.”
The Picture This art competition, which is open to all ages, closes on Thursday, September 30.Winners will be chosen based on their creativity and ability to engage people in thinking about a net zero carbon future.
The finalists will be displayed in public spaces around North Somerset over
the autumn and winter.
For more information including the process for submitting artwork go to cultureweston.org.uk/picturethis.
The Picture This project kicked off last month with the council’s music service running a music course in partnership with Bath Philharmonia’s creative learning team.
Young people with special educational needs and disabilities who attend mainstream schools in North Somerset created their own music in response to the Picture This brief, and the recordings they made will accompany the Picture This exhibition this autumn.
Culture Weston is a partnership-led initiative that places culture at the heart of Weston-super-Mare’s daily life and future growth.
It is led by North Somerset arts organisation Theatre Orchard, in collaboration with North Somerset Council, Arts Council England and the local community.
Garden waste service disrupted
North Somerset Council is bringing in temporary measures for garden waste collections due to ongoing crew shortages as more and more crew members are having to self-isolate due to the rising number of coronavirus infections locally.
Acouncil spokesman said: "With the requirements for close contacts to isolate, as well as the national shortage of HGV drivers, rather than suspend collections for an extended period as some other areas have done, we are keen to review the situation on a daily basis and will continue to provide the garden waste collection service whenever possible.
"Every day is unpredictable at the moment as we don’t know how many staff are going to be pinged by the test and trace app.
"This is making it incredibly difficult to plan each day’s collections.
"However, we do want to keep collecting garden waste on all days when we’ve got enough crews working.
"While we hope that our garden waste customers will be pleased we’re doing our best, we also appreciate it’s a more complicated position where each day will be different.
"That’s why we’re also committing to emailing customers before their collection is due when we know we won’t be able to collect their garden waste.
"This way our residents will know whether to put their containers out for collection or not.
"We will email garden waste customers the night before their next collection is due if the crew shortages mean that they can’t collect households’ garden waste the next day.
"Because the situation may then change overnight, with more crew members being required to self-isolate, there may then be a need to email more customers on the morning of their collection day to let them know that the collection won’t be made that week.
"This is the best way we can keep our customers up to date on the latest situation.
"The emails will be sent from ‘Waste Updates’ so we encourage all our customers to look out for these messages in their inbox.
"Anyone who doesn’t get an email the night before or on the morning of their collection should assume we’re planning to collect as usual.
"We have had to suspend garden waste collections for three days the week ending Friday, July 23.
"Customers who were due a garden waste collection on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will not now receive a collection until their next scheduled date. Tuesday collections were also impacted but crews were able to catch-up on these by Thursday.
"We hold email addresses for 94 per cent of households registered for the garden waste service as not all customers provided their email address when signing up.
"Due to the current hot temperatures collections begin at 6am so
customers should put their containers out by then to make sure crews can empty them.
"We are very aware that a number of customers will be frustrated that we are having to look at temporary changes to the service that they have only recently begun paying an additional amount for.
"We will keep the situation under constant review and are looking at ways we can redress any disruption to service our customers experience.
We are extremely grateful for everyone’s support during these difficult circumstances, particularly all the kind messages we are receiving every day for our hard-working crews.
Suspended prison sentence for fly-tipper
A Bristol man has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay costs of more than £2,000 following a prosecution for fly-tipping brought by North Somerset Council.
Stuart Bowering, of Hawkfield Road, Bristol entered a guilty plea at North Somerset Magistrates Court on 15 April to charges brought by the council for twice fly-tipping waste on Wild Country Lane in Long Ashton.
The fly-tipped waste consisted of mixed garden waste, roofing material, wood, cardboard, plastic and children’s toys. Both offences were recorded on CCTV in the area and, having obtained the vehicle registration number of the vehicle used, officers found that Mr Bowering was the registered keeper at the time the offence took place.
Due to the fly-tipped waste blocking the country lane where lighting was limited the offences were considered a high risk to road users and a deliberate act. This being the case, the District Judge referred the case to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing.
Mr Bowering appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, July 9.
He was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay full costs to the council of £2,012.90.
When sentencing Mr Bowering, HHJ Patrick remarked: "You committed extremely anti-social offences, deliberately disposed of waste, went into a country lane and simply emptied it into the road.
"Any cyclist, car, pedestrian, horse rider would have been significantly affected by that.
"You did it once, the council cleared it up, then you went and did it again.
"It was thrown from the back onto the hedgerow.
"You deliberately chose exactly the same location.
"Clean up costs are modest but people who have paid for it are the people who pay council tax.“
Any breaches of the Court’s order have been reserved to HHJ Patrick.
Welcoming the outcome of the prosecution was North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon who is the ndependent ward councillors for Hutton and Locking.
He said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and has a negative impact on our local environment, communities and, in this case, the waste posed a significant risk to anyone wishing to enjoy their local area.
"North Somerset Council will investigate all incidents of fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty notices or prosecute individuals when sufficient evidence is found.”
Follow these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed of legally:
S - Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.
C - Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
R - Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
A - Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
P - Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
Residents of North Somerset can dispose of their household waste at any of the council recycling centres at Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare.
Residents who find fly-tipped waste are encouraged to report it online to the council as soon as possible at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/flytipping.
North Somerset Council enforcement officers have issued 62 fines this month.
The council has seven officers to issue on-the-spot fines for public offences which include littering and dogs not being on leads.
A newspaper shop boss in Nailsea was one of those fined for discarding a cigarette butt in Somerset Square.
Officers have patrolled Weston, Clevedon and Nailsea with the majority of offenders are under 50 years of age.
Of the 62 fines handed out the majority were in Weston and totalled £2,175 in costs - 17 of which were paid immediately.
Out of the 62 fines, 58 were for littering, three for dogs not being on leads and one for urinating in public.
Litter pick date
The collaboration of Nailsea Community Group and the litter group formerly known as Better Nailsea, now collectively known as Nailsea Community Litter Heroes, continues on Saturday, August 7.
Hedgerows, car parks and streets will be targeted.
Organiser Lisa Davidson said: "Everyone is welcome to come to the next litter pick, meeting at 26 Somerset Square at 10am.
"How long you pick is entirely up to you."
Nailsea Town Council has provided the group with new equipment including litter pickers, bin liners, bag hoops, brooms, dustpan and brush sets and some gardening equipment.
Businesses, individuals or groups can borrow this equipment from 26 Somerset Square if they would like to clear up their local patch.
Contact Jules or Shelley at No 26.
Work with rewilding team
North Somerset Council has been awarded a lottery grant of £100,000 to continue with the next phase of its rewilding project.
The executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: "Unfortunately we had to suspend all volunteering opportunities because of Covid restrictions but we are now looking forward to welcoming volunteers back with us and to working in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust to take the rewilding project forward.
"Rewilding means a significant transformation in how we manage our open spaces and it's important we're able to monitor the changes that will happen as we alter the way we manage some of our land.
"This is a significant task and the lottery grant and sessions being led by our ranger will enable us to train volunteers to help us do this.
"There will be a number of exciting opportunities for people to get involved in over the coming months.
"Before the lockdowns we'd already had fantastic support from our local communities and this project will enable more residents to get involved in helping us deliver our ambitious rewilding programme."
Working with Avon Wildlife Trust, the lottery funding will enable the council to carry out a range of survey training sessions during the next two years, providing lots of opportunities for volunteers to get involved and help address the climate and nature emergency.
The re-wilding of North Somerset began in February 2020 with hundreds of tree saplings being planted across the district.
But not everyone is happy with loss of green space or potential loss of views.
Roger Smallshaw, of Redwood Close, was especially upset about the lack of public consultation on re-wilding on the corner of Nailsea Park and Blackthorn Way.
He said: “Golden Valley didn't get any consultation unlike Clevedon and Portishead with the 'twig planting' at Nailsea Park and Hawthorn Way.
"I believetwig planting we were deliberately denied a consultation or any involvement whatsoever apart from the original 'not representative' consultation back toward the end of 2020.
"All down to Covid of course, hence my grumble, along with every other member of the local community I have discussed it with.
"I am pleased Clr Solomon has taken over and I have been in touch with him.
"He has promised a full review of the re-wilding programme.
"He seems to be more than a little ill-disposed towards planting on amenity green sites so I am hopeful."
"I would extend an invitation to anyone considering a vote in favour of re-wilding to come and look at ours first.
"The reality bears little resemblance to the Garden of Eden pictured by Backwell ward councillor Bridge Petty and her team.
"I am 100% in favour of planting trees and re-wilding when done properly in the right place, for the right reasons, in the right density, with proper consultation with the local community and the full active involvement with the elected ward councillor regardless of his/her/their political flavour.
"I am, naturally, along with more than one of my near neighbours happy to get involved with the re-wilding excercise if asked, particularly with the upkeep and maintenance of the mess we are left with off Hawthorn Way!
"It might also be educational if the council were to quote the 30 per cent death rate amongst the first 5,000 twigs planted, the obvious high death rate already amongst ours and the fact that every twig planted is accompanied by an unnecessariy in my opinion large tube of plastic which rapidly becomes a broken piece of litter.
"A target of 50,000 plus planted rings somewhat empty without a predicted survival rate over say five years.
"The accusation that the tubes are being removed by the local community should surprise no-one but I will wager that the majority are being displaced by the wild plant growth, dogs and other animals, accidentally by people trying to follow their usual old routes across the amenity plot and children enjoying playing and chasing each other through the long grass. "That is, after all, what children do best, bless them and have been doing for years here."Former Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said she received several complaints about the tree planting.
But for North Somerset's it is onward and upward with the plan to save the planet.
Volunteers will be able to develop new skills and will be trained to help with the task of monitoring their environment and recording the biodiversity changes created by rewilding.
In addition, two paid placement opportunities will be on offer, one each year.
The two successful candidates will learn all the survey techniques as well as skills for working with volunteers and delivering projects. Avon Wildlife Trust will start recruiting for the first position shortly which will be advertised via the trust’s recruitment website at www.avonwildlifetrust/jobs.
The programme of training sessions is currently being developed. Once this is done the sessions will be advertised on the trust’s website at www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk, Twitter (www.twitter.com/avonwt), Facebook (www.facebook.com/Avonwt/) and Eventbrite.
A further grant will enable a council ranger to carry out volunteer sessions over the next six months.
These will involve revisiting all of the tree planting sites created so far as a result of the rewilding programme to carry out maintenance and additional survey sessions at the tree and tall grass locations.
It is planned to develop 'rewilding champions' from these two projects to help with the ongoing monitoring and aftercare of these areas.
Volunteers who have signed up previously will receive an email with more information about the tree maintenance sessions.
You can sign up by email here email@example.com and you will be added to the mailing list.
Sessions will be advertised through Eventbrite and more details will be on
the Nature and Climate North Somerset Facebook page.
With the help of volunteers and its contractors Glendale, the council has planted a total of 20,000 young trees so far as part of its commitment to rewild areas of North Somerset.
The aim is to plant 50,000 trees, resulting in 25 hectares of new woodland, and create around 40 hectares of tall grass areas where the grass is allowed to grow.
Together, these initiatives will provide more habitats for wildlife to flourish and increase biodiversity, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and address the nature emergency.
You can find out more about the rewilding plans on the council website HERE.
BLOOMING LOVELY: Nailsea in Bloom volunteer gardeners busy as bees in the town centre on Thursday, May 27, with 1,930 plants going in the many beds and containers. At the same time chainsaw sculptor Andy O'Neill was working away putting the finishing touches to the old oak tree stump woodland creatures carving. You can view more HERE.on the Mighty Oak page. Among the flowers being planted are beautiful and colourful begonias, petunias, geraniums, osteospermum, nemsia and coleus. A Nailsea Town Council spokesman said: “Thank you for all the hard work the team put in to keep our town looking lovely.” Notice the wall behind the village green - it also has been spruced up for spring as the nasty tar staining on the brickwork appeared to have been cleaned - well done whoever is responsible. Individuals and businesses can sponsor a big flower tub from at little as £37 - see letter attached with contact numbers or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on.
FLOWER BEE: Jenn Pera, of Flower Bee Florist, has sponsored the planter outside her High Street shop
A private company will soon be patrolling Nailsea tackling litter bugs and dogs fouling in public places.
North Somerset Council has employed a nationwide company called Local Authority Support on a 12-month contract.
Uniformed teams from LA Support will patrol across our area, issuing £75 fixed penalty notices to anyone seen breaching the council’s public space protection orders, including littering, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.
A Your Neighbourhood consultation in 2020 found 90 per cent who responded agreed that it was reasonable to issue on the spot fines to deal with dog fouling and 77 per cent said it was reasonable to deal with littering.
Results also showed only 40 per cent of people thought their area was clean and 25 per cent thought it was okay.
Fines will also apply to anyone seen breaching orders on land where dogs are excluded or required to be kept on leads.
North Somerset executive member Mike Solomon whose portfolio includes environmental services is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: “Environmental crime and anti-social behaviour have a detrimental effect on our communities and local area.“Working with LA Support allows us to build on the great work our teams are already doing and take a more robust approach to enforcing our public space protection orders.
"We hope this approach will deter people from offending in the first place
and lead to North Somerset being a cleaner, greener place to visit, live and work.”
LA Support national operations director John Roberts said: "We are excited to be delivering our environmental enforcement service on behalf of North Somerset Council for the next 12 months.
"Our aim is to help make the area cleaner and safer for residents and visitors alike through visible engagement with the public.
"We're extremely grateful to North Somerset Council for placing their faith in us to deliver this service and we will carry out our patrols in a transparent and proportionate manner.
"We will do all in our power to address the anti-social behaviour which manifests itself in a small section of the community and visitors who continue to blight the landscape by dropping and leaving litter and failing to remove dog faeces."
There's more information on the public space protection orders here www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo.
The next Nailsea Community LItter Heroes date is Saturday, June 5, meeting at 10am from 26 Somerset Square. After that litter picking dates for 2021 the group formerly know as Better Nailsea are Saturdays, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 2. with more information on its Facebook page; and
North Somerset Council has launched an 'Adopt A Street' initiative - see poster for more details..
Could electric fire engines be next?
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is making strides towards Net Zero carbon emissions commitment with £823,670 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) grant.
As one of the only Fire and Rescue Services to receive funding from the scheme, AF&RS continue to lead the way with ambitious plans to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions.
After receiving confirmation of the grant in February and following consultation with staff, work has begun across the service.
So far, AF&RS has installed:
Cavity walls, roof and plant room insulation
New LED lighting
Double glazed doors and windows
Upgraded heating controls and meters
Thanks to the grant, it has now partnered with Solarsense who will design and install a range of renewable energy and low carbon technology projects at Bedminster, Nailsea, Lansdown and Southmead stations, and at AF&RS’ Nova Way Technical Centre.
This will include a combination of air source heat pumps, solar electricity panels, and solar thermal and battery energy storage systems.
The partnership also provides the emergency service with an on-going mechanism to deliver additional future projects as part of AF&RS Net Zero carbon commitment.
Nailsea fire station is currently seeking approval from North Somerset Council planners for the installation of 156 solar panels on a ‘low pitched metal roof behind a parapet’ at Pound Lane.
AF&RS environmental manager Annabel Harford said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to accelerate the decarbonisation of our buildings as a key step towards our sector-leading goal to achieve Net Zero carbon by 2030.
“These projects are predicted to deliver an annual reduction of almost seven per cent in our carbon emissions and will help generate savings as our reliance on fossil fuels and imported energy decreases.”
The PSDS-funded projects will improve the energy efficiency make buildings more comfortable for users, reduce the use of carbon-intensive gas and heating oil, and self-generating more renewable electricity.
Annabel added: “As a Fire and Rescue Service we have a long way to go
in fully decarbonising our vehicles and stations, and as one of the only Services to receive a grant from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, I’m proud of the strides we are making to achieve our ambitious plans.”
Find out more about out our Net Zero carbon emissions commitment in our Environmental Strategy (2020-2030).
AF&RS provides emergency and protection services to the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
It is committed to providing a safer place for people to live, work and visit across an area of 134,753 hectares and a population of more than one million.
While firefighting has traditionally been at the forefront of its work, the role of a modern fire and rescue service has increased to cover the core functions of 'preventing', 'protecting' and 'responding'.
A lot of its work now focuses on how to prevent accidents and emergencies happening in the first place, as it believes this is the best way to protect communities. This is done by providing advice and education through events, visits, campaigns and partnership working.
Gardeners swap time
On Monday, May 17, a Seed Swap is being launched at 65 High Street, the health and well-being hub run by Nailsea Town Council.
Nailsea residents are invited to swap, donate or collect seed packets and small seedlings - fruit, flowers and vegetable packets welcome.
The Seed Swap will be open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-4pm and on Fridays 9.30am-1pm.
At 26 Somerset Square Nailsea Community Group is handing out free sunflower seeds for its competition to grow the tallest plant - scroll down this page for more details.
BUSY BEE: Jenn Pera, of Flower Bee Florist, is helping change the branding on this sponsored High Street planter with a Nailsea in Bloom volunteer. Nailsea in Bloom maintain the colourful displays in Nailsea town centre thanks to support from Nailsea Town Council. Last year plants and seeds were donated by local gardeners because its usual contractors weren't able to supply due to coronavirus restrictions. Nailsea in Bloom spokesperson Wendy Mobbs said: "This year all the plants are coming from our usual supplier except for some sunflowers which 2nd Nailsea beavers are planting in the Iceland flower bed. As usual we are very thankful for support from Nailsea Town Council and all our sponsors." Jenna sells beautiful floral arrangements inspired by the seasons for all special events from number 130. Cut flowers and plants are also available for collection or delivery as well as Interflora orders. The Flower Bee plaque is replacing the one for previous shop owners Ann & Joy's Florist who still work part-time at the shop. Call 01275 853209 to order...
Garden waste collection news
North Somerset Council announced last year the difficult decision to introduce an annual charge for garden waste collections to cover costs and protect essential services.
More than 38,900 North Somerset households have now signed up to the new annual chargeable garden waste collection service, with many requiring a bin as they were not previously registered for garden waste collections.
Additional supplies of new garden bins, and sets of bags for those without access for a bin, are currently being delivered, with more on order.
Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor Locking and executive member for neighbourhoods and community services
He said: "We’re delighted that almost 40,000 North Somerset households have signed up to the new service so far.
"Demand has been much higher than expected, with 1,500 new customers who weren’t previously registered for the service signing up and therefore needing a new bin.
“If you’ve signed up and not yet received your permit or your new bin, please don’t worry.
"These are on their way.
“And if you’ve not signed up yet but would like your garden waste collected, there’s still time to do it online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/gardenwaste.”
Following initial issues with the sign up process, all garden waste has continued to be collected as usual throughout April.
However, from Monday, May 24, only garden waste presented by households who have signed up for the new service will be collected.
Since declaring a climate emergency last year, North Somerset Council has been developing a range of measures to tackle the challenge.
Mr Solomon added: “Home composting is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of garden waste.
"Sales of our subsidised home composters have been very encouraging, with over 2,800 purchases made.”
For more information or to order a discounted 220 litre black compost bin made from 100% recycled plastic for just £10, including online training, go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/composting.
Woodland community classes
Outdoor College works as a community of learning to inspire positive change; helping us all live, learn and work as well as we can in greater harmony with our natural environment.
Our aim is to hold in balance people’s health and nature’s health in all our work.
We work from the beautiful surroundings of Brown Rock woodland in Tickenham, North Somerset, with 20 acres of mature woodland, grassland and a market garden.
We provide an outdoor learning hub for North Somerset, with access to the woodlands by public transport from Nailsea, Clevedon and Long Ashton.
We facilitate nature-based wellbeing support and experiential learning for all ages, encouraging everyone to share their knowledge and life experiences.
To learn more about the community day and other events at Tickenham go to https://www.outdoorcollege.co.uk/what-s-on.
READY, STEADY, PLANT: Nailsea Community Group and the Nailsea Virtual Flower Show are delighted to announce the launch of their Sunflower Growing Competition to see who can grow the tallest Sunflower in Nailsea. The competition is open to all ages and will be judged in September. Seeds and growing instructions will be available from No26 Somerset Square in Crown Glass Shopping Centre from Tuesday, May 4
Nailsea Community Litter Heroes
The collaboration of the Nailsea Community Group and the litter group formerly known as Better Nailsea, now known as Nailsea Community Litter Heroes, has been fantastic.
Nailsea Community Group has a huge volunteer base and have been very supportive and many joined its first litter picks in April and May.
There were many former litter pickers as well as new faces, including families came in April and enjoyed a sunny morning collectively filling about 20 bin bags, as well as an old wooden stool and two plastic folding chairs.
Nailsea Town Council has provided the group with new equipment including litter pickers, bin liners, bag hoops, brooms, dustpan and brush sets and some gardening equipment.
Businesses, individuals or groups can borrow this equipment from 26 Somerset Square if they would like to clear up their local patch.
Contact Jules or Shelley at Number 26 .
A big thank you to the 1st Nailsea Beavers who also went out in April and earned a badge.
Organiser LIsa Davidson said: "Everyone is welcome to come to the next litter pick meeting at 26 Somerset Square at 10am.
"How long you pick is entirely up to you."
Future dates are Saturdays, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 2. with more information on its Facebook page.
Also see Breaking News page for details of litter patrols.
Funding for local clubs environmental projects
Photographer Tracey Price caught this pair of mute swans taking off from Backwell lake this week.
There are lots more Backwell lake photos in our Gallery 2021 slideshows HERE.
The wonderful work force installed a new viewing platform, new seating and paths with access for all which is now complete.
Big thank you to Wessex Water for funding project which cost thousands.
Wessex Water is also providing financial support to environmental projects across the south west through its new Environment Fund.
The Environment Fund, which will be open for applications from Monday to Friday, May 3 to June 4, will support charitable and community activities across the region that aim to improve their local environment.
The fund forms part of Wessex Water Foundation which was launched last year and provides dedicated funding to charitable and community projects across the region.
To be successful, projects will need to involve communities in environmental activities and have a positive impact on the local environment.
Community groups can apply for up to £1,500.
Wessex Water head of community engagement Kirsty Scarlett said: “We are really pleased to be able to support communities that are passionate about protecting and improving their local area.
“We particularly hope smaller groups that need a bit of extra support will get in touch so that we can help to make a difference in their communities.
“By supporting local efforts, we can work together to make the bigger changes needed to protect our environment for the future.”
The Wessex Water Foundation plans to provide at least half a million pounds of funding every year to support community projects, local environment projects, debt advice and charities helping those who are suffering the consequences of poverty through low income or unemployment.
Find out more at www.wessexwater.co.uk/funding
Backed up at Backwell
Many visitors to the recycling centre at Backwell ask themselves should they queue or come back later?
Helpfully North Somerset Council has now installed the following signage to advise residents with this question!
Summer opening hours are: 10am-4pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 9am-4.30pm Saturday; 9am-4pm Sunday and closed Wednesday, Thursday and bank holidays.
Dawn Bond advises once in the queue its no U-turns until just past the hut to turn right.
This post shared from Backwell friends and neighbours page, thanks to Rich Macleavy for sharing the photos.
Rich said: "Thanks to North Somerset Council's 'improved' waste management service we now have a new sign on Dark Lane blocking the entirety of the footpath used by children to access the junior school.
"This causes the children to have to step out into the busy road to get around the sign.
"North Somerset Council clearly realised the problem they were creating as they have also put up another sign asking drivers to 'watch out for people stepping out'.
Nailsea Climate Emergency Group were at the High Street market on Saturday leafleting about the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill.
The women who all believe in the right to peaceful protest decided to stand outside North Somerset Conservative Party offices to highlight the fact they have been unable to open a dialogue with their MP Liam Fox.
They all feel strongly that the proposed legislation will stop peaceful demonstrations deemed by police too noisy or disruptive.
They handed out leaflets saying 'we believe some social issues are so important that raising awareness by people protest it the only action' adding 'we do not condone violence of any sort - let democracy bloom'.
Making muck for gardeners
North Somerset Council together with processing company Enovert is collecting all the garden waste collected from our green bins and recycling the matter.
So far compost has been delivered free-of-charge to The Jack Hazeldine Foundation in Clevedon and to Friends of Grove Park in Weston-super-Mare.
The Jack Hazeldine Foundation is a Clevedon-based charity which supports positive changes in behaviour, resilience and self-esteem in local young people aged six to 20 years.
The donated compost has been put to use in their teaching garden called The Orchard.
Friends of Grove Park is a group of volunteers who aim to keep the park a clean, safe and inviting place for everyone.
The donated compost has been used to improve the soil on the Rectors Way allotment site to help locals grow their own food, promoting healthy eating, outdoor exercise and reduced environmental impact.
Garden waste is collected from 55,000 households in North Somerset and transported to Enovert in Gloucestershire to be commercially processed.
The waste is shredded, laid out in rows and turned regularly to oxygenate. After about 10 weeks it is ready to be used as compost and is usually sold on to commercial customers.
North Somerset Council executive member for the environment Bridget Petty is the Green Party ward councillor for Backwell.
She said: "Supporting local community groups to use compost made from garden waste generated in North Somerset is a great example of partnership working and something we want to do more of in future.
“We want to set up more community composting schemes later this year.
"I urge any allotment committees, parish councils and other interested groups to contact us at email@example.com so we can provide the support you need to get this started.
“Composting is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with garden waste and produces a useful soil enhancer.
Residents who want to make their own compost can purchase a discounted home compost bin from the council for just £10 during 2021.
"We’ve been really delighted at the number of people who’ve signed up so far, which has exceeded our expectations.
"What green-fingered residents we have!”
The council has made the difficult decision to introduce an annual charge for the collection of garden waste this spring.
An early bird discount period of 10 per cent off the annual collection cost of one bin ends on Friday, April 16l.
To find out more go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/gardenwaste and sign-up for the service.