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Our Property Peeps page sponsors HENSONS estate agents sold two featured homes within days of Nailsea People posting details online. Read more HERE about planning applications approved and in the pipeline including this 7-storey tower block for the old Weston College town centre site a
What's On 2022
This is the page for the food markets, festivals, fairs, fetes and all the fun things in life. Add your event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: A round-up of Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Nailsea and nearby HERE
New tenants for industrial Nailsea site
New tenants are moving into the old Blue Iris commercial site in Clevedon Road, Nailsea, this summer.
But disappointingly it isn’t the hoped-for budget supermarket and no planning application is in the pipeline for some 40-odd houses, we are told.
Currently a new higher roof is being installed and believe it is likely an existing motor repair business in Nailsea is moving into the industrial shed-like building this August.
It was the repeated lockdowns due to Covid that forced the old coach company to give up its premises at 25-27 Clevedon Road and move to Felton.
Blue Iris Coaches director Ian Spiller said at the time that the travel industry had been decimated by the coronavirus crisis which saw schools close and holiday trips cancelled as the country went into lockdown.
He said: “Many coach companies went bust.
“In the first few months of lockdown we lost £160,000, we were literally just surviving.
“It was only the school bus contracts which were keeping us going and when that stopped, we had no option but to look for more radical ways of cutting costs.
“We were determined not to go into debts like many others and try to keep going.”
So, the business which was begun in 1947 by funeral director Arthur Davey and was named after his wife Iris and her favourite flower upped and move seven miles up the road.
Ian said: “Arthur began the business using his demob money, but it is now owned by myself, my wife Gina and two other directors.”
According to Ian it was after protracted and unsuccessful negotiations to lower the rent with Southfield Road landlord JRW Property Ltd that Blue Iris Coaches decided it had no option but to relocate to cheaper premises on a Felton industrial estate.
Ian added: “Our lease was due for renewal in January 2021, but we decided we had no choice but to call it a day in Nailsea before that date – we didn’t want to leave Nailsea.”
The valuable, vacated site covers several acres and is next to 1st Nailsea Scout HQ.
It was once rumoured as a possible location for a new Lidl supermarket.
Despite several fruitless attempts to build in the town the budget supermarket confirmed it is still looking to move to Nailsea.
Blue Iris Coaches employs between 10-12 employees and runs 12 vehicles only now not in Nailsea its ancestral home.
Letting agents Hartnell Taylor Cook confirmed new tenants have been found and that the To Let sign was due to come down.
They were unable to confirm who was moving as all the legal paperwork haven’t been completed.
Police drain update as two men arrested
Nailsea sergeant Lee Kerslake has confirmed arrests have been made relating to thefts of car catalytic converters and road drain covers.
Sgt Kerslake said: "I will only occasionally provide an update outside the newsletter...however I think this is worthy of such an extra update.
"I am very aware of the issues highlighted in social media and within the groups I talk to and visit.
"Recently, catalytic converter thefts and drain cover thefts have been a source of considerable concern.
"On Sunday, June 5, two individuals were arrested on suspicion of offences relating to catalytic converter thefts and drain cover thefts.
"The vehicle that had been identified as of considerable interest to our investigation has now also been seized as part of this arrest.
"Enquiries are ongoing but this is a hugely positive step as a result of a lot of work by a number of departments across the organisation."
ROAD CLOSURE X 3
West End Lane - near the property known as Rushlands - will be closed from Monday, June 6, for up to 12 days. Nailsea & Backwell RFC is on this lane but not affected. The closure is to allow Brandwells to connect a new sewer for the Engine Lane development by Barratt Homes. Diversion signs will be on display.
And this is a big one - Queens Road will be closed on Monday, June 13, 8am-5pm from North Street to Ash Hayes Road to all traffic except emergency vehicles. The road is being closed for a 'surface dressing preparation works' from 8am-5pm. Surface dressing is undertaken by the district council as a major part of its on-going, low-cost annual maintenance programme. It is carried out at this time of year because bitumen and loose chippings bond to the road surface more effectively in warmer weather.
The main road between Backwell and Nailsea is to close overnight for water pipe repairs. Station Road in Backwell will close on Wednesday, July 13, from 7pm-6am. While Bristol Water crew is working there will be diversion in place from the A370 to Backwell Bow and along Lodge Lane into Nailsea or across the moors.
A map of all Nailsea roadworks/closures are here https://one.network/uk/northsomerset/
Nailsea Community Recycling Hub at 26 Somerset Square has broaden items it can take. Currently it has bins for:
glasses (not cases)
contact lenses and packaging
BRITA water filters
empty medicine blister packs
British and foreign stamps
foreign coins (and notes) including obsolete currency
old and broken jewellery.
The community shop hours are 10.30am-12.30pm Monday to Saturday.
POOL IN POOL
Backwell swimming pool was closed for several days after someone pooed in the water. Full story HERE. The leisure centre called the event an 'incident'. In days gone by at municipal pools a lifeguard would have scooped the offending poo out in a tin and no-one would have been the wiser. Thankfully nowadays with strict health and safety rules dicate a full clean.
PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL
Having got the royal assent for the Down Syndrome Bill promoted by North Somerset MP Liam Fox the act is now law. It guarantees the lifelong rights for people living with the syndrome. Dr Fox presented the bill when he drew first place in the private members ballot. Ironically, he was also among a handful of House of Commons members who drew a second place in the next private members’ Bill ballot.
NORTH SOMERSET PLANS
More than 700 people and organisations have given their view on a key planning document that will shape the future development of North Somerset over the next 15 years. Consultation on the new Local Plan Preferred Options document closed at the end of April and 4,000 plus comments were received. For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan
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For 12 years Ben had been one of the team at The ICT Workshop which provided a wide variety of computer services to Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Backwell and even Weston-Super-Mare.
Ben felt it right to continue the same great service customers had previously experienced but under new branding for a new business and The Tek Hut was born.
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