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BARN BLAZE: A fire which broke out at a barn in Barrow Gurney is being treated as arson. Emergency services were called to deal with the fire in Barns Close at around 11pm on Wednesday, May 31.
It caused extensive damage to the barn and its contents. Investigators have concluded it was likely to have been started deliberately. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Barns Close area around the time the fire started? Do you know who started this fire? If you can help, please call the polices on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217122385.
Help make a Better Nailsea
Do you have an hour or two to spare?
We would welcome your help at the Better Nailsea Litter Pick.
Meet at the Clevedon Road car park on Saturday, June 17, 10am-noon.
Just turn up, equipment is provided!
All volunteers are asked to clean the area most important to them - they can jump in their car and do their home patch if that is what suits them.
There are however grot spots and these are always given attention:
Clevedon Road car park
Area around the skatepark, Scotch Horn car park and surrounding area including Millennium Park
Station Road car park
Waitrose community partner Lisa Davidson is spearheading the Better Nailsea group.
She said: "We have collected big items like parts of cars, bikes, furniture, nitrous oxide canisters, all items from smoking and drink bottles by the bucket load.
"Huge amounts of discarded takeaway food from KFC and Mc Donald's - so people are driving to buy food and then sitting in their cars in Nailsea car parks, eating and dumping then their rubbish.
"The main rubbish we collect is from people eating, drinking and smoking in car parks - and not from overfilling bins or the lack of town and district council support.
"We do get over full bins, of course, but generally the litter issues are peoples' habits rather than a lack of funds."
A Queens Road crossing survey
A road safety crossing on Queens Road, Nailsea has moved a step closer.
Nailsea Town Council has allocate £50,000 to pay for a crossing on a busy road where visually disabled Ray Stevens was knocked down in January 2014.
Mr Stevens who is in his 80s started campaigning for safety measures on Queens Road, near the junction with Mizzymead Road, as he felt unsafe crossing to reach the shops and amenities.
Nailsea Town Council and Guide Dogs for the Blind backed his plight, but in December 2014 Ray was hit by a car while crossing the road and suffered a fractured skull.
The total cost of a crossing is approximately £90,000.
But the dilema is where exactly to put the crossing.
Originally Nailsea was designed by short-sighted town planners with footpaths on its main roads.
The idea nearly half a century ago was for people to use the narrow alleys that wind in and out of the new housing estates.
But they didn't and former town council Maureen Brady was responsible for getting a fence and path at the bottom of The Perrings to make it easier for schoolchildren and people either pushing prams or riding disability scooters to cross.
But even this measure isn't enough to stop accidents.
Now North Somerset Council and Nailsea Town Council are conducting a survey of pedestrians crossing Queens Road, prior to making an investment to improve safety.
They are asking residents to complete a short survey by clicking HERE.
It says: 'For a number of years Nailsea Town Council has raised concerns regarding pedestrian safety on Queens Road. In the last survey of pedestrians, North Somerset Council identified that if everyone crossed the road at the same place, the total number would justify a controlled crossing. However, the position is complicated by the fact there are multiple crossing points. We are seeking further information before assessing options, which include a single controlled crossing or, alternatively, improvements at some or all of the crossing points. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.'
Nailsea put on best behaviour
Moronic behaviour by a minority of youths and mountains of muck has led Nailsea police to toughen its stance on issuing ASBOs.
Sadly the not unusual midsummer madness began early this year and has seen a small group of persistantly bad behaved young people bingeing on alcohol and drugs in public places.
The 2017 drug of choice is 'laughing gas' and the drink is bottled beer.
In the past it has been anything and everything from cider from the off-licence bought by older friends or siblings to bottles taken from their homes when parents aren't looking.
The illegal highs have during the past 40 years have ranged from magic mushrooms to glue-sniffing - all now so passé.
This week Nailsea police issued a warning that they have stepped up patrols especially on Friday and Saturday nights to deal with increased levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
PC Peter Rooke, of Nailsea Police Station, said: “Unfortunately we have seen a marked increase in general ASB, incidents of criminal damage, under-age drinking and littering over the past few months.
“I don’t like to be negative about young people as they often get undeserved bad press, which in most cases is unfair and unwarranted.
"However, recently we have seen very large groups of teenagers gathering in Millennium Park, Golden Valley playing fields and NowhereWoods.
“Officers have seized large quantities of alcohol from people we know are under 18, there is evidence of cannabis use and park equipment and furniture, including picnic benches and play equipment, have been badly damaged and will need to be replaced.
“We have also seen extensive littering, not only of general rubbish, but hundreds and hundreds of 'Nos gas' canisters, which is another expense to council to clear up.”
The beat and patrol teams have been joined by colleagues from the special constabulary and the mounted unit during the past four weeks to conduct high-visibility patrols.
PC Rooke said: “We will continue these high-visibility patrols during the evenings and we will be contacting the parents of any young person under the age of 18 who is found in possession of alcohol, and asking them to come and collect their children.
"We will also take robust action in relation to anyone found to be either damaging property or involving themselves with drugs.”
An 18 year-old male from the town has been banned from entering Millennium Park after being issued with a Community Protection Warning (CPW).
This follows two previous incidents where he was found to be in possession of cannabis and alcohol, when aged under 18, within the park area.
He had also been required to take part in the Community Resolution Process after he was found to have been responsible for a series of graffiti 'tags' in the skate park.
If he now breaches the terms and conditions of his CPW then he can be arrested.
PC Rooke added: “All officers are now equipped with body worn video cameras.
"These will be switched on during these patrols and we are already working with local schools to identify anyone captured on film committing offences and those we believe to be responsible for incidents of criminal damage and ASB.
“We want young people to be able to have fun, see their friends and use the green spaces and open areas of Nailsea, but they need to be mindful of their impact on others and understand that anti-social behaviour and criminal damage do have consequences.”
If you have information about any ASB, or have been the victim of ASB call the beat team on the 101 telephone number.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - they never ask your name or trace your call.
Liam Fox is back
Not everyone is a winner 2017 but Conservative candidate Liam Fox romped home to take the North Somerset seat for the sixth time in the general election this June.
Overall the results appeared to be random with lots of surprises leaving Prime Minister Theresa May re-elected but with less Tory MPS.
The full North Somerset results are:
Independent - Donald Davies 3,929 votes
Labour Party - Greg Chambers 16,502 votes
Liberal Democrats - Richard Foord, 5,982 votes
Conservative Party - Liam Fox, 33,605 votes
Green Party - Charley Pattison 1,976 votes
In total 62,118 votes were cast representing a 77.14 per cent turnout in North Somerset.
Having fought the seat at the 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2015 and 2017 elections this is the second highest vote Dr Fox has secured but not his highest percentage of the vote.
He first won what was then the old Woodspring seat in 1992 with 35,175 votes and served under a John Major government.
The Conservative share of the vote increased by 0.7 per cent to 54.2 per cent, but Labour increased its share by 12.3 per cent to earn itself swing of 5.8 per cent.
Dr Fox, who served as Secretary of State for International Trade in the last Parliament, held the seat with a reduced majority of 17,103 over Labour Party candidate Greg Chambers.
The former defence secretary polled 33,605 votes compared with Chambers’ 16,502.
Considered right of centre, Dr Fox’s opposition in 2017 was split between four left-leaning candidates as a hope for a united challenger fell flat.
Calls to back #oneopposition North Somerset fell flat.
And as Ukip decided not to contest the seat it left the way open to re-elect the favourite Dr Fox to win.
Having spent eight years in opposition Dr Fox's fortunes have vacillated between holding high office and challenging for leadership of the Conservative Party to a demotion to the back benches after admitting allowing his close friend Adam Werritty to attend official government briefings.
Adam is still a close friend and often visits the constituency with his wife Lucy and their young child especially when the annual beer and cider festival is in full swing or it is election time although he wasn’t at the 2017 count.
Supporter Steve Morten commented on the Nailsea People Facebook page: “Well done Liam, go for Prime Minister now.”
While Lorraine Hopkinson-Parker said: “Disappointed that Liam Fox is back again but very encouraging that Greg Chambers the Labour candidate increased his vote by 12.3 per cent and was clear second place choice!”
She is backing the #OneOpposition and #GetTheFoxOut campaign.
At approximately 4.30am acting returning officer Nicholas Brain announced the result.
Dr Fox thanked everyone for returning him to parliament, briefly commenting on the tragic events in Manchester and London.
He said he was ‘extremely grateful and humbled’ to be re-elected with such a high poll but added the country faced many challenges ahead with the Brexit negotiations especially in light of the mixed results nationwide.
Afterwards he ruffled a few feathers by refusing media requests for interviews.
Nailsea Town Council has two vacancies and three candidates in West End and Golden Valley wards. Polling day is on Thursday, June 29. All are seeking election as independent councillors.
For full report(s) go to the Political Peeps page by click HERE
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