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THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends

March 2024

Our town is a very, very nice town

Property people

Building continues apace. The Trendlewood Way construction site on Miss Shepstone's field renamed Bucklands Place show some homes very close together. Read more on our Property Peeps page HERE

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What's On 2024

The diary is filling up and for March, we have pub quizzes, live gigs and fundraising dates, more HERE

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Gallery 2024

We have more than  a decade of images in  our galleries featuring markets, festivals, Backwell lake, country walks, carnival day and Nailsea people.  We have a new 2024 page, see HERE.  Matt Luft took this glorious photo of Christchurch added to a sunset and sunrise slideshow

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Balancing North Somerset Council budget by fewer bin collections + car park fees

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North Somerset is facing unprecedented demand for services at a time of rising costs and the absence of significant additional funding from central government. 

Its revised budget gap is £13.846m although this doesn't relate to the 2024-25 financial year as the budget for next year has been balanced.

But in the long term more solutions and saving plans will need to be identified as the budget gap for 2025-26 stands at £9m.

It has been agreed to a council tax increase of 2.99 per cent to support general services and a 2 per cent increase as an adult social care precept, which together will enable the council to generate additional income of £6.614m. This equates to a band D property paying £1708.50 for 2024/25. The equivalent figure for the previous year was £1,627.38.

North Somerset Council will receive £729 in government funding per household next year (excluding council tax), compared to the English average of £1,101.

North Somerset Council is to consult this month on introducing car parking fees for Nailsea and to ask householders about three weekly non-recyclable collections.

The council owns the Clevedon Road car park - the town’s only long stay car park - and plans to build on part of the site have been mooted in the past.

Nailsea currently has six car parks - Clevedon Road, Station Road, Waitrose, Crown Glass, Scotch Horn and Tesco.

A controversial survey revealed there were more spaces than needed.

This is not the first time that the introduction of parking charges has been suggested. North Somerset Council announced plans to introduce fees in a number of car parks in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead in 2020 but it was put on hold following objections from residents and town councillors.

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For 2024 Sunday, March 10, is Mothering Sunday. Tradionally the day for honouring mother churches, the church where you are are baptised and become 'a child of the church'. Mother's Day has been celebrated in the United Kingdom since the Middle Ages on the fourth Sunday in Lent. On Mothering Sunday, Christians have historically visited their mother church—the church in which they received the sacrament of baptism. Nowadays the date is a little more commercialised. Good Friday is March 29, Christians Together In Nailsea And District (CTINAD) Easter services are on our Church Peeps page HERE. On Easter Sunday, March 31, at 1am clock go forward.

Easter is early for 2024


Whether you’re looking for a nice family brunch spot or a proper Sunday roast washed down with coffee to Prosecco

 we will be open all day!  Kitchen open 9am-8pm.

Sunday evening quiz is 7,30pm

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North Somerset MP Liam Fox enjoyed some retail therapy in Nailsea calling in at the latest charity shop to open which sells new and donated secondhand goods.
The Sense shop at 9 Clevedon Walk opened in November last year in the former shoe shop and  it brings the number of charity shops in the town to half a dozen.
While in the shop Dr Fox signed a petition calling for more help for disabled people who face higher living costs for essentials like heating, food and travel especially in the winter months.

The shop aims to raise funds for the national disability charity

In 2022 the Conservative MP and former Nhs doctor championed a private members bill to improve life for people with Down's syndrome.

The Sense shop hopes to become an integral part of the community, by providing a hub for volunteers and customers to come together to meet and tackle loneliness.

More than half of people with complex disabilities told Sense that they often or always feel lonely, in comparison to a quarter of the general population.

Dr Fox who was knighted in the New Years Honours is waiting for a date for his investiture or whether it will be at Buckingham Palace.

Sense charity shop welcomes North Somerset MP

A new food store is opening next to Nailsea & Backwell railway station this summer.

Work is underway on the flatted forecourt of Backwell Motors for a new Southern Co-op supermarket replacing the old shop which has been demolished.

The Google image show how the store used to look and top is how it looks now.

A Southern Co-op spokesman said: “One of our Welcome franchisees will be opening a brand-new store in Backwell later this year.

“We’re not yet able to confirm an opening date but when it opens the store will offer a great selection of fresh food and groceries in addition to takeaway hot drinks, hot food, freshly baked bread and pastries, frozen food including award-winning authentic Indian ready meals from Praveen Kumar and plenty of locally sourced products.

“We look forward to welcoming the community in store and will share more details on an opening date in due course.”

Backwell Motors bosses Charlie and Margaret Atherton who own the site posted a statement on Facebook to their loyal customers.

It said: “We are extremely proud to have now reached 42 years as owners of the garage but we couldn't have achieved this without you and your loyalty so thank you so much.
“We are beyond grateful that the garage has provided us with so many fond memories and lasting friendships with so many of you but as retirement rears its head we have decided it’s time slow down.
“However we are happy to confirm that we will be continuing with the mechanics, MOTs and body repairs to the rear of the property for the time being.

“So, you can rest assured that you and your vehicles will still be cared for by us.
“As of the end of January 2024 we would like you to welcome and support the new ownership of the forecourt shop/petrol station which will soon close for a short time while undergoing a refurbishment.”

Southern Co-op also run the store at the corner of Hannah More and Queen’s Road, Nailsea, which opened in 2011.

This is a different company from The Co-operative Society which began in 1844 in Rochdale and owned the Somerfield store in Nailsea which it sold to Waitrose.

The Southern Co-op has stories in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.

In March 2022 an outline application for the demolition of petrol station, retail unit and workshop on front part of site, and the erection seven dwellings was approved by North Somerset Council.

It included demolition of storage buildings on rear part of site and erection of two new buildings to accommodate new retail unit and new building ancillary to car workshop.

This application was supported by Backwell Parish Council and Backwell Residents Association and other villagers.

However, one objection posted on the council planning siter said: “The thought of being over looked in my own back garden by a three-storey house is shocking and to top it off there will be a lane right outside my garden so not only do I lose my privacy but also loose the safe feeling in my own home when you don't know who will be walking past late at night.

“You can hear people now at the station that are drunk coming home being loud and you have single /elderly vulnerable people who are going to be afraid to open their door by night. “Another said: “I guess it’s a case of if it’s not on my back door it's fine and the money from the houses makes it all fine.”

Building new food store at Nailsea & Backwell station

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Backwell Parish Council asked that the disabled access to the railway station is improved and the low bridge signage is made clearer.

The site has slightly raised but naturally occurring arsenic, chromium and lead in the soil and contamination from past railworks, coalmining and the petrol station would need further investigation, said a report by an independent geotechnical consultancy practice Intégrale Limited, submitted to council planners.

If and when the houses are going ahead is not known.

computer techies for the online community

The TEK Hut was started by Ben Parker in the summer of 2018.

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.

​Trading at the familiar location in Nailsea, The Tek Hut will continue to offer the same cost effective, new laptops and PCs, upgrades, onsite support for homes and businesses through to a wide range of workshop services and accessories.

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