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High Street closed
Nailsea High Street is closed without warning to traffic due to a burst water main.
Eirik Bird, of Samuel Bird the High Street electrical shop, said: “The High Street is closed for traffic and dead.
“I think it’s Bristol Water but nobody has told us what's going on or for how long,
“Not seen anybody working on it other than one lorry arrived this morning for about half an hour!”
Nailsea Town Council posted on its Facebook page at midday: ‘We have been advised that Bristol Water have closed the High Street outside property 126 (St Peter’s Hospice charity shop) to the Link Road to repair a further leak. It is anticipated work will take a further three days.’
The road had been closed earlier for water pipe ‘ferrule’ repairs but was due to reopen on Tuesday, September 29.
Later in the day the leak was fixed and the road reopened although shoppers were callling for the dips in the road to be fixed too.
There will be two more closures in October - one for the Eat:Nailsea festival on Saturday, October 9 and the farmers' marker on Saturday, October 16.
People can get more information about highway repairs and a contact telephone number on the North Somerset interactive roadworks map here https://one.network/uk/northsomerset.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Kebab Kitchen which has been closed for a major refit since August is finally ready to reopen with an exciting new online menu and specail food deals. A spokesman said: "We are very excited to announce that we will be re-opening on:Monday, October 4.We are Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Click HERE to order online
Nailsea £5 fest
To show the importance of supporting our high streets, Nailsea is joining with other Independent High Streets across the UK, to put on very special £5 offers across two weeks in October, in the Totally Locally Fiver Fest.
Bethan Walker, of Simply Green, said “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions of local products.
"The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique.
"The community support for local businesses has been amazing during lockdown, so these offers are to say thank you to customers, and to highlight the great value and economic impact of shopping locally.”
Fiver Fest is a free to join campaign, devised and run by Totally Locally, a grassroots High Street organisation which has been helping businesses and High Streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.
For Fiver Fest, Totally Locally is partnering with Visa, and together, they are calling on shoppers to divert £5 of their weekly spend to support the small businesses in their communities.
Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message:
“If every adult in Nailsea spent just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses, it would mean £3 million per year going directly into our local economy. Which can lead to more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy & a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?!”
Spending just £5 a week in Nailsea can make a big difference to our High Street, the Fiver Fest promotes this message.
Fiver Fest has been running successfully in individual towns in the UK and abroad during the past 7 years, and in June more than 100 towns joined in together to make one huge Fiver Fest across the UK - from the North of Scotland to the very South of England.
Fiver Fest Offers have been imaginative and varied; from £5 massages, to a £5 locally sourced meat packs, £5 best-selling book offers to £5 lunch deals, £5 walking tours and even £5 vintage bus seats and ticket machines!
And where the community really got behind the campaign, many businesses found it to be their busiest time outside of Christmas.
Totally Locally spokesman Chris Sands said: "We know Fiver Fest isn’t going to change the world but small changes in spending habits can really make a difference to our high streets.
"Just by diverting £5 of our weekly spend to local independents we give them a fighting chance to thrive.
"The pandemic has shown just what an amazing contribution they make to our local communities.
"It’s a conversation worth having!"
It is for this reason, that the sixth National Fiver Fest is taking place.
This time it’s even more important than ever, after how our world has changed during 2021.
YouGov research has shown that 59 per cent of shoppers have used more local shops to support them during lockdown.
And they want to keep on supporting them. Fiver Fest makes that even easier.
Nailsea retailers already signed up are:
Flower Bee Florist
Nailsea International Store
John Brown hardware
For any independent business wishing to join in the Nailsea Fiver Fest call Bethan at Simply Green Zero Waste on 01275 560266.
REFURBISHMENT UPDATE 2: The opening date for Kebab Kitchen which was supposed to have been Monday, September 6 was pushed back to Thursday, September 16. At the time the owners apologised for any inconvenience. But here we are on Thursday, September 16 and the notice outside has been altered to say 'opening...2021' and none of its ordering websites work either. Workmen can be heard inside!
REFURBISHMENT UPDATE 1: The opening date for Kebab Kitchen which was suppose to have been Monday, September 6 has been pushed back to Thursday, September 16. The owners apologised for any inconvenience. Although Nailsea Town Council planning committee recommended approval for the extension at 8, 9 and 10 Crown Glass Place councillors wanted North Somerset Council planning officer to be aware of litter and late night disturbances from the existing shop to neighbours living nearby
EMPTY SHOPS: Crown Glass Shopping Centre not looking its best with a run of several empty untits this summer along Colliers Walk. Gone are the chemist and vape shop, HSBC Nailsea branch with no news of what may come next, very sad and pictured with no one about and a litter bin in front makes it even more sad. However, despite the showers the High Street was bustling with lots of people as it was August market day. See Gallery for slideshow of pictures HERE
KISCHE CATCH-UP: We told you the Kebab Kitchen was expanding into a next door unit at Crown Glass Shopping Centre but didn't see this coming - closed for school summer holidays, oh dear. Nailsea's favourite Turkish takeaway will be closed for renovation from Sunday to Sunday, July 31-September 5. They apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to serving you food soon! UPDATE: Told renovations all on schedule by new owners. There will be not seating inside but everything else will remain the same...
ONLINE AUCTION: It was once Nailsea Members' Club then Decades nightclub and now it is an empty shell. Hollis Morgan had hoped to sell the upstairs of the High Street property by online auction in June but postponed the auction to Wednesday, July 28, when it sold 'prior to auction' for its guide price of £375,000. It has lapsed planning permission to convert into six one-bed and three two-bed flats which would give the development an estimated value of £1.4M. To view a YouTube video of the inside of The Arcade building go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx_zkL9uWHQ&t=21s
WITHDRAWAL: Barclays bank closed for good on Friday a fortnight after HSBC closed at Colliers Walk. On Wednesday morning, July 22, workmen arrived to start gutting the inside of the High Street branch a job they told Nailsea People they had been doing nationwide especially in small communities and rural villages.The safe had already been taken away.
FOOD FEAST: The good news is the Kebab Kitchen the Turkish takeaway at Crown Glass Place, in Nailsea, is hoping to expand into the neighbouring empty retail units. The bad news is it is closed for the school summer holidays August 2021. Famed for is food incuding garlic pizzas or king burgers only one town councillor objected on the grounds of late night noise and litter...watch this space to learn about reopening...