News 1 April 2016
PROGRESS REPORT 1
Work on the new skatepark for Nailsea is underway - see photos from demolition day onwards by clicking HERE
PROGRESS REPORT 2
The Queens Head is being transform into a cafe, bar, restaurant and meeting place. We have put photos in a slideshow HERE
School holiday fun at shopping centre
Invitations to a Mad Hatter's tea party and mini Easter eggs will be given out free on Good Friday at Crown Glass shopping centre by bee mascot Honeysuckl.
On Good Friday, March 25, Honeysuckle visit the precinct and along with the Easter Eggs will be handing out special Mad Hatter playing card inviting families to the tea party on Wednesday, April 13.
That is when the Mad Hatter, Alice and Queen of Hearts will entertain children with crafts, games and family fun sessions between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm and children presenting their playing card to the Queen of Hearts will find out whether they have won a prize or have to pay a forfeit.
New centre manager Rob Stokell said: "With the new Alice Through the Looking Glass movie to be launched in May we thought it was a great opportunity to recreate a scene from Lewis Carroll’s adventures with Alice.
“Working with our stores and the Ting Tang Theatre company, we hope to create a family activity which captures the feel of a spring garden and the magic of Alice’s wonderland.
Before this it's traditional Punch & Judy fun on Wednesday, April 6 as part of the Wacky Wednesday’programme of free holiday entertainment.
The Puppetree Theatre Company brings to life Punch, Judy, the policeman and baby in old-fashioned shows that feature frenzied sausage eating.
To read more about Crown Glass shopping centre go the to Shop Locally pages by clicking HERE or go to its designated Facebook page.
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No Sunday bus services from Nailsea to seaside
Nailsea will be connected to Clevedon by an hourly bus service from Monday, April 25.
After waiting six months and following lots of complaints a nearly full service is being restored between the two towns.
Getting to work, visiting the elderly in hospital or a care home or going shopping had become almost impossible by public transport between the two towns.
But anyone fancying a trip to the seaside at the weekend will be disappointed to know that there is still no Sunday service to Clevedon so forget going to the Curzon or the pier by bus on that day.
Other changes include the little used airport service is being withdrawn but there is no change for people hoping to stop buses being routed along some narrow residential roads at Nailsea.
There were long queues at a bus roadshow at Somerset Square earlier this month hosted by representatives from North Somerset Council and First Bus.
The local bus operator faced a barrage of complaints especially from Hazlebury Road residents who saw their front gardens churned up when a driver took a detour to avoid parked cars.
Ruth Eager, of Coombe Road, said: “I didn’t think they were going to budge this time but while there is no change as present in the new timetable we are going to keep petitioning the bus company to stop using our roads.
“It would be better if the nearly empty buses weren’t so frequent or always travelled in the correct direction.
“The bus company tells me they are profitable but I don’t know how.”
First bus west of England & Wales public relations manager Chris Hanson said: “We had quite a bit of feedback at our Nailsea event: much of it was positive about our new service 6 which will operate Nailsea - Clevedon once an hour.”
Back in August 2015 there was a furore when the bus company introduced a new bus timetable and people found out for the first time buses would be going back and forth along Hazlebury Road missing out schools and the sheltered housing along Silver Street.
Then it was discovered the link to Clevedon on Sundays had been cut and that Nailsea School students living at Tickenham faced a 90 minutes wait for a bus home.
In the interim North Somerset Council was forced to organise free school transport for the children living more than two miles away from their nearest secondary school – and pick up an additional bill!
A spokesman said at the time: “Following a review of the service changes made on Sunday, August 23, in the Nailsea area First West of England and North Somerset Council have listened to comments and suggestions from our customers.
“While the changes to the Nailsea network are for most people overwhelmingly positive we are seeking to respond to comments with a number of minor adjustments.”
The key changes in November were:
• Service A2 retimed to allow for journeys to and from Tickenham and Nailsea School;
• Additional journeys provided between Clevedon and Nailsea;
• The route of the service X9 will be modified to go one way along Hazelbury Road and on its return loop along Silver Street;
• More buses will go along Queens Road and Stockway South; and
• More buses will link Long Ashton and Nailsea School.
Now there is another new timetable being introduced from Sunday, April 25.
First Bus Bristol general manager Jenny MacLeod said: “This is the first time we have properly consulted with our customers before making changes to services.
“We had a huge response to both consultations which is really encouraging.”
“Congestion in Bristol is at an all-time high.
“We have tried to give buses more time, where possible, to complete their journeys to compensate for this.”
Details of the service changes for Nailsea:
New North Somerset Service 6 – Nailsea – Clevedon
This service will operate hourly between Nailsea and Clevedon following the withdrawal of Service A2. This doubles the number of buses between the towns, something often requested by local residents.
First West of England has depots in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells.
As a company, First Bus is committed to delivering a safe, reliable and punctual service for its customers. It operates 580 vehicles and employs approximately 1,900 members of staff.
FirstGroup is the leading transport operator in the UK and North America with revenues of more than £6.7 billion.
It is one of Britain’s largest bus operators with around a fifth of bus services outside London.
It has a fleet of some 6,300 buses carries approximately 1.7 million passengers a day in a huge number of communities including 40 of the UK's largest towns and cities.
And it operates some US-style yellow school buses and a fleet of coaches available for charter.
Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown has launched a ladies-only breakaway group for business women who haven’t got the time or inclination for formal evening meetings.
A dozen ‘ladies who latte’ got together this month to discuss what sort of group they felt was needed/wanted by local women running businesses both big and small.
As a brief overview Sharon has outlined the key points:
Doing business in rural areas and small towns is very different to doing business in cities such as Bristol and Bath, or even large towns like Weston-super-Mare. As such, the group should find a way to focus on the issues we face, for example the isolation of working alone, and the less dynamic(!) feel to our locations versus the likes of Bristol and Bath. In particular, we would like to look at ways we can help to promote Nailsea as a good place to do business, in line with chamber of commerce aims. That doesn’t mean the group is only open to those living/working in Nailsea, but business in and around Nailsea is the focus.
Meetings should be regular, probably monthly, and with a purpose other than just chatting. Relevant speakers will be asked to make short presentations on matters that are important to us – these can be as diverse for example as how to use social media effectively or even the issues to consider if you’re thinking about renting premises.
Meeting times will alternate between day and evening to give everyone a chance to get to at least some of them.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 7.30pm for networking, with the meeting proper starting at about 8pm and lasting for no more than 30 minutes.
Sharon said: “We’ll have a speaker making a short presentation either on the use of social media, or if not available, accountant Della Hudson will speak on something financial and relevant.
“If anyone has any suggestions for speakers, or topics they’d like covered please do let me know.
“Lastly, if anyone would like to offer to facilitate and lead this group, I’m more than happy to hand over the task.
“If you’re keen to see the group grow and take its place as part of the Nailsea business sector, do step forward and claim the role.”
Email Sharon on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber meeting date change
The next Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce meeting is on Wednesday, May 11, 5pm for 5,30pm, at The Blue Room, Crown Glass Place.
The meeting will finish by 6.30pm.
Agenda items will include:
A business directory for Nailsea;
Updated website and PR video of town; and
Future format of meetings.
New faces are very welcome to attend.
Schoolwear: uniforms, shoes, nametapes and more
Sportswear: PE kits and more
Footwear: football boots, Wellington boots, trainers, shoes, velcro daps
Dancewear: RAD approved ballet, tap, modern, jazz
Uniforms and accessories: Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts
Visit new shop at Colliers Walk, Nailsea
Tel: 01275 857491 Twitter: #schooltogsnailsea
Petition one: Pharmacy cuts
A Nailsea pharmacy is urging people to sign a petition against proposed Government’s cuts to services offered by dispensing chemists.
Tower House Pharmacy, at Stockway South, say reduced funding will put more pressure on GP surgeries and A&E departments.
Already more than 50,000 signatures have been collected against a six per cent reduction in NHS funding.
Community Pharmacies which owns Tower House spokesman Andrew Murray said: “The Department of Health has stated it expects between 1-3,000 pharmacies to close as a result of these cuts.
“This will have a very real impact by reducing choice locally as well as reduced access for patients to see a healthcare professional without an appointment.
“It is most likely rural communities will be impacted the greatest which is often where pharmacy is the only accessible healthcare resource available.
“Generally speaking these cuts will reduce the access that patients have to pharmacy services.
“The unintended consequences of these actions could see pharmacies removing the free home deliveries they provide or even managing patient’s medications on their behalf and collecting their monthly prescriptions for them from their GP surgery.
"This will have increase the workload of GP surgeries and A&E departments as patients will look to these services to fill the gap.”
Pharmacies carry out a number of services such medicine reviews to help patients manage long-term conditions, advice for minor ailments and flu vaccinations.
Mr Murray says the workload for pharmacies has increased dramatically during the past 10 years although funding has remained static and patient and prescription numbers have increased.
He added: “We have no plans of cutting staff as we do not want to impact the quality of the service that we provide.
“It will, however, prevent us from being able to recruit additional staff in the future.
"The cuts will also affect the investment we can make in developing additional services that could benefit the community, not to mention helping to save the NHS further costs.”
And Clevedon Hospital League of Friends asked us to remind people that all North Somerset residents have access to the facilities at Clevedon Community Hospital including its Minor Injuries Unit which is open 365 days of the year. More information HERE.
Petition two: Mencap patron
A move by Green Party member Steve Timmins and supported by North Somerset Labour Party calling for MP Liam Fox to resign from Mencap has attracted nearly 1,000 names.
Mr Timmins said it is not acceptable for an MP who promotes himself as patron of North Somerset branch of Mencap to vote in favour of cutting the incomes of the people that Mencap represents.
Mencap is opposed any cuts to the employment and support allowance.
To read more click HERE.