News 2 August 2015
All change on Nailsea buses
Bus company First is off its trolley with the new timetable, say angry Nailsea passengers.
From Friday, August 28, when the new timetables are due to be introduced Nailsea will have no buses running to Clevedon on Sunday and a journey to Weston-super-Mare could take hours.
And those living in sheltered accommodation along Silver Street will no longer be on a bus route.
The worse affected will be patients trying to get to an early morning Weston hospital appointment or making a weekend visit to elderly relatives living in a North Somerset nursing home in another town.
And you won't be able to go by bus to the seaside, Clevedon Court or Clevedon Pier on Sunday.
North Somerset Council travel team have manned two stalls at Nailsea library this week and have been inundated with complaints.
District councillors Mary Blatchford, Andy Cole and James Tonkin were at their monthly surgery also at the library and saw a steady stream of concerned people.
Mr Tonkin said: “Usually we only see between one to three people in a morning but there were scores queuing to vent their disapproval.”
Despite a public consultation back in February when hundreds voiced their views on what bus service they wanted the resulting timetables and routes chosen has come in as a shock for many.
Sylvia Bond who lives at Pegasus Court feared she would no longer be able to do voluntary work at the Curzon cinema, Clevedon.
She said: “It appears to be a two hour service with no buses on Sunday – it is ridiculous and it is pensioners who are going to suffer most trying to get to hospital.”
Mr Cole said: “I have had parents saying their children attending Nailsea School will have to wait ages to get a bus home to Clevedon or Long Ashton – this is just not right, it is dangerous and we need to get it sorted.”
Lorraine Thomas, of Pound Lane, works for Bristol City Council.
A regular commuter she said the travelling community who chat together on route to and from work didn't pick up on these impeding changes and will be shocked.
She said the new timetable will add 15-20 minutes on every journey and she will have further to walk to a bus stop.
Lorraine is pictured below talking to councillors Cole and Tonkin.
Nailsea resident Deb Gough said: “I am just wondering who thought it was a good idea to turn Hazelbury Road into a main bus route?
“It says online that local residents had been consulted but the first we know of it is a neighbour being woken up at 3am by a man putting up a bus stop.”
Nailsea Town Council wasn’t informed in advance and the three district councillors on Saturday morning duty say they weren’t given prior knowledge of the changes.
Nailsea grandmother and local history buff Lesley Bowman said: “Hazelbury Road is far too narrow to be on a bus route.
“The bus timetables are complicated and don't give all the stops.
“For example the Whitesfield Road bus stop on Queens Road is not listed on the timetable.”
But district councillor Jan Barber said: “There was a massive response to the February consultation and most people really wanted a speedy and frequent service via the Long Ashton by-pass into Bristol without the delays caused by the buses going round Portishead and Clevedon.
“In response, the bus company decided that there should be a regular Nailsea/Bristol bus service every quarter of an hour.
“Routes were changed slightly to encompass half of these buses going via Wraxall and those buses go down Hazelbury Road.
“The others still use Mizzymead Road so pass Nailsea School.
“Most people retain their half hourly service with the addition of short walks to get the extra buses of four per hour.
“I thought everyone would be delighted and most are.
“However, there are complaints from Silver Street, particularly the residents at Moorfields Court where buses will no longer run at all – the A2 runs every two hours and now goes down Fosse Way to Clevedon, so if the people want to go in to Nailsea they will have to walk, or pay for the Community Bus.
“This is not ideal and there are many disappointed residents who liked their previous service.
“Equally there are complaints from the residents of Hazelbury.
“This started with the council’s contractor installing bus stops at 3am which immediately made people very suspicious, as it would!
“It appears that he is an early riser!
“What I hadn’t realised was the previous bus going down Hazelbury worked on the ‘hail and ride’ principle so there was no requirement for ‘street furniture’ like bus stops whereas with a regular half hourly service the situation has altered.
“I understand it is only one way down Hazelbury and that there are a lot of delighted residents.
“There are also some disgruntled residents who say that the consultation was inadequate and the Hazelbury is a quiet residential road and unsuitable for a bus route.
“The officers from North Somerset and the bus company dispute this and say that the road is more than wide enough and far superior to many roads in Portishead where there is a regular bus service.
“I did try to get the reassurance that there would be no double-decker buses down Hazelbury but they said that if they run out of single-deckers then there would be the odd one.”
Jenny Nicholls, of Blandford Close, said: “Weekdays there is only a two hours service now to Clevedon.”
Linda Tippetts, of The Maples, said: “A friend’s son finishes work in Clevedon at 4pm and will have to wait until 6pm to get a bus home.”
North Somerset Council has been awarded £150,000 of Government Local Sustainable Transport Fund cash to increase the frequency of buses between the city and Nailsea and introduce the new weekend, evening and bank holiday services.
The new Nailsea to Bristol services will be called the X8 (via Backwell) and X9 (via Wraxall and Long Ashton).
The changes will see the frequency of buses through Wraxall upped to half hourly Monday to Friday.
A late Saturday night only service from Bristol to Nailsea via Backwell will now leave the bus station at 1.10am and arrives in Nailsea at 1.45am.
The new services will be run in partnership between bus operators First and A Bus.
For a new X8 and X9 timetable click HERE.
For a new A2 Clevedon/Weston via Nailsea timetable click HERE.
For a map of the Nailsea route click HERE.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Nailsea questions on market
Can our town centre markets be improved?
The community market has been running since September 2013 and was set up by Gina Provis who voluntary organises it alongside her official appointment by Nailsea Town Council as manager of the farmers and craft market.
It provides people and groups to sell their own handmade products or own-grown produce, to promote local environmental issues, make awareness of local societies in the area and to help local fund raising.
New or existing businesses can also promote their products for shorter terms.
The farmers and craft market are very popular with a regular influx of shoppers from the surrounding villages and communities every third Saturday in the month.
To find out the next date click HERE.
The community market runs on the same morning benefits from the increase footfall and adds variety to the streetscape.
But the community market hasn’t yet reached its full potential and Gina would like to know how Nailsea people would like to see this market area developed and whether or not they would like to be involved?
New stalls are always welcomed to keep the market vibrant and turning over, but there is so much space in Somerset Square where perhaps a community group could utilise for their festival or even add a different type or market?
If you have some ideas you would like to put forward then email them to email@example.com.
Also Waitrose is looking for ideas its Community Matters Christmas fund click HERE to go to the business peeps page and scroll down for more details.
The Blue Room is moving
The arts and crafts centre at Crown Glass Place is moving temporarily while its shop is updated and refurbished.
Owner Sharon Brown said: "We're about to start a major refurbishment of our premises that will totally transform the look and feel of our gallery.
"It does mean some disruption to our normal operations.
"We'll be closed on Thursday and Friday, August 20-21 as we relocate to temporary premises next to the Card Factory shop at Colliers Walk for two or three weeks.
"This development represents a substantial investment in becoming a sustainable business in the centre of Nailsea, offering a range of creative opportunities for both our exhibitors and customers.
"As far as possible we’ll continue to offer our full range of beautiful, locally hand made arts and crafts in our temporary premises.
"We look forward to your continued support as we enter this new stage in our effort to make a positive contribution to our local community."
Nailsea town centre getting green facelift
As part of the nine million pound investment in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre has submitted plans for new signage.
These will replace the ‘unsmiley’ face logo introduced more than a decade ago, pictured below left.
Equipment at the children’s play area is also to be replaced as part of the update.
Nailsea Town Council is supporting the move which will introduce mapping to point the way both to the shops and historical parts of the village.
And to ensure the High Street is linked Nailsea Town Council is adding £15,000 to the cost of a coordinated look.
Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett said: “We want shoppers, visitors and residents to see Nailsea town centre as one entity.
“We are working in partnership with the town council in proposing a coherent package of signs and wayfinding that will make it much easier for both existing residents and new visitors to find their way around.
“We believe it is the only scheme of its kind in the UK.”
Nailsea Town Council chairman David Packham said: “The divisions of Nailsea into Crown Glass Centre and the High Street is arbitrary as far as shoppers are concerned and by working with property management company Ellandi and the team at Crown Glass, we can ensure that the improvements planned for the centre are followed through to the benefit of all the shoppers and retailers in the High Street and the rest of the town centre.”
The signage package covers everything from the large signs on the exterior of buildings to directory signs and maps, public notice boards and welcome signs.
The total cost of this project is estimated at £145,000.
Alexander James, of designers Beyond, said: “We wanted to reflect the glass blowing heritage of Nailsea as so little remains of the original site of Nailsea glassworks factory.
“The concentric half circles that form part of the pattern of the logo are reminiscent of the base of a bottle made by glassblowing which was the main process undertaken by the factory in the mid-1800s.
“We wanted the logo for the shopping centre to mirror the legacy the factory created all those years go.
“This is also emphasised by the typography in a bolder font for standout within the Crown Glass Shopping logo.”
One idea muted it to have a map mounted on the black window at New Look which faces the High Street and others include silhouette signs dotted throughout the village like the blue plaques used in some cities but Nailsea's will be linked to its glass, coal, cider and evangelical heritage.
New play equipment will be installed at Somerset Square this autumn.
Dorset-based Sutcliffe Play is scheduled to spend three weeks removing all the existing equipment and creating a brand new play zone.
This will feature a hide-and-seek multi activity unit, play fence with shop window, abacus rail, rotary puzzle panel, spring bike, ladybird and four rubber mushrooms.
Play specialist Roy Allcock said: “All the equipment is placed on a rubber flooring surface and will create an ideal opportunity for young families to let off a little steam and stretch their imaginations.
The traditional shops, new stores and restaurants such as Costa and the soon to arrive successful Win-a-Shop competitor Young Possoms Imaginarium will all help ensure Nailsea residents can enjoy great shopping in a great environment without having to travel outside the area, added Charlotte.
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Manager Ellen-Louise Pirret and her staff look forward to welcoming all at 120 High Street
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