News 3 May 2015
Something old something new
Building work has started at Four Oaks the former 19th century Victorian infant school which closed during the summer of 2003.
The old Silver Street school is being converted into three properties with five new build properties being built within the grounds.
This included three dormer bungalows in the playground.
Marketed by Hunter Leahy estate agents the properties should be ready this summer.
Interested? Well there is an open morning between 9am-noon on Saturday, May 16.
Prices range from at £285,000 to £335,000.
People can register their details with the sole selling agent Hunter Leahy on 01275 853222 or just turn up on the day.
Four Oaks fell victim to the falling pupil numbers in Nailsea.
Meanwhile £1 million is being earmarked to modernise and improve two schools at Whiteoak Way.
Hannah More Infant and Grove Junior schools became a ‘federation’ under one head teacher Kay Church in March 2012.
With the predicted demand for pupil places to either remain static or decline North Somerset Council plans to reduce its size from 525 to a 420 place primary school.
Above is an architect’s drawing of how the school(s) could look this September with improved frontage and new roof.
The long term goal is to get rid of all the temporary classrooms and revamp the reception area so it only has one front door and better office accommodation.
It also needs a new heating system and roof.
Built by Somerset County Council in 1970 using cost effective building materials this cheap and cheerful method sadly didn’t stand the test of time.
In 1999 another school building at Pound Lane became surplus to requirements when Greenslade infants closed and the school amalgamated with next door juniors now renamed Kingshill Church School.
Name these men
Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in a pub in Nailsea.
The incident happened on Saturday, May 2, at about 9.40pm at the Wetherspoon town centre pub The Glass Maker.
A 24-year-old man needed hospital treatment for a cut after being punched in the head by a man he did not know.
Neighbourhood police sergeant Mark Raby said: “Anyone who was in the pub at around that time may have information which could help our enquiries.
“We’ve released these CCTV images to try to identify two men who we haven’t yet been able to trace to speak to. We’d like to hear from them or anyone else with information.
“We’re grateful for the support of the local Pub Watch members – including the Glass Maker – who work with us to make sure Nailsea is a safe place for a night out.
“We won’t tolerate violence in our pubs.”
Anyone who can help can contact PC 3806 Ross Cudd through the website by clicking HERE or by calling 101, quoting reference 45111/15.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
They never ask your name or trace your call.
There were two assaults in Nailsea last month. A man suffered serious unproved head injuries in an assault at Decades nightclub which resulted in a life ban for the person responsible. And in another High Street altercation on Wednesday night a youth had his nose broken.
Parents are warning on social media of reports a man exposed himself to a group of young boys at The Uplands, Nailsea, this week. The youngsters were on a field behind the houses when the alleged incident happened around teatime on Friday. The boys told that the man chased one of the children.One mother said that letters have been sent home and the police are investigating. See more on our FB page.
STOP PRESS: Police believe they have now identified two men they were trying to trace after an assault in a pub in Nailsea. The incident on Saturday, May 2, resulted in a man needing hospital treatment for a cut to the head. There have been no arrests in connection with the incident and police enquiries continue.
Nailsea town centre shops change places
Two Nailsea businesses are about to move into Crown Glass Shopping Centre giving a welcome boost to the rundown end of Clevedon Walk.
School Togs which has been trading at 110 High Street for 20 years is moving into the old betting shop and Nailsea Cycles is moving next door into the former bathroom showroom.
Both businesses are looking forward to having more space to display their goods and stock a larger range of goods.
School Togs owner Mark Gibbard said: “As our lease was up on our current premises on the corner of the Link Road we are taking the opportunity to move into the heart of the shopping centre.”
School Togs will close on Friday, May 22, and reopen on Tuesday, May 26, at the former William Hill retail unit at 10 Clevedon Walk.
The parent’s emporium has been selling scout, guides and school uniforms, wet weather, sports and leisure wear and accessories for children for two decades.
Mark added that the new School Togs will also stock a limited range of shoes including wellington and football boots and perhaps party and school shoes.
Nailsea Cycles marked its 20th anniversary at 132A High Street by packing up ready for its move to the old Room by Roome showroom at 3 Clevedon Walk.
Owner Austin Amford says he will be joined in the new venue by his son Joe who will add a Gadget Lounge.
Austin will manage the bike sales and repairs side of the business and says given the enthusiasm for electric bikes will consider adding this to his range while Joe will concentrate on geeky mechanical and electronic bits and pieces from novelty games to miniature robots for all ages.
Costa Coffee and the successful Win-a-Shop entrepreneurs Lorna Dukes and Melina Snell with Young Possum's Imaginarium are also set to open this summer at Colliers Walk.
It is anticipated that Young Possum’s Imaginarium will be launched in mid-June.
Costa Coffee spokesman Kerry Parkin said: “We are really looking forward to opening a new store in Nailsea and bringing 8-10 new jobs to the local area.
“As with all our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.”
Crown Glass Shopping Centre has a total of 160,000 sq ft of retail, office and residential space.
The owners of the shopping precinct have plans to revamp the area with a new children’s play area as part of a £10 million regeneration of the town centre.
But it all hinges on the controversial Lidl supermarket scheme getting the go-ahead to build on park of the car park.
Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett said: “It is reassuring to see that the shopping centre is being recognised as a strong commercial location for both national brands and local specialists.
“Our landlords, Ellandi, have a long term strategy to enhance the centre and this mixture of high quality and specialty shopping provides an attractive community shopping environment for loyal and new visitors to the scheme.”
Theses lettings mean that only four shop units remain unlet at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre demonstrating level of occupancy well above the UK national average.
Landlords Ellandi have also invested over £500,000 in the refurbishment of previously unlet offices - Sycamore House is currently under offer to the Churchill Retirement Fund and Wessex Water have recently moved into the high quality suite at 21 Somerset Square.
Construction is under way in other parts of the Centre converting redundant office space into apartments.
While the town centre shopping precinct still has some empty units and spare office space The Arcade which covers 67-69 High Street is on the market for £725,000.
Built in the 1980s it has four shops with frontages on the High Street and an undercover walkway with a further four retail units as well as the upstairs nightclub.
bar l restaurant I coffee lounge
wine bar and good food restaurant
The Courtyard, Nailsea
Manager Ellen-Louise Pirret and her staff look forward to welcoming all at 120 High Street
Open daily from 9.30am for
Dinner 6-9.30pm Monday to Thursday, 6-10pm Friday and Saturday and traditional Sunday lunch noon-4pm
Well-stocked wine cellar with fine selection of white and red
Butcombe beer on tap
To book click HERE, call 01275 854455 or email