On the road...
...travel from Nailsea but no planes (see Bristol Airport page) or boats but taxis, private car hire, coach and holiday companies as well as local petrol stations and places to get your vehicle repaired, new tyres and/or resprayed
A Nailsea car mechanic has invented a security device to stop thieves stealing catalytic converters.
And Nailsea Auto Electrical boss Rick Hand has applied for a UK patent for his AntiCat System.
Rick said: “Our AntiCat System attaches to the catalytic converter and to an audible alarm to deter the thief from stealing the part of a vehicle’s exhaust which contains precious metals.
“Damage caused by thieves trying to strip a catalytic converter can caused insurance claims of between £2-3,000 according to the AA and in the worst-case scenarios have seen motors written off entirely.
“With so many North Somerset victims we have taken it upon ourselves to come up with a solution.”
A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine into less-toxic pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction.
The brazen thieves appear to target cars parked on driveways and favour Honda, Toyota and Lexus models.
There have been reports of thefts of this type in Ashton Vale, Backwell, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Yatton, Weston-super-Mare and beyond.
Rick added: “For £169 we can fit our anti-theft device.”
But it isn't all dash cams and batteries for this motor business which offers a door-to-door service.
With the best in diagnostics, knowledge and lots of patience there isn't much mechanical they can't tackle.
Nailsea Auto Electrical can be contacted by phone on 01275 261005 or via by Facebook messenger.
For new First Bus Autumn/Winter timetable for X8 and X9 from Nailsea via Wraxall or Backwell to Bristol and back click HERE
RESTORATION ROADSHOW: A classic car fan in Valley Gardens, Nailsea, has parked his C-reg Ford Capri in the road minus its wheels but plus road tax and insurance. From a distance it looks as if it is on skis but once fully restored the vehicle could be worth thousands of pounds. The 1980s vehicle is fastback coupe built by the Ford Motor Company between 1968-1986, designed by American Philip T. Clark, who was also involved in the design of the Ford Mustang. It used the mechanical components from the Mk2 Ford Cortina and was intended as the European equivalent of the Ford Mustang. The Capri went on to be a phenomenally successful car for Ford, selling nearly 1.9 million units in its lifetime. A wide variety of engines was used in the Capri throughout its production lifespan, which included the Essex and Cologne V6 at the top of the range, while the Kent straight four and Taunus V4 engines were used in lower specification models. Although the Capri was not officially replaced, the second-generation Probe was effectively its replacement after the later car's introduction to the European market in 1994. While Ford marketed the car as ‘Ford Capri – The Car You Always Promised Yourself’, the English magazine Car described the Capri as a ‘Cortina in drag’. An iconic 1980s Ford Capri made famous in The Professionals and Minder was reputed to have sold for £45,000 by The Sun newspaper in 2018. We can't wait to see what the fully restored Nailsea car looks like...STOP PRESS: We are told the road tax has run out and they are coming to take it away...need a tow truck as it is can't be driven! STOP PRESS 2: It has been removed by tow truck
Firefighters driving ambulances ends
Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) concluded its additional support to South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) with the final wave finishing at weekend.
During the 18 weeks of support, staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts driving ambulances and responded to 787 incidents – including more than 80 category one incidents.
Throughout the course of the support, 32 staff from wholetime, day crewing, on-call and corporate staff drove two additional ambulances based at Nailsea fire station and co-located at SWASFT’s Bristol Ambulance Station.
Those involved were added to a weekly shift rota and the support was spread out across the organisation to ensure AF&RS maintained operational availability.
The move followed an agreement between the National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Brigades Union to support local authorities and the NHS.
AF&RS station manager and volunteer lead Iain Campbell said: “Working with SWASFT throughout this difficult time was a fantastic opportunity for our staff and the service, but also meant we could support our blue light colleagues in a new and proactive way.
“We know that SWASFT’s modelling showed they would need extra resources during COVID but our staff put themselves forward in unprecedented ways to help, support and ensure there were adequate resources to deal with demand.
“We are incredibly proud of the ways in which we responded.
“The good feeling from the public during this time has been amazing and it’s been great for us to be able to offer this support to a fellow Service at this time.
“This situation has shown how flexible and committed our staff can be when striving to protect our communities during exceptional times and how we can collaborate and strengthen each other.
“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with both organisations learning a lot about the other, how we both work and ways in which we can continue to strengthen.
“I would also like to thank the staff that supported this from a logistics point of view – Lee Comley and Victoria Williams-Locke – who worked tirelessly to ensure it was a success.”
SWASFT was the only trust in England which approved fire service support to drive on blue lights and already some on-call firefighters have secured roles with the organisation as Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs).
Staff from AF&RS responded to a total of 787 incidents
Staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts
Firefighters picked up additional safeguarding work such as fitting a deaf patient with pillow devices
From the first support request on in mid-March, trucks were on the road within just 15 days
Not one staff member developed symptoms of COVID
12 members of staff will remain trained in case of a second spike
Yatton on-call firefighter Michelle Crossman said: “This has been an incredible time and I am so happy that I was able to support.
“As on-call firefighters, we are often at the heart of the community and this was just another way in which we could support and assist.
“I learnt a lot from my time with SWASFT and hope partner with the organisation more in the future.
“We worked very well together and it is easy to see the benefits this brought to both organisations."
In March, SWASFT formally requested the five South West fire and rescue services to provide ambulance drivers as part of its Covid-19 response.
SWASFT invested in a fleet of 15 additional ambulances, which were driven by 45 volunteer firefighters across the South West 24/7.
From mid-April, they attended lower priority calls with ECAs, but from the end of June, they worked alongside paramedics to respond to all categories of emergency.
The firefighters, wearing their usual uniform, responded to more than 4,500 incidents during the first three months of the scheme.
SWAFST interoperable capabilities resilience officer Derek McCullough was responsible for setting up the scheme.
He said: “We are extremely grateful for the invaluable support we’ve received from all the region’s fire services since April, which has truly benefitted our service to patients.
“This partnership has been a really positive experience for both emergency services.
"AF&RS has helped to make a significant contribution to our patient care and our ability to respond to increasing demands on our service.
"Their support and teamwork has helped to make this project extremely effective.”
Tacks on Nailsea roads wreck tyres
The malicious vandals who scattered screws, nails and tacks on Nailsea roads appear to be back - for the third time after a space of several months.
In January this year motorists in Orchard Road, Southfield Road and on Trendlewood reported punctures due to metal tacks being scattered along their roads.
In April 2019 at least seven cars suffered flat tyres after nails and tacks were strewed along nearby residential roads.
Neighbours in Chapel Barton, Cherry Road and Orchard Road recovered handfuls of the nails of various lengths which damaged their vehicles.
On Sunday, September 6, it appears the nail sprinkler was back in action.
Hundreds of nails were collected from Union Street, Chapel Barton and Orchard Road.
More than 8,000 were reached on the Nailsea People Facebook page with many saying their vehicles had suffered flat tyres.And more than 55 left comments - here is a selection.
Kris Miller said: "I was in Nailsea last night, got up this morning to a flat front tyre, it has a large nail in it, could just be a coincidence of course!"
Matthew Day said: "This type of stupidity can prove fatal for motorcyclists."
Natalie Thorogood said: "My mum had a nail in her tyre today. Looked like one of these too."
Chris Perry said: "I'm not a builder but these look like nails used for roofing felt ... any roofers missing some nails?"
Paula Heasman-Walsh said: "Hmm, interesting, we live on Orchard Road and my husband had a flat tyre last week. My car was one of those affected last April."
Leanne Bessell said: "I was affected back in April. I didn't realise more people were hit."
The matter is being investigated by police and Neighbourhood Watch has distributed warning letters in the affected areas.
NAILSEA NAILS: Photo of nails collected from Orchard Road, on Monday, September 7
117 Station Road
Nailsea BS48 1TA
Tel: 01275 792223
Silverlink Travel Services Ltd
Coates Industrial Estate
2b, Southfield Road
Tel: 01275 853312
TUI Holiday Store
5 Colliers Walk
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RH
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Nailsea BS48 1HX
Tel: 01275 855528
48 Locking Road
Weston-super-Mare BS23 3DN
Tel: 01934 415000
Blue Iris Coaches
25-27 Clevedon Road
Nailsea BS48 1EH
Tel: 01275 851121
Butterfly Travel UK
The Ground Floor
The Sion building
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RB
Tel: 01275 277966
Chauffeur and taxi company based at Cadbury House hotel
Click HERE for further details
Tel: 01934 837246
For buses to and from Nailsea click HERE
Nailsea and Backwell Taxis
10 Embercourt Drive
Backwell BS48 3HU
Tel: 01275 799999
Nailsea BS48 1JE
Tel: 01275 797779
For trains to and from Nailsea & Backwell rail station click HERE
North Somerset Coaches
Nailsea BS48 1JN
Tel: 01275 859123
Nailsea and District Community Transport
Nailsea and District Community Transport provides a door-to-door transport service for all shopping, health and leisure trips.
Its minibuses are fully accessible for wheelchair users and it has a friendly team of drivers are there to help people get on board.
Services include weekly shopping trips, dial-a-ride, group hire and a full calendar of day trips and outings.
Serving residents of Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead, Backwell, Long Ashton, Failand and the surrounding areas.
It received grants from Nailsea Town Council to keep it on the road
To contact call 01275 855552, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to its website HERE.
A PORT FOR THE CAR
- places to get petrol, change tyres or respray
Backwell Motors with forecourt and convenience store
73-75 Station Road
Backwell BS48 3LH
Coombe Garage Tyres - Team Protyre
Southfield Road Trading Estate
Nailsea BS48 1JJ
Deutsche Car Specialists
Unit 7-8 Vines Industrial Estate
Nailsea, BS48 1BG
Tel: 01275 858178
Long Life Motors
23 Clevedon Road, Nailsea BS48 1EH
Tel: 01275 859955
Nailsea Auto Electrical
Tel: 01275 261005
Nailsea Motor Services
Tel: 01275 856927
Tesco supermarket and petrol station
(includes in-store Costa coffee shop)
Corner of High Street, Stockway North and Brockway
Nailsea BS48 1AQ
Tel: 0345 677 9480
The Parts Store Ltd
82 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AS
Tel: 01275 854321
RA Wait Garage Services
Unit 24, Southfield Road Trading Estate, Nailsea BS48 1JJ
Tel: 01275 866353
Southfield Road Trading Estate
Nailsea BS48 1JJ
Tel: 01275 401294
Tout's Budgens same site as petrol station and in-house Subway
Wraxall BS48 1BN
Tel: 01275 857177
Webbs Auto's Ltd
23 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AU
Tel: 01275 851326
Whatever your horse power
Nailsea Auto Electrical
has the solution to keep you safely on the road
RA Wait Garage Services is open for business! John, Paul and Nathan have been working throughout the lockdown to help keep key workers, including NHS, supermarket and pharmacy staff, on the road.
They understand that the majority of their customers are slowly beginning to return to work but RA Wait still offer a vehicle collection and delivery service to people in the local area who are self-isolating. This is at no extra cost so please ask for further details when you book your service or MOT. If you delayed your MOT due on or after March 30th now is the time to book.
Find us at Unit 24, Southfield Rd Trading Estate, BS48 1JJ or call us on 01275 866353 or visit www.rogerwait.co.uk