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Schools top-up funding for SEND

A consultation has opened on how schools in North Somerset are allocated top-up funding (TUF) for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). North Somerset Council wants to ensure that parents and other stakeholders, as well as schools, people and organisations have the opportunity to respond and make their views known. The current top-up …
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Fines for blue badge misuse

Fines and costs amounting to hundreds of pounds were handed down by magistrates for misuse of blue badges. North Somerset Council put three prosecutions before North Somerset magistrates at the end of last month (Friday 30 November) and a total of £780 in fines and costs were imposed following guilty pleas. Vivienne Docwra, aged 68, …
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Road improvement schemes begin

Road improvement schemes in Portishead, Congresbury and Backwell are set to be completed before Christmas. A £65,000 scheme to improve Nore Road and Cabstand in Portishead will start on Wednesday 12 December and last around four days. The work, which will involve drainage improvements and carriageway patching, is set to be carried out between 9.30am …
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Work starts on new primary school building

Work on a new primary school building at Parklands Village in Weston-super-Mare has begun. Parklands Educate Together Primary School is the first of up to three new primary schools planned by North Somerset Council for Parklands Village on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land. It will initially have 420 places with capacity to …
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Local travel champions recognised

North Somerset organisations have picked up awards at the annual Travelwest Business Travel Awards ceremony. The annual awards recognise organisations and businesses in the West of England (South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset) whose commitment to sustainable travel make them stand out from their industry peers. Up against tough competition, …
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Serving up new food and drink centre

Work on a food and drink innovation centre, the only one of its kind in the South West, has started near the motorway junction in Weston-super-Mare. A ground-breaking ceremony took place yesterday (Wednesday 5 December) to mark the start of work on site. Situated in the heart of the Junction 21 Enterprise Area, The Food …
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New conservation area for Weston receives council backing

A proposed extended conservation area for Weston-super-Mare has been adopted by North Somerset Council. The new Great Weston Conservation area stretches from Birnbeck Pier to Royal Sands and includes the town centre of Weston. Cara MacMahon, Heritage Action Zone Officer, said: “The adoption of Great Weston Conservation Area is a game changer for Weston-super-Mare. By …
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North Somerset Social Worker wins awards

A social worker who dedicated 30 years to helping children and families has been recognised nationally by picking up two social work awards. Jenny Slee, who worked for the council for three decades and retired earlier this year, was nominated in three categories at the national Social Worker of the Year awards which were handed …
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Portishead Rail moves a step closer

A nationally significant scheme to improve transport links in the region is set to move forward today (Tuesday 4 December). North Somerset Council’s executive will be asked to approve £1.4m towards the next stage in the reopening of the Portishead to Bristol rail line. The funding will be used to complete all detailed documentation for …
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Recognising the importance of care workers

A new initiative recognising the importance of care workers has been announced by North Somerset Council, as the authority continues to support the local social care sector. Under the Proud to Care bonus scheme, staff who work for one of the council’s strategic domiciliary care providers will receive a bonus payment after every six months …
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