- Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth
North Somerset Council will be taking part in 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth Day' on Monday 10 March.
- Teenage conceptions in North Somerset at a record low
Latest figures show that the number of teenage conceptions in North Somerset has fallen again.
- Make the most of your school visit to the seaside!
Weston-super-Mare is the ideal place to bring your school group for a fantastic day at the seaside!
- V for victory – winning the battle against cigarettes
The theme of this year's No Smoking Day, on Wednesday 12 March, is V for victory – winning the battle against cigarettes.
- Big book sale at Portishead Library
Portishead Library will be hosting a big book sale, with a range of old titles offered for sale from just 30p.
- Website offline for maintenance
Due to essential maintenance our website will be offline for a short time.
- Celebrating our seaside
North Somerset Council is teaming up with VisitEngland to promote our seaside at Weston-super-Mare, Kewstoke/Sand Bay, Clevedon and Portishead.
- Secondary school allocations
Parents who applied online for a secondary school place for 2014-15 can now find which school their child has been allocated by logging into our school admissions website.
- World Book Day celebrations
North Somerset libraries are gearing up to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 6 March, and reading enthusiasts are encouraged to join the celebrations with many events taking place at local libraries.
- Winscombe Library opening hours to change
Visitors to Winscombe Library are to benefit from extended opening hours thanks to the support of volunteers.
- Flying high in Weston in 2014
The Weston Air Festival will be a two day international air show in 2014, building on the success of the previous year's show.
- Chance to increase sporting opportunities for local disabled players
In the same month as the Sochi 2014 Paralympics will be broadcast globally, North Somerset Council is supporting local sports clubs, coaches and volunteers to develop new sporting prospects for disabled players.
- Catch up with yesterday using the archive service
Anyone needing advice on all things historical in Somerset is invited to visit Weston-super-Mare Library at the Town Hall on Thursday 6 March, when an archivist will be on hand to answer questions.
- First aid at work course
A first aid at work course organised by North Somerset Council will be held at The Campus in Weston-super-Mare in April.
- Red Arrows confirmed for Weston Air Festival
The world-renowned Red Arrows will perform at the Weston Air Festival on Saturday 21 June.
- Extra chance to have your say on ward boundaries
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of North Somerset Council’s ward boundaries.
- Fairer fares for all
Do you want your opinion heard about the cost of bus travel?
- North Somerset agrees council tax freeze
A council tax freeze for 2014/15 was approved by North Somerset Council at its meeting tonight (Tuesday, 18 February).
- Road works on Herluin Way, Weston-super-Mare
Works to repair sunken manhole covers in Herluin Way, Weston-super-Mare will get underway tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February).
- New funding secured for Armed Forces project
A dedicated support service is being set up in North Somerset to help serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families access the services they need.
- Home Office support for night-time economy plans in Weston
Weston-super-Mare has been chosen as one of just 20 British towns to share best practice and advice on creating a safe and vibrant night-time economy.
- Wrington flood relief scheme approved
A scheme to reduce the impact of flooding in a North Somerset village has moved a step closer, following approval from the Environment Agency.
- Recycling and waste services performing well
Early indications show that North Somerset Council’s waste and recycling services are performing well during 2013/14, which is good news for council tax payers and the environment.
- Official opening for Weston Package
Weston Package, the £15m transport improvements scheme was officially opened by a government minister today.
- Be there tomorrow
Today a candid and heart wrenching new advert about how smoking causes early death will be broadcast to North Somerset homes.
- Core strategy hearing date set
Dates for the hearing for some of the policies in the North Somerset Core Strategy have been set.
- Stay weather aware
With yet more rain and strong winds forecast over the next few days, North Somerset residents are once again being urged to make preparations for the anticipated conditions.
- Fly-tipping costs Weston man thousands
A man from Weston-super-Mare has been ordered to pay fines and costs of over £4,000 following a prosecution for fly-tipping brought by North Somerset Council.
- Splashing cash on the High Street
An event to celebrate the success of the High Street Innovation Fund in North Somerset takes place this month.
- Council to consider new waste treatment contract
A new waste treatment contract which could see a dramatic reduction in the amount of non-recyclable waste sent to landfill will be considered by councillors at the full council meeting on Tuesday 18 February.
- Don't assume you're past it, women over 70 warned
A new national Be Clear on Cancer campaign targets older women to increase early diagnoses of breast cancer.
- No tolerance for commercially aggressive traders
A Bristol man was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £445 after pleading guilty to an aggressive commercial practice at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Thursday (30 January).
- Tourism summit a success
A conference to celebrate the successes and investments in North Somerset as a visitor destination has been hailed a success.
- Live from the library: the greatest stories ever told!
People in North Somerset are invited to celebrate their local library as part of a week-long series of events to mark National Libraries Day.
- Proposed extension of town centre pay and display parking
Plans to extend on-street parking provision in Weston-super-Mare town centre are being proposed by North Somerset Council...
- Hutton road improvements complete
A four week scheme to deliver drainage and road surface improvements worth £120,000 to a North Somerset village has been completed on time and on budget.
- McBusted and Backstreet Boys hit the beach this summer
McBusted and the Backstreet Boys will entertain the crowds in Weston-super-Mare this summer with a massive one day show on the beach.
- Website maintenance on Saturday
Some services on our website will be unavailable on our website on Saturday 25 January when we carry out maintenance between 6.30 and 8am.
- Sports coaching taster day
Have you been inspired by a coach or sports professional? Would you like to lead sports sessions and motivate others to excel in sport?
- A springboard to sporting excellence
Performance athletes in North Somerset are being encouraged to apply for a Springboard Award.
- Women urged to attend cervical cancer screening
This week is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and local health chiefs are urging women in the 25-49 age group to attend regular screenings.
- Traffic light switch on at junction 21
Traffic flow at Weston’s busy motorway junction is set to improve further with the switch on of the junction 21 traffic lights.
- Council prepares to respond to next wave of cuts
As part of its strategy to cope with the continuing reduction in government funding, North Somerset Council is preparing an ambitious transformation programme to drive further efficiency savings.
- Your North Somerset 2014
The popular Your North Somerset event returns to the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare for its ninth year on Sunday 26 January.
- New citizen portal bid approved
A joint bid by North Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Police to the Home Office Innovation Fund to create a new 'citizen portal' has been successful.
- Website maintenance and library computers offline
We need to carry out some essential maintenance work on our website - this means that the site will be offline from 6 to 8am next Tuesday, 21 January.
- Get connected at Your North Somerset
The popular Your North Somerset event returns to the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare for its ninth year on Sunday 26 January.
- Road improvements in Yatton and Kenn
North Somerset Council continues its commitment to invest in roads with £750,000 worth of improvements to the B3133 in Yatton and Kenn starting this week.
- Don't miss primary school applications deadline
Parents of children due to start school in September 2014 are urged not to miss the closing date for applications.
- Glowing inspection report for learning campus
The Voyage Learning Campus has received high praise from Ofsted following an inspection of its five campus sites with a judgement of good with many outstanding features.
- Lead the way to better health
More volunteers are needed to help organise and lead health walks in North Somerset.
- Scouting for memories in Congresbury
Congresbury Library is hosting a ‘Scouting Memories’ event on Saturday 18 January, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of scouting.
- Scooter loan scheme on the way
A new scooter loan scheme will make it easier for local people to travel to work or training.
- Residents urged to stay weather aware
With more heavy rain, high tides and strong winds forecast for the next 48 hours, North Somerset residents are being urged to make preparations for the anticipated conditions.
- Find out more about your property
Find out more about your property with our new 'my property' page.
- Former council chief executive awarded MBE
North Somerset Council's former Chief Executive Officer Graham Turner has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to local government.
- Smokefree health-harms campaign
Imagine that every time you smoke, blood that’s thick and dirty with toxins circulates through your body in seconds, increasing your chances of a heart attack or stroke. If you could see the damage, you’d stop.
- Help to keep you warm this winter
Did you know that there are schemes available to help you with winter fuel costs?
- Clevedon to Weston cycle path
Work to pave the way for the creation of a public footpath between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare and continues.
- Snow wardens 'hailed' a success
More snow warden training has been organised in the New Year after a fantastic response so far
- Traffic lights at junction 21
Weston's busy motorway junction is already seeing queues ease as improvement work moves into the final phase.
- Christmas and New Year recycling and waste collections
There are changes to recycling and waste collection days over the festive period because of bank holidays.
- 'Stay safe' campaign
We have teamed up with the police to launch a stay safe campaign
- School admissions consultation
We are consulting on proposed school admission arrangements for 2015-16.
- Helping older people feel less lonely
The festive season is a time for many things including fun, friends and families, but loneliness is a massive issue for people in later life.
- Railway station car park expands
Work on increasing the capacity of a railway station car park is due to get under way next month.
- Celebrating sustainable success
A new luxury commuter coach service that links North Somerset and north Bristol has been recognised at the annual TravelWest Business Travel Awards.
- Funding bid success for essential viaduct work
North Somerset Council has successfully bid for just under £2m from the Department for Transport (DfT) for essential maintenance work on the 45-year-old Yanley viaduct.
- Gadgets to help people get online
Westonworks has been awarded £3,500 from the Tinder Foundation (formerly UK Online) as part of their Home Access Specialist Network Fund programme.
- Comment on our financial plan
We are inviting the public to comment on our medium term financial plan, which is the key financial document for the council...
- Have your say at Winscombe Library
A consultation is being launched on proposals to extend the opening hours at Winscombe Library, with the help of volunteers.
- Thumbs up for new school
A special ceremony to mark the official opening of new school buildings takes place next week.
- Working together to dispel the smoke screen
A recent event to highlight the harmful effects of tobacco on young people in North Somerset has been hailed a success.
- Official opening for new centre
A brand new demonstration and equipment centre that puts independent living at the heart of the home will be officially opened next week.
- Safety first for Bournville pupils
Two major construction companies have joined forces to deliver road safety messages to local school children.
- Major music event joins summer line-up for Weston
A major live music event is set to hit the beach at Weston next summer with a star-studded line-up of chart-topping acts.
- Get vocal, be heard on flood strategy consultation
Local people are being urged to 'get vocal, be heard' and take part in a consultation on a flood strategy.
- Festive opening times
There will be changes to service opening times over Christmas and the New Year.
- Have your say on Parklands Village
An information event is being held at The Campus as part of the public consultation on the draft plan for council-owned land in the Parklands Village.
- ‘Big book sale’ in Portishead
Portishead Library will be holding a ‘big book sale’ on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.
- Council cuts commercial waste
A new vehicle permit policy at recycling centres has prevented hundreds of tonnes of commercial waste being disposed of at the expense of council tax payers.
- When the weather gets rough, snow wardens get going!
There has been a fantastic response so far to the snow warden scheme for North Somerset, with 35 volunteers trained and prepared for winter weather.
- New bus service fills the missing link for employers and staff
Businesses and training providers in North Somerset found out how the new A2 bus service can help them at a recent business breakfast held at Bristol Airport.
- Maintenance scheme for Yanley viaduct
Funding worth hundreds of thousands of pounds is being sought from the Department for Transport to bring forward maintenance work on Yanley viaduct.
- Don't miss the school application deadline!
Parents of children due to start school in September next year are being reminded that they should not let the business of Christmas mean they miss the closing date for applications.
- Don't let flu ruin your festivities - get the jab, get flu safe
In response to the latest flu jab uptake statistics, doctors across North Somerset are urging those most at risk from flu to protect themselves and their families as a matter of priority with a free flu jab.
- Safe Places initiative
Vulnerable people who need assistance while they are out and about can now turn to a friendly face thanks to a new initiative.
- Get vocal, be heard on housing numbers
Local people are being encouraged to 'get vocal, be heard' and take part in a consultation about proposed revised housing figures for North Somerset.
- Better cycle and walking links for south Weston-super-Mare
Walking and cycling to school, work or for leisure is set to become a lot easier and safer for people living and working in the south of Weston-super-Mare.
- Driving towards smart motoring
Smarter driving courses are being offered to employers to help reduce fuel consumption and lower accident rates.
- Yatton Library Christmas Fayre - come and join the fun!
Join in a morning of exciting activities when Yatton Library holds its Christmas Fayre!
- Local businesses boosted by innovation fund
A further nine projects will bring extra vitality to our high streets thanks to the North Somerset High Street Innovation Fund.
- North Somerset Council leads the way
A report has recognised North Somerset Council as the top performing local authority for saving carbon emissions through recycling services.
- Portbury improvements make travel easier for cyclists and horseriders
Cycling and horse riding along the Portbury bridleway will be much easier after improvement work starting today (Monday 25 November).
- New route out of Weston
Major changes are coming to a main route in Weston-super-Mare next week with a new road and traffic layout.
- The growing problem of cyberstalking
The growing problem of cyberstalking is the focus of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week this week (25-29 November).
- Winscombe library late-night opening
As part of Winscombe’s late-night Christmas opening Winscombe library will be open until 9pm, for one night only!
- Historical documents and advice at the town hall
Do you need help and advice about family, house or local history and the archives held in Somerset?
- Weston-super-Mare is changing - be part of it
Junction 21 Enterprise Area (J21EA) is to be promoted at the largest business show in the UK at the end of this month.
- Getting ready for winter
As temperatures continue to drop, now is the time to get ready to cope with winter weather.
- Banwell school raising the roof
Everyone involved with Banwell Primary School is celebrating the completion of work to the school roof!
- Volunteer with your library
Would you like to volunteer at your library?
At the moment our libraries are looking for teams of volunteers to help expand the popular story time and Bookstart Rhymetime sessions across the district.
- Wanted: Snow men (and women!)
With temperatures forecast to plummet in the next few days, volunteers who want to help their community are needed to become snow wardens.
- Green light for more town centre regeneration
The final two phases in the multi-million pound redevelopment of the former Dolphin Square site in Weston-super-Mare town centre have been given the go-ahead by North Somerset Council.
- Latest Tropicana news
At last night's full council meeting of North Somerset Council, councillors considered the latest report about the Tropicana.
- Hygiene all at sea at Ocean Grill
The director of a company which ran a takeaway in Weston-super-Mare has given a 12 month community order requiring 250 hours unpaid work and a six-month curfew after pleading guilty to a number of food safety offences.
- Outstanding achievement for Early Birds Nursery
A children's nursery in Long Ashton has been rated as 'outstanding' following a recent Ofsted inspection.
- Extra closures at junction 21
Bad weather has forced extra overnight road closures around junction 21 this weekend.
- Popping popcorn and toasting marshmallows
The Oldmixon Family Centre (South Weston Children's Centre) in Monkton Avenue, Weston-super-Mare is opening its doors to the local community on Saturday 16 November from 11am to 3pm.
- Junction 19 - one year on
One year on from the completion of multi-million pound improvements at junction 19 of the M5, a new report confirms how well the changes are working.
- New commuter service is launched
A brand new coach commuter service has been launched, providing commuters with a convenient, quick and green link between North Somerset and north Bristol.
- School term dates - get vocal, be heard!
Term dates for the 2015/16 school year are now under review and parents, carers, teachers and support staff, governors and head teachers; in fact, anyone who has an interest in our children's education is invited to have their say.
- A reminder to make sure you can vote
Reminder forms are being posted out to residents who have not so far replied to the electoral registration forms which were sent out to all North Somerset households at the beginning of October.
- Council backs charity's adoption myth-busting
Local families are being urged to reconsider adoption following the release of a report highlighting adoption myths which are preventing people from coming forward.
- Be clear on cancer - blood in pee
A new NHS England-wide campaign has been launched to raise awareness of blood in pee as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers.
- Remembering the Great War
As part of the commemoration of next year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, North Somerset Council and contractor Glendale are giving free poppy seeds to town and parish councils and community groups early next year.
- The route to a successful carnival
It's carnival night in Weston-super-Mare on Friday 8 November and North Somerset Council will be working hard to make sure the town centre route is clear in time for the glittering procession.
- Bus service to offer free fares
Bus operator Abus will be offering free journeys for passengers on its 55 and X54 service (Nailsea to Bristol via Wraxall) from Monday 11 November to Wednesday 13 November prior to introducing normal paid services
- Help develop sporting opportunities for disabled players
A year on from the Paralympic Games, North Somerset Council is supporting local sports clubs, coaches and volunteers to develop new sporting prospects for disabled players.
- Pregnant women should get the jab
Pregnant women in North Somerset are being urged to protect themselves and their unborn babies from flu, by getting a free jab this autumn.
- Free travel on new bus service
Local residents and commuters can travel for free on a new bus service, which will provide vital connections to bus and rail routes for people living and working in North Somerset.
- Have your say on the LDO
A draft planning document aimed at simplifying and speeding up the process of development in a specific area to help businesses looking to invest is out for public consultation on 31 October.
- North Somerset Council celebrates sons and daughters!
A fun-filled day out for foster carers' children is being laid on by North Somerset Council to thank them for welcoming other children into their family.
- Preparations in place for forecast wet and windy weather
As high wind speeds and heavy rainfall are forecast for Sunday night into Monday morning, North Somerset Council is gearing up to deal with the anticipated disruption this could cause.
- North Somerset Council celebrates apprenticeship successes
A special event was held to celebrate the success of apprentices and former apprentices employed by North Somerset Council.
- New grants for sustainable travel employers
Employers who promote sustainable travel to their employees could be eligible for a new grant from North Somerset Council.
- Worsening financial situation faced by Council
Councillor Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council, outlined the worsening financial challenge that the council faces at yesterday’s (Tuesday 22 October) meeting of the executive.
- Kids car safety checks
Motorists in Weston-super-Mare have been offered advice after checks were carried out on child safety in cars.
- Deadline for school places
Parents have until Thursday 31 October to apply for a secondary school place for their child for next September.
- Tropicana next steps to be decided by Council
North Somerset’s Executive has today agreed to put a proposal to Full Council next month which could allow The Trop (WsM) Ltd to test the viability of its scheme for the development of the seafront site in Weston-super-Mare.
- Instant Wit at Somerset Hall
The quick-fire comedy improvisation show Instant Wit will be dishing out a buffet of sketches, gags and surreal situations when it takes to the stage at Somerset Hall, Portishead on Thursday 7 November at 7.30pm
- Putting a stop to prejudiced-based crime
Two films have been launched designed to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic crime and the importance of reporting it.
- Find out about the National Citizenship Service in North Somerset
An information event is being held in Clevedon next week about the National Citizenship Service
- Blue badge changes
Changes to legislation mean that some North Somerset Council employees will now have the power to seize blue badges if they are being misused.
- Walking works - report reveals how walking can save lives
The health walks programme in North Somerset, part of the Walking for Health national scheme, is calling for people to join them for a walk
- Road improvements during school holidays
Investment in North Somerset's roads continues with improvements on Knightstone Road and South Parade, Weston-super-Mare, ahead of this year’s carnival.
- Portishead Half Marathon road closures
There will be road closures in place on Sunday 20 October to make way for the Portishead Half Marathon.
- Encouraging taxi drivers to steer clear of loan sharks
A campaign to encourage people to steer clear of loan sharks is being supported by North Somerset Council.
- Young people's library survey
Libraries in North Somerset will be asking children and young people to take part in a library survey from Monday 21 October to Sunday 3 November.
- Woodspring Ramblers complete work to reopen walking route
Working with North Somerset Council, the Woodspring Ramblers Volunteer Group have completed extensive works to the footpath from Beach Rd to Elmsley Lane, Kewstoke.
- Rogue trader has to compensate victim
A rogue trader has had the possibility of imprisonment deferred to enable him to raise compensation for his elderly victim.
- Revealing Stories exhibition
An exhibition exploring the hidden social history of the local LGBT community is on at Weston's library.
- Fantastic journeys - adventures in learning!
North Somerset libraries across the district are taking part in this year’s Family Learning Festival from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November.
- National Shared Lives Week
North Somerset Council will be supporting National Shared Lives Week on 19-27 October.
- Save the Children customer services at the Town Hall
New jobs have been brought to the Town Hall as North Somerset Council's support services partner Agilisys secured a contract to start delivering customer services for Save the Children.
- Hundreds sign up for new commuter coach service
Over 400 people have already registered their interest for a new commuter coach service which is set to launch next month.
- Tropicana Working Party holds first meeting
The Tropicana Working Party held its first meeting earlier today.
- Share your views on commuting
We have government funding to improve commuting in the region and want to hear your views.
- Scare in the Square: Halloween Family Fright Night
There will be scary Halloween happenings in Weston-super-Mare town centre on Thursday 31 October at the free Halloween Fright Night event.
- National Customer Service Week
North Somerset Council will be taking part in National Customer Service Week from 7 to 11 October.
- Noscars fever hits North Somerset
There was glamour and glitz as budding Spielbergs from primary, secondary and special schools from across the area donned ball gowns and tuxedos for the glittering Noscars ceremony...
- Have a safe Bonfire Night
Are you about to arrange a public firework display? Do you know you have a responsibility to operate a safe event under health and safety legislation for both your employees and members of the public?
- Weston Showcase wins prestigious award
North Somerset Council has won the Marketing Campaign of the Year at the North Somerset Business Leader Awards held on Thursday 26 September.
- Volunteers needed to lead the way to better health
The walking for health scheme in North Somerset is running a Health Walk Leaders Training Day on Tuesday 22 October 10am to 3pm at St Paul's Church Hall, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare.
- Make sure you can vote
Residents in North Somerset are being urged to look out for the electoral registration form which will be dropping on their doormats this week.
- Made in north somerset showcase goes from strength to strength
Get a headstart on your Christmas shopping this weekend at the ‘Made in North Somerset’ Showcase on 5 and 6 October.
- Clevedon police now based at Castlewood
The Clevedon Neighbourhood Police Team has moved to its new permanent base at Castlewood from today (Monday 30 September).
- Free careers advice
Free fortnightly careers advice sessions will be held in Weston Library, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare from Friday 18 October.
- Road recycling schemes underway
A programme of money-saving road recycling schemes are underway in North Somerset following a successful trial earlier this year.
- Local couple quit smoking with Stoptober
The annual Stoptober campaign kicks off next week, where smokers are encouraged to go 28 days smokefree. To help others who are considering taking up the challenge, local couple Ross and Annette have decided to talk about their experience...
- October road closures at and around junction 21
A series of road closures has been announced at and around Weston’s M5 junction 21 as the Weston Package improvements motor into the final phase.
- Councillors to consider Tropicana options
A group of North Somerset councillors has been tasked to look at options for the future of the Tropicana site in Weston-super-Mare.
- Weekend road closures on Weston seafront
Due to the Weston Triathlon and Weston Half Marathon taking place this weekend, there will be road closures along Weston seafront.
- National Customer Service Week free public tours
As part of National Customer Service Week in October, we are hosting four free public tours to give residents the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes.
- Changes to bus services in North Somerset
Changes to buses in North Somerset are planned for Monday 4 November with new operators and new services.
- Support for single parents at Nailsea and Backwell Children's Centre
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) North Somerset and Nailsea and Backwell Children’s Centre are pleased to announce the relaunch of their single parents group.
- Fencing fun at The Campus
Fencing lessons for beginners will soon start at The Campus.
- Opportunity to run Weston Youth Centre
North Somerset Council is offering an opportunity to take over Weston Youth Centre.
- Road closure cancelled as Weston Package accelerates
The latest element of the £15m Weston Package transport improvement programme has been completed a day early, and means that a planned road closure can now be cancelled.
- South Weston - cycling and pedestrian improvements
To encourage more cycling and walking, North Somerset Council wants to construct an off road shared cycling and pedestrian route to the southern section of Winterstoke Road/Broadway in Weston-super-Mare.
- Tracing your roots
Free family history free advice sessions at the library in the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare have proved so popular they are now going to be held every week.
- Road improvements B3130 Old Church Road, Clevedon
North Somerset Council's investment in its road network continues with improvements to the B3130 Old Church Road in Clevedon.
- Health trainers moving to Town Hall
North Somerset Council’s health trainers will be moving to the Town Hall at the end of September.
- Stoptober returns following success last year
Stoptober, England’s mass 28 day stop smoking attempt, is back following its huge success last year, which saw 160,000 people complete the challenge.
- The Great Bike Hike
An exciting new cycling event is taking place on Sunday 6 October from 10.45am to 2pm along Festival Way in Long Ashton.
- Councils pledge to work together
Council leaders across the wider Somerset area agreed to work more closely together to improve services and make savings at a meeting this week.
- Have your say on boundary changes
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across North Somerset to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
- Road improvements in Clevedon
Investment in North Somerset's roads continues with resurfacing, traffic sign replacement works and repairs to kerbs in Sixways, Albert Road and Alexandra Road in Clevedon, starting next week.
- Story times and Bookstart Rhymetimes are back!
Story times and Bookstart Rhymetimes are back at North Somerset libraries after the summer break.
- Flu protection for toddlers
Parents with young children are being urged to protect their toddlers against flu.
- Vote for your favourite park
Local people have until October 1 to vote for their favourite "Green Flag" green space.
- Time to apply for school places
Parents can apply from tomorrow (September 12) for a primary or secondary school place for children starting or changing school in September 2014.
- Drove Road to be resurfaced
Drove Road will be improved alongside the Weston Package works at Marchfields Way.
- Big Book Sale
Portishead Library will be holding a "Big Book Sale" on Saturday 21 September 2013 from 9.30am to 4pm and Sunday 22 September 2013 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
- Tropicana decision
Following Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, MP decision not to grant conservation area consent for the demolition of The Tropicana pool and buildings the following statement has been issued by North Somerset Council's Executive....
- Appeal for more foster carers
North Somerset Council is launching a campaign to recruit more foster carers.
- Free 'Save with Jamie' for every library in North Somerset
Copies of a new cookbook from Jamie Oliver are gracing the shelves of every library in North Somerset.
- Charity drop at the Campus
The Campus in Locking Castle will be supporting ‘The Big Drop’ in aid of Weston Hospicecare in September.
- Discounts for young people going by bus
There's still time for young people to take advantage of some great discounts when travelling by bus.
- Two months free travel offer on commuter coach service
Commuters travelling to north Bristol from North Somerset can now register for a new executive coach service, and enjoy free travel throughout November and December.
- Don't waste it and save money!
A new campaign designed to help residents reduce, reuse and recycle more of their waste is being launched in North Somerset during September.
- Portishead recycling centre closed
Because of a large fire at a building in Valley Road, Portishead there is no access to our recycling centre there.
- Parking on track at Worle Station
A brand new car park for commuters is opening in Worle next week.
- Funds for high street revamp
Businesses across North Somerset have another chance to secure funding in a bid to spruce up the area's high streets.
- Free summer holiday fun!
If you’re wondering how to amuse the kids this summer, then look no further than one of North Somerset Council's free family fun days in the parks.
- Stop smoking services prove their worth
The first decade of NHS stop smoking services in England has been declared a success after research shows they had an increasing impact in helping smokers stop.
- Best selling author at The Campus
International best-selling author Lesley Pearse will be appearing at The Campus on 16 September to talk about her writing.
- StreetGames hailed a success
North Somerset Council’s StreetGames brings fun, sport and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities.
- Traffic improvements on Marchfields Way
From Tuesday 27 August there will be a lane closure in place along part of Marchfields Way for four days while the contractors install a deep drain.
- New coach service set to make life easy for commuters
We are investing in a new commuter coach service provided by coach operator The Kings Ferry Ltd that will link Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead with major employment areas in North Bristol.
- North Somerset maintains strong GCSE track record
North Somerset is once again celebrating the success of its secondary schools. The GCSE results published today show that North Somerset has maintained its strong track record.
- Made in North Somerset
‘Made in North Somerset’ - a festival of local producers, artists and artisans will take place from 14 September to 6 October.
- Unique access all areas adventure for young musicians
Five talented young musicians have had the unprecedented opportunity of experiencing life with one of the country’s leading orchestras.
- New bus service links North Somerset villages
People living in North Somerset will soon benefit from a new bus service which will connect bus and rail routes and make commuting easier.
- Bus service 121 changes
Bakers Dolphin have informed North Somerset Council that as from Monday 4 November they intend to discontinue the contract they have to operate bus service 121 from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare via Wrington, Sandford and Banwell on Mondays to Saturdays.
- Telephone problems
We a currently experiencing temporary problems with telephone calls into our contact centre using the 01934 dialing code.
- Budding builders should head for the library
Budding builders can now practise for their Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) test at a number of North Somerset libraries, thanks to westonworks, the one stop skills and job shop.
- North Somerset celebrates A-level results
North Somerset is once again celebrating its A-level results across all its 11-19 schools and Weston College.
- Restoring Marine Lake, Clevedon
The restoration of the historic Marine Lake in Clevedon has moved a step forward with the preparation of a master plan to show the long term potential of the site.
- Improvements to the B3130 Clevedon Road, Tickenham
As part of its continuing investment in roads, North Somerset Council is spending £90,000 on improvements to the B3130 Clevedon Road, Tickenham.
- First Aid at Work courses
Two first aid courses organised by North Somerset Council are being held at The Campus in Weston-super-Mare.
- Have your say on solar farms
North Somerset Council is currently consulting on policy guidance for the development of solar farms or solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays in North Somerset.
- Sign up for fairer funding
Leaders of three of the main political groups on North Somerset Council are putting their collective weight behind a petition to central government appealing for fairer funding in rural areas.
- Tree damage in Grove Park
North Somerset Council is urging the public to report any incidents of dogs being allowed to damage trees.
- New inclusive sports clubs start in North Somerset
One year on from the Paralympic Games, North Somerset Council is supporting local sports clubs, coaches and volunteers to develop new opportunities for disabled players, with a number of activities starting this summer and autumn.
- Website maintenance
We will be carrying out some essential maintenance work this afternoon which means our website will be off-line for about an hour from 3pm.
- BBC's One Show is coming to Weston!
The One Show is coming to Weston-super-Mare for the first One Show Summer Festival!
- J21 improvements
There will be a series of lane and road closures around the M5 junction 21 in Weston next month as work moves forward to improve the flow of traffic and build new lanes.
- Investing in roads
North Somerset Council is using specialised computer surveying to prioritise repairs to prolong the life of its roads.
- Free summer holiday fun!
If you’re wondering how to amuse the kids this summer, then look no further than one of North Somerset Council's free family fun days in the parks. They're held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.
- Get back to work on an electric bike!
Westonworks has two electric bikes for loan to people who have been unemployed but have found work and need help with transport.
- Weston-super-Mare North Worle by-election
Here is the result of the Weston-super-Mare North Worle by-election for a seat on North Somerset Council.
- Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge
Children aged four to 11 and their parents or carers are invited to their local North Somerset library to take part in the spine-tingling adventure, the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge.
- Local bus event in Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset Council is teaming up with local bus operator Crosville Motor Services in a roadshow event on Weston-super-Mare seafront this Saturday (27 July).
- Free wi-fi in libraries
Free wi-fi will be available in every library across North Somerset from 1 August.
- New regulations for rogue landlords
Tough new licensing requirements are to be brought in to tackle all poor quality and badly managed houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in a part of Weston-super-Mare.
- Holiday fun at the Campus
The Campus in Locking Castle will have lots on offer this summer to keep children of all ages entertained during the school holidays. Whether you’re looking for something sporty or creative, they will have something for everyone to enjoy.
- Heatwave advice
With the high temperatures expected to contuinue for the next few days North Somerset Council is urging people to follow the advice being given by Public Health England.
- New chief exec for North Somerset
North Somerset Council has appointed a new chief executive to succeed Graham Turner, who retires in November following 12 years in the role. The appointment was made this evening at a meeting of the Full Council, following a rigorous recruitment process.
- Essential system maintenance
Due to essential maintenance this morning, some of our on-line services may be off-line.
- Council needs locals to apply for adoption
North Somerset Council is speeding up the adoption process and asking for local families to apply following the introduction of new guidelines from the Department for Education.
- Road improvements on the A370
North Somerset Council is to invest £160,000 later this month to improve the road surface on the A370 Long Ashton bypass.
- Sports Jam
An afternoon of free activities is on offer to local people on Sunday 28 July at Bournville Primary School, Weston-super-Mare from 12 noon - 4pm.
- Volleyball champs roll into town
The Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) comes to Weston on Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7.
- Health grant for community projects
Grants are now available for communtiy initiatives that encourage young people to lead healthier lives.
- Farmers sentenced for disease prevention failure
North Somerset Council's Trading Standards Service has successfully prosecuted two farmers for the wilful disregard of disease control laws.
- Investment in roads continues - surface dressing
North Somerset Council will begin a programme of road improvements across the district in July, with its surface dressing programme.
- Babies love their food - photo competition
North Somerset Council's children's centres are holding a photo competition, to help launch Breastfeeding Awareness Activity Week which runs from Thursday 1 August to Wednesday 7 August.
- M5 sliproad closure for junction 21 improvement works
The northbound exit slip road at junction 21 of the M5 motorway at Weston-super-Mare will be closed for three hours overnight on Tuesday 9 July.
- Portishead rail services update
Plans to re-open the Portishead rail line and re-introduce passenger train services are still being progressed.
- 121 bus discounts
Young people can take advantage of some discounts this summer when travelling by bus.
- Winscombe Library re-opens
Winscombe Library has been transformed and visitors will find a bright, airy space when the building reopens on 2 July at 10.30am.
- Guide to an active life
The latest guide to sports activities across North Somerset in now available.
- Community resilience volunteers required
North Somerset Council is looking to appoint a small number of dynamic and charismatic volunteers to help make communities safer and stronger as part of its Community Resilience North Somerset programme.
- Road repairs in Congresbury and Langford
North Somerset Council continues to invest in its road network with essential road repairs in Stock Lane, Langford and Brinsea Road, Congresbury starting from Monday 1 July
- Community covenant signed
Marching bands, military vehicles, air displays and live music all feature in this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 29.)
- Supporting an active life
Go4Life is calling upon residents to get inspired and get active with the Get Active Buddy Scheme.
- Follow the fruit route
Get on your saddle and find the fruity clues along the Strawberry Line on Sunday 23 June
- Alarm raised over cold callers
North Somerset Council's trading standards service is warning residents to be cautious when dealing with security system sellers who cold call.
- National Bookstart week
Children can come and discover the magic of fairy tales and the enjoyment of reading with the Bookstart programme in libraries across North Somerset as part of National Bookstart Week (24 - 30 June).
- Top skiers head for Weston
The national water ski racing championships come to Weston on Sunday (June 16).
- Sloppy slipper swapping
Age UK staff will be helping residents to ‘put their best foot forward’ at a sloppy slipper swapping on Tuesday (18 June).
- New bus service improves commuter links from Portishead to Bristol
Portishead commuters, shoppers, families and day trippers now enjoy better bus links with the new X2 and X3 service leaving the town centre for Bristol up to every 15 minutes.
- Toll Road works
Essential road safety work to cut back vegetation alongside the Toll Road between Weston-super-Mare and Kewstoke is set to start on Monday (10 June).
- Recycle your unwanted electrical items
During National Recycling Week (17 to 22 June) North Somerset Council will be urging residents to donate their old and unwanted electrical items so they can be recycled and re-processed in the correct way and not end up going to landfill.
- Reading Well - Books on Prescription
Reading Well Books on Prescription is an exciting new public library health and well-being service being launched in libraries across England.
- Hooptastic fitness!
Looking for a fun way to keep fit and make friends? Would you like to tone up without realising how hard you are working? If so the new HoopPixie Hula dance classes at The Campus in Locking Castle could be for you!