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Council sets 2019/20 budget

North Somerset Council approved its budget for 2019/20 at its meeting tonight (Tuesday 19 February). The budget includes £10.8m of savings, but also additional investment that “will make a difference”. Council Leader Cllr Nigel Ashton said in 10 years of government austerity measures since 2010 the council had been faced with having to make savings …
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International firm to create 100 jobs in West of England

International mechanical and electrical services specialist EnerMech will bring 100 jobs to the West of England over the next three years. The Aberdeen-based mechanical and electrical firm will target the nuclear, industrial processing, refining, petrochemical, aviation, defence, transport and infrastructure sectors to create the new roles as it diversifies from its energy industry roots. The …
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Busy road to get safer thanks to cash boost

Around £1m will be invested to improve safety along a busy Weston road. Design work will begin in April for a series of linked schemes to make the A371 between Locking and Banwell safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. North Somerset Council successfully bid for the money from the Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund …
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Car park improvements at Sand Bay

Two car parks in Sand Bay have re-opened following completion of the first phase of a much-anticipated improvement scheme. North Somerset Council has resurfaced and redesigned the layout at Sand Road (bus terminus) car park to improve bus and pedestrian access, creating a safer and more accessible link with the local transport infrastructure. Sturdy motorcycle …
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Opening of new play area in Portishead

A new play area at Paper Mill Gardens in Portishead will be officially opened on Monday 11 February after being handed over to North Somerset Council by the site’s developer Taylor Wimpey. The council has worked with Taylor Wimpey’s designer on the layout and content of the play area to meet the needs of local …
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Weston seafront industry event

Weston-super-Mare’s seafront will host a one-day private industry event next week. The event on Wednesday 13 February will test safety equipment. The organisers needed a length of road to carry out vehicle and equipment demonstrations and the seafront fitted their brief. Marine Parade and the stretch of beach between Royal Sands and Carlton Street will …
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Dog owner ordered to pay over £4,000

A former Weston-super-Mare resident has been ordered to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for failing to clear up after his dog. Carl Davies, formerly of Royal Sands but who now lives in London, had pleaded not guilty to three offences of failing to pick up after his dog on 5, 6 and 8 …
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Step Up to Social Work and make a difference

Graduates in North Somerset looking to make the move into children’s social work will soon be able to join the latest intake on a successful training initiative supported by North Somerset Council. The Step Up to Social Work programme is a government funded initiative which enables people to qualify as social workers on a fast-track …
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North Somerset primary school celebrates expansion

A primary school celebrated its expansion and rededication by the Church of England last Friday (25 January), following £2m of works which were overseen and funded by North Somerset Council. Flax Bourton Church of England Primary School is classed by Ofsted as Outstanding and has been expanded to meet local demand. Building work was completed …
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Weston’s purple reign continues

Weston-super-Mare’s purple reign continues! For the fourth year in a row the town has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag in recognition of its safe and diverse evening and night-time economy. It follows a joint submission by North Somerset Council and the Weston Business Improvement District (BID) to the Association of Town and City Management …
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