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New traffic signals get the green light

Traffic lights are set to be upgraded at a busy junction in Barrow Gurney. The work, scheduled to start on Monday 11 March will see the traffic lights and controller replaced at the junction of the A38 Bridgwater Road and Barrow Street. “This scheme forms part of our 15-year replacement programme and will see the …
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North Somerset School of the Year

St Anne’s Church Academy primary school in Weston-super-Mare has been named School of the Year at a recent regional school travel awards ceremony. The event celebrated those schools which have gained accreditation from Modeshift STARS, the national school travel award scheme which recognises excellence in promoting sustainable travel. Thanks to funding from the Department for …
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Major step forward for Portishead Rail

The MetroWest project, to re-open the Portishead to Bristol train line, has taken another important step forward. At last night’s Full Council meeting, North Somerset Council agreed to allocate up to £15m of regional funding from the Economic Development Fund to help reduce the funding gap for the project, subject to approval by the West …
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North Somerset shops to receive a cut in business rates

Small businesses in North Somerset are to receive a discount of one third off their business rates thanks to a new Government scheme to be introduced by North Somerset Council. Following the Government’s annual budget announcement in November 2018, central Government has set out a £1.5bn boost for the UK high street through business rates …
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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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