Last chance to have your say

This is the last chance for residents to have their say on the future of library and children’s centre services in a number of local communities across North Somerset.

A 12-week public engagement and consultation period on North Somerset Council’s Community Access Review comes to an end on Friday 30 September. Well over 200 responses have been received so far.

The Community Access Review is a major review of the buildings and services run by the council in the community with particular focus on its 14 children’s centres and 12 libraries.

The aim of the review is to make sure these buildings and services are fit for purpose and in the right place, are cost-effective and equipped to deal with the demands of new technology and are able to meet the current and future needs of residents.

The review is being implemented in phases with seven localities in the first phase – Yatton, Congresbury, Winscombe, Worle, Long Ashton, Pill and Weston South (Bournville and Oldmixon).

A number of options have been identified for each locality and residents are being asked what they think of the proposals, what impact different options would have on their use of the services, when they would like to access the services and whether they have any other ideas.

Public engagement sessions have been held in each locality with the final three sessions to consult on the proposals for Weston South due to take place on Tuesday 27 September. In addition to the 2pm and 7pm sessions at the For All Healthy Living Centre in Lonsdale Avenue, there will also be a session at the Oldmixon Family Centre in Monkton Avenue starting at 2pm.

If you are interested in going please email to say which session you are planning to attend.

If you have been unable to go to any of the engagement sessions you can still have your say by:

  • completing an online survey at where there is more information about the review and the options for each locality
  • emailing
  • writing to Community Access Review, Post Point 16, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
  • visiting your local library or children’s centre.

A report on all the feedback from the consultation will go to the council’s Executive in December for a final decision on how to proceed, with any changes implemented from April to July 2017.

The second phase of the review will focus on three other more “complex” localities – Nailsea, Clevedon and Weston Central – where more time is required to develop the options. Consultation will take place next year on the proposals for these areas with changes implemented by April 2018.