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£1.4m Rural Business Grants for the West of England

The Rural Growth Programme for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is now open for applications. The rural business grants will provide funds for business projects in tourism, food and drink and the land-based and farming sectors. An initial open-ended round will run until January 2018 and businesses are encouraged to apply, obtain …
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Getting ready for resurfacing

A busy Weston road will close overnight later this month as part of North Somerset Council’s continuing commitment to improving and maintaining the area’s roads. Works on the B3440 Bristol Road in Weston-super-Mare will start on Monday 20 February and are expected to last for five nights. A road closure will be in place between …
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Executive to consider budget

Next week North Somerset Council’s Executive will meet to debate and agree a proposed council budget for 2017-18. The report for their consideration recommends a 1.75% increase in council tax and acceptance of the government’s 3% adult social care levy. At its meeting on Tuesday (7 February) the Executive will also consider an updated version …
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Have your say on new orders

Residents are being asked for their views on proposed new orders aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in North Somerset. North Somerset Council is proposing to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) designed to prevent individuals or groups of individuals committing anti-social behaviour in public places. The PSPOs will replace existing dog control orders, designated public …
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Lord-Lieutenant visits Weston

The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, visited Weston-super-Mare yesterday (Monday) to find out all about the regeneration work going on in the town centre. The visit was hosted by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, who took Mrs Maw on a guided tour around the town centre where they met the people involved …
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A decade of walking for health in North Somerset

The North Somerset Walking for Health initiative celebrated its tenth anniversary this month. The scheme, run by North Somerset Council, has provided short, sociable, walks to over 5,000 people and trained more than 250 local volunteers during that time to lead its weekly programme. The nine local groups have found huge popularity through being incredibly …
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Touring digital exhibition to help you Know Your Place

Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how an area has changed? KYPexplore is a cutting-edge digital exhibition which is touring across the West of England giving an insight into the history of the places where we live, work …
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Night-time economy boost for Weston

Weston-super-Mare has received another boost to its commitment to provide a vibrant and welcoming night-time economy. Following a successful application by North Somerset Council, Weston is one of the 33 areas chosen by the Home Office for the second phase of the Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA) programme. This follows the recent announcement that the …
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Flying the flag for Weston

Weston-super-Mare is celebrating retaining its Purple Flag status for 2017. The town was awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for the first time last year in recognition of its safe and diverse evening and night-time economy. It followed a joint submission led by North Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police and the Weston Business Improvement District …
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Partnership to tackle professional begging

  This week sees the launch of a two-week trial to clamp down on the growing problem of ‘professional begging’ in Weston-super-Mare’s town centre. North Somerset Council and Weston’s Business Improvement District (BID) are joining forces in an effort to reduce the numbers of people participating in this misleading activity. Steve Townsend, Town Centre and …
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