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New licensing scheme to improve private rented housing

A proposed new licensing scheme aims to improve conditions in privately rented housing across a part of Weston-super-Mare. If the scheme is approved by North Somerset Council, landlords will need to obtain a licence setting out conditions regarding the management and condition of their properties. There would be an initial one-off fee of £320 for …
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Weston College awarded University Centre status

Weston College has been granted University Centre status, bringing Weston-super-Mare one step closer to becoming a university town. Guests at the college’s annual Business Breakfast were told by Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips OBE that it is to be designated a University Centre of the University of the West of England Bristol. Weston …
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Ensuring services are ‘fit for the future’

A report outlining a major review aimed at improving North Somerset Council’s community-based buildings and services will be considered by councillors next week. The proposed Community Access Review will look at all the buildings and front-facing services run by the council in the community to make sure they are fit for purpose, meet the current …
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Broadoak Hill reopens early

Broadoak Hill in Dundry has reopened today (Thursday) after works to repair the road were completed ahead of schedule. The extensive works, which had been expected to take eight weeks to complete, began in early October and involved excavating the road so that a new retaining wall could be installed, as well as building a …
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Work starts on third phase of Dolphin Square

Building contractors will start moving on to Dolphin Square in mid-November to start the construction of the £18m third phase of the regeneration project. Once the initial site preparation has been completed, piling will start in January 2016 with the steelwork to follow and doors expected to open in the summer of 2017. “This has …
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Building on the Dismaland legacy

Councillors will meet next week to decide whether to give the go-ahead to an additional programme of building improvements at the former Tropicana building in Weston-super-Mare. The report to be considered by North Somerset Council on Tuesday (10 November) says the proposed works “would enable the former outdoor multi-use pool area and enclosed bowling alley …
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Marine Lake re-opens to the public

Clevedon’s Marine Lake will re-open to the public on Friday (23 October) following a six-month restoration project. The £850,000 project has included: reinforcing and raising the existing sea wall – a fibre-reinforced concrete inner wall has been installed against the existing sea wall installing a new larger sluice to allow the lake to be managed …
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Step forward for Weston town centre regeneration

Another big step towards the regeneration of Weston-super-Mare is set to be taken by North Somerset Council next week as part of its bold vision for a vibrant and prosperous town centre. At its meeting on Tuesday (20 October) the Executive will consider the next steps in redeveloping Weston police station and the adjoining former …
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Bright future for Winter Gardens

A multi-million pound plan to create a brighter future for Weston-super-Mare’s Winter Gardens has been approved by North Somerset Council. Weston College will create a new Law and Professional Services Academy at the seafront site, while restoring the iconic ballroom to its former glory. It is hoped this project will be the catalyst for bringing …
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Government praises childcare funding levels

​Over 80 per cent of eligible two-year-olds are benefitting from free childcare in North Somerset making the council the best performing authority in the South West for encouraging take-up. Around 540 two-year-olds are now accessing free early learning sessions in a nursery, pre-school or childminding setting. North Somerset Council’s performance is well above the national …
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