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2:44pm - 7 August 2020

Two more leisure centres in North Somerset are set to welcome back customers next week.

11:23am - 5 August 2020

Weston-super-Mare town centre is to be granted £1.7m for Weston General Stores – a project focusing on repurposing vacant retail space in the town centre to deliver workspace opportunities to entrepreneurs, new shared trading space for retailers, business support and skills, learning and employability opportunities. 

The funding is part of the national £900m Getting Building Fund (GBF) which has been made available to councils across the country for investment in local, shovel-ready infrastructure projects.

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed working patterns for many people. This project will support local working, and better connect those people to the town centre experience, support new trading opportunities and generate an increase in footfall across the day and throughout the week.

“This is a fantastic opportunity take forward our placemaking in Weston and offer local people opportunities to reconnect with their town centre."

Vacant town centre space will be repurposed to offer:

  • workspace for Weston-based employers and people working away from the office
  • meeting rooms and collaborative spaces for workshops
  • events space for teaching, learning, rehearsal and performances
  • trading space for collective retail models, such as the Weston Collective who will continue to have an important role to play in the town centre or collection of online purchases
  • space for good quality food and drink
  • shared and open space for back office functions such as printing and reference libraries
  • bookable community space
  • a cycle hub
  • space for makers and micro-manufacturers
  • a health centre – the council will continue to work closely with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group on town centre health centre opportunities

The West of England Combined Authority has been allocated £13.7m from the GBF for a wide-ranging package of projects that will deliver a vital boost to the local economy. Weston has received an allocated grant from this funding for Weston General Stores.

4:30pm - 31 July 2020

Like many other councils across the country, North Somerset took the decision two years ago to make large-value commercial investments as a means of generating much-needed income to support council services. 

8:53am - 30 July 2020

A plan on how North Somerset Council is working to minimise the harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic and promote recovery from it was discussed at yesterday's meeting of the council's Executive.

1:18pm - 29 July 2020

Libraries in North Somerset are getting ready to welcome back customers.

healthy food on a wooden background

3:50pm - 27 July 2020

As the UK government today launches its national Better Health campaign, North Somerset Council’s Health Trainers are ready to help people living with obesity in North Somerset.

3:36pm - 24 July 2020

The phased re-opening of council-run leisure centres in North Somerset will start this weekend.

3:32pm - 24 July 2020

The limit of one visit a month to North Somerset's recycling centres is being relaxed from Monday (27 July).

11:01am - 24 July 2020

A new 65-place specialist school for North Somerset got the go-ahead from the government this week.

10:59am - 24 July 2020

Volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to support the return of health walks across North Somerset.

12:33pm - 22 July 2020

A temporary mobile testing unit will be set up in Clevedon from Monday 27 July, enabling residents concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus to be tested locally and quickly.

10:22am - 22 July 2020

Local people, community groups and businesses are being urged to help shape North Somerset’s future by getting involved in the development of North Somerset Council’s new Local Plan for the area.

9:18am - 22 July 2020

High street locations across North Somerset have been transformed into ‘continental-style’ dining as a new outdoor seating scheme gets ready to open.

4:13pm - 21 July 2020

North Somerset Council is facing a medium term budget deficit of £15m as a result of the financial impacts of Covid-19.

4:56pm - 20 July 2020

Work has started today (Monday 20 July) on a major £1.4m scheme which will protect a North Somerset area from future flooding.