£700k for North Somerset's Great Lakes

£700k Great Lakes investment for North Somerset

The Portishead Lake grounds have suffered from years of underinvestment.

Local Lib Dem councillor Sue Mason recently presented a petition to North Somerset Council, calling for them to dredge the lake at the Portishead Lake Grounds to tackle the mud build-up and protect local wildlife.

There is some new hope for the future of The Portishead Lake Grounds, in the form of a new £700k Great Lakes investment package which will support the transformations of the Portishead Lake Grounds, and the Clevedon and Weston Marine Lakes. 

As part of the recent Council budget, with leadership from Lib Dem Councillors, North Somerset Council have set aside £700 thousand pounds to support improvement projects at three of North Somerset’s much-loved lakes. 

North Somerset Council will work in partnership with Portishead Town Council to draw up a long-term plan and investment strategy for the rejuvenation of The Portishead Lake Grounds, including work on some of the buildings like the boathouse, café, toilets to help transform the area and create a better space for the local community.

Clevedon Marine Lake is incredibly popular, so extra facilities and investment are needed to cope with the number of visitors. North Somerset Council will be working with the local community to create a new vision for the site and invest this portion of the fund.

North Somerset Council will also dredge the Weston marine lake and investigate what other work is needed, which could include upgrading the sluice gates. 

North Somerset Lib Dem councillor Sue Mason said "Investment in our lakes was long overdue - and now, with a new council, our community spaces are getting the investment they deserve."

Connecting Communities in North Somerset

Transport shouldn’t just be about the car. We want to make our roads safer spaces where active travel is encouraged, and empower residents to feel they have some control over how they can travel around their local community. 

So, in the recent North Somerset Council budget we set out a vision for the future of our area - a future that is better connected, cleaner, greener and safer than ever before with new transport projects that will stand the test of time and help safeguard the future of our planet.

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Paul Welton Announced as Lib Dem Candidate for Portishead East By-Election

The North Somerset Liberal Democrats have announced Paul Welton as their candidate for the Portishead East By-Election. Mr Paul Welton works in the supported living housing sector, and he is a keen local historian, administering the popular ‘Portishead Past’ online community. 

Mr Welton said: “After years of irresponsible Conservative management of the council, North Somerset Lib Dems are now investing in improving Portishead and our vital local services. We live in a beautiful area and it is important that we protect our natural environment and improve our built one. We want better infrastructure in the town to improve access to jobs and services, and to tackle congestion and pollution.”
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Lib Dems standing up for carers in North Somerset

Lib Dems stand up for carers in North Somerset

More than 22,000 people in North Somerset are full-time unpaid carers for their loved ones.

In the recent North Somerset Budget, Lib Dem councillors in North Somerset have stood up for local carers with a £160,000 boost for the children and adult services budget to pay for much-needed breaks for carers of adults and children. 

An extra £80,000 is being allocated to support the MockingBird Project, launched last year to create support networks for foster carers and their families, to give these carers access to better respite care. We are also allocating a further £80,000 to provide respite support to carers of adults

The Liberal Democrat team in North Somerset are committed to ensuring that carers are supported in their caring responsibilities, have time out from caring and are able to focus on their own needs. This is needed now more than ever, as the pandemic has made this vital role tougher than ever, and made it harder for carers to rely on their usual support networks.

Research from Carers UK found that 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic. 74% said they feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and 44% said they are reaching breaking point.

Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, recently launched the party’s ‘Give Carers A Break’ campaign, calling on the Government to provide councils with immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break.

Launching the campaign, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

“Our wonderful carers deserve more support, but they are too often forgotten and ignored by people in power.

“The Chancellor mustn’t ignore carers any longer. He must provide local councils with emergency funding now, to finally give carers a break.

“Liberal Democrats are working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”

Lib Dem Executive Member for Finance on North Somerset, Ash Cartman said: 

The leadership of Ed Davey on this issue, which is clearly of great personal importance to him, has really highlighted the plight of carers across the country. 

“Here in North Somerset, we wanted to do something to improve the lives of carers in our area, and this is an important first step, but we could do even with more support from Government.”

The Liberal Democrats in Parliament are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding for all local councils to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic.

Will you help us put pressure on the Government to provide this vital funding by signing our petition? https://change.libdems.org.uk/helpcarers

Reporting Back, North Somerset Liberal Democrat Council Group

February 2021 Edition

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This is the first of what will hopefully become a monthly newsletter for Liberal Democrat members and supporters across North Somerset from your Liberal Democrat Group of councillors.

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