End Our Cladding Scandal in North Somerset

Cllr Huw James is the Chair of the North Somerset Housing Issues Group and sits on North Somerset Council's Adult services and housing policy and scrutiny panel. Find out more about Cladding and North Somerset on February 18, 2021 at 7pm - 8:30pm

Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 there have been strengthened calls for greater protections for leaseholders and tenants who are currently living in blocks with Grenfell style cladding or blocks that were previously certified as compliant and safe but which now fail new standards after Grenfell. As Chair of North Somerset's Housing Issues Group, I am working with the council to ensure that North Somerset is proactive in assisting leaseholders and tenants affected locally.

In North Somerset, the majority of affected residents are currently based in Portishead, around the Portishead Marina Development - however, there may be more affected developments that the Council are just not aware of until the government guidelines change to affect smaller developments.

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Portishead Rainbow Crossing Petition hits 500 signatures 🏳️‍🌈: Will you add your voice?

In just one week more than 500 people have signed a petition to introduce a Rainbow Crossing to Portishead High Street.

Rainbow Crossings have been popping up across the UK since 2015 in London, Leeds, York, as a way of using the public realm to promote inclusivity and celebrating an area’s LGBTQ communities. Regionally, proposals are already in place to introduce rainbow crossings in Swindon, Evercreech, and Gloucester.

The petition, started by Cllr Huw James, a gay councillor representing Portishead South, was launched on February 1st to coincide with LGBT History Month. 

A Facebook Group has been set up for LGBTQ residents and allies in Portishead and surrounding areas to act as "a safe space for anyone who identifies as LGBT+ in Portishead and surrounding towns to discuss challenges and other issues." as a result of the petition's success.

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Portishead Becomes Real Living Wage Employer

North Somerset Lib Dems welcome the decision by Portishead Town Council to become a Real Living Wage Employer, made in their Full Council Meeting on January 20th 2021. The decision, which was seconded by Cllr Sue Mason and supported by Lib Dem Cllr Steve Temple, proposed the town council becomes a Living Wage employer from 1 April 2021 and from that date will pay the higher rate for the relevant staff grade, the Real Living Wage. 

The Living Wage Foundation has set a voluntary higher “Real Living Wage” at £9.50 outside of London. You can become a “Living Wage Employer” by adopting this. This proposal follows the decision of Weston-super-Mare to become a Real Living Wage employer in August 2020.

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New Phone Hotline To Assist Businesses With Covid-19 Grants

Do you run a North Somerset business that has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or know someone who does?
North Somerset Council is encouraging businesses that have been negatively affected in any way by the Covid-19 pandemic to get in touch via its new dedicated phone line (01934 888 114) or email address ([email protected]). The council will then work with those businesses to identify which grants they can claim for and help them to apply for those grants.
There are lots of different grants available and it is getting very difficult to work out what you are entitled to and what you are not. To tackle this, The North Somerset Lib Dems have worked with the Council to put some extra resources into our business grants team can help businesses to navigate the grants and identify which ones you’re eligible for.
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Clean the Portishead Lake Grounds

Sign our petition calling on North Somerset Council (NSC) to dredge the lake at the Lake Grounds to make it safer and cleaner for us all. 

Many of us are alarmed to see the amount of mud in the lake during Portishead’s hot summers, shown in the picture below. The ducks and swans in the lake seemed even more concerned at their disappearing habitat.

Despite ongoing requests from Lib Dem Cllr Sue Mason that the lake be cleaned, NSC do not want to spend the money and so are saying that all we can do is wait for enough rain to fill the lake.

We see it as unacceptable that there is often more mud than water in the lake and demand that it is dredged, for the benefit of the people and the wildlife of Portishead. If you agree then make sure to sign our petition.

The previous Conservative Administration wouldn't do it while they were in charge, hopefully, this new administration will.

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