Questions Grow Over Weston Hospital Outbreak

Liberal Democrat Councillors and Parliamentarians are demanding urgent action following serious concerns raised about Weston General Hospital’s infection control, guidance on PPE. and treatment of BAME staff, by a Whistle-blower on June 1st.

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Here's 3 Things That Will Improve Cycling in North Somerset

Liberal Democrats in North Somerset have welcomed the raft of cycling investment and initiatives that have been committed in the authority announced during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Temporary cycle routes, alongside investment packages in more long term Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plans, and a free Bike Loan for up to three months will all go a long way to encouraging the healthy and thriving future of Active Travel in the district.

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What you need to know about the Reopening of Recycling Centres in North Somerset

North Somerset Council are finalising plans to re-open our recycling centres and want to provide you with an update on dates and the new measures they will be introducing at the sites. This is to ensure social distancing is managed and to keep communities and crews safe. The key information and advice is provided below. Please share this with your communities so we can reach as many people as possible.

Opening of sites

The opening of the sites is planned as follows:

  • Weston-Super-Mare recycling centre (Aisecome Way) will open on Monday 18th May. The centre will open on extended hours for the first five days Monday (18th) – Friday (22nd) from 6.30am to 7.30pm. From 23 May and thereafter revert to the usual summer opening times of 8am to 6pm.
  • Portishead recycling centre is planned to re-open on Wednesday 27 May (Will be open 6 days, Closed Tuesdays)
  • Backwell recycling centre is planned to open on Friday 27 May. (5 days per week, closed Wed and Thursdays)

Use of sites

In line with Government guidelines, visits to the recycling centres can only be made if the waste cannot be disposed of via kerbside collections, or safely stored at home. Examples of items that would need to be taken to the recycling centre include:

  • a build-up of excess non-recyclable waste, where storing sacks is leading to public or environmental health issues, such as bags being opened by animals, smell, rodents
  • a broken fridge where the only place to store it would block a fire escape route would be essential.However, a broken fridge that can be safely stored at your home would be considered non-essential.

Social Distancing and safety

To ensure social distancing measures are managed, the following measures are being introduced:

  • Vehicles allowed into the site will be restricted to a limited number
  • Only one person will be allowed outside each vehicle at one time. Exceptions will be made for people with mobility issues where two people can unload the same vehicle.
  • Staff at the site won’t be able to help unload. People should only bring what they can comfortably lift on their own.
  • Only one person at each skip at any one time, with 2m social distancing in place.
  • Bring protective gloves to avoid injury and to protect yourself from infection. Staff will be required to wear gloves as their PPE (not masks at this time).

  • Residents should not visit the site if they are:
    • symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • in a 14-day household isolation.
    • extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes


The above measures are likely to result in queues and to help reduce these we are:

  • Not allowing trailers to use the sites
  • Introducing an ‘odds and even’s’ system – Different days will be allocated to restrict the number of vehicles trying to use the site. This will be based on the last number on the vehicles number plate and whether it is odd or even:

Odd: AB59 REY (1,3,5,7,9) Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Even: CD62 WST (0,2,4,6,8) Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Both Odds and Evens to enter on Tuesday.

  • Asking residents to check their route using a traffic app, such as google maps, before they leave home. 
  • Introducing a fair use policy and asking residents to be considerate and limit their use to once a month to give more people the opportunity to go.
  • Asking residents to familiarise themselves with the layout of the sites and to pack their vehicles accordingly

A full list of items we accept can be found on the NSC website:        

Check the website, or our social media pages for more information and updates. (  Social media:  & twitter: ns_recycling )

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Bell Calls On Boris To Block Beach Visitors: Don't Visit Weston During Lockdown

Cllr Mike Bell, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in North Somerset Council, has led calls to the Government and Parliamentarians to limit outdoor travel limits for outdoor exercise under the eased lockdown rules announced this week.We don't want visitors to come to North Somerset,” said Bell, the Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council, who commented on the need “to keep our open spaces for local residents only for the time being to keep our area safe.”

Under government rules, people can travel unlimited distances for outdoor exercise, sunbathing, picnics and sport as long as they stay in their household group and practice social distancing. This means that many people may choose to hit the beaches and open spaces of North Somerset.

Cllr Bell, who is the Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care added: “we'd like the government to clarify the rules and limit distances that people can travel and give police the power to enforce this. We all want to ease the lockdown and get our lives and economy back to normal, but it has to be done in a phased way and not risk a dash to the seaside or tourist areas.”

Cllr Bell’s comments followed the well-publicised Don’t Visit Weston Campaign launched by Tourism bosses in North Somerset Council. A Council Spokesperson stated: “We’re asking would be visitors to please stay away. Don’t visit North Somerset. Not yet. Not at the moment. We don’t wish you were here and we’re not open for visitors. Our priority and our main concern is protecting the health and wellbeing of our local communities.”

Mayor of Weston, Mark Canniford, amplified these messages, commenting: “We will be open again soon and look forward to seeing our visitors then but for now, stay away and stay safe”

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Council back new approach to Local Plan

North Somerset Council needs to produce a new Local Plan as the existing document expires in 2023. Attempts by the previous administration on the council to agree a Joint Spatial Plan with other West of England authorities collapsed last year due to problems with the details that were highlighted by planning inspectors.

Local Plans are about the big strategic decisions on planning for the future of communities over a 15-year landscape. They also spell out how housing development is to be achieved and where and help prevent a ‘free-for-all’ by housing developers that would occur if there was no Local Plan.

The government has imposed a target on North Somerset of building an extra 15,500 houses in the period 2023-38 over and above the current commitments of 5,035 houses - so an extra 20,535 houses in total.

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