North Somerset Council

Election results for 2019

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Airport parking warning for villagers

Cars parked in Felton
BBC

Locals who vandalise cars left by Bristol Airport users are risking a criminal conviction, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

Some residents in villages near the airport say roads and lanes where they live are chaotic, because of cars left parked up for days at a time.

Officers say they've seen tyres slashed and let down, and windows smashed on vehicles left in Felton.

The police say they deal with cars which are dangerously parked, while North Somerset Council can deal with illegal parking, but vehicles left completely legally cannot be moved on.

How your area fares when it comes to tree planting

Trees
BBC

Around 15 million trees have been planted in England with government funding between 2010 and 2018 - but rates vary widely and many urban areas did not have any.

More than a quarter were planted in just five areas - Northumberland, Stratford-upon-Avon, Eden, Carlisle and County Durham.

The rate varies across our region. Wiltshire has the most with 241,000 trees planted over eight years, while Bristol had no trees planted at all. Elsewhere...

  • South Somerset - 58,500 trees planted over eight years
  • Stroud - 147,500
  • Mendip - 38,700
  • BANES - 31,200
  • West Somerset - 61,400
  • Taunton Deane - 22,700
  • Forest of Dean - 26,600
  • Tewkesbury - 14,200
  • Swindon - 36,500
  • North Somerset - 4,600
  • Cotswolds - 173,400
  • Cheltenham - 2,600
  • Gloucester - 2,500
  • South Gloucestershire - 4,900
  • Sedgemoor - 7,800

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data and BBC analysis.

Council's magazine cost taxpayers thousands

image North Somerset Life front cover
North Somerset Council

A magazine put out by North Somerset council has cost taxpayers thousands over the last 6 years.

North Somerset Life has cost over £800,000 for North Somerset Council's residents and will half its rate of publishing as a result.

A freedom of information request also revealed the publication cost the council £1.06 million between 1 April 2014 and the year to date.

Changes to the frequency of the magazine will start this year.

Image of Mike Bell
Bristol Live

Mike Bell, North Somerset deputy council leader, said: "We are reducing the frequency of the magazine in line with our previous budget saving proposals."

"Some of it will be reinvested in digital communication so that we can continue to communicate regularly with the people who matter most, our residents.” he added.

Mr Bell said the council are complying with central government legislation.

Following the 2015 elections, then leader Cllr Nigel Ashton said: “We are going to continue North Somerset Life for as long as it is needed".

North Somerset Life was introduced in 2014 under the previous Conservative administration.

New beach cleaning stations at Clevedon pier

image of Clevedon Pier
BBC

Beach cleaning stations have been installed near Clevedon Pier.

The new stations are part of a new UK campaign called beach-watch supported by North Somerset council.

The Clevedon pier and heritage trust are hoping the stations will encourage people to pick up litter and get rid of plastic in the town.

The cleaning stations will be available to the public on the seafront when the pier is open.

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Clevedon beach will also get a thorough clean in July as part of the Beach-watch campaign

Abbie Edbrooke, Beach-watch organiser, says taking part in the project will also help clear the beaches, protect the wildlife and help them identify where the litter comes from and "stop it at the source".

Miss Edbrooke added: "The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife."

Clevedon Pier are encouraging people to clean up the seafront and post about it on social media using the campaigns hashtag #2minutebeachclean.

Council says number of blue badges could rise

Blue badge
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North Somerset Council says the changes to the blue badge scheme could cost them £40,000 to put in place.

The council will discuss the expansion later. They're looking into the cost of assessments and administration once the number of people able to apply increases at the end of August.

The council believes it could see the number of badges rise to over 13,000.

Clevedon man 'grabbed and sworn at' by bin men
Lorin Robinson says he was grabbed by one of the men after he filmed the dustbin lorry.