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FREE EVERY MONTH for people and businesses in Portishead March 2019 Issue 6


First teamwork saves pensioner's life Precept debate divides council

Council tax across North Somerset will increase by 2.75% over the coming year, while households in Portishead will see a 7.8% reduction in their precept payment. The average Band D property in Portishead will now be paying a reduced precept of £26 for 2019/20 - £2.20 less than last year - on top of the increased North Somerset council tax of £1,378.50. The council tax increase of £36.89 a year was agreed as part of the budget set by North


Left to right: Post Office staff Shantell Sutcliffe, Terri Webber, Charlotte Potter and manager Carol Worgan with PCSOs Chea Scandrett and Kylie Inker The life of an elderly resident has been saved following the commendable actions of McColl’s Post Office staff and two local police community support officers (PCSOs).

Alarm bells were raised by workers at the Portishead High Street branch when the 89-yearold, who cannot be named, failed to collect his pension on Monday, January 21.

PCSOs Chea Scandrett and Kylie Inker responded immediately when Post Office staff conveyed their worries


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Precept kept 'artificially low' for another year

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Somerset Council, which aims to make savings of £10.8m throughout 2019/20. The 2.75% rise will go towards supporting frontline council services. In total, Band D households in Portishead will be paying an extra £34.69 a year. On a local level, the decision to reduce the precept – a local rate which covers the town council’s operating costs – was hotly debated at January’s Portishead Town Council meeting. The original proposal – agreed on by Portishead Town Council’s staffing and finance committee – was to increase the precept by 24% to £34.96 for Band D properties, which would equate to an extra 13p a week per individual household. However, a second motion was proposed to transfer £70,635 from the town council reserves into the precept pot, resulting in an annual precept reduction of £2.20 per household. The latter proposal was voted through at the town council meeting on January 23, despite concerns raised by some councillors that it would be “robbing” the town council of money that could be spent on local projects and would leave the next town council, which will be elected in May, “hamstrung” with insufficient funds for the year.

Those in support of the precept reduction cited that tax increases would disadvantage residents who are “not well off”. Cllr Peter Burden, who voted in favour of the precept reduction, said at the town council meeting: “There are pockets of people in the town who are not well off and any increase in tax will not be good.” Cllr Don Cameron also supported reducing the bill. He said that he was “completely horrified” at the proposal to increase the precept and added: “This is an example of a number of very intelligent people reaching a completely stupid answer.” Vice chair Cllr Lesley Cottrell expressed her disappointment in her fellow councillors for wanting to keep the precept “artificially low”. Cllr Cottrell argued that the precept has not “kept pace” with inflation since 2009 – when the precept was supposedly £35.16 per household – and said this has caused the town to lose out on over £120k. Chair of the staffing and finance committee, Cllr Jean Lord, who supported the precept increase, told the Portisheadvoice: “I am very upset and disappointed that Portishead Town Council could not be more forward thinking and caring enough for what the town needed.”

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Police and shop staff save life of elderly customer after he fails to collect pension

Continued from front page about the gentleman, who they had not seen in over a week. When the pensioner failed to answer his front door, the PCSOs had no choice but to force entry. They discovered the man barely conscious, dehydrated and freezing cold. PCSO Scandrett says that he was informed by ambulance staff that if the man was found more than 12 hours later, he would not be alive. Portisheadvoice understands that he is now in a stable condition at Southmead Hospital and recovering well. PCSOs Scandrett and Inker have worked on the beat in Portishead for 13 and 14 years respectively. Speaking to the Portisheadvoice, PCSO Scandrett said: “In our role as PCSOs, we get to know our community well and know lots of people. “We had been out on patrol and popped into the Post Office for our usual chat with the staff and they said that they’d not seen one of their customers in over a week and were worried. “We visited the property

straight away to see if he was ok and when we knocked on the door, there was no reply, so we shouted through the letterbox and could hear a faint noise inside. “We had no choice but to force entry. We found the gentleman behind his bedroom door, extremely dehydrated and freezing cold, despite the heating being on full blast. “We called the ambulance and when they arrived, they said that if it had been another 12 to 24 hours, he wouldn't be alive.” PCSO Scandrett added: “If we hadn’t all responded to the situation the way we did, the gentleman may not be with us anymore. “It’s really important that we look out for our neighbours and that the local community knows to speak to the PCSOs if they have any worries.” McColl’s Post Officer worker Charlotte Potter regularly serves the gentleman and has ‘taken him under her wing’ since starting at the branch two years ago. She raised her concerns about the McColl’s customer

when the PCSOs visited the shop on Wednesday, January 23. Ms Potter said: “He’d recently had a fall and was quite jittery the last time we’d seen him, so I felt extremely relieved when we found out he was ok. “It’s nice to know what we did – I’d have really missed him if anything happened.” McColl’s Post Office McColl's, Portishead manager, Carol Worgan, was High Street also on shift when the PCSOs visited the shop. we’d alerted them.” Speaking to the Tony Jones, Post Office area Portisheadvoice, Ms Worgan, manager for McColl’s said: “I’m said: “The customer hadn’t been very proud of all the staff. It in to collect his pension, which just goes to show how McColl’s he does every Monday. Post Office is very much at the “It got to Wednesday and heart of the community and how we’d still not seen him, and we much the staff care about their were getting worried, so we customers. Any other place, he thought we’d call the police. may have not been noticed or “Then by total coincidence missed.” 1 13/06/2018 12:58 Page 1 the Project2_Layout PCSOs came in to the shop. They said it was very lucky that

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'He was my rock' - loved ones pay tribute to local man Sean Tributes have been paid by loved ones of Portishead man Sean Owens who was tragically killed in a road accident on Valentine’s Day. Police are currently investigating the crash, which involved two lorries and Sean’s van on the A4174 at Bromley Heath. The 53-year-old, who had lived in Portishead for 10 years, worked as a reinstatement manager for Kier as part of Bristol Water. Partner, Dawn Smith, who co-owns The Phoenix bar in Portishead, described Sean as her “rock”. She told the Portisheadvoice: “We met as soon as Sean moved here, and we’ve been together ever since. “Sean was a big part of the pub – he was always pulling pints and helping out. He was my rock and supported me through everything. “I feel like what has happened isn’t real … it hasn’t sunk in yet. You never think something like this will ever happen to you.” Sean was father to Alvin

Sean after completing the Bristol Half Marathon in 2011 for charity CLIC Sargent and Kraig, his two sons from a previous relationship, and grandfather to Kade, 10, and 18week old Parker. Dawn’s daughters Tamsin and Tasha, and step-granddaughter, Miya, say that Sean was “like a dad” to them and he was close to Dawn’s mother and pub coowner Monica, who he would call his “Queen”. He was also brother to Paul.




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cheering from the sideline at a Gordano RFC match. He was an avid supporter of Exeter Chiefs – the city where he grew up – and followed West Ham football club. The pub has remained open since Sean’s death as Dawn says, “he wouldn’t have wanted it to close”. Dawn added: “It’s been completely overwhelming the support we’ve had from the community – we’ve had people popping in and we’ve received so many flowers. “The police have also been amazing.” Gordano RFC observed a minute’s silence for Sean and paid tribute to him on their Facebook page. The post read: “A massive shock for Gordano RFC this weekend, one of our own Sean Owens was taken from us tragically this week. “As a rugby club, we could count on Sean as one of those strong hearted supporters on the sideline, and he will be sorely missed. Our condolences to Dawn and all the family.”


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An emotional farewell for Portishead's much-loved stationery shop

Matt Westley (centre) with friends and family on the shop's last trading day. Photo courtesy of Jessica Cather

The family behind Portishead’s cherished stationers, MorganWestley, have expressed their heartfelt thanks to customers for their support in their final week of trade. It was an emotional week for the Westley family, as MorganWestley founder Rosemary sadly lost her battle to prolonged illness just days before the shop closed its doors on February 2. Droves of customers visited the popular High Street shop following news of Rosemary’s death on January 27, to pay their respects to the family. Many also took to social media to offer their condolences and pay tribute to Rosemary who founded the business more than 50 years ago. The final trading day of Morgan-Westley saw customers queuing around the room and

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out of the door to purchase their final items of stationery. The shop’s takings on its final day were 10 times higher than normal. Dan Westley, the son of shop owners Rosemary and Matt, said: “The final week was completely overwhelming, but heart-warming – everyone was absolutely amazing, and their support meant so much to us.” Husband, Matt Westley, said the final day was “very hard and emotional”. Matt and Rosemary announced the shop’s closure at the end of last year and were delighted when they were presented with the honour of switching on Portishead’s Christmas lights as a thank you for their contribution to the High Street and town. Morgan-Westley had been

operating on the street since 1985 – 19 years after Rosemary started the business from home, typesetting for big name publishers. The couple decided to open the shop to meet the growing demand for stationery supplies.

The business soon evolved to become a popular one-stop shop within the town and employed many people from the local community. Matt joined the business in the 70s after leaving his job at British Aerospace.

Matt and Rosemary ahead of last year's Christmas lights switch-on

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Rosemary Helen Morgan Westley ‘A mover and shaker but someone who never sought the glory’ … this is how family members have described local business woman Rosemary Westley, who sadly passed away on January 27. Rosemary lost her battle to long-term illness aged 73, just days before the shutters closed of stationers Morgan-Westley – a Portishead institution established by Rosemary in 1966. The business started from home, with Rosemary providing typesetting for big name publishers such as Pitman, Macmillan and Oxford University Press. Rosemary used her middle name Morgan to make her company sound more corporate, and to give her an equal footing against big businesses. In 1985, Morgan-Westley officially opened on the High Street and it soon flourished as a popular one-stop shop at the heart of Portishead, selling anything from stationery to tickets for local events. Before setting up MorganWestley, Rosemary trained as a secretary at Bristol College of Commerce in Unity Street. Her

exceptional grades then landed her a job as the departmental secretary for Bath University’s School of Mathematics in Ashley Down, Bristol – and it was there that she forged relationships with many notable publishing houses. It was also at the university that another special relationship formed. Rosemary met husband Matt, who later became her business partner at MorganWestley. Matt intrigued Rosemary after she spotted him wearing a large gabardine raincoat on a hot summer’s day … it later transpired that he had split his trousers and was using the coat to cover up! The couple married on April Fools’ Day, 1967. Rosemary was born in Redland to Betty and Harry Iles on August 4, 1945, just as World War 2 was coming to an end. She also shared her birthday with the Queen Mother, which meant that every year, Rosemary would celebrate to the soundtrack of the National Anthem. She was the fourth of six children – Jeremy, Lesley, Hilary, Gregory and Ruth. Rosemary’s mother was a

Just married: Matt and Rosemary Westley on their wedding day

Proud moment: The Westleys on eldest daughter Alice's wedding day

headmistress and her father, a councillor. Rosemary moved to Portishead with her parents and siblings when she was a young teenager. The town became a place Rosemary loved and despite shying away from the limelight, she was admired for the endless energy she gave to supporting and promoting causes of the community. She was instrumental in setting up the Christmas lights committee and was president of the Chamber of Trade. Rosemary’s contribution to Portishead was recognised when she and Matt were presented with the honour of turning on last year’s Christmas lights. Rosemary was always humbled when her efforts were noticed, but never failed to acknowledge and give credit to others at the same time. Growing up, Rosemary won many medals for ballroom dancing. She also loved swimming and would regularly take part in the Portishead long swim, from Battery Point to Sugar Loaf Beach. Rosemary could play piano and amazed others with her rapid typing skills … she set several typing books, and frequently tested her typing speed at over 200 words a minute. Her speed was greater than the world record, but she was not interested in putting herself forward for formal recognition. Rosemary was also creative – one year, when money was tight, she made presents for all the family and when her youngest daughter, Jessica, got married, Rosemary produced the

most astonishing table displays and bouquets, using the flowers that she had specially planted in her front garden. Rosemary was most happy when tending to her garden and she loved animals – particularly her cats, of which she had photos next to her desk in the shop. She enjoyed watching birds and took great pleasure in seeing all the different species that frequent Portishead marina, where she later resided. Rosemary’s life was commemorated on February 14 at a funeral service held at St Peter’s Church, Portishead. Flowers were arranged specially by her family as a tribute to Rosemary. Rosemary is survived by husband Matt, children Dan, Alice and Jessica and six grandchildren.

Rosemary, aged nine

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Rail project could receive up to £15m cash injection Plans to reopen Portishead railway line have taken an “important step forward” as the MetroWest project looks set to secure up to £15m in regional funding. The allocation of money from the Economic Development Fund was agreed at a North Somerset full council meeting on February 19, but the funding still requires approval by the West of England Joint Committee. If successful in acquiring the funds, Portisheadvoice understands it would leave a remaining £31.9m to fund the reopening of the line, which is a key part of the £116m MetroWest phase one project. Leader of North Somerset Council Cllr Nigel Ashton says that the “funding gap needs to be resolved” in order to deliver MetroWest phase one by 2023. Another £11.65m is also due to be requested from the Local Growth Fund, which will go towards completing detailed design work and addressing

issues that may arise as part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) – an application required by the Government for all “nationally significant” infrastructure projects. As reported in the January issue of Portisheadvoice, North Somerset Council had ambitions to submit the DCO by April this year. However, approval to submit the DCO will now be decided at a full council meeting later this spring. Alan Matthews, chairman of the Portishead Railway Group, has welcomed the news of extra funding for the project. He told the Portisheadvoice: “It’s brilliant news and the closest we’ve ever got in the 18 years we’ve been campaigning for the re-opening of the line. “There have been some big numbers banded around, which shows that somebody, somewhere believes it’s going to happen – they wouldn’t be spending all this money for no reason.

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A one-day democracy event, which was called for at a residents’ meeting in November, has been postponed until after the May elections. At a full town council meeting at the end of January, it was felt by councillors that it would be “unfair” for the meeting to go ahead in the pre-election period. The objective of the meeting is to “reform and energise” democracy in the town and develop a plan on the future running of the town council. The event will be included on the agenda, for discussion, at the first town council meeting after the elections on May 2.

“However, it is a bit disappointing that the DCO has not yet been submitted and might not be submitted until June, and also that they are anticipating the project to be finished in 2023.” Cllr Ashton said: “The funding gap needs to be resolved to enable us to deliver MetroWest phase 1 by 2023. The £15m identified through regional funding will help to achieve this. Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, has again expressed his support for the project. “Portishead Rail is the largest local government-promoted rail scheme in England and once completed will connect an additional 50,000 residents directly to the national rail network.” Further news on additional funding for the project from the Government is expected in the next few months.

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Additional needs disco celebrates its first birthday A social group for people with additional needs and disabilities celebrated its first birthday last month. Portishead Additional Needs Discos and Activities (PANDA) was set up by local parents Val Wills, Chris Sperring and Emma Hall in response to the lack of activities in the town for people with additional needs and disabilities. Now, it is a thriving group which sees around 30 teenagers and adults enjoying a monthly disco and other activities such as playing skittles and taking part in community litter picks. Disco goers celebrated the occasion on February 15 with plenty of dancing and homemade birthday cakes. At one point, it was touch and go whether PANDA would even see its first birthday after the group experienced a shortfall in funding at the end of last year. But, thanks to an annual grant of £627 from Portishead Town Council, the cost of hiring the Folk Hall will be covered until October 2021. The group has also been heartened by the support from the local community and the donations received in response to a call PANDA made on social media for refreshments. There are up to 10 volunteers who support with the running of PANDA’s activities. Co-founder Val Wills says that she is delighted that the

PANDA disco goers celebrating the group's first birthday at the Folk Hall on February 15

group has secured funding for the next three years. She added: “It’s so important that we can continue providing these discos – everyone loves them and it’s something they can really look forward to each month.” Laura, who has been coming along to the discos since the group’s inception, said: “I enjoy getting to see my friends and

dancing, and also seeing Val.” PANDA always welcomes tuck donations. To contribute refreshments, get in touch via the ‘Portishead Additional Needs Discos & Activities’ Facebook page or bring items along to the next disco.

Dates of upcoming events: n March 2, 7-9pm at Clarence House – Skittles match, cost: free n March 17, 2-4pm, meet at Sainsbury’s car park – Little picking, cost: free n March 22, 7.30-9pm at the Folk Hall – Disco, cost: £3 n April 12, 7.30-9pm at the Folk Hall – Disco, cost: £3

Helmsman marks 20 years of saving lives at sea ‘Hugely respected’ helmsman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Dave Hodges is celebrating 20 years volunteering with the charity. Dave started volunteering in 1998 when the lifeboat rescue service was the Portishead Lifeboat Trust. Within his first year, he qualified as helmsman, taking the charge of the lifeboat at sea and has been one of the key members ever since. He now celebrates his 20th year of volunteering and was presented with his award by lifeboat operations manager Dave Slack. As helm, Dave has rescued the youngest casualty to date in Portishead – six-week-old Freddie who was out on a boat trip with his parents when the boat’s engine failed. Freddie’s family were relieved when the lifeboat crew arrived and helped them

back to the safety of Portishead Marina. Dave, who works as a group manager for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I joined the crew as I wanted to give something back to my local community. I have always been interested in the sea and the coast and the RNLI seemed to be the ideal charity to volunteer for. During the 20 years of service I have been on some challenging incidents but know I can always rely on the highly trained and committed team at Portishead.” Senior helmsman, Ian Lazenby said: “Dave is hugely respected by everyone at the station, as well as having a great sense of fun, he has a great sense of duty and doing the right thing. During difficult and complicated shouts, he always remains calm and shows fantastic leadership which is a great quality during what can sometimes be, a stressful and challenging rescue.”

Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Slack, presents Dave Hodges with his award. Credit: RNLI/Helen Lazenby

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To mark International Women's Day on March 8, we wanted to dedicate some space in this month's edition to recognising brilliant local business women. We also encouraged our followers on social media to nominate an inspiring local woman. You can see from all the wonderful nominations we received, just how many inspiring women there are in Portishead. A prize will be on its way to our randomly selected star nominee, Nina Jenkins!

Star nominee: Nina Jenkins I’m so blessed with having inspirational Portishead women in my life, but today I’d like to write about one of them. She’s well known locally and very well loved. She’s a mum to four young children, but it does not stop her from having a big heart and time for others. When people need help she is there, when someone is struggling she is there, when there is a need she will try her best to help. Nina is an amazing mum and an amazing woman. We are lucky to have her in our community and she is part of what makes our community so special. Nominated by Katina James Kelly Steed Kelly Steed is a great role model for local women. She has started a physiotherapy business, whilst raising three children. She offers so much love to her children and

dedication to her business. We all know nobody can do it all but she works so hard to find the balance, a real inspiration! Nominated by Skye Ramell Maxine Sims You may have heard of the ‘the no offence fence’ but she is the person who set it up. In case you haven’t, in short she had very offensive graffiti on her garden fence and decided to turn it into a space for positive messages and a place for local artists to come and showcase their work too. There is lots more information on Google if you’d like to know more! Maxine is the most caring, down to earth person you will ever meet. She is passionate about helping others and promoting self-esteem and positivity. She has dedicated hours to promoting the no offence fence. Her career at the university involves running an award which recognises and celebrates the achievement

of others, and I just think it would be so lovely and fitting to be recognised herself. Nominated by Liz Alexander Heidi Loughlin Heidi is a local Portishead lady who has been my best friend since we were 11 years old, we are now in our 30s. Heidi was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer 3.5 years ago when she was pregnant with her third child, she went onto to have Ally but had to have her 10 weeks early to start chemo - Ally tragically died a few days later after contracting an infection in NICU. Despite Heidi's diagnosis and heartbreak over the last few years she is selfless in her drive to raise money for NICU and cancer charities and raise awareness of Inflammatory breast cancer to others. Nominated by Emma Cox

Kimberley Jones She is the assistant manager and youth development worker at portishead youth centre and also has roles at Long Ashton and Yatton youth centre. She is the most hard working person I know! She is so enthusiastic and dedicated to her job and helping young people and is a perfectly lovely person! She took her PSV (I think that's what it is called) license so she could drive the mobile youth bus and often drives young people on road trips and adventures in mini buses! She is currently helping the youth centre raise money to buy a mini bus so they can expand the level of activities they do with the youth! Kim always goes beyond her duties and is a great role model to the kids she serves! Nominated by Shirley Jones Continued on pg. 12 ...

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How Portishead inspired famed author Fay

Fay Inchfawn was one of Britain's most prolific female authors of the inter-war years with over thirty published titles. Fay's books still sell well and by 2010, 650,000 copies of her homely works had been sold world-wide. Fay was a local girl, born in 1880, to Gilbert and Mary Daniels and christened Elizabeth Rebecca. Gilbert was a baker and so their first home was in the High Street where Tudor Garage runs its business from now, but known in Fay’s time as Whitegates. Fay described its front door “as being like a church door set in an archway of

stone” which led into an ancient house. The Daniels’ family were members of the strict, nonconformist congregation who attended the Little Bethel Chapel in Roath Road where Mr. Daniels preached regularly. Fay, together with her sisters Lilian and Gertrude, delivered small gifts to old ladies who lived in poor circumstances. Fay’s first book was called “Something to Say” where she wrote lyrically about her early life in Portishead and Christmas visits to her grandparents in the Cotswolds. Another book called

“Those Remembered Days” gives vivid descriptions of Portishead’s High Street and the family’s second home Carisbrooke which still stands on Lower Down Road. The family moved there because Fay was suffering from an unknown illness which caused extreme lassitude. The local doctor felt that living on higher ground would help her condition. It was during this time that she chose her nom de plume and began her writing career. Fay met Atkinson Ward who worked for a literary magazine. The couple married and went to live in Wiltshire where Fay died in 1978, aged 98. The full story of Fay Inchfawn can be found in Posset Pieces, No. 20.

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that the Bible talks about. This joy is the pure joy of knowing that every situation I face is in the hands of God. My challenge for the next month is that each day I strive to show this joy to those around me and to make sure I throw my full self into any challenges I face in India. As well as this, for the next month I challenge you get on board with me, choose to show joy to everyone you meet. No matter their background or circumstances, choose joy. Orla Moxon is a member of the Portishead & Redcliffe Bay Methodist churches.

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Rise in girls joining local rock school Increasing numbers of young girls are joining the ranks of a local rock school. Andy Collins, who has run The Rock Project North Somerset for eight years, believes this is due to female pop acts rising in popularity. According to Andy, girls make up a third of the junior group at the Portishead school, which is significantly more than previous years. He has also noticed an influx in girls joining the project’s school in Nailsea. Recent figures published by the Press Association revealed that five of the top 10 most popular acts of 2018 were female. Female acts also spent 310 weeks in the chart last year, compared to 226 in 2017. Andy says that these recent figures are “really encouraging”. He said: “I hope all of those role models show girls that they can pursue a musical career if they want.” Besides Portishead, Andy also runs the weekly, after-school sessions in Nailsea, Ashton and Clevedon where children aged seven to 18-years-old learn how to play the drums, bass, guitar and sing. Youngsters receive professional tutoring from gigging musicians, before performing together as a band at the end of the session.

Andy said: “Our aim is to make sure that learning music is fun, the students make new friends, and we build up their performance skills throughout the year to the point that they perform a full rock concert in July. “The confidence that the students build that helps them get on to the stage and perform in front of hundreds of people, carries into other areas of their life, whether they decide to pursue a music career or do something completely different.” Joanna, who has been attending the junior class at Portishead Youth Centre for two years and plays bass guitar and drums, said: “I love music, and when I saw the leaflet, I really wanted to join. I like that you can make friends and talk to them about music and what you’re trying to learn.” Ariana, who has been attending the junior class at Portishead Youth Centre for four years, said: “The school has given me a really good opportunity to improve my singing, and also my confidence.” At the end of each year, The Rock Project students put on a special gig and this year, it will take place at one of Bristol’s most iconic music venues, The Fleece. The Rock Project North Somerset runs weekly sessions every Wednesday at Portishead Youth Centre. All of the

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New books for Trinity School The RotaKids Club at Trinity School in Portishead was delighted to receive a cheque of £150 from Portishead Rotary Club. Rotary club president, Tony Mosely, presented the sum of money, which will be used to purchase new books for the school, to Livi Sherlock, the president of the primary’s club. The money was raised through Portishead Rotary Club’s pre-Christmas collection at Waitrose where the RotaKids helped shoppers pack their bags. The RotaKids Club is now calling on the local community to donate their surplus glasses, which will be recycled and used in underdeveloped countries. Surplus glasses can be handed in at Trinity School or by contacting Portishead Rotary Club on 01275 393340.

Children at Portishead Youth Centre welcomed some extraordinary visitors last month ... a royal python, a rhinoceros iguana, boa constrictor, African land snail and a giant millipede. The young people were covering the topic of exotic pets as part of a six-week ASDAN animal care course they had signed up for. Previous visitors to the centre for those on the course included dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Youth worker Sally King said: “We have lots of different courses available for young people at the youth centre, many of which result in a certificate or qualification at the end. The animal care course was oversubscribed so we will be running another one in the summer.” To find out more about the next animal care course and other courses available, email or call 01275 842461.

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Beat manager, Anthony Hussey n Police and community working together On 23/1/19, PCSOs Scandrett and Inker were approached by a local business who had concerns for an elderly resident who they had expected to see but hadn’t. The PCSOs acted on that information, attended the address and having forced the door, found the resident in a poorly way. If you have concerns for someone who does not have

n Consider talking to your local police when arranging a big event On 3/2/19 there was a car cruise arranged within Portishead which had in excess of 500 vehicles and had over 1000 people attend. This event was identified by the police on social media but unfortunately the organisers had not liaised with local business or police prior to the event. Portishead Beat Team had meetings with local businesses prior to the event (and the event organiser on the night) and whilst there was some impact on the local community, it went without issue or injury. The police would ask people who are considering arranging big events to contact

their local Beat Team as health and safety of people going to the event and the general public is of paramount importance. n With mobile phones comes responsibility at any age Do you know what your son or daughter is doing with their mobile phone? If the answer is no, then maybe you might like to check it. The police are dealing with an increasing amount of issues relating to mobile phone use and the use of social media. This police will not condone abuse or bullying whether in person or through social media. If your child is a victim of this type of offence please contact 101 to see if we can support you. n Look after your property Burglaries are on the rise in North Somerset so consider what you can do to stop yourself being a victim. As the evenings start getting lighter and the weather improves people will be out

tending to their gardens so if you are outside for some time and out of view of your door, please consider locking it. With the heavy winds we have had, fences may have come down so please consider putting them back up or replacing them. Consider locks on side gates, security lighting and speaking to your local garden centres about bushes that are unfriendly to the burglar. As ever if you have suspicion about someone, please report it.

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Nicola's mission to raise £20k for life-changing surgery For most of her life, Nicola Yates has been in constant battle with lipoedema – a hereditary condition which causes abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs and arms. Nicola, 45, has suffered from the painful condition since she was a teenager, but it was only after seeking help from a specialist clinic three years ago that she was diagnosed with lipoedema. Now, she is hoping to raise £20,000 for treatment, which Nicola says is almost impossible to receive through the NHS due to funding. In addition to raising money, Nicola is also wanting to generate awareness of the condition, which can often be mistaken for obesity. People who suffer with lipoedema often have bodies that look out of proportion with their legs and arms. Feet and hands are not affected, with the condition creating a braceletlike effect above the wrists and ankles. Limbs can be painful to touch and bruise easily, with dieting and exercising having very little impact on the affected areas. Nicola, who suffers from lipoedema mainly in her legs but is also starting to notice the condition in her arms, said: “I first went to the doctors when I was 18, asking ‘what is wrong with my legs?’ but they told me that it was just my shape and I

shouldn’t worry. “I started fad diets to try and loose the weight in my legs, but they just kept getting bigger than the rest of me.” On one occasion, Nicola was told that she was overweight by a doctor and offered Slimming World vouchers, despite her efforts with following an intensive exercise regime at the gym and receiving advice from a nutritionist. She also underwent a series of massage treatments, but this made no difference to her legs. After Nicola had her first child, the condition worsened, and she ended up ballooning to almost 20 stone. She said: “I had given up with the fad diets and I was fed up that no one seemed to understand.” Nicola – who now competes in kettlebell lifting – has since lost seven stone, but her legs remain two sizes larger than her body. She added: “It is not just about how I look, it’s how the condition makes me feel – I am in constant pain, and mentally and physically exhausted as I try so hard to keep on top of it, regularly exercising and eating healthily." In a bid to afford the lifechanging treatment, which involves four surgeries and the removal of around 20 litres of fat from the legs, Nicola has taken to social media to raise awareness of the condition and will be

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holding a clothes sale this month. Nicola says that she has been overwhelmed at the response so far. She said: “From posting on social media, people have messaged to say that they think they have the condition. I’ve also had other people message me to say that they’re running a race and would like to raise money for me.” A fundraising page has been set up by friend, Chastidy


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Harbour Edge community Families living in Paper Mill Gardens can now enjoy a new play area following its official opening last month. Site developers, Taylor Wimpey, handed the site over to North Somerset on February 11. The play park, which is at the heart of the new residential development off Harbour Road, includes swings, slides, balancing and climbing equipment, as well as an in-ground trampoline. The playground equipment was provided by Proludic. Lucy Carson, sales and

marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Bristol, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to open such lovely facilities for our residents in Portishead to enjoy. We hope this becomes a focal point for families living at Harbour Edge and look forward to unveiling future plans for the development soon.” Portishead East ward councillor David Pasley, attended the official opening. He said: “I am delighted to see this new play area officially opened for this newly developed community in Portishead. I hope it brings many years of happiness.”

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t-shirt with the number of miles covered. Businesses are also being encouraged to lend their support by providing or financing equipment, technology, clothing, travel, accommodation and food for the challenge. During the 104 days, Ben will be supported by a team of six people who will help him navigate his way across the USA. Ben told the Portisheadvoice: “What was great about the 401-marathon challenge was that people were able to join in, but unfortunately, they won’t be able to do this for the next challenge. “So, to keep the challenge alive in the UK, we wanted to offer people the opportunity to support USA 2020 and take part in a virtual challenge of their own.” Ben is also planning to work with schools to introduce a 104-day education programme to generate discussions around mental health, physical activity and nutrition among young people. For more information about Ben’s next challenge, visit: usa-2020. The deadline to sign up to the virtual challenge is March 12, 2019.

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Join our floral society - it's blooming great! Portishead’s Floral Art Society is calling on new members with an interest in flower arranging to join its monthly classes and demonstrations. The group, which is a registered charity and has around 60 members, celebrated its 45th anniversary at the end of last year. Some members have been part of the club since it was founded. The group meets each month – except over winter and at the height of summer – for practical classes and demonstrations by special guests at Somerset Hall. There are also workshops and regular trips to gardens and flower festivals. Members also participate in competitions – some of whom have travelled all over the world competing at various shows. The society is also involved in the annual Portishead Show and has raised £60,000 for local causes since its inception. Rita Oddy is one of the three original members of the society. She has travelled as far as New Zealand and South Africa, competing in flower arranging. Rita recalls when the society first started. She said: “It was very much a thriving group – at

one point there was a waiting list of over 150 people.” Jill Butler, the society’s president, is also another original member. She said: “It’s a really relaxing and lovely hobby.” Practice classes re-start on

Wednesday, March 6 at 7.30pm in Somerset Hall, Portishead, BS20 6AH. Classes are suitable for all levels. There is also a floral art demonstration by Sally Taylor at Somerset Hall on Wednesday,

March 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5. Visitors are welcome. For more details follow Portishead Floral Art on Facebook or phone 07810 203504.

Sea shanty group raises thousands for children's hospice Thousands of pounds have been donated to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) following a successful sea shanty concert held in Portishead last month. The Barnacle Buoys handed over a cheque for £2,300 to the charity’s area fundraiser when

they performed at Portishead Methodist Church on February 9. The money has been raised over the last eight months by selling CDs, bucket collections and performing at various gigs. The local sea shanty group is now in its sixth year and has

raised £10,997 for CHSW. A spokesperson for the group said: “We love what we do, not only do we sing at local venues, but also around the country. "Of course, we could not

survive without the support of folks out there, so we would like to say a big thank you to everyone and keep on supporting us.”

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WE'D LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! Have you taken a photo while out and about in Portishead and would like to share it with our readers? Email your photo, alongside a caption, to Becky at becky@ See page 2 for our April deadline date. Photo submitted of Portishead marina by local resident Toby Hoare


Table tennis club shortlisted for national awards Portishead Table Tennis Club has a lot to shout about after receiving some top accolades as part of the national Pride of Table Tennis Awards. The club’s development officer Derek Connop was named as the South West region’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ while the club was named as the South West’s ‘Table Tennis Club of the Year’. As winners of the two regional awards, Derek and the club have been shortlisted for Table Tennis England’s National Pride of Table Tennis Awards, where the winners will be announced in Leicester on March 30.

Commenting on his award, Derek said: “Without the constant support and participation of all the players, coaches, administrators and parents of our junior members, none of this would have happened”. He also dedicated his award to Deon Riley, who tragically died while playing a game for the club last year. Derek added: “Deon represented everything that was good and right about the sport and his loss is still felt deeply from within the club and the wider table tennis community.” South West regional

chairman, Jos Kelly, who made the presentation at Gordano School, said: “Portishead Table Tennis Club seems to have burst on to the scene in a big way. “The club’s drive and energy to promote the sport, and also bring its many benefits to the local community, has seen it grow at a tremendous rate and attract new players from all age groups. “It is very fitting that it should be recognised as the South West Table Tennis Club of the Year. It is doubly fitting, however, that Derek Connop should separately be awarded with the Pride of Table Tennis Award for the

South West Volunteer of the Year for the contribution he has made to the success of the Club. “There are hundreds of volunteers devoting much time and energy into the sport but, this year, Derek has stood out for what he has achieved as an organiser, a coach, a player and a motivator, and he is a very worthy recipient of the award.” Club member Steve Pratt, who nominated Derek for the award said: “After enjoying a fairly stable base for the last 50 years, the club has absolutely taken off since he became involved. A great deal of this progress has been directly down to his efforts.”

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Enjoy some quality reading time this World Book Day

March 7 is World Book Day. Schools and nurseries across Britain will be handing out World Book Day tokens to children. Keep an eye out for them, they won’t be any good if they’ve been screwed up in a pocket and ended up in the washing machine. Children can exchange their token for one of the 12 special books available at Waterstones, WH Smith and other bookshops. If they prefer, they can use the token to get £1 off another book of their choice. The tokens are valid until March 31.

World Book Day is often another excuse for a dressing up day, and many local schools will be welcoming Harry Potter, Worst Witch and Where’s Wally to school for the day. While organising costumes has never been my favourite, I’ve really loved the journey I’ve been on with my boys, discovering books. My boys and books In the early days we began discovering books at Portishead library, and we’ve also found many of our most favourite books in local charity shops just by chance. I’ve cleared out plenty of toys and books over the years, but our favourites are still safe on the bookshelf. Julia Donalsdon books like The Gruffalo and Zogg are still here, and my youngest now reads them to me. It’s a really great way for him to practice his story voice.

After all, he’s heard them being read so many times before. Every child is different It’s worth remembering that every child is different. My eldest is a real book worm, so there’s now a massive ready made library for my younger one to enjoy, except he’s just not interested in them. He prefers a comic style of book, and only certain ones too. We’ve recently been enjoying bigger books together, but taking turns reading a page each and he really enjoys this. Reading together is also great quality time for us. He has my full focus and attention just on him, and that’s what children love. If you have a reluctant reader in your family too, it can be hard to find the right book to catch their imagination. My book worm absolutely loves fantasy fiction and

particularly if they come in a series. Many children prefer to read true life stories, factual books or even an encyclopedia. It’s just a case of trying out different types of books to see which they prefer. Have a great World Book Day and don’t forget to use their token by the March 31. Read my latest blog at Web: Facebook: Portishead Parent Twitter: @possetparent

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Harbourside CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE Celebrating 10 years of business in Portishead

We are so proud to have been serving people in the fantastic Portishead community for the last ten years and look forward to more happy and successful years to come. We are very privileged to have treated so many people and we thank all our patients for their ongoing support. We are also celebrating winning the prestigious Patient Partnership Quality Mark for the second time. This is an award that recognises the clinics commitment to meeting the expectations our patients have when they visit us for advice and treatment. The aim of our clinic team is to continually improve our levels of service and the award confirms that we are achieving this’. The clinic has grown and developed over the years to not only provide Chiropractic treatment but also physiotherapy with Liam Edwards and chiropody with Jackie Hicks and Hilary Bloor.


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Can you find the 10 differences between these two pictures?




Albania, Algeria, Angola, Aruba, Belize, Benin, Bosnia, Brazil, Chad, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Wales, Yemen, Zaire, Zimbabwe.


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A new yarn ...


love it when people you know well still have the ability to surprise you. I get an early morning text and photo from a friend on her daily commute; ‘when you’re stuck on a very slow bus to work, thank goodness for a crochet hook and some leftover wool, ‘ it reads. I am not surprised at her ability to turn a slow commute to her advantage, but I am shocked to learn that she owns a crochet hook and that she is not afraid to use it in public. My grandmother was the real

knitting dervish in my family. Before arthritis put paid to her wool shop fetish, she always had a knitting project on the go. As a child, I longed for a shop-bought school jumper and I was too selfish to realise the discomfort she went through to ensure all of my siblings were jersey-ready at the start of the school year. Any leftover wool was niftily fashioned into tea cosies or mittens (she drew the line at crocheting toilet roll covers); waste could not be abided and yarnbombing was not yet a ‘thing’. We could do with the talents of Her Royal Knittiness in the present day, for lots of knitted school jumpers are required for our return to Kisii - Western Kenya - with the Mend the Gap charity (www. A few hundred knitted red jumpers (or blue, or green) will be warmly welcomed as these Kenyan students are only allowed access to education if they wear one.







It certainly puts peer pressure and label snobbery into context when you see the hand-me-down jumpers that Kisii students will wear just so that they can get into class – sleeves are unravelling and jumpers are often a few sizes out of kilter. I now feel even more embarrassed about my childhood tantrums over grandma’s knitted gems. Time to start yarnbombing and to perhaps surprise a few friends. The Dragonfly Jar

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Clevedon Lions gear up for annual classic car event

Are you a classic car owner? Clevedon Lions Club is looking for owners of older automobiles to take part in the club's annual charity classic car event on Sunday, April 28. Proceeds go to the Children’s Hospice. Last year, 170 cars, vans and bikes took part. The event started in Congresbury at 10am before a 30-mile drive to Clevedon for the afternoon public display. Alex Lovell from BBC Points West will again be waving the cars away at midday. Vehicles must be pre-booked – application forms are available from or see It is set to be great family day out with exceptionally wellrestored vehicles, food and trade stalls on the Salthouse Fields, Clevedon from 12.30pm.

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In pictures: Window Wanderland winter trail It was another successful year for Portishead’s Window Wanderland as residents took to the streets to admire the many displays across the area. There were almost 100 homes and businesses taking part in this year’s trail, which went ahead following the success of last year’s inaugural event. Portishead Window Wanderland was organised by local resident Karen Haynes to lift people’s spirits during one of the coldest times of the year. Karen has confirmed that plans for next year’s trail are underway and has earmarked February 8-9 for the event. Karen Haynes said: “I was wowed and delighted by the

amazing displays of Portishead for the second year of Window Wanderland. We had close to 100 Windows taking part this year and a definite increased presence on the High Street. “It was great to see North Weston taking part, hopefully it will continue to spread wider next year. “Particular mention must go to the display at Portishead Methodist Church which was incredible. “One of my favourite moments was driving down the High Street on late Friday afternoon seeing The White Collection, Flagship Boutique and St Peter’s Hospice all midway through putting their

displays up ready for the weekend. I felt very proud of the event and for Portishead in supporting such a great community event. “As a family, instead of watching TV we spent two lovely

evenings exploring our streets and spending time together, making a dark February weekend one that was lit up by ideas, colours and smiles.”

Flagship Boutique's 'Heron in Flight', created by St Peter's Primary School's art club

Adam and Eve themed window at Portishead Methodist Church

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n Gordano Probus Club is meeting at Clarence House, Portishead at 12.30pm, for lunch. Chris Bigg will talk on “Brabazon over Filton”. New members are always welcome. Why not ask for a trial visit, call John Hewett 01275 398706 for details.

Wednesday March 20

n Probus 73 will enjoy a hearty lunch followed by a talk on Clevedon Pier by Abbie Edbrooke. To find out more, phone general secretary John Massey on 01275 814249.

Friday March 29

n John Shillito Band at Speakeasy Jazz Club, Clarence House. John Shillito, trumpeter and band leader, brings his exciting, entertaining, fresh and swinging six-piece band to play Speakeasy Jazz Club. They will play the best and liveliest contemporary New Orleans style jazz and swing to add Creole spice and ‘Downtown’ flavour to the night - mixed with a dash of blues, some ballads, vaudeville and boogie woogie.

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n WHAT'S ON Wednesday March 13

Doors open 7.30pm. Show starts at 8.30pm. Admission is £12 on the door. For more information and disabled reservations, phone Kate Sheridan 01275 848391 or email

Town council meeting dates Members of the public are welcome to the below meetings at the Folk Hall. There is an opportunity to address the town council for up to four minutes in the public speaking section at the beginning of the meeting. Wednesday March 6 n Planning & Regulatory Committee, 7.30pm Wednesday March 13 n Town Council Meeting, 7.30pm Wednesday February 27 n Recreation and Works Committee, 7.30pm


n Coffee and chat at Portishead Methodist Church, drop in for coffee every Tuesday and Saturday, 10am-12pm n Coffee morning at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church - every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10.30-11.30am open to all


n Bacon Butty Club at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church. First Thursday of the month 10-11.30am - open to all men. Come along for a butty and a chat


n Coffee and chat at Portishead Methodist Church,

drop in for coffee every Tuesday and Saturday, 10am-12pm


n Sunday morning worship at Portishead Methodist Church, 10.30am with groups for children & young people. n Sunday worship at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church, 10.30am n Sunday gathering with Vintage Church at Somerset Hall, the Precinct, 10.30am-12pm. For more infomation, visit: Vintage Church: vintagechurch. Portishead Methodist Church:

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pened by HRH The Duke of York in 1989, this volunteer run museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with some major improvements and a plethora of special events. The Helicopter Museum is a registered charity and houses a unique collection of rare aircraft. All profits from admission fees go towards conserving and improving the collection. This is the only helicopter collection in the country and the largest of its kind in the world! The museum has over 90 full size aircraft on display ranging from an impressive Russian gunship to a massive Super Frelon 36 seat helicopter, and from the Queen's own helicopters to the veterans of the Vietnam conflict. Also on display is the world's oldest helicopter, the current world speed record holder and a selection of unusual gyrocopters. In the ‘Restoration Hanger’ visitors can see the latest helicopter restoration projects and chat to the volunteers who give up their time to work on the aircraft. In the newly opened 'Weston Aviation Exhibition' visitors can learn about the significant aviation history of the

site the museum now stands on. During this anniversary year the museum is hosting a World at War weekend, a Birds and Bubbles family fun day, American car rallies, magic shows, drone racing days, a scale model show and the museum's ever popular Halloween and Christmas spectaculars. The museum also hosts regular “Helicopter Experience Flights” where you get the opportunity to view Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding countryside from a totally unique new angle. All flights take off and land from the museums very own active Heliport (where you can often observe visiting military and civil aircraft). See details on advert (left) for more information. Answer the following question to WIN a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to the Helicopter Museum: In what year did the Helicopter Museum open? Please send your answer to Correct answers will be entered into a draw and the winner will be selected at random. Answers must be submitted by March 20, 2019.

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Gadget Club Media, Windows, Microsoft Office A free drop in session to enable and uploading photographs. local residents to try out our For further support, our selection of tablets and smart friendly volunteers run free weekly phones and gain help or support computer buddy sessions and you with their own electronic devices can sign up to these at our Gadget and laptops. Come and meet our Club session. friendly team of volunteers on These sessions provide oneThursday, 7 March 10-11.30am. to-one tuition which can help North Somerset Libraries have customers gain confidence when been running popular Gadget using computers and tablets. Clubs throughout the district since 2015 and have helped many Story and rhyme times customers to gain confidence Come along to fun, free sessions in using tablets, smart phones sharing stories and rhymes. Story and laptops. If you’re unsure of times are held every Thursday “apps” and “widgets,” our team of during term time 2.15-2.45pm dedicated Computer Buddies will with a different theme every week. be happy to help. 10x6 09/01/2019 15:06 Page 1Share nursery Court 10x6 09/01/2019 1 rhymes, action 6 01/2019 15:06 15:06 Page Page 1 15:06 1 Page e 109/01/2019 The library offers customers rhymes and musical instruments free access to e-books, every Friday during term time 10e-audiobooks, and e-magazines. 10.30am and 10.45-11.15am. Library members can also sign up Please book in 15 minutes for free Wi-Fi at the session. before the start time due to Alongside the devices we will limited spaces. have library books featuring key 228 Howden Social Court 10x6 09/01/2019 15:06 Page 1 areas including navigating

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Unlock Portishead library Come to an information session to find out how you can use Portishead library for longer with Extended Access membership. The sessions are hosted by library staff and they will walk you through a safety briefing and give you information about the service. Briefing sessions are held regularly to demonstrate the service to customers. Book online at www. (search for ‘Portishead Library’) or through library staff.

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n LETTERS Parking firms must be made accountable Since when did the motorist become UK public enemy number 1? It seems that parking companies can impose exorbitant parking fines on motorists and no-one takes them to task. No motoring organisations or Government Departments. Yet the Government take huge taxes from the motorist. Only one fifth of taxes collected from motorists goes back to the motorist, the rest goes towards education, the NHS, defence and foreign aid and whatever the Government wants to spend money on. It seems that parking companies can demand money with threats, pay £60 in 28 days or we will demand a further £40, all with impunity. £100 pounds for just 11 minutes over 2 hours, nearly £10 per minutes is exorbitant and unjustifiable. Are these companies breaking any data protection laws? They seem to be able to find names and addresses of the car owners in order to send out their fines yet none of the motorist have registered their details with them. DVLA say they do not give this information to private companies. Any company you may have to give this information to all claim under the Data Protection Act that this information is not passed on to any other private company. How do the courts react if the parking companies take you to court for non-payment of fines? Are they sympathetic to the motorist or are they compelled to enforce the law, if there is any laws to cover these situations? Gerry

Could a one-way system be the only alternative? As there is a bus stop 2 minutes from my house, it is a great imposition for me to have to walk 15 minutes to my nearest bus stop at certain times of the day, however, I have a complete understanding of why bus drivers feel they cannot navigate around parked vehicles especially during busy times. It’s difficult enough

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to drive a car through at times with the volume of traffic using Phoenix Way. There are thoughtless drivers who park poorly, but we must surely lay the blame for the situation firmly on the planners of North Somerset for allowing a development with such an inadequate road as a main arterial bus route. Should drivers really have to park with two wheels on the pavement in such a modern estate? Parts of Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way are just not wide enough for two way traffic and street parking. Surely a partial way to solve this is to create additional parking bays in the grassed areas between the trees and lampposts similar to those rather small ones already existing at the Malin Parade/Fennel Road end of Phoenix Way, and to allow no roadside parking other than in these bays. Also, similar around the corner between Shannon Walk and The Martins would not be a great loss to the look of the place but would ease traffic flow, give home owners a reasonable parking facility, give pedestrians their pavement back and hopefully get our bus service back. I don't suppose the council will dip there hands in their pocket to pay for this, but, I believe gridlock, major road rage incidents and accidents are not far away unless something is done soon, not to mention a possible complete withdrawal of buses. But then at the other end what happens when Marina Gardens on the corner of Harbour Road and Newfoundland Way opens? Have they allowed for sufficient parking for residents, visitors and service vehicles without adding more roadside parking? I'm sure nobody wants it but is a one way system an alternative? Martin Hart

Marina parking problems are far worse during day It was interesting when First Bus announced its plans for the X3A to stop going along Phoenix Way, through the estate in the Village Quarter due to badly parked cars.

We totally agreed that the latter was often the case, but our impression was that the problem was far worse during the day rather than in the evenings. Chatting to our neighbours they felt the same. We think it is due to people parking here and walking into work in Portishead, rather than paying for parking. Therefore First Bus's arguments didn't seem to stack up, and we felt it was just an excuse. This was confirmed today when I met someone who - until quite recently - used to drive buses for First Bus, and drove the X3/X3A route regularly. They made it clear that the problem was much worse during the day - driving round the estate at night was rarely an issue. We thought it was too good to be true that we could get a bus from just round the corner of our house all the way into Bristol for an evening out. We rarely use them during the day due to the unrealibility and cost of the service. I guess the real reason is financial: buses in the evening are not as cost-effective as buses being run during peak hours. Anne Steel

Development of foreshore needs more thought North Somerset Council intend to spend S106 funds developing the foreshore near Parish Wharf Leisure Centre at Portishead as a water-sports facility that will not be effective or safe. They have not discussed it properly with experts and those experienced in the community or allow the public to even know about their plan. The council formally promised a public consultation but have refused to carry it out. The planning consent in 2006 was to landscape the foreshore, but the large concrete structures they now intend are so different that a new planning application is obviously necessary. The council has refused to submit a planning application and this is an appalling double standard; a resident using a planning consent for a garden-shed to build a house in a prominent location would obviously not be allowed! Why should the council

be allowed to flagrantly flout the mandatory national rules? Most residents will not know about this work in this very prominent location until the concrete starts to flow and it is obviously far too late. There are three issues with the council plan: 1. The foreshore operating area will be a pathetically small concrete 'step' about the size of a kitchen table and this will obviously get very crowded. 2. The hoist for helping wheelchair-using dinghy sailors (Sailability) is mounted at a fixed height despite the marina water having a large height variation. The water surface will often be a long way down from the edge and the operatives working from the edge would struggle to stretch-down to settle the disabled person into the dinghy and prepare for a safe launch. 3. The Sailability hoist is located in the wrong place where the adjacent water is not deep enough. Provided the council can be persuaded to listen and understand the issues they should be very easy to resolve. A solution is illustrated by the Ramp to Lower Operating Area (RLOA) proposal but this has been ignored by the council without evaluation or discussion. As RLOA has shown that it is easy to resolve these issues the Equality Act 2010 clearly states that the changes must be carried out. The council has ignored my suggestion that they should seek a second opinion to resolve these issues. There are many reputable national organisations, such as the RYA, that would be receptive to a request such as this from the council. Even when I formally represented a local water-sports club the council gerrymandered me out of the way. Please contact your elected councillor as this time I might not succeed without your help. The elected councillors have either not understood the issues, or have their own motives, for their failure to influence the situation. This is at least neglect of the residents they should be representing. Charles Murphy

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