Mercury Article: A slight pause on our Local Plan campaign, whilst the Council goes through all the responses

The Council’s consultation on its plans for local transport and homes has just closed. Don’t worry if you missed it, because there’s a second round due later this autumn. But a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part, particularly the thousand-plus who wrote in to agreed with me that…

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Politics Home: Our high streets and town centres need a new lease of life

Tomorrow’s high street won’t be the same as it is today. What will it look like instead? Even before coronavirus, traditional high streets were struggling. A double-whammy of online shopping and out-of-town retail malls have been making life progressively harder every year. If you view shopping as a chore to…

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Weston Mercury: John says stronger and simpler powers to tackle illegal encampments have been proposed and “can’t come soon enough”

Piles of rubbish and human excrement have been left in a Weston-super-Mare car park by a group of travellers. Around 20 caravans arrived at Melrose car park last week, while another group set up camp on the Beach Lawns. North Somerset Council issued both groups with a direction to leave…

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John Welcomes Fresh Government Cash For Weston Town Centre

Weston’s MP John Penrose has welcomed the announcement of £1.7million of investment for Weston’s Sovereign Centre under the Government’s Getting Building Fund.  The money will go to redevelop Weston High Street, repurposing redundant retail space in the Sovereign Centre to deliver workspace for collective trading platforms, entrepreneurs, micro-manufacturing, events and…

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