PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 April 2018 The Queen visiting Langford House to open the new Meat Research Institute and see the work of the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science. After leaving the stables, the Queen, walked to the communal block where she took tea. Archant The Queen visited North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare became the first Somerset town to introduce parking wardens 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald. The Queen visiting Langford House to open the new Meat Research Institute and see the work of the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science. Some of the schoolchildren who were waiting to greet the Queen at Langford. • The Queen’s visit to Langford overran by just over an hour because of her love of horses. She was visiting Langford House to open a meat research institute, along with Bristol University’s School of Veterinary Services. The Queen wore a turquoise coat and purple hat, and asked … [Read more...] about Picture Past: April 26, 1968 – Queen visits North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 April 2018 Liam Jones Dozens attended the first North Somerset Professionals Breakfast. Contributed Dozens of professionals have attended the first meeting of a new networking event in Weston. Organised by accountants and financial consultants Albert Goodman, the North Somerset Professionals Breakfast gave business leaders from across North Somerset the chance to connect at Lasseter’s restaurant in the Winter Gardens. It is now planned to hold several of the networking events a year following its success. Chris Walford, who is a partner for North Somerset at Albert Goodman, said: “There are few dedicated networking events in North Somerset. “Business people from the area often have to travel to Bristol or beyond to mix. “As a committed member of the North Somerset business community, we decided to create a relaxed networking event which would be convenient for local firms to attend and plug a gap in the … [Read more...] about First North Somerset Professionals Breakfast held in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 April 2018 Eleanor Young Elfan Ap Rees has welcomed the introduction of the action area. Sub A plan which will see more than 20,000 homes built across North Somerset has been adopted. North Somerset Council’s Site Allocations Plan (SAP) has now completed the necessary examination process with the Government’s inspector. It was designed to meet the housing shortfall in the area between 2006-2026, with the Government demanding 20,985 homes are built across the 20-year period. The main aim of the plan, as well as to create more housing, is to support and encourage more economic growth in the area. The adoption of the plan will mean it is an official part of future development in the district. Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, whose executive portfolio includes housing, told the council: “It is important it locks in the criteria within North Somerset and it is important we accept it as it will stop people from just simply developing where they like within … [Read more...] about Sites for thousands of homes agreed by North Somerset Council
Poll PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 April 2018 Sarah Robinson Hundreds of parents have been fined for taking their children on holiday during term-time. Archant More parents were fined for taking their children out of school to go on holiday in 2016/17 than ever before. Hundreds of parents have been fined for taking their children on holiday during term-time. Government statistics show 862 penalty notices were issued to parents by North Somerset Council in 2016/17. Of those, 708 were for parents who had taken children on unauthorised family holidays during term-time. This was a 70 per cent increase from the previous year, and the council made £39,480 through 645 fines paid by parents. The fines are £60 if paid within 21 days, but rise to £120 within 28 days. A council spokesman said: “It is the headteacher’s decision to use their discretion whether to authorise term-time holidays for exceptional circumstances. “The school requests penalty notices be … [Read more...] about North Somerset parents fined for children’s school absences
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 April 2018 Sarah Robinson There is a gender pay gap in the public sector in North Somerset. Pixabay Women working in the public sector in North Somerset can on average earn as little as 72p for every pound men receive. All employers with more than 250 staff are required by the Government to publish their gender pay gap figures. The results show across the police, fire service, NHS and council, women are earning less, suggesting men are more likely to be filling the top-paid roles. Although men make up 27 per cent of North Somerset Council’s workforce, they form 40 per cent of the authority’s highest earners. On average, women are paid 13.7 per cent less than men, equivalent to 86p for every £1 men earn. The council’s report says: “We are confident this gap is not as a result of paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work, rather it is as a result of the roles in which men and women work within the council … [Read more...] about Revealed: How big is the gender pay gap in the public sector in North Somerset?