Monthly Archives: October 2018

Love our High Streets £10m investment

Love our High Streets £10m investment

Up to £10m is set to be invested in boosting our region’s high streets thanks to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles met with Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council; Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol on Friday, October 26, to discuss the proposals.

They agreed that WECA will initially fund three pilot projects, one in Bath and North East Somerset, one in Bristol and one in South Gloucestershire. The location of the pilot projects is yet to be agreed, but they will look at the potential for community-led high street regeneration.

Mayor Tim Bowles said: “It’s been a tough time for our high streets as online shopping becomes increasingly popular; our new Love our High Street project will explore how we can secure funding, expertise and support to revive our town centres.

“We will work with our councils and communities to support their plans to transform key high streets and town centres. The future of our high streets isn’t just about shops, it’s about our businesses, community activities, services and homes. We must work with our communities to embrace the future of our high streets in the digital age.”

A more detailed proposal will be brought to the WECA committee on 30 November.

Monday’s Budget also announced a separate £1.5bn fund to boost High Street retailers.

Budget causes anger for parents and teachers

Budget causes anger for parents and teachers

Teachers and parents have reacted with anger on social media to the Chancellor’s budget claims that schools are to receive a one-off payment of £400m for “little extras.” Schools in England will receive the sum to spend on “little extras they need” the chancellor, Philip Hammond, said when delivering the budget in parliament yesterday. The… Read More…

Flat rate introduced on First Buses

Flat rate introduced on First Buses

Fares on FirstBus routes are changing as they have introduced a flat rate for the first time ever on buses travelling in the West of England transport area. The changes, which will come into effect on November 11, will cover Bristol and the surrounding areas of South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.… Read More…

Tree Conference supports younger generation working to regenerate the Earth

Tree Conference supports younger generation working to regenerate the Earth

The Tree Conference at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Sunday was an inspirational, sell-out event which showcased effective strategies for citizen-led reforestation and for halting deforestation worldwide. Attended by a 240-strong audience, the event placed a core focus on supporting the younger generation to be resilient caretakers of the Earth. In a Skype interview… Read More…

The Bishop’s Palace Christmas Artisan Markets

The Bishop’s Palace Christmas Artisan Markets

Following the huge successes of 2016 and 2017, the Christmas Artisan Markets will once again return in early November to The Bishop’s Palace in Wells. Last year’s visitors were delighted by the range of unusual and inspirational artisan stalls, with many stall holders local to Somerset and creating stunning gifts from local materials. The team… Read More…

Creepy Creatures, Huge Pumpkin Patch, Monsters and more are ready to take-over Avon Valley this Half Term

Creepy Creatures, Huge Pumpkin Patch, Monsters and more are ready to take-over Avon Valley this Half Term

Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park are preparing for the ultimate Halloween Half Term week with their Spooky Fun event. Starting Saturday 26th October and running until Sunday 4th November, Avon Valley are putting on a full day’s schedule packed with Halloween-themed activities from Merlin’s Flying Academy to Were-Rabbit Handling with every inch of the… Read More…

Regional Mayor to meet with First Bus

Regional Mayor to meet with First Bus

Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor of the West of England, which includes Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset, will discuss issues with First Bus including cancelled services and delays facing bus commuters across the region. The meeting is scheduled to take place in the next two weeks and follows on from correspondence from… Read More…

Bath applies for rare UNESCO status

Bath applies for rare UNESCO status

Bath could benefit from a rare double-listing as a World Heritage site as part of an international Great Spas of Europe project– boosting tourism and global awareness of the city. It has been identified among eleven top European spa towns to potentially gain additional recognition by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). A… Read More…

Widowed Swan Heads off to New Adventures

Widowed Swan Heads off to New Adventures

Bittersweet news from The Bishop’s Palace as it is announced that Wynn, the remaining female of the pair of famous Palace Swans, has departed from the Moat, along with her four remaining cygnets. Last seen on Thursday 18th October, it is thought that the family group may have headed off to the Somerset Levels, a… Read More…

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