Review of the Year - July

July 2011:

New weight restrictions to curb road dangers: Residents in one area of Nailsea celebrated after North Somerset Council agreed to introduce a weight restriction on four narrow country lanes. Those living in West End had lobbied for a restriction to be introduced along West End Lane, Netherton Wood Lane, Nailsea Wall Lane and Nailsea Moor Lane to prevent accidents and further damage to properties.

School will not merge but move closer: Grove Junior School and Hannah More Infant School in Nailsea announced they would look to become a federation to allow them to work more closely together. The future of the two Whiteoak Way schools had been under consideration since junior school headteacher Robert Bailey announced he would retire in March 2012. A federation would mean the schools would be governed by the same body while retaining their separate identities.

Lights could go out this Christmas: The community group Clevedon Pride made an impassioned plea for more support after it was revealed it needed thousands more to pay for Christmas lights to be put up in Queens Square this year. More than �10,000 was needed to cover the costs of installing, maintaining and taking down the festive illuminations.

No cash for new primary school: It was revealed Portishead will need a new primary school within the next five years due to the amount of housing being developed in the town. Councillors said they expect an influx of new families to the town at a time when there was already a shortage of primary school places for existing residents. The news came as a shock to parents who had campaigned to keep open St Barnabas Primary School before it was closed.

It’s carnival time: The streets of Nailsea were filled with colour for the town’s annual carnival procession. Organised by the 1st Nailsea Scout Group, the event saw more than 3,500 people take part in the spectacle.

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