Posted by: nigelashtonuk | February 21, 2014

Talking to Lord Baker at Weston College

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Posted by: nigelashtonuk | February 21, 2014

With the PM at No 10

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Posted by: nigelashtonuk | June 30, 2013

30 June, 2013 00:09

Boundary changes

The proposed boundary changes for the next local government elections in May 2015 are already causing concerns as familiar Ward names look set to disappear . However I do support the reduction in Councillors and would have gone further given the reduction in budgets and the increase in modern technology that allows residents to access more information and services on line  by themselves 

 

Armed Forces Day 29th June 2013

Armed Forces Community Covenant Speech Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader, North Somerset Council

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am honoured to be here today, representing North Somerset Council at the signing of the North Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The Covenant is about encouraging the whole of society to recognize its moral obligation to our service men and women, and to the families that support them.

This cannot be achieved locally by just the Council working with the Armed Forces and that is why I am delighted to see representatives from so many other, public, private and voluntary organizations, here today, all showing their commitment to supporting the aims of our covenant. I would especially like to welcome Commander Tom Herman RN, Lt Colonel Neville Holmes and Air Commodore Mark Sibley

Over the last two years, it has become clear that there are two main reasons we should all support it….

Yes, to recognize and honour, the service and sacrifice of all our serving personnel, past, present and in the future, but more than that, we have to turn good words and verbal commitments into actions that deliver changes and improvements that make a difference, for the thousands of serving personnel, veterans and their families living in North Somerset.

This covenant is not aimed at giving an unfair advantage, it is aimed at removing some of the unfair disadvantages whether that is access to housing, school places for their children , training and employment opportunities or even medical services

I am sure that many of us here today would not want to do what is asked of our forces but I am also sure that we are glad that there are those brave men and women who can and do.

We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude, and this covenant sets out our commitment to support them during their time of service, and assist their integration into civilian life at the conclusion of their military career.

Thank you all very much

Cllr Nigel C Ashton

Leader of North Somerset Council

A Unitary Authority

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | May 22, 2013

22 May, 2013 22:16

Businesses welcome to come to North Somerset, after tonights meeting in Bristol with George Ferguson.

Some of the tweets being sent from the meeting……….

Cotham Hill trader annoyed at high biz rates claims it is cheaper to take a taxi than get a bus in #Bristol – big cheer from audience
Now Wessex Garages – customers can’t get bus when getting their car serviced. Also concerned where 75 staff will park on 2 biz permits.
A physiotherapists’ practice in Redland asks where patients with bad backs will park when visiting… Detail up for debate says Mayor
Glos Rd Breadstore worried about how staff can get to work at 3am. Mayor jeered when he suggests staff could live closer
Several speakers tonight say they have tried and failed to engage with #Bristol city council consultation

Cllr Nigel AshtonLeader of North Somerset Council
Twitter. @headlandashton

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | April 19, 2013

19 April, 2013 23:32

http://www.nsbl.co.uk/in-your-view-cllr-nigel-ashton/4746/

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Posted by: nigelashtonuk | April 19, 2013

19 April, 2013 21:15

West of England LEP: Four Council leaders

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | April 19, 2013

Portishead Rail

PORTISHEAD RAIL LINK UPDATE
 
Plans to re-open the Portishead rail line and re-introduce passenger train services are  still being progressed.
 
North Somerset Council together with  South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset  and Bristol City, councils are working on  proposals for an ambitious programme of rail improvements for delivery over the next 10 years.  The  possible re-opening of the Portishead rail branch line  would  form part of the Great  West  Metro ,  Phase 1 project, which  would  be the first of a host of major projects identified to provide a range of improvements to the local rail network.
 
The project includes proposals for half hourly train services for the re-opened Portishead line, Severn Beach line and local stations between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa.  The total project cost is estimated at between £45m to £55m, and is expected to be funded from the Department for Transport Major Schemes devolved grant subject to agreement of the proposed Local Transport Body.
 
“This is a really major transport project which has the potential to have massive benefits ,  not just for North Somerset, but for the whole sub-region. We need to  continue our efforts to move the project on sufficiently to secure the full approval and the necessary government funding. Any delay to this work would have a knock on effect upon project timescales and costs.
 
“It is vital that we take a coherent and a credible approach to both the delivery and the operation of the line so that we can  continue to present a strong case for the scheme to our funders and at future public inquiries.”

The process to secure the project is a lengthy one and dependent on a number of elements including funding approvals and planning powers to build and operate the project  still  need to be gained.  The process to secure planning powers is lengthy and requires the councils to set out a detailed evidence-based approach.   I am aware of at least four  “action groups”, some for and some against the possible reopening of the line, and I understand  the  high level of interest in something that has been talked about for many years. As none of the groups are involved in the negotiations between the Local Authority and Government, we will  need to  keep the public informed of all progress  through our Website.  
A n update  report on the projectwas agreed by North Somerset Council’s Executive on 16 April. It recommends a total of £1.35m is spent by the four unitary councils over the next 12 months on  more  detailed preparation work. North Somerset Council’s contribution would be £675,000, funded by developer funding (section 106 agreement money).
 
The next phase of preparation work includes progressing railway engineering design and preparation of a detailed business case.  In relation to the planning aspects of the project, the council is currently consulting through its Sites and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) for the location of a new Portishead rail station  but final decisions will almost certainly have to take into account, financial and operational restrictions.  I will be asking a number of key people to join me on an official  group to see what  details we can negotiate if the project does go ahead. We have to be realistic and in the present economic situation I am not going to risk the scheme by expecting too much we have spent a lot of time and money getting this far.

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | October 17, 2012

17 October, 2012 21:59

Subject: Cllr Ashton’s interview with the Weston Echo

http://www.westonecho.co.uk/in-your-view-cllr-nigel-ashton/4746/

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | October 13, 2012

13 October, 2012 19:09

Posted by: nigelashtonuk | October 13, 2012

13 October, 2012 19:09

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