North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council is the local authority of North Somerset, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. The council meets at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall.

North Somerset Council
Whole council elected every four years.
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byAvon County Council
Woodspring District Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr David Shopland, Independent
since 10th May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Donald Davies, Independent
since 10th May 2019
Chief executive
Jo Walker
since 17th October 2018
Seats50 councillors
Political groups
Administration (coalition)
     Independent (13)
     Portishead Independents (4)
     Liberal Democrat (11)
     Labour (6)
     Green (3)
     Conservative (13)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, North Somerset is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, North Somerset Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council, it is a billing authority that collects Council Tax and business rates, processes local planning applications and is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council, it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political composition

North Somerset unitary council is elected every four years, electing a total of 50 councillors in 20 single-member wards and 15 two-member wards. Since the first election to the unitary authority in 1995, the council has either been under Conservative party control, or no party has held a majority. The Conservatives gained a majority at the 2007 election and retained control until the 2019 election.

The current political composition of the council is:

Political group Councillors
2003 2007 2011 2015 2019 Current
Conservative 24 43 42 36 13 13
Independent 3 6 7 6 12 12
Liberal Democrat 23 5 6 4 11 11
Labour 10 3 5 3 6 6
Green 1 1 1 1 3 3
Portishead Independents - - - - 4 4
Total 61 61 61 50 50 50

Current Councillors

Ward Party Councillor
Backwell Green Bridget Petty
Banwell and Winscombe Conservative Ann Harley
Green Karin Haverson
Blagdon and Churchill Liberal Democrat Patrick Keating
Clevedon East Independent David Shopland
Clevedon South No Description Mark Crosby
Clevedon Walton Liberal Democrat Caroline Cherry
Clevedon West Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Richardson
Clevedon Yeo Labour Richard Westwood
Congresbury and Puxton Liberal Democrat Stuart Treadaway
Gordano Valley Conservative Nigel Ashton
Hutton and Locking Independent Mike Solomon
Conservative Terry Porter
Long Ashton Liberal Democrats Ashley Cartman
Green Stuart McQuillian
Nailsea Golden Valley Independent Andy Cole
Nailsea West End Independent James Tonkin
Nailsea Yeo Independent Mike Bird
Nailsea Youngwood Independent Sandra Hearne
Pill Independent Donald Davies
Portishead East Portishead Independents Caritas Charles
Portishead Independents Paul Gardner
Portishead North Portishead Independents Timothy Snaden
Portishead South Liberal Democrat Huw James
Portishead West Portishead Independents Nicola Holland
Independent John Cato
Weston-super-Mare Central Liberal Democrats Mike Bell
Liberal Democrat Robert Payne
Weston-super-Mare Hillside Liberal Democrats Mark Canniford
Liberal Democrats John Crockford-Hawley
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke Conservative Lisa Pilgrim
Conservative Roz Willis
Weston-super-Mare Mid Worle Conservative Gill Bute
Weston-super-Mare Milton Labour Richard Tucker
Labour Catherine Gibbons
Weston-super-Mare North Worle Conservative Marc Aplin
Conservative Marcia Pepperall
Weston-super-Mare South Labour James Clayton
Labour Ian Parker
Weston-super-Mare South Worle Conservative Peter Crew
Conservative David Hitchins
Weston-super-Mare Uphill Conservative Peter Bryant
Independent John Ley-Morgan
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke Conservative Sarah Codling
Labour Ciaran Cronnelly
Wick St Lawrence and St Georges Conservative Ruth Jacobs
Winford Independent Hugh Gregor
Wrington Independent Steve Hogg
Yatton Independent Steve Bridger
Liberal Democrat Wendy Griggs

See also

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1999 North Somerset Council election

The 1999 North Somerset Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1995 increasing the number of seats by 2. The Conservative Party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2003 North Somerset Council election

The 2003 North Somerset Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.

2007 North Somerset Council election

The 2007 North Somerset Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2011 North Somerset Council election

The 2011 North Somerset Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

Avon County Council

Avon County Council was the county council of the non-metropolitan county of Avon in south west England. It came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and was abolished on 1 April 1996 at the same time as the county. The county council was based in Bristol at Avon House and Avon House North. It was replaced with four authorities: Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Backwell School

Backwell School is a secondary academy school in Backwell, Somerset, England. It is considered to be one of the best-performing state schools in England, leading results at both GCSE and A level in the area and consistently being rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

The school is a National Teaching School, through which it leads the North Somerset Teaching Alliance, with Healthy School Plus and International School status. Since March 2011 the school has been a self-governing academy convert. It holds the Artsmark Gold award and includes a sixth form.

It has 1,738 pupils, of which 387 were in the school’s sixth form in 2016, from the age of 11 (year 7) to the age of 18 (year 13). Backwell has previously been a Beacon School, specialist performing and visual arts college and National Training School.

Locking, Somerset

Locking is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is a predominantly quiet residential area of North Somerset, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south east of the town of Weston-super-Mare.

As well as a pub and church the village has a village hall, school (Locking Primary School), a small shop and post office, a hairdressers, a Chinese takeaway, a pet care shop, florist, pharmacy, cafe and petrol service station comprising car sales and a mechanical workshop.

The village gave its name to RAF Locking, which has now closed and proposals are under consideration for an employment and residential development for the site that could deliver 25 hectare (62 acres) of employment space and up to 1,800 new homes.

In July 2011, North Somerset Council gave planning permission for the £50 million LeisureDome to be constructed on the site.

It will contain a 210-metre (690 ft) indoor ski slope, other leisure facilities and a number of shops and restaurants.

Max Bog

Max Bog is a 10.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in North Somerset, notified in 1988.

The site is owned by North Somerset Council and managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust for the range of wetland plants that it supports. There is no access without a permit.

North Somerset

North Somerset () is a unitary authority area in England. Its area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in the town hall in Weston-super-Mare.

North Somerset borders the local government areas of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor. The area comprises the parliamentary constituencies of Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.

North Somerset Council elections

North Somerset Council is a unitary authority in Somerset, England. Until 1 April 1996 it was a non-metropolitan district in Avon.

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College or NSETC is a free school in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England that specialises in the STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.The school opened to Year Twelve students in September 2014, taking in 190 learners, and opened for Year Ten students in September 2015. It aims to reach its capacity of 700 students in 2017.The school structures its classes to start at 8.30am and end at 5pm in order to simulate a working day and promotes a business and industry dress code for all students.The NSETC is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust, which includes the Herons’ Moor and Bristol Futures academies, and is partnered with Weston College, University of the West of England, The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, NHS Bristol Trust and North Somerset Council.

Portbury Ashlands

Portbury Ashlands which is now known as Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve is a nature reserve between Portishead and the Royal Portbury Dock in Somerset, England. It was formed from the redevelopment of the area of Portishead formerly occupied by two power stations. To the east of the harbour, an area known as "the Ashlands" was used for over 50 years to get rid of power station waste which was dumped into lagoons on the site.The Portishead power stations were coal-fed electric power stations. Construction work started on Portishead "A" power station in 1926. It began generating electricity in 1929 for the Bristol Corporation's Electricity Department. Construction of Portishead "B" power station began in 1949; it became operational in 1955. The stations used some local coal produced in the Somerset coalfield, which was delivered by train along the Portishead branch of the Great Western Railway (GWR). The main supply of coal was brought from South Wales, from Newport and Ely by boat into the dock; it was carried by Osborn & Wallis of Bristol.Avon Wildlife Trust have taken over management of the area, which covers around 100 acres (40 ha), from the developers Persimmon plc. It was implemented as ecological mitigation for the housing development and included the introduction of a public access network. In 2015 the North Somerset council decided to take over management of the reserve and that residents of the housing development would no longer need to pay the £50 per annum levy for the upkeep. Some local residents are worried that the council does not have the expertise required to take over from the wildlife trust and for the longer term implications for the site.The site includes two large pools, several ponds, rhynes, grazing marsh, hay meadows and hedgerows. It provides a habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. Great crested newts (Triturus cristatus), water voles (Arvicola amphibius), grass snakes (Natrix natrix) and brown hares (Lepus europaeus) have been seen and there is evidence that otters (Lutra lutra) are moving in. A wide variety of birds are making their homes on the site, including barn owls (Tyto alba), and it is visited by large number of migratory birds use the Severn Estuary on their journeys. These include: curlew (Numenius arquatus), dunlin (Calidris alpina), redshank (Tringa totanus) and shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). The tidal range results in the estuary having one of the most extensive intertidal wildlife habitats in the UK, comprising mudflats, sandflats, rocky platforms and islands. These form a basis for plant and animal communities typical of extreme physical conditions of liquid mud and tide-swept sand and rock. The estuary is recognised as a wetland area of international importance and is designated as a Ramsar site. Parts of the estuary have also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The SSSI includes most of the foreshore upstream from Cardiff and Brean Down and most of the upper estuary as far as Sharpness. The Ashlands also provides a green link between the estuary and the Gordano Valley which has been designated as a national nature reserve.

Portbury railway station

Portbury railway station was a railway station serving the village and shipyard of Portbury in Somerset, near Bristol, England. It opened in 1867 and closed in 1962.

The line through the station was closed in 1964 and the former station house is now a private dwelling.

A three-mile stretch of the former line between Portbury and Portishead was bought by North Somerset Council in 2008 in order to keep the option of re-opening the line alive.

St Katherine's School

St Katherine's School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in the English county of Somerset. Commonly known to be located in Pill, the school is actually located in the neighbouring civil parish of Abbots Leigh. The house system is based on the names of people who have contributed to their community and share similar values to the school.

As a community school, St Katherine's is administered by North Somerset Council. From 2018, it is now an Academy school. The school offers GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals and Level 2 BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels, Cambridge Technicals and Level 3 BTECs.

Executive Headteacher: Mrs Karuna Duzniak

Head of Lower Academy: Mr Justin Humphreys

Head of Upper Academy: Mr Jamie Williams

Head of Post 16: Mr Steve Coleburne


WebberBus was a privately owned company that operated bus services around Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Minehead, Taunton, Street, Glastonbury, and Wells in Somerset and also around Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, England.

It operated regular inter-urban services radiating from Taunton on a commercial basis, as well as a number of rural services and local town routes under contract to Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council. The company also operated dedicated yellow school buses on contracted work, and also a fleet of coaches for private hire.


Weston-super-Mare, also known as just Weston is a seaside town in North Somerset, England, on the Bristol Channel 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol between Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population at the 2011 census was 76,143. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany.Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. A regeneration programme is being undertaken with attractions including the Helicopter Museum, Weston Museum, Grand Pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, the Winter Gardens and Blakehay Theatre.

Partly owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.

Worlebury Camp

Worlebury Camp (also known as Worlebury Hillfort) is the site of an Iron Age hillfort on Worlebury Hill, north of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The fort was designed for defence, as is evidenced by the number of walls and ditches around the site. Several large triangular platforms have been uncovered around the sides of the fort, lower down on the hillside. Nearly one hundred storage pits of various sizes were cut into the bedrock, and many of these had human remains, coins, and other artefacts in them. During the 19th and 20th centuries the fort has suffered damage and been threatened with complete destruction on multiple occasions. The site has been designated a Scheduled monument; it falls within the Weston Woods Local Nature Reserve which was declared to Natural England by North Somerset Council in 2005.

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