Make your voice heard

3:38pm - 26 February 2021

Would you like to have your say and be counted in the coming weeks? More opportunities are coming to help shape local services…

Census count is coming

The once-in-a-decade survey of the nation takes place next month.

Census 2021 gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

It’s important to take part because results are used to inform decisions on services in the community, such as doctors’ surgeries, schools and transport links.

The Office for National Statistics will send a letter in the post with an access code and instructions to fill it in online.

The official census day is Sunday 21 March but you can complete it as soon as you get your letter.

The census has been carried out every decade since 1801, except 1941.

May elections

Elections will be taking place this May.

In North Somerset, people can go to the polls on Thursday 6 May to have their say on who will be the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Avon and Somerset Police area.

There are also three scheduled by-elections, for the North Somerset Council ward of Portishead East, for the parish council of Weston-in-Gordano, and for Portishead East ward at Portishead Town Council.

Measures will be taken to ensure polling stations are Covid-safe and people can vote safely.

Key registration deadlines for the May elections are:

  • last day for the council to receive applications to register – Monday 19 April (midnight)
  • last day to receive applications to vote by post, postal proxy or request to amend or cancel existing postal vote arrangements – Tuesday 20 April (5pm)
  • last day for applications to vote by proxy (other postal proxy, see above) – Tuesday 27 April (5pm).

Find out about how to register to vote, how to vote and more on the council’s website.

You can also follow the Electoral Commission on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Last chance to have your say on health and wellbeing

Help shape the future of health and wellbeing in North Somerset over the next few years.

North Somerset Council wants the area to be a healthy and fair place to grow up, live, work and grow older.

It wants to create opportunities to improve health and wellbeing for all residents while reducing inequalities in health.

A new strategy is being developed to set out the ambitions and priorities for the area in the coming years and there is still time to have your say and help shape it.

Share your views and complete the survey online by Sunday 28 February.

New Neighbourhood Plan

Residents and businesses in Abbots Leigh, Ham Green, Pill and Easton-in-Gordano can now comment on a plan for their local neighbourhood.

The two parish councils of Abbots Leigh and Pill and Easton-in-Gordano have prepared the neighbourhood plan with help from the local community.

It has submitted the plan to North Somerset Council for scrutiny by an independent examiner but before this takes place, there is a final chance to comment.

The plan will help to shape development in the two parishes up to 2026 and will be used to help to make decisions on planning applications.

It includes:

  • the improvement of Pill precinct
  • support for local job opportunities
  • protection of the local natural and historic environment
  • site allocations for affordable housing and a care home at Ham Green
  • policies to promote low energy use, walking, cycling and public transport
  • the investigation of a Conservation Area for Abbots Leigh.

You have until 5pm on Monday 15 March to find out more, view the plan and make comments online.

Response to Local Plan consultation

More than 1,600 people took part in a recent consultation about how North Somerset should grow and develop in the coming decades.

The Local Plan is currently being written by North Somerset Council and once adopted, it will identify where development can and cannot take place as well as which supporting services and infrastructure are required.

The recent six-week choices consultation focused on the possible approaches to the location of future development in North Somerset.

Responses received will help the council understand local people’s priorities for development in the area.

Read the consultation statement online.