Review of 2010 - January
PUBLISHED: 08:09 30 December 2010 | UPDATED: 09:48 30 December 2010
NORTH Somerset Council came under fire from opposition members, unions, and the public over its plans to spend more than £14million on a new Clevedon office block.
Leaders insisted the move would save money in the long-term, but it remained an unpopular idea at the beginning of a year of unprecedented public spending cuts.
FIVE inches of snow brought mixed feelings - distress for workers and commuters, but joy for fun-loving children who hit the parks with 73 of the district’s 76 schools closed.
The big freeze saw roads closed, bus and train services scrapped, and flights grounded, while many businesses were forced to operate with a skeleton staff or close completely.
NORTH Somerset Museum was facing the axe, after it came under scrutiny from council accountants.
A public outcry - followed by protests later in the year - helped persuade councillors to rethink the idea, and as 2010 draws to a close, it now looks as though the museum will be transferred to Weston Town Council and continue running.
A WORLE supermarket was destroyed by arsonists, as 60 firefighters were unable to save the Lidl on Park Wa, though it reopened later in the year.
A BROKE dad-of-five was hauled before the courts after being caught scouring refuse at Weston tip for Christmas presents for his children.
WESTON cricketer Peter Trego - fresh from his career-best season for Somerset - earned his first international recognition with a call-up to the England Lions cricket squad.