Review of 2010 - May
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 December 2010
WESTON MP John Penrose retained his parliamentary seat by seeing off his rivals with an increased majority in the General Election on May 6.
The Conservative polled nearly 3,000 votes more than his nearest challenger, but his Tory neighbours suffered a blow when Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory was unseated after 27 years by Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt.
WESTON Football Club - who finished their season with a five-month winless streak - won another relegation reprieve on a technicality.
Club bosses responded by appointing a new manager, recruiting Craig Laird from local rivals Bridgwater Town to replace sacked Andy Gurney.
ONE of North Somerset’s most hotly-debated planning applications was finally approved - giving a green light to Bristol Airport’s £150million bid to double in size.
A project which will see up to 10million passengers a year pass through the Lulsgate terminal was passed 10-2 by planning members, but anti-airport lobbyists vowed to fight on and block the development.
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Laiyah Masters was heralded a ‘little star’ after securing emergency aid for heavily-pregnant mum Jade, who injured herself falling down stairs at home.
COCKER spaniel Widget had a lucky escape after he ate a packet of suspected illegal drugs while walking in Weston Woods which took two hours to turn ‘from a normal dog to pretty much dead’.
THE MERCURY launched its Dump The Bumps campaign, and readers answered in style to help North Somerset Council fill 23,000 potholes on the district’s crumbling roads.