Review: September 2009

PUBLISHED: 16:05 01 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

September: Drivers hit by seven hour M5 closure – Hundreds of motorists became stranded when the whole of the M5 northbound carriageway was closed for seven hours due to a man threatening to jump off Avonmouth Bridge.

September:

Drivers hit by seven hour M5 closure - Hundreds of motorists became stranded when the whole of the M5 northbound carriageway was closed for seven hours due to a man threatening to jump off Avonmouth Bridge. The huge tailbacks were made even worse by bank holiday traffic. Police were called at 1pm and the M5 reopened at 8pm.

Hotel will keep its listed status - A proposal to remove the listed status of Clevedon's Royal Pier Hotel was rejected by North Somerset Council. The idea was put forward by the town council as a way of making the rundown building more attractive to buyers. However, the idea attracted many objections.

Playing fields to go on CCTV - Proposals for CCTV cameras at Backwell Playing Fields were put forward following many incidents of vandalism during the summer, which was described as 'the worst for five or six years'. One piece of equipment vandalised was a piece of outdoor exercise equipment, which cost £1,000.

Switch-off gets the green light - Traffic chaos that plagued Portishead's Cabstand junction for years vanished within seconds of its traffic lights being switched off. Since they were installed, the lights caused controversy and were blamed for long delays. Following a trial in August it was agreed to keep them turned off.

Village libraries could close - Village libraries, including Backwell's, were earmarked for closure as part of North Somerset Council plans to save money. The authority agreed to shut the libraries and look for alternative ways of providing a service. Options for the best way of providing Backwell residents with a library service are still being considered.

School of the future for today's pupils - After a week of lessons, the Times was given a guided tour of Nailsea's new £32million flagship secondary school. With dedicated facilities for all subjects the school also boasts a theatre, dance studio, lecture theatres, super labs and a TV studio.

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