Very, very uncertain

THE acrimonious fall-out from Weston's aborted Beach Race continues, with ill feeling escalating to the point that organisers now say they re unlikely to return to the town again.

THE acrimonious fall-out from Weston's aborted Beach Race continues, with ill feeling escalating to the point that organisers now say they're unlikely to return to the town again.

They wanted to rerun the cancelled finale this weekend. Authorities, concerned for safety after 17 riders were injured in Sunday's crash, said no.

Organisers feel let down, fans are disappointed, and Weston faces losing one of its biggest annual events.

"At the moment, it's very, very uncertain whether we'll be back next year. I don't want to be involved with Weston," organiser Gareth Hockey told the Mercury.


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We hope that when the dust settles, all the parties involved can work together to keep the Beach Race in Weston.

But of course, whatever happens, Mr Hockey is right to say that everyone's priority - both at the time, and in the days that follow - should be working to ensure a speedy recovery to all those injured in Sunday's melee.

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NORTH Somerset's Tories and LibDems are at each other's throats in another rubbish argument - but who do you believe?

The Conservatives stand accused of 'hypocrisy', after opponents claimed they reneged on their key election promise of 'no to fortnightly rubbish collections' by voting in new fortnightly waste pick-ups.

Yet they counter by pointing to new weekly recycling collections which they say will account for '95 per cent' of refuse.

"This is not a like-for-like service," they say. "Not only have we kept (weekly) connections, we have actually increased them."

As such, the change is 'not a U-turn at all', according to their leader.

Many believe this issue proved pivotal in the last round of local elections - and judging from the backbiting taking place across the council chamber, it seems both parties recognise it could prove decisive next time too.

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