There is still time for North Somerset residents to have their say on waste and car parking.

North Somerset Council urges residents, businesses, and community organisations to take part in two consultations.

This includes resizing black bin collections, and modifying parking charges - and they have until Tuesday, May 7.

To participate, respondents can use the online questionnaires available on the council's website, or collect paper copies from local libraries.

The council is holding in-person drop-in sessions, allowing people to speak directly with the council staff and affiliates about the proposed changes.

These sessions are scheduled at Yatton Library on April 25, at the Mizzymead Recreation Centre in Nailsea on April 30, and at the Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare on May 1.

Councillor Annemieke Waite, North Somerset Council’s executive member for climate, waste and sustainability, said: "We are an open, fair and green council, and it’s been incredibly useful to hear a wide range of views, helping us understand how these proposals could work and where there might be any concerns.

"We’ve already received thousands of responses to our questionnaires and I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part so far."

Weston Mercury: North Somerset Council urges residents, businesses, and community organisations to take part in two

Ms Waite also revealed the pressure to balance the financial expectations amid a shrinking budget, adding: "Like councils across the country, North Somerset is facing unprecedented demand for services at a time of rising costs and we have to make savings to cover a £50 million gap in central government funding over the next four years."

She mentioned that other local authorities have implemented similar adjustments to cope with these strains.

Councillor Hannah Young, North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways and transport, voiced her appreciation for the responses so far as they provide essential insights specific to different towns.

She sais: "At the end of the consultations, all feedback will be analysed and considered along with technical and expert advice.

"This will be reported back to the Executive who will balance the needs of different towns, residents, businesses and visitors, along with other key issues such as financial pressures facing councils."

Ms Young urged residents to contribute their views, saying that "it’s so vital that we hear a range of views now, so that we can ensure a full variety of thoughts, ideas and concerns are captured and represented when taking a decision."

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