Looking forward to a better new year for North Somerset
North Somerset Council leader Don Davies Deputy leader Mike Bell
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In any other year we would be looking back around now, listing achievements, and making plans for the next.
However, as you read this column the review of the Covid alert tiers will be being announced, vaccine rollouts advanced and more details on Brexit forthcoming (or possibly not!), so there is still much to cram into this tumultuous year.
One threat will remain constant until well into 2021 though, the prevalence of Covid 19 amongst us, so whatever your plans for the festive season, let us all remain aware of the Hands-Face-Space message as we celebrate.
For both of us, doing all we can to ensure we can celebrate Christmas 2021 with the ones we love is our key driver for Christmas 2020.
Despite our pandemic focus, business as usual continues for your council and we have some immediate challenges to embrace.
One is funding; despite austerity allegedly being a thing of the past, we still need to save £19million over the next three years, added to which government is indicating that additional money for local councils for adult social care must come from higher council tax charges, so we are reviewing the way we work to see how we can deliver those key services more cost-effectively.
A second is waste; the council, having been let down by previous commercial contractors, unanimously voted to set up our own company to collect our waste and recycling.
- 1 Arrest made following death of man in Weston attack
- 2 How to order free Covid home tests
- 3 Teenager charged with murder in Weston
- 4 Popular Weston restaurant welcomes customers back
- 5 Grand Pier to host recruitment open days
- 6 Local artists bring wow-factor to Weston shop windows
- 7 Reopening: Thousands booked as hairdressers reopen
- 8 Man charged with two counts of attempted murder
- 9 Retailers react as shops reopen to customers again
- 10 Inadequate care home responds
As a key resident-facing service we are working very hard to ensure that service levels are where they should be, that we work to reduce ‘black bin’ waste and increase recycling levels, plus reducing the overall cost of the service.
May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to a better New Year.
North Somerset Council leader Don Davies and deputy leader Mike Bell