Deborah Yamanaka
Terrorism Threats After the recent terrorist attacks the terrorism threat level was raised to critical in the UK. Avon and Somerset Police issued the following advice: · There is currently no known threat to the South West and it is unlikely we will need to call on support from the military although the situation is being kept under constant review. - Neighbourhood teams are providing support to different places of worship, and the Force Chaplain and his team are working with people of all faiths in the community. · public events are being reviewed for security and police support. · Members of the public are likely to see an increased police presence at large public and community events and they shouldn’t be alarmed by this. · Officers from event planning teams and protective security experts will be working with event organisers to ensure venues have appropriate security measures in place. · the public should be vigilant and report anything they think might be suspicious to the police · the police depend on information from the public, who can be their eyes and ears, in efforts to keep us all safe. Complaints To North Somerset Council If you wish to make a formal complaint to North Somerset Council, the procedure and complaint forms are available on the NSC website at <http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/> (click on Complaints under My Council). You may feel strongly and wish to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman straight away, but the Ombudsman will not respond unless the Council has first investigated itself. There are 3 stages to complaints. Stage 1 takes place when the service itself (eg Highways, Waste) investigates and responds to the resident. If the resident is not satisfied with the response then he/she can move to Stage 2 where the Chief Executive Mike Jackson looks into the matter. If the resident is still not happy with the Chief Executive’s response then he/she can complain to the Ombudsman. Historical maps launched online Historical maps of North Somerset are now freely available online at www.kypwest.org.uk, thanks to the Know Your Place West of England project, supported by the National Lottery. Five historic map layers of North Somerset are now online, allowing you to explore some of the most famous natural and manmade landmarks, from Uphill to Wrington Vale, and Royal Portbury Docks to the famous Grand Pier at Weston. Alongside historic maps you can freely explore data from the Historic Environment Record for North Somerset. You will also be able to upload and share your own information about the area straight onto Know Your Place, helping to build a rich and diverse community map of local heritage for everyone. More than 50 project volunteers are preparing further historic maps, which will be added onto the website over the coming months.