Meet Steve

Steve Bridger is Yatton ward COUNCILLOR on North Somerset Council.

  • Elected to represent Yatton ward on North Somerset Council on 2nd May 2019
  • Appointed Executive Member for Assets and Capital Delivery on 20th April 2021

A bit more about me…

  • Originally from Taunton, I have lived in Yatton for 18 years and my two children both went to school in Yatton before going on to Backwell School.
  • Nominated for a Yatton Parish Council Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.
  • Served as a governor of Yatton Infants School in the noughties.
  • Have worked ‘online’ for 25 years and have been a digital advisor to more than one hundred charities and membership organisations.
  • Committed to online community building and have created and nurtured several community-centred websites.
  • I handled the official social media activity for The Big Lunch when it launched in 2009.
  • Organised and run ‘digital literacy’ training and social media ‘surgeries’.
  • I was invited by Nesta – an innovation charity – to sit on a panel deciding funding innovative fundraising ideas with a social impact.
  • Presented with a writing award by the President of Mexico.
  • Taught English and Science in a bilingual primary school in Mexico.
  • Volunteered one night a week for a year at Centrepoint’s first hostel supporting homeless young people in Soho, London.
  • I worked at Oxfam HQ for three years in the late 80s during which time I organised the annual charity appeal for Blue Peter, which raised £1.4m.
  • Member of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG), Yatton Local History Society, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
  • Keen photographer of our local landscapes; out everyday walking around the village.
  • I have a degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia
  • As well as Somerset, I’ve also lived in Norwich, Oxford, London… and many locations in Mexico.
  • My first job was delivering mail around County Hall in Taunton. This was in the days of typing pools.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better; it’s not.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

9 comments on “Meet Steve

  1. Bill Roberts

    More power to you Steve, keep up the good work!

  2. Stephen Hutson

    Congratulations Steve, well deserved!

  3. Emily Braddock

    Dear Steve to my utter dismay I saw a notice saying that Royal Mail want to minimise the post office functions in Yatton so you can’t pick up parcels any more. We have more people than ever living here now but resources and amenities seem to be something you have to constantly fight for. So does everyone have to get intheir cars and drive to Clevedon to pick up a parcel (yes there’s no bus).
    Emily Braddock

  4. Emily Braddock

    Sorry Steve, Emily again. I tried to contact Royal Mail about this myself but they cleverly don’t actually give their contact details so you go round and round in circles. Maybe you will have more luck. Do let me know if there’s anything I can actually do with regard to this infringement of public rights.

    • Steve Bridger

      You’re quite right, Emily. I’m heartened by how the community has responded to the campaign. We’re up to 1,500 petition signatures now… and I’m working on a number of ‘fronts’.

  5. kathryn birks

    Dear Steve,
    I heard on the Yatton community facebook site that you are canvassing opinion on the site where oxford instruments are currently sited, and that they are due to close. a precinct near the new development would be a good idea i think. my parents have just moved here from lancashire, and can drive at the moment but i’m not sure for how much longer. access to local supplies will be required.

    • Steve Bridger

      Hi Kathryn,

      Yes, Oxford Instruments will move out during summer 2022. There is a planning application for 55 homes on that site… but I would personally like to see a mixed development – which might include some flexible co-working space and retail (without taking too much away from the village centre). I’m speaking to the appropriate teams but of course we would also be reliant on people coming forward.

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