Meet Steve

Steve Bridger is ward COUNCILLOR for yatton and leader of 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
  • Elected Leader of North Somerset Council on 10th May 2022

A bit more about me…

  • Originally from Taunton, I have lived in Yatton for almost 20 years and my two children both went to school in Yatton before going on to Backwell School.
  • Served as a governor of Yatton Infants School in the noughties.
  • Nominated for a Yatton Parish Council Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.
  • Over 25 years I have been a digital advisor to more than one hundred charities and membership organisations.
  • Online Community Strategist and committed to online community building; created and nurtured award-winning community-centred websites.
  • I handled the official social media activity for The Big Lunch when it launched in 2009.
  • Led countless ‘digital literacy’ training and social media ‘surgeries’ over the years.
  • I was invited by Nesta – an innovation charity – to sit on a panel 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) and Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG).
  • 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.
  • Both my parents worked in local government pretty much all their working lives and 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

11 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.

  6. John Jenkins

    Dear Steve, would like to contact you in relation to your role as Leader of North Somerset Council (congratulations ) . I’m finding it difficult to identify who to speak to there and could do with some advice from someone who understands their system ( ? ) I live in Nailsea and it’s increasingly easy to feel ignored : perhaps more people could take a leaf out Dr Seuss ?

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