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 Neighbourhood Watch sign

Let us know if you have missing or damaged street signs, and we will supply replacements.

Please contact: Nailsea Schemes Administrator (N-SA) (Colin Oliver - Mob: 07905 36 00 44).

The North Somerset Council has confirmed that if a street lamppost with a NHW Street Sign is replaced by a contractor then they must replace the NHW sign as well. If anyone notices that this has not happened would they please use the Contact Us option via the website or directly to the Nailsea Schemes Administrator (Mob: 07905 36 00 44).

NB. As from 1st January 2015, the Police are no longer erecting our street signs. It is now the responsibility of the Scheme Co-ordinator.


All NHW Street Signs should have permission to be erected from the relevant authorities: these include BT, Electricity Company (Western Power) and North Somerset Council (Streetlighting), as well as advising the Council Planning Dept.

To address this for existing signs we carried out a survey of all Nailsea NHW Street Signs to determine where they had been fitted. In March 2017 we passed the results to the Police NHW Administrator, and the N-Somerset Streetlighting Department to ratify. 

For new signs we should follow the procedures currently laid down. This is time consuming, prone to delays and in its current form it is not fit for purpose. The N-SA has developed a simplified process based upon it, where Co-ordinators need only contact the N-SA with details of where the sign is to be fitted, the lamppost identifier reference and the nearby properties with sufficient information to enable a simple sketch to be produced. Where there are no lampposts a BT Pole should be selected and only as a last resort an Electricity Pole – permissions may not be given.

The process will be carried out by the N-SA on the co-ordinator’s behalf using emails and letter template attachments. The current bureaucratic procedure can be seen here.
It is hoped later in 2017 we will have a much more simplified procedure which will be followed by all NHW schemes within Avon & Somerset Police Force area.

Contact the Nailsea Schemes Administrator (Mob: 07905 36 00 44) to determine if an existing sign has the relevant permission.

Signs should be attached to lampposts at a minimum height of 2.1 metres (6ft 11") on a normal highway footpath, or a minimum height of 2.4 metres (7ft 11") on a Cycle Way.


Free Public Liability Insurance is provided by National Neighbourhood Watch for all Neighbourhood and Home Watch (NHW) volunteers to carry out their roles without fear of personal loss across England and Wales. The policy runs from April to March and is renewed annually. For further details see their website.