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Public Amenities

On this page you can find information about public services in Portishead:


The neighbourhood beat team, comprising police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs), operates out of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Headquarters in Valley Road, Portishead. 

Beat surgeries take place around the town, providing you with access to members of your police team, alternatively you can request an appointment by calling them on 101.

The neighbourhood team works closely with council services, key local agencies, volunteers such as Neighbourhood Watch and the community itself to identify the issues and the best solutions that matter most to you. This approach is called Partners and Communities Together (PACT) and regular meetings give residents the chance to meet the team and influence priorities in their neighbourhood.

Tel: 101 (999 for emergency)

For PACT and Neighbourhood Watch – contact Nick Gough on Tel: 01275 400160 Mob: 07414 676750
Email: portishead_pact@outlook.com ; Twitter: @portishead_pact; Streetlife: Portishead-pact
Email: portishead_nhw@outlook.com ; Twitter: @portishead_nhw; Streetlife: portishead-nhw

If you have information about criminal activity but don’t want to speak to the police and it’s not an emergency, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org - it is completely anonymous.


The fire station is located in Station Road, near the bottom of Cabstand, where the service is provided by local retained fire fighters.
Tel: 999 in an emergency

Public Library

Portishead Library sits on the ground floor of Horatio House in Harbour Road.
In addition to the vast book collection, the library has information notice boards, free WiFi, printing and photocopying services (charges apply). Computers are available and computer courses operate at the library. Age Concern also runs an information point from the library on a regular basis.

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am-5pm*
Saturday: 9.30am-1pm
Sunday: closed.

Extended access hours: unmanned but access for those authorised - ask at the library for details.
Sunday and Monday: 8am-8pm
Tuesday to Friday: 8-9.30am and 5.15-8pm
Saturday: 8-9.30am and 1.15-8pm

Website: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/services/portishead-library
Tel: 01934 426 040
Email: portishead.library@n-somerset.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling

Kerbside waste and recycling collections take place on a Wednesday in Portishead.
Recycling bins for glass, paper, cans and clothes can be found at destinations, including supermarlet carparks, throughout the town. Home and garden waste can be taken to Black Rock Quarry Amenity Site and Recycling Centre, situated in Valley Road, between Portishead and Walton-in-Gordano.
Website: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Environment/Recycling+and+waste/

Medical Care

Portishead has two medical centres providing a wide range of services from a number of different medical practitioners, nurses and support staff.

Portishead Medical Group

Victoria Square Tel: 01275 841630

Situated just off Wyndham Way, this large medical practice comprises mostly of ground floor consulting rooms, together with a large reception, treatment rooms, practice nurse room and private rooms for visiting consultants.

With a large team of doctors and allied medical staff, services include: routine surgeries by appointment and home visiting, maternity care, child health surveillance, travel advice and immunisation, health promotion, chronic disease management programmes, specialist consultant clinics and counselling.

This group believes in health promotion and patient involvement and has an active Patient Participation Group.

Harbourside Family Practice

Marina Healthcare Centre, Haven View Tel: 0300 300 0029

Harbourside Family Practice is another well established family practice that offers a comprehensive range of clinical services to the people of Portishead. Anyone living in Portishead, North Weston, Portbury, Clapton in Gordano and Weston in Gordano is welcome to register.

A wide range of services are available, via GP referral, which include physiotherapy and lymphodema clinics, pulmonary and cardiac rehab and complex wound treatment. 

Ancillary and Alternative Health Care

Professionals including chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropodists work closely with the health centres in Portishead. The town has a multi-disciplinary complementary medical clinic and a wide range of practising professionals offering a range of services and alternative therapies on a private fee-paying basis. There are three opticians and a number of dental practices that offer NHS and private treatment.

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