Wednesday, 28 October 2009

You helped say "No" to Windmill Green

A very big thank you from the FOCUS TEAM to all those who returned the petition slips in our FOCUS SPECIAL and signed the petitions, on-line, in local shops and in the Brockeridge Centre. We have delivered "thank you" notes and sent e-mails, but there were so many signatories we haven’t been able to thank you all personally.

We are also very grateful to all those who were able to make the trip to The Ship in Alveston and those who helped to make the case against the proposals for 220 houses, a store and offices at Park Farm. It was important to let the Inspector know the impact that they would have on our residents and local community.

Claire told the Inspector about the concerns that had been raised by some of you with her. Dave reported on the 2 surveys which have been done in our villages, both of which clearly indicate that further large development would be unwelcome to the vast majority of local residents. He also described the flooding and sewage problems, supplying the Inspector with photographs to illustrate them. Pat enlarged on the objections raised by Frampton Cotterell Parish Council after listening to all the local people who turned up when it was considering the planning application. She gave the Inspector copies of the bus timetables to show how difficult it would be for people to get to work without adding to the traffic jams. She also included copies of our Village Design Statement and our Heritage Walks booklet to show how much we value our villages and our countryside.

Sadly sitting through three days of listening to a very aggressive Barrister attacking the Officers from South Gloucestershire Council who were defending their refusal reasons, was a very depressing experience. If the Inspector dismisses this appeal it will be because she didn’t just listen to the professionals. She will have listened to how local people feel about the proposals from local people themselves!

Building safer, stronger communities

There is still time to have your say on the Safer Stronger South Gloucestershire Partnership Strategy 2009 to 2013 Building safer stronger communities together.

You can view and respond to the consultation online any time before November 30th.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Crime "average" locally

There's a new website showing crime statistics by area. You just put in your postcode and it reports the statistics for different types of crime.The information on the map is at beat area level. The Frampton Cotterell beat (which includes Coalpit Heath, Westerleigh and Iron Acton as well as Frampton Cotterell), Yate beat (which includes Dodington South) and the Charfield and Ladden Brook beat are all average for the Avon and Somerset constabulary.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Falling leaves

From today (Monday 26th October) South Glos Council will be suspending their routine mechanical sweeping programme in order to divert the sweepers to clearing leaf fall. They are starting this earlier than usual as they are expecting the wet and windy weather over the weekend to lead to significant leaf fall this week. The situation will be reviewed in mid-November.

The sweepers will be targeting known problem areas and also responding to reports from the public. If you come across any streets requiring leaf clearance, you can report them to the Street Care Helpdesk on 01454 868000 or e-mail
From today until 30th November, local voluntary and community groups can apply for Revenue Grants from South Glos Council..

Whereas capital grants are used to buy or enhance land or buildings or buy and replace equipment, machinery and vehicles, the revenue grants are for general running costs.

For more information, visit the South Glos Council website.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Community group in need of a laptop?

The BT Community Connections scheme gives community and charitable organisations to apply for a laptop and a year's free broadband connection. For more information see the scheme website.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Meet Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats will visit Bristol on 26th October for the latest in his Nick Meets… public meetings across the UK. You have the chance to ask ‘any questions’ in this open invitation forum.

The meeting will be held in Hall 2, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR and will start at 6.30pm.

You can book a free ticket online.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Deadline looming for school place applications

You only have until 4.30pm on Friday (23rd) to apply for a primary or secondary school place for September 2010.

Due to the planned postal strikes by Royal Mail workers next week, South Gloucestershire Council is strongly advising any parents who have yet to submit an application for a school place to do so online or in person.

You can apply online at If you prefer to fill in a paper application form, you can hand deliver it to the Student Access and Support Team, South Gloucestershire Council, Department for Children and Young People, Riverside Court, Bowling Hill, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, BS37 6JX or to the Yate One Stop Shop in Kennedy Way.

Parents who are unable to complete the application form online or by hand should contact the Children and Young People’s Information Service as soon as possible by calling 01454 868008.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Roadworks - Westerleigh and the Folly pub

Today (19th October) there will be temporary traffic lights outside The Cottage, Westerleigh, to enable work on the water supply.

Tomorrow (20th October) there will be traffic lights outside The Folly on Westerleigh Road for "sign face work" to be carried out.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Cycling City exhibition

Yesterday Claire Young attended the Yate Spur Cycling City drop-in event at the Shire Way Community Centre. The route remains largely unchanged since the last event in Westerleigh and comments from that event will be taken into account with the ones made at this latest exhibition.

Safety at the Nibley Lane junction is still a concern and some residents had heard that the Council was planning to make Nibley Lane one way only. Officers yesterday told Claire there are no firm proposals on that yet and have promised to get back to her with more information.

Kidney Hill roadworks

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October, there will be temporary three-way traffic lights at the Kidney Hill junction at Westerleigh to allow overhead work on power cables.

Elsewhere, work continues to install new, real-time-information-ready bus stops along the A432 Badminton Road between Yate and Downend.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Nominations wanted for Sports Awards

You have until Friday 30th October to nominate people for the 2009 South Gloucestershire Sports Awards. You can find more information on the South Glos website.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Don't forget - Cycle City event tomorrow

If you would like to see the plans for the new cycle route linking Mangotsfield to Yate, drop in to the Shire Way Community Centre in Yate between 1.30pm and 7.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday). For more information, see the consultation online.

Help out at Ram Hill

If you fancy helping to preserve our mining heritage, why not join the Friends of Ram Hill Colliery for a work party on Sunday 18th October at the Ram Hill site? It will begin around 10am and end by 3pm and you can join them for whatever period suits you. Work ranges from cutting back bushes to moving stones. For more information, ring the Chair, Steve Hillyard, on 0117 923 6595.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Would your organisation like a free cycle stand (or four)?

Life Cycle UK in conjunction with SGC are running the “Take-a-stand” scheme. This provides local community groups, small shops and businesses up to 4 cycle stands for free (the organisation has to install them). If you are interested, see where you can download an application.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Safer Stronger Community Group - latest priorities

The three priorities chosen at this week's meeting of the Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath, Westerleigh and Iron Acton Safer Stronger Community Group were:
  1. Continued push vs ASB at The Park.
  2. Speeding on Park Lane.
  3. Parking on pavement at School Road - Mount Close junction.

Local rail consultation

Local people have until 27th November to comment on the future of rail services in the area. Network Rail have published a draft "Route Utilisation Strategy" for Great Western services, including mainline services through Bristol and local services such as those from Yate.

The document suggests that there could be an hourly service between Yate and Weston-super-Mare and also an hourly service from Portishead to Gloucester, stopping at Yate. If these proposals came into force there would then be two trains an hour between Yate and Bristol, although investment of more than £2 million would be required at Yate station to enable trains to turn round. The strategy says that this would only be feasible with 'third party investment', which means the local authority and/or developers putting in significant funding.

Urging people to have their say, local MP Steve Webb said, "This vision for rail services in the West over the coming decade offers real potential for improvements for hard-pressed commuters. A regular twice-hourly service between Yate and Bristol would help to improve the quality of service, though we would need assurances that those trains had enough carriages to cope with peak levels of demand. But this document is only a draft and we therefore need to be sure that these improvements are retained in the final version, due to be published in the New Year. I would therefore encourage anyone who cares about local rail services to register their support for investment at Yate by responding to the consultation".

Those wishing to comment can e-mail or write to 'Great Western RUS Consultation Response, Network Rail, Floor 4, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Traffic lights at Kendleshire crossroads

In the next week there will be four-way temporary traffic lights at Kendleshire crossroads so that kerb buildouts can be created.

Yate Library reminder

Just a reminder that Yate Library closes this Sunday (4th October) before re-opening in the new building on Monday 19th October. During the closure, staff will be moving the library network and stock and undergoing training.

While the library is closed, there will be an extended hours service at Chipping Sodbury Library - Tuesday – Saturday 9.30 – 5.00. Users can of course use any other South Gloucestershire Library in the area.

Personal Checkout event

If you would like advice on any of these topics:
  • Training & employment advice
  • Welfare & benefit advice
  • Debt & legal advice
  • Business advice
  • Healthy eating & lifestyle advice
  • Home energy advice
  • Leisure & libraries advice
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle advice
  • Housing advice
  • Care advice
  • Council tax advice
  • Digital switchover advice

and much more then get along to the "PersonalCheckout" event being run by South Glos Council and its partners from 3-7pm on 21st October in Yate Library.