Saturday, 25 May 2013

Appeal against wind turbine refusal

The applicant has submitted an appeal against the planning committee’s refusal of permission to build a wind turbine south of the B4465 between Westerleigh and Codrington.

All the original comments will be sent to the appeal inspector, they do not need to be resubmitted, but if you have any additional points to make to the Inspector the deadline is 25 June. You can find details of the appeal by going to the planning portal and using the reference number: APP/P0119/A/13/2196500.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Dodington Road safety issues

In April Claire Young carried out a survey in Dodington Road to find out what people thought about various options for pavements to increase pedestrian safety.

Most people supported both extending the pavement on the school playing field side to a safer crossing point and creating a pavement on the same side as the houses from there up to at least the bend. Given the costs, it would be difficult for the Area Forum to fund both in one year, so they have been added to the Local Transport Priority List as two separate schemes. It would not make sense to create a path from the bend down to Woodlands without there then being a crossing point to another footpath, so extending the existing pavement on the school playing field side to a safer crossing point is described as phase 1 and the scheme to create a path from the crossing point along to the bend as phase 2.

The proposals will be scored by officers along with all the other potential schemes on the list, which will help inform the Frome Vale Area Forum in making a decision next March as to which schemes will be funded. Members of the public can attend the Forum to speak for in support of schemes.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Yate spur cycle path latest

The cycle path has been constructed from Coxgrove Hill (at the northern end of the existing Bristol to Bath railway path link) as far north as Westerleigh Road. On this section, between the M4 motorway and Westerleigh Road, there are further works to complete which include the installation of a footbridge at Folly Brook and minor works at the level crossing and the Network Rail car park. Officers are intending to install the bridge at Folly Brook next month, which will take about one week to complete. The works at the level crossing and Network Rail car park are subject to negotiations with Network Rail.

It is anticipated that the next phase of works from Westerleigh Road to Westerleigh village including the provision of a traffic island on Westerleigh Road will be constructed in 2013/14 (possible start date in June). The remainder of the route from Westerleigh village to Yate will be delivered when funding becomes available.

Unfortunately, there are no funds in 2013/14 to construct the fishing lakes route even though planning permission has been given. Again, officers hope to secure funding in future years so that this route can be built.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Road closures this week

Both Coalsack Lane and Nibley Lane are to close for cleaning this week.

Coalsack Lane is expected to be closed on Tuesday 14th May. Nibley Lane, from its junction with Badminton Road to its junction with Westerleigh Road, is expected to be closed from 9.30am until 2.30pm on Thursday 16th May.

Get involved at Area Forum

Area Forums give you a chance to get involved in the decisions that affect you. Parish councils, community organisations and local residents are all welcome to join in the discussions before any formal decisions.

Severn Vale Area Forum (which covers Charfield ward among others) will be meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 15 May at Thornbury Council Offices. The Frome Vale area Forum (which covers an area including Laddenbrook, Frampton Cotterell and Westerleigh wards) meets at 7pm on Thursday 16 May at Frampton Cotterell Primary C of E VC Primary School.

There will be information about upcoming Post Office service changes, South Gloucestershire Council's localism plans and details of the waste strategy consultation. There will also be updates on the Local Transport Capital Programme, the New Homes Bonus grants scheme and the Positive Activities Subsidy Grants Programme for youth services.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Street light switch off - Dodington Parish

As we previously reported, during 2013 South Glos Council will be extending its ‘part-night’ lighting scheme throughout South Gloucestershire. During July 2013 streetlights in Dodington Parish are programmed to be converted to switch off during the early hours of the morning.

You can view the detailed plans and associated information online. Print copies will also be available to view in Yate One Stop Shop and Yate library. You can also find out more online about part night lighting more generally, including the criteria for which lights are left on. If you have concerns that some of the criteria have not been applied correctly, you have until 12th June to make comments.