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Woman evicted from Patchway flat for ASB

Posted on Monday 7th April 2014 at 5:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society.

A 22-year-old woman has been evicted from her Patchway flat after making her neighbours’ lives a misery.

Zoe Gullick was evicted from her Merlin Housing Society home in Willow Close in March following reports of drug taking, verbal abuse and physical threats towards her neighbours from her and visitors to her flat. She had also built up more than £800 in arrears.

Although Merlin initially tried to intervene, Gullick refused to engage and so the housing association went to Bristol County Court to secure an eviction order.

Neighbourhood Housing Manager Kathryn Perks said:

“We’re pleased that we’ve been able to regain possession of this flat from this woman who was causing so much trouble. Her neighbours have been very supportive of our efforts throughout and were willing to provide us with statements and I would like to thank them for this.”

“We’re committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the community by working with residents and our partner organisations. Hopefully this eviction will send a message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour from our residents and will take action when it is reported.”

Merlin tenants experiencing anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood should report it by contacting their housing office on 0300 123 2222.

Source: Press release from Merlin Housing Society

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Permission granted for first major housing scheme in Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood

Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 6:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Land use plan for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (January 2014).

Outline planning permission has been granted for the first of three major housing developments set to make up the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), most of which lies within the Patchway district ward of South Gloucestershire.

The scheme, by Persimmon Homes and Ashfield Land, will see the construction of up to 1,100 homes on a 133-acre site at Fishpool Hill, near Cribbs Causeway.

A new local centre, primary school, leisure and community facilities and transport infrastructure will also be delivered as part of the scheme.

The Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee, Cllr Dave Hockey, said:

“This is a landmark decision and a significant step forward for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.”

“In time this scheme will form part of a major new self-contained community within South Gloucestershire providing many of the new homes, jobs and infrastructure we will need in the coming years.”

“Committee members are grateful to all those who responded to the council’s consultation on this scheme and have carefully considered all comments received as part of the decision-making process.”

“One outcome of this is that councillors have agreed that an extra planning condition should be added to the Fishpool Hill development requiring Persimmon Homes to set up a Residents’ Liaison Group before the start of construction, to allow any problems relating to the development to be discussed.”

The Fishpool Hill development is one of three major schemes which will make up the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood of approximately 5,700 homes, 123 acres of employment land, new open spaces, schools and community facilities over the next 15 years.

The two other major schemes within the New Neighbourhood development – one to the north of the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, and the other on the site of the former airfield at Filton – are expected to be considered by the committee in the coming months.

More: Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) approved this week »

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College staff dress up for World Book Day

Posted on Friday 7th March 2014 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Teachers at Patchway Community College dress up for World Book Day.

World Book Day came to Patchway Community College on Thursday (6th March), with staff dressing up as characters from well-loved books and literature.

Students spent the day excitedly guessing which characters staff were portraying, all watching a video where staff gave literary clues to their role with students submitting as many answers as they could!

The week at the school has been a series of book related events, including a visit from a storyteller and a “Real Men Read” event where male staff, from PE teachers to Technology teachers, Science teachers to Catering teachers, read aloud from their favourite poems and books to watching students. All staff have also posted signs on classroom and office doors advertising what they are reading themselves.

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“Reading is so important to students for success in life, and it was wonderful to be able to use World Book Day to celebrate the fun and enjoyment in books with the students, sharing our love for reading with them.”

Photo courtesy of NPB Images Photography, Bristol.

Related link: Schools in Patchway (The Journal)

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Discover local volunteering opportunities at ‘speed matching’ event

Posted on Monday 17th February 2014 at 11:48 am by SH (Editor)

Volunteer Speed Matching event in Patchway.

Have you ever thought about volunteering but don’t know how to get involved?

Discover local volunteering opportunities in a speed-matching event to find your perfect match!

The Volunteer Centre Patchway, Filton and The Stokes is holding an event for everyone who would like to hear about volunteering opportunities. The Volunteer Speed-Match event will take place at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway (BS34 5LP) on Tuesday 18th February starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7pm.

Volunteer Speed Match will allow potential volunteers to meet with local charities and hear about a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Learn how you can share your skills and benefit personally from volunteering. Volunteering offers flexibility and can offer short-term and long-term placements, suiting all different skills and life styles!

The event is run in two sessions: In the first half you will meet a number of local organisations and hear a snap-shot of their volunteering opportunities; in the second half you can choose to meet with the three organisations you are most interested in and spend a ten-minute session with each finding out more.

If you like what you hear and want to get involved you can sign up there and then.

For more information please contact: info@volunteercentre-pfs.org.uk or 01454 868 986.

This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine. Our magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising.

Patchway Fire Station to close by 2018

Posted on Monday 10th February 2014 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Fire Station, Patchway, Bristol.

Patchway Fire Station looks set to close by 2018, as part of major organisational shake-up announced by Avon Fire & Rescue.

The Patchway station, on the corner of Durban Road and Rodway Road, will be replaced by a new station that will be built “somewhere on the site of the former Filton Airfield”.

Southmead Fire Station will also close within the same timeframe, with the resources of both stations being amalgamated at the new site.

The Journal understands that the favoured location for the new station is close to the A38, at the eastern end of the former runway.

A document entitled ‘Investing for the Future’ explains the reasons for the reorganisation across the force’s operational area:

“Since 2010 Avon Fire & Rescue Service has made a total of £11m of savings and efficiencies. This has been achieved with no impact on the frontline service we provide.”

“Over the next few years we expect the money we receive from the Government to continue to fall, which means £4.5 million of further annual savings will need to be found on top of previous savings.”

“Making savings is never easy, particularly as we know how much you value the services we provide. We’ve been careful to make sure the plans we’ve made allow us to reduce running costs while maintaining the excellent service people expect.”

In relation to the merging of the Patchway and Southmead stations, another document published by the service, its Integrated Risk Management Plan, explains that the move will “save money from a reduction in the staff required and building overheads” and “match the demand for our services generated by the large scale development of residential housing on the former Filton Airfield site”.

Other changes also announced include the closure of Keynsham and Brislington fire stations and the amalgamation of their resources at a new strategically located fire station on the Avon Ring Road in Kingswood.

The fire service claims the changes will have no impact on operational response standards or the budget available to spend on vehicles and equipment.

Read more: Avon Fire & Rescue Service to build new fire stations under ‘Investing for the Future’ programme


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