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Charlton Hayes community consultation

Posted on Thursday 24th July 2014 at 9:30 am by SH (Editor)

Callicroft Place, Charlton Hayes, Patchway, Bristol (Bovis Homes)

Charlton Hayes residents are being given the opportunity to give their feedback on what it is like to live in a new development.

Some residents have been living in this evolving community for close on three years, while the development grows ever bigger. The consultation will look at issues such as the impact of parking, anti-social behaviour, the needs for a local school and a GP service, as well as how people feel about their new neighbourhoods.

The consultation is being conducted by Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP), a local charity which has placed a community development worker in Charlton Hayes to work with local stakeholders and residents to build a vibrant community.

It will gauge residents’ experience of living in the new community as well as aid the development worker and other partners in delivering work and services to residents. To date, neighbourhood watch groups have been set up, there is a community newsletter, community events organised throughout the year and a resident forum is in the pipeline.

Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6HNPC88 to complete the consultation online (open until 26th August 2014). Paper copies can be obtained from Patchway Library or from the Patchway Town Council offices (both in Rodway Road). A consultation post box is located in Patchway library for posting the completed forms.

SBCP’s Charlton Hayes Community Development Worker Winsome Barrett-Muir said:

“Residents now have a direct way to voice their views – views that will impact on how I work and they can say what is good and what needs changing! A similar consultation has been carried out in other new developments and the outcome has made living on a new development better for those involved.”

Further information about the consultation can be obtained from Southern Brooks Community Partnership on 01454 868 570.

Source: Press release from Southern Brooks Community Partnership

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Appeal for witnesses after stabbing at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Posted on Sunday 13th July 2014 at 1:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Marks & Spencer store at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, yesterday (Saturday 12th July).

The incident happened just after 12noon, close to the Marks and Spencer store.

A man was stabbed in the lower back during the incident and was taken to Southmead Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Det Chief Insp Simon Wilstead said:

“We continue to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident and one man remains in custody at this time.”

“This was an isolated incident and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.”

“We would like to say thank you to several members of the public who acted extremely bravely yesterday and came to the assistance of the victim.”

“We are still appealing for witnesses of the incident to come forward and would ask that anyone who saw it to please contact North East Area CID via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting 70809/14.”

A 46-year-old man arrested yesterday in connection with the incident has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

Photo: Archive image of the Marks and Spencer store at The Mall.

The Bristol Post reported yesterday that the incident occurred in the area between Marks and Spencer and Waterstones.

Update: Little Stoke man charged with attempted murder »

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Second ‘fun day’ to be held at Charlton Hayes

Posted on Thursday 10th July 2014 at 11:04 am by SH (Editor)

Charlton Hayes Fun Day.

The second Charlton Hayes Fun Day takes place on Saturday 12th July from 10am to 1pm at the Temporary Green on Ringsfield Lane (located off Wood Street in the Long Leaze part of the development).

Charlton Hayes Fun Day on 12th July 2014.

Residents will be able to meet the newly appointed landscape architect from Bovis Homes, who will be sharing plans for the development.

There will also be an opportunity to fill in a community consultation that will help plan and improve services for residents.

Attractions planned for the event include free face painting and a free bouncy castle plus community stalls and food for sale.

A minibus service will be provided to pick up residents who are “cut off” from the Long Leaze part of Charlton Hayes. The first pick up, at 10.05am, will be at the sales office at the Hammond Grove development. The minibus will then proceed to Charlton Boulevard (the David Wilson/Barratt/Bellway development), near the entrance to Hayes Way, where it will pick up at 10.15am.

The minibus will make a return journey from the Temporary Green at 1pm, dropping off at the two pick up points.

Related link: Charlton Hayes (The Journal)

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Great Art Hunt gets under way in Patchway and Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 9th July 2014 at 11:30 am by SH (Editor)

Decorated 'trees' exhibited during the Great Art Hunt in Patchway and Bradley Stoke.

Up to 1,500 children and their families are expected to take part in an arts-themed treasure hunt in the Patchway and Bradley Stoke areas this week, as part of a project organised by Patchway Community College.

The Great Art Hunt, a cross between a treasure hunt and an arts trail, takes its inspiration from the success of the Gorillas and Gromits across Bristol, using individual and beautiful trees that children have been decorating in three schools across the area.

Every class from Stoke Lodge Primary, Wheatfield Primary and Meadowbrook Primary has made a tree that will be hosted across Patchway and Bradley Stoke for people to find.

Leading up to the event, children have been creating ‘pom poms’ from old school uniform and making ‘trees’ using unused, unwanted books – giving the pages a new lease of life and connecting with the launch of this year’s summer reading challenge, Mythical Maze.

Students from Patchway Community College have been busy helping to deliver the art projects to the primary school children as well as ‘yarn bombing’ their very own shopping trolley, kindly donated by Asda.

Sherie Humphreys, creative agent at Patchway Community College, said:

“We chose a tree for the arts trail as it encapsulated the spirit of our project; growing our communities to create unity. It has been amazing to see the imaginations of the primary pupils really come to life in the trees; I’m overwhelmed at what they have produced.”

Miss Pasco, Year 5 teacher at Stoke Lodge Primary School, said:

“The project allowed pupils to express their creativity and imagination, showing a variety of unique designs and producing a spectacular display of trees.”

The Great Art Hunt is taking place across Patchway and Bradley Stoke from Monday 7th July to Sunday 13th July. To follow the trail fully, children and their families will be able to collect a log book from any of the participating schools or Patchway and Bradley Stoke libraries.

More: Art works hosted at community venues and local businesses »

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HSBC branch at Aztec West to close in August

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 10:10 am by SH (Editor)

Notice announcing closure of the HSBC branch at Aztec West, Bristol.

The HSBC branch on the Aztec West Business Park is to close in August, it has been announced.

The facility, which currently opens 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday only, will close permanently at 3pm on Friday 29th August.

Accounts currently held at Aztec West will be transferred to the bank’s Filton branch, three miles away. The next closest HSBC branches are at Westbury-on-Trym and Thornbury.

A message sent to customers explained:

“At HSBC, we are constantly evolving and developing our services. And with the growth of telephone and internet banking in recent years, this has naturally resulted in some branches being used less often. Therefore after careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to close our branch at Unit 6, Aztec Centre, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4TD as of 3pm on Friday 29 August 2014.”

“As of this date, accounts held at Bristol, Aztec West branch will be managed by the HSBC branch at 27 Gloucester Road North, Filton, Bristol BS7 0SQ, which is the nearest HSBC branch and cash machine to Bristol, Aztec West branch. Other nearby alternative branches and HSBC cash machines are at 11 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DE and 23 High Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2AE.”

The Journal understands that staff currently employed at Aztec West will be redeployed to other HSBC branches in the area.

The closure will leave the thousands of people employed on the business park without an on-site cash machine (ATM), although it is believed that the park’s management company is looking into the possibility of providing one through an alternative operator.

Other bank and building society branches in the Patchway area include Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Coventry Building Society, all located on Gloucester Road, near the Callicroft Road junction.

Related link: Banks and Building Societies in Patchway (The Journal)

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