This indpendent website, founded in January 2011, aims to bring you a comprehensive round up of stories sourced from the police, local councils and community groups in Patchway.

Legal proceedings initiated to evict travellers

Posted on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the traveller encampment at The Tumps.

Legal proceedings have been initiated by South Gloucestershire Council to secure the removal of over a dozen traveller caravans that remain in a field at The Tumps, near Waterside Drive in Patchway.

A larger number of caravans, believed to be approaching thirty, arrived on the site last Friday (18th August). They are understood to be the same group that was evicted by bailiffs from Forty Acres in Stoke Gifford hours earlier on Friday afternoon.

Part of the convoy had first entered Scott Park in Patchway, but is said to have been enticed to leave by a town council groundsman who arranged for the gate into the field at The Tumps to be unlocked.

The Tumps is a nature area located just 400m from Scott Park that is also in the ownership of Patchway Town council.

The council, which describes the encampment as “unauthorised” on its website, served an eviction notice on the travellers on Monday, requiring them to vacate the site by 2pm on Tuesday (22nd August).

With 16 caravans still on the site on Tuesday afternoon, the remaining travellers were then served with a direction requiring all individuals, caravans and vehicles to vacate the site by Wednesday afternoon.

South Gloucestershire Council has now issued legal proceedings under Section 78 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and has already liaised with the courts to secure a hearing.

A statement on the town council website adds:

“There is a process that needs to be adhered to, but in the meantime, it is also confirmed there is continued negotiating taking place to encourage the travellers to move voluntarily.”

More: Councillors commend action of Scott Park groundsman »

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Record post-16 results for Patchway students

Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of post-16 students celebrating their examination results.

Students at Patchway Community College have achieved record results in this year’s post-16 examinations.

Fifty-one percent of all grades were A*-B or equivalent and 80 percent were A*-C. The pass rate was 99 percent.

Headteacher Karen Cornick praised the hard work and commitment of students and staff:

“We are thrilled with this set of results! Our students have worked incredibly hard to gain these fantastic results and we are so proud of their achievements. Half of all grades were A* to B and this means that our students are going to top universities. Patchway Sixth Form is a really happy and successful place to study where it’s evident from results that students receive first class teaching which enables them to achieve the highest aims.”

Top achievers in the school included Emma Barrow, who has A* in sociology, A in history and Distinction* in health & social care, and is going to Bristol University to study education. She was delighted with her results and said: “I revised a lot and got loads of support from school.”

Three students will be going to Cardiff University in September, including Jack Hamblin who gained A* in psychology, A in biology and B in philosophy, describing the grades he achieved as “testament to the hard work and quality of teaching” at Patchway. He will be joined by Sam Hughes (AAB) and Portia Moore (AAC) who will both be studying law.

More: Students also off to Leeds, Exeter and Southampton »

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McCarthy & Stone given green light for Charlton Hayes developments

Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017 at 9:47 am by SH (Editor)

Plot MU5: Proposed south-east elevation (facing Hayes Way).

Following the recent decisions by South Gloucestershire Council to approve McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living and Retirement Living Plus (Extra Care) proposals for the development of vacant scrubland, known locally as plots MU5 and MU6, at Charlton Hayes, Simon Mantell, the firm’s regional managing director, commented:

“We are delighted that our plans for much-needed Retirement Living and Extra Care accommodation in Charlton Hayes and the wider Patchway area have been approved by South Gloucestershire Council, subject to the signing of a section 106 agreements.”

“McCarthy & Stone has consulted with the local community to produce a scheme that contributes to the wider, rapidly changing Charlton Hayes area. The permission will now see two landmark age-exclusive developments constructed on a gateway into Charlton Hayes and on a key route into Cribbs Causeway.”

He added:

“We would like to thank the community and South Gloucestershire Council for their support and look forward to making these plans a reality, with construction to begin on site in the next few months.”

Plots MU5 and MU6 and are located at the southern end of Charlton Boulevard, close to Hayes Way [see map].

Image: Plot MU5 proposed south-east elevation (facing Hayes Way).

Source: Press release issued on behalf of McCarthy & Stone.

Related links:

  • Planning application PT16/4975/F (plot MU6) | Erection of part three, part four storey building comprising of 60no. extra care apartments (Class C2 ) for the elderly…
  • Planning application PT16/4976/F (MU5) | Erection of a part three, part four and part two storey building comprising 42no. Retirement Living apartments…

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Patchway Community College awarded multi-million pound investment

Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017 at 8:34 am by SH (Editor)

Students at Patchway Community College.

Patchway Community College has been awarded in excess of £4 million to refurbish its site. The money will be used to fund roof and heating system replacements and building refurbishments. This includes funding from central government and also local developers to provide a floodlit AstroTurf facility and a variety of other improvements.

The money is ring-fenced for use at Patchway only and must meet strict criteria over its use, for example facilities and building work only and not salaries or school trips.

Headteacher Karen Cornick commented:

“This is a long overdue investment in Patchway Community College and its community, and is very welcome. It demonstrates confidence that our school has a bright future.”

“This financial investment in our facilities, alongside our formal partnership with the Olympus Academy Trust from September 2017, will accelerate our journey of rapid school improvement; a journey that is already well under way.”

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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