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Views sought on highway improvement measures proposed for Coniston Road area

Posted on Friday 19th September 2014 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

20mph zone sign.

Patchway residents are being invited to have their say on a raft of proposed highway improvement measures that would affect a wide area of the town that includes the full length of Coniston Road and many of the road leading off it.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is running a public consultation on the proposals, which have come out of a review of the “remaining traffic issues” in the Patchway area, following its decision, last October, to keep Highwood Road permanently closed to general traffic.

The aim of the proposals would be targeted at reducing traffic speeds (in those locations currently without 20 mph restrictions or traffic calming), improving vehicular access and improving road safety at junctions. There are also proposals to introduce limited waiting parking on Rodway Road, to improve access to shops and the medical centre.

The schemes are due to be implemented within the current financial year (2014/15), and are subject to sufficient support from local business and residents, and comments received at a future formal consultation on the necessary traffic regulation orders.

Drawings showing the proposals are available online on a dedicated consultation page on the SGC website. They can also be viewed at the Patchway Town Council offices in Rodway Road or at Patchway Library during normal opening hours.

Patchway’s Labour councillors unsuccessfully campaigned for Highwood Road to be re-opened to general traffic following an 18-month “experimental closure” that began in October 2012. They are encouraging local people to continue their ongoing battle for traffic improvements in Patchway by taking part in the consultation on proposals for the Coniston Road area, which they say has become a rat-run following the closure of Highwood Road.

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Patchway Community College students celebrate A-level and GCSE successes

Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 4:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Patchway Community College celebrate their A-level results.

Students at Patchway Community College have continued their tradition of excellent A-level results, with 40% of A-level students achieving the top grades of A*, A or B. The overall pass rate rose to an impressive 98% with students of all abilities achieving impressive results.

The highest achieving student was Kyle Ashcroft, who studied four A-levels and achieved A* grades in History and Geography, an A in Psychology and a B in Religious Studies. Kyle secured a place at his first choice University of Durham to read History. He commented: “I’m really very pleased with my results and that all the hard work paid off.“

Ian Trevathen, Head of Sixth Form, commented:

“We always look forward to results day as it represents both the pinnacle of student achievement in the college, and also the start of the next exciting chapter in students’ academic or working lives. It is a testament to the hard work of the young people at the college that they have secured excellent opportunities for themselves.”

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“We are delighted with this year’s results achieved through the hard work of the students and staff. It is fantastic to see so many students fulfilling their potential and being able to move on to university courses, apprenticeships or jobs because of their good grades.”

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Rodway Road post office to be refurbished and offer longer opening hours

Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2014 at 9:13 pm by SH (Editor)

The Spar store and Post Office in Roadway Road, Patchway.

Patchway Post Office, in Rodway Road, is to be changed into a new ‘main’ style branch that offers some services over extended opening hours.

The post office will close for refurbishment at 5.30pm on Monday 1st September. When it reopens ten days later, at 1pm on Thursday 11th September, the branch, which is located inside the Spar convenience store, will have been transformed into an open-plan branch with four serving positions. These will be a mixture of one screened, two open-plan and a Post Office serving point at the Spar retail counter, which will be available throughout the store’s opening hours offering selected services.

The same wide range of products and services will still be available at the post office counters during regular hours (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1.30pm on Saturday).

During the period of closure, customers can use other Post Office branches in the local area, such as Little Stoke (8 Kingsway, Little Stoke BS34 6JL) and Filton (2 – 3 Church View, Filton BS34 7BT).

Post Office Ltd’s Area Manager Adrian Skinner said:

“The change to this branch is part of a three-year investment and support programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, which will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new ‘main’ or ‘local’ style branches.”

“Our aim is to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers that will include longer opening hours.”

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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 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

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.

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