Archive for November, 2011

Hundreds of jobs to go as RBS announces closure of Aztec West office

Posted on Tuesday 29th November 2011 at 12:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Aztec West Business Park, Patchway, Bristol

Hundreds of jobs are to be lost in North Bristol following the announcement by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) that it is to close its office on the Aztec West Business Park by the end of 2012.

The state-backed bank has confirmed that 330 jobs are to go, although the Unite union claims the figure is closer to 440 because scores of temporary contractors employed at the site will also be affected.

The cuts are part of 3,500 job losses announced last year, which the union described at the time as a “horror story”.

Unite said the state-backed lender’s decision to close its Bristol site as part of a “strategic review” by RBS of its customer support operations would cause “devastation” to the local community and that the bank should rethink the move.

David Fleming, from the union, told the BBC:

“Unite has expressed to the Royal Bank of Scotland its frustration about the bank’s decision to close its site in Bristol and also make another 440 staff cuts from its customer support operations.”

“The Aztec West site is the second site closure announced by RBS in the South West, as the Plymouth site is also closing.”

More: RBS will "keep compulsory redundancies to an absolute minimum" »

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Local transport schemes to be discussed at Area Forum

Posted on Monday 28th November 2011 at 10:13 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council

Five proposed local transport improvement schemes in the Patchway area are to be discussed at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum this Tuesday (29th November).

The Forum has £50k to allocate to transport projects within the Bradley Stoke, Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne areas.

The five Patchway projects to be discussed are:

  • Closure of Shellmor Avenue to motor vehicles at its junction with Gloucester Road (A38)
  • Provision of a shared pedestrian cycleway in Eagle Drive
  • Footway improvements and traffic signal sequence changes on Rodway Road, near Callicroft Primary School
  • Provision of a pedestrian crossing facility in Cranham Drive, near St Chad’s Primary School
  • Improvements to Callicroft Road bus stop on Gloucester Road (A38)

The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke, starting at 7pm.

More info: Agenda for Tuesday’s Area Forum meeting (SGC)

Read more about the Shellmor Avenue and bus stop issues »

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Frustration at lack of information over road closures

Posted on Friday 25th November 2011 at 2:46 pm by SH (Editor)

No right turn into Durban Road from Highwood Road, Patchway

Residents and employees in Patchway have expressed frustration over the lack of advance information about a series of road closures introduced last weekend.

The closures are related to the ongoing work to transform Highwood Road into a ‘linear park’, which planners hope will better integrate the new Charlton Hayes neighbourhood with the main part of Patchway.

A resident of Windermere Road contacted The Journal on Monday complaining that the stretch of Durban Road between Rodway Road and Highwood Road had been closed off without warning on Sunday. When the resident enquired at South Gloucestershire Council’s Patchway Hub (situated on the corner of the closed Durban Road) on Monday, she was told that the Council’s own employees at the Hub had also been unaware of the closure and had experienced difficulty getting to work that morning.

Staff at Patchway Town Council confirmed that they too had been surprised by the road closures and that they were awaiting information from SGC after receiving a number of enquiries from concerned residents.

Research by The Journal has confirmed that there was no mention of the road closures in SGC’s weekly roadworks report issued the previous Friday. Enquiries through SGC’s Highways Department on Monday drew a blank, with an official saying she was unable to provide any immediate information but promising to do so “within seven working days”.

More: Council apologises over lack of information. Durban Road closed until February 2012. »

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Steven Vice convicted of murdering Wayne Brown

Posted on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 at 5:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car

Avon and Somerset Police report this afternoon that Steven Vice has been convicted of the murder of Wayne Brown.

In the early hours of Sunday 9th January 2011, police received reports that a man had suffered serious injuries to his chest in an assault in Rodway Road, Patchway. The victim, Wayne Brown, 25, was taken to Frenchay Hospital but died from his injuries.

Steven Vice, then aged 21, was arrested and charged with murder. After a trial lasting three weeks, a jury at Bristol Crown Court has found Vice guilty of murder. He will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd November).

Speaking after the conviction, DCI Simon Crisp said:

“Steven Vice launched a cowardly attack on an unarmed man. He repeatedly stabbed his victim who was unable to protect himself from the vicious assault. A thorough police investigation has put Vice before the court and he now faces spending a considerable period of his life behind bars.”

“We will be relentless in tackling people who carry weapons. These people should live in fear of the moment we catch up with them and hold them to account for their actions.”

If you have information about people who carry weapons call Avon and Somerset Police on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 (they never ask your name or trace your call).

Related link: Fatal stabbing in Rodway Road (Patchway in the Press)

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