Archive for March, 2012

No decision on Coniston Road raised crossings until June

Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Cycle crossing point on Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol

South Gloucestershire Council says that a decision on whether to go ahead with two proposed raised table zebra crossings in Coniston Road is unlikely to be made before June.

A public consultation on the statutory notices for the two proposed crossings (near Waterside Drive and Martin Close) took place from 25th January to 25th February and The Journal has learned that five responses were received.

Two of the respondents object to the ‘raised table’ element of the proposals, with one claiming the support of a near 700-signature petition against the introduction/consolidation of raised platforms along the well-used road.

Another respondent observes that many pedestrians and cyclists using the existing raised crossing near Waterside Drive seem to assume they have right of way over road users and calls for the scheme to be amended with the introduction of ‘give way’ markings for users of the crossings.

The final two respondents both welcome the proposals but ask that additional cyclists’ crossings be introduced immediately adjacent to the proposed zebra crossings. They also ask that ‘give-way’ lines be painted across the road and suggest that a distinctive colour be used for the road surface of the extra crossings.

More: Executive member likely to make decision in June »

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MP visits DHL Service Centre at Cribbs Causeway

Posted on Friday 23rd March 2012 at 5:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP visits DHL at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

Local MP Jack Lopesti visited the DHL Express Service Centre at Cribbs Causeway recently to hear about DHL’s work, the challenges and opportunities they face and their plans for the future.

DHL opened the Bristol Service Centre over ten years ago, and have seen their operations grow to the point where they now employ 50 people and make over 1,700 customer visits per day. The Centre’s drivers cover an area from Yeovil in the south to Gloucestershire in the north.

Mr Lopresti heard about the challenges that the business faces, in particular on local congestion and aviation. However, the DHL team are meeting such challenges head on and expressed support for some of the measures recently announced by the Government to improve transport infrastructure.

Across DHL’s business units, the company is working hard to reduce vehicle miles and congestion. In Bristol this includes running the DHL Supply Chain Consolidation Centre which reduces the number of lorries entering the city centre by consolidating into a single vehicle the many lorry deliveries that are made by different retailers to sites across the city centre. This operation has resulted in 300,000 fewer vehicle kilometres being travelled and over 30,000 tonnes of cardboard and plastic being collected and recycled since the site opened in 2004.

The MP said:

“I would like to thank DHL for inviting me to visit their Service Centre at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol. I found the visit very interesting, and I am pleased that DHL continues to innovate new ways to make deliveries into our city centres and help reduce urban congestion.

“I am pleased that the Government has also been able to find the money to make infrastructure improvements that will improve DHL’s ability to do business, whilst also decreasing congestion for local residents and other road users.”

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Town Councillor launches petition to keep Highwood Road open

Posted on Monday 19th March 2012 at 11:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Demonstration against the impending closure of Highwood Road

A Patchway Town Councillor has launched a petition to keep Highwood Road open to general traffic, in opposition to South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) plan to restrict the central section of the road to buses and cycles.

Cllr Chris Mills, Chair of the Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee, wants non-commercial traffic, i.e. cars and motorcycles, to be allowed to join buses and cycles on the main road that is currently being changed from dual to single carriageway by contractors working for the District Council.

Without the change, Cllr Mills claims the back streets of Patchway will be turned into rat runs.

Local residents need to be able to transit from one end of Patchway to the other without driving around Coniston Avenue, adds the Town Councillor.

Around twenty protesters gathered at the junction of Sycamore Drive and Highwood Road last Saturday morning to demonstrate their support for Cllr Mills’ petition, many carrying “Keep Highwood Road Open” posters that triggered hoots of approval from several passing motorists.

The group included eight Patchway Town Councillors, two of whom represent Patchway ward on SGC.

Signature forms for the petition are available at many of the shops in Rodway Road, Patchway Autoparts and the newsagents in Chelford Grove, Stoke Lodge. The petition can also be signed online via this page on the SGC website: http://bit.ly/keep-highwood-road-open

More: SGC’s reluctance to engage with the Town Council is "disgraceful", says Cllr Mills »

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Plans submitted for new police complex on Gloucester Road

Posted on Friday 16th March 2012 at 5:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Custody centre and police station on Gloucester Road, Patchway

A detailed planning application has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council for a new custody centre and police station on the former Bensons site on Gloucester Road, Patchway.

The custody centre, one of three centralised units across the Avon and Somerset Police area, will house 48 cells and serve Bristol, South Gloucestershire and parts of North Somerset.

The new police station, replacing the one at Elm Park, Filton, will contain an enquiry office for members of the public and will serve the communities of Filton, Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Frenchay, Winterbourne, Severn Beach, Almondsbury, Easter Compton and Hambrook.

A specialist crime investigation unit will also be located at the complex.

Outline planning permission for a two-storey custody centre (approx 3,000sqm of floor space) and a two-storey police station (approx 1,000sqm floor space) was obtained from South Gloucestershire Council in September 2010.

The latest plans show the two functions merged into a single two-story building providing 5,970sqm of gross internal floor space, with the custody centre occupying around two-thirds of the building.

According to the transport statement submitted with the application, the development will employ 303 people in total, working in shifts to provide 24 hour cover. The statement adds that a maximum of 164 staff are anticipated to be on site during any given day.

More: Site will have two vehicular access points off Gloucester Road »

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