Archive for April, 2012

Highwood Road campaign reaches critical milestone of 2,500 signatures

Posted on Friday 27th April 2012 at 5:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Demonstration against the impending closure of Highwood Road.

A petition to stop South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) closing Patchway’s Highwood Road to general traffic has reached a critical milestone this week by attracting more than 2,500 signatures of support.

Supporters of the campaign to keep the road open launched the petition at the beginning of March and by Wednesday this week it had been signed by 2,557 people.  Of that total, 617 had been registered electronically through the Council’s website, with the remainder being collected on forms available in shops and community centres throughout the town.

Passing the 2,5000 threshold, means that the matter will now have to be debated at a full meeting of the Council, a right enshrined in its Petition Scheme implemented under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.

The concept that Highwood Road should be “scaled down from a dual carriageway into a single carriageway and become a dedicated bus corridor” was enshrined in the 2003 planning application for the Filton Aerodrome North Field mixed-use development (now known as Charlton Hayes). A detailed planning application for the so-called ‘Highwood Road Linear Park’ was approved in February 2011 and work on the project get underway in September 2011.

More: U-turn could be costly for the Council, says Highways officer »

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Residents submit petition against Shellmor Avenue traffic scheme

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2012 at 3:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Notice advertising a proposed left-turn ban into Shellmor Avenue.

A 93-signature petition opposing the proposed implementation of a scheme that would see traffic banned from turning left of the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue has been handed to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC)

The move comes just a week before the end of a public consultation on the traffic regulation order for the £15,000 scheme, and follows an earlier consultation where residents were asked to choose between five alternative proposals, ranging from completely blocking off Shellmor Avenue at its junction with Gloucester Road to doing nothing.

The petition was handed to SGC Highway Engineer Mark Parry at last week’s meeting of the Patchway Safer and Stronger Community Group, where several residents of Stoke Lodge voiced their concerns about the effect the scheme could have on other roads in the area, particularly Stoke Lane.

Opponents of the scheme complained that earlier consultations by Stoke Lodge ward Councillors had been restricted to residents of Shellmor Avenue.

Stoke Lane will have to bear the brunt of the extra traffic that previously accessed Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road and increased congestion will occur at the Stoke Lodge mini-roundabout if the scheme is implemented, claim the objectors.

More: Town Council might arrange residents’ consultation meeting »

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Highwood Road closed overnight on four days this week

Posted on Monday 16th April 2012 at 1:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Bus corridor under construction on Highwood Road, Patchway

Highwood Road, the main thoroughfare through Patchway between the A38 Gloucester Road and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, will be closed to all traffic overnight on four days this week.

Birse Civils, the main contractor carrying out the conversion of Highwood Road to a bus-only single carriageway, says the closures are needed to allow resurfacing of the road between the entrance to the new Charlton Hayes housing development and the Coniston Road junction.

The closures will take place from 8pm to 6am the following morning Monday through Thursday this week (16th – 19th April) and will see all traffic banned between the Callicroft Road/Durban Road junction and the Standing Stone Roundabout near The Mall.

Access and egress from the Charlton Hayes development will, however, be maintained, albeit only from/to the Callicroft Road/Durban Road junction.

The company warns that it will not be possible to join Highwood Road from Coniston Road at its western end (near The Mall).

During the closures, there will be no access to Patchway from The Mall end of Highwood Road, so all traffic will need to approach from the A38 via Patchway Roundabout.

First Group says bus services 73, 75, 309 & 319 will divert via the A38 and Hayes Way (the new road by Royal Mail) whilst each closure is in place.

Buses will be unable to serve Patchway Estate from 8pm each night until Highwood Road reopens the following morning.

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Patchway groups benefit from The Mall’s charity fund

Posted on Friday 13th April 2012 at 4:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity representatives at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Thanks to the generosity of its shoppers, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway has been able to donate £10,000 to local charities and community groups, including three that are based in Patchway.

Charities were invited to a Fountain Fund Tea Party at The Mall last month, to celebrate the donations.

Maria Crayton, Head of Marketing at The Mall at said:

“Every coin dropped into The Mall’s Fountain is collected and counted and this year we’ve been able to donate £10,000 to local charities. It’s a real delight to be able to make a difference in the local community. It’s great to be able to make sure that all of the money dropped into the fountain over the year by shoppers goes to such good causes.”

Charities can apply to receive a grant via the Fountain Fund page on The Mall’s website. Since it started, ten years ago, The Mall’s Fountain Fund has donated over £100,000 to local good causes.

Patchway groups that have benefited from the 2012 awards are:

Patchway Centre Pre-School, which will use its grant of £1,000 to purchase safety mats for the 2-3 year old’s room, for the children to roll and jump, and to place around the slide. The centre would also like to purchase coat trolleys.

Amberley Road Church Women’s Group, which supports older, local, women by running social activity sessions. The group would like to use its grant of £698 to pay for speakers, outings, craft materials and other social activity expenses.

Patchway Community Centre is an old but very busy community building. The regeneration project will carry out works to ensure that the building is a safe and welcoming place for the local and surrounding communities. With 27 original 1940’s single glazed windows around the building, Patchway Community Association would like to use their £1,000 grant to replace two more of the windows in the room that hosts the luncheon club for the elderly, Alcoholics Anonymous, PHAB and keep fit for the disabled.

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