Archive for November, 2012

Shellmor Avenue left turn ban to begin on Monday

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road is to be closed.

Work to implement a scheme to ban traffic turning left off the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue and improve the layout of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction got underway this week.

The scheme is intended to improve road safety on Shellmor Avenue by reducing the volume of traffic using the road as a “cut through”.

The go ahead for the work was finally given at September’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, despite 39 objections being received during the legal advertisement phase (76 respondents were in favour).

Many of the objectors raised concerns about the possible impact the closure would have on traffic levels in Stoke Lane and Patchway Town Councillors are understood to have since met with SGC Highway Engineers to discuss these.

Stage 1 of the Shellmor Avenue work started on Monday (26th November) and has involved temporarily closing the road between Shellmor Close and the junction with Stoke Lane, to enable the junction widening works to be carried out. This has necessitated the introduction of a lengthy diversionary route, via the Aztec West Roundabout, for traffic wishing to access Shellmor Avenue and the roads leading off it.

Stage 2 of the work, to close the left turn off Gloucester Road, is due to begin on Monday (3rd December, not 2nd December as shown on the sign).

The Council has estimated the cost of implementing the left turn ban at £15,000, which does not include earlier investigation work. The additional £10,000 cost of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction improvement work was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in March.

More info: Consultation and traffic management measures (SGC)

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Life-size knitted nativity characters to visit Patchway church

Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 7:04 pm by SH (Editor)

The Knutty Knitters with their Knitivity scene.

A set of giant knitted characters from the nativity scene are due to pay a visit to a Patchway church this weekend, as part of a charity fundraising tour of Bristol.

The life-sized knitted Mary, Joseph, shepherds, kings and sheep, produced by a group called the ‘Knutty Knitters’, will be at Holy Family RC Church on Saturday and Sunday (1st/2nd December).

The ‘Knitivity’ scene has been created in memory of Christine Walsh, a founding member of the Knutty Knitters, who died of bowel cancer at St Peter’s Hospice last December, and the group are now raising money for the charity which cared for her by taking their creation on tour.

The knitters, made up of Alison Spurrell, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth, all worked together along with Christine at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Monks Park and started knitting together in their spare time.

Before Christine died, it was decided that the Knitivity would be their next project and the group have since decided to carry on and do it in aid of St Peter’s Hospice.

Alison Spurrell said:

“The Knutty Knitters began when we made a Royal Wedding themed project and raised a great amount for the primary school we used to work at. We enjoyed it so much we decided to make it a regular thing.”

“When we began the Knitivity project we adapted patterns given in a magazine and we had no idea how big the figures would turn out. It was a bit of a surprise when they turned out to be life-sized but they look fabulous!”

More: Knitivity to make two further visits to Patchway in December »

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Students show their spots and raise lots for Children in Need

Posted on Saturday 24th November 2012 at 9:23 pm by Jack Turner

Children in Need - show your spots, let's raise lots.

Staff and students at Patchway Community College showed their spots and hopefully raised lots whilst having an non-uniform day on Friday 16th November to raise money for the charity ‘Children in Need’.

This year’s Children in Need slogan “Show your spots, let’s raise lots” has been tied in with the school’s house system with students being awarded ten points for their house if they wore something spotty on the non-uniform day that happens every year at the college.

To take part in this day all students had to do was pay a £1 donation to Children in Need and hopefully turn up wearing something spotty, which most of the students did.

One Year 11 student at Patchway Community College said:

“I think raising money for Children in Need with a non-uniform day is a great idea as long as everyone donated £1 or maybe even more.”

Daniel Hibbard added:

“The money raised goes to a good cause and helps the children who need help the most!”

Overall, all the staff and students at Patchway Community College had an amazing day raising lots of money for Children in Need. This year’s total stands at a total of £450 which is an amazing effort from everyone at Patchway Community College!

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Committee to consider objections to Hempton Lane parking restriction plans

Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 5:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Inconsiderate parking in Hempton Lane, Patchway, Bristol.

Objections to proposed changes to waiting restrictions in Hempton Lane are to be considered at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transport & Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee next week.

The objections, which relate to plans to add further double lines on the north side of the road and introduce limited waiting on the south side, were received during the ‘Phase II’ public consultation held in August and September this year.

Double yellow lines have already been introduced around the turning circle at the western end of the lane and on a short stretch of the north side of the lane, opposite Patchway Community College, as part of the earlier ‘Phase I’ work.

A meeting of local residents, Councillors, police and representatives of Patchway Community College held in November last year unanimously agreed the ‘Phase II’ proposals but four people, including two residents of Hempton Lane, have now submitted formal objections.

The two residents who have complained say the proposed limited waiting time of “two hours in four” would prevent visitors from parking outside their properties.

The report notes that both of the residents live at properties that do not have off-street parking (there are three such properties in the road).

More: A residents’ parking scheme could be on the cards »

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