Archive for February, 2013

Area Forum to consider Patchway transport, youth and community projects

Posted on Monday 25th February 2013 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

A number of Patchway transport, youth and community projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum this week.

The forum has £100k to allocate to local transport capital schemes and two of the twelve schemes to be considered for implementation are in Patchway. These are:

  • Provision of a continuous footway along a 150m (approx) section of Sycamore Drive (£81k)
  • Upgrade of the existing path between Eagle Drive and Blakeney Road to a shared use cycle/footpath (£44k)

The twelve proposed schemes have an estimated total cost of £559k and Councillors will be able to select no more than four of them to stay within the allocated budget.

Patchway Youth Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

Councillors will also consider an application from Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) for a Positive Activities Fund grant to help fund activities for young people at Patchway Youth Centre.

SBCP is hoping to take over the centre from SGC and provide three nights of youth provision per week, including a creative arts session, an ‘acoustic café’ session and a programme to establish a Patchway Youth Forum to “give young people a stronger voice in the community”.

The social enterprise has asked for a grant of £32,226 to cover the first year of operation (including transition funding of £10k) and SGC officers have recommended that £25k be granted.

The New Homes Bonus is an additional source of funding available to the forum this year and three Patchway community projects have been put forward by the Town Council for consideration:

  • Improvements to the shopping area at Rodway Road (£50k)
  • Creation of a continuous perimeter path around Scott Park (£93k)
  • Improvements to the skate park in Scott Park (£15k)

The Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 26th February at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, starting at 7pm.

The forum’s area of responsibility covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne,

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 26th February (SGC)

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Trio of ex-Councillors made Honorary Freemen of Patchway

Posted on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 5:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Town Council Honorary Freeman conferment ceremony.

In recognition of the long and outstanding service given to the community by three ex-Councillors, Patchway Town Council has used its powers under the Local Government Act to confer the title of Honorary Freeman on Dr Kenneth Graupner, Mr Lewis Gray and Mr Charles Horton.

This is the first time this honour has been conferred by the Town Council and the occasion was marked by the attendance of Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, at a presentation ceremony held at the Town Council offices in Rodway Road last night (Thursday 21st February).

The three new Honorary Freemen were each presented with a certificate, scroll and commemorative gift by Cllr Chris Mills, Chair of Patchway Town Council.

In his introductory speech, Cllr Mills observed that the trio had together given more than ninety years service to Patchway Town Council or its forerunner, Patchway Parish Council.

All of the men honoured also represented Patchway at District Council level for several years (variously on Thornbury District Council, Northavon District Council and/or South Gloucestershire Council).

Photo: (l-r) Charles Horton. Lewis Gray and Kenneth Graupner.

Read more about the three men’s record of service »

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Motorway footbridge reopened following four month closure

Posted on Monday 18th February 2013 at 4:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Opening of the new Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 motorway.

The replacement Pegwell Brake footbridge over the M5 motorway near Patchway was officially opened to the public this morning (Monday 18th February) by pupils from Coniston Primary School.

The new steel pedestrian bridge, located between junctions 16 and 17 of the motorway, was installed last month and officially opened today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local Councillors.

The 57-tonne bridge was installed as part of the M4/M5 Managed Motorway Scheme and replaces an old concrete one, known locally as the Banana Bridge, which was dismantled at the end of last year.

The new bridge is suitable for high-sided vehicles to pass under when the managed motorway is fully operational and the hard shoulder is used as a traffic lane.

Highways Agency senior project manager Paul Unwin said:

“We’re pleased to open the bridge for the local community to use. We would like to thank all road users and pedestrians for their patience in following the diversion routes and making alternative travel arrangements when needed over the last couple of months while the work was carried out to install the new bridge.”

Cllr Chris Mills, Chair of Patchway Town Council wanted to officially mark the opening of the new footbridge and attended today’s ceremony. Cllr. Mills said:

“This footbridge is well used by the people of Patchway as it gives access for local residents, particularly walkers and dog owners to a network of public footpaths in the open countryside to the north of the motorway. We are delighted that it has been replaced and is now open to the public again.”

Second photo: Coniston Primary School Year 6 pupils cut the ribbon »

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Town Council notes financial implications of Stoke Lodge independence

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 3:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

The creation of an independent parish council for Stoke Lodge and The Common, both of which currently lie within the administrative area of Patchway, will have significant financial implications for Patchway Town Council, a meeting has heard.

In a public consultation held last year, residents of Stoke Lodge and The Common voted overwhelmingly to split from Patchway and form their own parish council. Asked if they would prefer to form a new parish, join with another neighbouring parish (i.e. Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo, more than 80% of respondents indicated their preference for a new parish.

In a report prepared for the December meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Regulatory Committee, officers acknowledged the “substantial” support of local residents and recommended that a new parish be created, with the first elections expected to take place in May 2015.

The financial implications of a split for Patchway Town Council are revealed in the recently-published minutes of a meeting held in December, where it is noted that the Town Council stands to lose 30% of its income should the reorganisation go ahead.

According to the minutes, the new Stoke Lodge parish would be entitled to claim 20% of Patchway Town Council’s assets and would be obliged to pay 20% of the Town Council’s current liabilities.

The meeting was informed that the outstanding amount on a loan from the Public Works Loan Board at the end of December 2012 was £419,636, meaning that the new Stoke Lodge parish would have to take on a £83,927 share of this debt.

More: Councillor withdraws motion to bring forward date of split »

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