Archive for June, 2013

Residents object to Aztec West radiotherapy centre plans

Posted on Monday 24th June 2013 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Building at 300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol.

Plans to turn an empty office block in the Aztec West Business Park into a healthcare facility specialising in radiotherapy treatment have met opposition from the residents of nearby properties in Hempton Lane, who say they fear an increase in noise and pollution.

Objectors to the scheme have also sought assurances that they would not be at risk from radiation emanating from the proposed development.

The office block, at 300 Park Avenue, is currently unoccupied and undergoing internal alterations. Until recently, part of the building was used by the St John Ambulance organisation.

Information submitted with the planning application states that the facility will employ ten full-time staff, with an anticipated 5,250 patients visiting annually once the centre has become established in four years time.

South Gloucestershire Council has received eleven letters of objection from occupiers of neighbouring properties, plus a petition of objection signed by 35 residents.

The council’s Sites Inspection (West) Sub-Committee visited the site last Friday (21st June) and a report is expected to be brought before the next meeting of the full planning committee on Thursday 4th July.

Agents working for Spire Healthcare, the company behind the scheme, have indicated that they are prepared to accept a planning condition that requires an acoustic barrier to be installed at the rear of the site, in order to “prevent unacceptable noise impacts to adjoining residential properties”. They also say they are preapred to limit the facility’s hours of operation to 7am-9pm, seven days per week.

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Tracking app helps police recover mobile phone and make arrest

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 4:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Mobile phone.

Avon and Somerset Police are encouraging people with smart phones to sign up to tracking software after recovering an iPhone within an hour of being contacted about its loss.

They received a call at about 12.10am today, Tuesday 4th June, from a woman from Patchway reporting that a missing phone was showing up on a tracking app. Within an hour, officers had visited an address in Bristol, recovered the phone and arrested someone.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Ives said:

“There are a number of different tracking software systems for smart phones, laptops and tablet computers. The technology lets you log on remotely to find your device and I’d strongly recommend signing up. The apps really can help us get your gadgets back – and all the data you keep on it, like phone numbers, photographs or important documents.”

A 15-year-old boy from Bristol remains in police custody.

For advice on keeping your phone and other property safe, visit:

Related link: Top 8 Apps & Services For Tracing A Mobile Phone Location [iOS, Android, WP7 & Others] (

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Open day at community centre and café

Posted on Saturday 1st June 2013 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Coniston Community Centre, Patchway, Bristol.

On Monday 3rd June, Coniston Community Centre and Brooks Café are holding a joint open day to showcase what they have on offer. Many people are surprised to find this modern community building and friendly great value café to be in the heart of Patchway, a short walk from Aztec Business Park and the shops and homes in Patchway.

The centre offers rooms for hire at from just £22 for a half day. The rooms are fresh and light, each with their own kitchenette and choice of table arrangements with smart modern furniture which offers and executive appeal. Projectors, screens and presentation equipment are all available on request. They can also offer clear open spaces and even a sprung floor for more lively activities!

The centre currently plays host to regular classes and activities all open to new members. These include, dance classes, circuit training, watercolourist group, friendship club, tea party, knitting and textile group, food cooperative, toddler group and craft group.

On the ground floor of the building is the popular Brooks Café with great value food and drinks. The café offers FREE wi-fi and a choice of freshly cooked main meals, sandwiches and drinks. Staffed by friendly volunteers, the café is a great place to meet with family, friends, work colleagues or just to take a break.

The open day promises to be a great day with the café offering FREE teas and coffee throughout. There are children’s activities, a chance speak to Southern Brooks Community Partnership about volunteering opportunities and to view the rooms for hire. There will be taster sessions for special interest and social activities that currently run at the centre. Visiting the centre is hugely recommended if you would like to know more about what is happening in the community and the facilities available.

Source: Press release from Southern Brooks Community Partnership

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