Archive for November, 2013

Patchway police custody suite may be run by private firm

Posted on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 11:35 am by SH (Editor)

Custody suite and police station under construction at Gloucester Road, Patchway.

A new police custody suite being constructed on the former Bensons site on Gloucester Road in Patchway could be run by a private firm when it opens in 2014.

Avon and Somerset Police says it is considering the possibility of contracting a private partner to manage services at the new facility, along with others in Bridgwater, Keynsham and Yeovil. This would include staffing the custody units, carrying out identification services and transporting detainees.

Five companies (G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Ltd, The GEO Group UK Inc, Interserve Investments Ltd, Resource (NI) Limited and Tascor Services Ltd) have been invited to tender for the services.

The force says it wants to explore how a partnership might help it improve standards, increase expertise and adopt efficient ways of working.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said:

“The opening of our new purpose built custody suites next year has presented us with a unique opportunity to review and maximise the service we provide. We want to see what a private partner can provide us in terms of innovation, efficiency and value for money. The savings we make will reduce the need for cuts to frontline policing.”

More: Decision expected early in the New Year »

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Thieves steal tricycle belonging to five-year-old with cerebral palsy

Posted on Monday 11th November 2013 at 11:57 am by SH (Editor)

Tomcat trike.

Police are appealing for help in tracing a stolen tricycle, which belongs to a five-year old girl who has cerebral palsy.

Thieves broke into a shed at the home of the girl’s grandmother in Bradley Road, Patchway, to steal the specially-built red Tomcat trike, worth £600.

The break-in was only noticed on Wednesday 6th November 2013, but could have happened at any time between Sunday 27th October and 6th November.

The thieves also stole a lilac Dawes Galaxy Plus ladies’ pushbike with a basket on the back and a black men’s Reflex mountain bike with stickers on it.

The girl’s mother, who asked not to be named, said:

“It’s a hand-built bike, not off the shelf, which we got about a year ago after a fund-raising campaign.”

Anyone with any information which could help police track down any of these stolen bikes is asked to call them on 101, quoting reference 110942/13.

Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Photo: Tomcat trike similar to the one stolen.

Security advice from Avon and Somerset Police

We recommend using a ‘Sold Secure’ quality lock on your shed; fitting a low-cost shed alarm; securing bikes and other valuables to a ground anchor within your shed; permanently marking bikes with your postcode; and registering them for free on property database www.immobilise.com.

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The Saturdays switch on Mall Cribbs’ Christmas lights

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2013 at 10:13 pm by Chloe Crockford

The Saturdays switch on The Mall at Cribbs Causeway's Christmas lights.

Thousands of excited fans crowded from 4pm at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway earlier today (Thursday 7th November) to watch The Saturdays open The Mall’s Winter Wonderland and switch on the shopping centre’s Christmas lights.

Saturdays fans braved the cold rain for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on concert in support of the military charity Help for Heroes.

Bristol Fashion Week host and ITV Daybreak presenter Mark Heyes fronted the show, and entertained an eager crowd before The Saturdays arrived. We were welcomed first by a short, but sweet set from local band Young Kato. Already having been support acts for Pixie Lot and Olly Murs at the Mall, the crowd was already familiar with the boys.

After much anticipation, and introductions from Mark Heyes, The Saturdays finally took to the stage. After The Saturdays had been introduced, the crowd began counting down for the lights switch-on. The band was one member short, with Frankie still at home looking after a new addition to her family. However, Una, Mollie, Rochelle and Vanessa kept The Saturdays’ flag flying and crowded around the plunger to press it down together. The dark winter’s night was soon filled with blue and white Christmas lights, surrounding the stage and Mall with a Christmas glow. The Christmas Castle lit up from behind the stage, and to top off the Christmas feeling, fake snow falling over the crowd.

More: Winter Wonderland open until Sunday 5th January »

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Consultation on plans for a further 5,700 new homes in Cribbs/Patchway area

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2013 at 6:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood Consultation (Nov 2013).

South Gloucestershire Council is staging three drop-in consultation events which will summarise progress in the development of proposals for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.

This will be a major new development area providing approximately 5,700 new dwellings, jobs and community facilities.

The council’s Core Strategy long-term planning blueprint foresees the construction of 2,500 homes on the former Filton Airfield, 1,200 homes on land south of the airfield, 1,000 homes on land west of the A4018 at Cribbs Causeway and a further 1,000 homes in other parts of the area, including Patchway Trading Estate.

The development will take place over the next 10-15 years and it is additional to the construction of 2,400 homes at Charlton Hayes, north of the airfield.

The drop-in events are as follows:

  • Thursday 7th November 2013:  3pm to 7pm at Clifton Rugby Club, Station Road, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TT
  • Friday 8th November 2013:  3pm to 7pm at Filton Library, Shield Centre, Link Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7BR
  • Tuesday 12th November 2013: 3pm to 7pm at the Greenway Centre, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY

Following a period of public consultation that ended in January 2013, a draft development framework, known as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), was “endorsed” by the council and is being used to guide future development. The document sets out requirements which the development will be expected to achieve and a framework diagram which illustrates how it might develop.

More: Landowners have put forward their own ‘framework plan’ »

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