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Specsavers’ hi-vis jackets help Callicroft kids stay safe in winter

Posted on Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 6:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Callicroft Primary School, Patchway wearing high visibility vests donated by Specsavers.

A donation of high-visibility vests to a Patchway school will help ensure the pupils can “stay safe and be seen” during the winter months.

As part of Specsavers’ national sponsorship of Road Safety Week (coordinated annually by Brake), the store at Unit 30, The Mall, Cribbs Causeway handed over hundreds of high-visibility vests to Callicroft Primary School at the beginning of December.

Gaurav Patel, store director at Cribbs Causeway, said:

“During the winter months, when the evenings are darker and visibility can be limited, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure children are seen more clearly. Hopefully, the vests will give teachers and parents some peace of mind, while reaffirming the importance of road safety and looking out for each other.”

Sharon Bishop, deputy head teacher at Callicroft Primary School, said:

“Many thanks to Specsavers Cribbs for our fantastic new high-visibility jackets. Road safety is very important when we are out and about with the children and these will help us to remind them to look out for one another and to stay safe and be seen.”

Specsavers is the co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, the UK’s flagship road safety event. It’s an opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting people on bikes and foot as well as raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for more information.

For more information or to make a donation, pop in to Specsavers, Unit 30, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG, call 0117 950 3779 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/cribbscauseway.

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Council opens second consultation on proposed highway improvement measures

Posted on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 9:27 am by SH (Editor)

Double yellow lines and kerb. Photo by Dominic Alves.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a second round of public consultation on selected aspects of a proposed scheme that aims to address traffic and parking issues in the Coniston Road area of Patchway.

The proposed measures have come out of a review of the “remaining traffic issues” in the Patchway area, following SGC’s decision, last October, to keep Highwood Road permanently closed to general traffic.

According to the council, the proposed scheme is targeted at “improving vehicular access (particularly for buses) and improving road safety at junctions”.

The proposed measures include:

  • Extension of the existing 20 mph zone
  • Implementation of new speed tables
  • Amendments to the limited stay parking provision in Rodway Road
  • Additional waiting restrictions to support bus routes and improve
    access and safety

The proposals have been discussed by local councillors, Patchway Town Council, presented at a public exhibition arranged by the town council, as well as being the subject of a five-week public consultation carried out in September and October 2014.

In response to the first public consultation, a number of possible amendments to the waiting restrictions have now been proposed for Bradley Road, Durban Road, Cranbourne Road, Lower Thirlmere Road, Thirlmere Road and parts of Coniston Road and Rodway Road. It is these amendments that are now the subject of a second round of public consultation.

Drawings showing the proposals are available on a dedicated consultation page on the SGC website. They can also be viewed at Patchway Town Council’s offices or at Patchway Library during normal opening hours. The closing date for comments is Friday 12th December 2014.

Depending on the results of the second public consultation and public advertisement of the required Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), the council anticipates that the proposed scheme will be implemented during the next financial year (2015/2016).

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Filton Airfield development plans submitted

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014 at 9:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Airfield redevelopment: Aerial view.

A press release from the potential developers of the site.

Following nearly a year of consultation with local people, BAE Systems and Alder King have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of Filton Airfield. Developing the site would create around 9,000 jobs and vital new community facilities serving the wider community.

It would bring two new primary schools, a new secondary school, a community and health centre and a wide range of new homes. This application comes shortly after the Bristol Aero Collection Trust submitted its plans for two new museums on the site, to celebrate Filton’s aero engineering heritage.

Lloyd Burnell from the Bristol Aero Collection Trust said:

“We are very happy that the new Bristol Aerospace Centre is part of this site. With the newly planned schools and communities, the museum will help local people become inspired by Filton’s past and present engineering excellence and achievements in aerospace, including its pride and joy – Concorde.”

“BAE Systems is providing the land for free as well as making a significant contribution to overall project . There has also been a huge amount of support for the museum so we look forward to being able to start building next year.”

John Benson from Alder King said:

“During our consultation, people told us what was most important to them – heritage, jobs, transport and community facilities. 95% agreed with the plans to celebrate heritage, not only through the new museums but also through naming the site, roads and buildings after famous people and planes from the past. We will continue to work with local groups to do this and will call the employment area ‘Concorde Park’ in line with the public vote.”

More: Development’s potential impact on traffic a big concern »

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Exhibition to reveal plans for expansion of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Posted on Friday 24th October 2014 at 8:11 am by SH (Editor)

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

A public exhibition being held today and tomorrow (Friday & Saturday 24th/25th October) at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway will invite feedback on proposals for new retail space and community facilities at the out-of-town shopping centre.

The planned investment is intended to create a new heart for the emerging Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, where 8,000 new homes are expected to be built by 2027.

Plans of the area and visuals of the potential development will be on display around the central stairway by the restaurants on the upper level of The Mall and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The proposed scheme includes include new retail, leisure and restaurant space. A large new public space is also planned, which will allow The Mall to develop its events programme with community activities, markets and performances.  Improvements to public transport facilities, cycle and pedestrian routes are also included in the scheme.

Philip Vaughan of M&G Real Estate, part owner of The Mall, said:

“We really hope to see lots of people on 24th and 25th October when we can show the local community and our valued customers an exciting vision for the future of their area. In particular, we want to invite ideas for the outdoor event space we’re seeking to create – to be able to shape that space to meet the needs of the community it is intended for.”

The exhibition will be open at the following times:

  • Friday 24th October, 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday 25th October, 11am to 4pm

Related link: Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (The Journal)

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