Archive for June, 2014

HSBC branch at Aztec West to close in August

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 10:10 am by SH (Editor)

Notice announcing closure of the HSBC branch at Aztec West, Bristol.

The HSBC branch on the Aztec West Business Park is to close in August, it has been announced.

The facility, which currently opens 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday only, will close permanently at 3pm on Friday 29th August.

Accounts currently held at Aztec West will be transferred to the bank’s Filton branch, three miles away. The next closest HSBC branches are at Westbury-on-Trym and Thornbury.

A message sent to customers explained:

“At HSBC, we are constantly evolving and developing our services. And with the growth of telephone and internet banking in recent years, this has naturally resulted in some branches being used less often. Therefore after careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to close our branch at Unit 6, Aztec Centre, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4TD as of 3pm on Friday 29 August 2014.”

“As of this date, accounts held at Bristol, Aztec West branch will be managed by the HSBC branch at 27 Gloucester Road North, Filton, Bristol BS7 0SQ, which is the nearest HSBC branch and cash machine to Bristol, Aztec West branch. Other nearby alternative branches and HSBC cash machines are at 11 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DE and 23 High Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2AE.”

The Journal understands that staff currently employed at Aztec West will be redeployed to other HSBC branches in the area.

The closure will leave the thousands of people employed on the business park without an on-site cash machine (ATM), although it is believed that the park’s management company is looking into the possibility of providing one through an alternative operator.

Other bank and building society branches in the Patchway area include Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Coventry Building Society, all located on Gloucester Road, near the Callicroft Road junction.

Related link: Banks and Building Societies in Patchway (The Journal)

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Consultation launched on “ambitious” town centre redevelopment plan

Posted on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 6:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Labour councillors at the launch of a consultation on plans for the redevelopment of Patchway town centre.

Local Labour councillors have expressed their excitement at ambitious long-term plans to give Patchway a 21st-century town centre.

At the town council’s recent Annual Meeting, the new Mayor, and long-term Coniston councillor, Mike Grotzke, launched a consultation on the redevelopment of Patchway town centre that will integrate the new and existing communities of Patchway, bringing in some much needed investment to the town.

These plans would see the extension of the existing town centre site towards Charlton Hayes to create a seamless community. With plans for underground car parking and new shopping and community facilities, it is hoped the vision could re-establish Patchway as a social and economic driver within the North Fringe.

Town and district councillor Sam Scott commented:

“I fully support this vision for an improved Patchway town centre. The scale of this plan is ambitious and requires active resident involvement to bring it about. Patchway Labour councillors look forward to receiving feedback that will help shape the future of the community.”

“Despite Charlton Hayes being the site of the one of the largest developments around Bristol, Patchway residents have been let down by the decision forced through by South Gloucestershire Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors to close Highwood Road against mass resident opposition. Patchway’s Labour Councillors vigorously opposed this closure, and have been working for some positive changes ever since. This consultation is an example of the positive changes on which Patchway Labour have led.”

The project has already been awarded £50,000 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and £50,000 from the New Homes Bonus Fund.

Consultation on the “redevelopment vision” runs until the end of June. Plans are displayed at the town council offices in Rodway Road and on the town council website (see: consultation boards [PDF, 4MB]). Feedback may be left at the council offices or sent by email to: clerk@patchwaytowncouncil.gov.uk

Photo: Patchway Labour councillors (l-r) Sam Scott, Mike Grotzke and Keith Walker at the launch of the consultation.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Labour.

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