Archive for November, 2014

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.”

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