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New parish for Stoke Lodge clears final hurdle

Posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 10:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Lodge councillors (l-r) Andy Alsop, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson.

The creation of a new parish council for Stoke Lodge cleared its final hurdle this evening (Wednesday 22nd May) after councillors voted in favour of the move.

South Gloucestershire Council carried out a ‘Community Governance Review’ after campaigners from Stoke Lodge and The Common, Patchway, handed in a petition last year signed by over 500 local residents calling for the creation of a new parish council.

894 consultation leaflets were issued to Stoke Lodge households and 720 were returned and verified – an 80% response rate.

And of the verified responses, more than 80% indicated a wish to have a new parish council created.

Councillors on the authority’s Regulatory Committee recommended approval to the creation of a new Stoke Lodge parish council at their meeting in December and final sign-off was given at this evening’s special meeting of all councillors.

Stoke Lodge and The Common currently form part of Patchway parish, although they are separated from the rest of Patchway by the A38 dual-carriageway.

South Gloucestershire Conservative councillors for Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson, who are also both Patchway town councillors for Stoke Lodge, said:

“We’re delighted that councillors voted in line with the landslide consultation result to create a new parish council for Stoke Lodge and the Common.”

“Stoke Lodge residents have expressed in their hundreds how they are fed up with being taken for granted and treated as Patchway Town Council’s cash cow and how they want their own parish council to better reflect their community.”

More: Stoke Lodge is a distinct community, claim councillors »

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Town Council notes financial implications of Stoke Lodge independence

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 3:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

The creation of an independent parish council for Stoke Lodge and The Common, both of which currently lie within the administrative area of Patchway, will have significant financial implications for Patchway Town Council, a meeting has heard.

In a public consultation held last year, residents of Stoke Lodge and The Common voted overwhelmingly to split from Patchway and form their own parish council. Asked if they would prefer to form a new parish, join with another neighbouring parish (i.e. Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo, more than 80% of respondents indicated their preference for a new parish.

In a report prepared for the December meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Regulatory Committee, officers acknowledged the “substantial” support of local residents and recommended that a new parish be created, with the first elections expected to take place in May 2015.

The financial implications of a split for Patchway Town Council are revealed in the recently-published minutes of a meeting held in December, where it is noted that the Town Council stands to lose 30% of its income should the reorganisation go ahead.

According to the minutes, the new Stoke Lodge parish would be entitled to claim 20% of Patchway Town Council’s assets and would be obliged to pay 20% of the Town Council’s current liabilities.

The meeting was informed that the outstanding amount on a loan from the Public Works Loan Board at the end of December 2012 was £419,636, meaning that the new Stoke Lodge parish would have to take on a £83,927 share of this debt.

More: Councillor withdraws motion to bring forward date of split »

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Residents back move to split Stoke Lodge from Patchway

Posted on Monday 10th December 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

A proposal for Stoke Lodge and The Common to split from Patchway and form a new parish has received overwhelming support from residents in a public consultation conducted by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The consultation was triggered after more than 500 people in the area east of the A38 signed a petition calling for the formation of a new parish that would be completely independent of Patchway.

Asked if they would prefer to form a new parish, join with another neighbouring parish (i.e. Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo, more than 80% of respondents indicated their preference for a new parish.

There were 894 leaflets issued as part of the consultation and 729 responses were received, a response rate of more than 80%. One leaflet was sent to each household, although all residents of voting age were entitled to respond individually.

The three Conservative Town Councillors that represent the Stoke Lodge area on Patchway Town Council started the petition for a new parish last year because they felt that an unfair proportion of the local rates raised from their area was being spent in other parts of Patchway.

Andy Alsop, one of the Stoke Lodge Councillors, told The Journal:

“This landslide consultation result is tremendous.”

“Stoke Lodge and The Common residents have expressed, in their hundreds, how they want their own parish council to better reflect their community. This will enable the residents to have a say on how their precept is spent; which has not always been the case.”

“Labour-run Patchway Town Council charges the second highest council tax in South Gloucestershire – a household living here in a Band D property will pay over £100 more every year than the average for a South Glos Band D property.”

“We have always believed that Stoke Lodge and The Common is a distinct community that deserves fair representation and taxation and this will be achieved by the formation of its own parish council, which is why we have helped petition for this review.”

More: First elections for new parish likely to be in May 2015 »

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Residents asked: Should Stoke Lodge break away from Patchway?

Posted on Monday 20th August 2012 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

Local residents are being given the chance to have their say on community governance arrangements for the Stoke Lodge area after a petition calling for the formation of a new parish, independent of Patchway, attracted over 500 signatures last year.

The Stoke Lodge Community Governance Review is being conducted by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in response to the petition, which was organised by the three Conservative Town Councillors that represent the Stoke Lodge parish ward of Patchway – Andy Alsop, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson.

The move for independence has been opposed by Labour Town Councillors, who claim it is “politically motivated” and that “the three Tories simply cannot accept that Labour won the Town Council elections in May [2011]”.

The petition’s statement begins: “We the undersigned residents wish to remove Stoke Lodge and Patchway Common from the Town and Parish of Patchway and allow us to form our own parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common”.

Formally presented to the October 2011 meeting of SGC’s Full Council by Cllr Alsop, the petition obliged the District Council to instigate a review, which has since had its scope extended to several other areas of South Gloucestershire.

In bringing forward the petition, Cllr Alsop was fulfilling a promise made in his candidate statement for the May 2011 elections, in which he wrote:

“I am very committed to making Stoke Lodge and The Common a parish in its own right. For far too long, Patchway Town Council has acted as an old boys’ club amassing large debts and wasting our money.”

More: Consultation document lists three options for Stoke Lodge »

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