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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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Officials recommend go-ahead for Shellmor Avenue closure

Posted on Friday 14th September 2012 at 10:21 am by SH (Editor)

Notice advertising a proposed left-turn ban into Shellmor Avenue.

Officials at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) have recommended that a proposed scheme to ban traffic from making a left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from the A38 Gloucester Road should be implemented, despite 93 residents signing a petition against it.

The recommendation is contained in a report prepared in advance of next Wednesday meeting of SGC’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, at which District Councillors will be asked to choose between going ahead with the proposed scheme or abandoning it.

An initial public consultation into five alternative proposals aimed at reducing the volume of traffic using Shellmor Avenue was held in October and November last year. It showed a majority were in favour of prohibiting the left-turn from the A38 but only by a small margin and with less than 50% support.

The Council chose to take the favoured scheme forward to the legal advertisement phase, which necessitated a further public consultation held from 4th-28th April 2012.

Results now published show that 115 comments were received during the second consultation, including one that incorporated a 93-signature petition that had also been presented to an SGC Highways Engineer at the April meeting of the Patchway Safer and Stronger Community Group. A total of 76 respondents said they were in favour of the left turn ban with 39 against.

Common themes amongst the objections, which are summarised in the report, are a fear that traffic on Stoke Lane will increase and concerns over road safety at the junction of Shellmor Avenue and Stoke Lane.

In an unusual move, Patchway Town Council conducted its own consultation after the one run by SGC had finished. This was done through a public meeting at the Amberley Road Baptist Church on 30th May, at which 75 of the 119 votes cast (one per household) were in favour of the left turn ban.

More: Town Council requests review of traffic on Stoke Lane »

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Future of Patchway Youth Centre hangs in the balance

Posted on Monday 10th September 2012 at 3:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Youth Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

The future of Patchway Youth Centre, in Coniston Road, could be decided at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) this evening (Monday 10th).

Under proposals published earlier this year, the Council said it was planning to transfer control of all its youth centres to locally-based organisations. If no such organisation comes forward for any particular centre, it will be “decommissioned”.

Tonight’s Special Meeting of SGC’s Full Council has been called after Conservative Councillors ‘called-in’ a decision of the authority’s Children and Young People Committee that would see centre-based youth provision safeguarded in the Council’s six designated Priority Neighbourhoods (one of which is Patchway).

In the event that the Committee’s decision is reversed, focus would switch to the three “expressions of interest” that have been made by organisations prepared to consider taking over the running of the Patchway centre, namely:

  • A member of staff – proposing a partnership with Patchway Judo Club and others to develop centre for wider community use (youth cafe, apprenticeships, NEET sessions, FIP/YOS).
  • Patchway Town Council – proposing a potential asset transfer of building/land to invest in a new Community Centre with dedicated space for young people.
  • A private childcare provider – proposing a day nursery.

More: Town Council wants to sell land and move youth centre to PCC »

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