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Long-serving Patchway councillor Eve Orpen steps down due to ill health

Posted on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 10:57 am by SH (Editor)

L-r: South Gloucestershire councillors Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

A local councillor who has represented the Patchway ward on South Gloucestershire Council for many years has stepped down from the role due to ongoing health issues.

Eve Orpen, who has been undergoing cancer treatment for over two years, submitted her resignation from the council today (14th November).

Cllr Orpen said:

“I have found it difficult to fulfil my district councillor role whilst having treatment because it involves attending meetings and events across South Gloucestershire. My treatment often leaves me very tired, and I don’t feel able to continue.”

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their understanding over the past couple of years, and especially my fellow Patchway councillor Keith Walker, who has had to take on extra work while I have been out of action.”

Cllr Pat Rooney, leader of the Labour Group on South Gloucestershire Council, paid tribute to her colleague saying:

“Eve has represented Patchway on South Gloucestershire Council for 15 of the past 23 years and I thank her for her long service. She has been a committed and valued colleague, but I understand her reasons for standing down now. Recovering her health must come first, and all of her colleagues in the Labour Group wish her an ongoing and full recovery.”

The Journal understands that as Cllr Orpen’s resignation has come within six months of a planned ‘ordinary day of election’, her seat on the council will remain vacant until the next South Gloucestershire Council elections in May 2019.

Photo (l-r): Cllr Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

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Area Forum to consider Patchway transport, youth and community projects

Posted on Monday 25th February 2013 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

A number of Patchway transport, youth and community projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum this week.

The forum has £100k to allocate to local transport capital schemes and two of the twelve schemes to be considered for implementation are in Patchway. These are:

  • Provision of a continuous footway along a 150m (approx) section of Sycamore Drive (£81k)
  • Upgrade of the existing path between Eagle Drive and Blakeney Road to a shared use cycle/footpath (£44k)

The twelve proposed schemes have an estimated total cost of £559k and Councillors will be able to select no more than four of them to stay within the allocated budget.

Patchway Youth Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

Councillors will also consider an application from Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) for a Positive Activities Fund grant to help fund activities for young people at Patchway Youth Centre.

SBCP is hoping to take over the centre from SGC and provide three nights of youth provision per week, including a creative arts session, an ‘acoustic café’ session and a programme to establish a Patchway Youth Forum to “give young people a stronger voice in the community”.

The social enterprise has asked for a grant of £32,226 to cover the first year of operation (including transition funding of £10k) and SGC officers have recommended that £25k be granted.

The New Homes Bonus is an additional source of funding available to the forum this year and three Patchway community projects have been put forward by the Town Council for consideration:

  • Improvements to the shopping area at Rodway Road (£50k)
  • Creation of a continuous perimeter path around Scott Park (£93k)
  • Improvements to the skate park in Scott Park (£15k)

The Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 26th February at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, starting at 7pm.

The forum’s area of responsibility covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne,

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 26th February (SGC)

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Shellmor Avenue left turn ban to begin on Monday

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road is to be closed.

Work to implement a scheme to ban traffic turning left off the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue and improve the layout of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction got underway this week.

The scheme is intended to improve road safety on Shellmor Avenue by reducing the volume of traffic using the road as a “cut through”.

The go ahead for the work was finally given at September’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, despite 39 objections being received during the legal advertisement phase (76 respondents were in favour).

Many of the objectors raised concerns about the possible impact the closure would have on traffic levels in Stoke Lane and Patchway Town Councillors are understood to have since met with SGC Highway Engineers to discuss these.

Stage 1 of the Shellmor Avenue work started on Monday (26th November) and has involved temporarily closing the road between Shellmor Close and the junction with Stoke Lane, to enable the junction widening works to be carried out. This has necessitated the introduction of a lengthy diversionary route, via the Aztec West Roundabout, for traffic wishing to access Shellmor Avenue and the roads leading off it.

Stage 2 of the work, to close the left turn off Gloucester Road, is due to begin on Monday (3rd December, not 2nd December as shown on the sign).

The Council has estimated the cost of implementing the left turn ban at £15,000, which does not include earlier investigation work. The additional £10,000 cost of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction improvement work was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in March.

More info: Consultation and traffic management measures (SGC)

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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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