Area Forum to consider Patchway transport, youth and community projects

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)