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Decision on Hatchet Road widening deferred

Posted on Friday 17th June 2016 at 12:06 am by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Hatchet Road (looking north).

A decision on plans to widen Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford, to accommodate a new southbound bus lane for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) route has been deferred by South Gloucestershire Council.

The CPME is an extension of the MetroBus network which will extend the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route that is currently under construction. The CPME will provide a fast and direct link between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall bus station via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.

The proposed CPME scheme links Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via Hatchet Road, Gipsy Patch Lane, through the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, along North Way, under the A38 via the existing underpass at the Combination Ground junction, and through the former Filton Airfield site (earmarked for redevelopment as part of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood).

Strong opposition to the Hatchet Road widening, which would require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of the road south of Meade Park, was evident in the results of a public consultation on the proposed CPME scheme that ran from November 2015 to January 2016. Of the 95 responses relating to Hatchet Road, 75 are classified as objections. Additionally, a separate, independent online petition titled ‘Do not widen Hatchet Road’ has attracted over 500 signatures.

Many of the objectors, along with Stoke Gifford Parish Council, suggested an alternative route out of Bristol Parkway Station – following Hunts Ground Road, Great Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road, before joining up with the originally proposed route along Gipsy Patch Lane.

More: Councillors suggest fallback option of bus laybys on Hatchet Road »

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Post office branch to close for refurbishment

Posted on Thursday 9th June 2016 at 11:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Post office within the former Jhoots Pharmacy shop unit in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Post Office Limited has announced that the post office branch within the former Jhoots Pharmacy store in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford is to be modernised into what it calls a ‘main style’ branch.

To allow work to be carried out, the branch will close on Saturday 11th June at 12.30pm and reopen on Monday 20th June at 1pm. Any unforeseen schedule changes requiring these dates to change will be displayed on posters at the branch.

According to the Post Office website, ‘main style’ branches “retain a dedicated post office counter, often open plan, in a brighter, more modern environment”. In addition, the majority of services continue to be available outside traditional hours — for as long as the host business is open — from the retail counter.

During the period of closure, customers are advised that nearby Post Office facilities are provided at the following branches:

  • Little Stoke Post Office, 8 Kingsway, Little Stoke BS34 6JL
  • Filton Post Office, 3 Church View, Filton BS34 7BT

Currently, post office services are provided from a small screened area in one corner of the shop. The remaining area of the shop is filled with empty shelving, left over from the former pharmacy business, which transferred to the nearby Stoke Gifford Medical centre some time ago.

Asked what is going to happen to the rest of the shop, a member of staff referred The Journal to the Jhoots head office, but no response could be obtained from them before the June BSJ magazine went to print.

A post made by Stoke Gifford councillor Keith Cranney on Streetlife provided the following further information:

The new Post Office will include a low-level serving counter and include a hearing loop. There will be three serving positions – one screened, one open plan and a postal serving point for use at the retail counter, available during shop opening hours.

The Post Office will include the same wide range of products and services that have previously been provided, with the addition of Car Tax.

The new trading hours will be extended as follows: 8.30am to 6.30pm Mon – Fri and 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday.

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Witness appeal following attempted robbery near Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke

Posted on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 4:43 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was the victim of an attempted robbery in Little Stoke.

A 14-year-old boy was out walking his dog when he was approached from behind by a man.

The man demanded the boy hand over his phone before hitting him several times in the face. The boy pushed the man over and he then ran off empty-handed in the direction of the doctors’ surgery.

The incident happened on the footpath near Braydon Avenue at approximately 6pm on Friday 27th May.

The man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, approximately 5ft 10ins and of skinny build. He was wearing a black jacket, grey trousers and grey and black Nike trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 5216115678.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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Sporting Hero award for taekwondo student

Posted on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 11:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Phoebe Grandfield, a member of Stoke Gifford Taekwon-do.

Stoke Gifford Taekwondo (TKD) student Phoebe Grandfield, 19, has been awarded the Bristol Young Sporting Hero title for 2016.

Phoebe was nominated by her tutors at SGS College and her instructor at Stoke Gifford TKD, Miss Kerry Burridge.

She has been training in taekwondo since the age of 5 and has faced many difficulties and obstacles including severe epilepsy, autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. Despite all of these, Phoebe has gone on to achieve a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo as well as a place in the Team UK squad and a subsequent world bronze medal in 2014 and a European gold medal in 2015, in the power breaking discipline.

She was notified in February that she had made it through as a finalist and was then invited to the award evening that was held in the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol on Friday 1st April.

Phoebe was joined by her family, taekwondo instructor and friends from Stoke Gifford TKD.

The awards were preceded by a lovely dinner with over 200 other hopeful finalists, friends, family and celebrities.

Phoebe’s category was the fifth one to be announced and, as with the other nominees, a short video was shown beforehand. Filmed in February, this showed Miss Burridge talking about Phoebe’s achievements.

After all videos had been shown, it was Big Brother 2011 star Josie Gibson who announced and presented the award. Phoebe was both shocked and elated when her name was revealed as the winner!

A very excited Phoebe made her way to the stage to collect her award and give a brief speech, thanking the people who were important to her achieving so much and overcoming the obstacles that she faces.

More: Sophie praised for "high level of dedication and determination" »

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