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Chance to view latest plans for Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Posted on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 12:04 am by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Transport Link (Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Residents have a chance to view the latest plans for the proposed Stoke Gifford By-Pass at a consultation exhibition being held today (Tuesday 29th May) at Bristol Parkway Station from 3pm to 7pm.

The exhibition will present the latest information on the proposed North Fringe to Hengrove Package bus rapid transit scheme, which will connect key employment hubs like Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West, the Science Park at Emersons Green and Bristol City Centre with key residential areas in the north and south of the city, such as Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Emersons Green, Bedminster, Knowle West and Hengrove.

The £102m scheme, funded jointly by the Government, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), includes the construction of a long-awaited Stoke Gifford By-Pass (officially known as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link) running from Parkway North to the A4174 Avon Ring Road at Harry Stoke.

The proposals for the by-pass include:

  • One general traffic lane in each direction with bus lanes on the approaches to junctions
  • Two bridges; one over the Bristol to London railway line and the other over the Ham Brook
  • A new, separate, shared use foot/cycleway along the full length of the Stoke Gifford Transport Link on the western side of the road
  • New bus stops and shelters with real time information
  • Landscaping along the route
  • Some Public Rights of Way (PROW) diversions
  • A signal-controlled junction with Hambrook Lane

More: By-pass will provide access to planned new neighbourhoods »

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Stoke Gifford grandmother dies following bus accident

Posted on Friday 25th May 2012 at 10:29 am by SH (Editor)

Scene of the fatal road traffic accident in Southmead Road, Filton.

A Stoke Gifford grandmother has died after suffering a broken neck in a bus accident in Filton last week, reports the Bristol Post.

Barbara McCracken, 88, of North Road, was a passenger on a number 18 bus that was forced to brake sharply when a car reportedly drove across its path at the junction of Southmead Road and Golf Course Lane (pictured) in Filton on Wednesday 16th May.

One of two passengers on the bus, Mrs McCracken was thrown forward and hit her head on the back of the seat in front of her. She suffered a broken neck and passed away two days later at Frenchay Hospital, with family at her bedside.

Police say they are still trying to trace the owner of the car involved in the incident, described as “a small dark coloured, rusty brown vehicle”. Anyone able to help is asked to contact the force’s collision investigation unit on 101.

A former civil servant, Mrs McCracken enjoyed reading, doing crosswords and tending to her garden. She worshipped at St Michael’s Church, where she made many friends and enjoyed her times with the Link group, says The Post.

Mrs McCracken’s funeral will be held at St Michael’s, at 11.30am, next Tuesday (29th May).

Read more: 88-year-old bus accident victim dies (The Post)

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Parsons Avenue Indian takeaway set to be approved by planners

Posted on Monday 21st May 2012 at 12:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Just Dogs, Parsons Avenue, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A planning application to convert a vacant retail unit in Parsons Avenue into an Indian takeaway looks set to be given the green light by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) at a planning committee meeting later this week.

Owned by Merlin Housing Society and formerly trading as the ‘Just Dogs’ grooming parlour, the unit has been empty since 28th February 2011. It stands in a block of two units, the other being occupied by Shipway Gents’ Barbers.

The applicant, Mr M.A. Islam of Brislington, is seeking permission to trade between the hours of 5pm and 10pm, seven days a week (including bank holidays).

Stoke Gifford Parish Council lodged an objection to the proposal on 2nd March, citing fears of “[the] impact on neighbouring residents, lack of parking and general traffic congestion, increased litter and smells”.

A total of 26 letters of objection were received from local residents, countered by two letters of support.

Councillors on SGC’s Development Control (West) Sites Inspection Sub-Committee visited the site on 13th April and subsequently asked the Council’s officers to prepare reports on the history of previous planning applications, highways issues, odour control and the possibility of imposing a condition requiring the installation of CCTV.

More: Officer report recommends that permission be granted »

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MP congratulates Scouts on Diamond Jubilee achievement

Posted on Thursday 17th May 2012 at 12:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP with Eirean Peacock of 1st Little Stoke Scouts.

1st Little Stoke Scouts are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and invited local MP Jack Lopresti to help them celebrate.

Mr Lopresti’s visit took place during a week in which Scouts across the country are undertaking voluntary work in their local area.

The well-known ‘Bob-a-Job Week’ of old was re-launched as ‘Scout Community Week’ this year after a seventeen year break and Scouts in Filton and Bradley Stoke will be taking part.

Scout Community Week (14th – 20th May) will see Scouts from across the UK taking part in an array of tasks and projects to make a positive impact on the lives of local people. The Scout Association wants your help in bringing these benefits to our community.

Mr Lopresti said:

“Scout Community Week is taking place this week across the UK and I am proud to support it, particularly as scout groups in the Filton and Bradley Stoke area are heavily involved. Organisations such as the Scouts play an important role in our communities and do wonderful work with so many young people. I was lucky enough to visit the Avon Scouts Annual General Meeting last year and saw firsthand the positive impact Scouts have on our local area.”

“On Tuesday evening, I visited the 1st Little Stoke Scouts to help them celebrate their 60th anniversary. I was lucky enough to be made an honorary Scout and I will be upholding the Scouts Code! Anyone can get involved in the Scout Community Week and I encourage anyone so minded to have a look on the Scouts website.”

Source: Press release from the office of Jack Loprest MP

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