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Resignations create two vacancies on Parish Council

Posted on Friday 29th June 2012 at 12:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has announced that it is looking for two new Councillors following a double resignation earlier this month.

The Journal has learned that the vacancies have arisen following the resignations of Cllr Diane Bryant and Nick Bryant, who are both Conservatives representing the Central parish ward.

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, the two “casual” vacancies are now being advertised on the Council’s noticeboards.

An election could be called if ten local electors call for one before Friday 6th July, otherwise the Council will “co-opt” two new representatives of its own choosing.

The Journal understands that the two Councillors submitted their resignations because they are relocating abroad due to work commitments.

Cllrs Bryant were elected to the Parish Council just over a year ago in the May 2011 election, when the Conservatives won all five seats in the Central ward, beating five contenders from the Labour party by a decisive margin.

The Central parish ward is bounded by Gipsy Patch Lane and Winterbourne Road in the north and the railway line in the south.

With the exception of one Councillor, Matthew Brown (Labour), representing University ward, Stoke Gifford Parish Councillors all belong to the Conservative Party.

Should a by-election be forced by the requisite number of local electors, it is likely to cost the Parish between £3k and £5k.

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Hospital bus service under threat from First

Posted on Monday 25th June 2012 at 11:42 am by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol.

Another local bus service is under threat after First announced its intention to withdraw the Council-subsidised number 18, which runs between Emersons Green and Southmead Hospital, via Frenchay Hospital.

The service, which calls at Parkway Station and runs along Hatchet Road, Little Stoke Lane, Kingsway and Gipsy Patch Lane, is operated with financial support from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The contract was only awarded in September last year after the 517/8 service was discontinued under a Bristol City Council re-tendering exercise.

First Bus has indicated that, although after amending the timetable a number of times and passenger numbers rising from 8,000 to 15,000 per month, the revenue they receive is not enough and so they have now given the Council three months notice to terminate the contract.

The news comes just three months after rival company Wessex Connect announced it intended to withdraw the U7, U8 and 482 services that operate along Braydon Avenue and Stoke Lane. Following protests from passengers, SGC stepped in to subsidise the previously commercially-run services from 20th May, albeit with a reduced number of journeys.

The Council has so far refused to disclose how much it is paying Wessex Connect to provide the services under a temporary agreement that runs until September.

More: Decision "makes absolutely no sense," say Councillors »

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College gears up for Paralympic legacy event

Posted on Monday 18th June 2012 at 5:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Janet Biggins (right) tries her hand at wheelchair basketball.

A local Paralympian and other disabled athletes gathered at the WISE campus in Stoke Gifford last week to publicise an upcoming London 2012 ‘legacy event’ that takes place next month.

Inspired by the Paralympics, South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with Airbus UK are hosting their own ‘Come and Try It’ event on Thursday 12th July, for people of all ages and abilities with physical and sensory impairments.

Organisers say they want to encourage as many disabled people, whatever their age or ability, to go along and try one or more Paralympic sports.

Each sport will run six sessions throughout the day, in different time slots, so people can come in the morning, afternoon, early evening or all day if they wish – it’s entirely up to them.

The sports – cricket, football, boccia, tennis, table tennis and wheelchair basketball – will be run by experienced coaches from local clubs who can talent spot for the future.

Jo Iles, South Gloucestershire Council’s Senior Sports Development Officer, said:

“From the participants attending we will identify the barriers they face to participation in sports and we can look at how we can break these down. We will register interest in joining local clubs so that we can make sure that the pathways are in place if not we will work with the local clubs and sporting bodies to create new opportunities.”

Karen Butler, a Paralympic shooter from Bradley Stoke, will be taking part in her fourth Paralympics this year. She was spotted at a similar event early on in her career and is a great ambassador for disability sports. She said:

“I fully support the work of South Gloucestershire’s 2012 Legacy. It was at an event like similar to this that I was spotted many years ago at Stoke Mandeville. I wish this type of event had been available when I was younger – I may have got involved a lot earlier than I did.”

More: "A great opportunity," says wheelchair basketball coach »

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Parkway offices on the market following refurbishment

Posted on Monday 18th June 2012 at 11:38 am by SH (Editor)

Avon House, 1100 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A refurbished self-contained office building just a minute or two away from Bristol Parkway Railway Station is available to rent through Colliers International.

The Bristol-based property specialists have been appointed by Gainwell Ltd to market Avon House, 1100 Parkway North in Stoke Gifford [map].

Two-storey Avon House is immediately opposite the Virgin Active Health Club and enjoys easy access to junction 1 of the M32, which leads directly into Bristol City Centre and junction 19 of the M4 motorway.

Major occupiers in the area include the Ministry of Defence and Barclays Bank.

The refurbished property is configured over ground and first floor and includes 34 on-site car parking spaces. The offices are available as a whole or on a floor by floor basis and include 3,560 sq ft on the ground and 3,395 sq ft on the first floor.

The quoting rent is £16.50 per square foot per annum exclusive of VAT.

Colliers international offices specialist James Preece said he expected considerable interest in Avon House.

More: Property has "an excellent parking ratio," says agent »

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