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Jobs saved as transport consultancy firm taken over by banks

Posted on Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 10:22 am by SH (Editor)

Mouchel, Severn House, Lime Kiln Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Jobs at public infrastructure group Mouchel, which has an office in Stoke Gifford, have been secured – despite the company being placed into administration last week.

The company, which employs around 8,000 people around the UK, has been sold to a new organisation owned by its main lenders – RBS, Lloyds and Barclays – and Mouchel management.

The sale to MRBL Limited will enable all of Mouchel’s subsidiaries to continue operating as normal, according to the administrator, KPMG.

The banks will write off £83m of debt in exchange for an 80% stake in the new, delisted company, while management will own the remaining 20%.

Shareholders in the company will be left with nothing after they voted to reject proposals that would have seen them receive just 1p per share at an emergency meeting last Friday.

It is believed that around 40 people are employed at the Mouchel office in Lime Kiln Close, Stoke Gifford [map].

The company works closely with the Highways Department of South Gloucestershire Council and records show that the Council paid Mouchel over £64k for agency and consultancy work in the first five months of 2012.

More: Firm involved in several local transport projects »

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Big improvement in Abbeywood School’s GCSE results

Posted on Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 3:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Star GCSE performer at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford.

All eyes have been on Year 11 at Abbeywood Community School since the school was judged to need ‘special measures’ by Ofsted when it inspected in December 2011.

The school is on a journey of rapid improvement as shown by another strong set of A-level results last week (100% A-E and 49% A*-B grades – the school’s best ever) and this week’s GCSE results provide a further indication of the progress.

Headline figures have jumped from last year with 78% of students achieving 5A*-C grades (previous best 58%) and 46% of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Maths (previous best 41%).

There were some amazing individual performances giving cause for celebration, the most notable of which were:

  • Simon Grose – 7A*s, 3As and 1C
  • Sam Badman – 2A*s, 6As, 2Bs and 1C
  • Rebecca Higgins – 3A*s, 5As, 2Bs and 1C
  • Scott Cousins – 1A*, 6As, 3Bs and 1C
  • Tiffani Seymour – 1A*, 4As and 5Bs
  • Najibah Qadar – 5As, 2Bs and 4Cs
  • Lukas Slavickas – 3A*s, 2As, 3Bs and 1C
  • Michelle Trotman – 2A*s, 2As, 1B and 1C
  • Grace Boothman – 2A*s, 2As, 5Bs and 2Cs
  • Alice Brown – 4As, 5Bs and 2Cs
  • Evelyn Kovari – 4As, 2Bs and 4Cs
  • Amy McQueen – 4As and 8Bs
  • Ashley Ross – 4A*s and 6Cs
  • Lucy Castree – 2A*s, 1A, 3Bs, 4Cs

More: Headteacher "delighted"; improvement set to continue »

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Future of Little Stoke Youth Centre remains uncertain

Posted on Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 11:52 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The future of a local Council-run youth centre threatened by budget cuts remains uncertain, despite several “expressions of interest” being received from organisations interested in taking over its operations.

Little Stoke Youth Club, in Little Stoke Lane, is under threat of closure from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) as part of its plans to slash spending on “universal access” youth services by 46% over two years.

Under proposals published earlier this year, the Council said it was planning to transfer control of all its youth centres to locally-based organisations. If no such organisation comes forward for any particular centre, it will be “decommissioned”.

A public consultation exercise run earlier this year invited organisations to submit “expressions of interest” in taking on the running of council-owned youth centre buildings “for the benefit of children, young people and families”.

A report presented to the July meeting of SGC’s Children and Young People Committee reveals that the Little Stoke Youth Centre has attracted the largest number of “expressions of interest” (six) of all the centres in the local authority area. These have come from two voluntary sector organisations, a Parish Council (assumed to be Stoke Gifford but still to be confirmed), a private childcare provider and two individuals (one of whom is a member of staff at the centre).

The extent to wish each of these organisations will continue to provide facilities for local teenagers remains unclear at the current time.

More: Residents urged to attend meeting on 10th September »

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Police helicopter helps apprehend burglary suspect

Posted on Monday 20th August 2012 at 6:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Helicopter of the the Western Counties Air Operations Unit.

Police were called just after 5pm on Sunday 19th August to a report of a burglary in progress in Cerimon Gate, Stoke Gifford.

A man and a woman had been seen acting suspiciously and the window of a house had been smashed.

Officers searched the area on the ground and the air support helicopter joined the search at about 5:30pm, after a man was seen running through nearby gardens.

A woman was arrested at about 5:45pm near the Parkway Tavern and she remains in police custody today, Monday 20th August.

Police enquiries into the incident continue. Anyone with any information which could help is asked to contact us through the website, or on 101.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

The incident provoked a surge of messages on the Twitter micro-blogging platform, with many people asking why the helicopter was circling for so long over the Bradley Stoke/Stoke Gifford area.

The helicopter of the Western Counties Air Operations Unit is based at nearby Filton Airfield. Avon and Somerset Police announced in April that the helicopter will continue to be based at Filton for the foreseeable future, despite the closure of the airfield at the end of 2012.

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