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Open evening to shed light on new primary school for Cheswick Village

Posted on Friday 28th September 2012 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy, Cheswick Village, Bristol.An open evening being held next week will shed further light on plans for a new primary school that is due to open in Cheswick Village next September.

Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), appointed earlier this year to oversee the planning, development and operation of the new primary academy, is inviting parents and carers to attend the event on Tuesday (2nd October) at the Holiday Inn, Filton Road, between 6pm and 8pm.

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy (as the school is tentatively known) will accommodate 60 pupils per year group, giving it a projected 420-pupil roll size by 2019.

The academy will become part of the CLF family of schools and join the existing CLF primary and secondary academies already open in Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

Applications for the 60 Reception class places that are expected to be available in September 2013 are currently being accepted by South Gloucestershire Council. In common with all other state schools in the local authority area, the deadline for applying is 15th January 2013.

Should the academy be oversubscribed, places will be allocated to those applicants living closest to the school, measured in a straight line.

Building work on the new school, which will be situated in the centrally within Cheswick Village, between the Elan Homes development and the proposed Neighbourhood Centre, is yet to commence. A budget document recently published by SGC suggest that the work on site will be begin in “early 2013” in order to “meet the cashflow requirements and facilitate Reception facilities to be available in September 2013”.

The remainder of the building activity will not be completed until spring 2014, with the exact date being determined by the contractor’s programme and CLF requirements, according to the document.

The position of Principal Designate at the new school is currently being advertised by CLF. Applications for the £48,024 – £52,900 post must be made by noon on Monday (1st October). The successful applicant is expected to take up the role in January 2013.

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Man given suspended sentence after heroin and cocaine found at home

Posted on Thursday 20th September 2012 at 12:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford in the Media.

A Stoke Gifford man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to permitting his property to be used in the supply of class A drugs, reports the Bristol Post.

Kevin Kendell, 28, of Great Swanmoor Close, had been arrested after cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia were found at his home.

Police went to the property after stopping a car in New Road on 1st May 2012. In that incident, one the occupants of the car dropped a package containing 100 street deal wraps of heroin and 61 of crack cocaine.

On searching Kendell’s property, police discovered 249.8g of heroin worth £4,000 and 78.6g of crack cocaine worth £12,500. A silver suitcase with lighters, cling film, a razor blade and self seal bags were also found.

Two other men, who had both been in the car stopped by police, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and were  jailed for a total of more than nine years.

Kendell was told his sentence was able to be suspended not least because he entered prompt pleas, was of good character and had to care for his seven-year-old daughter.

Judge Michael Roach also ordered him to do 160 hours’ unpaid work.

Read more: Jail for two men found with cocaine and heroin

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Cheswick Bus Link officially opened

Posted on Monday 17th September 2012 at 1:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Cheswick Bus Link.

The Cheswick Bus Link, a bus and cycle-only route running east-west along the northern boundary of the Cheswick Village housing development, was officially opened today by representatives of the University of the West of England (UWE) and South Gloucestershre Council (SGC).

The 1km bus and cycle-only route between the UWE Frenchay Campus and Abbey Wood Roundabout in Stoke Gifford is set to improve journey times and reduce delays by allowing buses to bypass traffic on the Ring Road and Coldharbour Lane.

The link will also connect residents of the new Cheswick Village development into the area’s public transport network and provide a vital link to the proposed Romney Avenue Bus Link, south of Cheswick Village, combining to form a direct, bus only route between the North Fringe and Bristol.

The link can be used by pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates an automatic bus barrier to allow controlled access of buses onto the UWE-owned section of the link at the rear of the University campus.

Chair of SGC’s Planning and Transportation Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said:

“I’m delighted to be opening another link in our area’s public transport network, helping improve services for bus users and reducing congestion on our roads.”

“This route builds on the Greater Bristol Bus Network infrastructure and will complement other schemes such as the Great Stoke Way bus lane and the Abbey Wood Roundabout improvements.”

More: Buses run every 30 minutes during the day Monday to Friday »

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Parking under pressure as construction work starts at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2012 at 8:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of a proposed new multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway.

Car parking at Bristol Parkway railway station and in surrounding residential streets is likely to come under severe pressure from today as construction of a new multi-storey car park gets underway.

With 400 spaces being taken out of service during the ‘fast track’ six month project, some travellers are likely to find it impossible to park, particularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as the 1100-space car park is usually full on those days.

Speaking at yesterday’s Stoke Gifford Safer and Stronger Community Group meeting, Parkway Station Manager Linda Swainger said:

“It’s going to be quite tough while we take out these 400 spaces.”

“An alternative for travellers is the Parkway North Park and Ride but I’ve got to be honest with you, it won’t accommodate all the people who want to use Bristol Parkway.”

“We’re trying through all channels to persuade travellers to arrive by different means such as bus or bike.”

Flyer showing parking arrangements at Bristol Parkway railway station.

A plan (see right) of the temporary arrangements in place during the construction shows that temporary drop-off and short stay areas will be made available in the existing ‘west’ car park.

Cycle racks that were previously situated in front of the north entrance to the station building have been relocated to its west side.

Once completed, the new multi-storey car park will provide spaces for an additional 710 vehicles, which, says station operator First Great Western, is essential if Bristol Parkway is to retain its strong connectivity with London.

More: residents fear street parking will become "unbearable" »

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