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Council leader slams stadium opponents

Posted on Thursday 28th November 2013 at 1:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Nick Higgs, Cllr John Calway and Prof Steven West at the UWE Stadium site.

The Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr John Calway, has slammed the TRASH campaign group for undermining the planned new stadium for Bristol Rovers and UWE in Stoke Gifford.

He made the criticisms whilst standing on the site of the planned new £40 million 21,000+ seat stadium with Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs and UWE Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven West.

Cllr Calway, who is also Conservative Group Leader and a Longwell Green councillor, said:

“This flagship new stadium on the UWE campus has the potential to be a massive boost for South Gloucestershire, our local economy and for our continuing efforts to secure a local legacy to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“We are confident that the new stadium will bring many benefits, not simply better facilities for supporters but also academic and local community facilities, and a much better location in relation to public transport, including bus, rail and planned MetroBus rapid transit.”

“That’s why we have been extremely supportive of Rovers and UWE’s plans throughout the development phase and why I am furious with the antics of the TRASH campaign group.”

“My message to TRASH is to stop damaging our efforts here in South Gloucestershire to work with UWE and Rovers to secure this unprecedented investment locally and all the economic, cultural and sporting benefits to local people that will come with it.”

Photo (L-R): Nick Higgs, Cllr John Calway and Professor Steven West on the site of the planned UWE Stadium.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

Editor’s note: TRASH has been granted a judicial review of Bristol City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Bristol Rovers’ present ground in Horfield. This has delayed the start of construction of the UWE Stadium, as Bristol Rovers plan to fund the work using proceeds from the sale of their present ground.

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Stoke Gifford technical college officially opened by HRH Earl of Wessex

Posted on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 11:14 am by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy in Stoke Gifford.

The Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA) in New Road, Stoke Gifford was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex yesterday (Tuesday 26th November).

The West of England’s first University Technical College (UTC) offers a revolutionary new concept in learning, providing 14-19 year-olds with an academic and specialist education combined with work-based skills.

Speaking to students at the academy, HRH The Earl of Wessex said:

“You are the pioneers of this Technology and Engineering Academy and future pioneers of the engineering industry. Best of luck to you all, you have a fantastic future ahead of you.”

The prince toured three project rooms where students work on engineering and science projects and met students and staff, as well as those involved in creating the academy, including staff from local businesses, UWE, contractors and partner schools.

The new state-of-the-art academy opened its doors in September 2013, providing students interested in engineering and environmental technology with an advantage for their next steps.

Speaking about the official opening, academy principal Rhian Priest said:

“A huge amount of work has gone into creating this brand new type of school, the first of its kind in the West of England, which provides a unique learning opportunity for young people.”

“Our opening today celebrates a new beginning. Our enthusiastic students are excelling in our project based learning approach; they have fully embraced this vibrant and exciting setting that has encouraged independent thought, self-discipline, motivation and confidence.”

More: Industry partners advise on curriculum »

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Church launches ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to build local community

Posted on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 10:51 am by SH (Editor)

Launch of the St Michael's Heart of the Community 'Buy a Brick' campaign.

A Stoke Gifford church has launched a £50,000 ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to help build a new church and community centre at the heart of the village.

St Michael’s Church has already raised £2.4m towards the cost of the £5.5m Heart of the Community project, which will provide much needed meeting rooms and a 600-seat auditorium for events, conferences and church services.

The bricks will be sold at a series of mobile ‘building sites’ complete with bricks, construction signage and cones.

Reverends Jimmy Rocks and Martin Gordon donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets to launch the scheme on the site of the Old Barns in North Road, Stoke Gifford earlier this month.

Rev Rocks, who is leading the Buy a Brick team said:

“We are inviting the whole of the local community to play a part in the project by paying for individual bricks for the new centre. Everyone who donates £10 will be given a Buy a Brick certificate and the satisfaction of playing a part in building community.”

The Buy a Brick team will be taking their mobile site to local events including Carols on the Green on Saturday 14th December as well as Parkway Station, Friends Life and the local branches of the Co-op, Asda and B&Q.

Bricks will also be on sale in St Michael’s Church Old School Rooms from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and online at A number of local businesses are also selling bricks to their customers.

Photo (L-R): Rev Martin Gordon (curate), Keith Cottrell (chair of fundraising team), Rev Jimmy Rocks (head of ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign). [photo credit: Rob Wicks at Eat Pictures]

More: Bishop and MP have bought the first bricks »

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