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Braydon Avenue to be closed for up to three weeks from 2nd March

Posted on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 6:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Chicane priority narrowing on Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that Braydon Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of up to three weeks from Monday 2nd March in order to allow the construction of a raised speed table near the Concord Medical Centre.

The speed table will replace the existing chicane priority narrowing at the same location, which the council claims will result in “less conflict on the road between motor vehicles”.

The £23,000 scheme was prioritised by the council’s Southern Brooks Area Forum in February 2014. Consultation on the proposals took place from 18th August to 7th September 2014.

No objections were received when the statutory notice for the scheme was advertised in November 2014. According to that document, the new speed table will extend over the full width of the carriageway and be 10 metres in length and 75 millimetres (maximum) in height.

As part of the scheme, dropped kerbs and tactile paving will be installed to provide pedestrians with an improved informal crossing facility.

The crossing provides access to a public footpath which runs parallel to Braydon Avenue, but is separated from the road by a row of trees and a brook.

In its statement of reasons for proposing the work, the council says the current arrangement is ineffective at reducing vehicle speeds:

“The disadvantage of the current traffic calming measure (chicane priority narrowing) is that motor vehicles with priority are not required to reduce their speed and motor vehicles without priority are not required to reduce their speed if there is no oncoming vehicle approaching.”

To enable the construction work to be undertaken safely, Braydon Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between the Concord Medical Centre and Silver Birch Close.

More: Details of diversion route and bus services affected »

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New college celebrates result of first Ofsted inspection

Posted on Monday 9th February 2015 at 11:22 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's WISE campus in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Staff and students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) are celebrating after receiving an overall ‘good’ status by Ofsted just two years after the new college was formed.

The college, one of the newest in the country, was formed by dissolution of Filton and Stroud Colleges and the incorporation of SGS College in February 2012.

SGS had its first Ofsted inspection last November and the report was published in January.

Ofsted judged that the college had ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management, Learner Support services, and Employability Programmes. There were further ‘Outstanding’ grades in Sport, Business, Performing and Visual Arts. The report also outlined that a significant and increasing proportion of teaching and learning is outstanding, and learners benefit from the College’s culture of high expectations and receive outstanding support in their studies.

In addition, the College was praised for its highly effective strategic vision and direction, which Ofsted concluded, ‘placed it at the heart of its local communities, to serve the best interests of learners’. Excellent partnerships with employers and local enterprise partnerships also received praise and were found to be highly productive for learners.

Principal and CEO, Kevin Hamblin, comments:

“SGS was established to provide a wider range of vocational and academic courses in our local communities, providing students with more choice, greater opportunities and a greater range of facilities from a larger, more efficient college. SGS College has a 15% rise in student numbers since 2012 whilst at the same time student success rates for learners aged 16-18 have consistently been in the top decile when compared with all the other similar colleges in the Country. When compared with all further education colleges in the South West, SGS College’s value-added performance ranked highest of all similar colleges for A Levels or Vocational programmes.”

“This doesn’t happen without a fantastic team effort by all staff at the College and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication that we have come so far is such a short period of time and I would like to publicly thank them.”

Photo: SGS College’s WISE campus, off New Road in Stoke Gifford.

Related link: Ofsted report page for SGS College

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