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MetroBus Extension report recommends no change in Hatchet Road widening plan

Posted on Monday 25th April 2016 at 8:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Hatchet Road (looking north).

A report on the results of the recent public consultation on preliminary designs for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) is recommending that the scheme be progressed largely unaltered, despite scores of people registering objections to the proposed widening of Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford, in order to accommodate a new bus lane.

The proposals require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of Hatchet Road south of Meade Park.

Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee will be making a decision on the next steps for the project at their meeting on Wednesday 4th May.

The CPME is an extension of the MetroBus network which will extend the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route that is currently under construction. The CPME will provide a fast and direct link between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall bus station via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. It will also link to the other MetroBus routes which are currently being built, including the South Bristol link and Ashton Vale to Temple Meads.

One of the elements of the scheme is the proposed replacement of the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane. The proposed new bridge would be wider and include a lane for general traffic, a shared use path and a bus lane in both directions.

Councillors will be asked at the committee meeting to approve the start of the necessary procedures to allow the project to progress, including detailed design work and the use of compulsory purchase powers, if necessary, to acquire land needed in some places to build the CPME.

More: Alternative route via Hunts Ground Road not suitable, says report »

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Residents invited to discuss plans for 1,640 new homes at East of Harry Stoke

Posted on Thursday 21st April 2016 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Map presented as part a community consultation on plans for Crest Nicholson's proposed development at East of Harry Stoke.

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson is to hold public events to consult with local residents on two planning applications that it is preparing for land at East of Harry Stoke (EoHS), a large greenfield site that has been allocated for development within South Gloucestershire’s adopted Core Strategy.

The two planning applications will be submitted to the council later this spring to cover the land to the north and south of the railway line and linked by the currently under-construction Stoke Gifford Transport Link (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

The northern application will be for the development of up to 350 new homes, a primary school, public open space, and landscaping and drainage infrastructure.

The southern application is for outline permission for 1,290 homes, a new local centre, community uses and associated infrastructure.

Two consultation events will be held:

  • 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday 26th April at St Elizabeth’s Hall, Hambrook Lane, Hambrook BS16 1RT
  • 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday 27th April at The Poplar Rooms, Stoke Gifford Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE

John Terry, Crest Nicholson’s regional development director, said:

“The aim of the development is to help create a lively, healthy and happy community with its own sense of identity that is well integrated with the surrounding communities.”

“Following extensive feedback from the local community over the strategic masterplan last year, we are now ready to discuss the next step in the process of delivering much-needed new homes.”

More: A total of 2,000 homes are set to be built within EoHS by 2027

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Safe Space celebrates first birthday in style

Posted on Friday 15th April 2016 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Safe Space 'stay and play' group for families with children with additional needs - based in Little Stoke, Bristol.

Little Stoke based group provides a much appreciated facility for families of children with additional needs.

A parent-led group which provides twice-weekly play sessions for children with additional needs has celebrated its first birthday.

Based at The Stokes Youth and Community Centre on Little Stoke Lane, next to Little Stoke Primary School, Safe Space offers ‘stay and play’ sessions every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm and on Saturdays between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

The group aims to cater for children with a wide range of additional needs, irrespective of whether they have an official diagnosis. Parents attending the group are able to relax and share experiences with others.

All are welcome, including siblings, grandparents and carers, with each person asked to contribute £2 per visit.

The centre offers a main hall, complete with a large bouncy castle and lots of games and toys including train tracks, games consoles, table tennis and table football. Arts and craft activities are organised, while a smaller ‘sensory room’ offers a space for children to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Safe Space also has a large, secure outside area in which the children can run around and play.

Marcus Yates, one of the charity’s trustees and a member of the management committee, says the facility is a godsend to families who find it stressful to attend mainstream children’s play venues, for fear that their child might have a ‘meltdown’, which can cause embarrassment and occasionally lead to complaints from the parents of other children.

“The advantage is that we have this building completely to ourselves. Parents and carers can relax, without feeling that they need to be watching their children all of the time.”

The group is able to take advantage of the centre’s kitchen, allowing refreshments to be provided on a ‘help yourself’ basis in a café-style social space.

Sessions currently attract around 20 families, with each typically bringing along one to three children.

More: Parents praise relaxed atmosphere and networking opportunities »

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