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Hatchet Road petition closes in on target

Posted on Saturday 20th May 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of campaigners opposed to a new bus lane on Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford, gathering petition signatures at the Willow Brook Centre.

Residents campaigning to reverse a decision to construct a one-way bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford say they are confident their petition will reach the critical 2,500 signature milestone in early May.

Under South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Petitions Scheme, any petition attracting this number of valid signatures triggers a debate at Full Council, usually arranged at the earliest opportunity.

Around 400 signatures were collected by more than a dozen campaigners who manned a stall in the foyer of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre on Saturday 22nd April.

Awareness of the campaign has also been raised through the distribution of leaflets to 4,500 homes in Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke, while a further 700 leaflets were handed out to passing motorists on Hatchet Road during the morning peak on 5th April.

Several large local employers, including Aviva and Rolls-Royce have also allowed campaigners to reach out to their staff through posters and email circulars.

The proposed new southbound bus lane on Hatchet Road will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which will link The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with Bristol Parkway Station and serve the new developments planned for the former Filton Airfield site.

Local residents and councillors are opposed to the bus lane because it will require mature hedgerows and trees to be removed from both sides of Hatchet Road. They also claim it is a waste of money (costing £2m to reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, during the morning peak only) and say they are concerned that its construction will cause severe disruption to traffic in the area.

More: Petition is also directed at the new ‘Metro Mayor’ »

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Citizens Advice comes to Stoke Gifford

Posted on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Yvonne Parks from Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire.

Help is on hand for residents of Stoke Gifford and the wider Bristol North Fringe who are seeking information and advice on a wide range of issues following the news that Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire has started drop-in advice sessions at a new venue in the area.

Citizens Advice provides advice and support on life’s most common problems, and all the advice given is free, independent and impartial.

Yvonne Parks of Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire said:

“Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. People come to us with all sorts of issues such as money, benefits, housing, family or employment problems.”

Anyone can go along to the drop-in sessions at The Stokes (Youth and Community Centre), which is located next to Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke BS34 6HY.

The sessions, which started at the end of April, are held every second and fourth Friday of the month, from 10am to 12pm.

Yvonne (pictured) said:

“No appointment is necessary, so just come along. An experienced and qualified advice worker will be there to help.”

The sessions in Stoke Gifford are being supported by local South Gloucestershire ward councillors through the Member Awarded Funding scheme and will be reviewed in 12 months’ time.

• Citizens Advice also holds drop-in sessions at the Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke, from 10am to 12pm every Wednesday.

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 34). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Temporary changes to traffic flow at Parkway North Roundabout

Posted on Monday 1st May 2017 at 10:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Parkway North Roundabout.

Motorists and cyclists using Great Stoke Way and Hunts Ground Road are being warned to expect temporary changes to the traffic flow around Parkway North Roundabout this week.

On Tuesday (2nd May), MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths will introduce traffic management at the roundabout which will involve manoeuvring all traffic (i.e. approaching from both directions) around the northern side of the roundabout so that work can be undertaken on the remainder of the roundabout.

This work, which is expected to last for approximately one week, will involve correcting the road levels in readiness for a tie-in to the northern end of the under-construction Stoke Gifford Transport Link (known locally as the Stoke Gifford By-Pass).

Normal access to the nearby Griffiths site compound will be closed during this period of work.

A Griffiths spokesperson said:

“No temporary lights will be used, but traffic will need to slow on the approach to negotiate the north side of the roundabout at this point.”

Related link: Stoke Gifford By-Pass (The Journal)

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