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Hatchet Road petition presented to council

Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a bus lane along Hatchet Road, Stoke Gifford.

Residents campaigning to reverse a decision to construct a one-way bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford have begun the formal process to secure a debate at a full meeting of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) after their petition passed the critical milestone of 2,500 signatures in early May.

The campaigners are opposed to the bus lane, which will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, because it will require the destruction of hedgerows and many mature trees and yet bring no significant improvement in bus journey times.

Paul Tanner who fronts the Hatchet Road Action Group, presented the petition to the meeting of SGC’s Full Council on 17th May (see below).

The earliest opportunity for the matter to be debated would be at the next Full Council meeting on 19th July, but SGC officers are yet to confirm a date.

Mr Tanner says he has made a number of Freedom of Information requests to the council for unpublished reports associated with the original decision. These, he claims, further support the group’s case that the decision was made without a proper appraisal of all the options on the table.

Should the group’s actions at SGC prove unfruitful, it is planned to approach the new Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles, who, prior to his election, pledged to call for a review of the Hatchet Road section of the CPME route.

More: Paul Tanner’s speech to Full Council on 17th May»

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MetroBus survey work on Gipsy Patch Lane

Posted on Sunday 25th June 2017 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Gipsy Patch Lane (looking east).

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that survey work on Gipsy Patch Lane for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) project will begin on Monday 26th June.

The work area will be located between Station Road and the Gipsy Patch Lane/Hatchet Road Roundabout (see plan for survey extents).

The work will involve using ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment to scan the road.  Radar waves will go through the ground and identify where underground utilities, such as gas and water pipes, are located.  No digging will be involved.  The equipment that will be used is not noisy, so any disturbance to local residents will be minimal.

Some of the survey area is on verges and not on the carriageway and this will be undertaken during the day, which is anticipated to take seven working days.

The rest of the survey work will be on the carriageway – this has been planned to take place when it will cause the least disruption and will therefore be carried out overnight between 7.30pm and 5am on three to four weeknights. There will be a requirement to close one lane at a time to undertake the carriageway survey and therefore temporary traffic lights will be used (during the above times only). Vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions but will be controlled by the traffic lights.

The council says that three full weekend closures of Gipsy Patch Lane (at the railway bridge), originally planned for April/May, have had to be postponed. They will, however, still go ahead at a later date.

A GPR survey of the Hatchet Road section of the CPME route was undertaken in February. Further investigations, involving the digging of trial trenches, were carried out in early June.

Image: Indicative artist’s impression of CPME proposals on Gipsy Patch Lane (looking east).

More info: Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (The Journal)

Source: South Gloucestershire Council via Stoke Gifford Parish Council

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School’s parental engagement earns national award

Posted on Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School standing behind a LPPA banner.

A local primary school has been recognised through a national award scheme for enhancing and strengthening its links with parents and carers.
Achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is the culmination of 18 months of hard work by the whole school community, including parents, children, staff and governors.

The LPPA programme is intended to help schools meet longer term success criteria, such as improved pupil progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement in school life.

Anne Sargent, deputy head and LPPA coordinator at Little Stoke Primary School, said:

“Everyone has contributed to the process of reflecting on, developing, and increasing the ways we link with parents and the impact this has on children’s learning. We are very proud that this respected organisation has recognised our progress and achievements.”

Over the last two years, the school has developed and increased the opportunities offered to parents to find out about how children learn and how to offer the best support at home. It has run information and training sessions and also increased opportunities for parents to get involved with children’s learning through parent and child learning events linked to its curriculum themes.

The school reports that an enormous number of parents and grandparents have attended sessions that have included building volcanoes, giant Picasso paintings, designing and building alien buggies, building giant skeletons and underwater dioramas.

More: "School has transformed … into a genuine learning community" »

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Hatchet Road bridge work requires overnight road closure on four weekends

Posted on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 8:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Hatchet Road railway bridge, near Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford.

Network Rail is advising road users who travel in the vicinity of Bristol Parkway Station to plan ahead as the Hatchet Road bridge is shut overnight for four consecutive Saturdays from this weekend (17th June) to allow crucial upgrade work to take place.

The bridge needs to be closed to allow Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ to prepare the track for the arrival of new Intercity Express Trains (IET) which arrive later this year.

The new IET trains will provide more seats per train, greater comfort, be more reliable as well as having improved wifi and at-seat power sockets.

Ahead of the new trains entering service, Network Rail needs to install the foundations for overhead line equipment used for electrification, repair the bridge arch and lay sections of new track.

To allow the upgrade to take place, the road which runs under the bridge will be closed on Saturday nights from 11pm to 7am on 17th and 24th June and 1st and 8th July.

Mark Morrison, project manager for Network Rail said:

“This crucial upgrade forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and is essential in delivering passenger benefits as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the work to road users and also to residents nearby as it may be noisy.”

A signed diversion route will be in place throughout the road closures and pedestrians will still be able to walk underneath the bridge.

More: Bus service route diversions during the road closures »

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