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Hatchet Road: Council concedes to petitioners’ demands for bus lane review

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017 at 11:47 pm by SH (Editor)

CPME Hatchet Road bus lane overview plan.

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a new bus lane on Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford say they are “delighted” to have succeeded in convincing South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) that it should review its previous decision to press ahead with the scheme despite widespread opposition within the local community.

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.

Their preferred alternative is to review the number of bus stops on Hatchet Road and implement lay-bys at those that are deemed necessary. This, they claim, would facilitate better traffic flow for all road users. SGC’s own figures show that such a scheme would save over £1.25m and achieve improved bus journey time savings in comparison to the bus lane option.

The decision to hold a review was reached following a debate at SGC’s Full Council meeting on 19th July, which had been triggered after a petition against the bus lane passed the critical 2,500 mark.

Around 20 members of the Hatchet Road Action Group attended the meeting, led by Paul Tanner, who was given five minutes to introduce the petition prior to the debate. Three other action group members, Sue Bandcroft, Susan Kelly and James Buckingham, took the opportunity to speak during the ‘items from the public’ session at the start of the meeting.

More: Transport officers told to re-examine plans for the route »

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Travellers evicted from Stoke Gifford make short trip to Patchway

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017 at 11:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Unauthorised traveller encampment at Forty Acres, Stoke Gifford.

The issue of unauthorised traveller encampments, last seen locally during 2014 and 2015 on two sites in Bradley Stoke, hit the headlines again during August when around 30 caravans pitched up on Forty Acres in Stoke Gifford.

An area of rough grassland and scattered woodland, Forty Acres is located on the right side of Hatchet Road when travelling from Bradley Stoke to Stoke Gifford, on the opposite side of the road to Meade Park.

On Wednesday 9th August, local residents reported that around 15 traveller caravans and associated vehicles had entered the site. A statement appearing later on the Stoke Gifford Parish Council website reported that access had been gained “by cutting a bollard lock and gate chain on the vehicular access gate on Hatchet Road opposite Meade Park”. It added: “It is anticipated that the travellers will be removed within seven days, but any resident concerns about the site should be reported to the police.”

A South Gloucestershire council spokesperson was quoted as saying: “We are aware of the encampment and we have visited the site and we are currently in the process of organising the necessary welfare checks. We are working with partners at the police and parish council to negotiate with the families, in line with our standard procedures.”

Hopes were raised when the parish council announced that a Section 77 notice had been served requiring the site to be vacated by 3pm on Friday, but the deadline came and went and more caravans arrived over the weekend.

Local residents complained that vehicles had blocked paths through the site, dogs were being allowed to roam free and youngsters riding motor bikes were causing a nuisance.

More: Magistrates grant eviction order and bailiffs move in »

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Grades up in Abbeywood Post-16 exam results

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017 at 11:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Post-16 students receive exam results at Abbeywood Community School.

Abbeywood Community School’s Post-16 students have once again achieved some very positive A-level results which saw the average grade per entry increase by a  whole grade.

Fourteen percent of grades awarded were A* or A, and 32 percent of students achieved A*-B grades in A-level subjects.

In vocational subjects, 88 percent of students achieved the highest grades of Distinction and Distinction*.

The school reported that “nearly all” students secured places at their first choice university, or on apprenticeships.

Outstanding individual performances:

  • Andras Varady  – 3A* (Maths, Further Maths and Physics ) and B in Computing
  • Thaminah Chowdhury – A in Psychology and 2 Distinction*s in Health & Social Care and Applied Science
  • Alex Higgins – A* in Culture and Communication, A in Psychology and B in Sociology
  • Kyle Ivers – 3 Distinction*s in Business, Applied Science and Sport BTEC
  • Bryony Constance – A* in English Literature, B in English Language and B in Culture and Communication
  • Charlotte Davidge – A* in English Literature and B in Sociology

Photo (l-r): Damaris Sibi, Thaminah Chowdhury, Chloe Luton, Esther Humphrey, Becca Ryan, Lucy Daniel and Aimee Russell

More: GCSE examination results »

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