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Planning application submitted for extension of Little Stoke Community Hall

Posted on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 8:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed extension of Little Stoke Community Hall: Visualisation showing path from car park leading to new entrance on the side of the extended building and the new cafe.

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has submitted a planning application to extend and enhance the existing community hall within Little Stoke Park.

The proposals will provide new sports changing facilities, an ancillary café, an enlarged office for council staff and a larger meeting room. The retained elements will be refurbished and a new bin store and external store will be formed with the existing parking and landscaping being retained.

According to the ‘design and access statement’ submitted with the application, the proposed works will “support the parish’s ambition and aspiration to engender community spirit, activities and cohesion by providing new and improved facilities that can be used for and by the public”.

The proposed works will increase the existing gross floor area from 352.8sqm (plus 19.3sqm external store) to 551.7sqm, an increase of 48.3 percent.

The majority of the proposed works will be on the north side of the existing building, within the area currently used for external storage, which currently has no public access or right of way.

Internally, the new accommodation will provide:

  • Two changing rooms with lockers, showers, toilets and treatment bench for two teams
  • Two officials’ changing rooms with associated lockers, shower and toilets
  • Two small stores for sports equipment and a plant room with external access
  • Café with associated kitchen, servery/bar and utility
  • New entrance, office and meeting room

The new café will be located on the north-east corner of the extended building and will feature two large concertina doors, allowing greater connection to the outside that can be opened during warmer months and, when closed, allow greater visibility due to the large area of glass.

The scheme is being funded with housing developer S106 contributions arising from the Charlton Hayes development.

Plans may be viewed on the South Gloucestershire Council website under reference PT16/4896/F. Consultation is open until 26th September.

Image: Visualisation showing path from car park leading to new entrance on the side of the extended building and the new café.

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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Station Road to close for up to six months

Posted on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 12:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Collapsed footway on Station Road, Little Stoke.

A 250m-long section of Station Road, in Little Stoke, is to be closed to through traffic for up to six months to facilitate the repair of a stretch of footway that has slipped into the adjacent brook.

The footway, just north of Patchway Station and opposite the Patchway Building Supplies compound, has been out of use for more than three years, and during this time has been fenced off with orange plastic barriers.

The work, which is expected to commence on Monday 11th July, is to be carried out by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, working on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council.

This is the same firm that is currently undertaking the construction of the MetroBus project in Bradley Stoke and the Stoke Gifford Transport Link.

In a letter sent to businesses and residential properties in the immediate vicinity of the work, Griffiths state that the work will involve the construction of a ‘bored pile’ retaining wall over a length of 100m, along with the construction of a new footpath and carriageway reinstatement.

Jim Aitken, community liaison officer for Griffiths, writes in the letter:

“Unfortunately, in order for these works to be carried out, it will be necessary for a road closure with vehicular diversion to be implemented for the duration of the works.”

The road closure extends from a point just south of the entrance to the Sort It civic amenity site to a point just north of Patchway Station. The 100m work area is located towards the railway station end of the closed section.

Businesses in the area will be open as usual and there will be signs to emphasise this, but there will be no through access for traffic. Consequently, traffic heading for the Riverside Leisure Club and the Sort It centre must approach from the north, while Patchway Station will be reachable only from the south.

More: Detailed traffic management plan »

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Appeal for information after distraction burglary in Little Stoke

Posted on Thursday 15th January 2015 at 7:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Police are appealing for information after a distraction burglary in Little Stoke last night (Wednesday 14th January).

At approximately 8pm, a 73-year-old woman discovered a man in the kitchen of her property. The man claimed to be a security guard who wanted to check the woman was OK and that her money and jewellery was safe after a burglary down the road.

The man then persuaded the woman to go upstairs and bring down all of the cash she had in the house. The victim did this and was then asked by the man if there was any more money she had hidden away and to bring this down to him. The woman did this and brought down more money.

The suspect then said the police were on the way and left via the kitchen door. It was then the victim realised the man had taken all of the money.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of a thin build with a West Country accent. He was wearing a grey sweater, black rubber gloves and a black woollen balaclava.

Police say they are keeping an open mind as to whether this incident is linked to similar incidents which took place in the Bristol area before Christmas.

Detective Sergeant Richard Barnston of Bristol CID said:

“This was a targeted burglary involving an elderly woman who was alone in her home. The suspect has tricked her into thinking he is trying to help her by inventing a story about a burglary nearby. Once he has gained her trust, he has taken her life-savings without a second thought.”

“I am appealing for anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward, but I am also appealing for anyone who works with or knows an elderly person to make sure they are aware of these sorts of crimes.”

“Our advice is clear; challenge anyone who claims to be from a professional body and refuse to answer the door to them. If you find someone inside your property, call us immediately on 999.”

“I would ask local people to be vigilant in light of this latest incident and keep an eye on those most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods.”

“We are following several lines of enquiries but I am keen to hear from anyone with information regarding this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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Councillor calls for action on Station Road footpath damaged by landslip

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014 at 11:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Keith Cranney beside a landslip on Station Road, Little Stoke.

A local South Gloucestershire councillor says residents have waited far too long for repairs to be carried out on Station Road, Little Stoke, after a landslip carried a stretch of the main footpath into the adjacent brook.

The footpath, which provides an important thoroughfare for pedestrians, has now been out of use for more than two years.

The repair requires a complex ‘bored-pile’ wall to be put in place, which requires specialist equipment that the council does not have at its disposal, and so must look to private providers for the repairs to be undertaken, but ongoing attempts to do this have been met with difficulty.

Cllr Keith Cranney (Conservative, Stoke Gifford) said:

“This road has been a danger for far too long now. Acts of nature can happen and they do cause significant damage, but this slippage could mean life or death to someone as a result of the repair not being completed satisfactorily.”

“This road is used by many pedestrians every day who have to access Patchway Station, nearby local schools and businesses that are situated on Station Road.”

“I know of at least one blind and visually impaired gentleman who makes his way down there regularly and it’s not good enough that he should be put at risk simply because repairs have not yet been done.”

Local Conservatives say they have been and are continuing to campaign for this road and pedestrian footpath to be fixed as a matter of priority.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

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