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Herd of goats helping to increase butterfly population

Posted on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 6:53 pm by Laura Mortimore

The seven goats grazing near Parkway station.

South Gloucestershire Council has teamed up with local community group Street Goat to enhance an area of grassland and encourage wildlife to flourish. The site, which is located behind the Park and Ride car park on Hunts Ground Road, near Bristol Parkway Station, is normally covered with brambles but is now being cleared as the goats eat their way through it.

Four goats were introduced to the patch of land in January and have been working their way through the brambles and shrubs in order to encourage more wildflowers to grow. The purpose of this project is to increase the population of the small blue butterfly (Cupido minimus), an insect which has been declining over recent years and is classified as a ‘priority species’ in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. This species of butterfly feeds solely on a wildflower called kidney vetch which grows at the site near the car park. With the goats clearing the brambles and shrubs, this makes way for more kidney vetch to grow which will then hopefully increase the numbers of small blue butterflies.

Kidney vetch is easily recognisable as clusters of small yellow flowers sitting atop little woolly cushions and the council will be able to see if the project has worked when the plants flower between June and September. To help speed up the process, four more goats have now been introduced onto the land, however, a female goat fell pregnant so she has been moved to join a herd of milking goats.  In total there are currently seven goats grazing in the area and creating space for the growth of the kidney vetch.

The goats are very friendly and members of the public are more than welcome to visit and feed them. If you would like to do so, it is asked that food given is placed in a bucket and not on the ground. They like to eat greens, such as:

  • Outer cabbage leaves
  • Kale
  • Brussels stalks
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot tops

More: Project follows similar one at Wick Golden Valley Nature Reserve »

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Council’s compulsory vehicle pre-registration system for Sort It centres goes live

Posted on Thursday 24th March 2016 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Sort It! Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke.

South Gloucestershire residents who want to use local authority Sort It waste disposal and recycling centres, such as the one in Station Road, Little Stoke, must now register their vehicle to access the sites.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said:

“You don’t need to sign up straight away, just make sure you register at least 24 hours before your next visit. You can sign up at any time of year and you only need to do it once, unless you change your address or vehicle.”

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:

“We have introduced vehicle registration at our Sort It recycling centres to help reduce the number of people from neighbouring council districts and commercial users from visiting our sites. Residents can sign up at any time and it’s very easy to register online, over the phone or at any of South Gloucestershire’s One Stop Shops.”

There are two types of vehicle registration available:

Standard vehicle registration for vehicles of any size (up to 3.5 tonnes) that have rear and/or side facing windows including cars of any size, campervans, people carriers etc.

Restricted vehicle registration for:

  • Vans of any size without rear facing windows including minibuses, campervans and cars
  • 4×4s, pick-up trucks or people carriers (MPV) without rear seats and/or windows or with an open back
  • Flatbed vehicles, box vans, horse boxes with integrated cab and agricultural vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes

A maximum of two vehicles per address can be registered.

More: Vehicle registrations will be checked using ANPR technology »

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Replacement railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane set to be 4-lane

Posted on Monday 16th November 2015 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

The railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, a notorious bottleneck for traffic and the scene of frequent bridge strikes by high vehicles, looks set to be replaced with a significantly wider concrete structure following a decision made by South Gloucestershire Council’s PTSE Major Schemes Sub-Committee in early October.

From November 2014 to February 2015, the council ran a preliminary consultation on plans for a so-called Cribbs/Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), which would extend the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus route (now under construction in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford) by linking two termini of the NFHP at The Mall Bus Station and Bristol Parkway Railway Station and via the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), Filton Enterprise Area, Gipsy Patch Lane and Hatchet Road.

A key improvement that the CPME project would deliver is the replacement of the railway over-bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane. The existing Victorian brick-arch structure is narrow and low, resulting in an unattractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as generating delays for buses and other traffic. A replacement bridge would improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in particular, as well as for MetroBus services and other road users.

In September 2013, the same SGC committee approved the procurement of Network Rail to undertake ‘Governance for Railway Investment Projects’ (GRIP) Stage 1 to 3 studies into improvements at the Gipsy Patch Lane railway over-bridge (and also that at Brierley Furlong, which is part of a separate project). GRIP stages 1 and 2 looked at whether it would be feasible to build the bridge. The overall conclusion of GRIP 1 and 2 was that it is technically feasible to replace the existing bridge with a new wider bridge.

More: Wider bridge will add £5m to cost of CPME »

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Proposed waiting restrictions in roads near Parkway Station set to be dropped

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 5:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Brins Close, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) looks set to abandon plans to introduce parking restrictions in a number of Stoke Gifford streets after 37 objections were received in response to the ‘statutory advertisement’ of the proposed measures.

The main purpose of the scheme, known as ‘Parkway Station Area – Review of waiting restrictions Phase 3‘, is to “discourage all-day parking by rail users and students in residential areas, particularly where this causes safety or access issues, whilst at the same time minimising the effect of waiting restrictions on residents”.

Measures proposed during Phases 1 and 2 of the review, which began in 2011, have already been implemented.

Initial consultation on the Phase 3 proposals, which affect New Road, Swallow Court, Brins Close, Beaufort Crescent, John St Quinton Close and Church Road, took place between 29th July and 18th August 2014 and revised proposals were advertised from 20th July 2015 to the 21st August.

The objections will be considered at a meeting of SGC’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee on Wednesday (11th November), at which councillors will consider a report that recommends the removal of the following elements from the scheme:

  • Limited waiting in Beaufort Crescent
  • Restricted parking Monday to Saturday, 1 – 2pm in Brins Close
  • All proposals in John St Quinton Close

The same meeting will also consider objections to a scheme of proposed waiting restrictions on Little Stoke Lane (near Clay Lane), Clay Lane and Station Road. Initial consultation on this scheme took place between 29th August and 19th September 2014 and revised proposals were advertised from 29th June to 24th July 2015.

Four objections have been received, several of which express the view that the measures will displace station commuter parking into nearby residential areas, while one local SGC councillor has raised concerns about the waiting restrictions being implemented before any additional car parking facility is provided at Patchway Station. However, council officers have recommended that the scheme be implemented as advertised.

More info: Agenda and reports for the PTSE meeting on 11th November

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