Youth, community and transport projects compete for Area Forum funding

Little Stoke Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A number of Stoke Gifford youth, community and transport projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum tonight (Tuesday 26th).

Stoke Gifford Parish Council (SGPC) has applied for a grant of £21k to fund “universal youth provision” at Little Stoke Youth Centre, which is due to be taken over by the Parish Council in April after SGC announced it could no longer afford to run it.

SGPC says it plans to work with the Creative Youth Network to provide activities for young people on three evenings per week, the full cost of which will be £34k in 2013/14.

SGC officers have recommended that the full £21k be granted from the forum’s Positive Activities budget of £102k.

Three Stoke Gifford community groups are hopeful of receiving a share of the forum’s £32k Small Revenue Grant budget.

Stoke Lane Athletic FC has applied for £1,700 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrilator. SGC officers have recommended that £1,500 be allocated towards the total project cost of £2,432, which includes training of a club member to become an instructor in the use of the equipment.

Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastic Club, which runs sessions at  Little Stoke Primary School, would like £3,000 towards the cost of purchasing a set of twelve portable ‘air floors’. The inflatable mats would allow the gymnasts to improve their skills, while at the same time reducing the risk of impact injuries. SGC officers have recommended that the group be given £2,610, which will permit the purchase of three mats.

The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group has applied for £1,000 towards the cost of producing and publicising a book about the Harry Stoke Coal Mine, which was the the last mine operating in the Bristol Coalfield. A launch event is planned, at which former Harry Stoke miners would share memories of their working lives. SGC officers have recommend that a contribution of £500 be given to the group.

Three Stoke Gifford schemes are among the twelve candidates vying for a share of the forum’s £100k Local Transport Capital Programme budget:

  • Installation of speed tables at zebra crossings in North Road (£74k)
  • Parking review on Little Stoke Lane (weekend sporting events) and Station Road (improving local access) (£16k)
  • Increasing the speed limit on Hatchet Road from 30mph to 40mph (£15k)

The Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting takes place tonight (Tuesday 26th February) at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, starting at 7pm.

The forum’s area of responsibility covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne,

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 26th February (SGC)

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