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Council finds £250k to pay for lake desilting

Posted on Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllrs John Ashe (left) and Roger Avenin at the lake.

Councillors in Bradley Stoke have welcomed South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) allocation of £250,000 to an environmental project that will see the lake in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve desilted for the first time in 15 years.

The lake, which regularly floods due to its current condition, is in acute need of desilting and has been the subject of public concern about the impact on wildlife and potential loss of amenity.

Following campaigning by the local councillors for the Bradley Stoke South ward, Cllrs John Ashe and Roger Avenin, to see residents’ concerns addressed, SGC’s Cabinet has approved a reallocation of funds from its Highways Maintenance budget.

The money originates from an unspent portion of A4174 Challenge Fund – originally made available to speed up work on the recent Bromley Heath Viaduct repair project.

The scheme, which requires the removal of up to 4,000 cubic metres of silt and restoring the lake environment to the original landscape plans, including a 300m ‘stone to dust’ footpath, will enhance the wetland area for the community, improve resistance to flooding and enhance local biodiversity.

Cllr John Ashe commented:

“Areas like the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve should be enjoyed all year round, and you are hard pressed to go there in the daytime and not see the likes of dog walkers and joggers or young families going to feed the ducks, along with groups of school children getting to know and appreciate nature. So when it ends up flooding after some rain, it might not pose a threat to nearby homes, but it can definitely have a profound effect on the community of people that make use of it, as well as washing away the nesting areas of the local wildlife.”

“In recent months, so many residents have been in touch with myself and my council colleague Cllr Roger Avenin about the state of the lake and how, while they enjoy it during the summer months, they are put off using it in between late autumn and early spring due to the increased chance of flooding. Many also raising their concerns that, if gone unchecked, the damage to the area could get even worse.”

“Having taken those views to the council, and argued the case for local residents, I am really pleased that funding will be put into this environmental project.”

More: Work likely to be carried out next winter »

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Potholed Bradley Stoke road to be resurfaced

Posted on Monday 17th February 2020 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

photo of potholes on Woodlands Lane.

One of the most potholed sections of highway in Bradley Stoke is scheduled to be fully resurfaced at the end of February, according to a notice recently published on the town council website.

The stretch of Woodlands Lane between its junction with The Park and the pedestrian crossing near the entrance to Woodlands Park has developed so many deep potholes that they have merged together to form metre-long ruts which at some points expose multiple layers of older road surface.

The potholes at this location have been the focus of many complaints, with reports on the FixMyStreet reporting website going back more than two years.

In a discussion on the BSJ Facebook page about the road damage at this location, one reader quipped (in February 2019):

“I thought Time Team had forgotten to fill in after their dig!”

Many months ago, marking paint was sprayed around the potholes, giving the impression that repairs were about to take place, but nothing happened and the markings have now been warn away by the heavy traffic.

South Gloucestershire Council has informed local residents that it intends to carry out the major resurfacing work overnight (between 8pm and 6am) from Monday 24th February to Thursday 27th February. The work will involve planing off the existing surface of the carriageway, which the council warns will create a “significant amount of noise”.

For the duration of the works, the road will be closed from 8pm each night and all traffic will be diverted around the area whilst the closures are in place.

More: Access to properties fronting the site will be maintained »

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Primary school children presented with award for local litter pick

Posted on Saturday 15th February 2020 at 8:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Erica Williams presenting winner’s certificates to the pupils.

Children from St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Bradley Stoke have been presented with certificates and £300 for their school after winning a district-wide, litter pick competition.

The competition was arranged by South Gloucestershire Council and funded through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s High Street Community Clean-Up scheme.

Every school in South Gloucestershire was provided with a kit including litter pickers, hoops, bin bags, gloves and hi-vis vests. Schools were then encouraged to organise their own litter picks and report back on their activity to enter the competition.

Children at St Mary’s school made posters about the environmental and social impact of littering and recorded the rubbish they collected. Their analysis enabled them to identify and target specific locations where litter was causing an issue.

The school reinforced the importance of looking after the environment through assemblies, recycling schemes and by offering to lend equipment to other groups in the community.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Cllr Erica Williams attended the school to present the certificates. She said:

“I’m delighted to present these children with their certificates following our first inter-school, litter pick competition which has been a huge success. I’d like to congratulate the winners here today and everyone who participated.”

“Tackling issues such as litter make a big impact on local communities and this competition has inspired pupils to learn about the wider environmental problems associated with waste and to develop solutions for the future.

“Schools are our top priority and schemes such as this enable pupils to learn while also making a positive impact on their local community.”

More: How to take part in this year’s Spring Clean campaign »

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‘In Bloom’ volunteers plant 120 young trees

Posted on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSiB volunteers prepare to plant out saplings at Brook Way Activity Centre.

By Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Photo of young trees planted by BSiB volunteers.

We don’t do what we do for the awards, the green Brownie points or even the free tea and biscuits, but because we believe this is our town and while we are here we want to do what we can to make her look her best. We don’t want to see graffiti or litter in the grass, we want to see artwork and daffodils poking their heads through. Which is why, even though it was definitely a thick sock kind of day, Saturday 18th January saw seven of us head out to plant over 120 trees.

Local resident Andrew North, who works for the company CGI, nominated us to the Carbon Footprint Company, who generously donated the trees to the group. They were a mix of rowan and bird cherry (both good for the birds) as well as crab apple, silver birch and pussy willow. Along with some other trees donated by the Woodland Trust, they have been used to:

  • Increase the new hedgeline around the former hard court area at Brook Way Community Centre;
  • Replace some lost rowan at the community orchard on the nature reserve (behind Bradley Stoke Community School); and
  • Create a very bird-friendly area around Trench Lane Roundabout.

So as well as a receiving a warm fuzzy feeling, we think we’ve also earned a few of those green Brownie points and maybe a chocolate biscuit or two!

More photos and how to contact BSiB »

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