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All fibre broadband cabinets now “live and ready for service”

Posted on Saturday 24th January 2015 at 11:05 am by SH (Editor)

BT Openreach: Fibre broadband is here.

All ten fibre-enabled street cabinets that were programmed to be installed in Bradley Stoke in order to bring superfast broadband to up to 3,500 homes that did not previously have access to it have now been declared “live and ready for service”.

The final cabinet to go live, no. 38 (on Brook Way, opposite the junction with Dewfalls Drive), is now accepting orders – although a source at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which is overseeing the state-aided upgrade project, cautioned that it might take “a couple of weeks” for all internet service providers to update their databases.

Cabinet no. 38 is one of four new fibre-enabled cabinets that have been installed in Bradley Stoke to service lines that were formerly ‘exchange only’ (EO), meaning that they were directly connected to the Almondsbury telephone exchange without passing through a street cabinet.

Work on the upgrade project began in earnest last February, starting with cabinet no. 35 on Webbs Wood Road. The first customer on that cabinet is believed to have been connected in early April.

Those on EO lines (understood to number around 1,700 homes in Bradley Stoke), had to wait the longest to receive the new service, with most finding they were unable to order until December.

SGC is yet to publish the list of postcodes served by cabinet no. 38 on its Where and When webpage, but one Journal reader in Merryweather Close has reported that he is served by the cabinet and has managed to place an order.

The postcodes currently listed for two other cabinets that were recently declared “live and ready for service” (nos. 30 & 36) appear to be incorrect as none of them are in Bradley Stoke, but feedback from Journal readers suggests they serve Oaktree Crescent and Stanshaws Close.

Unfortunately, the news is not all positive, as The Journal is receiving reports that some cabinets upgraded last summer have now “reached capacity”, meaning that no further orders are being accepted until “capacity can be restored”. This is currently the situation at cabinet no. 34, for which the BT Broadband Availability Checker is currently giving a projected date of 11th February 2015 for the restoration of capacity.

More: Council says cabinet capacity issues not within scope of project »

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Local sporting heroes honoured by council

Posted on Friday 23rd January 2015 at 12:06 am by SH (Editor)

Lele Nairne (left) with Geoff Twentyman and Claudia Fragapane.

Bradley Stoke Judo Club fighter Lele Nairne, 16, from Kewstoke, North Somerset (but originally from Bradley Stoke) has been named South Gloucestershire Young Sportsperson of the Year in recognition of her success in numerous international competitions over the last 12 months.

Cadet British champion Lele broke into the senior team last December where she won the -57kg bronze at the British Senior Championships a week after taking the -57kg Cadet under-18s championship title. In the 2014 season, Lele has competed at three of the five European competitions and won a silver in the Czech Republic and gold in Romania.

Lele received her award from BBC Radio Bristol’s Geoff Twentyman at a ceremony held on Thursday 4th December at the BAWA club in Filton.

Another local success at the event was the naming of Tina McIvor, of Wheatfield School in Bradley Stoke, as Primary School Volunteer of the Year.

The person who nominated her for the award had written:

“Tina made sure that children at the school had the best access to events that they possibly could. She ensured the school was entered into various festivals, organised which children were taking part and recruited volunteers to help. She always makes sure that a variety of children are selected to take part – not just the best or the oldest.”

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, 17, from Longwell Green, who made history by winning four golds at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was a popular winner of the main Sportsperson of the Year award.

More: Achievement, dedication and contribution recognised »

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Cricket club to stage consultation events on plans for new nets at Baileys Court

Posted on Monday 19th January 2015 at 8:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Site plan showing the location of proposed new practice nets at the Baileys Court cricket ground in Bradley Stoke.

Bradley Stoke Cricket Club (BSCC) has announced plans to replace and re-site the “dilapidated” practice nets at its Baileys Court ground and is inviting local residents to attend two informal ‘drop-in’ consultation events to find out more about the project.

The club says the Bailey Court nets are now the only ones in Bradley Stoke, after the nets that were previously at Bradley Stoke Community School were removed to make way for the new primary phase building.

The cost of the project is approximately £57,000 and the club has submitted a New Homes Bonus Fund grant application to South Gloucestershire Council for £50,000 of funding. A decision on the application is expected by the end of February.

A summary of the project was presented at a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Leisure, Youth & Amenities Committee in December.

Andy Burrows of the BSCC Nets Committee said:

“To date, our plans have been well received by Bradley Stoke Town Council, Bradley Stoke Community School (who would benefit from the new nets) and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board, and we have letters of support from all of them.”

The club says it is currently working with an architect and plans to submit an application to the local planning authority at the end of January.

Informal consultation sessions are being staged at the Bailey’s Court Activity Centre on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20th January, 6pm to 8pm
  • Thursday 29th January, 7pm to 9pm

At each event, local residents will be able to review and discuss the plans with members of the club.

Image: Site plan showing location of new practice nets (click to enlarge).

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Second set of roadworks on Stoke Lane due to start this week

Posted on Monday 19th January 2015 at 12:23 am by SH (Editor)

Roadworks sign.

Motorists heading out of Bradley Stoke through Stoke Lodge look likely to find themselves having to negotiate two separate sets of temporary traffic lights on Stoke Lane for the next few weeks.

Last week, South Gloucestershire Council began construction of a new zebra crossing on Stoke Lane south of the Painswick Avenue junction. A separate project on the same road due to start this week involves the construction of a zebra crossing south of the Dyrham Parade junction.

Temporary traffic lights are already in place at the Painswick Avenue junction and another set of lights is due to be installed soon at the Dyrham Parade junction (source: roadworks.org).

The latest roadworks, which are both scheduled for completion by the last week in February, come just weeks after three-way temporary traffic lights were deployed during improvement works at the junction of Stoke Lane and Amberley Road, causing long delays at peak times.

Commuters are already having to contend with delays caused by ongoing roadworks at junction 16 of the M5, where South Gloucestershire Council is widening the roundabout carriageway (currently scheduled for completion this month) and also widening the A38 southbound approach to the roundabout (until April).

Also at junction 16 of the M5, the Highways Agency has recently commenced work on the northbound exit slip road to add an extra lane for traffic turning left towards the A38 heading north. This £1.6m project is due to be completed by the end of March.

Improvement work on the southbound exit slip road at junction 17 of the M5 (Cribbs Causeway) is also currently in progress, with a planned completion date of the end of February.

Other major roadworks ongoing in the Bristol North Fringe area include those at Gipsy Patch Lane (scheduled for completion at the end of March), Bristol Road in Hambrook (until June) and the A38 Gloucester Road North near Filton Roundabout (until July).

Major roadworks in Bradley Stoke associated with the £102m North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus project could start as early as April, subject to final approval being granted by the Government.

Related story: Prepare for a whole year of roadworks in 2015!

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Leaflet distribution problem ruins “unwanted” green bin collection

Posted on Monday 19th January 2015 at 12:20 am by SH (Editor)

A South Gloucestershire Council green bin.

Scores of residents in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford have missed out on South Gloucestershire Council’s one-off collection of unused and unwanted green bins because of problems with the distribution of a leaflet that was supposed to give residents one week’s notice of the date on which the bins needed to be left out.

The December edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal, distributed on the weekend of Saturday 6th December, included an article that listed the collection dates, based on information published on the council’s website.

By the time residents received the magazine, they should have received a leaflet from the council confirming their collection date, but many readers complained on our website and Facebook page that had not received any communication from SGC.

Of those that had received a leaflet, some complained that the collection date on it did not match that listed for their area on the council’s website.

Other readers reported that they had put their bins out on the advertised day (Monday 8th December for Bradley Stoke South; Tuesday 9th December for Bradley Stoke North, Central and Stoke Lodge; Wednesday 10th December for Stoke Gifford), but they weren’t collected.

Some of the failed collections are believed to be attributable to the fact that parts of south Bradley Stoke actually lie within the Stoke Gifford ward of South Gloucestershire, meaning that residents unknowingly put their bins out on the wrong day.

Made aware of the issues surrounding the collections, South Gloucestershire Council provided the following statement:

“We apologise to any residents who have not had their unwanted green bin collected on the planned collection date.”

“We acknowledge there have been some problems with leaflet distribution in some areas of Bradley Stoke. As a result, we will be using a different method to notify residents about future collections in other parts of the district, which will take place in the New Year.”

“If you have not had your bin collected, please contact us by email at streetcare@southglos.gov.uk or call 01454 868000 and give us your full postal address.”

“For further information on unwanted green bin collections, please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/unwantedbins

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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