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New business centre opens in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 7:50 pm by SH (Editor)

BizSpace offices at Equinox South, Bradley Stoke.

On Wednesday 17th January, BizSpace, the largest provider of flexible workspace with offices and workshops across the UK, hosted a launch event, opening the doors to their brand new business centre for Bristol.

Located at Equinox South, Great Park Road (opposite Mama Bear’s Nursery), the building has been fully refurbished to include a range of first-class facilities and services specifically aimed at small businesses.

Attendees at the launch event were the first to preview the site and network with other like-minded individuals.

Twisted Kitchen were on site with a wood oven pizza van serving fresh stone-baked pizza to attendees, with champagne and other refreshments provided. The lucky winner of the ‘business card draw’ was Tim Macmillan from Enable Recruitment, who was delighted with his prize of a £100 Red Letter Day experience.
The site comprises 55 offices ranging from 140 to 400 sq ft, offering 24-hour access, parking facilities and telecoms packages.

Its proximity to the motorway network, Bristol Parkway Station, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and Bristol city centre is seen as a major selling point.

Tim Macmillan from Enable Recruitment commenting on the site launch said:

“Lovely offices! This new centre is great for the area as it is in a perfect location and enables small businesses in Bristol to expand.”

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Willow Brook reveals plans for McDonald’s and Starbucks drive-throughs

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 10:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Starbucks and McDonald's are set to come to the Willow Brook Centre.

Agents working on behalf of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre have revealed proposals to erect two drive-through food and drink units (McDonald’s and Starbucks) and two additional (non-food) retail units within the existing boundaries of the site.

Subject to planning permission, the two drive-throughs would be erected to the north-east of the site, on land which currently comprises car parking – part of which is currently occupied by the Waves hand car wash facility.

The two (non-food) retail units would be added to the end of the existing retail terrace, beyond the Poundstretcher store, also on land that is currently used for car parking.

The work would also include a “rearrangement” of the car park, to recover lost spaces, which would bring the main access road closer to residential properties along the northern boundary of the site.

The expansion proposals are outlined in a ‘pre-application consultation’ letter which has been delivered to neighbouring residential properties in Dewfalls Drive and Wheatfield Drive. The letter solicits the “views of local stakeholders” and asks that comments or concerns be addressed to the agents, Alder King Planning, by 28th February 2018.

Alder King say they will endeavour to address any issues raised before a formal planning application is submitted to South Gloucestershire Council. A further opportunity to make comments will be available at a later date during the normal public consultation period of the planning application.

Some neighbouring residents who have received the letter have distributed it more widely, through letterboxes and online, saying they are “very unhappy” with the proposals and have set about coordinating a “community response”.

More: Residents’ group raises concerns over traffic levels and litter »

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Community Engagement Forum to discuss local issues in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 11:04 am by SH (Editor)

Community Engagement Forum for Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge.

The next Community Engagement Forum (CEF) for Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge takes places at 7pm on Thursday 22nd February, at Patchway Common Pavilion, The Avenue, Patchway BS34 6BD. This venue is located on the opposite side of the playing field behind the Brook Way Activity Centre / Bradley Stoke Surgery site.

Community Engagement Forums, previously known as Safer and Stronger Community Groups are about listening and responding to local people’s real issues. People in their communities know best what works for them and what their real needs are.

Items on the agenda for the meeting include:

  • Presentation/Q&A on local parking issues (e.g. parking on pavements or close to junctions) by Mark Pullin, strong, safer communities manager at South Gloucestershire Council
  • Issues with the new traffic lights and road system at the Aztec West Roundabout and the roundabout at M5 J16

Representatives from Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire & Rescue are also expected to be in attendance to provide updates.

Items from previous meetings that may be discussed again include speeding in Stean Bridge Road and graffiti and vandalism at numerous locations across the area.

It is anticipated that the recent surge in bike thefts in Bradley Stoke will also be discussed (statistics obtained by the Journal show there have been a further five thefts since 26th January).

More info: Agenda for the CEF meeting on Thursday 12th October [PDF]

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New plans submitted for car park extension at Brook Way Activity Centre site

Posted on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 10:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative plan of proposed changes at Brook Way Activity Centre.

Ambitions to provide additional parking spaces at the combined doctors’ surgery and community centre site at Brook Way have taken a step forward with the submission of a revised planning application for the redevelopment of the dilapidated hard court area.

The move comes four months after Bradley Stoke Town Council withdrew its previous planning application because officers at South Gloucestershire Council had indicated they were minded to refuse consent due to concerns over the “unnecessary” removal of ten trees and the potential for root damage to a number of others.

The revised scheme proposes the provision of an additional 20 parking bays within part of the area currently occupied by the hard court. The remainder of the court area will have its hard surface removed and be converted to green open space.

In contrast to the previous plans, the new parking bays will use the existing hard surface “as is”, i.e. no deep excavation will be carried out to bring the finished level of the bays down to the level of the existing car park. Consequently, the finished scheme will have a “graduated incline” between the two areas.

Significantly, no new parking bays will be created on the doctors’ surgery side of the car park. Previously, eight of the twenty new spaces were to be created on this side, with the surgery agreeing to contribute £4,000 to the cost.

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