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Metro mayor called on to help sort out Aztec West traffic shambles

Posted on Friday 23rd March 2018 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

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A local councillor has called on the West of England Metro Mayor to step in and sort out traffic congestion around the Aztec West Roundabout, which is widely considered to have worsened significantly for the majority of road users since South Gloucestershire Council spent £4.5m on a road improvement scheme that took 18 months to implement.

Speaking at a Bradley Stoke Town Council committee meeting on 19th February, Cllr Brian Hopkinson said he had raised the matter with metro mayor Tim Bowles and asked him to liaise with SGC’s transport lead Cllr Colin Hunt and other members of the SGC Cabinet.

Relaying the story of a lady who works in Filton and frequently takes one-and-a-half hours to get home to Alveston in the afternoon peak, Cllr Hopkinson said:

“We’ve had so many roadworks, and for so long. Lots of work has been done, at the M5 J16 roundabout as well, and we hoped it would be sorted, but it’s not. It’s absolute rubbish!”

Another town councillor, Ben Randles, described his own experience of long queues forming in the other direction, for traffic coming off the M5 and wishing to turn left into Bradley Stoke. He reported that he had seen numerous “bumper incidents” and added: “For traffic continuing down the A38, it’s fine, but if you’re heading into Bradley Stoke it’s often quicker to pretend you’re turning right to Aztec West and then go all the way round the roundabout.”

More: Massive delays for traffic exiting the Aztec West Business Park »

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Suspect arrested over graffiti in the Stokes

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

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A man has been arrested as part of an investigation into graffiti in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Patchway and Stoke Gifford.

Tags have been found on electricity substations and bus shelters.

A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in Hayes Way, Patchway, just after 1am on Sunday 25th February after patrolling officers came across fresh graffiti. He was later released under investigation while our enquiries continue.

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218042426. Alternatively, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

A police spokesperson added:

“If you witness someone causing this sort of damage, please call us straight away. It’s 999 if they’re still in the area, otherwise ring 101.”

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Labour party selects local MP candidate

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

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The Filton and Bradley Stoke Labour Party has selected an up-and-coming Bristol councillor, Mhairi Threlfall, as its new candidate for the next general election. It is one of the first local parties in the country to choose a candidate, having made notable in-roads into sitting MP Jack Lopresti’s majority at the 2017 snap general election. Bradley Stoke is now ranked as Labour’s 56th most important Conservative target seat and is seen as a ‘must win’ for them to form a majority government.

Mhairi is originally from Scotland and moved to Bristol over a decade ago to study chemistry at the University of Bristol. She then went on to work for the University of the West England (UWE) as an enterprise educator in their Employability service.

Following her selection, Mhairi Threlfall said:

“I am honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke and am really looking forward to picking up from where Naomi Rylatt [Labour’s candidate in 2017] left off. I know the constituency very well, having worked at UWE for nearly 10 years and look forward to meeting thousands of Bradley Stoke residents between now and the next general election.”

Ms Threlfall has already been actively campaigning in the constituency and recently met with GKN workers at Filton to discuss their concerns about the current hostile takeover bid from Melrose.

She added:

“The Melrose bid for GKN is very worrying and I don’t think the local MP has done nearly enough to raise this issue. Filton’s extremely successful aerospace industry acts as an anchor for the regional economy, and is an excellent example of long term industry and government cooperation. Jeremy Corbyn has been consistently raising this issue in parliament, and I urge the government to use their powers under section 58 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene on public interest grounds, including the impact on local jobs and our national security.”

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Workshop will help local businesses make themselves ‘dementia friendly’

Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 9:32 pm by SH (Editor)

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Businesses in Bradley Stoke and the wider north Bristol area are being invited to take part in a free workshop and networking event that will provide advice on making their organisations ‘dementia friendly’.

South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance (SGDAA) lead Winsome Barrett-Muir said:

“People with dementia live in all our communities and they and their carers are very likely to be among your clients and customers. That’s why dementia is your business.”

“By undertaking some simple actions, you can make their experience a better one and ensure you are compliant with the Equality Act 2010. Through small, inexpensive changes you can make a big difference to your staff and customers alike. It’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.”

The event, which takes place at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke on Tuesday 27th March, is being organised by SGDAA and the charity BRACE. It begins at 9am with an opportunity to network followed by three short talks, including one by BRACE chair of trustees Professor Stephen Lisney, who will give an update on progress in dementia research. The managing director of Wiltshire Farm Foods, Adam Michallat-Cox, will then describe the benefits of becoming a dementia friendly business, followed at 10am by Winsome Barrett-Muir taking delegates through the steps needed to make a business dementia friendly.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 43). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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