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Deadline imminent for making representations on Willow Brook planning appeal

Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 1:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre: Planning appeal lodged.

People and organisations interested in making representations for consideration by the inspector who will decide the appeal against refusal of planning permission for development at the Willow Brook Centre have until Wednesday this week (21st August) to submit their written statements.

The appealed decision relates to permission for two new drive-through food and drink units (foreseen to be occupied by McDonald’s and Starbucks) and two new retail units at the Bradley Stoke town centre site.

The deadline comes five weeks after the appeal was officially lodged and validated in mid-July.

The appellant originally requested that the appeal be determined by way of a hearing, and the case officer at the Planning Inspectorate initially announced that this would indeed be the procedure used. However, in a letter dated 7th August, she explained that, after further consideration, the alternative procedure of ‘written representations’ would now be used as a hearing could not be justified:

“…We have applied the criteria and considered all representations received, including the appellant’s preferred choice. We consider that the written representations procedure is the most suitable for this appeal for the following reason(s): Under section 319a of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the inspector having reviewed all evidence has stated that although there are a lot of interested parties, the issues are not particularly complicated and the council have indicated that they will not be submitting anything very technical, therefore a hearing is not justified and this appeal will now proceed by way of written representation…”

More: Inspector will visit site after 4th September »

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Consultation launched on new waste strategy

Posted on Sunday 18th August 2019 at 8:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Rachael Hunt, Cabinet member for communities, at Yate Sort-It Centre.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) proposed new Resource and Waste Strategy, covering the period 2020 to 2030, incorporates aims to further improve recycling rates in the district, but also includes measures to reduce our consumption of raw materials, especially single-use plastics.

A 14-week public consultation on the draft strategy document was approved at a Cabinet meeting on Monday 17th June.
Ambitious, legally binding targets outlined in the document include recycling 65 percent of waste by 2035 and 70 percent of packaging by 2030.

Current recycling rates are just under 60 percent, with the projected recycling rate for 2018-2019 being 58.3 percent. However, the council admits that the results of its annual waste analysis in 2018 show that it “has more to do” in order to divert waste from the black bin into recycling. It is estimated there are (annually) 10,268 tonnes of food waste disposed of in the black bin that could be recycled. In an effort to reduce this, the council says it will continue to promote its weekly food waste collections and encourage residents to reduce avoidable food waste in line with national campaigns such as ‘Love Food Hate Waste’.

The new strategy does not include any changes to kerbside collections, although from April next year bulky household items (such as sofas and mattresses) will be taken to a new facility to be shredded, removing metals, wood and rigid plastics for recycling. The remaining material will be sent for energy recovery, with the aim of zero going to landfill.

Proposed measures to promote sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic items include sharing knowledge with businesses and communities and promoting the ‘Refill’ campaign locally.

More: How to respond to the consultation »

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Children’s Hospice South West to open new charity shop in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 10th August 2019 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

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Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) will be opening the charity’s newest shop in Bradley Stoke at 10.30am on Friday 16th August.

The new outlet, located in the former Carphone Warehouse unit at the Willow Brook Centre, will offer a range of goods, including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

Every item sold will help the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

Shop manager Simon George said:

“I’m really looking forward to the shop opening and being at the heart of the community in Bradley Stoke.”

“We’re delighted to be able to offer some fantastic pre-loved items and give them the chance to be loved again, all while raising money for such a special charity, helping to support our three children’s hospices in North Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

“However you are able to support us in the store, whether that’s shopping with us or by volunteering or dropping off donations, please stop by and say hello, you’ll be assured a very warm welcome.”

CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions and the ‘whole family’ care provided includes short breaks and respite; specialist palliative care; a sibling service; emergency support, end-of-life care; and bereavement support for as long as is needed.

More: Enthusiastic volunteers sought. Stock donations welcome. »

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Charity fundraising target in sight for store staff

Posted on Friday 9th August 2019 at 7:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya with Food Warehouse staff.

Staff at a Bradley Stoke food store are edging closer to their target of raising £1,000 for a national dementia research charity.

Store manager Simon Lambert and the team at Food Warehouse, located in the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre, have been staging a number of fundraising initiatives over the last few weeks as part of parent company Iceland Foods’ pledge to donate £1 million to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Simon himself, whose elderly in-laws have both been affected by dementia, raised £175 for the charity by running the Bristol 10k on Sunday 5th May, with a further £180 being collected in store ahead of the race.

He was supported in his preparations for the 10k by Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke, who gave him a month’s free membership.

This was followed by a special ‘charity week’ at the store starting 10th June, when staff wore Alzheimer’s Research UK T-shirts and decorated the store with promotional material from the charity. They also teamed up with the neighbouring Willow Brook Harvester business, who donated a free meal for four guests in their newly refurbished restaurant as a raffle prize.

Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya called into the store on 15th June to support the initiative, hear first-hand about the staff’s fundraising efforts and draw the winning ticket in the Harvester raffle.

As we went to press, the store told us they had raised a total of around £750. The staff are now asking shoppers to help them bridge the gap by contributing to further in-store collections over the coming weeks.

Photo: Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya selects the winning ticket in the Harvester prize draw. Store manager Simon Lambert (holding bucket) is wearing his finisher’s medal from the Bristol 10k.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 19). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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