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Consultation result shows “overwhelming” demand for increased parking provision

Posted on Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 8:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign displayed in the car park of the Brook Way Activity Centre.

A public consultation which asked for ideas on possible future uses for the “underused” hard court area at the Brook Way Activity Centre has found an “overwhelming” demand for increased car parking provision at the shared community centre and doctors’ surgery site.

The survey was called after council members failed to support Mayor Brian Hopkinson’s demand, at a meeting last September, for an instant decision to be made in favour of building on the land, with half of it being given over to the Incredible Kids charity.

A total of 242 responses were received, of which 116 specified improved parking as the sole suggestion. A further 27 responses included parking as one of several suggestions, meaning that 59 per cent of respondents asked for something to be done about parking.

A “new building” of some form was suggested by 49 respondents (20 per cent), while six people asked specifically requested the provision of allotments.

Cllr Robert Jones, who had strongly opposed Cllr Hopkinson’s plan, reminded the meeting that the purpose of the consultation had been to “gather ideas” and described the response rate as “terrific”, adding: “Whatever we do, we have to get the car parking right. We need to be conscious of the fact that if we put [some new facility] there, it will increase the demand for parking.”

Cllr Ben Randles agreed that the response in favour of sorting out the parking situation had been “overwhelming” and said it wouldn’t be good for the council “to be seen not to be acting on it”.

However, some other councillors, notably Tom Aditya and Andy Ward, pointed out that the parking problem had become much less of an issue since the surgery introduced disciplinary measures to ensure that its staff are parking off-site, although another, Sarah Pomfret, cautioned that “we need time to monitor the situation, to see if it is maintained”.

It was also noted that the surgery’s enforcement strategy had led to “an increase in staff parking in the residential streets surrounding the site”.

More: Committee asked to produce further report »

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Prehistoric fun at Willow Brook this Wednesday

Posted on Monday 14th April 2014 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Meet Tiny the dinosaur at the Willow Brook Centre.

Children will be able to meet a prehistoric visitor this week when Tiny the stegosaurus comes to the Willow Brook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke.

Tiny, a rather playful 125-million-year-young dinosaur, will be performing three shows at the Willow Brook Centre on Wednesday 16th April – at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Children will be able to meet her, feed her and chat to her in dinosaur language.

The incredibly life-like dinosaur will be joined by Suzanna Stone, a paleontologist who presents a fun and informative natural history show. Children and parents will be encouraged to share their knowledge of dinosaurs and to come up with some scientific theories of their own.

Andy Wynn, Willow Brook manager, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming Tiny the Stegosaurus to Willow Brook during the school holidays. I’m sure our little shoppers will enjoy the day of free fun.”

Children will be able to to follow the hidden dinosaur footprints around the Willow Brook Centre to win a chocolate treat.

There will also be an Easter craft workshop for children to make bunnies and eggs in time for the weekend.

Source: Press release issued on behalf of the Willow Brook Centre.

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Bradley Stoke loses out in bus route overhaul

Posted on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 11:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Wessex Red number 13 bus at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Timetable changes introduced today (Sunday 13th April) have left Bradley Stoke with two fewer bus services and seen off-peak journeys axed on a third route.

Wessex Connect has cancelled the 482 and 483 services, which provided a direct connection from Bradley Stoke to Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Yate and Chipping Sodbury. The move leaves two sets of bus stops (one on Webbs Wood Road, the other on Pear Tree Road) and a stretch of bus lane (on Bradley Stoke Way, north of the Willow Brook Centre) without any services at all.

First Group’s new 82 service, between Southmead Hospital and Yate is being advertised as “covering much of the former 482/483 route”, however, its route skirts around Bradley Stoke, operating instead along Stoke Lane, Little Stoke Lane , Winterbourne Road and Hatchet Road.

Getting from Bradley Stoke to the new Southmead Hospital, which opens in May, will require taking two buses, e.g. 13 and 18 (with a change in Filton) or 13 and 82 (with a change in Stoke Lodge), if an estimated 14-minute walk* (from a stop on the 73 route on Filton Avenue) is to be avoided.

Wessex Connect has also axed the hourly off-peak journeys on its 3B service, introduced only in January. The withdrawn journeys linked Aztec West with Bristol city centre via the Willow Brook Centre and Parkway Station.

Photo: Wessex Red service at the Willow Brook Centre.

* Source: Journey Planner on Traveline South West

Related link: Bus Services in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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Local ladies get set to run London Marathon

Posted on Friday 11th April 2014 at 8:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Sole Sisters RC members entered in the 2014 London Marathon.

This Sunday (13th April), twelve local women from the Sole Sisters running club will be lining up to run the London Marathon, five of them for the very first time.

Penny Greenwood, Liz Naude, Linda Millward, Amy Seymour, Rebecca Mitchell, and Kate Stuart will be joined by first-time marathon runners, Helen Smith, Jo Radford, Lisa Morris, Leona Mills, Michelle Lord and Sam Carpenter.

Kate Stuart

Local sports & remedial massage therapist Kate described herself as being a reluctant runner or a “should run” kind of runner before she discovered Sole Sisters Running Club. Christmas Eve 2011 she went along for her first run with the group where she was welcomed with much kindness, support and encouragement. Shortly after this she did the London Marathon in April 2012 and has since become a coach at the club. This year she will be running London for the 3rd time for Heart UK in memory of her dad John Baker.

Penny Greenwood

Penny ran her first marathon in 2010 to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice who had cared for her mother during her final year. At age 50 her mother turned her life around, passed a degree in chiropody and started her own business which she loved doing for over 20 years. She told Penny: “Do whatever you love for as long as you can.” Penny runs because she loves it and the amazing group of Sole Sisters that she runs with. Penny says: “We share everything – it is our outlet for life.” To date she has raised over £4,000 for St Peter’s and will continue for as long as she can.

More: Profiles of Liz Naude and Leona Mills »

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Young people to create ‘dream’ garden for Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Thursday 10th April 2014 at 10:48 am by SH (Editor)

Site of the Dreamscheme community garden at the Willow Brook Centre.

Twenty budding young gardeners have volunteered to create a community garden at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre during the Easter holidays.

The shopping centre is hosting the planting day on Friday (11th April) as part of its involvement in Dreamscheme, an initiative that encourages local young people to do something positive for the community.

The volunteers will be rewarded for getting involved in making their area a better place with tickets for an outing, donated by Willow Brook Centre.

The garden area has been designed by Willow Brook’s landscaping contractor Urban Planters, which has given its time for free. The youngsters will get the chance to work alongside the professionals and learn a bit more about gardening when they help out with the planting.

Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre, who is planning to roll his sleeves up and join in on the day, said:

“This is a brilliant initiative that encourages young people to get involved in fun projects that really have a positive impact on the local area.”

The garden project will take place at the Willow Brook Centre from 10am and is open to young people aged between 8 and 16 years. To get involved call 01454 858670/1 or email

Source: Press release issued on behalf of the Willow Brook Centre.

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