Busy agenda for Safer and Stronger meeting

Safer and Stronger Community Group

The Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group (SSCG) meets on Tuesday (18th January) at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road (7pm start).

Items scheduled for this month’s SSCG meeting include:

  • A presentation on the 2011 Census
  • Updates on the possible closure of pedestrian entrances to the Willow Brook Centre from the Manor Farm Crescent area
  • A presentation by Bradley Stoke Community Radio

The inclusion of the Willow Brook Centre pedestrian access topic follows a public meeting held in July 2010 to “discuss the current issues relating to anti-social (ASB) behaviour within the Manor Farm area of Bradley Stoke”.

At that meeting, residents of Manor Farm Crescent, Shepherds Walk, The Hedgerows, Little Green and The Pasture called for two pedestrian access routes to the shopping development to be blocked off or gated in an effort to stem a tide of ASB in the area.

The presentation by the Bradley Stoke Community Radio Association will hear Chair Stephen Poole outline the association’s case for applying for a grant from the South Gloucestershire Safer and Stronger Community Groups’  ‘Iniative Funding’ scheme.

In order to be eligible, the association must be able to demonstrate that it can “help provide local solutions to local issues”.

Mr Poole told The Journal:

“We have raised sufficient funds to purchase the basic equipment we need to set up the radio station. Willow Brook Centre Manager Scott Lahive has provided the association with studio space, and now that we have a base to work from, we plan to be ‘on air’ during the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in June.”

“However, we still need money for various broadcast licences, and I hope we will be eligible for SSCG funding, which could pay for that.”

He added:

“We believe that opportunities exist for residents of all ages to become involved in the radio project, and it provides a number of positive ‘diversionary’ activities for young people in particular.”

“A number of local companies have already made enquiries about advertising with Bradley Stoke Radio, so I am convinced that once the radio station is up and running, this project will be self-sustaining.”

The Bradley Stoke SSCG, one of 20 in South Gloucestershire, provides an opportunity for local residents to have their say about the services that the local community receives.

Participants include people who live and work in the area and representatives from the local police, Avon Fire & Rescue, NHS South Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire Council, Bradley Stoke Town Council, Southern Brooks Community Partnership and other local organisations.

Anyone can attend an SSCG meeting and raise concerns about issues in the local community. The meeting then agrees on a small number of priority issues, for which actions are assigned to the appropriate authorities.

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