Area Forum to consider local transport schemes

South Gloucestershire Council

A public meeting in Bradley Stoke on Tuesday night (29th November) will see Councillors decide how to spend the area’s allocation of £50k for local transport schemes.

The meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum, at the Jubilee Centre (7pm start) will consider a total of 28 potential schemes, proposed by residents, Councils, Councillors and schools.

Seven of the proposed schemes lie within the Bradley Stoke town boundaries, these being:

  • Kerb works near Pear Tree Roundabout on Woodlands Lane
  • Improved school signage in Breaches Gate, near Baileys Court Primary School
  • Noise and speed reduction measures in Woodlands Lane, near Woodlands Park
  • Speed reduction measures in Ormonds Close, near Bowsland Green School
  • Introduction of a pedestrian crossing on Brook Way between Braydon Avenue and Baileys Court Road
  • Cycle track measures in Webbs Wood Road, near St Mary’s Primary School
  • School ‘keep clear’ markings and traffic orders in Webbs Wood , near St Mary’s Primary School

The Bradley Stoke schemes are pitched against five from Filton, five from Patchway, six from Stoke Gifford and five from Winterbourne.

With the estimated cost of all 28 schemes amounting to over £340k, the chances of success are slim. At the equivalent meeting last year, five schemes were awarded funding, including one to install a raised table at the zebra crossing in Bradley Stoke’s Pear Tree Road.

A second round of public consultation on the Pear Tree Road scheme ended last week and the results are promised soon. Subject to no objections being received, implementation of the raised table is planned for January 2012, according to the latest information from SGC.

The last Southern Brooks Area Forum in August saw a fair amount of politically-motivated voting when it came to allocating the Forum’s capital grant budget to local organisations, with Tory Councillors from Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne talking down applications from Labour-controlled Filton and Patchway – and vice versa.

More info: Agenda for Tuesday’s Area Forum meeting (SGC)

The Editor comments

At least this time, should any of the Bradley Stoke schemes win funding, we’ll hopefully be spared the unseemly squabbling over which political party can claim the most credit – as happened twelve months ago when money was allocated for the Brook Way raised table crossing near Wheatfield Drive. That’s because the Conservatives now hold all the Bradley Stoke seats on SGC, having taken the Liberal Democrat’s sole (North Bradley Stoke) seat in the May 2011 election.

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