Area Forum to consider £250,000 worth of grant applications from Bradley Stoke

South Gloucestershire Council.

Bradley Stoke community projects could benefit by almost a quarter of a million pounds if decisions go their way at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum in Stoke Gifford on Tuesday night (25th February).

The largest application, for funding from the forum’s New Homes Bonus allocation, is for £225,000 towards the cost of creating a “new, bespoke and more accessible modern spray concrete, multi-wheeled skate park” in the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. The application is being made by Bradley Stoke Town Council, which says it will contribute £50,000 from its own existing skate park contingency and repair & maintenance budgets.

Other local organisation seeking a share of the New Homes Bonus money are Bradley Stoke Radio, Bradley Stoke Carnival Association and the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Bradley Stoke Radio, a regular visitor to the grant-giving table, is asking for a total of £10,000. Half of this would be used to replace ageing computer equipment with the other half being used to cover running costs, which it says have risen sharply since the start of FM broadcasting in September last year. The station, which rents space in Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Brook Way Activity Centre at a subsidised rate, says its aims to be “totally self-funding” by June/July of this year.

Bradley Stoke Carnival Association, “formed to ensure a lasting legacy to the successful Brazilian Style Carnival which took place in Bradley Stoke last summer“, has asked for £6,000 to stage a re-run of last year’s event, which was organised by Bradley Stoke Radio supported by a £4,000 Community Development Grant from Bradley Stoke Town Council.

Bradley Stoke in Bloom says it would like £5,000 to “provide a landmark sculpture on the Patchway Brook Roundabout in Bradley Stoke, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War”. According to the application form, the aim of the project is “to stand three full size replica horses in a field of poppies, on what is now the northern gateway to Bradley Stoke, ready to unveil by 28th July 2014”.

Applications for funding from the area forum’s Small Grants Fund include:

  • Bradley Stoke Explorer Scout Unit, asking for £760 to cover the rent paid for its weekly meeting place (council officers recommend awarding the full £760)
  • St Mary’s Old Boys RFC Minis Section, asking for £3,000 to re-brand itself as “Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby” (officers recommend giving £750)
  • Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, asking for £2,650 to enhance youth cricket at the club (officers recommend giving £575)
  • BOBBS Breastfeeding Support, asking for £500 for rent and insurance to enable it to continue meeting at Baileys Court Activity Centre (officers recommend awarding the full £500)
  • The Sow and Sows Allotment Group, asking for £260 to cover public liability insurance and website costs (officers recommend awarding the full £500)

The Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 25th February at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and may put questions about “any matter in the area” to councillors/officers present during the General Open Session at the start of the meeting.

The forum’s area of responsibility covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne.

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 25th February (SGC)

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