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Former Bradley Stoke mayor fined for breaching building regulations

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 5:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Ben Walker at an event in 2011 when he was vice-chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

A former Bradley Stoke district councillor and town mayor has been prosecuted for breaching building regulations by the local authority where he served as vice-chair in 2011/12.

The prosecution was brought by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) against Ben Walker (a builder trading as Monkeyfist Construction), 40, of Ferndene Road, Bradley Stoke after he was found to have ignored building regulations and carried out unsatisfactory work at a property in Yate.
Walker was ordered to pay a total of £11,689 in fines and costs after being found guilty of breaching the rules.

The court heard that Walker carried out building work to extend a property in Yate and had assured the homeowners that he could deliver the project within their budget before Christmas 2017. However, after some months, the homeowners noticed little progress given the length of time passed and amount of money exchanged from them to the builder.

The homeowners sought the advice of an independent builder, which ultimately led to alerting South Gloucestershire Council’s Building Control team that no application had been made for the work. A number of serious failures were found with the construction design and build and these required significant remedial work to ensure the stability and weather resistance of the building.

The case was heard at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 16th January. Walker was found guilty in his absence and was convicted of five charges, receiving a £2,000 fine for each. He was also ordered to pay the council’s costs of £1,519 and a victim surcharge of £170, bringing the combined total to £11,689.

Cllr Paul Hughes, SGC’s Cabinet member responsible for communities and tourism, said:

“This case demonstrates the importance of ensuring the correct route is followed when undertaking any building work. Construction is a complex arena where unscrupulous individuals can take advantage of customers’ unfamiliarity with legislation, and profit from cutting corners. If a contractor, homeowner or member of public are not sure of their responsibilities then they should contact our Building Control team and we will offer help and guidance to all of our residents.”

More: Advice for anyone affected by illegal building work »

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Juniper Way teacher facing second trial on sexual abuse charges

Posted on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at 6:30 pm by SH (Editor)

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A supply teacher from Bradley Stoke is being tried at Bristol Crown Court on charges of of sexually abusing eight girls in primary schools, reports the Bristol Post.

John Alway, 60, of Juniper Way first stood trial in June 2012 when he was accused of sexually assaulting three girls of primary school age, but that trial was halted when media coverage resulted in five more complainants coming forward.

Alway denies a charge of attempted rape and 22 sexual assaults against eight girls between 1997 and 2004, when the youngest alleged victim was nine.

Read more: Bristol supply teacher accused of “trying to rape pupil”

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Biker jailed for speeding that led to Bradley Stoke Way accident

Posted on Friday 21st December 2012 at 9:27 am by SH (Editor)

Accident on Bradley Stoke Way.

A motorcyclist has been jailed for 14 months after being pleading guilty to dangerous driving on Bradley Stoke Way, resulting in an accident that saw a 13-year school student suffer “catastrophic” injuries, reports the Bristol Post.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Ross Warren, 44, of Foxborough Gardens, Bradley Stoke, was seen to be going “stupidly fast” before smashing his powerful Honda CB1300 bike into Ben Thompson, who was riding a push-along scooter over an informal crossing point near the Willow Brook Centre on the afternoon of Friday 30th September last year.

The court heard the youngster suffered horrendous injuries, including partial paralysis, and is still in Frenchay Hospital today, 15 months after the collision.

One expert witness estimated that Warren was travelling at up to 89.5mph prior to the crash, which occurred on a section of the road where a 40mph speed limit applied.

Warren was also banned from driving for six years and ordered to take an extended driving test before taking to the road again.

Bradley Stoke Way road safety petition launch.The incident (and an earlier one in February 2011) triggered a petition for improved pedestrian safety measures on Bradley Stoke Way that was signed by 3,932 people. South Gloucestershire Council has since installed a new Toucan crossing and extended the 30mph zone.

Read more: 13-year-old boy crippled by 90mph biker (The Post)

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Juniper Way teacher on trial for indecent assaults

Posted on Friday 22nd June 2012 at 8:59 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke in the media.

A supply teacher from Bradley Stoke is being tried at Bristol Crown Court on charges of indecently and sexually assaulting three girls of primary school age, reports The Post.

John Alway, 59, of Juniper Way, denies attempted rape and three indecent assaults of one girl, two indecent assaults and sexual assault of a second girl and indecent assault and sexual assault of a third girl.

Alway taught one girl at a primary school in Totterdown and the other two at a primary school in the Filton area.

The offences are alleged to have occurred “in the early part of the last decade”.

Alway denies the charges.

Read more: Supply teacher John Alway denies sexually assaulting girls

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