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Community Engagement Forum to discuss local issues in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 11:04 am by SH (Editor)

Community Engagement Forum for Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge.

The next Community Engagement Forum (CEF) for Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge takes places at 7pm on Thursday 22nd February, at Patchway Common Pavilion, The Avenue, Patchway BS34 6BD. This venue is located on the opposite side of the playing field behind the Brook Way Activity Centre / Bradley Stoke Surgery site.

Community Engagement Forums, previously known as Safer and Stronger Community Groups are about listening and responding to local people’s real issues. People in their communities know best what works for them and what their real needs are.

Items on the agenda for the meeting include:

  • Presentation/Q&A on local parking issues (e.g. parking on pavements or close to junctions) by Mark Pullin, strong, safer communities manager at South Gloucestershire Council
  • Issues with the new traffic lights and road system at the Aztec West Roundabout and the roundabout at M5 J16

Representatives from Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire & Rescue are also expected to be in attendance to provide updates.

Items from previous meetings that may be discussed again include speeding in Stean Bridge Road and graffiti and vandalism at numerous locations across the area.

It is anticipated that the recent surge in bike thefts in Bradley Stoke will also be discussed (statistics obtained by the Journal show there have been a further five thefts since 26th January).

More info: Agenda for the CEF meeting on Thursday 12th October [PDF]

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Two more local bank branches to go by June

Posted on Friday 16th February 2018 at 9:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the outside of Barclays Bank, Patchway. Photo of the outside of NatWest Bank, Winterbourne.

Local residents wishing to make use of over-the-counter facilities at high street banks will find themselves with a further reduced choice later this year as another two branches close for good.

The Barclays branch on the east side of Gloucester Road, Patchway has been temporarily closed since June 2017 when it suffered damage as a result of a fire in an adjoining takeaway.

Uncertainty over its future was brought to an abrupt end in early January when the bank announced in a letter to customers that the branch “will not be reopening”.

The letter added:

“The decision to close a branch is never an easy one; however, we were finding that prior to the fire, fewer customers had been using the branch to do their everyday banking. Taking into consideration the alternative ways to bank that are available in the area, we have made the decision not to reopen the branch.”

The news comes just a month after NatWest announced that its branch on Winterbourne High Street was one of 197 selected for closure around the country.

A spokesman for RBS group (of which NatWest is part) said that the move was in response to more of its customers using online services.

“More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on mobile.”

“Since 2014, the number of customers using our branches across the UK has fallen by 40 percent and mobile transactions have increased by 73 percent over the same period.”

The NatWest Winterbourne branch is schedule to close on 6th June 2018.

Both banks point out that their customers may access everyday banking services through local post offices.

More: Councillor calls for Barclays to open branch in Bradley Stoke »

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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (January)

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018 at 4:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

An update from Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

With Christmas over and the new year in full swing, I have returned to Westminster eager to represent my constituents in Parliament.

At Business Questions, I called for Parliament to hold a debate regarding the impact of crime on rail travel after cable theft caused havoc for commuters in January at Bristol Parkway. Despite a swift response from Network Rail, the cable theft still resulted in more than 5,000 minutes of delays to trains and the total cost to the railway and to taxpayers will run into the hundreds of thousands for just one incident. It is important that effective contingency plans are in place to ensure disruption is always kept to a minimum and I am committed to ensuring that Network Rail deliver on their promises of action.

In a Westminster Hall debate about travel times for cancer patients, I highlighted the fantastic work of CLIC Sargent who assist families and young cancer patients in our area. While I applaud the work of CLIC Sargent, I would like to see a permanent solution to these difficulties. There are currently fewer than 20 treatment centres nationally, and that makes life extremely difficult for families who are having to travel for treatment. I would like to see a review of the NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme to ensure that it is supporting those families that need it. Last year, I supported Robert Halfon’s Ten-Minute Rule motion to abolish hospital car parking charges for patients, visitors and staff. I hope that these two campaigns effectively highlight the difficulties that families of patients experience and that the government acts accordingly to address these issues.

I was honoured and delighted to join the government in the January reshuffle by becoming the parliamentary private secretary to the ministerial team at the Ministry of Defence. I look forward to working with all the team to help deliver the government’s strong agenda for the protection and security of our people.

If you’d like my help on any issue, please call my office on 01454 617783 or email me on jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk

• To view Mr Lopresti’s parliamentary activity in full, visit: www.theyworkforyou.com

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Bike Fest @ The Stokes proves a great success

Posted on Sunday 11th February 2018 at 10:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of local resident Nicky Tregenza having her bike security marked by PCSO Alicia Harvey.

Bradley Stoke resident Josh Harding, 14, chose to “make something positive out of a negative” after his bike was stolen last September. Here he reports on the success of the ‘bike security & safe cycling’ event that he organised, at which over 250 bikes were security marked…

After three months’ preparation, the day of the bike event, 6th January, finally arrived, bringing with it overnight freezing temperatures. The decision was quickly made to move the event inside the Willow Brook Centre to avoid everyone involved feeling the force of nature. With much anticipation, the volunteers, from the different organisations who agreed to attend, began to arrive and set up. By 10.50am everything was ready, but the nerves were setting in. However, at 11am, I looked up and saw a stream of people, with bikes, heading towards us. I was so relieved and thought then, this event is going to be a success! I jumped on the static bike to start the static cycle challenge for Life Cycle UK and chatted to people around me. PCSO Alicia Harvey and members of the Patchway police cadets started the mammoth task of security marking the bikes. Community champion Dawn, from Tesco, started handing out smoothies, whilst encouraging people, old and young, to have a go on the smoothie bike.

Wanting to be sure that no one missed the event, due to the relocation, Andy from Bradley Stoke Radio began making announcements and people just kept coming – it was fab! Andrea and Stuart, from the South Glos Bikeability Team, were busy receiving donated bikes and making small adjustments to any bike that needed them, while Keith from SportsPound chatted to people and handed out SportsPound vouchers.

More: 250 bikes marked; 15 bikes donated; £110 raised »

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