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Mayor fails to fend off roundabout advertising

Posted on Monday 20th January 2014 at 2:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Advertising sign on the Savages Wood Roundabout.

Bradley Stoke Mayor Brian Hopkinson has failed in his bid to prevent planning permission being granted for the installation of advertising signs on some of the town’s roundabouts.

Under its Income Maximisation project, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) decided in December 2012 that it would seek to generate income of around £180k p.a. from selling advertising space on council owned assets and land such as roundabouts.

A planning application to install “four non-illuminated post-mounted [advertising] signs” on the Savages Wood Roundabout on Bradley Stoke Way (near the leisure centre), received a frosty reception from town councillors at their October 2013 Planning Committee meeting, where they unanimously agreed to object to the application on the grounds that the proposed signs would be distracting for drivers and contribute to an over-proliferation of signs in the area.

The application was subsequently “called-in” by Cllr Hopkinson, leading to it being considered by SGC’s Development Control (West) Committee on 21st November 2013. At that meeting, another Bradley Stoke councillor, Keith Cranney, attempted to defer a decision on the matter by insisting that the council “undertake an up to date road safety impact assessment and audit of the Savages Wood Road roundabout”, but his proposal found no supporters other than Cllr Hopkinson. Members of the committee then proceeded to grant permission for the advertising signs by a vote of nine to two.

The town council raised no objection to a later planning application for advertising signs on the Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi).  An objection from a member of the public who claimed that the signs would violate guidance given in the Department for Transport’s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges was dismissed by planning officers, who claimed the guidance applied only to trunk roads.

Advertising signs were subsequently installed on the Patchway Brook Roundabout between Christmas and New Year (although they have recently been removed, for some unknown reason) and on the Savages Wood Roundabout within the last few days.

Do you think advertising should be allowed on Bradley Stoke’s roundabouts? Complete our reader poll in the sidebar of the website or on the Polls Archive page.

Photo: Newly-installed advertising sign on the Savages Wood Road Roundabout, near Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

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Bradley Stoke Journal Facebook page reaches new milestone with 2,000 likes

Posted on Saturday 16th November 2013 at 10:23 pm by SH (Editor)

2,000 likes on the Bradley Stoke Journal Facebook page.

The Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page reached a new milestone this week when it sailed through the 2,000 ‘likes’ mark.

The achievement is the latest recognition of The Journal’s popularity and represents a two-fold increase in ‘fans’ since we launched our monthly print magazine in May.

The Journal’s Twitter feed has also seen a big increase in followers, breaching the 1,300 mark in the past week.

Our website remains ever-popular, consistently recording over 25,000 visits per month. On Google Search, it is ranked above all other Bradley Stoke based media sources for the search term ‘Bradley Stoke’ and regularly occupies all of the the top ten positions in Google News for the same search term.

Our print magazine has also been breaking records, with 9,150 copies delivered to homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke this month, giving it the biggest ‘delivered’ circulation of any hyperlocal print title in the North Fringe of Bristol.

We are putting an increasing amount of “news in brief” items on our Facebook page together with daily reminders about upcoming events in Bradley Stoke. Not a Facebook user? You don’t have to have a Facebook account to view our Facebook page! Bookmark it now and visit us regularly!

If you are a Facebook member, please show your support by ‘liking’ our page. Did you know you can post status messages and photos directly onto our Facebook page? If you have something you feel will be of interest to other fans, why not give it a try? However, please note that commercial postings are not allowed and all posts are moderated, so may take a while to become publicly viewable. User posts that are not relevant to Bradley Stoke or are not considered suitable for our corporate Facebook page will not be approved.

If you run a local business, phone us on 01454 300 400 to find out about our great value advertising rates (print and online). Unlike some other local publications, we don’t insist on a long-term commitment!

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Town council objects to SGC’s plan for advertising on Savages Wood Roundabout

Posted on Friday 8th November 2013 at 1:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Savages Wood Roundabout, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Members of Bradley Stoke Council’s Planning Committee have objected to plans put forward by a company working on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) to install advertising signs on a local roundabout.

Under its Income Maximisation project, SGC decided in December 2012 that it would seek to generate income of around £180k p.a. from selling advertising space on council owned assets and land, with roundabouts, street lighting columns, boundary signs, bus shelters and street furniture being identified as potential sites.

A planning application to install advertising signs on the A38 Aztec West Roundabout (which already hosts some very small advertising boards) was granted permission last month, despite local district councillor Brian Hopkinson arguing that “signs other than direction signs to destinations can be a distraction”.

This has now been followed by a planning application to install “four non-illuminated post-mounted [advertising] signs” on the Savages Wood Roundabout on Bradley Stoke Way (near the leisure centre), which received a frosty reception from town councillors at their meeting on 23rd October.

More: Town councillors voted unanimously against the application »

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