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Fireworks raise £4,000 for mayor’s charities

Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display.

This year’s Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display was again a great success.

Numbers attending the free event were up on last year and this was reflected in a healthy increase in voluntary charity donations.

This year, a total of £4,119 was raised for the mayor’s charities through donations, with £3,629 of the total coming from bucket collections and the remaining £490 coming from on-site traders (donut and burger vans).

The charities being supported by this year’s mayor, Andy Ward, are Cardiomyopathy UK and Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.

Speaking at a recent council meeting, Cllr Ward gave thanks for the “outstanding support” from the volunteer marshals and bucket collectors, who came from a range of local groups, as well as council members and staff.

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Setback for car park extension at Brook Way

Posted on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Hard court area with overlay saying@ "Additional car parking and green space here?"

Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) has suffered a setback in its ambitions to redevelop the dilapidated hard court area in the grounds of Brook Way Activity Centre after officers at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) indicated they were minded to refuse planning consent for a proposed scheme that would see the area converted to additional car parking spaces and green open space.

The news comes exactly four years after the then mayor Cllr Brian Hopkinson proposed the construction of two new buildings on the site, one for a charity and the other for youth provision.

A subsequent public consultation on the future of the area showed that 59 percent of respondents wanted to see additional parking facilities provided at the combined community centre and doctors’ surgery site, with just 20 percent supporting the need for a “new building” of some form.

After a working group set up to consider the results of the consultation failed to produce any formal reports or recommendations over a period of more than two years, the matter came back to Full Council in July 2016, where it was unanimously decided to use earmarked reserves of up to £50,000 to convert the hard court area to green open space and extend the car park.

A planning application was subsequently submitted to SGC (in April 2017), for a scheme that would create 20 additional parking spaces at the site, with 12 of these being created by expanding the existing car park into the area currently occupied by the hard courts and the other eight being created on the doctors’ surgery side of the access road. The remainder of the hard court area would be converted to green open space, with a new footpath being created to link this to the access road.

Plans showed that ten existing trees on the site would need to be “relocated” as part of the work.

Signs that all might not be well with the application emerged in June, when councillors were told that SGC’s tree officer had expressed “concerns about the loss of some trees”.

More: Town council decides to withdraw planning application »

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Jubilee Centre is latest target in graffiti spate

Posted on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council.

Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) says it is working with the local police team to combat a spate of tagging-style graffiti on walls, bus shelters and other structures across the town.

In recent months, graffiti images measuring up to 2 metres across have appeared at a number of very prominent sites, including on Bradley Stoke Way (underneath Primrose Bridge and close to the bridge over Stoke Brook), Baileys Court Road, Champs Sur Marne and the new skate park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Other sites that are regularly plagued by graffiti include various locations within the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve and the subway under the Winterbourne Road near Huckley Way.

In the latest incident, a large tag around 2.5m across was sprayed on the wall of the changing room block at the Jubilee Centre. The town council, which owns the block, has since contracted a specialist team at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) to remove it at a cost to local taxpayers of £180.

Figures obtained by the Journal show that 15 incidents of graffiti were reported to BSTC since the start of the year, with eight of these occurring within the first three weeks of September. However, many incidents are thought to go unreported or are dealt with by other authorities, such as SGC.

Members of the public can report instances of graffiti to SGC via its website at or by phoning Street Care on 01454 868000. Its policy is to clean graffiti from council-owned property within three working days. Priority is given to offensive and hate-related graffiti.

Difficulties arise, however, when the graffiti is on non-council property, such as utility company boxes or on private property. Fortunately, BSTC voluntarily acts a ‘clearing house’ for all cases of graffiti in Bradley Stoke and undertakes to inform the correct agencies e.g. South Gloucestershire Council, Western Power, Royal Mail, BT, depending on the property that has been defaced.

To inform BSTC about graffiti within Bradley Stoke, visit the dedicated webpage at, email or phone 01454 205020.

More: Graffiti may also be reported via the FixMyStreet app »

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Meet the new mayor: Councillor Andy Ward

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Newly elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke Cllr Andy Ward receives the chain of office from previous mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick.

Councillor Andy Ward has been elected as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke. Andy, who has been a councillor since 2013, was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 10th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s AGM. He takes on the role as the town celebrates two significant milestones in its short history – the thirtieth anniversary of the first turf being cut and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the town council.

Originally from Tytherington, then Thornbury, Andy moved to Bradley Stoke with his wife, Marion (who is also a member of Bradley Stoke Town Council), in 1992. They chose Bradley Stoke as they believed it would be a perfect place to put down roots and bring up a family. Obviously, it was the right decision for the Ward family who have now lived here for twenty-five years with their daughter, Bex. Andy describes Bradley Stoke as “a vibrant town with a great sense of community”.

“The people who live here are friendly and neighbourly and the population is diverse, representing a wide variety of cultures. The town benefits from great facilities and access to some beautiful green spaces,” he adds.

Like many people in this area, Andy began his working life in the aerospace industry as a Rolls Royce apprentice. He has also run several small businesses. In 2011, he became involved in the inception of Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) and he is currently chairman of this popular community organisation. He also broadcasts on the Drivetime Show three times a week. Through his involvement with BSR, Andy worked with the town council on a regular basis and it was this involvement that inspired him to stand for election.

More: New mayor is also involved in numerous voluntary groups »

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