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Council agrees to extend car park at Brook Way

Posted on Wednesday 24th August 2016 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

The car park at Brook Way Activity Centre and Bradley Stoke Surgery.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has finally reached a decision on the future of the hard court area and some of the surrounding grounds at its Brook Way Activity Centre, more than two years after it conducted a public consultation on the future of the site.

The matter was tabled for discussion at July’s meeting of Full Council after mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick had identified it as a priority for her year in office in an interview with the Journal following her election to the role in May.

After admitting that the working group set up to consider the results of the consultation had “died a death” [having failed to produce any formal reports and there being no public record of it actually meeting for almost two years], Cllr Hardwick introduced a short report compiled by the council’s youth development and participation worker Graham Baker. This summarised previously discussed options for the Brook Way site such as the creation of additional car parking space and new or extended buildings and put forward some alternative ideas, including the reinstatement /development of sports facilities and the installation of a bespoke converted shipping container to act as a base for youth work.

Cllr Hardwick then moved swiftly on to outline her own vision for the site, which she said she had formulated after “taking another look at the consultation results”.

It quickly became apparent that she was less than enthusiastic about seeing another building erected on the site, pointing out that the council’s three existing activity centres “are not being used to their potential”. In relation to spending on youth provision, she added, perhaps with reference to the near £300k recently spent on the town’s new skate park: “We have done a lot for the youth, now we need to consider other age groups.”

Cllr Hardwick’s vision included converting the hard court area to a green open space where people could sit and talk, play games like ‘big chess’ and enjoy new facilities such as a climbing wall and a sand pit.

More: Little support for a new dedicated youth work building on the site »

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Town council gives kebab van trader the boot

Posted on Saturday 13th February 2016 at 9:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebabs, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has terminated the contract of a kebab van operator who rented a pitch in the car park of Brook Way Activity Centre after the trader breached conditions relating to late payment of fees and non-attendance.

Ozzy’s Kebabs took over the pitch previously used by Oasis Food in 2013, but didn’t begin trading until the following year. The van initially traded seven nights a week, but is understood to have stopped attending in early September 2014.

In October 2014, Ozay Isitman, the owner of the business, told the council that it was running at a loss and he was finding it very difficult to continue trading. He asked the council to modify his contract so that he would only have use of the pitch on Fridays and Saturdays, which was agreed.

However, when the van had still not appeared by March 2014, councillors decided to issue an ultimatum to Mr Isitman, requiring him to recommence trading by 4th April or lose the pitch.

They also imposed special conditions that would result in termination of contract in the event of non-attendance or late payment of pitch hire fees.

The van returned just in time to meet the April deadline, but following late payment of invoices issued for September, November and December 2015, and reports of further non-attendance, the town council gave the trader formal notice to quit, with immediate effect, on 8th December.

A notice advertising a vacancy for a ‘mobile street trader food pitch’ at the Brook Way site has since appeared on the town council’s website.

More: Ozzy’s departure leaves only one tenant – at Baileys Court »

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[Letter] “Arrogance” of our town councillors

Posted on Saturday 18th October 2014 at 7:52 pm by Fred Hillberg (Forum)

Reader's letter (Bradley Stoke Journal).

Like many of your readers, I was amazed at the arrogance shown by our town councillors in ignoring the will of Bradley Stoke residents, who voted in favour of extra car parking at the Brook Way Activity Centre & Bradley Stoke Surgery site, in place of the existing tennis courts (also the cheapest option).

Still, this is something we have experienced for many years – the cronyism, the secret meetings and the cosy little ‘Conservative club’ who think they can walk on water and spend our tax as they wish.

We have the same stale old faces year after year who have gained their seats with marginal votes and have not been challenged by the electorate, so we are all to blame.

Town councils have very little power anyway, and have to obtain permission from South Gloucestershire Council for anything of any significance, and the budget money goes back and forth to pay for services provided by South Gloucestershire anyway. So what’s the point of a town council? Democracy? Accountability? That’s a joke! It’s just another layer of bureaucracy, which we pay for, and an ego trip for most of the councillors.

What we need is more independent councillors at all levels, who have the interest of the public who voted them in, and not their political masters. It should also be compulsory that you live in the area you represent.

Remember, we get what we deserve. Use your vote, it was fought for! And have your say!

Fred Hillberg, Bradley Stoke

This letter originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Brook Way consultation “a costly waste of time,” says disgruntled neighbour

Posted on Thursday 11th September 2014 at 8:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Hard court at The Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Residents of properties neighbouring Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Brook Way Activity Centre have voiced concerns that a working group set up to examine ideas gathered in a public consultation on the future of the site is giving too much weight to responses that suggested the construction of a new building.

The working group was set up in April, following publication of the consultation results, which showed that 59 per cent of respondents wanted to see improved car parking at the site, with just 20 per cent suggesting a “new building” of some sort.

Holding its first (private) meeting in April, the working group reported back to the Youth Committee in June, saying it “had agreed that whatever happens on the site, parking consideration must be a priority”. Councillors then directed that a meeting/series of meetings should be arranged to give residents who had suggested a new building on the site the opportunity to express their views in person.

Town Clerk Sharon Petela later explained:

“Emails were sent to the 56 people who responded to the public consultation suggesting a new building on the site, asking if they would be willing to meet with the working group to discuss their ideas in more detail. Only 12 responses were received. The 12 people who responded were then invited to a [private] meeting at Brook Way Activity Centre on Thursday 14th August.”

Residents of properties adjoining the Brook Way site were also invited to attend the meeting.

The Journal has learned that just two organisations, the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and Incredible Kids, sent representatives to the meeting, which was also attended by five residents from The Common.

More: New Scout building and cinema/media centre discussed »

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