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Councillors support call for ‘pay parking’ in central Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 10:34 am by SH (Editor)

Vacant land at Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has agreed to investigate an option for providing ‘pay car parking’ in the centre of Bradley Stoke after being approached by residents of the Brook Court ‘later living’ apartment complex, where there is an acknowledged shortage of parking spaces.

Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the residents’ association at Brook Court, originally approached the town council back in January, pointing out that there are only 18 spaces available for the 50 apartments at the Savages Wood site.

Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by town councillors and local residents at the planning application stage, but these were dismissed by McCarthy & Stone (the developers) and South Gloucestershire Council who claimed that the close proximity of local services and the elderly nature of the residents would result in a low level of car ownership.

But with 16 residents said to be on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court, McCarthy & Stone has now admitted underestimating demand, saying it had “bucked the trend” for its developments across the country. In a letter to the town council, the company said it was “disappointed with the outcome at Brook Court” and, as a consequence, has enhanced the number of parking spaces being provided at two newer schemes in Yate and Chipping Sodbury.

Although a number of residents of Brook Court are currently receiving financial assistance to rent spaces in the car park of the nearby Three Brooks public house, this help is expected to be withdrawn next summer.

Speaking at the May meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee, Mr Grimshaw once again asked if the council could in any way support the concept of ‘pay parking’ in Bradley Stoke and asked if the vacant piece of land opposite the Tesco filling station might be used for this purpose.

More: Councillors ask SGC to "consider using the site constructively" »

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Parking easier after surgery brings in disciplinary measures for staff

Posted on Friday 14th March 2014 at 8:52 am by SH (Editor)

Sign displayed in the car park of the Brook Way Activity Centre.

The car parking situation at Bradley Stoke Surgery has improved significantly after staff at the doctors’ practice were told, in January, that it would become a “disciplinary offence” to park on the site, a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning Committee has heard.

Patients of the surgery had complained that they were finding it impossible to find a parking space and many expressed frustration that the town council appeared to be exacerbating the situation by actively discouraging use of the parking area at the adjacent Brook Way Activity Centre.

The town council wrote to the surgery in December asking that they “look at improving parking for their visitors and remind staff about off-site parking” and, after no reply was received by mid-January, representatives from the surgery were asked to attend the February meeting of the Planning Committee “to discuss parking issues on the Brook Way site”.

Dr Norman Douglas and practice manager Sandra Lloyd duly attended the council meeting, and, asked by committee chair Cllr Tom Aditya to explain their “solutions”, Ms Lloyd explained the new enforcement regime for discouraging staff parking, which she said had resulted in an “adequate” number of spaces being available for patients since it was introduced in January.

Ms Lloyd added that the surgery maintains a list of the registration numbers of vehicles owned by staff and she regularly patrols the car park to ensure that none of those are present.

Of the 25 spaces owned by the surgery, two are reserved for on-call doctors, one for a midwife and another for pharmacy staff, which should leave 21 available for patients. However a further two spaces are currently being used by staff who are “incapacitated” (one is pregnant and the other recovering from an operation).

Ms Lloyd reported that spaces for patients had been available on every occasion she had inspected the car park since the new policy was introduced. Dr Douglas added that there are now always spaces available when he arrives at the surgery at 8.15am, whereas previously the car park was often full at that time.

Asked by one councillor where the bulk of the surgery’s staff are now parking their vehicles, Ms Lloyd replied: “Anywhere legal”.

More: Council’s misleading signage was also a factor »

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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to create 20 extra car park spaces

Posted on Sunday 9th March 2014 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Packed car park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bristol.

Circadian Trust, the operator of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, has announced that it is to carry out work during March to create an additional 20 car parking spaces at the popular facility.

A notice displayed at the centre explains:

“You may be aware that the centre’s car park does not always have adequate spaces during busy times of the day.”

“Over the last six months, the centre has been monitoring the usage of the car park at busy times and also listening to customer feedback on the matter.”

“To help rectify the problem, work will take place during the next year [2014] to increase the number of spaces in the car park.”

“Phase 1 will start in March, with an increase of 20 spaces. Once completed, more work will be planned to ensure the maximum number of spaces can be achieved in the car park.”

Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive of Circadian Trust, told The Journal that the extra 20 spaces will be created by “taking away some grassed areas and rearranging the layout of the car park”.

The work is expected to take around three weeks to complete.

Looking ahead, space for a further 26 car parking spaces will be released when the current skate park is replaced with one at a new location within the leisure centre site, subject to Bradley Stoke Town Council finding funding and obtaining planning permission for that project.

Mr Crutchley added that it might be necessary to look at a “decked” car parking solution at some point in the future, perhaps when the leisure centre is expanded, which could happen within the next two or three years, subject to the availability of funding.

South Glos councillors recently approved the spending of up £100k on progressing plans for the provision of “additional capacity” at leisure centres in Bradley Stoke and Longwell Green.

Photo: Packed car park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on a recent Monday morning.

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine. Our magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Brook Court residents appeal to council for help in solving parking crisis

Posted on Monday 10th February 2014 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

Brook Court residents David Tovey (left) and Roger Grimshaw.

Residents of an apartment complex in Bradley Stoke, who claim they have been provided with only half the number of car parking spaces than are actually needed, have appealed to the town council for help.

Representatives of the residents’ association at Brook Court, a 50-unit ‘later living’ development recently constructed on Savages Wood Road, near the Three Brooks public house, told councillors at the January Planning Committee meeting that the 18 spaces provided at the site are “inadequate”, meaning that many residents and visitors are forced to seek parking space elsewhere.

Roger Grimshaw, secretary of the association, explained that the problem had become worse since the nearby Willow Brook shopping centre had imposed a four-and-a-half hour restriction on parking.

He added that there are currently 16 residents on a waiting list for reserved parking spaces at Brook Court and said there was concern that the shortage of spaces might make the apartments less attractive to potential buyers when the owners come to sell.

David Tovey, chairman of the association, said that despite having one of the reserved spaces himself, he often had to drive round neighbouring residential streets to find a parking space when he has visitors, having allowed them to use his allocated on-site space.

Concerns about inadequate parking at the development were raised by local residents at the planning application stage in 2011, but these were dismissed by McCarthy & Stone (the developers) and South Gloucestershire Council who claimed that the close proximity of local services and the elderly nature of the development’s residents would result in a low level of car ownership.

However, Mr Grimshaw pointed out that the complex had been marketed as being for ‘later living’ rather than ‘assisted living’ and therefore it should have been anticipated that levels of car ownership would be higher.

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