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What improvements would you like to see at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre?

Posted on Sunday 21st September 2014 at 8:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire residents are being invited to have their say on possible improvements to Bradley Stoke and Longwell Green Leisure Centres.

Both centres currently experience very high demand and the council is considering how facilities could be improved to better meet the needs of the community.

At the same time, the council is looking to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to Circadian Trust, as the operator of the two centres.

Initial ideas for improvements to facilities include:

  • Extended gym facilities
  • Better dance studio/exercise class space
  • Activity rooms that can be used for meetings and parties
  • Improved catering facilities (at Longwell Green)
  • Improved facilities for children and families
  • Improved facilities for a wider range of sports
  • Additional parking provision
  • Reconfiguring internal layout to make more efficient use of space

The public consultation period runs until 30th September.

Further information is available on the council’s consultation webpage:, via telephone number 01454 868154 or from local South Gloucestershire leisure centres, libraries and ‘one stop’ shops.

This article originally appeared in the September 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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Airfield redevelopment consultation event at the Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Tuesday 13th May 2014 at 6:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of the central park at the former Filton Airfield site.

Representatives of the company behind the proposed redevelopment of the Filton Airfield site will be at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke tomorrow (Wednesday 14th May) for a ‘drop-in’ consultation event.

A spokesperson for the company told The Journal:

“Following the six consultation events held in February, we are now holding a second round of events. As part of these events, local residents are being asked to help choose the name for the development and the streets and buildings within it.”

“We will also release some profiles of celebrated engineers and pilots on our website, but we want local residents in the area to provide us their suggestions first. An example could be to call it Concorde Park, as the most widely known plane to have been developed and flown from Filton.”

Tomorrow’s event at the Willow Brook Centre runs from 3pm to 8pm.

Further ‘drop-in’ events are also being held later this week at other venues in north Bristol, as follows:

  • Thursday 15th May (3pm to 8pm) at the Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5PY
  • Friday 16th May (3pm to 8pm) at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

The spokesperson added:

“There will also be more information about transport improvements planned for the wider area, which was one of the main interests of local people at previous events, as well as new jobs and museums planned for the site.”

Further information is available by contacting the Filton Airfield community relations team on 0800 130 3270 or

Image: Artist’s impression of the central park.

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Council survey asks: How do you feel about living in Bradley Stoke?

Posted on Thursday 13th December 2012 at 2:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Southern Brooks Community Partnership.

A survey launched this week aims to find out how people feel about living in Bradley Stoke, whether residents are satisfied with existing community facilities/activities and whether there is a need for any new community groups or activities to be developed for the town.

The consultation is being carried out by Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) on behalf of Bradley Stoke Town Council, as part of ongoing community development work carried out by the charity using grant aid funding from the Council.

SBCP’s Winsome Barrett-Muir, who has designed the survey questionnaire in cooperation with Town Councillors, says she is hoping to get at least 400 responses, in order for the exercise to be statistically useful.

Ms Barrett-Muir said:

“We would welcome the participation of all residents of the town as this survey will help shape any new community development initiatives.”

“Previous community work has resulted in the formation of the Friends of Jubilee Green to help increase the use of the park, the creation of Bradley Stoke Community Radio and the support of several strategic groups in the town.”

To complete the survey online, visit:

Paper copies of the survey are available at Bradley Stoke Library, where completed forms can be posted into a collection box.

The survey will remain open until the end of January 2013 and SBCP says it will publish the results on its website in March 2013.

Anyone completing the survey is given the option of entering a prize draw to win an as yet unspecified prize.

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Leisure Centre roasted over sauna closure plan

Posted on Saturday 27th October 2012 at 10:44 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and Library.

Plans to close the pay-as-you-go sauna, steam and jacuzzi room at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre have come under fire from a customer who claims the centre has deliberately failed to advertise the facility.

Circadian Trust, which runs the centre on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council, is currently running a public consultation on its proposals, which would see the “under utilized” Rivers Health Suite sacrificed to enable an expansion of the centre’s Active Fitness gym.

Information on display in the café area of the centre explains:

“There is an immediate opportunity to improve the health and fitness offering at BSLC by remodelling the current facilities that are under utilized.”

“The Rivers Health Suite has shown a significant fall in attendance over the previous years and is now currently operating at a loss.”

Robin Tulloch, a regular user of the centre’s swimming pool since moving to Bradley Stoke ten months ago, says he only recently became aware of the sauna suite’s existence and is appalled at plans to axe it. He told The Journal:

“The sauna suite does not require membership of a club, and only costs a little more to use – including a swim – than the swim itself.”

“Isn’t this a public leisure centre? How about advertising the fact that it exists and that you do not need to be a member to use the facilities, which is very unusual.”

Mr Tulloch also spoke of another sauna user, a pensioner who travels twice a week from from Yate, who wouldn’t be able to afford to join a private health club with similar facilities, should the suite close.

Craig Smart, Operations Director at Circadian Trust, said the proposed remodelling is needed to meet the demands of customers. The centre’s Active Fitness gym currently has a ratio of 35 members to each piece of fitness equipment, well above the national average of 25:1.

The centre management’s reasoning found little sympathy with Mr Tulloch, who said:

“To exercise you do not need a running machine with a TV screen. There’s the whole of the Three Brooks Nature Reserve for running, but there aren’t any other cheap saunas about.”

The public consultation runs until Monday 5th November. If the centre decides to proceed with its plans, the Rivers Health Suite will close in mid-November. Refurbishment will take approximately ten weeks and the extended Active Fitness gym will open in early January.

More info: Gym Extension Proposal and Feedback Form [PDF, 499kB]

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