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Public left in dark over proposed roundabout improvements

Posted on Monday 16th September 2019 at 8:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a Rabbit Roundabout).

The results of a public consultation on proposed capacity improvements at a major roundabout on the border between Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford will not be released until just one week before a funding decision is made on the £2.3m scheme, the Journal can reveal.

The consultation on the proposed work at Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout) took place in February and March 2019 and it was stated that a feedback report would be prepared and published ahead of a decision being made by South Gloucestershire councillors on “proceeding with the scheme and seeking funding from the West of England Combined Authority (Weca)”.

The consultation documents also stated that, subject to receiving funding, “construction could commence in autumn 2019 and … take one year to complete”, which raised concerns the work might run concurrently with planned road closures on Gipsy Patch Lane from early 2020 in connection with the scheme to replace the railway bridge.

However, the response to a recent enquiry submitted by the Journal has revealed that the Weca funding application has already been made, raising questions about South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) commitment to genuine community engagement.

In response to our enquiry, an SGC spokesperson said:

“Earlier this year, the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) approved an outline business case for a preferred scheme to increase vehicle capacity and reduce queuing times at Great Stoke Roundabout in Stoke Gifford. We ran a public consultation, including several drop-in sessions during February and March 2019, and invited people to fill in a questionnaire about the proposed scheme.”

More: Decision on funding expected in October »

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Have your say on roundabout improvement proposals

Posted on Monday 4th March 2019 at 11:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Annotated plan of proposed improvements at Great Stoke Roundabout.

South Gloucestershire Council has launched a public consultation on plans for capacity improvements at a major roundabout on the border between Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Great Stoke Roundabout (a.k.a. Rabbit Roundabout), which lies on the junction of Winterbourne Road with Bradley Stoke Way and Great Stoke Way, is forecast to be operating significantly over-capacity during the morning and evening peak periods by 2036, leading to increased levels of congestion with more queuing and delay.

The proposed scheme, now estimated to cost a total of £2.3m (halved from an earlier estimate), is said to be needed to accommodate the increase in traffic flows expected from committed developments in the area and the widening of Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge.

The consultation documents make reference to the 8,000 homes planned for new neighbourhoods at East of Harry Stoke and Cribbs Patchway, along with the economic hub around the former Filton Airfield.

The proposed scheme also includes elements to encourage walking and cycling and improve the reliability of bus routes, including the M1 MetroBus.

It is anticipated that funding for the scheme will come from the West of England Combined Authority.

Subject to receiving funding, construction could commence in autumn 2019 and is expected to take one year to complete. A construction management plan will be prepared to minimise the impact of the works on local people and the environment.

Consultation on the proposals runs until 29th March 2019.

More: How to respond to the consultation »

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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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