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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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BradleyStokeConsultation

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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Residents urged to support town centre post office appeal by attending Council meeting

Posted on Monday 22nd October 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Post office at Bradley Pavillions, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Residents of Bradley Stoke who would like to see a post office open at the Willow Brook Centre are being urged to show their support at a Council meeting this week.

The Post Office’s South West Senior Stakeholder Manager, Laura Tarling, is due to address a meeting of the Town Council’s Planning Committee at the Jubilee Centre on Wednesday evening (24th October), starting at 7:30pm.

A public consultation carried out by the Council in 2011 demonstrated strong demand for a larger post office in the town, with a clear majority asking for this to be provided at the Willow Brook Centre.

Many respondents were critical of the limited facilities and long queuing times at the town’s only current post office within the Tesco Express store on Pear Tree Road.

Managers at Post Office Ltd have so far rejected calls for a larger post office in Bradley Stoke, saying they believe the present facility is adequate and claiming that an additional branch at the Willow Brook Centre would harm the viability of post offices in neighbouring areas.

Tesco has said it doesn’t wish to close the Pear Tree Road post office because it is “incredibly popular”. It says it would have no objection to the Post Office opening an additional branch at the Willow Brook Centre but claims there is no space to accommodate it within the Tesco Extra store there.

Ms Tarling agreed to address this week’s meeting after Councillors attending the Planning Committee meeting in July expressed disappointment at the latest negative response from the Post Office.

In an open letter to The Journal, Committee member Cllr Tom Aditya urges residents to attend Wednesday’s meeting in order to demonstrate the high level of community support for a larger post office.

Cllr Aditya writes:

“Commercial businesses, such as the Post Office, should respect the wishes of the community and work with the community. This is a community issue and the town needs the support of all its residents. Let us come together and make our appeal for a fully-fledged post office more meaningful.”

More: Read Cllr Aditya’s letter in full »

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Post Office still against opening in town centre

Posted on Friday 3rd August 2012 at 10:29 am by SH (Editor)

Post office at Bradley Pavillions, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

A  senior Post Office manager has reiterated the organisation’s stance that opening a branch at the Willow Brook Centre would affect the viability of other post offices in the area.

The news was revealed at last week’s meeting of the Town Council’s Planning Committee, where the content of a letter from Tony Jones, Post Office Regional Network Manager (Wales & the West), was discussed.

Mr Jones was responding to Cllr Ben Walker, who had written to the Post Office in January following its “disappointing” initial response to the results of a public consultation held by the Town Council from August to October 2011.

More than 90% of people responding to the consultation called for a larger post office in Bradley Stoke, with three-quarters expressing a preference for a post office to be provided at the Willow Brook Centre.

Currently, the town’s only post office is located in north Bradley Stoke, within the Tesco Express store at Bradley Pavilions, Pear Tree Road. Users of that facility have complained about its non-central location, insufficient range of services, long queuing times and poor car parking.

In the latest letter, the Post Office says it has looked in detail at the service provided at the Pear Tree Road post office and concluded that:

“whilst it is a busy and vibrant branch, the current number of counter positions is sufficient to meet their customer footfall.”

More: Post Office concedes that town centre "has potential to be popular location" »

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