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Residents’ pre-registration scheme to be introduced at Sort It sites

Posted on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 9:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Sort It! Centre

People living in South Gloucestershire will soon need to pre-register details of their residency and motor vehicles in order to use local authority Sort It waste disposal and recycling centres, such as the one in Station Road, Little Stoke.

Each resident will be able to register up to two vehicles per address, either online, over the phone or in person at one of the council’s One Stop Shops.

On entry to a Sort It site, vehicle registrations will be checked using automatic number plate registration (ANPR) technology and non-registered users will be asked to leave.

The cost-saving measure, which is intended to prevent people living outside South Gloucestershire using the sites, will be introduced from 1st April 2016, with residents being given at least a three month period to register prior to implementation of the checks.

The scheme is one of a number of options put out for public consultation last year and subsequently agreed by South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee at its recent meeting on 22nd July.

The committee also voted to reduce opening hours at all Sort It sites by opening half-an-hour later (at 8.30am) and closing at 4.30pm all year round, i.e. abandoning the current later summer closing time of 6.30pm, with effect from 1st October 2015.

One positive change to come out of the review is that the Little Stoke site will once again open on Wednesdays, with effect from 1st April 2016, in order to “manage new housing growth in the area prior to a new facility coming online in 2019/20”.

More: Permits and visit restrictions to be introduced for vans »

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Residents may have to pre-register before using Sort It sites

Posted on Friday 16th January 2015 at 12:18 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Sort It! Centre

Local residents may soon have to pre-register details of their residency and motor vehicles before being allowed entry to Sort It recycling centres in South Gloucestershire, such as the one in Station Road, Little Stoke.

The proposal is one of many cost-saving ideas put forward by officials at South Gloucestershire Council, in an attempt to deliver £36m of savings between now and 2020.

If approved by councillors following a period of public consultation that runs until 14th February, the scheme would require residents to provide proof of residency, as well as vehicle make, colour and registration number. On entering one of the sites, a vehicle’s registration number would be checked against the database and, if not registered, the driver would be asked to leave.

In justifying the pre-registration proposal, the consultation document states:

“The council provides Sort It centres so that our residents can dispose of their household waste, paid for through the council tax you pay. Unfortunately, we get a significant number of users from outside South Gloucestershire using the sites who do not contribute to the running costs of the service or pay for the disposal of their waste.”

“We estimate that a 5% reduction in the number of visitors using our sites could reduce our running costs by £75,000 per year.”

Other measures proposed in the consultation document include requiring owners of vans and other types of “business use” vehicles to apply for a permit, charging for the disposal of “non-household” items including plasterboard, hardcore and tyres and reducing opening days and hours.

Council officers believe that a total of up to £400k of savings could be made annually by ”varying the service provided” at its four Sort It centres (the others being in Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate).

The Little Stoke Sort It centre is already closed on one day a week (Wednesday), a measure introduced in 2011 when opening hours at the other three centres were extended by around 25%.

Further information about the consultation is available at, by emailing or by phoning the council on 01454 868000.

This article originally appeared in the January 2015 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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Coming soon: The Bradley Stoke Fashion Fayre

Posted on Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 3:10 pm by SH (Editor)

“Where fashion can be affordable without costing the earth”

Bradley Stoke Fashion Fayre

[Advertising Feature] South Gloucestershire residents interested in clothes, fashion and reinventing their wardrobe are encouraged to attend Bradley Stoke’s very first Fashion Fayre on Saturday 5th November.

The event will be held at The Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road in Bradley Stoke and will run from 10am until 3pm. It has been organised by SITA UK and South Gloucestershire Council’s SORT IT!* Team.

Sarah Ottaway, Waste Minimisation Manager, at SITA UK said:

“Regular catwalk shows will be showcasing an array of styles and inventive ways of making the most of your wardrobe, a range of charity shops and vintage retailers will be selling great clothes at prices to suit any budget and you could even breathe life into that old pair of jeans, by turning them into a new shoulder bag in one of our great workshops!”

The whole family can join in, by turning an old t-shirt into a work of art using the pedal powered painting machine, (please bring along a t-shirt to create your masterpiece). Then they can jump on a pedal powered sewing machine and make some fabulous bunting to decorate the event or their home (materials provided).

More: Charities and other groups supporting the Fashion Fayre »

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Little Stoke civic amenity site to begin closing on Wednesdays

Posted on Friday 29th July 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Sort It! Centre

The Sort It! civic amenity site in Station Road, Little Stoke, is to begin closing on Wednesdays when new operating times come into force on 1st August.

The news was buried in the footnotes of a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) press release titled “Improvements to Sort It! Centres” put out on Wednesday (26th July).

In common with other Sort It! sites in Mangotsfield, Yate and Thornbury, the Little Stoke site will benefit from extended opening hours between April and September, remaining open until 6:30pm, but whereas the other sites will continue to open seven days a week, Little Stoke will now be closed on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Over a whole year, the other three sites will see a 25% increase in opening hours but for Little Stoke the total yearly hours will remain more or less unchanged.

Council says Little Stoke mid-week closure will pay for longer hours at other sites

Challenged by The Journal over the seemingly geographically-biased decision, a SGC spokesperson said:

“The reason for closing a SORT IT!* Centre for one day is to help to pay for extended hours on all sites.”

“The reason why Stoke Gifford [Little Stoke] was chosen was that it is a small site, which already has a vehicle height restriction and trailer ban in place for health and safety reasons. Wednesday was also the obvious day to close the Stoke Gifford site as data analysis showed this to be the least busy day at this site.”

“When we met with the local members for Stoke Gifford earlier this year they agreed the extra hours more than compensated for the day closure.”

Read on to find out what Bradley Stoke Councillors think of the decision »

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