This indpendent website, founded in 2009, aims to bring you a comprehensive round up of stories sourced from the police, local Councils and community groups within the district of South Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom.

New leader, chair and vice-chair elected at AGM

Posted on Saturday 16th June 2018 at 6:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Toby Savage.

Cllr Toby Savage was elected as the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council at its annual general meeting (AGM) on 16th May 2018.

His election to the role follows Cllr Matthew Riddle’s decision not to stand for re-election as leader of the Conservative group (the largest political group on the council).

Commenting on his appointment, Cllr Savage said Cllr Riddle would be a hard act to follow, adding:

“It’s a great honour to be elected as council leader and I am looking forward to leading the authority through the challenges which lie ahead. I’d also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Matthew’s leadership over these past few years and thank him for the dedication and commitment he has shown in carrying out this role.”

Cllr Riddle will continue to serve as a councillor for South Gloucestershire Council, representing Severn ward.

The AGM also saw the election of the council’s new chair and vice-chair for the coming year.

Cllr Rachael Hunt was elected to serve achair and named two charities she will be supporting during the year, including domestic abuse charity Next Link and volunteer ‘blood bike’ group Freewheelers EVS. Cllr Brian Allinson was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Outgoing chair Cllr Ian Blair raised just over £1,630, which will be split between his two chosen charities Borderlands and Off the Record.

Other key appointments saw Cllr Jon Hunt elected as deputy leader of the council, Cllr Rob Creer appointed as Cabinet member for corporate resources (replacing Cllr John Goddard) and Cllr Paul Hughes appointed as Cabinet member for communities and tourism (replacing Cllr Heather Goddard).

Cllrs John and Heather Goddard will continue to serve as councillors for South Gloucestershire Council, representing Hanham ward.

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Weekend closure of A4174 Ring Road to remove contraflow on Bromley Heath Viaduct

Posted on Friday 20th April 2018 at 4:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of repair work being carried out at the Bromley Heath Viaduct.

The contraflow on the Bromley Heath Viaduct will be removed over the weekend beginning Friday 27th April.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says that in order to carry out this work safely, it is necessary to undertake a full closure of a section of the A4174 Ring Road in both directions from the Wick Wick roundabout to the Hambrook traffic lights.

The closure will take effect from 8pm on Friday 27th April and will remain in place until 6am on Monday 30th April, when both carriageways over the viaduct will reopen.

Diversion routes will be signed and details of these will also be added to the Bromley Heath Viaduct webpage.

All traffic signal movements on the A4174 will be reverted to their original settings from before the viaduct work started and all Ring Road lane movements will be reinstated over the course of the weekend. This includes the 2+ lanes and all lane changes at the Hambrook lights.

Cllr Colin Hunt, SGC Cabinet member for transport, said:

“We’re pleased that this major engineering project is coming to an end and that the viaduct has been made fit for the future and now features a greatly improved shared footpath for cyclists and pedestrians.”

“To safely remove the contraflow we need to fully close the ring road over the weekend of 27 April and we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this closure. Whilst this section of the A4174 ring road is closed to traffic, we will also be taking the opportunity to carry out some additional maintenance work in the area, including work to the northern viaduct, drainage works, and resurfacing.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout this essential maintenance and improvement work.”

See also: Bromley Heath Viaduct page on Facebook

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Winterbourne’s Tim Bowles is new Metro Mayor

Posted on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 12:01 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tim Bowles.

The new Mayor of the West of England, Winterbourne resident Tim Bowles (Conservative), was officially sworn into office at the Engine Shed, Bristol on Monday 8th May.

The event followed the mayoral election on Thursday 4th May in which Mr Bowles polled 27.3 percent of first preference votes, increasing to 35.7 percent after second preference choices were taken into consideration. Labour candidate Lesley Mansell finished second with 33.5 percent support after the second count. Turnout at the election was 29.7 percent.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Bowles said he was proud to be elected as the very first West of England Mayor:

“This is an exciting time for our region as the West of England Combined Authority takes on new powers, funding and responsibilities from central Government.”

“This means that as a region we can be much more ambitious – we can make decisions here in the West of England about things that affect our residents every day – decisions about homes, transport, skills for jobs and how we support business to ensure our economy continues to grow.”

He said he would work collaboratively and constructively with his colleagues in the Combined Authority: Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, and Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council.

More: New mayor wants to work closely with North Somerset Council »

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Anger at lack of consultation on West of England devolution deal

Posted on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at 1:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Logo of South Gloucestershire Council.

The ruling Conservative group on South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has come under fire from opposition parties for planning to make a critical decision on whether or not to accept the Government’s proposed devolution deal for the West of England – which is conditional on the creation of a directly-elected Metro Mayor – without carrying out a formal public consultation.

The devolution deal has been proposed between the Government and the four local authorities in the West of England – Bristol City, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils – and promises investment of more than £1 billion over a 30 year period.

Now that a deal has been negotiated with Government, the four authorities must decide whether or not they wish to accept it. These decisions will be taken by councillors in each area at council meetings in June. In South Gloucestershire, this meeting will take place on Wednesday 29th June.

Before those meetings, SGC is providing an opportunity for the public to find out more about the deal and to have their say via a dedicated webpage at www.southglos.gov.uk/devolution

However, Liberal Democrats in South Gloucestershire are unhappy with the low profile, informal consultation that has been launched ahead of the decision. Their leader, Cllr Ruth Davis, said:

“This is an incredible offer coming our way, and we need the public to be engaged. We could have launched a proper consultation when this was announced in the budget. We don’t have time for that anymore, but at least we can publicise it better, and make sure it’s linked to from the consultation website where people are normally asked for their views.”

Similarly, the Labour group has criticised the Tories for making what they describe as a “U-turn” on cross-party calls for an indicative referendum on the devolution deal, speculating that they might have been “leant upon” not to cause waves. Their leader, Cllr Pat Rooney, said:

“Tory councillors and the Tory Government have joined forces to block local people from having a direct say on the devolution deal, and that is a huge disappointment.”

More: "The deal on offer is among the best negotiated across the country"

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