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.

Council looks at bringing bin collections back in-house

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2019 at 6:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Black refuse bins are exchanged for smaller ones in Bradley Stoke.

South Gloucestershire Council is to consider a new approach to managing waste collections, which could lead to the service being brought back in-house in 2020.

Overall, the council spends more than £22 million a year to deliver all of its waste services, an amount which has come under the spotlight as the authority looks to cut overall annual spending by a further £19.4 million by 2021/22.

The council’s kerbside waste and recycling collections are currently provided by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK through a public finance initiative (PFI) contract, which is due to end in 2025. The council has worked in partnership with SUEZ since 2000 and over this time has improved its recycling rate from 6 percent in 2000 to nearly 60 percent in 2018; and reduced the proportion of waste sent to landfill from over 90 percent to less than 10 percent.

Proposals were outlined to the council’s Cabinet on Monday 4th February that would allow the council to reduce the annual cost of waste collections, without changing the services provided to residents. These potential savings, which are subject to ongoing negotiations with SUEZ regarding a variation to the PFI contract, would contribute towards targets set within the authority’s exacting Council Transformation and Savings Programme.

One option being considered by the council is to merge waste collections with its in-house StreetCare team. If this went ahead, it would see all waste collection vehicles and collection staff transfer to the council in 2020. Another option being considered is to retain the service with SUEZ, who have offered to work in partnership to deliver new opportunities, including exploring commercial and income opportunities.

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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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