Posts Tagged ‘Almondsbury’

“Raid” on village’s transport funds put on hold

Posted on Sunday 11th November 2012 at 4:04 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Plans to “raid” a village’s transport funds to spend in another part of South Gloucestershire have been put on hold.

A report that went to last Monday’s (5th November) meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee meeting had recommended that £420,000 paid to the council by the developers of Hortham Village in Almondsbury parish should be spent on other transport schemes (specifically to cover an overspend on the Cheswick Bus Link in Stoke Gifford).

A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link.

But, following an appeal at the meeting from Almondsbury Conservative Councillor Sheila Cook, councillors on the committee agreed to put the decision on hold and for further information to be gathered.

Cllr Cook argued that a decision to divert Hortham Village’s transport funds was being made before a ‘bus priority corridor study’ had been completed into whether these funds are required to improve public transport infrastructure along the A38 between Hortham Village and the M5 motorway.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Cook (Con, Almondsbury) welcomed the committee’s decision:

“I welcome the committee’s decision to agree to put this decision on hold.”

“It beggars belief that raiding Hortham Village’s transport funding and spending it miles away in another part of the district was being seriously considered before the study has been completed on whether these funds should be spent to improve the A38 to benefit Hortham Village residents.”

She added:

“I look forward to the study being completed as soon as practically possible – £420,000 is a tremendous amount of money which has the potential to transform public transport infrastructure along the A38.”

Photo: A Wessex Red no. 19 bus passes along the newly-opened Cheswick Bus Link. [Photo: © Stoke Gifford Journal]

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council


Appeal after drain covers stolen

Posted on Thursday 14th April 2011 at 8:25 am by SH (Editor)

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after reports that thieves have stolen metal gully or drain covers from South Gloucestershire roads.

The Council’s highways department has reported ten covers going missing throughout March and April. It’s believed they are being stolen for their scrap metal value.

Gratings are known to have been taken from Whitfield near Wotton-under-Edge; Fernhill, Almondsbury; Tytherington Road, Thornbury and Passage Road, Aust.

Neighbourhood PC Roger Hopes said: “I would appeal for anyone with any information which could help our enquiries to contact Thornbury police station on 0845 456 7000 or call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

“Missing drain covers can be a serious hazard to road users, especially cyclists and motorbike riders. I would urge anyone who sees someone tampering with ironworks in the road to note any vehicle details and contact police immediately.”

PC Hopes added that thefts of roofing lead, copper piping and other metal are becoming more common across the country, and urged businesses and property owners to be vigilant.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police


MP holds surgery in village shop (Almondsbury)

Posted on Friday 1st October 2010 at 12:48 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP with Alun Evans

For the last few months Jack Lopresti MP has been holding constituency surgeries at different venues all over the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency.

On Friday 24th September, he held one at the Almondsbury Community Shop.

Mr Lopresti said:

“The Community Shop in Almondsbury is simply an inspiration.”

“The reward to villages in having a community shop reaches far beyond the produce they sell and the services they provide.”

“Communities which have a local shop gain an important meeting place. Community shops are vital social and economic hubs for their area.”


Police close M5 J16 northbound sliproad after serious collision (Almondsbury)

Posted on Wednesday 5th May 2010 at 1:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Police have closed the sliproad at junction 16 of the M5 (Northbound) after a serious road traffic collision.

Officers were called to the scene at 1.18pm today after a two vehicle collision involving a car and a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries and has been taken to Frenchay Hospital.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

The road will re-open as soon as possible.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police