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Bus lane enforcement cameras go live in Patchway and Stoke Gifford

Posted on Monday 21st September 2015 at 12:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Bus lane enforcement camera signage at the junction of New Road and Brierly Furlong in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Two fixed bus lane enforcement cameras in South Gloucestershire are now in operation.

The bus lane enforcement cameras are located at Highwood Road in Patchway and at New Road/Brierly Furlong in Stoke Gifford. The cameras will address the abuse of bus lanes and bus gates by unauthorised traffic and will help ensure the reliability of local bus services.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the cameras have been installed in response to reports from both bus companies and members of the public that the bus lanes at these locations are being abused. Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be issued to anyone that infringes the bus lanes and will include a secure web link to a video showing the offence.

Chair of SGC’s Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:

“The council agreed its policy on bus lane enforcement cameras back in 2013. Since then, there have been a number of high profile cases nationally where bus lane enforcement has been criticised and we wanted to learn from those before switching on our cameras.”

“We are not trying to catch anyone out, we want the cameras to be easily visible and we have made an effort to ensure that signs and road markings are as clear as possible to motorists. Hopefully motorists will avoid penalties by not driving in the lanes reserved for buses.”

An SGC spokesperson added:

“Each potential infringement will be reviewed by a qualified officer and if any mitigating factors such as needing to pull over for an emergency vehicle are present, we wouldn’t issue the PCN.”

“The monitoring system uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition to identify unauthorised vehicles and generate penalty notices. As well as ensuring that bus journeys are not delayed, enforcement will also help remove unauthorised traffic that can delay emergency vehicles.”

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Photo: Bus lane enforcement camera signage at the junction of New Road and Brierly Furlong in Stoke Gifford.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council.


South Glos councillors pledge £1.1 million towards Filton aerospace heritage centre

Posted on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 6:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Concorde hangar at the proposed Bristol Aerospace Centre.

Ambitious plans for a new centre celebrating Filton’s aerospace heritage, and providing a permanent home for Concorde 216, have received a million-pound boost from South Gloucestershire councillors.

At a meeting of Full Council on 19th March, members pledged £1.1m to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust to help develop a new aerospace museum and learning centre on the site of Filton’s former airfield.

The centre will tell the story of the region’s world-class aerospace sector – past, present and future – and will house Concorde 216, which has been preserved at Filton since it made the last Concorde flight in 2003. A learning centre specialising in engineering, science and technology will also be provided on the site.

When complete, the centre will be a key part of Filton’s new Enterprise Area, a 120-acre employment location focused on the aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors and offering unique investment and job creation potential.

The £1.1m contribution was approved as part of the council’s Capital Programme for 2014/15 to 2016/17. It is anticipated that the majority of the council’s support will be funded from increased business rates generated by the development of the Filton site, using funding arrangements set out in the recent City Region Deal.

In a joint statement, South Gloucestershire Council leaders Cllrs John Calway (Conservative), Ruth Davis (Liberal Democrat) and Andy Perkins (Labour) said:

“We have long supported plans for a dedicated centre to celebrate Filton’s aerospace heritage and provide a permanent home for the much-loved Concorde 216.”

“The area is the birthplace of the UK’s aerospace industry and remains an internationally-renowned centre of aviation excellence, hosting giants such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN.”

“The centre will help to safeguard this distinguished heritage for generations to come while also acting as a focus for exciting new developments, such as the Enterprise Area, which will help to secure Filton’s continued success into the future.”

“We are delighted to have been able to approve this significant contribution, and especially pleased that it can be funded by reinvesting business rates generated in the new Filton Enterprise Area.”

More: News also welcomed by Chair of Bristol Aero Collection Trust »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


New parish councils proposed for South Glos

Posted on Friday 17th May 2013 at 5:25 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

Two new parish councils could be created in South Gloucestershire following the council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Wednesday (22nd May).

Councillors will be invited to approve recommendations to create a town council for Emersons Green and a parish council for Stoke Lodge and The Common.

The recommendations follow the council’s recent review of its community governance arrangements, which considered options to create, merge or alter parish boundaries to make sure they properly reflect the communities they serve.

Residents were consulted on a range of options, with consultation activities including public exhibitions and drop-in sessions at local libraries.

After considering responses, officers recommended the creation of a new town council area to include the new Emersons Green East development, and a new parish council for Stoke Lodge and The Common.

Also on the agenda in this meeting will be the election of a new Chair and Vice-Chair of Council for the coming year.

Their duties will include representing the council at civic functions, and chairing full council meetings.

The council AGM is open to the public and takes place in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood from 7pm.

Read more: Agenda and papers for the council meeting on 22nd May

Related link: Residents back move to split Stoke Lodge from Patchway

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


PCC consults on the Police and Crime Plan in South Glos

Posted on Friday 8th February 2013 at 9:41 am by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset PCC.

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens visited South Gloucestershire yesterday (Thursday 7th February) on her fourth day consulting on the area’s first Police and Crime Plan.

Residents were invited to visit the Commissioner in Patchway and Hanham to discuss their local policing priorities.

Ms Mountstevens spoke with many groups of people including students, a mother and toddler group as well as local residents in Coniston Community Centre and Hanham Library.

In the evening, Ms Mountstevens visited Hanham Youth Club where she gathered young people’s views on South Gloucestershire’s first Police and Crime Plan.

Ms Mountstevens said:

“As the first police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset, I want to make sure I listen to and hear from as many people as possible.”

“There has never been a Police & Crime Plan for the six policing areas of Avon and Somerset before and it is vital that the residents of South Gloucestershire have a say in their areas Plan. I need to know what is important to people so it becomes our Police and Crime Plan and together with local communities, the police and partners we are tackling the things that matter to you.”

While out on the road, Ms Mountstevens is also asking for people to tweet their policing priorities at #ourplan.

To take part in the online consultation for the plan, visit:

Police and Crime Plan Consultation 13-14

Printed survey forms can be picked up from local libraries; alternatively, call 01275 816377.

The consultation closes on Friday 22nd February.

Source: Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner