Posts Tagged ‘Pilning’

Appeal for information about a man approaching schoolchildren

Posted on Friday 12th December 2014 at 4:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset Police.

Police in South Gloucestershire are appealing for information following three recent incidents of schoolchildren being asked by a man in a car if they wanted a lift.

It is important to stress that none of the children interacted with the suspect and the driver left the scene without committing a crime.

Police say they believe the three reports may be linked, but at this stage do not think they are connected with similar reports in North Bristol.

They happened on Wednesday 10th December at Redwick Road in Pilning at 7.30am, in Greenways Road in Yate at 12.45pm and in Thornbury Road, Thornbury at 4.15pm. In each case, a man in a small blue hatchback stopped and asked the children if he could give them a lift.

Avon and Somerset police say they are taking the reports seriously and have increased police patrols in those areas around school start and end times, and have been liaising with schools and other partner agencies.

Parents and children are asked to be aware, never to accept lifts with strangers, and to tell an adult or call police immediately should they be approached.

Anyone with information on these incidents should contact the police immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.


Rail assurances welcomed by campaigners

Posted on Monday 21st November 2011 at 9:13 am by SH (Editor)

Cllr Robert Griffin and Cllr Brian Allinson at Severn Beach Station

Rail campaigners in South Gloucestershire have welcomed assurances by the industry that local services will improve.

It follows concerns raised by South Gloucestershire Council’s transport chief about disruption that has been occurring on local rail services, particularly cancellations affecting passengers on key commuter services on the Severn Beach line and the Gloucester-Yate-Bristol Parkway-Bristol Temple Meads line.

On various occasions, there have been cancellations or curtailments to morning peak trains which have been attributed to shortage of crew, trains late from depot and train breakdowns.

On the Severn Beach Line, the main casualty has been the 07.18 from Severn Beach which has been either cancelled in entirety or curtailed to start at Avonmouth – stranding passengers at Severn Beach.

In addition, cancellations have also been occurring on other lines, including:

  • The 6:26am train from Bristol Parkway to Temple Meads and destinations beyond (this is the first train of the day in that direction from Bristol Parkway and used by passengers with onward connections at Temple Meads)
  • Local services on the Gloucester – Yate – Bristol Parkway – Bristol Temple Meads line
  • Local services on the Cardiff – Newport – Patchway – Bristol Temple Meads line

More: First Great Western chief gives assurances »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council


HGV driver’s short cut leads to prosecution

Posted on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at 8:46 am by SH (Editor)

A driver has been prosecuted for driving his 18 tonne heavy commercial vehicle through the 7.5 tonne environmental weight limit running through Easter Compton and Pilning in South Gloucestershire.

The driver, Craig Anthony Stokes of Gloucester pleaded guilty at North Avon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 29th March and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £150 plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Stokes was seen driving his vehicle through the weight restriction in Pilning, whilst en-route to Western Approach Distribution Park on Friday 17th September 2010 by an enforcement officer of South Gloucestershire Council trading standards who was in the area at the time.

Trading standards and licensing manager, Mark Pullin, said: “My officers, in partnership with the police, regularly conduct enforcement checks to ensure drivers of heavy commercial vehicles do not breach the weight limits in South Gloucestershire. Heavy goods vehicle drivers should comply with the weight limits imposed on roads and bridges, if they do not understand the requirements, they should refresh themselves with the Highway Code.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


MP wants M49 junction issue to be decided locally

Posted on Wednesday 15th December 2010 at 8:28 am by SH (Editor)

From the office of Jack Lopresti MP

Jack Lopresti MP has asked the Secretary of State for Transport to remove the barriers to transport decisions being made locally. Jack asked the Secretary of State whether “whether he will review the previous administration’s Circular on Planning the Strategic Road Network so that infrastructure changes that are desperately needed can be decided locally?” in a written Parliamentary Question.

Jack asked the question after Campaigners suffered a setback in achieving their goal of a new junction on the M49 junction in Severnside.

The Highways Agency (HA) lodged its objection to a new M49 junction – a commitment set out in South Gloucestershire Council’s draft Core Strategy as a way of managing future development in the Severnside area.

In its response to the council’s recent Core Strategy consultation – which started in March before the change of government – the HA stated that a new junction would be against its policy, which is a presumption against new accesses to motorways.

But the policy – set out in ‘Department for Transport Circular 02/2007’ – was issued in 2007 by the previous Labour government.

Now that the new government has taken power, campaigners are calling for a review of that policy.


Source: Jack Lopresti MP