Posts Tagged ‘South Gloucestershire Council’

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.

More: Sort It centres and waste transfer would remain with SUEZ »

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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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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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Winterbourne Medieval Barn wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 1:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Winterbourne Medieval Barn.

South Gloucestershire Council, in partnership with Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help restore Winterbourne Medieval Barn.

Development funding of £165,000 has been awarded to help South Gloucestershire Council and the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) progress proposals to apply for further funding before December 2017. The total amount of grant funding applied for to support the project will be £1,045,000 (including this initial development funding).

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance and is Grade II* listed. Built in 1342, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360. After the accession of Edward III he became attached to the royal service, taking part in all of Edward’s military campaigns as well as frequently serving in parliament.

If the bid is successful, the funding would be used to restore, refurbish and find new uses for the 14th Century Court Farm Barn and associated outbuildings, ensuring its long-term sustainability in the heart of the local community. A heritage education centre would also be created to demonstrate the history of the barn and its architecture as well as information about the local area. Overall, the complex would provide flexible spaces for a variety of community, educational and commercial uses.

More: The barn is an outstanding example of a raised-cruck construction »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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