Posts Tagged ‘South Gloucestershire Council’

A new way for South Glos residents to improve their health and wellbeing

Posted on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 8:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Logo of One You South Gloucestershire.

People in South Gloucestershire have a new and easy first point of contact for improving their health and wellbeing, through One You South Gloucestershire.

The One You South Gloucestershire website provides up-to-date tips and apps to help individuals make simple changes to improve overall health and wellbeing including reducing alcohol intake and managing stress. There is also a quit smoking service, guidance on healthy eating and practical advice on how to work towards a healthy weight.

This service can be accessed online with a helpline open during office hours where a trained health advisor can help. Visit the website today at oneyou.southglos.gov.uk or call on 01454 865337.

Cabinet member for adult and public health, Cllr Ben Stokes, said:

“We have been offering many of these services for a few years, but this is the first time we have pulled them into a single resource allowing people to access information for themselves or speak to an adviser if they wish. We recognise that many health conditions are linked such as low physical activity and poor mental health, so by bringing these services together we can support our residents to make multiple and long lasting changes to improve their health.”

Dr Jonathan Evans, GP at the Leap Valley Surgery in South Gloucestershire, said:

“I would like people to know that the One You South Gloucestershire team is here to help them make better choices to improve their health. As a GP, I know from talking to my patients that they understand what unhealthy behaviour is, but it’s not always easy to make a change in our busy lives. One You South Gloucestershire can help with tips, tools and encouragement to help the population of South Gloucestershire to make healthy choices.”

“One You South Gloucestershire is not an alternative option to visiting a GP, but rather a service which helps people to play a part in managing their own health and wellbeing effectively and prevent any potential health conditions from occurring.”

More: One You is a free service for all adults over the age of 18 »

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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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