Posts Tagged ‘Stoke Gifford’

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.


Employers welcome plans for new engineering college

Posted on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 at 10:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Local engineering companies are getting involved in shaping the curriculum of Bristol and South Gloucestershire’s new University Technical College (UTC), planned to open on a site in Stoke Gifford in September 2013.

UTCs are a new concept in education, offering 14-19 year-olds a course of full time study that is very technically orientated.

Employers are key to the success of UTCs and are involved in shaping the curriculum from the start through real-world projects as well as offering industry days and work experience. The BTE Academy is sponsored by Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN Aerospace and other local and regional employers are being encouraged to get involved. The education sponsors are the University of the West of England (UWE) and City of Bristol College.

The Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy, as the local UTC will be known, will be open to young people from across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset who are interested in a career in the engineering or environmental technology sectors.

Initially, the intake will be made up of up to 220 students from age 14 (key stage 4) and up to 120 from 16-19 (key stage 5) with people able to apply from September 2012. When fully operational the academy will have 33 full time equivalent staff and recruitment is currently underway for a Principal.

The planning application for the new UTC is currently being considered by officers at South Gloucestershire Council and a decision is expected to be made at a meeting of the council’s Planning Committee in August.

More: Academy will mirror the ethos and culture of employment »


Music Rules for special needs children in South Glos

Posted on Sunday 16th October 2011 at 10:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Music Rules OK event at Little Stoke Primary School, Stoke Gifford

Children attending special schools in South Gloucestershire and Bristol enjoyed a day of music-making thanks to South Gloucestershire Council’s Music and Arts Service and the support of the Bristol Aztec Rotary Club.

The ‘Music Rules OK’ event was held at Little Stoke Primary School on Thursday 6th October and brought together children aged 10-15 years old with a range of learning needs.

Students took part in activities included DJ mixing, Chinese dragon music, drumming, exploring the Apple Mac music software ‘GarageBand’ and moving and creating music with a ‘skoog’, a new type of instrument designed specifically for special needs music and music education.

South Gloucestershire Council teaching and learning adviser for music Christine Wright said:

“This was a very special day for students and staff. There is a great sense of camaraderie in making music and learning new skills. The whole place was abuzz with a cacophony of music and happy faces and the disco after lunch provided opportunities to sing and dance along to the latest pop music and recharge batteries for the afternoon session. We are very grateful to Rotary for sponsoring the workshops and the gift of a hat and balloon as a reminder of this wonderful day.”

The event was sponsored by Bristol Aztec Rotary Club, whose President Sue Bamber-Powell said:

“The Club is delighted to support this special music day. This is the fifth year we have sponsored the event and fundraising for it is our main activity for the year. It is a privilege to see and hear so many young people achieving so much musically in such a short time. For us music really rules OK!”

More: Local school students helped out at the event »


UTC bid progress welcomed by Conservatives

Posted on Friday 14th October 2011 at 11:44 am by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives

Labour councillors have been urged to get behind a local bid to build a new aerospace University Technical College (UTC) in South Gloucestershire, following a government announcement that it has passed the latest approval stage.

The call from the Council’s Conservative education chief, Cllr Sheila Cook, follows criticism from Labour councillors at council meetings that the UTC will just add to the number of surplus school places in the area.

But this is a short-term issue that will be resolved once the thousands of homes that already have planning permission in the surrounding area are fully built.

The focus of this UTC on an environmental and avionic engineering curriculum has been developed through extensive discussions and research with local engineering companies, particularly those located a short distance away from its proposed site next to Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford, such as Rolls Royce, Airbus and GKN.

Labour should stop undermining UTC bid says Tory Councillor »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council