Posts Tagged ‘Yate’

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.


Government minister helps switch on superfast broadband in Yate

Posted on Thursday 19th December 2013 at 9:01 am by SH (Editor)

Superfast broadband switch-on in North Road, Yate.

To mark Super Switch-On Day on Wednesday 18th December, councillors from South Gloucestershire Council, representatives from Business West and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey were in Yate to celebrate the early arrival of superfast fibre broadband.

As part of the multi-million pound Great Western Broadband partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council and BT, the street cabinets which serve the North Road area of Yate and residential premises in rural Old Sodbury were selected to ‘go live’ on Super Switch-On Day.

The £35.6 million project, which is also funded by the UK Government’s Superfast Britain programme, is rolling out fibre broadband to more challenging areas that fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans. Super Switch-On Day is a national initiative which will see green fibre broadband cabinets in many parts of the country ‘going live’ simultaneously on Wednesday.

Around 45 businesses in South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from this latest announcement as the selected cabinets serve the Stover Road business park. A number of residential properties in Old Sodbury will also have the chance to take advantage of the new technology straightaway and more will have the opportunity once the roll-out is complete. By the end of March 2015, 94 per cent of premises in South Gloucestershire will have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above. Excellent progress has been made on the project so far.

Over the past week new fibre cabinets have arrived in Wick and Pucklechurch, the first communities to be announced in the roll out, and these will be ready to accept orders next spring. This will be followed by residential and business premises in Barrs Court and Warmley. In total, around 2,000 premises will benefit during this phase of the roll out with a further 3,000 premises able to order superfast broadband by June.

More: Launch of Superfast Business programme »


Jobs boost at Yate Shopping Centre

Posted on Monday 11th March 2013 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Yate Shopping Centre.

Over 100 new jobs are being created at Yate Shopping Centre with the opening of three new retail units in the next few months.

Within two weeks of the jobs being advertised on the Yate Shopping Centre website and Facebook page, there have been over 3,500 enquires.

During May and June, Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Sports Direct and Costa Coffee will be opening units in the new East Walk development – opposite the Tesco Extra store which opened in October 2011.

Commenting on the level of interest in the jobs, Centre Manager Andrew Lowrey said:

“We have had unprecedented interest in these jobs and the enquiries are still flooding in. There is certainly no lack of interest and it is very much an operator’s market with them being able to be very selective from a wide range of applicants of all ages and abilities.”

“The three new retail shops are due to be handed over to the operators later this month, when the operators will start their fitting-out. At the same time they will be looking to finalise the selection of staff and on-site training ready for the openings.”

“Over the last few months there have been up to 100 construction workers employed on site through the contractors ISG Pearce so the centre is certainly pulling its weight in helping to boost the local economy.”


Severn Beach station use up by half

Posted on Monday 9th January 2012 at 2:57 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives

Rail campaigners have welcomed new figures showing dramatic increases in the use of local train services, particularly from Severn Beach station

Figures published as part of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership’s (SCRP’s) 2011 Annual Report from the weekday passenger count carried out in November show that passenger numbers have increased from 135 to 201 – or by 49 per cent – at Severn Beach station between 2009 and 2011.

The same count found increases at other South Gloucestershire stations over the same 2 year period:

  • Filton Abbey Wood has seen a 12 per cent increase – from 3,102 to 3,461
  • Patchway has seen a 26 per cent increase – from 234 up to 295
  • Yate has seen a 5 per cent increase – from 931 up to 974

Cllr Robert Griffin (Con, Pilning & Severn Beach) said:

“The Severnside Community Rail Partnership does a tremendous amount of good work and this whopping 49 per cent in passenger numbers is testament to these marvellous efforts.”

“All we can do is encourage people to leave their cars at home and use public transport and it’s great to see this being done in ever increasing numbers on the Severn Beach line.”

“And there’s always more we can do to keep this trend heading in the right direction, particularly improving reliability.”

More: Council transport chief is "delighted" with figures »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council