Filton projects could benefit from Area Forum decisions

South Gloucestershire Council.

A meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Southern Brooks Area Forum tomorrow evening (Tuesday 4th) could see money allocated for a number of highway maintenance projects in Filton.

The same meeting will see several local community organisations pitching for a share of capital grant funding allocated to the Forum’s area – which extends across Bradley Stoke, Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, Winterbourne, Frenchay and Stoke Park.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting to have their say and ask questions of the Councillors and officials present. It takes place at Patchway Community College, Hempton Lane, Patchway, starting at 7pm.

The Forum has been given £60,000 to spend on highway maintenance and three roads in Filton stand a chance of being selected for resurfacing: Boverton Road, Gloucester Road North and Stanley Crescent.

The Filton roads rank 6th, 8th and 9th in a list of eleven that have been prioritised according to condition reports, mechanical survey data, road safety data and social impact information (including the number of complaints received).

In each case it proposed that a replacement surface course of dense bitumen macadam (DBM) be used to repair the road. The total estimated cost of carrying out repairs to all eleven roads listed amounts to £89,900, so Councillors will be asked to chose a subset that is within the available budget.

Local organisations hoping to receive capital grants from the Forum include the Pyramid Youth Club (£3,000 for the replacement of electric night storage heaters) and the 2nd Filton Guides and Filton Rangers (£1,700 for camping equipment).

The Forum has £30,032 to allocate to community projects in its area and has received 14 applications totalling £32,699, so the chances of success look promising, although Councillors are not obliged to use the whole of the budget and can choose to carry some forward to next year.

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 4th September (SGC)

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  1. It turns out that for 2012/2013, there is a much-reduced amount of £10,000 to be allocated for Highways Maintenance (mentioned on the agenda top sheet but NOT quantified in the detailed report).

  2. Filton had more luck in the capital grant applications: Pyramid Youth Club and the 2nd Filton Guides were both given the amounts they had asked for.

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