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Village Hotel donates 1,000 employee hours to youth work charity

Posted on Monday 10th June 2019 at 11:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Village Hotel Club Bristol employees on the water with Young Bristol leaders near Pooles Wharf. Photo of staff from Village Hotel Club Bristol helping out at the Young Bristol youth work charity.

The area’s newest hotel, Village Hotel Club Bristol, has appointed youth club charity Young Bristol as its official charity partner for 2019.

The partnership will see the hotel donate 1,000 hours of employee time throughout the year to support the charity’s campaigns through fundraising and assisting with the charity’s numerous activities for young people in the city.

The Young Bristol charity partnership is part of the hotel chain’s new volunteering initiative, Village Green.

Launched in September 2018, the Village Green initiative is a national commitment being made by Village Hotel Clubs across the country to become a welcoming community hub, with the chain offering to donate 30,000 hours to local projects across their 30 hotel sites each year.

The team at Village Hotel Club Bristol will assist with the charity’s youth clubs and help run activities including climbing, abseiling, archery, bushcraft, caving and orienteering, as well as running courses held at Young Bristol’s water-based activity centre at Pooles Wharf on Bristol’s harbourside.

In addition to the volunteered time, the charity will be able to use the hotel’s high-tech facilities, including the state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, event suite and business club, V Works. Using the hotel’s extensive meeting spaces, hotel staff will host talks and workshops regarding careers in the hospitality industry to inspire young people.

Young Bristol’s youth clubs have been a prominent and often life-changing place for thousands of children in Bristol since 1928. Generations have been helped by the charity, which has 15 clubs around the city. The charity provides a city-wide programme of activities and training schemes, supporting over 7,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Replacement Sort It centre will be at Filton Viridor site

Posted on Saturday 11th May 2019 at 9:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Viridor waste processing plant in Filton.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it is to build a new £6.5 million Sort It centre and waste management complex at a site off North Way in Filton.

The new facility, which should be operational from 2023, will improve recycling services for residents and increase capacity to manage household waste from the growing communities in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood, which includes Charlton Hayes and planned new developments on the former Filton Airfield.

Back in 2016, the council disclosed that it was in talks to acquire land on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site (now known as Horizon 38) to use as the site of a new waste facility for the North Fringe. However, a recent report to Cabinet revealed that this plan had now been dropped and permission was sought, and duly granted, to instead purchase the Viridor waste processing plant on the nearby North Bristol Park industrial estate, which is also home to the NHS Blood and Transplant facility and a Safestore self-storage warehouse.

Initially, Viridor will continue to operate from the site, but after they vacate in 2021, the council will demolish the existing facilities and deliver:

  • A new transfer station – where collection vehicles can drop off waste collected from households
  • A new Sort It centre – to serve residents who currently use the Little Stoke site; providing an improved facility as well as meeting the needs of expanding local communities
  • A depot for waste vehicles – allowing collection trucks to be based closer to the areas they serve, reducing traffic movements and their impact on local roads and the environment

The council says it will also explore the option of a ‘reuse shop’, whereby certain unwanted but serviceable items can be safety tested by its staff and made available for sale second-hand.

Once the new facility is complete, to modern standards similar to the recently redeveloped and improved Sort It centres at Mangotsfield and Yate, the existing Little Stoke Sort It centre will be closed.

More: Council has a target of recycling 60 percent of waste »

Community Engagement Forum to discuss local issues in Filton and Patchway

Posted on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 11:26 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Community Engagement Forums.

The next Community Engagement Forum (CEF) for Filton and Patchway takes places at 7pm this evening, Wednesday 20th September, at the Pavilion in Elm Park, Filton.

Community Engagement Forums, previously known as Safer and Stronger Community Groups are about listening and responding to local people’s real issues. People in their communities know best what works for them and what their real needs are.

Items on the agenda for today’s meeting include a presentation on the Aerospace Bristol museum (due to open soon on the former Filton Airfield site), plus updates on South Gloucestershire Council’s emergency planning and the Patchway Community Plan.

Representatives from Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire & Rescue are also expected to be in attendance to provide updates.

Items from previous meetings that may be discussed again include the possible use  of white advisory lines in Patchway (in particular Durban Road), Speedwatch signs (“to be erected in the very near future”) and a request that police “increase their vigilance in Elm Park”.

More info: Agenda for the CEF meeting on Wednesday 20th September

Building under way at former East Works site

Posted on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of the proposed Horizon38 industrial/distribution and commercial development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site in north Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed the completion of ground works and the formal start of unit construction at Horizon 38, a major new mixed use development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

Buckingham Group have been appointed contractors on the development and moved onto site to begin work on the first phase of building works. It is expected that in this first phase of development a range of new industrial and distribution units will be ready and available for occupation by as early as July next year. They form part of a new 1 million sq ft mixed use development offering opportunities for industrial, warehousing, trade, office, hotel and car showroom development.

Speaking about the announcement, Gareth Williams, Development Director at St Francis Group, said:

“This is an exciting phase of development. With the entire site now cleared and levelled you can clearly see the scale of development proposed at Horizon 38. It is the first major employment scheme to come out of the ground in north Bristol for 20 years.”

“We’ve engaged with the local business community and look forward to working with them to satisfy their requirements for high quality new industrial and distribution accommodation and to welcoming new businesses into the area. For a long time, local occupiers have struggled with little or no available stock. That’s all about to change now with the development at Horizon 38”.

The development of 580,000 sq ft of industrial employment space is being built in four phases and funded by the BP Pension Fund. Horizon 38 will consist of 27 units, with the first delivery of completed logistics and manufacturing space coming on stream in the summer of 2017 with later phases completed in 2018.

In addition to the industrial and distribution opportunities available, a 25-acre commercial park is being developed fronting onto the A38 anchored by a Village Urban Resorts hotel together with a range of car showrooms, self-storage and other trade counter users.

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