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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

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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.

More: Letting agent: "initial levels of interest have been strong" »

Filton Airfield site to act as base for railway electrification project

Posted on Friday 8th July 2016 at 9:57 am by SH (Editor)

Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

Network Rail has announced that it is to set up a temporary compound on the Filton Airfield site, in support of its project to prepare the 130-year-old Patchway and Severn tunnels for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.

The compound, adjacent to the A38 Gloucester Road, will provide a parking area for the approximately 500 workers assigned to the project, who will work in shifts and travel by minibus to access the track at Patchway and Pilning stations. It will also provide a base for working on sections of new track before they are transported to the tunnels.

Around 30 management staff will be based at the compound and up to 200 workers will arrive and leave per shift (6am, 2pm and midnight).

Work on setting up the compound at Filton Airfield was expected to get under way as we went to press (late June), with the delivery of sleepers and rails commencing shortly after.

Workers and delivery lorries will access the site via the airfield main access gate, off the A38. Wherever possible, deliveries will be planned to avoid the start and end times of shifts at the nearby Rolls-Royce and Airbus sites.

Pre-assembled track panels will be transported from Filton Airfield to the railway access points in the evenings, after 8pm. Local residents are advised that temporary congestion may occur on Station Road in Little Stoke as HGVs travel to and from the Network Rail compound at Patchway Station.

The upgrades required to prepare both tunnels for electrification are extensive and will involve installing conductor beams to power the new fleet of electric trains to run underneath. To install this beam in the Severn tunnel, four tonnes of soot needs to be removed and extensive improvements made to the brick work.

In addition, to accommodate the electrification equipment, the track will be lowered in one of the Patchway tunnels and underneath the nearby Little Stoke Farm bridge (on Station Road, near the Sort It centre), to preserve its historical architecture.

The scale of this engineering challenge together with the type of machinery required to carry out the work means that a temporary closure of both tunnels is unavoidable. This temporary closure will take place over six weeks, from 12th September to 21st October 2016.

Throughout the work, train services to and from South Wales will still be running, but some journeys will take longer and on some routes replacement bus services will be in operation.

Ahead of the closure, passengers are advised to check before they travel through Great Western Railway or National Rail Enquiries.

For more information on railway closures, visit GWR.com/SevernTunnel2016

Photo: Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Filton children receive medals for completing Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Thursday 17th September 2015 at 1:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Summer Reading Challenge awards presentation at Filton Library.

Children from the Filton area have been rewarded with medals and certificates for successfully completing the Summer Reading Challenge 2015.

The chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Erica Williams, attended a ceremony at Filton Library to present the children with their awards. The group represented more than 6,700 children in South Gloucestershire who have taken part in this year’s event at libraries throughout the district.

Cllr Williams said:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic program which makes reading fun and improves children’s reading range, motivation and confidence and opportunities. This year, the Record Breakers themed challenge is all about achieving your personal best and taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge gives children a great start in achieving this goal. Congratulations to all the children who have completed the challenge this year.”

The Reading Agency charity’s annual Summer Reading Challenge encouraged children aged from four to 11-years-old and their families to read six books of their choice during the summer holidays. The challenge is free to enter and took place between 11th July and 12th September.

Some of the children taking part in the challenge commented:

“I thought it was really fun and it helped me to read more books.” – Jessica, 9, Filton

“I thought Record Breakers was a great chance for me to read books and have fun coming up [to] the library and borrowing books I haven’t read before.” – Starwynne, 11, Yate

More: More than 70 volunteers helped out with the challenge »

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