Monday, 8 February 2016

Waste and recycling consultation - have your say

South Glos Council is currently consulting about their draft waste management strategy. The key points about this for most householders would be:
  • Replacing the 240 litre black bins with smaller 140 litre bins, still only collected every two weeks - the theory is that if people have smaller bins they will recycle more and send less to landfill
  • Having fewer different kinds of recycling containers, and using boxes rather than bags, but with recycling collections every week
  • Stopping collecting engine oil, car batteries and household batteries
There are no proposals to bring back free green waste collections - the Tories can't afford what they promised at the election.

And they haven't done the business case yet to work out how much all this will cost or save. Why are they consulting without working out the costs? It doesn't make sense.

You can have your say on the draft waste management strategy here - the consultation is open until 15 February.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Fly tipper prosecuted

A man has been ordered to pay £1,240 in fines and costs after admitting fly tipping waste in Besom Lane, Westerleigh.

The man from Staple Hill  appeared before North Avon Magistrates’ Court and was fined £400 with costs of £800 and a £40 victim surcharge.

The court heard that a Yate resident had been in contact with Burnell who agreed to remove some cardboard and packaging waste for the resident for £40. The waste was subsequently found dumped in a lay-by on Besom Lane. Burnell had claimed that he was driving along Besom Lane a few days after collecting the waste, when he saw some litter, including a mattress, dumped in a lay-by on the side of the road. He admitted dumping the Yate residents’ waste there as well.

If you have unwanted goods and household or garden waste, you are advised either to dispose of it at no cost via the council's Sort It centres or to give it to an Environment Agency registered waste carrier. Otherwise you could be held liable if waste is subsequently fly tipped. There are some simple steps you can take:

  • Ask for a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate and ask where the waste is being taken. Legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information.
  • Please do not be tempted to use people offering cheap waste clearance on sites such as Facebook and Gumtree unless you have confirmed that they are registered with the Environment Agency. You can check by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or by checking the public register of waste carriers
  • Ask for a registered trading address and contact telephone number for the trader and get a receipt.
If you see illegal fly tipping, please report it using this online form or by contacting the Street Care helpdesk on 01454 868000 or

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Park and Fail


Residents of South Gloucestershire have been shocked to learn that Highways England have no idea about long standing hopes for more sustainable parking at the Tormarton motorway Junction.

Highways England closed the Picnic /Parking Site last year without any consultation, resulting in more cars dangerously parked on the nearby verges.   Sue Hope (Liberal Democrat, Cotswold Edge ward) has been fighting for years to get a formal Park and Share site at this busy junction.  This would be of vital strategic importance to the area, and dramatically reduce congestion on local roads.  It is included in the West of England Joint Transport Plan.

Sue said: “I was shocked when a Highways England Officer told me they had no idea about the vision for a Park and Share site on the A46, nor did anyone on her  staff.

“We desperately need better communication between agencies. I can’t believe what’s going on. Instead of opening it up, and improving local transport, they’ve simply closed the location. People are now parking illegally on the grass verges – because there’s nowhere else for them to go! I can’t believe they could be so short sighted, or so ignorant of what we want for the area. They’ve acted without so much as a by your leave, or any thought amongst themselves.

“We need a proper joined up approach, with a formal Park and Share site. This area could really help improve local transport, and it needs to be properly run.”

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

DANGER - Ice likely on Rodford Way tonight

We've just seen a Wessex Water van releasing large amounts of water onto Rodford Way eastbound near the Sundridge Park / Shire Way junction.

If it freezes tonight it could become very dangerous.

We don't know whether they have been doing the same anywhere else in the area. Take care!

75 years since bombing of Parnall’s Aircraft Factory in Yate

It's now been 75 years since the bombing of the Parnall’s Aircraft Factory in Yate.

Yate Town Council is organising an event in conjunction with Whirlpool Appliances Ltd, (formally Indesit Company) who now occupy the site and works formerly known as Parnalls, and Yate Heritage Centre to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Parnall Aircraft.

If you are a survivor or the family member of a survivor of the bombing and would like to be involved in this event, or if you have memories or things you would like to share, please contact Yate Town Council. Email or telephone 01454 866506 or pop in and see them at Poole Court in Yate.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Changes to Eighties bus services

South Glos Council is consulting on an option to change the 84 and 86 bus service to provide a more frequent and reliable service.
  • The 84 would operate an hourly circular route in an anti-clockwise direction (Wotton – Charfield – Cromhall – Wickwar – Chipping Sodbury – Yate – Chipping Sodbury – Horton – Hawkesbury Upton – Hillesley – Alderley – Wotton)
  • There would be a new 85 service operating an hourly circular route as above but in a clockwise direction.
  • The 86 service would operate between Yate and Longwell Green, going via Coalpit Heath, Greenacres Park, Kingswood and New Cheltenham on an hourly basis (currently 2 hourly). School journeys will still be provided, although times may alter slightly.
The changes mean that people to the North of Yate wanting to travel to Emersons Green, Mangotsfield, or Kingswood would need to change at Yate bus Station.

You can have your say here before 11th February.

Monday, 18 January 2016

South Glos funding cut more than expected

We were already expecting that South Glos Council would have to make significant cuts in the coming year but the news from the Conservative government was even worse than had been planned for. The council will be getting less money than expected from the Government to provide services.

The council can now charge a levy of up to 2% towards rising social care costs, on top of the up to 1.99% council tax rise allowed without a referendum. Even if council tax did go up by 3.99% including the social care levy, there is likely to be a shortfall in 2018/19 of around £6m and in 2019/20 of £8m - which would require even more cuts on top of the £34m already planned for.

Due to these and other changes since the council's budget consultation was launched, the deadline for comments has been extended until 31st January. You can find out more and have your say here.