Friday, 20 April 2018

Concerns raised about experimental road closures

Tuesday's announcement of experimental road closures in the Kendleshire area has provoked a strong reaction from local residents and businesses.

The Experimental Traffic Order will close roads to motor vehicle through traffic on Bromley Heath Road at Moorend, access road at Bromley Heath Road near Bromley Drive, Bury Hill, Coalsack Lane, Cuckoo Lane and Ruffet Road from 30th April 2018.

Many of the closures have been in place during the Bromley Heath Viaduct work under a temporary Traffic Regulation Order, but those in Coalsack Lane and Ruffet Road are new. They would turn the cluster of houses at the Badminton Road end of Ruffet Road into a cul-de-sac, with their only route out being straight on to Badminton Road. You can see the details in this plan.

This is not what the residents requested at our meeting back in February They suggested that if any roads were to be closed, it should be the short section between the Coalsack Lane/The Hollows junction and Westerleigh Road. They felt this would stop rat running, while still allowing all parts of Henfield and Kendleshire to remain connected. Highways officials say the closures would improve safety at the notorious Kendleshire crossroads.

When the consultation started on Tuesday, Claire Young alerted the Kendleshire Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and a representative of the Golf Club. Since then she and residents have been lobbying officers to put this aspect of the proposals on hold so the concerns can be investigated. Claire has arranged a site meeting next week with highways officials for people who live in the roads and representatives of the Golf Club.

You can have your say on the council's consultation site.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Viaduct re-opening and A46 traffic lights going

The good news is that the council is planning to re-open the Bromley Heath Viaduct over the weekend of 27th April.

The bad news is that this coming weekend they will be removing the temporary traffic lights on the A46 near Tormarton, at the junction with the B4465 Westerleigh Road, which were installed to manage traffic diverted by the viaduct works. To carry out the removal there will be four-way lights in operation from 8am on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday.

Many local people believe these lights have made the junction safer. With the help of all of you that have shared your views with us, we've already convinced the council to start looking into a permanent solution. If it's to happen though we need to make sure this is a high priority for funding. If you would like to see permanent traffic lights installed and you haven't already signed our petition, please do it today.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Have your say on housing for older people

With life expectancy increasing and people from the post-war "baby boom" reaching old age, the number of older people in South Gloucestershire is increasing. To help them plan for older people's housing needs, the council are carrying out a survey.

You can find out more and complete the survey via the consultation web page. The survey will run until the 27th April.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Latest section of Yate Spur cycle path open

We are delighted that the latest section of the Yate Spur cycle path, from Westerleigh Road to Broad Lane, Westerleigh, is now open.

Temporary closure of North Road and Nibley Lane

These roads are expected to be closed for cleansing work to be carried out:
  • North Road,between Armstrong Way and the bridge over the River Frome, will be closed from 6.00am – 9.00am on 19th April 
  • Nibley Lane between Badminton Road and the Holly Hill junction is expected to be closed from 11.30am - 2.30pm on 20th April

Broadband delays

South Gloucestershire Council have informed us that work to install fibre to a number of cabinets/structures is currently on hold whilst they work with Openreach to identify solutions to problems including severely blocked ducting, land subsidence and wayleave issues.

The list of affected cabinets can be found here. We will update you once we have further information.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Good news on mud and rocks on Westerleigh Road

Good news for anyone driving on Westerleigh Road or walking along the pavements - the mud and stones are being cleared and tipping stopped until further notice.

Local people were horrified when tipping started at Beech Hill Farm three weeks ago, leaving the roads strewn with mud and debris. I raised it with the council's planning enforcement team and since then have been continuing to share residents' complaints with them and Street Care, the team that looks after our roads. I also wrote directly to Keyway, the firm carrying out the tipping.

When I spoke to the Head of Street Care yesterday he told me that Keyway had been told to get a sweeper and team of workers with shovels out that day to clear the roads, otherwise the council would do the job and charge them for it. Even by the time this picture was taken at lunchtime yesterday the situation was much improved and as you can see a sweeper was in action.

Now someone is out with a pressure washer hosing down the pavements and a sweeper is cleaning all the roads around and leading to the land fill. Keyway have confirmed to me that they have closed the tip until further notice.