Friday, 19 August 2016

Ring Road closures this weekend postponed due to weather

The Gazette reports that the Ring Road closures this weekend are being postponed. Full details here

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Major resurfacing works on Ring Road

UPDATE 19/08/2016: The Gazette reports that the Ring Road closures this weekend are being postponed due to bad weather

The council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the A4174 Ring Road at Hambrook traffic lights / Bristol Road junction and between the Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts from Friday 19 August to Friday 9 September as part of the Challenge Fund road improvement project.

These roadworks will require the following closures:

  1. Full closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm on Friday 19 August to 6am on Monday 22 August and from Friday 2 September to 6am on Monday 5 September.
  2. Full overnight closure of the eastbound carriageway between Wick Wick and Lyde Green roundabouts between 8pm - 6am from 22 August to 1 September and from 7 to 9 September. This road will be fully open during the day and at weekends.
  3. Full overnight closure of the westbound carriageway at the Hambrook traffic lights from 8pm to 6am on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September. This road will be fully open during the day.
The work has been scheduled to take place when traffic flow is low, before the school and university terms start and avoiding the Bank Holiday. For further information on the project and diversion routes please visit If you have any queries email or call 01454 868000.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Nibley council offices - car park extension

Claire Young and Ruth Davis at
the potential Park and Ride site

Earlier this year, we reported that the Conservatives were considering closing the Kingswood Civic Centre and extending their Badminton Road office to accommodate a council chamber and extra staff.

They are now proposing to keep the council chamber at Kingswood but move the staff to Nibley, which still requires the car park to be extended.

Your Focus Team requested and received plans that demonstrate this will still leave room for the planned Park and Ride. This now needs to be bigger than originally planned due to all the new homes being built in Yate.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Vacancy for Parish Council grounds staff member (part time)

Would you be interested in joining the team at Dodington Parish Council on a Permanent Part Time basis, undertaking caretaking duties at Play Areas, Open Spaces and Parish Hall?

Details are available here and you can find out more about Dodington Parish Council from their website.

The closing date is 31st August.

Keen cyclist? Try the Saddleback Sodbury Sportive!

If you fancy a cycling challenge, why not enter the Saddleback Sodbury Sportive, now in its 5th year. 100 miles of riding and 1700 metres of ascent, with alternatives of 60 miles and 30 miles, all through stunning countryside. The event is now so well established that it was featured in a recent edition of Cycling Weekly.

The event takes place on Sunday 21 August - you can enter on the Sportive website here

The Sportive is organised by the Members and Friends of the Rotary club of Chipping Sodbury - last year participants raised more than £20,000 for charity.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Tell Claire - What issues matter to YOU?

As we reported recently, local councillor Claire Young is now the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate.

Of course she has already campaigned right across the constituency in a number of elections, but now she has launched a campaign "Tell Claire", asking local residents about their views on the most pressing local and national issues. Your views and opinions matter to us, as they help us to ensure we campaign for the things that YOU care about.

Please take a few moments to fill in Claire's survey here:

Please do also pass this link onto any friends and family members who might be interested.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Save Our Buses petition launched

The Liberal Democrat Focus Team has launched a petition to get South Glos to work with First Bus to save our bus services from the major cuts planned for early September.
  • If you live in Chipping Sodbury or northwards, you'll lose your direct link to Southmead Hospital and Parkway station.
  • If you use the Yate buses to get to Parkway, you'll only have half as many buses.
  • If you use the Yate buses to get to Southmead, although the hourly direct service will stay, you'll lose many of the quicker options that involve changing buses on the way - so the service is effectively halved.
  • If you travel to UWE's Frenchay Campus, you'll lose ALL your direct buses except at "school start and finish times".
Please join our campaign and sign our petition here.

You can see the full details of the changes on the South Glos Council website here - please comment on this post if there's another service change that affects you.