Friday, 19 January 2018

Carillion collapse has effects close to home

The Carillion site at Westerleigh Road near Chedworth

The collapse of the massive company Carillion is having an effect on a wide range of local facilities and projects. These range from services they run at Southmead Hospital for North Bristol NHS Trust to local construction projects like the Carillion site at Westerleigh Road, Yate near Chedworth - the project to stabilise the bankment on the railway line that runs from Bristol Parkway north towards Yate and Gloucester.

All of the hospital facilities are open as normal and patient appointments are not affected, but the effect on the target date for the rail embankment works is not yet known.

As far as we know the electrification of the main GWR line is not affected, as this is being run by another main contractor.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Defective tumble dryers - is yours one of them?

There's a lot of publicity at the moment saying that a million people may still have tumble dryers that are fire risks. More than 100 Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, Proline and Swan tumble dryer models (all brands owned by Whirlpool) made between April 2004 and October 2015 could pose a fire risk.

But how do you tell whether yours is one of them? There's an easy way:
If you are affected, the Which? page tells you what you need to do.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Roll out of smaller black bins starts

Back in July 2016, we reported that the Conservative council would be cutting the black bin sizes from 240 litres to 140 litres. The roll out of the new smaller bins starts next Monday and will take around three months to complete.

 This is what will happen on the day yours changes:
  • Your black bin will be emptied into the usual lorry.
  • A crew following behind will remove the wheels and stack the old bins at the roadside in groups of ten. The stacks will be placed on their sides without blocking pavements, driveways or footpaths. 
  • Later the same day, another vehicle will remove the old bins - most parts of the bin will be recycled. 
  • Another crew will follow the round in the other direction, delivering new bins, so depending on where you are in the round you may get your new bin delivered before the old one is taken away.
Throughout this process your collection day will stay the same. You can find out more about recycling on the South Glos website. If you can't find the help you need online, call 01454 868000.

You may also find our recent blog post on nappy and incontinence waste useful.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Have your say on Climate Change Strategy

Climate Change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. South Glos Council is currently consulting on its draft Climate Change Strategy for 2018 - 2023. You can find out more and have your say at www.southglos.gov.uk/climate18 until 12th March.
There are several ways you can respond:

  • Take part in the online survey
  • Download and print a paper copy of the survey and send to Freepost  RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Climate Change Strategy, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL BS37 5AF
  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01454868154

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New Year's resolution - walk more? Local routes and useful resources

We're told that even a 10 minute brisk walk each day can improve health - there are physical, mental and health benefits. South Glos Council has compiled a useful page of walking links, including short local walks, longer walks and group walks you can join.

Friday, 29 December 2017

New Community Learning courses starting January

South Glos Council has announced these Community Learning courses in Yate:.

Please contact Peggy Ralph
Tel : 01454 864507  Mobile: 07860181351
Email : community.learning@southglos.gov.uk

Subject Venue Day From To Time Weeks
FS English Armadillo
Centre Yate
Wed Jan 17th June 27th 1- 3pm 20
FS English Poole Court Yate Wed Jan 17th June 27th 6.30-8.30 pm 20
FS Maths Yate Library Thu Jan 18th June 14th 10-12 noon 20
FS Maths Yate Library Tue Jan 9th June 19th 7-9 pm 20
Introduction to business skills Yate Library Tue 23rd Jan 17th April 10-12 noon 10
Level 1 Office administration Yate Library Thu 24th April July 3rd 6-9pm 10
Sewing for the soul Yate Library Wed Jan 10th Feb 7th 9.30-11.30am 5
ESOL for Work


Costa Coffee shop
Yate Shopping centre
Thu Jan 25th April 19th 7-9pm 10
IT for Work Yate Library Wednesday Jan 17th March 21st 12.30-2.30pm 10

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Nappy and incontinence waste collections

With the coming change to the smaller black bins, many local residents are worried about disposing of children's nappies and incontinence waste.

Most household waste can be recycled, but if you have a young child or children in disposable nappies, the black bin can fill up quickly. To help families to manage nappy waste South Glos provide a nappy bag collection service.

The one-use purple bags can be put out next to your black bin on collection day, leaving more space for normal non-recyclable household waste inside the bin. Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/nappies for more information. Bags left next to the bin containing normal household waste will not be collected.

We asked South Glos how to dispose of other incontinence waste, and they replied:

"For older children and adults with incontinence we recommend they apply for the extra capacity bin service.  Incontinence waste is usually non-infectious medical waste and therefore can go in with the black bin waste.  This service is free of charge if the need is due to a medical nature"

"If a household is approved then appropriate extra space would be given to help them manage their non-recyclable waste as well as incontinence waste.  This may mean they are approved to keep the bin they have now, or they may be allocated extra space"

Households can email the Waste Management Team on waste.management@southglos.gov.uk or phone 01454 868000 to request the form to apply for the service. There is also a useful web page for households who may need extra help