Monday, 10 August 2020

Threat to footpath from Goose Green to Lancaster Road

Developers have come in with plans for 5 houses on Crowthers Farm, which will totally change this much loved green footpath. In order to get access they are planning to put in a new drive right down by the bollards, so vehicles will be using the whole path. And now, in a sudden change of plan they propose widening the tarmac into what is now the hedge along the south of the path. This is so refuse and other large vehicles can get onto the site and be able to turn. Their plan is that large vehicles will do a 3 point turn in the entrance, reversing along part of the footpath to do this. And to make room, some of the hedge will be converted into tarmac. The plan is a bit complicated, but if you look carefully, the heavy black lines show what will be tarmac, the blue line shows what S Glos highways own, and the red lines are the village green (which cannot be touched). S Glos Council are not consulting ANYONE, not even the people on Lancaster Rd backing onto it or the people who objected to the original application. That is a disgrace. Thanks to an eagle eyed resident, who spotted it and alerted us. You can see the proposals, and comment on them at:
( Then put in the application number P20/04569 Please can you share this with people you know who use the path or live nearby who might want to comment. (We delivered a Focus special to residents when the plans came in, but S Glos has not even gone back to people who put in comments……)

Saturday, 8 August 2020


Do you use the park or play area? We have managed to get a grant to do up the park/play area. A group of residents and councillors is now working on options. These will come out for consultation as soon as possible - meanwhile, we would love to hear your ideas, what would your children like? What must be kept? Or changed?Please email

Friday, 7 August 2020

Brimsham Pylons new date to remove - 2022

Remember the promise years ago to underground the pylons😃? When it did not happen, South Gloucestershire Council washed their hands of it and said there was nothing they could do.

But your councillors from the Focus Team did not give up.
Led by Yate Mayor Karl Tomasin, they started talking direct with Western Power and tracked down the person in charge of the issue. And have been in touch with them regularly ever since, even during lockdown.
Western Power have been working really hard to get a solution. This week, Western Power came back to them with the following news
“Just to confirm we are now looking to move forward with an underground solution from the customer site to Chipping Sodbury Substation* the works are not expected to be completed until sometime late 2022. I would expect there to be disruption to residents from early 2022 while the cable route is installed. Obviously these are only indicative timescales for now and the scheme is reliant on the customer funding the scheme.”
* Western Power’s name for our Brimsham substation. The ‘customer’ is Barretts.
A big thank you to the Western Power officer, who has worked so hard with our councillors to get to this stage. A pity S Glos Council wasn't willing to add its weight to the local work.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Chance to question the Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is inviting you to submit your questions on policing ahead of a Facebook Live chat with Chief Constable Andy Marsh Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) next week.

Please submit your questions by tweeting the PCC at @AandSPCC or by sending the PCC a Facebook message via her page. The Facebook Live session is at 2.30pm on Tuesday 11 August and will be available at the FB page and the PCC’s website.

Monday, 3 August 2020


Please will you help us by filling in our on line survey about COVID-19 and its impact on your family and our community. We are delivering 12,000 copies door to door to a sample of houses.
EVERYONE can help by filling in the short survey - on line (or on paper if one comes through your door) - at
Experts are telling us what we SHOULD be thinking, but this survey aims to find out what YOU think are the priorities and impacts round here - so we can press local councils and the MP to act on the things that are troubling YOU right now. This has been organised and funded entirely by volunteers - from the Lib Dem FOCUS team (as your councillors)
(Photo - Mike Drew with just one of the batches of survey forms going to deliverers today)

Friday, 31 July 2020


Here it is! After talking with users, the Focus Team have drawn up a draft vision document for the key primary network we need for people on bikes and mobility scooters / wheelchairs to get around town. The Town Council backed the plan this week - now it is for South Glos / WECA to decide what they can to do deliver it as they are the authority responsible.

There are lots of other things that need doing to fill gaps- this focuses on the 'strategic' network within Yate/Dodington - with exit points to connect to wider networks.
We would love to hear your comments, suggestions, gaps that need filling (we have a list, but if you can add to it that would be great).
At this stage this is not a formal document, it is an attempt to get South Glos and WECA to adopt a vision for the town. If we can get them to move, there will have to be all sorts of formal consultations before they can do anything on the ground.

Thursday, 30 July 2020


What do YOU think should be done to improve it? The Focus Team on Yate Town Council has managed to get funding to do it up - to replace the sculptures and sort out the bottom path. But what else needs doing? Yate Town Council has formed a working group with some other interested residents to work out what to do. Once that Working Group has proposals they will go out for consultation. But right now, we need everyone's ideas, however vague, however big or small. How would you improve Millside?