Tuesday, 2 June 2020

WINNER FOR AGEING BETTER Logo Competition




Congratulations to Lola Beal aged 9 - the winner of the competition to design a logo for Yate Ageing Better Competition. Her prize is a session in the Armadillo cinema room with her friends and family once it reopens. She designed tree of life topped with interconnecting circles, reflected the objectives of the YAB project in bringing our community together as well as illustrating how life for all of us in an ageing community can be very fulfilling with many overlapping life experiences and activities.
Councillor John Gawn Chair of the YAB Committee commented:
All the designs were very good. We had some trouble choosing the one we felt best suited for the group.
Lola said My mum told me about the competition, and I got to work on it straight away as I wanted to be a part of this community based competition and with lockdown in place I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to do. I based my idea on the tree that had been recently sculpted as it shows that no matter how old you are there is still dreams and goals that can be achieved by looking at the positives and anything can be turned into something beautiful with help and support from others. As a community we always look out for each other. Lola Beal
Lola’s mother, Donna Ford, added ‘Oh wow I have just told her and she is so pleased, in fact she was jumping around her bedroom’.

Monday, 1 June 2020

PATH ACROSS YOSC CLOSED




Wessex are laying the new main sewer/drainage for the Ladden Garden Development across the YOSC sports pitches and Brimsham Green School pitches in the next few weeks. So the public footpath will be closed. Work is due to start on Mon 1 June. Here is the diversion.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

SMALL BUSINESS / ORGANISATION CASH


A new local emergency fund for Small Business has been launched. You can apply for a grant of up to £5000 through the 'Discretionary Fund for Small Businesses'. Deadline is 8th June to apply.
The fund will prioritise businesses in shared spaces (such as units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment), regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and Bed and Breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.
Other examples of the type businesses that could be eligible include:
• Independent businesses – those that are not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent
• Community organisations – those not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent
• Childcare Nurseries – those with a rateable value over £15,000 who will not have received business support grants to date, or that are not eligible for Small Business Rate Grants due to payment to a landlord of all-inclusive rent.
Applications are open until 8 June with eligible businesses expected to demonstrate a significant drop in income because of the coronavirus pandemic restriction measures.

For further information on eligibility, criteria, grant amounts and any other questions, please read the Discretionary Grants Fund FAQs www.southglos.gov.uk/discretionaryfund

Saturday, 30 May 2020



South Glos has published a big set of proposals for new parking restrictions around the centre of Yate. Here is the total package. Have they got it right? What is missing?
The S Glos deadline for comment is 15th June.
Please note, that to comment officially, you need to do it by post, OR go to the website and look for ' Yate Various roads' then register with S Glos and then you can add your comments. Bureaucratic (don't blame us) but it really is important your comments count. If you can't get their official site to work properly, then the Focus Team and we will sort it out. .
You can see the whole package at southglos.gov.uk/consultations

Friday, 29 May 2020

STANSHAWES CRES PARKING BAN PROPOSALS


South Glos has published a big set of proposals for new parking restrictions around the centre of Yate. Here are the proposals for Stanshawes Cres / Kennedy Way - we have been delivering a special Focus to alert residents  but please will you share with people you known who might be affected , so they can comment. The S Glos deadline for comment is 15th June.
Please note, that to comment officially, rather than emailing Joshua direct, you need to do it by post, OR go to the website and look for ' Yate Various roads' then register with S Glos and then you can add your comments. Bureaucratic (don't blame us) but it really is important your comments count. If you can't get their official site to work properly, then email Joshua and he will pass it on.
We will be publishing the rest of the proposals on this site in separate posts in the next few days - you can see the whole package at southglos.gov.uk/consultations

Thursday, 28 May 2020

LIBRARY EXTENDS ON LINE SERVICE

You can now access thousands of local and national newspapers free-of-charge through a new online library resources.
It covers the majority of national and local papers in addition to a range of international titles from across the world.
During the coronavirus pandemic there has been a surge of new members joining online - up 638 per cent since lockdown began.
In response to the demand, the Council has increased and expanded our online resources and are delighted to have received a grant of £1,000 from the Arts Council England to extend the service for a period of twelve months.
You can also get ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines and eComics.

Anyone who isn’t yet a member of a South Gloucestershire library can join online at www.librarieswest.org.uk and will be issued with a temporary membership to access online resources.

Mortgage payment holiday extended

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage because of Covid-19 will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months, or start making reduced payments, in proposals published 22 May.

The availability of a three-month mortgage holiday was first announced in March as part of a package of support for individuals, businesses and the economy. Over 1.8 million mortgage payment holidays were taken up, and the first of these will be coming to an end in June.
You can read the full government announcement here.
The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which you can read here.