Friday, 16 November 2012

A good day for Independents

Congratulations to Sue Mountstevens on becoming the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset - a tough job, and the public are going to have high expectations of her.

Also congratulations to George Ferguson, the newly elected Mayor for Bristol. He will have some hard decisions to make in the next few weeks about budget cuts.

We wish them both well and hope that they will be able to work effectively with local communities for the good of the whole region.

Yate by-election result: Lib Dem Focus get more than 60 percent of vote

Margaret Marshall has been elected as the new councillor for the South East Ward of Yate Town Council, replacing the late Cllr Arthur Adams.

Margaret gained nearly two thirds of the vote. Full results were as follows:

Margaret Marshall (Lib Dem Focus) 386 votes (63.9%) ELECTED
Mike McGrath (Labour) 94 votes (15.6%)
Fred Watts (Conservative) 78 votes (12.9%)
Michael Dollin (Independent) 46 votes (7.6%)
Turnout: 19.1%

Result last time (May 2011): Lib Dem 74 % Con 26%
Lib Dems maintain 100% of Town Council seats.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Election day - double for some

Just a reminder that today is election day for the Police and Crime Commissioner post. 

Please support Pete Levy, Lib Dem Focus Team candidate for the new Commissioner role.
Pete Levy

If you live in the Yate South East ward, there's also a by-election for the vacancy on Yate Town Council. Please vote for Lib Dem Focus Team candidate Margaret Marshall. 

These elections are important - please use your vote!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

It's your town - make your voice heard!

If you have an opinion on what works and what could be improved in our town, Yate and Dodington Priority Neighbourhood Steering Group want to hear from you.
  • Does there need to be more for younger people to do?
  • What about more opportunities for improving employment prospects or health?
  • What one thing would make the biggest difference?
  • What works well now that there should be more of?
Drop in to Yate Library between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 4.00pm – 6.30pm on Thursday 15th November and have a quick chat with the team.

Free mince pie and hot drink – plus everyone who comes along to talk will get entered into a Merlin Housing Society sponsored draw to win a JD bug scooter or £100 of shopping vouchers .

If you can’t make it but want to be involved or get more information contact the team on 01454 864625 or email

An extra election for some parts of Yate

Margaret Marshall and Steve Webb campaigning
Margaret Marshall and
Steve Webb campaigning
at the weekend
If you live in the Yate South East ward, which stretches from Elswick Park to the Common, and from Yate Shops to just north of Abbotswood, you have an election for a vacancy on Yate Town Council caused by the sad death of Cllr Arthur Adams.

Lib Dem Focus Team candidate Margaret Marshall is a former town councillor - she stood down a while ago to look after her elderly mother, who has since passed away. Margaret is an experienced campaigner and a key member of the Focus Team.

Focus has a record of not only keeping but also improving our local services - look at imaginative projects like the Armadillo youth cafe, for example. Most recently the Common has been declared a Field in Trust so that it can never be built on.

If you live in this ward, please VOTE MARGARET MARSHALL on Thursday.

Monday, 12 November 2012

It's Police and Crime Commissioner election week!

Pete Levy is the Lib Dem
candidate for the Police and
Crime Commissioner role
The whole of our area has an election on Thursday for the new post of Police and Crime Commissioner.

The new Commissioner will cover the whole of the Avon and Somerset police area, so it's going to be an important job.

A lot of people are asking what the PCC will do, so here are a few key points:

What are the objectives for the new Commissioner?

The PCC is supposed to bring a public voice to policing and hold our police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective.

What will the PCC actually do?
  • engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans
  • ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most
  • appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.
So this is a key appointment. If we elect the wrong candidate, we could find our local police services cut drastically.

What are our choices?

Lib Dem candidate Pete Levy has served in both the civilian and military police and has been a member of the Police Authority for several years, so he's got lots of relevant experience. He has pledged to keep police services rather than cut them - you can read all about his proposals on his blog.

You get two votes, a first and a second preference, so naturally we suggest that you give Pete Levy your first preference vote.

There are three other choices - Conservative, Labour and Independent. You can read about the various candidates here - but there's one key difference between them. The Conservative candidate has a record of cutting funding for police services - in Somerset he chopped the council funding for PCSOs, the Police Community Support Officers who provide much of our local police front line. So please don't even give the Conservatives your second preference.


Friday, 9 November 2012

Water supply problems in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

Many properties in the area are suffering low water pressure or even have no water at all following a burst major water main near the B&Q roundabout in Yate.

Bristol Water have been switching supplies around to be people's water back on. They worked through the night to get the main repaired, but low pressure and interuptions of water supply may continue for a while until they get the system back to normal.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Could YOU help link Yate to the National Cycle Network?

Work is under way on the section of cycle path from Westerleigh to the M4 bridge (the part from Yate to Westerleigh will follow afterwards). Volunteers are needed to work one day a week to help prepare, lay and construct the dust path, assisting South Gloucestershire council's Streetcare team of contractors.

The work parties are every Sunday, with the next one being held this Sunday 11th November from 9am until 4pm. If you can't attend for the whole day, the volunteers would be very grateful for whatever time you can spare - be it just for a couple of hours or maybe a morning or afternoon shift. You would be made most welcome.

Thanks to those volunteers who have already given their time to the project and helped lay the first 150 yards of path. Phase 1, Pucklechurch Coxgrove Hill to the M4 bridge, was a great success and was enjoyed by all the volunteers who took part, and it's hoped to replicate this success for Phase 2.

Work includes spreading and laying path dust surface prior to rolling. Some rubbish clearance of the path is also needed.

It's moderately hard work, but fun and very rewarding. You will be helping to build a fantastic local community resource for the future.

If you would like to join this cheerful band of volunteers, please call Matt Skidmore on 07553 052183, or email him on for more details.

The rendezvous point for workers to meet in the morning is the level crossing next to the Network Rail depot off Westerleigh Road, via Murco Oil Depot entrance. For more detailed directions please contact Matt on the number above.

Work will be between the hours of 0900 until 1600hrs. You will be made most welcome and your services would be put to good use to further this exciting local project. Please wear sturdy workwear boots and old clothes/overalls.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Clearing leaf fall

From Monday 5th November, South Glos Council's Street Care team will be concentrating on clearing leaf fall rather than routine street sweeping. Initially this will be for a period of four weeks, but it depends on the weather. The mechanical footway sweepers will continue to sweep the town centres, but no other routine sweeping will be done. You can report areas with heavy accumulations of leaf fall by: