Monday, 15 July 2019

Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) athletics improvements open, astroturf project starting

Yate Town Council has announced that the refurbished and enhanced track and athletics facilities at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) are now open for business. Local athletes can resume use of the now greatly enhanced facilities.

Councillor Chris Willmore, Chair of the Project Steering Group commented:
"We are delighted that local athletes now have access to a completely upgraded facility that will last another 25 years, and give disabled athletes, Brimsham Green School pupils and athletes of all ages international quality facilities.”

The first community event to take place at YOSC on the track was the annual Relay for Life on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.

In August a Guinness World Record Attempt will be taking place at YOSC. The event will be held on the athletics track, with a relay of 105 people covering the marathon distance of 42,195m, combined with target sprint shooting.

This month sees the next big project at YOSC - Yate Town Council's AstroTurf refurbishment project. Yate Town Council has raised funds through Sport England, Ibstock & Entrust Communities and Suez Landfill Community Trust to replace the AstroTurf and to upgrade the current pitch to competitive standard. 

The works will take place during the summer holiday period and are due to be completed by the end of August 2019.

YOSC is a multisport site including an athletics track, grass pitches and a sand-based AstroTurf pitch adjacent to Brimsham School in North Yate.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Please vote for Kingsgate Park as UK's Best Park

Fields In Trust is the national group that champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy forever. Their annual UK's Best Park competition is now open for voting - you can see the parks and green spaces that have been nominated and cast your vote here.

Please consider voting for our lovely Kingsgate Park, which has something for everyone, or look for your other favourites. A vote for Kingsgate Park would be a lovely "Thank You" for all the Yate Town Council staff and the Friends of Kingsgate Park who work so hard to keep the park looking marvellous.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Kelston Close - consultation on waiting restrictions - revised plan

South Glos Council is consulting on replacing the existing unenforceable restrictions with a mixture of no waiting at any time (double yellow lines), no waiting during prescribed hours (single yellow lines) and no stopping on school entrance markings (yellow school zig zags)

Due to an administrative error South Glos uploaded the wrong plan. If you have already commented please look at the consultation and plan again. Any comments received on the incorrect plan - i.e. before 1 pm on 11 July - will be disregarded.

You can see the proposals and comment here. The closing date for comments has been put back to  31st July 2019.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

British Lung Foundation Support Group for people with breathing problems opens in Yate

The British Lung Foundation Support Group for people with breathing problems is now in Yate.

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month (unless like July when we have 5 Tuesdays in the month)

So the meetings this year are Tuesday 23rd July, 20th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November and 17th December in 2019.   The group meets in the Coffee Bar and lounge at the Armadillo. This venue is opposite Morrison’s which has good car parking, and also at the back of the sports centre which has ample parking too. Free refreshments are provided.

The support group is run by members, with speakers from the Sirona Team with to give advice or to answer your questions, they have the knowledge to help. It can be easy to feel you are on your own with your condition, but here you will find others who understand.

The group also has other guest speakers. So far they have had a visit from the Police to talk about how we can keep ourselves safe, and a wonderful man from Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve with ideas of places locally where we can go for a walk with ample parking facilities.

For further details please telephone Christine on 07973 637273 or 01454 882151.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Play Scheme at Abbotswood School during August

Four Towns Play Association will be running a free play scheme at Abbotswood School on Tuesdays and Thursdays during August - please see details below.

Monday, 1 July 2019

South Glos Waste Strategy consultation - change of emphasis

South Glos Council's proposed Resource and Waste Strategy is pivoting from the current emphasis on recycling - which has been very successful - to saving resources by reducing consumption. Examples are eliminating single-use items and reducing the amount of raw materials we all use.

There is a detailed strategy document and an online questionnaire, or you can download and print a paper version of the survey to post to South Glos or hand in at a local library or one stop shop. The consultation is open until Friday 27th September 2019.

There will be roadshows - our most local ones are:
02 July (Tuesday) at Waitrose, Chipping Sodbury between 10:00 - 18:00
28 August (Wednesday) at Yate Shopping Centre between 10:00 - 14:00

There will also be presentations at the coming Community Engagement Forums - the one for Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Dodington will be on Thursday 11 July at St Nicholas Church, Abbotswood, Yate BS37 4LG.

Consultation on weight limits for Sodbury and Dodington roads

There's a South Glos Council consultation aimed at stopping HGVs using the smaller roads as a short cut between Chipping Sodbury and the B4465/ M4 road network.  The idea is to to introduce an environmental 7.5T weight limit, with an exemption ‘Except for loading’ on the affected lanes and adjacent residential streets within the Dodington area.

You can see and comment on the proposals here - the consultation is open until Tuesday 16th July 2019. 

The full list of roads affected is:
  • Bowling Road
  • Catchpot Lane
  • Chapel Lane
  • Cherry Road
  • Chestnut Drive
  • Claypit Hill
  • Culverhill Road
  • Dodington Lane
  • Dodington Road
  • Downleaze Drive
  • Elm Close
  • Gibbs Lane
  • Grassington Drive
  • Gullivers Place
  • Highfield Road
  • Horseshoe Lane
  • Jobbins Close
  • Leaman Close
  • Lilliput Avenue
  • Lilliput Court
  • Love Lane
  • Meadow Road
  • Mill Lane
  • Old Parish Lane
  • River Road
  • Sodbury Lane
  • Sodbury Little Lane
  • Streamside Road
  • Virginia Close
  • Wistaria Avenue

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Making a new Universal Credit claim - help sessions available

Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire runs a Universal Credit support service for local residents in Yate and nearby. The sessions are every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon at the Citizens Advice office at Kennedy Way. Please find poster below for further information.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Wellesley School - Waiting Restriction Review

South Glos Council is proposing to replace the advisory keep clear markings and the advisory yellow zig zag markings around the roundabout with a no waiting at any time (double yellow lines) restriction, as well as replacing the remaining advisory yellow zig zags with a no waiting at specified days/times (single yellow lines) restriction.

The proposed days and times of operation for the no waiting at specified days/times (single yellow lines) restriction are Monday to Friday between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm until 4.30pm.

The consultation is open until 28 June.

You can find full details and respond to the proposal here.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Gipsy Patch Lane closure - suggestions for drivers and cyclists

If you regularly drive that way, you will know that Gipsy Patch Lane has been closed at the railway bridge for the last week. This busy commuter route will be closed for about another three weeks for BT to divert underground cables - this is just preparation for an eight month closure from early 2020 for the railway bridge to be replaced, ready for the Cribbs Patchway Metrobus extension to run under it.

During this first closure the footway will still be open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists to get through. There have however been complaints about cyclists still riding through, which is dangerous on this narrow path. So Cyclists, please get off your bikes and walk them through - it's only a few yards.

The signed diversion for motor vehicles is via Bradley Stoke Way and the A38, but that doesn't make sense if you're heading for Filton, Southmead etc. A better bet would be to take the road past Parkway Stattion to the MOD roundabout.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Temporary road closures - Kennedy Way and Westerleigh Road

There will be some temporary road closures on Sundays to put in the new puffin crossings near the B&Q roundabout:

Kennedy Way - a short distance both ways from roundabout towards the health centres - Sunday 9 June and Sunday 16 June

Westerleigh Road - a short distance both ways from roundabout towards the Shell garage - Sunday 4 August and Sunday 11 August

Monday, 27 May 2019

EU election - South Glos voting percentages

The percentage of voters for each party in South Gloucestershire were as follows:

Brexit Party 37%
Liberal Democrats 24%
Green Party 15%
Conservative 10%
Labour 7%
Change UK 3%
Others 1%

So Leave Parties (Brexit and UKIP) got 40%, but Remain Parties (Lib Dems, Green, Change UK) got 42%. Conservative, Labour and others got 18% between them.

Click here for South West regional results

EU election - South West regional results

The percentage of voters for each party in the South West and Gibraltar Region were as follows:

Brexit Party 37%
Liberal Democrats 23%
Green Party 18%
Conservative 9%
Labour 7%
Change UK 3%
Others 0%

Elected MEPs:
Brexit Party 3
Liberal Democrats 2
Green Party 1

So Leave Parties (Brexit and UKIP) got 40%, but Remain Parties (Lib Dems, Green, Change UK) got 44%. Conservative and Labour between them got 16%.

Click here for South Gloucestershire voting percentages

Friday, 24 May 2019

Beating the Bounds of Yate Common, Sunday 26 May

Beating the Bounds is an ancient custom that is practised on The Common in Yate. The Reverend, Town Mayor, Friends of the Common and local residents will walk the boundaries of The Common.
Traditionally, children are turned upside down at the corners to teach them the boundaries of their Common, which they should protect (nowadays sweets may be used as an incentive)

Beating the Bounds of Yate Common starts at 3pm from the St Briavels Drive entrance of Yate Common. The walk is suitable for pushchairs and takes about 60 - 90 minutes. 

If you would like to find out more about the custom, please follow this link

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Have YOU voted in today's EU election?

Have YOU voted yet in today's European Parliament election? You don't need identification, just go to your normal polling station and tell them your name and address.

If you have a postal vote but you haven't posted it, you can still fill it out and take it in to any polling station.

Polling stations are open until 10 pm this evening.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Dodington Parish Council election results May 2019

Not enough candidates put themselves forward for any of the three wards of Dodington Parish Council, so those that were nominated were elected without a vote.

The Parish Council will now make arrangements to fill the vacancies. If you think you might be interested please contact Dodington Parish Council to find out what is involved.

Dodington Parish Council, North East Ward (4 seats)
  • LIVERMORE Ian James Donovan - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • PARSONS Annette Maria Elizabeth - Independent ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • One vacancy

Dodington Parish Council, North West Ward (8 seats)
  • ADAMS Barry John - Liberal Democrat Focus Team ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • HARRIS Louise Anne - Liberal Democrat Focus Team ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • HULBERT Paul Aidan - Liberal Democrat Focus Team ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • LANE David - Independent ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • Three vacancies

Dodington Parish Council, South Ward (3 seats)
  • HOWARD Christine Mary - Independent ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • ZAPATA Christopher - Independent ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • One vacancy

Sodbury Town Council election results May 2019

Only one of the Sodbury Town Council wards had more candidates than seats. In the other two wards the candidates were elected without a vote.

Sodbury Town Council, Old Sodbury Ward (5 seats)
  • GIBSON Scott Kane - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • GILPIN Marian Joy - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • 2 vacancies

Sodbury Town, North East Ward (5 seats)
  • ALLEN Brenda Mary Osyth - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 419 ELECTED
  • BALL James Stanley - Conservative - 401 ELECTED
  • BOON Linda Ann - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 413 ELECTED
  • LEESE Susan - Conservative 330
  • ROMAINE Becky - Conservative 329
  • RUSH Adrian Samuel - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 406 ELECTED
  • SMITH Paddy - Conservative - 384 ELECTED
  • TUBBY Steve - Conservative- 337

Sodbury Town Council, South West Ward (5 seats)
  • DYER Gill - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • HAYS Christopher David - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • JEAL Dave - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED
  • LEWIS Matt - Conservative ELECTED UNOPPOSED

Yate Town Council election results May 2019

Yate Town, Central Ward (6 seats)
  • EARL Marie - Conservative - 499
  • EMMS John Keith - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1395 ELECTED
  • EVAN-JONES Suzan Angela - Conservative - 485
  • FORD John Paul - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1397 ELECTED
  • GAWN John Henry - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1434 ELECTED
  • KYBERT Andy - Independent - 258
  • LEWIS (Faulkner) Jo - Conservative - 511
  • MARSHALL Margaret Ann - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1404 ELECTED
  • MCNEILL Amy Michelle - Conservative - 511
  • MCNEILL Jason - Conservative - 453
  • MORGAN Aaron Paul - Conservative - 430
  • SERLE John Charles - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1368 ELECTED
  • THOYTS Penny - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1338 ELECTED

Yate Town, North Ward (9 seats)

  • BRENNAN Liz - Conservative - 1011
  • CHUBB Steve - Conservative - 866
  • DAVIS John Anthony - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1903 ELECTED
  • DREW Mike - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 2006 ELECTED
  • EMMS Sandra Elizabeth - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1870 ELECTED
  • EVAN-JONES David - Conservative - 820
  • LEWIS Matt - Conservative - 939
  • MONAGHAN Alan - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1745 ELECTED
  • NUTLAND Ben - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1918 ELECTED
  • PERKS Wully - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1852 ELECTED
  • PRICE (Winterburne) Jane - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1857 ELECTED
  • SNOW-HANKS Karen Mary - Conservative - 855
  • TOMASIN Karl Dominic - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1774 ELECTED
  • WARNER Barry Ian - Conservative Party Candidate - 799
  • WILLIAMS David Penry - Conservative Party Candidate - 825
  • WILLIAMS Sonia - Conservative - 908
  • WILLMORE Chris - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1877 ELECTED
  • WOODRUFF Steven Andrew - Conservative - 846

Yate Town, South Ward (2 seats)

  • DAVIS Tony - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 378 ELECTED
  • KIRBY Cheryl Anne - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 376 ELECTED
  • LIVERMORE Ian James Donovan - Conservative - 116
  • LIVERMORE Shirley Rosemary - Conservative - 108

South Gloucestershire Council election results May 2019

Local results for Yate, Dodington and Chipping Sodbury

    • CREER Rob - Conservative - 1527
    • JAHANS-PRICE Roger Frederick - Labour - 158
    • JAHANS-PRICE Ruth Mary - Labour - 183
    • ROMAINE Becky - Conservative - 1352
    • RUSH Adrian Samuel - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1556 ELECTED
    • TRULL Patricia Anne - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1539 ELECTED
    Note - one Lib Dem gain from Conservative

    DODINGTON (2 seats)

    • DAVIS Tony - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1522 - ELECTED
    • HARRIS Louise Anne - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1516 - ELECTED
    • LIVERMORE Ian James Donovan - Conservative - 649
    • SCHOFIELD Simon Peter - Conservative - 614
    YATE CENTRAL (2 seats)
    • DAVIS Ruth Brenda - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1398 - ELECTED
    • GAWN John Henry - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1345 - ELECTED
    • LANGLEY Kathleen - Labour - 157
    • LEWIS Jo - Conservative - 546
    • MCGRATH Michael Paul - Labour - 155
    • MCNEILL Amy Michelle - Conservative - 544
    YATE NORTH (3 seats)
    • BEASLEY Clare Fiona - Labour - 241
    • BRENNAN Liz - Conservative - 994
    • DAVIS John Anthony - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1788 - ELECTED
    • DREW Mike - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1898 - ELECTED
    • LEWIS Matt - Conservative - 937
    • LOMAS Robert John - Labour - 240
    • NUTLAND Ben - Liberal Democrat Focus Team - 1768 ELECTED
    • WILLIAMS Sonia - Conservative - 960

    Thursday, 11 April 2019

    North Yate - too many candidates, too little space!

    We had so much to tell you about on our latest leaflet for Yate Town Council's North Yate ward that we ran out of room!

    As we promised on the leaflet, here are all the contact details for your Yate North Focus Team.

    07894 449368

    01454 882356 / 07966 228864

    01454 314139

    01454 881251

    01454 527550

    01454 316485

    07972 3216135

    01454 313402

    01454 882356 / 07973 740290

    Friday, 22 March 2019

    Yate Women's Institute - come and join this new friendly group!

    The new Yate WI meets on the second Monday of each month at Poole Court at 7.30 pm. Just come along, or email to find out more.

    Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    Employment event at Abbotswood

    Do you live in Yate or surrounding areas? Looking for a job or training opportunities? Pop along to the St Nicholas Family Centre on 28th March. Meet potential employers and gain interview experience!

     Thirsday 28 March 1-3 pm at St Nicholas Family Centre.

    Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Two consultations on cycle lanes - Kennedy Road to Cotswold Road, and Rodford Way

    These consultations will be of interest to motorists who use these roads, not just cyclists.

    South Glos Council is consulting on two schemes to make local roads safer for cyclists. In both cases existing advisory cycles lanes (dotted) would be converted to mandatory cycle lanes (solid white lines).

    As well as making the cycle lanes more visible and therefore safer, motor vehicles will be prohibited from driving or parking in the cycle lanes - it's not illegal at the moment.

    Access to premises, parking bays and junctions along the route would be not be affected by this proposal.

    That's basically all that's proposed on the Rodford Way scheme - the consultation can be found here and it runs until 11th March. The new mandatory cycle lanes here will help enforce "No U Turn" restrictions because it should hopefully stop the dangerous manouvre by larger vehicles that sweep through the cycle lanes to turn round.

    There's a bit more to the Kennedy Road to Cotswold Road scheme, where only part of the length has cycle lanes at the moment. It will mean that there will be continuous cycle lanes both ways from the Normandy Drive pedestrian crossing to Smarts Green. The consultation can be found here and it runs until 15th March.

    Thursday, 17 January 2019

    Wednesday, 16 January 2019

    Shire Way roadworks overnight 4 to 9 Feb - road closures, lots of noise

    South Glos Council will be resurfacing two lengths of Shire Way between 8 pm and 6 am every night from 4th to 9th February. They will be planing off the surface first, so there is going to be quite a bit of noise.

    The parts to be resurfaced are coloured brown on this map - a length either side of the entrance to Woodchester, and the full Shire Way frontage of Maisemore and Cherington.

    The road will be closed each night for the work - South Glos say "We will make every effort to ensure that access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road, is kept available and the disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum. However, there may be periods of time when access to properties by vehicle will be unachievable, and for this, we apologise. Please note that adverse weather conditions or plant / delivery problems may affect these times and dates."

    They are also asking people not to park on these lengths of Shire Way, as any vehicle that's obstructing the work may need to be removed.

    Tuesday, 15 January 2019

    Community Engagement Forum for Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Dodington - 31st January

    The next Community Engagement Forum will be held on 31st January at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm.

    This is your chance to talk to local councillors, the police and other services. You can raise issues, get them looked into, and get answers about local problems.

    The meeting will include a presentation by the Alzheimer's Society.

    Monday, 14 January 2019

    Get fit, get walking!

    The January to June programme of South Glos Walking to Health walks has been published (click here for the walks programme)

    Where possible the walks start at places offering toilets, parking and somewhere to go afterwards for refreshments and a chat. All walks are free and are led by trained volunteers.

    You are welcome to bring dogs as long as they are kept on the lead. Occasionally in the programme they may ask people not to bring their dogs, for example, a nature trail, or if the walk takes in fields of cattle.

    Simply turn up – there is no need to book. All walks are free of charge, although they do ask for a small fee for refreshments.

    Please see the January to June 2019 Stepping Forward programme for longer, more demanding walks.

    If you prefer to do things independently, or you are unable to join one of the organised groupsgroups, you can click here for a range of promoted walking routes on the South Glos website

    If you're into local history you can also check out heritage walks and trails in South Gloucestershire 

    Saturday, 12 January 2019

    Free wellbeing sessions in Yate in January and February

    Southern Brooks Partnership will be running a range of new wellbeing sessions in Kingswood, Patchway, Staple Hill and Yate starting in January and February - click here for session details.

    All wellbeing sessions are free to attend for everyone. You can attend one class or as many as you like. Booking is required for all sessions (except drop-ins). Sessions are run as part of South Gloucestershire Wellbeing College.

    Not the course for you? See what else is on offer FOR FREE at

    Friday, 11 January 2019

    Developers' money to fund improvements at YOSC, Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club, Blakeney Mills

    It has been decided that almost £73,000 of developers' "Section 106" contributions paid to South Gloucestershire Council will be used for the following projects:
    • Yate Town Council – £23,114.89 capital and £11,649.97 revenue funding for pitch drainage improvements on the grass pitches at Yate Outdoor Sport Complex and to purchase grounds maintenance equipment. 
    • Chipping Sodbury Rugby Football Club - £23,114.89 capital and £11,649.97 revenue funding to upgrade existing showers and install heating in the Changing Rooms at The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury. 
    • Blakeney Mills Play Area (Housing association) - £1,687.50 capital and £1,774.39 revenue (revenue to be capitalised) for enhancements to Blakeney Mills Play Area.

    Thursday, 10 January 2019

    Wednesday, 9 January 2019

    Y2 late evening bus services extended

    First Bus have announced that from this week the Y2 (Bristol – Yate / Chipping Sodbury) Monday to Saturday late evening journeys that used to finish in Fishponds have been extended to Bristol City Centre, after feedback from staff and customers.

    Timetables are available here for the Y2, plus other amended services in Bristol.