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.