Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Flooding on Greenways Road

We hope this might now be over. After years of problems with water  coming from the Quarry direction across the road towards Wiltshire Ave and Dorset Way  - new ditches have been put in to try to prevent water reaching the road.
The Local Flood Authority (South Glos Council)  have got the quarry to carry out investigations. They identified a lot of water ponds at the top of the hill following use of the dust suppression machines (something we and residents had been pointing out). They are now going to carry out dye tests to see whether the water at the top is the source of the problem. They are going to monitor the new ditch over a period, and compare that with the dust suppression system use as well to see if there is a link.  The aim is to find a more permanent solution.
Meanwhile, let us hope the new ditch helps. Thanks to the dogged residents and councillors who have fought to get action - and to the officers who are on the case.

The photo shows the problem on the right, at the start of the works.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Feel better in Feburary -

News of communnity events (text from Abbotswood Action)
Supporting Feel Good February, Take 5 4 U is coming to Abbotswood!

Every Friday in February, 10 - 11am take a little break from reality and let us look after you. Free refreshments and activities available at every session! Come and join in the fun or simply have a few minutes breathing space from the stresses of every day life.

7th - Healthy snacks and lunches. Pop in for some new recipe inspiration to liven up your lunchbox and take a tasty treat away with you to nibble on the way home.

14th - Self care. One of our volunteers is kindly offering hand massages to our guests. Sample some different scented oils to make the experience completely unique to you.

21st - Colour yourself calm. Access our range of colouring books for a few moments of relaxed creativity. We have books for children and adults as it's half term... Or join in with a group freestyle creation.

28th - Guided relaxation. We've nearly made it through the winter so join our volunteer in a guided relaxation session. Head home feeling refreshed and ready for spring.

Hosted by the community drop in service, St. Nicholas Family Centre, Chargrove.

As part of this  Abbotswood action are putting together a booklet of recipes for health lunches or snacwellbeingks. If you have any favourites you would be happy to share, please send them via the Abbotswood action Facebook page or email

Monday, 27 January 2020


Rodford Way to be Closed - for resurfacing

(Photo - members of the Focus Team on the Sundridge Park / Rodford Way corner, taken at the start of Jan as part of arguing for the massive potholes to be surfaced)

GOOD NEWS: Rodford Way from the Kelston Close junction to the Shire Way junction is going to be resurfaced - some of the potholes, particularly on the corners are huge, deep and dangerous, so this is long overdue.

But it means closing the road......

South Glos has made the closure orders. The order says it will close the road from 6 April for up to 18 months!! We've checked and they think it will only be for a fortnight, but haven't pinned down exact dates.  We asked them about residents  in Bredon, Glenfall Abbotswood and all the other roads and all the Abbotswood businesses. They have today confirmed that they are waiting for the outcome of some coring tests they have been doing to work out how deep the work will need to be - then they will know how long.

But that have promised that all residents and businesses whose only access is from the closed road will have their access at all times - though there might be some delays in getting access.  Watch out for signs giving you advance warning.

Roadworks warning Iron Acton bypass and Westerleigh

Roadworks in all directions:

1, Latteridge Road  Iron Acton  - the Latteridge bends. 3 - 18th Feb - this road will be closed from the junction with the B4058 Bristol Road to just past the railway crossing for major resurfacing. The closure will be in place from 8pm to 6am every night and a signed diversion will be in place. There will still be access for residents. 

2 Latteridge lights - 3 - 18 Feb  - the actual lights and the junction area will be resurfaced at some point during that fortnight. It will be closed for 2 nights to do the work. 

3 Westerleigh Road between Westerleigh and Pucklechurch - 17 - 21 Feb. In order to build a new island refuge outside the Crematorium, as part of a pedestrian improvement scheme, South Glos council is CLOSING the road (again, you recall a closure last year slightly further along). According to the Council the closure will only be in place on the stretch of road outside the crematorium, with access to properties  maintained.  Access to the crematorium will be from the Westerleigh end only. Details are at:


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Work starts on Abbotswood's new play area

Work has started on doing up the grass  and paved area at Abbotswood. Yate Town Council is doing the work  with money the Focus Team won. Here's the master plan, but what you finally see on site might be a bit different, as some changes are being agreed on site as works progress, eg to make sure there is still plenty of room for the Christmas Tree and  reindeer. We need to ensure these important December visitors have the space they need. If you have any comments about what is being done, or questions, contact Tony Davis - who is on the town council group who are organising the improvements and funding them.

Here's a photo of the work taken by Abbotswood Action Group through the fencing.....

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Church Road Potholes
Some good(ish) news. Drivers will have noticed the patch repairs done a year so ago now have their own potholes. South Glos hoped the patches would last until they could afford a complete resurface. No such luck. Officials have now promised the Focus Team they will do some more temporary patching - but have also found the money to do the full resurfacing it so desperately needs in 2020-21 financial year. They're trying to schedule it for the school holidays, as closing Church Rd in term time would be (even more than usually) chaotic! 

Monday, 20 January 2020

Happy to Chat?

New ' Happy to Chat' signs are springing up on benches around town. The first ones are at St Mary's Green and Kingsgate Park. Sit there if you are happy to chat to others. Done by Yate Town Council following an idea from the police to combat loneliness. If you know of a bench that should have a sign please tell the Focus Team.