Saturday, 23 January 2021

South Glos lagging behind on electric car charging points

South Gloucestershire Council is lagging behind its neighbours on delivery of electric vehicle charging points. That’s...

Posted by South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats on Monday, 18 January 2021

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

South Glos Liberal Democrats welcome declaration of Ecological Emergency

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have welcomed the statement by the authority’s majority Conservative group, following pressure from the Opposition Liberal Democrats, that the Council has declared a formal Ecological Emergency.

South Gloucestershire’s neighbouring West of England local authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol declared Ecological Emergencies earlier in 2020, however Conservative-controlled South Gloucestershire had, until tonight, made no formal statement on the subject.

Following the submission of a motion to tonight’s full council by the Liberal Democrat Group calling for the declaration of an Ecological Emergency, the Conservative group gave notice to the opposition groups of their intention to move an amendment including the phrase: “this council notes that a formal Ecological Emergency has been declared”.

Following this acknowledgement that South Gloucestershire Council has already declared an Ecological Emergency, and the statement by the Leader of the Council during the discussion on Climate Emergency Update Report, that tackling the Ecological Emergency had been fully integrated into tackling the Climate Emergency the Liberal Democrat Group decided it was no longer necessary to move the motion at Council.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Adrian Rush, who had been due to move the Liberal Democrat motion, said:

“I welcome the administration’s acknowledgement that, through it’s work on the Climate Emergency, this Council has already declared an Ecological Emergency.

“Declaring an Ecological Emergency is an important step forward. The administration now needs to demonstrate that it takes the Ecological Emergency, which it has acknowledged, seriously.”

Friday, 18 December 2020

Council gives unanimous support to Liberal Democrat motion on tackling stalkers and domestic abusers


Gloucestershire councillors have unanimously supported a motion proposed by the opposition Liberal Democrat Group on tackling stalkers and domestic abusers.

The motion, proposed by Yate North councillor Ben Nutland, highlighted the scale of the scourge that is domestic abuse across the country – with evidence having shown that domestic abuse has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Proposing the motion, Councillor Nutland said:

“On average a woman is killed by a man every three days in this country.

“One in four women in this country will suffer domestic violence in their lifetime.  One in four.

“Three-quarters of violence against women happens in a place where a woman should feel safest – her own home.

“I think colleagues on all sides will agree with me that these are truly shocking statistics.

“By passing this motion tonight we send out a clear signal for those who suffer in silence, that they can speak out and receive the help they need. We can change the narrative from ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ to ‘Why doesn’t he just stop?’.

“Domestic abuse is everyone’s problem and the solution must be too.”

Seconding the motion, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Yate Central, Ruth Davis said:

“It’s about stopping the perpetrators not stigmatising the victims.

“We’ve got to get this right, if anything the most important things are the cultural shift, that we prioritise stopping perpetrators and asking them why they do it and including the details of stalkers and domestic abusers on the Violent and Sexual Offenders Register.”

By passing Councillor Nutland’s motion, the Council gave it’s support to:

  • The proactive identification, assessment and management, by the police and probation service, of domestic abusers.
  • A cultural shift, whereby greater emphasis is given to identifying and stopping the perpetrators of domestic abuse.
  • The details of stalkers and domestic abusers being included in the Violent and Sexual Offenders Register.

The Chief Executive of the Council will now write to the Home Secretary and the Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner setting out the Council’s position and asking her to take action.


Thursday, 17 December 2020

CONSULTATION ON 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT FOR HERON WAY, CHIPPING SODBURY

 

South Glos Council is consulting on a proposal to change Heron Way from a 40 mph limit to 30 mph. It's always been a bit of an oddball, as a single carriageway 40 mph road in the middle of the Birds housing estate.

We've seen a few near misses ourselves, particularly for example with vehicles speeding down the hill to the roundabout just when families and children are crossing the road after school closing time, when traffic coming from Scott Way is also heavier.

You can see the full details and comment officially to South Glos Council on this link:
https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/.../consultationHome
 
Feel free to comment below, but please remember that your opinions ONLY count if they are sent officially to South Glos.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

FIGHTING FOR HALF HOURLY TRAINS


The new train timetable from Sunday 13th Dec is a real missed opportunity. 

 You can find details at: https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times. Annoyingly, they are running slow trains from Glos to Bristol every half hour, but only alternate trains stop at Yate!! 

The Malvern line B3  from Malvern to Bristol stops at Yate.

The Weymouth B10 line from Gloucestershire to Weymouth does not show the train stopping at Yate. It says it will stop at places like Thornford and Upway, but not Yate. But actually it will because it is really the B3, but some of them will go on to Weymouth.

Confused?

We have been campaigning for half hourly trains for a long time, and the local MP SAYS he backs the campaign. And WECA and South Glos say THEY back it, but say it is going to cost a lot of money as they need to make technical changes. WECA are spending a fortune on feasibility studies.

We have immediately got Yate Town Council to approach GWR to suggest they sort this out, and once again pushing for the half hourly service we need. 

Stephen Williams, who has been helping us with this campaign commented " Yate  desperately needs the half hourly service, and instead of years more promises that it is ‘being investigated’ we need action.”

Friday, 11 December 2020

BOOK MY BUS RIDE



The book my bus ride scheme is about to go live on the Y1. so you can now book a ride on the Y1 on Monday - Friday. This means you are sure there is space for you on the bus and the bus will not be overcrowded. (You don't get a specific seat, you get a promise you will be able to find space on the bus safely)
You can book a slot on line at www.bookmybusride.com
We were worried that those who most need the certainty may not use computers, so they have agreed to trial a dedicated phone and book service on 07866 977586, Monday to Friday from 09.00-17.00 (excluding Public Holidays). Confirmation of all phone bookings will be sent in the post and First recommends making phone bookings seven days in advance of your journey to allow time for this delivery.
If you know of people who might find this service helpful, do please tell them about the phone and online service.
Mayor, Karl Tomasin said " We are really pleased with this as it will mean people can phone or go on line to book a seat - and people have been telling us they are put off trying to use a bus because worried that the bus may be over full. This reassures them they have a space booked and will be empty enough to meet social distancing rules” (photo taken before COVID)