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Victory for Chipping Sodbury Bus Campaign

by admin on 12 June, 2014

Local Liberal Democrat campaigners are celebrating after South Gloucestershire councillors voted to introduce a direct bus service from Chipping Sodbury to Southmead Hospital. The service is an extension of the 82 service that currently runs from Yate to Southmead. The extended route was approved by councillors yesterday after a motion was proposed by Lib Dem […]

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Extra computers for libraries

by Claire Young on 19 March, 2014

Local libraries will have extra computers thanks to the Lib Dems on South Gloucestershire Council. At this evening’s full council meeting, members approved a £67 million programme of capital spending. The Liberal Democrats proposed using £10k to buy additional computers for Yate, Patchway, Staple Hill, Cadbury Heath and Filton libraries. Liberal Democrat leader Ruth Davis […]

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A bus ride in the right direction

by admin on 26 February, 2014

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have cautiously welcomed the new Yate-Southmead bus service. The new service will mean seven day a week access from Yate to Southmead hospital. But it will not extend to Chipping Sodbury, and some passengers will need to change at Bristol Parkway station. Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Cllr Pat Hockey said: “The […]

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Council budget agreed

by admin on 20 February, 2014

“None of us went into local government to dismantle it”. That was the strong message from South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats at the council’s budget meeting. The council’s £190m budget was agreed unanimously. It included protections for the youth service, money devolved to Area Forums, and the continuation of free car parking in South Glos. “In […]

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Must Do Better

by admin on 22 January, 2014

South Gloucestershire secondary schools must do better – and they’ve been told how. An education commission called in by the Children & Young People committee has made a series of recommendations for how they can better serve young people. South Glos’ secondary schools underperform against national measures, and A-level pupils were recently ranked 119 in […]

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PCSOs safe in South Gloucestershire

by admin on 10 January, 2013

  AFTER Bristol Mayor George Furguson announced controversial plans to axe 32 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Bristol, police representatives confirmed that the posts remain secure in South Gloucestershire.  Challenged by Liberal Democrat Cllr Ruth Davis (Yate Central) at the Local Strategic Partnership meeting in Kingswood yesterday (9th January), the Avon & Somerset police rep […]

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Liberal Democrats demand answers on bus shelter Liberal Democrat Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council today (18th January) demanded to know why long-neglected Yate bus station still isn’t finished. The new shelter has been promised, and then delayed several times by the ruling Conservatives.  The most recent promise was that it would be completed by December […]

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Tormarton Deserves Better

by admin on 19 January, 2012

Tormarton deserves better South Gloucestershire Council and the Highways Authority will discuss the future use of the Tormarton rest area on the A46 on Wednesday (18th January 2012). The rest area is an important facility for both drivers on the A46, and long-distance hikers on the Cotswold Way.  The Highways Agency has proposed to remove […]

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Help young people into work and education

by Claire Young on 22 July, 2011

South Glos Lib Dems have won cross-party backing for action to give local young people better access to education and training. At Wednesday’s South Gloucestershire Council meeting, Oldland Common Councillor Jane Allinson called on the Council to work with the local universities and business to improve access to university, work and apprenticeships for young people […]

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Green energy fund to boost local economy

by Claire Young on 21 July, 2011

Environmental campaigners are calling for South Gloucestershire Council to set up a “revolving green energy fund” to use income generated from renewable energy installations to fund further green projects. Like householders, on top of the savings in fuel bills local authorities can earn money for any renewable energy they produce in the form of the […]

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