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South Gloucestershire Council has backed a motion, proposed by Lib Dems Pat Hockey and Alan Lawrance, calling upon the Government to reconsider recent changes to planning rules that make it easier for developments to go ahead without local residents having a say.   Councillor Pat Hockey (Frampton Cotterell) said “I’m extremely pleased that we were […]

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Campaigners call for cycle path to be finished

by southgloslibdems on 12 December, 2014

On Wednesday Lib Dem Councillor for Westerleigh Claire Young delivered a petition to a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council as part of an ongoing campaign for the completion of the ‘Yate Spur’ cycle path. The petition has so far been signed by over 300 residents from Yate, Westerleigh, and further afield. Claire said: “This petition […]

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South Gloucestershire’s Council has voted to allow the closure of the Grange School and Sports College in Kingswood, in order to make way for a new Studio School specialising in hi-tech engineering and creative media skills. The Grange has been in special measures since 2013. The decision to replace it with a studio school has […]

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A Labour Party proposal to put two schools on the same site would risk South Gloucestershire missing out on millions of pounds of central government school funding, the Chair of the Council’s Children & Young People Committee has warned.  Committee Chair, Ian Blair, said: “The Labour amendment introduced at yesterday’s meeting sought to keep the […]

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“Let’s get Yate Moving!” campaign launched

by southgloslibdems on 28 November, 2014

A campaign for a full transport strategy for Yate and the surrounding area has been launched by Steve Webb MP and local Liberal Democrat councillors.   The campaign comes as thousands more houses are set to be built in and around Yate over the coming years, on top of hundreds already built in the last few […]

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Call for road safety action around Manor School

by southgloslibdems on 12 November, 2014

Lib Dem Councillor for Westerleigh ward, Claire Young, has today called upon South Gloucestershire Council to take action on speeding and dangerous parking around the Manor C of E Primary School in Coalpit Heath. Claire said, “Poor parking and speeding on the roads around the school are a real concern for both parents and local […]

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Thornbury Community Composting saved thanks to Lib Dem proposal

by southgloslibdems on 6 November, 2014

A valued community composting site in Thornbury has been saved thanks to Lib Dem councillors at a meeting of South Gloucestershire’s Communities Committee. A report by Council officers had recommended that the site be axed but the committee instead backed a motion, proposed and seconded by Lib Dem Councillors Shirley Holloway and Tony Davis, which […]

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Liberal Democrat Councillors will propose saving the Community Composting site at Thornbury at a meeting of South Gloucestershire’s Communities Committee on Wednesday night. The volunteer-run service had been at risk of being axed, but a proposal by Lib Dem Committee Chair, Claire Young, would see the composting site granted £10,000 in order for it to […]

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Lib Dem councillors secure extra action on rural broadband

by southgloslibdems on 6 October, 2014

Liberal Democrat councillors serving on South Gloucestershire’s Resources Committee have secured extra commitments to help improve internet access for rural residents. Lib Dem councillor for Cotswold Edge Ward, Sue Hope, who drafted the proposals, said: “We have secured promises from the Council to work with BT to improve communication with residents and to investigate alternatives […]

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Victory on Rural Broadband Campaign

by admin on 22 September, 2014

Rural residents in South Gloucestershire are celebrating victory in a campaign for rural broadband lead by local people – including Cotswold Edge Councillor, Sue Hope, and Thornbury and Yate MP, Steve Webb. Steve Webb MP said: “After much pressure by local residents, South Gloucestershire’s broadband programme has now been extended to include a number of […]

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