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Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are expressing their concern about revelations that local NHS bosses are in discussions with a private developer about selling land at the Frenchay Hospital site.

News has recently emerged that housebuilder Redrow has submitted an application to develop land at the Frenchay Hospital site which has long been reserved for health and social care provision. At South Gloucestershire Council's Health Scrutiny Committee this morning, councillors expressed their concern about the possible impact of this move on the promised health services.

Although the NHS representatives at the meeting apologised for the way the news had broken and confirmed they had not encouraged Redrow's planning application, they pointedly refused to ask the developer to withdraw it. They confirmed to Labour councillor Ian Scott that exploratory discussions with the housebuilder had begun in November.

The Health Scrutiny Committee resolved to seek an assurance from the NHS that this plan would not be taken forward unless all partners, including the council, were satisfied that the long-promised health and social care provision would still be delivered on the site.

Labour concern over Frenchay development

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are expressing their concern about revelations that local NHS bosses are in discussions with a private developer about selling land at the Frenchay Hospital site.... Read more

The Leader of South Gloucestershire's Labour councillors has welcomed the publication of new council ward boundaries that will result in a cut to the number of councillors on the district's council.

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The Local Government Boundary Commission today published its final recommendations for the boundaries on which the May 2019 council elections will be fought. These cut the number of councillors to 61 (from 70) and come after a long process of consultation. The recommendations now need formal confirmation by the parliamentary authorities.

Some familiar ward names are destined to disappear, such as Rodway, Siston and Westerleigh, whilst new ones will be created including Charlton & Cribbs and New Cheltenham.

Because South Gloucestershire's population is set to rise, the changes mean that the average number of electors served by each councillor will increase by 25%, from 3,008 to 3,773 per councillor.

Labour welcomes boundary proposals

The Leader of South Gloucestershire's Labour councillors has welcomed the publication of new council ward boundaries that will result in a cut to the number of councillors on the district's... Read more

Labour's Finance spokesperson on South Gloucestershire Council says that the Conservative administration's refusal to share budget information with its new Scrutiny Commission proves that there is a "culture of concealment" at the council.

Councillor Adam Monk had tabled questions for today's Scrutiny Commission requesting information on the impact of the national financial settlement and on specific budget proposals being considered and rejected by each of the council's directorates.

The answer supplied gave an update on the impact of the national financial settlement but in terms of local proposals it stated that:

"Directors are currently working confidentially with the [Tory] administration in respect of next year and future years budget options"

Councillor Adam Monk says:

"When the Tories abolished most of the council's committees last May they promised that the new Scrutiny Commission would play a key role in providing checks and balances.

It is now crystal clear that they have no intention of sharing key information with the cross-Party Commission in the formulation of the Council Budget. Instead, councillors will be presented with the budget on a 'take it or leave it' basis.

We are regularly exposing examples of the culture of concealment at South Gloucestershire Council under the Tories' new system, and we now have proof of this in writing."

Budget secrecy proves "culture of concealment"

Labour's Finance spokesperson on South Gloucestershire Council says that the Conservative administration's refusal to share budget information with its new Scrutiny Commission proves that there is a "culture of concealment"...

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Kingswood's Labour councillors have teamed up with Kerry McCarthy MP and Bristol City colleagues to launch a petition calling on Tory South Gloucestershire Council to abandon the 'East' option for a new M4 junction 18a through Pucklechurch routing traffic along the A420 through Kingswood, St George and Redfield into the city.

Please sign the petition at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/were-no-slip-road-into-the-city?utm_medium=email&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend

 

We're no slip road into the city

Kingswood's Labour councillors have teamed up with Kerry McCarthy MP and Bristol City colleagues to launch a petition calling on Tory South Gloucestershire Council to abandon the 'East' option for a...

Labour's spokesperson on financial issues on South Gloucestershire Council has shared his frustration that budget information he has requested will not be discussed by the council's Scrutiny Commission when it meets next Wednesday. Councillor Adam Monk has asked the authority's senior directors for details of their planning for the coming year's budget, but has been told to expect a composite written response rather than a discussion.

 

Labour fears frustration over budget questions

Labour's spokesperson on financial issues on South Gloucestershire Council has shared his frustration that budget information he has requested will not be discussed by the council's Scrutiny Commission when it... Read more

Labour’s Leader on South Gloucestershire Council is seeking to ascertain what support vulnerable adults should expect from the council to cope with a large bill caused by a recent change in Government policy, following conversations with representatives from a local charity, Hft.

Labour seeks answers on Sleep-Ins

Labour’s Leader on South Gloucestershire Council is seeking to ascertain what support vulnerable adults should expect from the council to cope with a large bill caused by a recent change... Read more

South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors have rounded on the district’s ruling Conservatives for ‘using the NHS as a political football’ at a Council meeting tonight. Instead of building cross-party consensus to lobby local NHS managers, the Tories preferred to push through a gratuitous historic attack on Labour instead.

Tories ‘using NHS as political football’

South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors have rounded on the district’s ruling Conservatives for ‘using the NHS as a political football’ at a Council meeting tonight. Instead of building cross-party consensus to... Read more

This morning Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney cut the ribbon to open the new Lidl store in Kingswood town centre. The store, in Hall Road, will also offer 199 free parking spaces.

Pat opens new Kingswood store

This morning Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney cut the ribbon to open the new Lidl store in Kingswood town centre. The store, in Hall Road, will also offer 199... Read more

South Gloucestershire’s Conservative leader has stood by his criticism of an election in August, which Labour says shows that his party is running scared of voters.

Labour says Tories running scared of voters

South Gloucestershire’s Conservative leader has stood by his criticism of an election in August, which Labour says shows that his party is running scared of voters. Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are challenging the culture of concealment at the Tory-run council after local campaigners released Freedom of Information evidence that council officials had suggested that problems with a housing development could be ‘fudged’.

Labour challenges culture of concealment

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are challenging the culture of concealment at the Tory-run council after local campaigners released Freedom of Information evidence that council officials had suggested that problems... Read more

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