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South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservatives are “hell-bent” on leaving the council’s  base in Kingswood say Labour, as Tory councillors last night voted down a bid to save the town’s Civic Centre. Labour had asked last night’s council meeting to halt work on plans to move out of the building, first announced in July, but neither of the other parties showed any support . Labour says that the attitude and language used by the ruling Conservatives demonstrates that they have totally closed their minds about retaining the Civic Centre.

Tories “hell-bent” on leaving Kingswood say Labour

South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservatives are “hell-bent” on leaving the council’s  base in Kingswood say Labour, as Tory councillors last night voted down a bid to save the town’s Civic Centre.... Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have triggered a debate on the future of Kingswood Civic Centre when the Council meets next week. Back in July, just weeks after assuming full control, the Conservative majority council announced that it was reviewing “the use of Kingswood Civic Centre and whether we need this office space in addition to Badminton Road [outside Yate] in the future and how we could potentially accommodate more staff and facilities, including a council chamber, at Badminton Road”.

Council set to consider Civic Centre closure

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have triggered a debate on the future of Kingswood Civic Centre when the Council meets next week. Back in July, just weeks after assuming full... Read more

South Gloucestershire’s Conservative MPs are to be advised of the financial cliff edge that the council’s Children and Young People’s services face following a decision at a Council meeting this week.

Children’s services’ “financial cliff edge” will be raised with MPs

South Gloucestershire’s Conservative MPs are to be advised of the financial cliff edge that the council’s Children and Young People’s services face following a decision at a Council meeting this... Read more

Woodstock councillor Pat Rooney today stood down from the Board of Merlin Housing Society at the end of an eight-year term. Councillor Rooney, who is also the Leader of Labour’s councillors on South Gloucestershire Council, has served since the inception of the Board in 2007.

Housing change as Pat steps down

Woodstock councillor Pat Rooney today stood down from the Board of Merlin Housing Society at the end of an eight-year term. Councillor Rooney, who is also the Leader of Labour’s... Read more

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire today refused to support a Conservative move to give officials the green light to identify more cuts to the council’s youth services. Despite this opposition, the Tories used their majority to force the decision through.

Tories put youth budget cuts back on the agenda

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire today refused to support a Conservative move to give officials the green light to identify more cuts to the council’s youth services. Despite this opposition,... Read more

Staple Hill’s councillors are reassuring residents that they are Labour members, after a publication from the Conservative council showed that their ward had turned blue.

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Staple Hill is still Labour, councillors reassure

Staple Hill’s councillors are reassuring residents that they are Labour members, after a publication from the Conservative council showed that their ward had turned blue. Read more

Staple Hill Councillor Shirley Potts will tonight tell South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Transport Forum that her area needs its half-hourly bus to Southmead Hospital to be reinstated following a recent cut in service.

On 23 August the bus company split the number 17 route which runs through Staple Hill, alternating journeys with a new 17a route that takes a different route. The 17 has only been running through Staple Hill for a matter of months, and as a result of a previous campaign by local residents and councillors.

Councillor Potts says:

“I have been requested by residents to raise our concerns about the reduction of the 17 bus service which provides a direct link from Staple Hill to Southmead Hospital, particularly since it has operated for only a few months and was the result of a vigorous campaign by local residents and a petition signed by almost 700 people.

There is always a need for reliable and efficient public transport to essential facilities like hospitals, but in some areas the need is greater than in others. Staple Hill is a Priority Neighbourhood with the highest degree of multiple deprivation in South Gloucestershire. It has the lowest car ownership, suffers the largest number of health inequalities and a large percentage of elderly residents, many with mobility problems. Therefore good public transport is essential. Community Transport can assist at times with outward visits but there are problems with return journeys.

When the super-hospital first opened, patients from Staple Hill had to use two or more buses and there were reports of missed appointments. Hence the campaign and hence the tremendous appreciation and relief when the number 17 bus was diverted to cover Staple Hill at 30 minute intervals, only to be followed by disappointment now, as the service is reduced to operate hourly.”

[Photograph of Councillor Potts with Staple Hill resident Jeanette McCormack, who is affected by the reduction in bus service to Southmead hospital]


The Council’s Public Transport Forum brings together bus operators, residents and councillors to discuss public transport issues affecting the district. Councillor Potts says that she is attending so that she can address the bus operators directly. She says:

 

“When concerns were raised with the operator we were told that changes were made to improve punctuality by adding more time between journeys and for buses to complete the route. At the moment this does not seem to have worked since against directions given, buses have been arriving up to twenty minutes late and even not at all.

The other issue raised is the inadequacy of the consultation. One has to remember that many people in some areas do not have the IT skills or access to computers. Many have mobility problems and cannot access libraries which sometimes house drop-in sessions. For these reasons good publicity in regard to important changes is essential.

Some of the changes do not make commercial sense. The erratic timetable which operates particularly in the evenings can cause difficulties and with routes running as infrequently as they now are, any journeys that require a change of bus could lead to unacceptably long waits. In effect this is forcing people off the buses.

Although we understand commercial priorities we would ask that some consideration is given to the special circumstances which face many people. We all have some duty of care. The people of Staple Hill would like to see the reinstatement of the 30 minutes service and for consideration to be given to the problems of lack of punctuality and the methods of consultation.”

Shirley speaks out against Staple Hill bus reduction

Staple Hill Councillor Shirley Potts will tonight tell South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Transport Forum that her area needs its half-hourly bus to Southmead Hospital to be reinstated following a recent...

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire say that a letter from one of the district’s Conservative MPs exposes the lack of influence of local backbenchers, as well as the unwillingness of Ministers to listen to them and local people.

Labour derides MP hospital request

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire say that a letter from one of the district’s Conservative MPs exposes the lack of influence of local backbenchers, as well as the unwillingness of... Read more

"I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn & Tom Watson on their election as Leader and Deputy Leader of our party. Now that our internal contest is over we need to focus all our energies on fighting the Conservative Government's damaging plans and policies.

Pat Rooney responds to Labour leadership result

"I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn & Tom Watson on their election as Leader and Deputy Leader of our party. Now that our internal contest is over we need to focus all... Read more

CCG_Survey.jpgLabour Group has submitted a response to the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group's survey on their proposed two-year pilot for delivering minor injury services in South Gloucestershire.

The Clinical Commissioning Group says:

"Our proposal involves GP practices in South Gloucestershire providing assessment and treatment of minor injuries. It is proposed that appointments for the minor injuries service would be available between 8.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday. We are also considering options for providing a service outside of these hours".

Labour responds to minor injury services survey

Labour Group has submitted a response to the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group's survey on their proposed two-year pilot for delivering minor injury services in South Gloucestershire. The Clinical Commissioning Group... Read more

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