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  • Tories offer no costed alternative to bin charge

    Tories offer no costed alternative to bin charge

    A South Gloucestershire Council Committee has reluctantly agreed to endorse the charge introduced for green waste collections earlier this year after being told a U-turn would create a financial gap of up to £1.4m. The £36 annual charge was introduced in April as a contribution to the Council’s overall cuts programme, which will amount to £80m over the...

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  • Labour comments on election of new Tory leader

    Labour comments on election of new Tory leader

    Responding to this evening’s news that Councillor Matthew Riddle has been elected as the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council’s Conservatives, Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney said: “I congratulate Matthew on his election as Conservative Group Leader and wish him well in the role. The different parties have historically had effective working relations in South Gloucestershire,...

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  • Patchway views sought on traffic plans

    Patchway views sought on traffic plans

    The Patchway members on South Gloucestershire Council are encouraging local people to continue their ongoing battle for traffic improvements in Patchway, by taking part in a consultation on proposals for the Coniston Road area, which they say has become a rat-run following the closure of Highwood Road to most traffic. The consultation opened today and will run until...

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  • John Calway - Labour statement

    John Calway - Labour statement

    Responding to the news that long-time Tory Leader, and South Gloucestershire Council Leader since 2007, John Calway, has resigned both positions for personal reasons, South Gloucestershire Labour Leader, Councillor Pat Rooney, has issued the following statement: “I have known John for many years, serving with him first on Kingswood Borough Council and more recently on South Gloucestershire Council....

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  • Sixth Former shadows councillor to gain award

    Sixth Former shadows councillor to gain award

    A Downend Sixth Form student has spoken of his recent experiences on a national ‘Shadow a Councillor Award’ programme, when he shadowed former South Gloucestershire Council Chair Ian Boulton for several days last month. Riley Cox, 17, studies Government & Politics at A Level and has recently completed his award on the recognised scheme in which young people have...

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  • Kingswood parking shake-up planned

    Kingswood parking shake-up planned

    Kingswood’s Labour councillors are urging local people to have their say on plans to change parking restrictions across the area, which are the Council’s response to many years worth of requests from residents. Following meetings and site visits involving local residents and councillors, the Council is now consulting on plans to modify existing waiting restrictions and introduce...

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  • Labour unveils its team for most marginal ward

    Labour unveils its team for most marginal ward

    The Labour councillor in South Gloucestershire’s most marginal ward has welcomed the selection of two colleagues to contest Rodway with him next May. Councillor Michael Bell is the sole Labour representative in the ward – which covers most of Mangotsfield and the northern part of Kingswood – where a Conservative squeaked in by just 34 votes at the...

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