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Frampton Cotterell facing traffic lockdown RESIDENTS of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath face a year of traffic chaos with 6 roads being shut at their junction with the Badminton Road to stop rat running once major ring road work on the Bromley Heath Viaduct starts later in the summer. People trying to get to Winterbourne Down also face inconvenience with three more roads being closed. South Glos Council is due to start essential work on the Bromley Heath Viaduct section of the Ring Road in July. With that section of the road reduced to one lane each way, major delays are expected, and the council has proposed the measures to stop commuters using small roads in Frampton Cotterell instead. Local residents and businesses have expressed deep concern that the measures will leave the village cut off and leave Badminton Road and Church Road gridlocked at rush hour.
People have been urged to attend a consultation this month in Frampton Cotterell where they
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Up for the (youth) cup Medieval merriment: The Company of Chivalry will be camping out at Winterbourne Medieval Barn as part of a summer of activities at the historic site. More, page 13.
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Bake off battle on cards at school fete PEOPLE are being challenged to prepare their best bakes as a Frampton school gets ready for their summer fair. Frampton Cotterell C of E School wants to get entries from the community and not just the school in the bake off. There are five classes in the show; one for adults and four for children of different age groups. There’s also a Best in Show award for the overall winner. Entries will need to be brought to the school hall by 10.15am on the day. Entries cost £1 each. All entries and winners will be displayed during the fete on July 1. Entry forms and more information are available from fcceschool@ hotmail.co.uk, the school office or direct from Helen Harding-Bentley, 121 Park Lane, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2EX.
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Parish leaders repeat opposition to Woodlands Farm housing plan despite changes to scheme SOME changes have been made to the plan to build up to 215 homes at Woodlands Farm, Coalpit Heath. Developers said the amendments answered a number of issues raised by South Gloucestershire Council over proposals for the site, which the house builders have called Blackberry Park. Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are behind the outline application, which has been met with objections from parish leaders and a large number of local residents. One of the changes made now restricts the part of the site where there would be taller, two-and-a-half or three-storey buildings to a small central area. But Westerleigh Parish Council has repeated its objection to the size of the development. It said: “The numbers of homes, and therefore the
associated numbers of adults and children, will put excessive pressure on the limited infrastructure of schools, doctors and recreational facilities. “The levels of car ownership will have a major impact on traffic and parking, particularly causing problems at peak times at the junction of Park Lane and Badminton Road. “The proportion of these new homes to existing numbers will have a significant impact on the character of this rural community.” It also said the site was not mentioned in South Gloucestershire’s core strategy document, which identified areas for development. It said: “As part of the West of England Combined Authority, South Gloucestershire awaits a new joint spatial policy which will redefine development needs and, therefore, this application for major development outside
allocated areas is premature and unnecessary.” The site is regarded locally as an important green space but the developers said it was not in the green belt or of high landscape value, was not covered by any ecological designations and was
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Clerk leaves parish council THE clerk to Frampton Cotterell Parish Council, Kieran Warren, is leaving after 8 years to take up a post at the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board, an organisation that assesses flooding risks from Avonmouth to Hereford. Kieran came to the parish council after spells at Northavon Council, South Glos Council and Thornbury Town Council. He said; “It’s been challenging, interesting and more enjoyable than I ever expected if I’m being honest.” The new clerk is local Frampton man David Bentley.
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THE future of a 170-year-old school building in Frampton Cotterell is in question, with fears that it might be demolished.
Pupils and staﬀ at section of Watermore the infant School in Woodend Primary Road are set to move out as part of to re-build the school’sproposals junior site in Lower Stone Close. The £4.5 million scheme will bring to fruition long-held plans to have all children and staﬀ in one location - an ambition that has existed since the Brockeridge Infant merger of School and Highcroft Junior School into a primary some six years But the infant site ago. will be sold to help pay for the re-building project, bringing in an estimated £1.4 million to £1.5 million. Frampton’s parish leaders and residents are worried that might lead to the knocking down of the historic infant building, which has school a foundation stone that reads British Schools 1846, taking away The parish council part of the has now village’s heritage raised its concerns if the site is with South redeveloped. Gloucestershire Council in the hope that something can be done
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Slashed tyres leave big bill VANDALS caused damage estimated at more than £2,000 when they slashed tyres on a number of vehicles in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath. Police received 19 reports of criminal damage in the space of a week in May. The Frampton Cotterell incidents happened in Beesmoor Road, Lower Chapel Lane, Meadow View, Brookside Drive, Rectory Road and Watermore Close. Vehicles in Station Road and The Close, Coalpit Heath, were also damaged. The vandalism came after previous incidents in the locality in March, when ten vehicles had either windows smashed, side mirrors hit off or tyres slashed. Anyone with information to help the police should contact them via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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Playing field team need cash after council drops help THE team that manages Beesmoor Road playing field in Frampton Cotterell needs new volunteers to get involved and help secure the future of the facility. The management committee is scrambling to find extra cash after the withdrawal of council help. It faces unexpected costs after parish council leaders discovered the authority did not own the land as had previously been thought. That meant certain work the council had done up to then, such as cutting the grass, has fallen on the shoulders of the management committee. There are only a handful of volunteers now on the committee, which is also looking to boost its income to help keep the site in the condition required. The cost the grass cutting alone is about £2,000 a year,
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n NEWS HUNDREDS of South Gloucestershire parents, including parents from the Winterbourne International Academy, have been taking action in protest against cuts to education funding. The Fair Funding For All Schools campaign began in the spring as it became clear that a proposed new national funding formula, designed to reduce inequality in the way education budgets were allocated, was not going to benefit 98 per cent of schools, including those most in need. As reported in last month’s Voice, more than 300 people attended the first South Glos meeting in Hambrook on April 6, the day after campaigners had urged councillors to back their concerns. Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election brought the matter into sharper focus, with supporters being encouraged to question candidates about their views on school funding and a number of hustings meetings being organised. South Gloucestershire
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breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and school trips." Eric Mutch, a parent governor at the school, told Downend Voice: "These cuts will affect every parent, regardless of their political persuasion." About 100 parents and teachers attended an Education Question Time at Abbeywood School chaired by Dr Lisa Harrison of UWE Bristol. The four candidates contesting the Filton & Bradley Stoke seat agreed that schools had received more money but increases in student numbers and other costs meant head teachers faced a real-terms funding gap. Jack Lopresti, who was MP for the area from 2010-17, was consistently booed when he argued that the Conservatives had put put more funding into schools, with audience members
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