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Have your say on South Gloucestershire Council Budget SOUTH Gloucestershire Council is inviting residents, council tax and business rate payers to have their say on its budget and council tax for 2021/22.This is your opportunity to comment on the council’s priorities, council tax and its proposals to improve services and increase efficiency.

Changes To ensure sustainable services that continue to provide value for money, the council is proposing to repeat last year’s council tax increase of 1.99 per cent. This will help cover increased costs in providing services, coupled with an expected adult social care precept of two per cent. This will help meet the continued growth in demand for services, particularly those that support the most vulnerable. These changes will mean an increase of approximately £61.58 per year in overall council tax bills (equivalent to £5.13 per month) for a Band D household.

Better value for money By the end of 2021/22, the council will have made cumulative savings of over £100m in annual spending through efficiency measures. Wherever possible, this work has prioritised protecting frontline services from spending reductions, while delivering better value for money to residents. The council is continuing to implement a Transformation and Savings Programme to help meet the budget challenges ahead but

even assuming the full savings plan is achieved, there is still a predicted budget gap of £22.5m by 2022/23. The council is identifying further potential savings to balance the books. It continues to make the case to Government for additional funding for areas of work where demand and costs of delivering those services are rising significantly.

View from the Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage

Balancing the books South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Ben Burton, said: “Our top priorities are to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for all of our young people; to maintain and improve the places where we live; and to achieve the very best value for money. “We have been delivering millions in support to residents and to businesses who are impacted by Covid-19 and it will have an ongoing effect on our budget. This draft budget sets out how we would like South Gloucestershire to recover from Covid-19 and to continue to be such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. As demand for services needed by the most vulnerable, the young and the old increases, we need to deliver those services and ensure we get value for every pound we spend, and balance the books. This why each year we ask residents to have their say as we plan for the future.” Continued on next page.

WELCOME - We’re very proud to partner with The Voice, a great local business, for this special edition. We bring you news on our budget and council tax and invite you to have your say. We have also included our new Council Plan and update you on support for those struggling with Covid-19. Unfortunately, coronavirus cases are rising here and if we are to avoid stricter measures, protect ourselves and our loved ones and keep South Gloucestershire safe, we must follow government guidance. Remember: Hands, Face, Space. Thank you all for your hard work so far and continuing support.


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How to have your say on the budget: View the budget at www.southglos.gov.uk/budget and then send your comments by 3 January 2021: • By email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk • By completing a survey (available online or download from the council website: www.southglos.gov.uk/budget) • By writing to: Freepost RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF • By telephoning 01454 868154. A full council meeting on 10 February 2021 will consider the consultation responses and decide the Council’s budget.

Ambitious new Council Plan in place SOUTH Gloucestershire Council now has a new Council Plan for the next four years. The priorities and commitments the council is outlining in this plan will help to ensure our district remains a great place to live, work and visit. The plan offers a new means of demonstrating how the council is making a difference for you, delivering ‘real value for money’ services.

• Promoting sustainable inclusive communities, infrastructure and growth • Realising the full potential of people and delivering value for money.

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The council ran a public consultation on the draft plan earlier this year. The feedback from this consultation has shaped a really exciting and ambitious new plan.

Key priorities Building on your responses, the plan sets out four key priorities: • Creating the best start in life for children and young people • Identifying and supporting those most in need and helping people to help themselves

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Delivering value for money, addressing the climate emergency and promoting equality of opportunity are ‘threads’ that run through the plan.

In November, the council will approve 20 commitments and associated Action Plans setting out how it acts on these challenges and how progress is measured. Firstly, it will work with its partners and communities to create the best possible start in life for children and young people. By focusing on outcomes such as raising educational attainment, the council can make the biggest long-term cross generational impact. The second priority is to identify and support those most

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in need, with a focus on helping people to help themselves. Thirdly, the council wants to promote sustainable, inclusive communities, infrastructure and growth. It has a significant role to play in shaping future places. It’s making real progress on a Climate Emergency Action Plan to ensure that growth ambitions are delivered whilst maintaining a strong commitment to protecting the environment. Fourthly, it has set a priority to realise the full potential of its staff and services, to keep value for

money front of mind. The timing of this Council Plan is important. It takes into consideration the significant challenges that were evident long before Covid-19. The council has also drawn on lessons learnt from the response to the pandemic such as keeping residents better informed, and working with those who have stepped up to help communities play an active role in finding answers to local issues. Find out more about the plan at www.southglos.gov.uk/ councilplan

Test and Trace Support Payment THE Government’s new national Test and Trace Support scheme makes payments of £500 to those who are struggling to self-isolate because of financial constraints. To be eligible, you will need to have received notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, started self-isolation on or after 28 September 2020, and meet certain other criteria. The scheme is here to ensure that people on low incomes selfisolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. This will help reduce the transmission of Covid-19 and avoid further social and economic restrictions, including local lockdowns. To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you’ve tested positive for Covid-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and be employed or self-employed and unable to work from home and will lose income as a result. You will also need to be currently receiving one or more of the following: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income based Employment and Support Allowance, income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing benefit, or Pension Credit.  To find out more, including whether you are eligible, and how to apply, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/apply-test-and-trace-supportpayment or call the South Glos team on 01454 434087.


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by Rich Coulter The Filton Town Council-run Ratepayers bar at Elm Park is facing an uncertain future with takings down over the pandemic and the prospect of no lucrative events over the festive period. At a meeting of the town council's finance committee, Cllr Chris Wood said that, if non-budgeted payments from the government furlough scheme and an insurance payout were removed, the bar could be on course to lose £11,000 by the end of the financial year in 2021 if current income levels are maintained. He also questioned why councillors had not been provided with a full report on the council's service provision which would have enabled councillors to make financial decisions for the rest of the year. He said: "I am concerned there is no estimate on profit or loss for the rest of the year. "We could be looking at a Turn to Page 9

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by Rich Coulter and Shane Gibson Abbeywood School could be set for expansion, with up to 300 extra students on the roll over a five-year period. The change comes as a group of parents in Cheswick seeking a secondary school for their children say they have been left in ‘no-man’s land’, with the distant Patchway Community School the only option for some. Abbeywood's catchment area has been shrinking in recent years, meaning even some parts of Filton are no longer inside it. The area’s MP, Jack Lopresti, has told Filtonvoice he would also support moves to create a ‘Free School’ if there was a desire by local parents. Turn to Page 4

by Rich Coulter Residents in Cheswick say a new housing development in neighbouring Lockleaze will tower over their homes - and crucially ignore the planning restrictions which were imposed by Bristol City Council when their own properties were built. The householders in Aurora Springs - the part of Cheswick under Bristol City Council control - say the 268-home development on the Romney House site backed by the council should go back to the drawing board. They say that when their own homes were built eight years ago, developers were forced to keep the roofline low to comply with green space rules. Documents seen by Filtonvoice show the council placed many planning regulations on the previous Redrow development of the adjacent land which both fall within the Stapleton and Frome Valley Conservation area. Residents say the council are now completely ignoring these restrictions on their own Turn to Page 18

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Parents in protest over lack of school options From Page 3 In documents seen by Filtonvoice, South Glos Council officials say there “is a strong case for additional provision to be made available in the short term at Abbeywood Community School to an additional 300 places across the age range”. South Glos has also announced a substantial rebuild for Patchway and plans for a school on Filton Airfield but neither address the immediate need. Campaigners in Cheswick and other communities say

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Campaigner Kayleigh Lenny said: “It has become apparent that although there is continuing housing development, there are currently no plans or provisions for secondary education.” “This has left children scattered, some of whom are being sent to Patchway which is more than three miles away from here as the crow flies. It is an hour’s walk or a four-mile drive. It has a negative effect on the environment of the village and for parents it is just too far for the children to be safe walking. We are currently being given no choice of where our children will go to school.” "People have bought into places like Cheswick because we believed it was family friendly. “Now families are being offered Patchway which isn’t a safe commute for an 11-yearold. It would be common sense for our children to attend Abbeywood, which they could walk to. “As a result, we set up a Facebook group which within days had more than 200 members. “The plan to add 60 places at Abbeywood is good but not enough. We are anticipating families will leave they place that they have invested their lives in. It feels unfair as it was a predictable problem. “Some might consider private schools but this is difficult for many. A free school might be an option and we wouldn’t rule it out. “We are in a no man’s land and feel a bit forgotten.” The campaigners, who gathered in Cheswick last month in a show of strength, have the support of South Glos councillor James Arrowsmith. He said: “South Gloucestershire Council needs to address the poor provision of

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secondary schools in the BS16 area and along the urban fringe. Oversubscribed schools and long commutes to Patchway do not serve the needs of children and parents. This will only limit their opportunities and make reaching their full potential more difficult than it should be." Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Mr Lopresti said: “I have received a number of emails from concerned local parents in Cheswick Village and understand their frustrations about the lack of school provision in the area. “I understand that Abbeywood Community School has been earmarked for expansion, and I have been championing the cause of getting Patchway School rebuilt. However, should there still be demand for a school nearer to Cheswick, this is precisely the kind of problem that the Government developed free schools to resolve and I support any efforts to explore the free school option for the people of Cheswick. “I will work with local parents to investigate this and other options if it is something that the community clearly wants.” Dave Baker, chief executive of the Olympus Trust which runs Abbeywood and Patchway as well as other local schools, has been in talks with parents and also with the Cabot Learning Federation, which runs Wallscourt Farm Primary in Cheswick. He said improvements at Patchway, and more parents choosing that school, would lead to more spaces being freed up at Abbeywood. He said: "We are in discussion with South Glos Council to expand to eight forms of entry and this process will probably accelerate now." Turn to Page 6

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Kate Marks: I think parents are just after choice. At the moment we feel railroaded in to choosing a particular school, and for those parents who have more immediate decisions to take, those schools may not fit their pastoral, academic or sustainable transport needs. Melanie Bevis: My son is in Year 6 and if we are offered Patchway, he will need to walk to UWE, then get a public bus. It seems unfair that families in places like Little Stoke, who are much closer to Patchway than us, get offered Abbeywood. Sandy Wilshire: It's awful that when you go to the usual open evenings for prospective schools, you're really aware that your child has a very limited chance of going to any of them, so instead of the usual hyping the facilities up to get your child engaged and seeing the positives and helping them to make an informed decision, you're instead having to be quite reserved, and holding back their enthusiasm because you don't want them to set their hearts on any particular school. It's really not fair that these companies have built, and are continuing to build, all these houses with no thought at all about where these people who will live in these houses will get an education.

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Plans to deliver brand new secondary schools have taken a big step forward. In proposals unveiled in October, South Gloucestershire Council’s Conservative Administration outlined its intention to build brand new schools, both as part of the new development on Filton Airfield and on the existing Patchway Community School site.

From Page 5 He added that any expansion would be on a year by year basis, building up from year 7 A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We are committed to supporting local communities access high quality education provision within their area and we work closely with local schools and Multi Academy Trusts to support that aim. In addition to this, improving school standards is our number one priority and last year we agreed a record four year, £78 million capital investment programme to help improve schools in the district. “We appreciate parents/carers taking the time to raise their concerns and we, along with the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), as the admission authority for Abbeywood, understand that the transfer to secondary school is an important step in the educational development of our children. "To help as many children as possible to secure a place at a preferred school, parents are advised to include three

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preferences in their application for admission and rank these in order of preference. “In the case of Abbeywood, residents living within Cheswick Village are within the ‘Area of Prime Responsibility’ for Abbeywood, Bradley Stoke and Patchway Community Schools. This means priority of admission to these schools is afforded to residents under the current admission arrangements. The concerns raised by parents reflect that Abbeywood is a very popular school and the pattern of admissions show that the furthest distance offered for the last child to qualify for a place has been reducing over the past few years. While Trinity School is geographically close to Wallscourt Farm, the school is part of the Cathedral Schools Trust which is responsible for admissions to the school. “It is planned that OAT will expand Abbeywood Community School to provide additional places and a feasibility study is under way to help inform a timescale to deliver that.”

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Car parking is stopping recycling van in avenue by Shane Gibson A resident in 5th Avenue in Filton says they need double yellow lines on one side of the road to allow recycling vans to carry out their collections. On Facebook group Filton News and Views, Emma Tarr reported in early October that for the second consecutive week recycling collections for 5th Avenue had been missed. This had led to large amount of recycling stacking up. Local councillors say they are concerned and one councillor has already made a request for double yellow lines. Ms Tarr said there had been a parking problem since the council approved the application for the end property on Filton Avenue to be turned into two new houses and a block of flats. She said: "This fronts the existing sheltered housing which as you can imagine already has a fleet of cars attached to it.

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"The South Glos. Council won’t entertain double yellows down one side of the avenue so instead continues to miss just about the one service (recycling) I get out of my near £1,600 a year council tax.” Councillor Adam Monk said:

“The rubbish on 5th Avenue is unacceptable and frustrating for the residents. But the practicality is the recycling collection vehicle cannot access the street due to residents parking on both sides.” Councillor Monk said that he has made a request that one side of the street is considered for double yellow lines that would allow for better access for all public service vehicles, however

added that residents do have a part to play. He has spoken with Police who will leaflet motorists whose cars are badly parked. He added: “I have spoken with some residents who have told me that they have to walk in the road because of the number of cars that are parked on the pavement, which is also unacceptable.”

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It's a guess - but Council Tax set to rise by nearly 4% by BBC LDRS staff for Filton Voice Residents in Filton and across South Gloucestershire face a 3.99 per cent council tax hike next year – but the local authority admits it is only an educated guess. Huge uncertainty surrounds the budget-setting process, and finance officers are making a series of “assumptions” based on what they think will happen. The proposed increase, equating to £61.78 a year (£5.13 a month) for a band D household, includes a two per cent rise in the adult social care precept, however, South Gloucestershire Council does not yet even know if it will be allowed to charge it. Among the many unknown factors are the fact the Government has not completed its comprehensive spending review, which sets the funding for its departments for the next three years, while the autumn Budget has been postponed,

Major changes planned to the Local Government Finance System in 2021/22, which will determine how much money Whitehall gives each local authority, including specifying certain things it can be spent on, have been delayed because of the pandemic. The council also does not know the full impact of the coronavirus on council tax and business rates collection or the wider economy, or developments in the Government’s progress with leaving the EU. And the West of England Combined Authority (Weca), which raises a levy on the local authority for transport, such as concessionary travel, is yet to decide its budget. With so much up in the air, South Gloucestershire Council will have to review the situation in a few months before finalising the budget, including council tax, in February.

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The possible average S Glos Council Tax bill increase In the meantime it has launched a public consultation seeking residents’ views on the draft proposals. The council expects to spend about £689million in the next financial year on areas including schools, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, social care and road maintenance, based on an assumed central government contribution of £77.5million towards general services and £244.8million ring-fenced for schools.

Despite making annual savings from a range of “efficiency measures” of more than £100million by the end of March next year, the local authority still faces a £22.5million budget blackhole by 2022/23, caused in large part by the Covid-19 crisis. A council spokesperson said: “Wherever possible, this work has prioritised protecting frontline services from spending reductions, while delivering better value for money to residents. “Based on this approach, we are continuing to implement a transformation and savings programme to help us meet the budget challenges ahead. “It will allow time for meaningful consultation with staff as well as with the public, depending on the saving we need to make and where we are proposing to change the way we deliver services, as well as for

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News sustainable implementation, so that we can set budgets with confidence and not have to make short term, in-year cuts.” The council is required by law to set a balanced budget and is seeking more government help to cope with rising costs and reduced income. Council leader Cllr Toby Savage told a cabinet meeting: “We seem to say this every year but it is even more of an issue this year that it is incredibly uncertain at the moment. “We are due to have a comprehensive spending review this year which would have hopefully have given us certainty over the next three to four-year period. “What is quite clear is we are not going to get that level of certainty this year and so as we have done in previous years, including the year we are in, we have had to make assumptions based on a rolling annual basis which makes our medium term financial plan not look as

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good as it should be. So we are aware of that uncertainty and as part of our representations to government we are making the point that we want timely information so we are able to make decisions and properly plan a budget. “That continues to be a struggle. We obviously want the clarity as soon as possible,” he said at the meeting on Monday, October 5. People can comment on the budget and council tax by emailing consultation@ southglos.gov.uk, completing a consultation survey at www. southglos.gov.uk/budget, phoning 01454 868154 or writing to: Freepost RTXL-YJXJBXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF. The consultation closes on January 3 and the feedback will be considered by full council on February 10.

From Page 3 loss of £10,000 over the next six months. This is avoidable." Town clerk Lesley Reuben said: "The Ratepayers is on a downward spiral but at what point do we step in and close it? We will have no festive functions, footfall is less and less, it is not open full hours due to government restrictions and I can only see it getting worse." Cllr Andy Robinson said: "We don’t have a strategy - we need to look at the facility as a whole, need to know the costs of each department in the centre and what are our options and how do we achieve this?" Cllr John Tucker said that if the council was looking at the performance of the Ratepayers, it should also look at the pool. But Cllr Wood said there was "a world of difference between helping children to swim against providing a bar, accommodating 15-20 people a day." The town council is currently

engaging a consultant to look at the future of the leisure centre, which is funded by Filton Council Tax payers. The leisure centre has been struggling financially, with pre-Covid estimates for running costs of £610,000 this year. With income failing to meet this sum and high staffing costs, the council was forced into a 35% increase in the town council precept earlier this year. Councillors decided to engage the consultant to investigate alternative ways of running the leisure centre, sports facilities, soft play and also the Ratepayers bar. A significant revamping of the leisure centre is likely. He reported that the bar was not an ‘income driver’ and possible other options could include a café/ bar, linked to the soft play and swimming pool. A new operator would be attracted by the playing fields and with new development on Filton Airfield, increased demand.

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Coffee at Pod in the Park brewing again Coffee is once again brewing at The Pod in the Park kiosk in Elm Park. Run by charity FACE, the Pod in the Park is currently serving a range of barista style coffees and teas, chilled fizzy drinks, and ice cream with a choice of flavours. It is manned by a small group of volunteers which means opening times are limited

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Three more 'lifesaving' defibrillators for Filton by Shane Gibson Filton Town Council have installed three new heart defibrillators across Filton, adding to the six already funded and supplied by the Filton Chest and Heart . The locations are in each of the three Filton wards, Gloucester Road North (outside Greggs), Filton Avenue (near the Spar) and outside Bethany Gospel Hall. Brian Smith chair of the Filton Chest and Heart charity

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committed to installing the defibrillators. Town council clerk Natasha Gould from the council said: “South West Ambulance service offered the best package and at the council's request research was done into if we could have the defibrillators outside as all of the others across Filton are indoors.” South West Ambulance have supplied clear instructions if on any occasion the defibrillators need to be used and are

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Every weekend - spaces and times are very limited and must be prebooked. We will be using our learner pool for under 8s and family and our main pool for over 8s and family. There will only be 6 slots available. To make a booking please call 01454 866686. We have all COVID guidelines and restrictions in place for your safety.

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We now have all five of our main pool lanes open for lane swimming only (limited spaces). All swimmers must be over the age of 16 years please. All swimming must be pre-booked. For swim times please visit our website www.filtonleisurecentre.co.uk (Our learner pool is still closed for now)

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Swimming lessons for next term (2nd November - 20th December ) We have opened up our swimming lessons for next term. We were hoping that all lessons would be back to normal by now but unfortunately this is

not the case. We are therefore running all lessons in the same way as we have done in the last term. We also have the return of some preschool lessons, Stage 1 lessons, Stages 8/9/10 and even a rookies (water only) lesson! Booking can take place from now in the following order: • Customers that have already returned to swimming lessons this term had priority booking until Sunday 18th October. • From Monday 19th October, the lessons were opened up to all of our other customers that have their accounts on hold. • If you do not wish your child to return to swimming yet, accounts will be remaining on hold and no money/credits will be lost. We will not be taking on new customers this term as the children we already have on the system are our priority. There will be limited classes and spaces but we have tried to put something in place for everyone. Please note - We will run fewer lessons within the pool at one time to allow for both children and swimming teachers to social distance. This may affect the times we are able to offer customers and may vary term to term.

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Since September we have been back running Dinky Dolphins sessions. They are on a Monday 9.30-10.30am, Wednesday 9.30 – 10.30am and Friday 9.30 – 10.30am. These sessions have a maximum of eight adults and eight children and will need to be prebooked. Please note that sessions will be different to usual with no singing activities. £5 per adult and under 3's go FREE! You can book these now, by calling reception on 01454 866686.

MUGA consultation Filton Town Council is planning to install a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) to replace the tennis courts at Elm Park and is seeking residents' views. A MUGA is a popular design which allows for several sport, including football, tennis, netball and basketball. The consultation, with participants eligible to be in a draw for an Amazon voucher, runs until October 31 and can be found at https://filtontowncouncil.gov. uk/uncategorised/elm-parkmuga-presentation/

Council offices Filton Town Council office is now staffed 9am until 1pm Monday to Friday, but due to the current pandemic there is still NO public access. Access can only be by telephone appointment. Please contact us at office@ filtontowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone 01454866698 to arrange an appointment if necessary. Staff are working from home out of the above hours If you have an enquiry or wish to report a problem email office@ filtontowncouncil.gov.uk. l Physical council meetings are unable to take place so meetings are being held online via the Zoom platform, with details at www.filtontowncouncil.gov.uk l October 27th, Full Council, 7pm l November 10th, Finance Committee, 7pm l November 24th, Full Council, 7pm

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Filton's Aerospace Bristol receives lifeline grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Aerospace Bristol has been awarded £514,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced. Aerospace Bristol is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. Aerospace Bristol reopened its doors to the public on August 1. The grant from the Culture Recovery Fund is vital in allowing the museum to remain open and continue to provide the opportunity for people to enjoy and learn about the region’s rich aviation heritage, including Concorde.

The grant will protect key jobs and skills and allow Aerospace Bristol to resume its learning and community outreach programmes. It will also enable the museum to further develop its digital content, adapting for a ‘post-Covid’ world. With a comprehensive range of Covid-19 safety measures in place, Aerospace Bristol is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Aerospace Bristol Executive Director Lloyd Burnell said: “We are delighted to have received this grant from DCMS Culture Recovery Fund which should safeguard the future of Aerospace Bristol, our wonderful collections of objects and archives, our important learning and community engagement programmes and, of course, jobs and skills. "We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to the museum, especially over the upcoming October Half Term." The West of England Mayor has welcomed the Government funding of £10m to support arts

and heritage organisations across the region. Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Arts, culture and heritage play a huge role in the life and the economy of the West of England; employing more than 9,000 people in the region and contributing over £3bn to our economy. “Many organisations have been able to access grants and business rate relief during the crisis but I’ve been calling on Government to give more support to this vitally important sector that still faces considerable uncertainty. “This funding will be a lifeline to many theatres, music venues and museums in the region and will help to create a platform from which we can begin to rebuild so that our vibrant creative and cultural sector can thrive.” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. "It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.” Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. "This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. "Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.” In October, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) committed an additional £0.5m for the cultural and creative industries, through the region’s Economic Recovery Taskforce, in addition to WECA’s current activities including the Creative Scale-Up programme.

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News From Page 3 development. When Aurora Springs was built, the developer Redrow effectively had to ‘sink' the new homes into the ground when they were built to keep the height acceptable. It was ruled that no homes in Cheswick should be visible above the tree line when viewed from the M32 or from anywhere in Stoke Park. Not only did the land levels have to be reduced but all properties along the woodland edge had to be considerably set back. But the new development will have homes towering over the tree line. This is partly because the site of the new development has been raised up by earth excavated when Aurora Springs was built. The city council allowed previous developer Redrow Homes to dump contaminated spoil on the site of the Romney development, thus raising the land levels considerably. Katherine Hill, who has lived in Long Wood Meadows for eight years, said she had no objection

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to the new development as housing is desperately needed. But she is angry that it seemed to be one rule for the homes in her street and a completely different set of rules for the new homes being built in partnership with BCC. She said: "When Redrow built here, there was a height limit relative to the woodland and the M32 and our homes had to be set back and ground levels reduced to comply. "How can it be that Bristol City Council seemed to impose one set of rules on Redrow

back then but no limitations on the new development even though they are both in the same Conservation Area. "These new homes will tower over ours and look directly into our back gardens leading to a loss of privacy and light" Mrs Hill said her Labour councillors Gill Kirk and Estella Tincknell had not listened to their concerns. Other residents told Filtonvoice they fear their part of Cheswick will be used by residents of the new homes to park their cars. One resident,

who did not wish to be named, said that anyone living in the new homes but using the M32 to go to work would find it easier to leave their car in Cheswick rather than take the long route round Lockleaze and Filton Avenue. He also said he had fears that crime would increase with easy access to Cheswick back gardens due to the city council desiring accessibility between the two sites. One planned access point, which is less than 100 metres away from an established pedestrian and cycle route, is being pushed ahead despite

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The new homes are to the left of the artist's impression with Cheswick coloured in grey. The photo, from the Romney site, shows the Aurora Springs homes which are 'sunk' into the ground

the objections made at outline planning by Avon and Somerset Police and their concerns that it is unnecessary and could lead to increased crime levels in Cheswick. Former parish councillor Dave Beesley, who has been supporting the residents, added: "It is unfair that people who have put their lifetime investment into their property should be treated so unfairly by their local authority and councillors. I thought we lived in a democratic society but it would appear we have an autocratic Labour

Council forcing their way through the planning process with scant regard for Cheswick residents or planning restrictions associated with the Stapleton and Frome Valley Conservation Area”. "I feel BCC and its councillors have abandoned the residents of Cheswick Village and because of this I believe a full and independent investigation into this application and how it has been handled to date would be appropriate." Cllr Tincknell said: "Housing is the Mayor’s top priority for Bristol, which is

experiencing a major housing crisis. In Lockleaze, much of our casework concerns overcrowding, problems with access to affordable housing, and difficulties in finding accommodation that enables people to remain close to their families Within the area. We are therefore committed to trying to ensure there is better and genuinely affordable housing across the ward. Around 55% of the homes built at the Romney House site will be affordable. However, as local ward councillors we don’t ultimately determine the decisions of the planning committee. "In addition to the statutory planning consultation processes, there have been a large number

of consultation events and activities as well as a regular Lockleaze Residents’ Planning Group. Cllr Kirk and I do our best to respond to all concerns and to make sure they are taken on board by developers and by the planning committee. "We hope that the new TRO for the parts of Cheswick Village which are in Lockleaze Ward, and which has taken a lot of work to push through, will help to manage the parking problems that residents experience there and about which we share their concerns. The bus gate on Romney Avenue which restricts traffic access to Cheswick Village will continue to operate and this will also help to control through traffic."

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Marvin's blast for George Ferguson over arena 'doubled in costs' claim by Adam Postans BBC LDRS reporter for Filtonvoice Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has accused his predecessor, George Ferguson, of “scaremongering” over claims that plans for an arena in Filton could be scrapped.

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News is probably not wise and ends up embarrassing when you’re wrong.” Mr Feguson was a major advocate of the previous proposed arena site in the city centre and had a scathing reaction when his successor instead chose the out-of-town location. His successor said during last night’s broadcast the choice had not been simply where it was built but who paid for it. “The only way we get an arena built in the middle of Bristol is if the local authority borrows £160million, we dig a hole and build an arena,” Mr Rees said. “Once you start a project like that it probably comes in at over £200million, so we would have been left looking for another £40million. “The tweet that went out the other day from someone who should’ve known better said we would have opened the arena by now. “So let’s look at the situation right now. “We would have an arena and would be trying to open it in a pandemic where mass gatherings are not being allowed. “What happens if you open the arena and the operator says ‘I can’t make any money out of it, that rent we’re paying you on the arena, I can’t afford to pay any more, we need to renegotiate’? “If you go on Live Nation’s website, they are saying they’ve started renegotiating deals with the owners of venues. “So if we’re paying £5million a year on our debt repayments and they come back and say ‘we can only afford to pay you £3million a year’, then suddenly we are on the hook for £2million

a year with no revenue on that arena. Devastating. It was a wise decision to recognise there was too much risk in that investment and to allow the risk to be taken on by the private sector. “We didn’t just dodge a bullet, we dodged a missile in the city by being brave enough to take a decision that may not have seemed popular at the time, but if you do the maths it adds up for us right now.” The long-awaited arena, which will be the third largest in the UK after London’s O2 and Manchester Arena, was given the Secretary of State’s approval in April, following planning permission from Bristol City Council in March.

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Flu vaccines available for all children up to age 12 Hundreds of children across Filton and many more beyond in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset are receiving flu vaccines in a major logistical operation led by Sirona care & health’s school nurses. With approximately 100,000 children aged four to 12 eligible for the vaccine; teams of vaccinators are working tirelessly to deliver a programme which aims to protect and save many lives this winter. Sirona, a not-for-profit social enterprise, provides NHS funded adult and children’s community health services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Karen Evans, Sirona’s Head of School Nursing (South Gloucestershire) and Specialist Nursing Services, said: “We have multiple teams of vaccinators travelling to schools five days a week. On average our teams are

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New boss for Southmead Hospital trust A new chief executive has been appointed to the North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), which runs Southmead Hospital, and will start in April 2021. Maria Kane OBE, pictured, is currently Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, where she has been in post since December 2017. Ms Kane previously worked between 2007 and 2017 as Chief Executive of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. She also worked as Executive Director at North West London Strategic Health Authority between 2002 and 2006, being responsible for strategy, planning, corporate development, communications and engagement.

In 2019 Ms Kane was made an OBE for services to health care leadership over two decades, particularly in North London. She has previously been a trustee of Open Mind, Umbrella Mental Health, Young Minds, as well as an adviser to the Lullaby Trust and a special adviser to the Care Quality Commission. She was also chair of governors of a primary school for ten years. Ms Kane said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the new chief executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, and looking forward to taking up the role next Spring. Although it will be a geographical move for me – I have been in north London for many years as my family has grown up – I am already aware that our local communities

around North Mid and in North Bristol have a considerable amount in common, and I will bring to NBT my passion for using the profile and position which acute hospitals have as anchor organisations in their community to lead by example in transforming the health and care of the local population. “I am firmly of the belief that we can only do that by working in genuine partnership with our local community, health and care partners, the voluntary sector, patients and their representatives, and of course, staff in all positions and professions, and I look forward to building strong relationships with you all, and putting our values at the heart of what we do and how we do it.” NBT Chair Michele Romaine said: “I am delighted Maria is joining NBT as our Chief Executive.

“When I originally announced that I would be recruiting a new CEO, I said that they must share our commitment to compassionate, patient-centred care, and that they must take pride in being a leader in a joined-up, collaborative health and social care system. “Staff also told me that they wanted someone who embraced diversity, was approachable, progressive, a good listener and who recognised the value of staff. “I know Maria will bring all those qualities. Her experience and approach will be of great value in NBT but also the wider BNSSG Healthier Together Partnership.” NBT’s existing Chief Executive Andrea Young is due to retire in December. Deputy Chief Executive Evelyn Barker will then take on the role of interim Chief Executive until Ms Kane arrives.

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Wellbeing with Filton-based Lauren Chiren

ctober 18 was World Menopause Day. A taboo topic that affects us all! If you are not going through it, you likely know someone who is. 1. What it really is Menopause is when a woman progresses past her fertile years towards potentially the happiest, most productive years of life. You are considered menopausal 12 months after your last monthly cycle

Try support groups if you’re really struggling like the private Facebook Group: The Menopause Social Hangout. Talking is powerful and a great way to realise you are not alone – we are stronger together. Speak to your GP.

2. How long it goes on for Menopausal symptoms can begin years before your periods stop. Studies say they last between three and 15 years.

4. What the symptoms are There are roughly 34 symptoms - emotional, physical and psychological, eg hot flushes, night sweats, irregular periods, mood swings, joint pain, itchy skin, fatigue, anxiety, sleeplessness, hair loss, memory lapses, poor concentration, weight gain, dizzy spells, irregular heartbeat, depression

3. Help is available Asking for help is a sign of strength. If you fell and broke your hip, you wouldn’t struggle on in silence – so why do this during peri to post menopause? Talk to friends and colleagues.

5. What not to say to someone going through menopause “Oh, get over it” ‘’You’re having one of your moments” “Come back when you’ve calmed down” or anything other than “How can I help?”

6. You feel like you are losing your marbles When I hit early menopause I genuinely thought I had earlyonset dementia and left the job I loved rather than get ‘found out’. When you struggle to sleep, your energy drops alongside your concentration and focus, and you can start to think that you’re 'losing the plot'. 7. You cry for no reason And it’s OK to do so. Just accept it, look after yourself and remember tears are healthy. 8. You come out the other side feeling way more positive Many women find they feel better than ever after the menopause, with a new sense of freedom and positivity – and research backs this up. About Lauren Lauren is an executive health coach and menopause specialist. She left a senior role in financial services, in her early 40s believing that she was suffering from early-onset

dementia. Imagine her surprise when her doctor informed her she had 'just' been through menopause?! Today she educates employers and supports high performing women to navigate the changes and challenges of menopause. As a trusted coach, mentor and keynote speaker, Lauren has helped thousands of executives, celebrities and athletes across the UK and US. She holds qualifications in psychology, mental health, nutrition, coaching and personal training. Lauren’s goal is to transform global attitudes to the menopause, helping organisations to support their teams through this transformation successfully and to empower women to retain the vitality and presence throughout their menopausal journey. For private coaching, corporate wellbeing and speaking engagements, please get in touch. P: 07799 402294 E: lauren@ womenofacertainstage.com

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Inspiring Learners, Enriching Lives, Achieving Together We would love to welcome you to Elm Park. Come along and enjoy a guided tour led by our Head Teacher and Reception Class Teacher. See our wonderful school and let us show off the amazing learning opportunities we provide. ‘Elm Park is a happy and friendly school - Pupils love learning because teachers make it fun. • The Early Years is a welcoming and interesting place for children to learn. • Staff care deeply about their pupils and are sensitive to their needs. • Leaders and teachers share a passion for igniting pupils’ enthusiasm and nurturing talents’ OfSTED November 2019

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New Headteacher The governors are pleased to announce that Carol Bond has been appointed the permanent Headteacher of Elm Park School. Mrs Bond has been part of The Elm Park community for ten years, most recently as Acting Head and she is delighted to be the permanent Headteacher, leading Elm Park through its next exciting phase.

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Update from Filton MP Jack Lopresti

Housing unaffordability is shredding our social contract

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he Manifesto on which my party fought and won the 1951 general election stated: “Housing is the first of the social services. It is also one of the keys to increased productivity. Work, family life, health and education are all undermined by overcrowded homes. Therefore a Conservative and Unionist Government will give housing a priority second only to national defence.” Analysis shows that the 2010s saw the fewest new houses built in England since the second world war, but the same could have been said for the 2000s, the 1990s and probably every decade before that for the past half century. The inability of governments in recent decades to address the housing crisis means that the laws of supply and demand push house prices ever higher. Locally, in Charlton Hayes, a newbuild threebedroom end-terrace house now fetches over £330,000, while a four-bedroom family home costs more than £400,000. Housing has become increasingly unaffordable. In 1995 the average house price was £51,084, approximately 2.75 times the average annual salary of £18,500. Now, the average house price is around £235,000, which is over 8 times the average annual salary of £29,000. This is unsustainable. This crisis relates not only to the private sector but to the overall lack of housing, including council housing and social housing. There is a chronic shortage of homes and what is available is taking up ever greater proportions of people’s income. We must consider the crucial value of social housing, which provides homes for growing families who are struggling to keep up with house prices that look like phone numbers. They form an integral and indispensable part of our community and we sorely need more so that all families can flourish. The time has come for politicians to say “the buck stops here” and to get a grip on this problem. Too many of my colleagues have made a virtue of opposing much-needed housing

development anywhere in our own areas. They have graduated from NIMBYs to BANANAs, who want to Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anywhere. When did it become the fashionable thing to side with those who want to pull the ladder up, rather than put people on it? I have witnessed colleagues rejoice as local housing supply plans for my local council area were consigned to the bin. These people seem completely oblivious to just what it is they have thrown out. This failure of political leadership at the local and parliamentary level will not do. It is no mere piece of paper and abstract plan that has been scrapped. For our younger generations it could also be the chance to ever own their own home that is being done away with. In the post-war era, Britain faced a similar housing crisis, and a Conservative Government solved it. Macmillan oversaw a programme that built 2.8 million homes in the 1950s and 3.6 million in the 1960s. That is the scale on which we have to act today. As the working-class son of immigrants, one of the many reasons I became a Conservative was because of the aspiration that our party promoted and believed in. Our party also understood the pride people took in home ownership and the benefits thereof. John Major, in his first speech to our party conference as Prime Minister in 1991, called it “the power to choose the right to own.” What are we offering some of our young people today? Some £50,000 of student debt and a room in a shared house if they are lucky. This problem not only affects young people, of course,

but will have deeper social consequences. Young people not being able to afford to live in the villages in which they grew up will lead to families being scattered because their children are forced to move away to find somewhere to live. Those villages will find their services reduced, as bus services no longer make financial sense to the operators, demand for retail shrinks, and there aren’t enough employed people to support local businesses. Alternatively, some children may simply never leave home and live with their parents or grandparents well into middle age, which creates a very different social pressure. Tim Bowles, the West of England Mayor, will shortly be putting his Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) out to public consultation, and I would encourage all of you to keep an eye out and take part. We are

clearly faced with a situation in which difficult decisions are required, but it is imperative that we show leadership, at the Parliamentary, regional, and council level. Housing unaffordability is shredding our social contract. We cannot expect young people to feel passionately about the advancement of a society in which they have no stake, and have no hope of sharing in the country’s present and future success. It is time for the Government to firmly grasp this nettle and tear it out by the root.

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Filton planning applications and decisions Applications 10 Mortimer Road Former Filton Airfield Non Material Amendment to planning permission PT14/3867/O to amend condition 4,5,7 and 10 wording as set out in the covering letter. Landing Lights - East Works Gloucester Road North Non-material amendment to outline permission P19/09662/O for minor amendments to end user of car dealership. 132 Northville Road Erection of a single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation, Open for comment icon Parcels RO3 And RO4 Former Filton Airfield Discharge of conditions no. 3 (Landscaping) and no. 6 (Benches) attached to planning permission P20/02945/RM. Revision of application PT18/5892/RM in relation to apartments A and B to increase the number of dwellings from 51 to 61. Application to be read in conjunction with Outline Planning Permission PT14/3867/O. Parcels RO3 And RO4 Former Filton Airfield Discharge of conditions no. 3 (Landscaping) no. 6 (Benches) no. 11 (Heritage Trail) attached to planning permission PT18/5892/RM. Erection of 278no dwellings with landscaping, car parking and associated works. (Reserved matters application to be read in conjunction with Outline Planning Permission PT14/3867/O).

26 Braemar Crescent Erection of two storey front and side and single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation.

Decisions 668 Southmead Road Erection of single storey rear extension which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.6 metres for which the maximum height would be 4 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 3 metres. Prior Approval Granted 2 Seventh Avenue Erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6m, for which the maximum height would be 3.5m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 3m. Prior Approval Not Required 5 Elm Park Erection of building within existing residential amenity space to form dental laboratory (class use sui generis). Refusal All October listings at time of going to press. To view all planning applications and find out how to make comments, visit website www.southglos.gov.uk/ environment-and-planning

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Filton Library update Unfortunately, Filton Library is temporarily closed due to essential building work. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. Whilst Filton Library remains closed we will open Patchway Library an additional day each week, on Mondays. Patchway Library is open on the following days and times: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm Saturday 9:30am – 1pm All you need to do is bring your library card with you to use the self-service machines, and a face covering. Order ahead using Click and Collect and we will choose for you You can order up to 6 items to collect at a pre-booked time of your choice. Simply complete a Click and Collect webform for the library you will collect from online anytime at sglibraries. eventbrite.com or call 01454 865022 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 9:30am – 12pm and speak to a member of library staff. You can use the computers or Wi-Fi when you use the library if there is space or to guarantee use of a computer or hotspot you can book one in advance by phoning 01454 865022 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 9:30am – 12pm. Photocopying is also available. Find more information on our website, www. southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges.

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Advice by Yvonne Parks, Citizen’s Advice South Gloucestershire

Council tax debt problems? You're not alone Council tax debts are the most common type of problem debt that Citizens Advice staff see. If you have council tax arrears, contact the council and try to make an arrangement to pay. The following is useful information: • Check to see if you qualify for a council tax reduction. • South Gloucestershire Council can offer an extra £150 discount if you are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. • If you’re struggling, the council might let you pay less for a while or pay over a longer time. • Single people can get a 25% discount. • Pensioners or those on Pension Credit don’t have to pay any Council tax. Council tax arrears increase dramatically if you ignore them because the council will go to court for a Liability Order and the costs are added to your

arrears. It is always a priority debt. What if the bailiffs have already been called? Every year more than a million council tax debts are sent to bailiffs (enforcement agents) for collection. Bailiffs fees increase your debt very quickly. • A Notice of Enforcement is the first step in bailiff action. • The bailiff has to wait at least seven days after the Notice of Enforcement before coming to your house. • If you can clear the debt now or in a few months, phone the

bailiff to try to get this accepted so extra bailiff fees aren't added. • Bailiffs can't force their way in to your home. You do not have to let them in. • If you do let a bailiff in, they can only take certain things. • Contact for us advice. Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire is a member of the South Gloucestershire Advice Service (SGAS) and can be contacted on 01454 334 961 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Details of how to contact the other advice providers can be found here: southglos.gov.uk// documents/South-Glos-Adviceflyer.pdf

Advertising feature Justice for ex-military denied disability benefits Donna had spent 20 years serving her country in the armed forces until she sustained injuries that forced her to retire. No longer fit to work and suffering with chronic physical and mental illness including PTSD from her time in the army, Donna needed to claim disability benefits to support herself. She applied for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but failed the assessment after receiving only two points. Despite her long-term disabilities, the assessor deemed her needs not significant enough for a PIP award. According to the DWP’s official statistics, only 56% of PIP assessments result in an award for new claims. This leaves almost half the applicants without an award, despite many of them having chronic health conditions. Many applicants feel that their experiences are invalidated by the assessors and their conditions are not taken seriously. This is where North Bristol Advice Centre can help. A specialist adviser supported Donna to challenge this decision by highlighting the impact of her conditions on her day to day life, resulting in a dramatic increase of 42 points and an award of £151.40 a week. Clearly the assessment stage is not working for those most in need. Our advisers understand how complex a person’s condition can be and are here to help people get the support they deserve. If you or someone you know has had a similar experience, please contact North Bristol Advice Centre on 07731 842 763 or 07595 047 278, at team@northbristoladvice. org.uk or visit www. northbristoladvice.org. uk.

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Nightingale hospital earmarked for eye patients by BBC LDRS staff for Filtonvoice Bristol’s pop-up coronavirus hospital near Cheswick could be used to treat 250 eye patients a day under plans by health chiefs. The dormant Nightingale Hospital has not been needed since it was built in just three weeks at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay Campus earlier this year, to cope with a potential surge in cases at the height of the pandemic. It was geared up to provide 300 intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients from the Severn critical care network as an overspill for the region’s existing hospitals from Gloucester to Yeovil and Taunton to Swindon. But it was never used and went into standby mode on June 30, although UWE revealed in early October that the Nightingale was getting “winter ready” ahead of an expected second wave of coronavirus. Now it has emerged that University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust (UHBW) is planning to use part of it as additional capacity for Bristol

Eye Hospital, which had to significantly reduce its space because of social distancing and devote beds for Covid-19 cases. A report to the trust’s board said the £2million proposals would see part of the field hospital become an ophthalmology “diagnostic hub”. UHBW director of strategy and transformation Paula Clarke told the meeting: “We are very actively in discussions with a number of services, including the eye hospital and paediatrics, to

Wonderful Windows arts trail Here are the locations for this weekend's Filton Wonderful Windows arts trail, which will see homes and businesses decorating a window and lighting up their homes for 3 nights, Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25, 5.30 - 8.30pm. For the final up to date map people will need to go on to the event page on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/bzwuWERgo (or by searching Filton Wonderful Windows Arts Trail 2020 on Facebook) or they can email info@facefilton. org.uk and organisers will send them a copy! Local people have been getting creative at workshops run by the FACE charity and residents are encouraged to visit as many locations as possible over the weekend.

establish if we can make really good use of the facility in the interim with the assurance that it could be stood down if we needed to trigger reopening the Nightingale for critical care.” The report to members said: “The hub would provide diagnostic imaging services for glaucoma, cornea, and medical retina patients. “The use of the Nightingale Hospital Bristol would enable the review of thousands of patients in a socially distanced manner.”

It said the eye hospital’s A&E was expanded at the start of the pandemic to care for coronavirus patients. “The expansion was made possible by the use of part of the outpatient facilities on the ground floor of the Bristol Eye Hospital,” the report said. “This has reduced the available capacity for outpatient activity.” Other plans to cope with the smaller number of patients it can currently cope with include opening an outpatient site at the Galleries Shopping Centre in Broadmead, although this is in the early stages of development, the report added. The Nightingale opened in April after a huge team of construction workers, university staff, NHS and Army personnel helped to transform the UWE conference centre in just 20 days. Bristol was one of several locations where Nightingale hospitals were set up, although most were not used. North Bristol NHS Trust was in charge of running it.

Covid fines after party

Seven people were issued with fines of £200 on October 16 after officers disrupted a party in Filton. The fixed penalty notices were handed out to four women and three men aged between 19 and 29 for breaching the coronavirus regulation banning gatherings of more than six people. One of the men had travelled up from Barnstaple while another from Torquay. An Avon and Somerset POlice spokesperson said: "We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the majority of people are doing their best to abide by the rules. "Our approach throughout has been to support the public in following the regulations by engaging, explaining and encouraging, and enforcing with a fine as last resort. "But where people are knowingly breaching the regulations there to protect us all, we will move more quickly to enforcement by issuing a fine."

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How the Support Hub can help you The Support Hub was set up by a collaboration of local organisations to help people over 50 living in Bristol cope with the impact of COVID-19. We can offer practical, social and emotional support. This includes things like benefits advice and home maintenance as well as the opportunity to join in online and telephone activities and free 30 minute counselling sessions if you find you are struggling.

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working hours, we will always respond as soon as possible. You are not alone. You can get in touch by ringing 0117 929 7537, or by emailing admin@ageukbristol. org.uk You can also find out more about the Support Hub and Age UK Bristol’s other services by visiting www.ageukbristol. org.uk Pictured, local workers Deb and Kath on a food run

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To advertise, contact ruth@filtonvoice.co.uk or Richard on 0777 555 0607 or Ruth on 07590 527664


Trade ROOFING services AERIAL SERVICES

To advertise in our trade services section from as little as £15 per month contact Richard on 07775 550607 or Emma 0117 9082121. Ruth on 07590 527664 GARDENING SERVICES

Robin Home & Garden www.theaerialman.co.uk

CALL TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTATION

We offer full range of gardening service, build, restore and regular maintenance Hedges, Lawns, Trees for small to large gardens. We are Horticulture qualified and have plenty of experience and also specialise in wildlife gardens, small gardens, office or indoor plants, and garden tutoring service. We also cover household DIY/decorating etc

Call Rob 07438495584 LOCKSMITH

AERIAL SERVICES

H&P Aerials Digital, Freeview and Freesat Specialists

• TV, FM & DAB • Radio Aerials • Extra Points • Fully Guaranteed • OAP Concessions

PLUMBER

GARDENING SERVICES

Taps, Washers Toilets, Cisterns Leaks, Blockages Tanks, Overflows Lead Pipes, Stopcocks….etc… OAP DISCOUNTS and NO VAT

0117

957 5092 PLUMBER

NIGHT & DAY

LOCKSMITHS 24HRS Contact Dave Staynings

0117 925 6828

For a free quote

Mobile:

Tel: 0117 908 7232 or Mobile: 07815 029775

07765 208690

CLEANING SERVICES

OVEN CLEANING SERVICES

ROOFING

DAVE TRIMBY ROOFING SERVICES

l All Roofing Work Undertaken l Professional | Friendly | Local l Independent family business l Well established l Roof repairs and renewals l Fascia, soffit and guttering work

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0117 904 3656 | 07899 921 338 www.davetrimbyroofing.co.uk PAINTING AND DECORATING

SJM DECORATING Professional Decorating Local Qualified tradesmen Internal & External Decorating Fast, reliable & friendly service Fully insured

Free Quotations

Call Scott 07515 523 623 0117 3824411

www.sjmdecorating.freeindex.co.uk

RUBBISH CLEARANCE

RUBBISH CLEARED

Registered upper tier waste carrier licence no CBDU225074

We load and clear rubbish/junk from houses Flats, Sheds, Attics, Gardens etc etc No job too small - we even clear single items Cheaper than a skip and we load no VAT Contact Stuart or Sue

Freephone 0800 0234 995 Mobile 07770944727 anytime inc. weekends


Childcare from 3 months to 5 years of age at Banana Moon Day Nursery Bristol.

Providing a safe, caring environment for children from three months to five years of age. •

Open 7.30am - 6.30pm, 51 weeks of the year

Home-cooked food

Secure environment with extensive CCTV and biometric fingerprint entry system

Outdoor learning environment

Friendly and highly experienced staff.

To find out more or to book a visit, call 0117 969 1662 or email info@bananamoon-bristol.co.uk

CCTV

Fingerprint biometric access

operates throughout our nurseries

Fully equipped outdoor play area

Home-cooked food

Banana Moon Day Nursery Bristol Pinnacle House, 166a Gloucester Road North, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BG Call us on 0117 969 1662 or visit bananamoon-bristol.co.uk


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL SPECIAL EDITION

Responding to the Climate Emergency Working with residents, businesses and organisations across the district, South Gloucestershire Council is continuing to tackle the increasing challenges of climate change. As an area we are: • Reducing our carbon emissions to become carbon neutral by 2030 • Restoring nature • Adapting to the local impacts of a changing climate.

What is the council doing? The council set out an action plan and is delivering this work in partnership with others. You can read details of this plan on the council website. Current projects include an area-wide study of renewable energy opportunities, upgrading the energy efficiency of new school buildings, a study looking at rural needs for electric

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vehicle infrastructure, trials of managing highway verges to increase biodiversity, and flood water risk mapping. Each December, the council will review progress and set out a plan for the next year. To deliver the 2030 goal, it needs to work with everyone in the area.

What can you do now? Sign the South Gloucestershire Climate Emergency Pledge here: www.southglos.gov.uk/ climatepledge Retrofit your home to save energy: The following schemes can support you: • Green Homes GrantVouchers for energy efficiency improvements or low carbon heating up to £10,000 • ECO Funding - Grants for insulation for those on low incomes • Warm Homes Fund – Grant funded scheme to install first time central heating • Renewable Heat Incentive - Payments for low carbon heating systems • Lendology - Low-cost council funded loans for energy efficiency and renewables. To find the right scheme for you, call Severn Wye who run our council-funded service on 0800 500 3076 or visit www. warmandwell.co.uk Support nature: Autumn and winter are a great time for planting trees, putting out bird food, and building insect and hedgehog homes. Your local Wildlife Trust has lots of useful tips and guidance. Visit www. avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/ or call 0117 9177270.

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. One You South Gloucestershire is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself, the One You team can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life. It’s offering services

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt, next to one of the new solar powered bins on Kingswood high street

Climate emergency volunteering: Join the Conservation Volunteers who do amazing work in our area. Visit www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388 883. Be prepared for severe weather: In the South West, winters are likely to be considerably wetter and summers hotter. Check out the Met Office’s Weather Ready website for advice on preparing

for and coping with severe weather here: www.metoffice.gov.uk/ weatherready Join a climate emergency group: Our area-wide Climate Emergency Community Engagement group meets every three months. To sign up to this group email: www.climate. emergency@southglos.gov.uk or call 01454 868004.

Looking after your wellbeing such as courses online and advice on the telephone. The team is here and ready to help you take the next step in improving your health. To find out more visit www.oneyou.

southglos.gov.uk or call us on 01454 865337. For anyone who is choosing to shield at this time because you are clinically vulnerable to the effects of covid-19, you can still contact us for support on 0800 953 7778.


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Can you help?

Redundancy support The Covid-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for people and for many they are now facing the challenge of redundancy from their jobs. If this applies to you, there is support and information available to help you find a new job, look at training options available to you, understand what benefits you can claim and provide you with useful sources of information Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/ redundancysupport Or call: 01454 868009.

Allie from Swagger Gifts wears a face covering and has made her shop Covid-secure. She’s doing everything she can to keep herself and her customers safe. Please be like Allie and do everything you can to Keep South Gloucestershire Safe.

Subscribe for the latest news Sign up to receive a weekly update on South Gloucestershire Covid-19 cases and advice, and council service updates including waste and recycling news. Register for our enewsletter at: www.southglos.gov.uk/covid19newsletter or if you would like a printed copy please let us know on 01454 868009.

Residents, you can help stop the spread of Covid-19 by sharing South Gloucestershire Council’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram messages on your own social media channels. If you are on the Nextdoor app, be sure to recommend it to your neighbours so the council can continue to grow its South Gloucestershire online community and share messages of specific importance to your area. Businesses and community groups will find images, posters and flyers to share online or download and print. Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/ covid19resources

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