Safer stronger group hold successful meeting
South Gloucestershire council local group, safer stronger Filton have held a successful meeting at the BAWA club, Southmead road. The group meet community representatives three times a year to discuss and record local issues that need require priority attention.
The group,chaired by Filton town councillor Darryl Collins, voted unanimously to support the installation of security gates to lanes on 5th 6th and 7th Avenues in Filton. This will now be progressed as a priority for the neighbourhood in terms of funding.
Director of facilities at Southmead hospital, Simon Wood answered questions relating to the ongoing parking problems that surround the hospital roads and residents produced pictures of some of the examples for both Southmead and Frenchay. Mr Wood told the group that they were encouraging people to use public transport and bicycles rather than their cars. He confirmed the hospital does have inadequate spaces for cars, but that this was not unique to Southmead hospital. Residents pointed out that for a nurse to finish a shift and be expected to wait for buses late at night was not appropriate.
The feeling of the group was that Filton has become over saturated with transport issues and that South Gloucestershire planners and Filton South Gloucestershire councillors, needed to go back to the drawing board to ensure they have joined up thinking with the potential for a new football stadium, airfield development, Asda superstore and wise campus expansion. Bus lanes were also pointed out as being badly planned with Filton avenue causing dangerous driving with drivers ignoring the lane. The planning approach adopted by the council did not seem to take account of multiple developments.
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Parking around surrounding streets of the MOD was also raised as a priority issue.
A bus lane which has been promised for two years awaited by elderly residents of springfield house was raised. Of the three Filton Labour South Gloucestershire councillors, the only one in attendence at the meeting, Roger Hutchinson, explained he had been given several dates for the installation, however it was pointed out that over a year ago, an offer of paying for the shelter had already been made and councillor involvement had delayed the shelter. Chair of the safer Filton group agreed that it was disappointing the issue had not been resolved a year ago when funding was offered. Residents still await the installation to take place.
Filton town councillor, Doug Daniels raised the news that Merlin housing association has announced the potential closure of Newleaze house, on top of the closure of Charlton elderly peoples home. He told the group residents were worried about what would happen and that surrounding streets are unaware that it was earmarked for student use. The safer stronger group recorded their concerns and the fact that no public consultation has been carried out by Merlin housing, however they are due to make a final decision on June 14th at a board meeting.
The next safer stronger Filton meeting is Thursday 6th September at the BAWA club Southmead road, 7 p.m.
You can see the previous meetings minutes by following this link