News in Bristol & NE Somerset - The Week In

  • Free Parking in Keynsham … as long as you know where to find it!

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    As reported in last week’s issue, The Labbott Car Park behind Temple Street is now free for two hours.  The move follows concerted efforts by traders, residents and politicians to make B&NES Council listen to local opinion, having steadfastly refused …

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  • Plans to turn Staple Hill police station into retirement apartments are welcomed

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    Plans to turn Staple Hill police station site into more than 40 retirement apartments have been welcomed by the community, say developers McCarthy & Stone. The new development of one- and two-bedroom ‘Later Living’ retirement apartments for the over-60s is …

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  • Flower festival at village church

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    Shortwood Methodist Church is holding a flower festival this weekend. The little church on Main Road  is overflowing with flowers including lilies, carnations, gerbera and roses. Here Dorothy a member of the congregation, admires some of the blooms

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  • Satish Kumar brings his simple message to Keynsham

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    The peace and environment activist Satish Kumar delivered his powerful ‘Live Simply’ message to an audience of more than 200 people in Keynsham last night. Mr Kumar, a former Jain monk, who in his youth was inspired by the life …

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  • £50k boost for ‘missing’ cycle link at Pucklechurch

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    The campaign for a new footpath and cycleway along the B4465 Shortwood Road that will finally link Pucklechurch with the wider Bristol and Bath cycle network has received a £50,000 boost. South Gloucestershire Council has agreed to fund the building of the first phase of …

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  • Kingswood primary school’s extension plans

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    Plans to extend a Kingswood primary school so it can open its doors to more than 200 extra pupils have taken a step forward. South Gloucestershire Council is planning to extend Beacon Rise Primary School in Hanham Road in two …

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  • Football legend Ian Holloway opens new waste plant in Warmley

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    Former Bristol Rovers player and manager Ian Holloway was in Warmley today to open a new hazardous waste transfer station. Ollie, who is currently manager of Crystal Palace, who have just won promotion to the Premier League, opened Shield Environmental …

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  • Celebrations as South Glos keep its Fairtrade status

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      Schoolchildren in Downend today helped celebrate the news that South Gloucestershire has retained its coveted Fairtrade status. The pupils at Christchurch C of E Junior School in Pendennis Road hosted a Fairtrade honey tasting session. Cllr Ian Boulton, the …

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  • Thumbs down for Costa al fresco

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    B&NES Council’s Development Control Committee voted to refuse planning permission for tables and chairs outside Costa Coffee’s Keynsham branch this afternoon. The proposal divided opinion between members who believed the views of Keynsham residents should be listened to and others …

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  • Funeral of well-known Bitton councillor

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    The funeral took place today of a well-known Lib Dem councillor. Mike Thomas, 77, who represented Bitton on South Gloucestershire Council for many years, had been suffering from cancer. The many mourners at his funeral, held at the House of …

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