PLANS FOR NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN PATCHWAY AND FILTON SET TO BE PROGRESSED BY LOCAL CONSERVATIVES

PLANS FOR NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN PATCHWAY AND FILTON SET TO BE PROGRESSED BY LOCAL CONSERVATIVES

Conservative-led plans to deliver brand new secondary schools in Patchway and Filton are set to take a big step forward.

In proposals, unveiled today, 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.

Improving school standards is the number one priority of the Administration, having made a record £78million capital investment last year to build new and upgrade existing school buildings across the district, with these proposals reflecting the increasing need for greater school provision to support new development planned for the area over the coming years, including new communities on Filton Airfield and East of Harry Stoke, as well as the continuing development of Charlton Hayes.

Delivery of the school would be in partnership with developers YTL and the Olympus Academy Trust who run the existing school, with proposed next steps for the project to include progressing designs and strategies and, most importantly, engagement with local partners and parents and carers to develop the overall vision for the scheme.

Cllr Erica Williams, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, said: “The Council’s number one priority is to improve school standards, and that starts with providing young people with better learning environments. By delivering new secondary schools in both Patchway and on the Filton Airfield, we will give local children a great foundation for a positive educational experience.

“Patchway Community School has long been a cornerstone of the wider community and it is fantastic to be able to work with the Olympus Academy Trust, YTL and local parents and carers on developing proposals that will not only keep its legacy alive, but will help to build on that very legacy for the future, to benefit the many generations to come.”

Cllrs Jo Buddharaju, Brian Hopkinson, and Sanjay Shambhu, who represent the Charlton and Cribbs ward, including part of Patchway, said: “With more homes being built and our local communities continuing to flourish, it is important that we are in a place to deliver vital infrastructure to support that growth and we are very supportive of these proposals for education provision in our area, both for a brand new school on the airfield and a new school on the existing Patchway Community School site.

“We want to thank the Cabinet for progressing this vision and will continue to work alongside them to ensure these emerging plans deliver the best possible learning environments for local children.”

Please note this picture of Cllrs Hopkinson and Shambhu with South Glos Council Leader Cllr Toby Savage and Education Minister Nick Gibb MP was taken prior to the Covid outbreak

LOCAL CONSERVATIVES IN CHARLTON HAYES AND PATCHWAY DRIVING IMPROVED LIBRARY SERVICE PLANS

New Conservative-led proposals, made public for the first time, are set to improve services and expand opening hours at Patchway Library.

Under the plans from South Gloucestershire Council, the installation of a new external door would allow for public access direct to the library outside of staffed hours at Patchway Hub where it is based, meaning substantially improved hours through the Open Access system.

Unlike other libraries in South Gloucestershire, which fully utilise Open Access technology to allow public access outside staffed hours, Patchway Library – which has the Open Access system installed – is presently subject to the Hub’s opening hours, with availability of services subsequently limited.

The scheme, which would be financed entirely through developer contribution funding, would not only bring operating hours at Patchway Library into line with the others across South Gloucestershire, but would also save taxpayers’ money. Presently Patchway Town Council contribute £18,000 a year towards staffing costs in the library but, with Open Access in full swing, this funding would no longer be required.

Since the introduction of Open Access by South Gloucestershire Council’s Conservative Administration, opening hours at libraries across the district have seen a massive expansion, with services now available to the public for an extra 593 hours a week.

Having proposed the concept and led progression of the plans with Council officers, local Conservatives Cllrs Jo Buddharaju, Brian Hopkinson and Sanjay Shambhu, who sit on both on Patchway Town Council and at South Gloucestershire Council, welcomed the plans during a public presentation at the meeting of Patchway Town Council on Tuesday, September 15.

Cllrs Jo Buddharaju, Brian Hopkinson and Sanjay Shambhu, who represent the Charlton and Cribbs ward, including Charlton Hayes and parts of Patchway, said: “The introduction of Open Access technology has had a tremendous impact on giving the public more opportunities to make use of the important services that our libraries offer, and by installing a new external door, not only would we be able to fully make use of that system, but would save taxpayers’ money.

“We are pleased to have progressed these plans and will continue to work with the Council to ensure residents in Patchway can reap the same benefits as other areas in South Gloucestershire.”