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Today, Saturday 9, 2019 the Charlton & Cribbs Conservatives team took part in Big Spring Cleanup supported by South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage and colleagues from across the South West England.
We targeted Sycamore Drive, Cedar Close, Fir Tree Close, Larch Way, Birch Close, Bay Tree Close, Willow Close and surroundings areas in Patchway. As well as Charlton Boulevard, Hammond Road, Oak Leaze, Over Drive, Wood Street, Chessell Drive, Borkley Road, and surroundings streets in Charlton Hayes. The team collected over 10 bags of rubbish. We will be continuing this with our next spring clean up coming up in April next month. Please get in touch if you want to get involved.
The team involved included Peter Booth (South West Conservative Chair), Cllr Jon Hunt (SGC deputy leader), Sanjay Shambhu, Jo Buddhraju, Cllr Brian Hopkinson, Simon Juup, Nicholas Bowman, Anil Mishra, Nick, Prasana Ramarathanam, Varagani Venkataramana (Ramana), Venkat Vadlamudi, Robert Graham and several local residents.
The campaign was organised as part of broader initiative by South Gloucestershire Council ‘2019 Spring Clean’. The local organiser Sanjay Shambhu said, “I am very thankful for the team coming out and helping. We will continue to push South Gloucestershire Council to tackle litter in our public areas. In the meantime we will be holding regular litter pick for anyone who wishes to join.”
This year’s campaign will run between Monday 11 February and Friday 10 May when South Gloucestershire Council invite local groups, individuals, schools or town councils to hold a litter pick of a targeted area in their community.
Today Charlton & Cribbs Conservative campaigners Sanjay Shambhu and Cllr. Brian Hopkinson joined a meeting with Bovis, South Gloucestershire Council officers and SGC leader Toby Savage. The meeting was called to mitigate concerns raised by Sanjay Shambhu about lack of street bins and resultant effect on street cleanliness.
South Gloucestershire Council street care officers presented a proposal to install street bins at 12 points across Charlton Hayes. Bovis team suggested to install temporary street bins as per the proposed plan, subject to accessibility review. These bins will be replaced with permanent bins when roads are adopted by the Council. The proposed location for street bins can be found in the map here.
Sanjay Shambhu, who also leads a team of local volunteers for regular street cleansing said, “I am very pleased with the announcement to install street bins, as months of campaigning with South Gloucestershire Council and Bovis has finally ended in clear direction to improve the situation. This is a win for everyone in Charlton Hayes.”
Jo Buddharaju said, “Installation of street bins would definitely reduce littler levels in Charlton Hayes. However, the issue of litter picker appointment for Charlton Hayes still remains open. We will continue to campaign for extending litter pickers services to our area.”
Cllr. Brian Hopkinson said, “Residents in Charlton Hayes pay same amount of Parish Council Tax to Patchway Town Council as other areas. However, labour held Patchway Town Council have consistently neglected Charlton Hayes by not offering a littler picker in the area. It should be noted that there is a littler picker for all other areas duly paid for by the tax percepts. This must change.”
Charlton & Cribbs Conservative campaigners Sanjay Shambhu, Brian Hopkinson and Jo Buddharaju are advocating to further boost South Gloucestershire’s sterling reputation for recycling with the pledge to provide a brand new recycling centre that would be able to provide a better service to a larger number of residents and deal with an expanded range of materials.
Sanjay Shambhu, Chair, Charlton & Cribbs Conservatives said: “I fully support a brand new recycling centre. It would ensure that residential developments in Charlton Hayes, Filton Airfield, Cribbs Causeway and Patchway have capacity and best recycling technology to serve our residents and maintain our recycling leadership nationally. “
The proposal to find an alternative site in the “North Fringe” to the existing site in Little Stoke is a key pledge for the Conservative Group’s campaign ahead of the Local Elections on May 2, with a promise to further their work to dramatically improve recycling standards which, under their watch, have already surpassed international targets.
Jo Buddharaju said: ‘I am delighted with the prospect and wholeheartedly support the proposal as it helps everyone in our community.’
South Gloucestershire Council is currently searching for potential alternative sites within easy reach of residents living in communities such as Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Charlton Hayes and Patchway – a site which would complement the existing recycling facilities Thornbury, Yate and Mangotsfield.
Cllr. Brian Hopkinson said: ‘This is a true example of planning ahead and looking after environment with residents at heart. Street litter is a real problem in parts of Charlton Hayes, Patchway has a litter picker which does not come into Charlton Hayes even though our residents pay taxes to them. We need to ensure the facilities are made better and until such time as all litter is picked up by your Town Council we will continue with our voluntary clean ups.’
Under the previous Lib Dem and Labour coalition on South Gloucestershire Council, recycling levels slumped, with residents being forced to pay a charge for their green bins.
But since the Conservatives came in to power in 2015, the charge has been cut both in real terms and money terms, and weekly recycling collections have been introduced, with thousands of tonnes of additional recycling escaping the clutches of landfill sites, pushing recycling to an all-time high. The introduction of smaller black bins has also resulted in a drastic decline in waste collected.
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Charlton Hayes residents raised serious concerns about the unsafe roundabout on Wood Street and Charlton Boulevard junction. Local resident Sanjay Shambhu have written a letter to Bovis CEO Greg Fitzgerald raising his concern for safety of residents.
Sanjay Shambhu said, “Today, I wrote to Greg requesting his attention towards this urgent matter, which pertains to serious safety concerns for local residents here. The Wood Street and Charlton Boulevard junction, which was opened about six months ago is planned to be a mini roundabout. However, currently there are no roundabout markings and signage, which confuses motorists from all directions and it is dubbed to be an accident-in-waiting. Several residents have expressed their resentment towards delay of this particular roundabout development.”
Residents urged Bovis team to urgently look into the concern and complete the roundabout at the earliest. This would significantly reduce risk exposure and improve Bovis long-held commitment towards duty of care.
A copy of the letter sent to Bovis can be found here .
The Patchway Conservatives campaigners Sanjay Shambhu, Jo Buddharaju and Brian Hopkinson have launched a petition requesting South Gloucestershire Council to urgently re-surface roads across Patchway. The current state of road surface on Willow Close, Cedar Close, Fir Tree Close, Larch Way, Birch Way, Rodway Road, Callicroft Road and Hawthorn Close is poor with numerous potholes.
Lead petitioner Sanjay Shambhu said, “The poor state of roads causes regular inconvenience to residents especially elderly, less able and children. We urge all residents to sign the petition online.”
Cribbs Causeway residents are being called on by local Conservatives to make sure their voices are heard over plans that could protect their roads from poor parking.
A public consultation for proposed waiting restrictions along New Charlton Way, Catbrain Hill and Catbrain Lane has been launched with local campaigners calling on the community to have their say.
The plans to deter motorists from parking around junctions and roundabouts would see additional double yellow lines installed on sections of New Charlton Way and Catbrain Hill to protect junctions and the roundabouts.
Single yellow lines would also be operating Monday to Friday between 2pm and 3pm in sections of New Charlton Way and Catbrain Lane to protect residents from any commuter parking displaced from New Charlton Way. Residents, meanwhile, would be able to park without restraint during the evening and the weekend.
With the consultation having already begun, the Charlton Hayes and Cribbs Conservative team Sanjay Shambhu, Cllr Brian Hopkinson and Jyo Buddharaju have called on residents to view the plans online and submit their comments before it is too late.
Campaigner Sanjay Shambhu said: “Throughout my many conversations with fellow residents, there is a clear desire to see changes like this introduced in the Catbrain area and I am delighted to see South Gloucestershire Council has taken notice.”
Cllr Brian Hopkinson added: “This consultation is a victory for the community, but it is only the first step. it is important that as many people as possible have their say to show a unified voice, whether they want this to go ahead or not.”
Campaigner Jyo Buddharaju said: “Parking is a big issue for residents. No-one wants to see their residential street overrun with cars left abandoned all day by people going to work. Even if you think these plans aren’t the right ones, you should take part so that your thoughts can be considered.”
Charlton and Cribbs Conservatives have launched their campaign for the Local Elections next May with a promise to ensure the new and growing community is a welcoming place for all residents.
The brand new ward in South Gloucestershire, which is made up of the Charlton Hayes and Cribbs Causeway areas from the existing Patchway and Almondsbury wards, will be represented next year on the Council by three seats, with the Conservative Group putting forward a team offering fresh voices and a strong mix of experience and enthusiasm, a stark contrast to the tired and complacent Labour representation in the area.
Sanjay Shambhu, Jo Buddharaju and current South Gloucestershire Cllr Brian Hopkinson, who currently represents Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, launched their election campaign on Saturday, November 3 with the support of dozens from the community as well as Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Toby Savage, Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti and West of England Regional Mayor Tim Bowles.
Following the launch event, the group demonstrated their commitment to the community by clearing up the streets in what is planned to be a regular village clean-up, filling more than a dozen bin liners.
Sanjay Shambhu said: “The Charlton and Cribbs area is very much in its infancy, and with the existing area soon to include hundreds more homes, it is very important to us to promote and create an inclusive community that is welcoming to all.
“Having so many here on Day One is a great start, but our objective going forward is to see all our residents keen to take part.”
Jo Buddharaju said: “We have a fantastic team and lots of support ahead of next May but we would be very keen to see more. This is why it is so important to us that residents feel happy to come to us with their issues and concerns.
“With the backing of our Council’s leader, our MP and our Regional Mayor, we believe we are best situated to get things done for our residents, unlike the Labour-run Patchway Town Council which has repeatedly demonstrated it is incapable of managing its finances and serving its residents well.”
Cllr Brian Hopkinson said: “The introduction of new wards such as Charlton and Cribbs offers a unique opportunity to help foster a new community and promote local democracy and I hope to use my past experience to the benefit of residents as well as to support my fellow candidates.
“Having previously founded a Parish Council for Stoke Lodge and the Common, I see great potential in doing the same for the people of Charlton Hayes, offering them a sense of independence.”
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Toby Savage said: “I am pleased to have such a devoted team of fresh voices representing the new Charlton and Cribbs ward in next year’s election, compared to a tired local Labour Party, and look forward to working with them, both in the run up to May and beyond.
“It is important to focus on these new communities just as much as the established, well populated areas so we can continue to see South Gloucestershire grow as a whole into a place people want to live and work.”
Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti said: “It has been a fantastic turnout for the campaign launch and having worked with Sanjay, Jo and Brian in the past on a range of issues, I know they are the team that can take Charlton Hayes and Cribbs Causeway forward.
“I wish them luck for the campaign and look forward to seeing what they can achieve on behalf of their residents.” West of England Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the launch of this important campaign. It is great to be involved and to see the work that Sanjay, Jo and Brian are doing and I’m looking forward to joining them again soon.
“The area is a key new development for the region and as it grows it is reassuring to know that there is a committed Conservative team already working hard for the residents.”
A team of 15 volunteers helped to clean the beach at Aust Cliff last weekend.
Councillors and residents helped clear the beach of litter next to the old Severn Bridge on Sunday, September 16.
Local Conservatives in Bristol and South Gloucestershire organised the beach clean, part of a wider event to tidy beaches across the South West.
The group included South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage and South West Conservatives deputy chair Anita Heappey.
Organiser Sanjay Shambhu, chairman of Charlton and Cribbs Conservatives, said: “As a team we have achieved a lot, with valued contributions from members of the public towards our commitment to the local community and environment.
“We got rid of seven bags of plastics and other litter. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.”
Peter Booth, chairman of South West Conservatives, said: “The Big Beach Clean was a huge success, with lots of volunteers coming together to lead or join a host of events across the region.
“The response was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who took part.
“The sheer amount of rubbish collected at the weekend offers a stark reminder of the scale of the problem and why we need to keep working hard to reduce and eliminate litter around our beautiful coastline.”
Ahead of the event environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “The South West has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere and it’s vital we protect them for future generations and ensure our great coastline and wildlife are not damaged by plastic waste and other litter.”