Monthly Archives: September 2014

Statement of Community Involvement

South Glos. Council has to produce something called a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This sets out how local people are involved in preparing planning documents and how they are consulted on planning applications.

The first SCI was adopted in May 2008, since when both laws and the council’s internal processes have changed. The council now needs to update its SCI to reflect this and is currently consulting people on this.

The Draft SCI is available to view at http://www.southglos.gov.uk/planningSCI and printed copies are available at the Council’s One Stop Shops. The deadline for comments is 5pm on 13th October 2014. All the responses will be taken into consideration in preparing the final version, which will be presented to the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee for adoption in early 2015.

 

Consultation on Private Sector Housing services

South Gloucestershire Council are currently consulting on proposals which will affect the work of Private Sector Housing services as it looks to save £168,000 a year (approx. 24%) from its budget by 2015/16 as part of the council’s savings programme.

Services that could be affected include:

  • Disabled adaptations
  • Enforcement of housing standards
  • Empty homes
  • Home energy conservation
  • Home renovations
  • Licensing of houses of multiple occupation
  • Landlord accreditation

You can find out more at  www.southglos.gov.uk/psh and you have until 10th October to comment.

Westerleigh smell

Following renewed smell complaints, an Environment Agency officer visited Westerleigh to perform an odour assessment and detected a smell from the abattoir in the Sunnybank area. Further investigation pinpointed a possible cause and work is being done to address this.

If anyone detects a smell, please follow the Environment Agency advice:

  • Contact Tulip in the first instance (0117 957 1919). They are obliged to activate their Odour Management Plan and investigate. Tulip must also record details of the complaint and their response. This information can be audited by the Environment Agency.
  • You can also report the odour to the Agency’s hotline (0800 80 70 60). The officer would encourage you to do this if the odour persists and if the response from Tulip was not satisfactory.

Consultation on Council Tax Reduction Scheme

In April 2013, the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) replaced the national council tax benefit. Depending on their income and other factors, people may be entitled to money off their council tax bill. With reduced funding, last year the council had to make some difficult decisions about how best to protect the most vulnerable. The scheme for 2014/15 placed people into 8 income bands with an 80% discount for the lowest income band and smaller discounts as you went up the bands. The maximum discount was also given to those who would have qualified for a disability premium under the old scheme.

The council is now consulting on further changes. It is proposing to reduce the number of income bands and also wants comments on whether young adults leaving care who are liable to pay council tax and are eligible for a reduction in their council tax should receive the maximum discount. Those would have qualified for a disability premium will still get the maximum discount. Older people who are eligible for state pension credit will continue to be assessed under a national scheme and will not be affected by the proposed changes.
The consultation runs until Monday 22 September and full details are available on the council’s website.

Yate spur cycle path

The West of England has won £4million of revenue funding for sustainable transport schemes and is matching it with £3million of capital funding from the local growth fund. The Yate Spur cycle path is a strong contender for some of the capital funding but officers need to work through the detail of what can be done with the money available and it will feed into the usual capital programme process, with the decision being taken by the Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment committee. I have been running a petition to demonstrate support for completing the Yate Spur.

Consultation on Private Sector Housing services

South Gloucestershire Council is currently consulting on proposals which will affect the work of Private Sector Housing services as it looks to save £168,000 a year (approx. 24%) from its budget by 2015/16 as part of the council’s savings programme.
Services that could be affected include:

  • Disabled adaptations
  • Enforcement of housing standards
  • Empty homes
  • Home energy conservation
  • Home renovations
  • Licensing of houses of multiple occupation
  • Landlord accreditation

You can find out more at  www.southglos.gov.uk/psh and you have until 10th October to comment.

SGC solar schemes at Badminton Road offices and Moorend

South Gloucestershire Council are holding exhibitions on plans to install ground mounted solar PV schemes on land it owns next to the Badminton Road Council offices and between the M4 and the A4174 Ring Road at Moorend.

The schemes are much smaller than the commercial schemes in the area, approximately 2.5 acres at Badminton Road and 5 at Moorend, compared to over 100 acres at Says Court Farm for example. The aim is to supply electricity for the Badminton Road offices, reducing running costs at a time of rising energy prices and reducing carbon emissions by 700 tonnes a year. Both of the sites are only low grade agricultural land, having been used for landfill or sewage works previously.

The pre-planning consultation runs until 10th September. When the formal plans are submitted in late September there will be the usual opportunity for local residents to comment then too.

Statement of Community Involvement

South Gloucestershire Council has to produce something called a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This sets out how local people are involved in preparing planning documents and how they are consulted on planning applications.
The first SCI was adopted in May 2008, since when both laws and the council’s internal processes have changed. The council now needs to update its SCI to reflect this and is currently consulting people on this. The Draft SCI is available to view at http://www.southglos.gov.uk/planningSCI and printed copies are available at the Council’s One Stop Shops. The deadline for comments is 5pm on 13th October 2014. All the responses will be taken into consideration in preparing the final version, which will be presented to the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee for adoption in early 2015.

 

Temporary Park Lane closure in October

Park Lane, Kendleshire is expected to be closed between A432 Badminton Road and the junction with Heather Avenue for 5 days from 6th October 2014. This is so that work can be carried out on overhead electricity cables. It could be longer if the work requires it. The alternative route will be via Heather Avenue and Beesmoor Road.