For those of you who attended the Parish Council's Annual Assembly and are interested to know more about 'Safer by Design', please visit the website - www.securedbydesign.com - where you will find all the information and contact details you need.
Litter Busters - The Litter Busters meet regularly at various locations in the parish. At the most recent event in the Co-Op carpark, amongst other things they found a printer, hub cap and a giant fish head! For more information or if you would like to join the group, please contact Cllr Julia Wimbush or the Parish Clerk.
Localism in South Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire Council's Localism scheme aims to give communities a greater say in the highway and street scene services they receive, while also helping ensure the most effective use of resources at a time of reductions in local authority funding.
As part of their Localism plans and the need to make savings South Gloucestershire Council is introducing a Core Service Standard from 1 April. Services that will be reduced by this are: grass cutting of verges, maintenance of roundabouts, maintenance of shrub beds, provision and maintenance of floral displays on highway land and provision of dog bins, including maintenance and emptying.
For the year 2014/15 Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council have agreed to buy back from South Gloucestershire Council the level of service we have at present . This will be called enhanced service, that is over and above the core service provision. This will ensure that our highway grass verges, for example along Bromley Heath Road, Overndale Road and Badminton Road, continue to be cut regularly during the growing season rather than just having a spring and an autumn cut which will be the core service arrangement.
It also means that we keep our dog bins. In areas of South Gloucestershire where there is only core service these will be removed. The Parish Council will pay South Gloucestershire Council the cost of emptying the 32 dog bins around the Parish. There may be some rationalisation and removal of dog bins where they are under used or where there is a litter bin and a dog bin next to each other as litter bins can now be used for dog waste. Dog waste can also be taken home and put into the black bin. This would be the preferred option for all dog waste.
The provision of these services will cost the Parish Council about £10,000 each year, which is an average of just under £2 a year per household. This money will be raised via the Parish Council precept and from reserves. We will review this decision to buy back the enhanced service during the course of the coming year and it will be possible to make changes to the contract with SGC.
Further details of the localism scheme across South Gloucestershire can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/streetscene.
Local Information and resources
This website has been designed to provide what the Parish Council hope will be a valuable resource to find out more about what is happening within the Parish. As the site develops our aim is for it to become the local access point for information about the Parish Council and the services offered by the Local Authority.
We feel that it is a further resource for the community through improving communication, involving local people more in what is happening in Downend and Bromley Heath and engaging everyone in local issues by providing you with more information.
We also hope that the website is helping us to increase our communication links with the community. If you would like to advertise your event on the website, please contact the Parish Clerk via the ‘Contact Us’ button with details.
"To seek to improve the quality of life and the local environment for all the residents of Downend & Bromley Heath. To provide a voice for all the residents of the Parish through consultation and participation"
Monitoring and moderation - The Parish Council monitors all activity on our Facebook social media channel. We want you to have your say and we do not censor comments, even if they are critical of the Parish Council. However, we reserve the right to block anyone from posting on our pages who makes abusive, disruptive or offensive comments. Any content that does not meet our simple guidelines, set out below, will be removed without reference to the poster.
The rules are simple - posts and comments on our Facebook page should:- Be civil, tasteful and relevant - Not be unlawful, harassing, libellous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane or sexually or facially offensive - Not include content for which the poster does not own the copyright - Not repeat the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (often referred to as spamming) - Not publicise any personal information, either the poster's own or somebody else's - Not advertise products or services - Not promote political parties.
Have a look at the NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH STAY SAFE GUIDE - All the information you need to 'stay safe' in the community.