South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council is the local authority of South Gloucestershire, a unitary authority in the South West of England region. As a unitary authority it has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. As such, it is administratively separate from the rest of Gloucestershire.

The council area elects 70 Councillors from 35 wards. Following the May 2015 local elections, South Gloucestershire Council comprises 40 Conservative Councillors, 16 Liberal Democrat Councillors, and 14 Labour Councillors. The current Chair of South Gloucestershire Council is Ian Blair (Liberal Democrat) and the current Vice Chair is Rachael Hunt (Conservative).

From 2019 onwards, South Gloucestershire Council will have revised ward boundaries following the enacted recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. South Gloucestershire will be represented by 61 councillors (9 fewer than at present) in 28 wards and those councillors will represent 9 three-councillor wards, 15 two-councillor wards and 4 one-councillor wards.

South Gloucestershire Council
South Gloucestershire Council logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byAvon County Council
Leadership
Chair of Council
Cllr Brian Allinson, Conservative
since 19th May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Matthew Riddle, Conservative
since 15th October 2014
Chief executive
Amanda Deeks
since February 2003
Structure
Seats70 councillors
South Gloucestershire Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (40)
Other Parties
     Liberal Democrat (16)
     Labour (14)
Elections
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Kingswood
Website
www.southglos.gov.uk

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, South Gloucestershire is a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, South Gloucestershire Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, and is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council, it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

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1999 South Gloucestershire Council election

The 1999 South Gloucestershire Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of South Gloucestershire unitary authority in England. All 70 seats in the council were up for election and the Liberal Democrats gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2003 South Gloucestershire Council election

The 2003 South Gloucestershire Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of South Gloucestershire unitary authority in England. All 70 seats in the council were up for election. The Liberal Democrats once again gained a plurality of seats but lost overall control of the council as the Conservatives won the most votes and therefore made large gains at the expense of the Lib Dems and Labour.

2011 South Gloucestershire Council election

The 2011 South Gloucestershire Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of South Gloucestershire unitary authority in England.

2015 South Gloucestershire Council election

The 2015 South Gloucestershire Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of South Gloucestershire Council in England as part of nationwide local elections.For the first time since the creation of South Gloucestershire, the Conservatives took an overall majority with 40 of the 70 seats. This was the second one-party majority in the history of South Gloucestershire, after the Lib Dems' 1999-2003 control.

2019 South Gloucestershire Council election

The 2019 South Gloucestershire Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of South Gloucestershire Council in England as part of nationwide local elections.A 2018 boundary change meant that the total number of seats in the council was reduced from 70 to 61. The Conservatives retained their control of the council, sliding from 40 seats to 33. The Liberal Democrats increased from 16 to 17 seats, and Labour lost three, going to 11.

Abbeywood Community School

Abbeywood Community School is a mixed secondary school located in the Stoke Gifford area of South Gloucestershire, England.The school was rated GOOD in every area in its last Ofsted inspection in 2015 and has been oversubscribed in both 2016 and 2015.

It is part of the Olympus Academy Trust (which includes 8 schools locally. The school continues to coordinate with South Gloucestershire Council for admissions.

Abbeywood benefits from some facilities including sporting and leisure facilities, including flood-lit all–weather pitch, sports hall, and music recording studio, tennis and basketball courts, bespoke Dance Studio, and access to Pro-5 football pitches. Secure WiFi access is available throughout the building, alongside well-equipped teaching spaces for all specialist subjects, including Science, Music, Art, Catering and Product Design.

Abbeywood Community School offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.

Avon County Council

Avon County Council was the county council of the non-metropolitan county of Avon in south west England. It came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and was abolished on 1 April 1996 at the same time as the county. The county council was based in Bristol at Avon House and Avon House North. It was replaced with four authorities: Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Bradley Stoke

Bradley Stoke is a town in South Gloucestershire, England, situated on the north side of the city of Bristol. Bradley Stoke is Europe's largest new town built with private investment. The town was planned in the 1970s and building began in 1987 and was named after the local Bradley Brook and Stoke Brook streams. Bradley Stoke is not far from the Severn Estuary of the Bristol Channel. The town Bradley Stoke is bordered by three motorways on three sides. The M5 to the north, the M4 to the east and the M32 to the south. The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke's town centre and shopping hub, attracts more than six million visitors every year. The town is predominantly residential but was planned on a self-standing basis with retail, leisure and commercial areas in the North, South and Central areas, and various business parks on the outskirts of the town.

Charlton Hayes

Charlton Hayes is a British mixed-use development located on land north of Filton Airfield and is a new extension to Patchway. Planning permission was granted by the South Gloucestershire Council in 2008 to build 2,200 homes for 6,000 residents. Charlton Hayes was named after the village of Charlton, which was demolished to make way for Filton Airfield extension.

Chipping Sodbury School

Chipping Sodbury School is a coeducational foundation secondary school and sixth form, located in Chipping Sodbury in the English county of Gloucestershire.Chipping Sodbury School is administered by South Gloucestershire Council, and as a foundation school it is supported by Chipping Sodbury School Co-operative Trust. The school also has a specialism in technology.

The school students all belong to one of four houses; Trym, Avon, Severn and Frome. In 2019, the school formed a school senate.

Chipping Sodbury School offers GCSEs, BTECs and OCR Nationals as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A Levels and further BTECs. The sixth form provision of the school is offered in conjunction with Brimsham Green School in Yate.

North Fringe of Bristol

The North Fringe of Bristol, England is a mostly developed area between the northern edge of the administrative city of Bristol and the M4 and M5 motorways. Its eastern edge is usually defined as the M32 motorway. The area falls within South Gloucestershire Council, and is the northern part of Greater Bristol.

Patchway Community School

Patchway Community School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Almondsbury in the English county of Gloucestershire.Previously a community school administered by South Gloucestershire Council, Patchway Community College converted to academy status on 1 November 2013. However the school continues to coordinate with South Gloucestershire Council for admissions.

Patchway Community College offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.

Ram Hill

Ram Hill is a hamlet in South Gloucestershire, England. It is located between Coalpit Heath and Westerleigh and adjoins the hamlet of Henfield immediately to the south. In the Mudge Map 1815, Ram Hill was known as Nutridge Hill, and was linked to Westerleigh by Broad Lane and to Mays Hill by Frog Lane.

Ram Hill is a small hamlet that has seen considerable land use change over the recent centuries moving from a traditional agricultural landscape to an active coal mining area by the beginning of the nineteenth century. The population would have increased at that time supported by the introduction of new miner's cottages by the Coalpit Heath Colliery Company.

The closure of Ram Hill Colliery and Churchleaze Pits in the 1860s represented change but the new branch line to the Frog Lane Pit along with the movement of labour to the pit and the nearby Parkfield Colliery would have ensured that the industrial nature of the area was maintained to well into the twentieth century. In 1903 the new Great Western Railway direct route from Badminton to South Wales and the railway sidings at Coalpit Heath Railway Station would also have had an impact.

The closure of the Frog Lane Pit at Coalpit Heath in 1949 represented a step change in the area and Ram Hill reverted to its agricultural roots, a dispersed linear settlement, adjoining the London to South Wales railway, surrounded by pastoral agricultural land. There were new additions at that time with further ribbon development consolidating the 1920s/30s "plotlands" developments along the convergent minor roads. Another addition was the introduction of a caravan site at Greenacres.

Ram Hill was peaceful in the 1950s and early 1960s without extensive noise and light pollution. The construction of the M4 Motorway to the south of Henfield in the late 1960s began to change the character of the area and the increasing encroachment of night-time lights highlighted the continuing expansion of Bristol and Yate. In time Ram Hill has lost its rural tranquillity and adopted a new role as a commuter satellite to the main urban areas. At the same time the character of the landscape has changed with dairy farming being replaced by new uses in particular "horsiculture".

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is a comprehensive school in North Street, Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire, England. The school is named after the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, who was born on the current site in 1913.

It has been on the same site since the 1960s, when it was a girls school, later the main school was added and now takes boys and girls from 11 to 18 years old. The girls school still exists as a school canteen and small classrooms, as well as housing the year 10 and 11 common room (Galileo Building). Previously a foundation school administered by South Gloucestershire Council, Sir Bernard Lovell School converted to academy status on 1 April 2015 and is now sponsored by the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust. However the school continues to co-ordinate with South Gloucestershire Council for admissions.

Notable former pupils at the school include Marcus Trescothick, who helped the England cricket team regain The Ashes title against their fierce Australian rivals in 2005, Craig Figes who captained the Team GB Waterpolo Team at London 2012 and Ian Holloway, a former manager of Queens Park Rangers F.C.

South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire is an extraordinary unitary authority area in South West England. It comprises multiple suburban areas to the north and east of Bristol as well as a large rural hinterland. South Gloucestershire was created in 1996 from the northern section of the county of Avon, which was abolished at that time.

The area includes multiple towns and population centres, with many of these areas continuing to expand in both population and industry. Many of these towns and population areas are listed under two major subheadings below.

South Gloucestershire took its title for historic reasons, but as a unitary authority it is not administered as part of the shire county of Gloucestershire. It is, however, part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire, which means it shares its Lord Lieutenant (the Sovereign's representative to the county) with Gloucestershire. Because of its history as part of the county of Avon, South Gloucestershire works closely with the other unitary authorities that took over when that county was abolished, including shared services such as Avon Fire and Rescue Service and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, together with co-operation in planning strategy for transport, roads and housing.

South Gloucestershire Council elections

South Gloucestershire is a unitary authority in Gloucestershire, England. It was created on 1 April 1996 replacing Kingswood, Northavon and Avon County Council.

Swineford

Swineford is a hamlet in the South Gloucestershire council area, very close to the boundary with Bath and North East Somerset. It is located around 1 km south-east of Bitton, and lies on the River Avon, on which the Swineford Lock is sited. The A431 road runs through the village.

The name is cognate with that of the German town of Schweinfurt.

The Grange School and Sports College

The Grange Community School & Sports College was a mixed-gender comprehensive secondary school for 11- to 18-year-olds in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, England.Commonly known as just 'The Grange', it was upgraded to a Community School in 1999 and in 2002 was designated as a Sports College.

The Grange also had a Sixth Form for 16 to 18-year-olds.

The sports centre, consisting of a main sports hall, a gym, and a smaller sprung-floor sports hall, is available for hire to the general public.

The school was closed in 2016 by South Gloucestershire Council.

Willsbridge

Willsbridge is a village in the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire, England, located on the outskirts of Bristol. Willsbridge Castle, situated on a prominent hillside site, was built around 1730, with crenellations added in the nineteenth century.

The village contains a nature reserve, Willsbridge Mill, run by the Avon Wildlife Trust and the site of an abandoned watermill on the Siston Brook, which acts as an Education and Countryside Centre. Willsbridge Mill and Valley are leased from South Gloucestershire Council.

The valley contains many habitats. The woodlands have carpets of Common Bluebells, champions and resound with birdsong. The ponds are homes for frogs, toads and dragonflies, and dippers and kingfishers visit the stream. Foxes and badgers live in the valley and noctule and Greater Horseshoe Bat feed on the insects in the valley.

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