CONSULTATIONS

 

Consultations give you an opportunity to let us know what you think about local services, issues and events. They are very important when changes are being proposed.

There are no current consultations from Emersons Green Town Council.

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Devolution

Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/devolution for more information on the devolution deal proposed between the Government and the four local authorities in the West of England.

 

For all current consultations being run by South Gloucestershire Council please visit

https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti

 

Latest news on a further consultation on proposed changes to Libraries

Following the successful consultation process in the Spring, the South Gloucestershire Council has adopted a new preferred position with the aim to future-proof South Gloucestershire’s libraries for the long term and ensure that no library buildings should need to close. A new three month consultation is now running until January 2nd 2017 to hear what the public has to say about the new proposals and information is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges and in your local library and council offices.

 The new preferred option is to reduce the library service savings target from £650,000 to £500,000. This would mean a smaller reduction in staff hours required to meet that target. The council will consult with library users and non-users alike on how best to deploy staff among local libraries. It is proposed that the mobile library service be replaced with community centre based libraries across South Gloucestershire and run by volunteer groups. The Council would also fund the building costs of Chipping Sodbury Library with the service being delivered by volunteers. These plans would mean that no library building would have to close as a result of the savings.

 The council has also agreed to continue to develop plans to use technology that would allow registered members to use library facilities for 11 hours a-day, seven days a-week, between 8.30am and 7.30pm. This technological approach to delivering library services would build on existing self-service kiosks by providing access to library buildings for registered users out of staff hours, it would be a new approach for South Gloucestershire. The council wants to hear from existing library users as well as those who perhaps cannot currently use these facilities during current opening hours, about how they feel about this option.

 After the new consultation process, a final decision on how to proceed will be made in the New Year. Changes in public-facing library services would not take place until October 2017.

 

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PRESS RELEASES

 

IMPROVEMENT WORKS FOR RECYCLING FACILITY AT MANGOTSFIELD

Work will begin on 1 February to make significant improvements to the transfer station and recycling yard attached to the Mangotsfield Sort It recycling centre. These works will prepare the site for the weekly recycling collections that will begin across South Gloucestershire in June this year and will also help to improve traffic flow in and around the Mangotsfield site, which has been an issue for local residents.

More details here.

To ensure site safety and that the improvements are completed on time, we will need to close the public Sort It recycling centre next to the yard for the duration of the refurbishment, between 1 February – 31 May 2017. The site will still be used by council collection vehicles to unload household waste after collections.

The council is giving residents advance warning so that they can dispose of any appropriate waste they already have prior to the temporary closure.

The three other Sort It recycling centres in South Gloucestershire will be open as usual, 8:30am - 4:30pm seven days a week.

  • Thornbury - Short Way, BS35 3UT
  • Yate - Collett Way, BS37 5NL
  • Little Stoke - Station Road, BS34 6HP

Check what can be accepted at each site before you visit and make sure your vehicle is registered at www.southglos.gov.uk/sortitreg.

The changes to the waste and recycling collection service, which include weekly recycling from June and smaller black bins later in the year, will help South Gloucestershire reach its target to reduce overall waste volumes and recycle 50 per cent of its waste by 2020. The changes are part of the wider waste strategy for the area to provide a consistent service for residents and support the growing population. You can find out more online at www.southglos.gov.uk/wastestrategy

A registration system was introduced at all of the Sort It recycling centres in South Gloucestershire last year to prevent non-residents and businesses from using them. The sites also operate an open bag policy where bags of mixed waste are checked for recyclable items which have to be removed before the rest of the rubbish can be disposed of.