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Latest Ofsted inspection finds improvement

Latest Ofsted inspection finds improvement

The latest monitoring visit of South Gloucestershire local authority children’s services has highlighted improvements. Last month’s visit was the fourth since they were judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in February last year. The inspectors said that since their last visit, the local authority has continued into the second phase of their improvement plan and that the… Read More…

Police cuts reversed

Police cuts reversed

Up to 300 more police officers are set to join Avon and Somerset Police this year after cuts are reversed. This comes as latest figures show the force lost another seventy officers from its roster over the past year. This means that compared to 2010 there are 655 fewer officers on the streets, leaving a… Read More…

Bristol Arena will not be in the city centre

Bristol Arena will not be in the city centre

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has confirmed that Temple Island is not going to be used as the site of a new city centre arena, despite months of speculation, years of waiting and millions of pounds being spent clearing and preparing the land for the arena. The confirmation comes after a council meeting earlier this… Read More…

Discover hidden history at Heritage Open Days

Discover hidden history at Heritage Open Days

Venues in South Gloucestershire will be opening their doors to members of the public over two weekends in September as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme (7-9 Sept and 15-16 Sept). The scheme will provide free entry and allow people to peep behind the scenes and discover some of the hidden historical treasures… Read More…

Library announces new ebook and audio book service

Library announces new ebook and audio book service

LibrariesWest, the group of council-run libraries across the south-west have announced a new ebook and audiobook loan service. The new LibrariesWest shared E-Book and E Audio Book services are now live – available as websites and apps (for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire). The resources of 8 local authorities in the South West have been… Read More…

Councillors asked to back regional transport scheme

Councillors asked to back regional transport scheme

Plans for Bath & North East Somerset to join forces with other South West authorities to improve roads and rail transport across the region are going before the council’s cabinet. Councillor Mark Shelford, cabinet member for Transport and Environment is taking a proposal, for Bath & North East Somerset Council to join a regional transport… Read More…

Bowlore Medieval return to the Palace for August Bank Holiday Weekend

Bowlore Medieval return to the Palace for August Bank Holiday Weekend

This August Bank Holiday prepare to be wowed in true medieval fashion by the daring antics of historical re-enactors Bowlore Medieval. With stunning sword and archery displays, this skilled troupe will keep visitors enthralled, entertained and just a little bit nervous as they demonstrate the ancient art of sword-fighting, weaponry displays and William Tell-type archery… Read More…

New appointments to WECA team

New appointments to WECA team

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has two new directors, Shahzia Daya as Director of Legal Services and Malcolm Coe as Director of Investment and Coporate Services. Shahzia, a highly experienced local government solicitor and Monitoring Officer is joining from Bristol City Council. Malcolm is from North Somerset Council, where he has been the… Read More…

Figures on officer assaults revealed

Figures on officer assaults revealed

Figures outlining the violence that police officers face in the line of duty have been revealed. Over the space of a year, there were 655 noted assaults against Avon and Somerset Police officers, for the first time, the extent of those assaults have been announced, with data from the Home Office showing that 236 of… Read More…

Chew Valley provides summer film The Festival with backdrop

Chew Valley provides summer film The Festival with backdrop

The beautiful Chew Valley countryside is featured on the big screen in a new summer blockbuster The Festival, produced by the BAFTA Award-winning creators of The Inbetweeners. Opening in UK cinemas in August – and based on a fictional festival – much of the film is set in the Chew Valley which provided a key… Read More…

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