South Gloucestershire Conservatives approve funding boosts to road and education schemes during first virtual meeting

April 28 2020

South Gloucestershire Council’s Conservative Administration has approved more than £5.5million in transport infrastructure and education funding boosts during its return to Council business in its first virtual public Cabinet meeting.

A total of £5.199million additional WECA funding was approved by the Cabinet on Monday, April 27 to go towards the planned improvements to Wraxall Road Roundabout on the A4174 Ring Road at Warmley, which aims to improve vehicular capacity and reduce congestion at the well-used junction.

The Cabinet also approved a cash injection of £431,000 from Access West, following the extension of funding for the successful programme by the Government. Over the past three years, the Council has been working towards improving attitudes around sustainable travel and this funding will extend that work for an additional year.

Welcoming the decision, Cllr Steve Reade, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment, said: “I am delighted to welcome this funding into the Council’s budget and am pleased we are able to get this important work, both to improve transport infrastructure and local understanding of environmentally responsible travel. 

“This investment into the Wraxall Road redevelopment – an important junction for local motorists, residents, businesses and communities as a whole – demonstrates the value of our membership to the Combined Authority and I am grateful to WECA for this invaluable support.

“Equally as important is the funding to help promote behavioural change across our local schools, businesses and new developments. The support we have been able to provide over the past three years through Access West has had a positive impact and I am keen with progress that further.”

Also welcoming the Wraxall Road funding, Cllrs Sam Bromiley and Elizabeth Bromiley, who represent the Parkwall and Warmley Ward and have been active in campaigning for improvements to the junction, said: “We are pleased that the Council are now able to make improvements to the Wraxall Road roundabout with this funding. It has been a pinch point in our road network for far too long and needs significant work for some time. This will make it more suitable for the amount of vehicles that use it on a regular basis and will have a massive impact to motorists and residents in our area.”

The submission of an initial bid to Government for further funding support towards the Council’s vision for the regeneration of Kingswood High Street was also welcomed by the Cabinet. The daft business case, which seeks funding from the Government’s £675million Future High Streets Fund, builds on top of the £3million investment secured by the Council’s Conservative Administration through WECA’s Love our High Streets initiative.

Already underway are the redevelopment the historic Whitfield Tabernacle into a performance arts space and the nearby Masters Church and grounds into new apartments and a public park. Further work seeking to tackle empty premises on the High Street and the creation of a digital classroom are already underway, with a new ecosweeper and compaction bins having already been introduced.