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West of England Spatial Development Strategy Consultation

The West of England Combined Authority is asking people living and working in the West of England for their views about the future of the region, to ensure the region is a greener, more connected place to live and work. The feedback will help shape a Spatial Development Strategy that will make sure that homes, employment spaces and transport links are planned in the right places over the next 20 years.

It’s important that we involve residents, businesses and organisations at this early stage of the process, so we can make sure the plan reflects the priorities of the people who live and work in the region. To reach as many people as possible, it would be appreciated if you could share our online survey with your local community, directing them to our engagement page:

Our survey takes no longer than 20 minutes to complete and will be open for comments until Monday 14 December 2020. If any members of your community would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format, please call 0117 428 6210 or email

Once the draft is completed and published in 2021, the Strategy will be subject to a full statutory consultation, providing opportunity to formally comment on the proposed plan. More information about the Spatial Development Strategy can be found at:

Kind regards
Corporate Consultation Team, South Gloucestershire Council

Support Marshalls 28/10/20

Below is a message from Helen Flyng, Community Safety Officer at South Gloucestershire Council:

As part of the Councils response to Covid 19, we are introducing Support Marshals to support us in our work to  help contain and manage a local outbreak.  You will be aware the Government awarded funding to all Local Authority areas for this purpose, which I am now pleased to announce we have commissioned thorough a local provider and launched on the 26th October.  

The role of Support Marshals is not to enforce Covid – 19 regulations and they will not have any enforcement powers, this remains the remit of the Police and Local Authority Enforcement Officers.  Their primary role will be to ‘engage and explain’  with residents and our communities and encourage best practice as outlined below:

  • Patrol our communities and areas of high footfall
  • Target areas in communities that experience issues with social distancing at key times, such as schools
  • Work with shopping centres and retail parks, meeting and greet customers as they enter shops;
  • Prompt customers to wear face masks;
  • Direct customers to an appropriate place to purchase a face mask;
  • Issue face masks (until the small stock carried with them depletes);
  • Encourage appropriate social distancing;
  • Encourage hand sanitising;
  • Observe and provide information back to South Gloucestershire Council that might indicate further support needs.

In total we have recruited four Support Marshals who may work in pairs or in isolation.  Decisions on where they will be deployed will be determined by the Local Outbreak Management Plan sub group for High Risk Social Activity, which meets weekly to review the public health data, information from agencies such as Licensing and the Police; and community intel, this will ensure we are deploying them in to our areas where we have identified the need.   Our first locations for deployment included Yate Shopping Centre, The Willow Brook Centre and Emersons Green.  We hope that towards the end of this week (30/10/2020), the Marshals will be redeployed to Abbeywood Shopping Park; Staple Hill shops and Kings Chase Shopping Centre.

Beyond this they will be deployed on a weekly basis to areas such as our busy High Streets, outside school gates and any other areas of concern.

They will carry with them appropriate identification and will wear high-visibility jackets displaying South Gloucestershire Council logo and Corporate Security Advisors logo.

We are in the process of communicating with key stakeholders to make them aware of this and will be contacting, parish and town councils, shopping centres and other interested parties.

Please feel free to share this information with those who you think will be interested and if you have areas of concern you would like to make us aware of please email

Kind Regards,


Helen Flyng
Community Safety Officer

Community Safety Team

Stronger Communities
South Gloucestershire Council

T: 01454 865018
M: 07795 827101

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Duckingham Palace

You may have noticed that Duckingham Palace has been missing from the duck pond for the last few months.

Colin Prewett who originally installed the palace removed the local landmark for a bit of TLC and a makeover.

We are please to announce that the refurbished palace will be reinstalled on Sunday 26th July at 10.30.

If you are free why not pop along and see the new palace back in the duck pond where it belongs.