We must do better on Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety - Raj Sood

Raj Sood at Quaker's Road and the Hambrook Lights

Local campaigner and South Glos Council by-election candidate, Raj Sood, has called for improved safety for people traveling by foot and bicycle around Frenchay & Downend. In an extensive correspondence with council officials, he has raised a number of issues including potentially confusing traffic signals on junctions such the Hambrook Lights, the need for traffic calming measures outside the Quaker's Road schools in Bromley Heath, and the lack of safe pedestrian routes around Frenchay. Officials have now offered him an on-site meeting at the Hambrook Lights to discuss this topic further.

Raj commented:

"The recent appalling incident at the Hambrook Lights junction in which a cyclist was very seriously injured must act as a wake-up call for our community. Active travel - by foot or bicycle - has enormous health and environmental benefits. We need to encourage it by providing safe pedestrian and cycle routes, including safe places to cross our roads, and by discouraging speeding traffic in residential areas. 

"These are topics that are frequently raised with me by local residents. People want to be able to walk safely to school with their children. It should be safe to cycle to the shops or other amenities rather than feel one has to use a car. We should be doing so much better."


HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


Eddy Gadsby, President of South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats, has issued a statement on behalf of the Party: 

"I am sure we are all greatly saddened to hear the news of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and would want to offer our heartfelt and sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all the Royal Family.

His life of service to our nation will stand as a lasting tribute to him."

Eddy Gadsby

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Whirlpool future

Whirlpool Logo

Lib Dems are calling for an economic development plan for Yate, following the announcement that South Gloucestershire Council has purchased the Whirlpool factory on Station Road, Yate. The council has leased the site back to Whirlpool, with options to renew.

Stephen Williams, West of England regional mayor candidate for the Liberal Democrats said:

"Whirlpool is a major employer in Yate and one of the region's few manufacturers of household goods. South Gloucestershire Council is right to help the company stay on this key site. What is also needed now is the bringing forward of an economic development plan for the western gateway to Yate.  This should include land set aside for new employment and housing and the reconfiguration of Yate station, making it a transport hub for residents and workers in the area. If I'm elected West of England mayor this May I will make this plan a key priority." 

Cllr Claire Young, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“This site has been at the heart of manufacturing in Yate for many decades. It’s an important provider of jobs for local people and has a significant place in the heritage of the town. It’s vital that the community are fully involved in planning for its future.” 

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Vote Safely this May

Vote Safely this May

Voters in South Gloucestershire are set to go to the polls on the 6th of May to elect a new West of England Mayor and Police & Crime Commissioner. Those in Frenchay & Downend also have the opportunity to elect a new South Gloucestershire Councillor in a by-election.

We don't know what the situation will be like in May, but the safest way to make your voice heard is to sign up today for a postal vote!

Download the form here:

Postal Vote Application Form

and either email a scanned copy to:

[email protected]

or post it to:

South Gloucestershire Council
Electoral Registration and Returning Officer
PO Box 1953
BS37 0DB

Alternatively, you can nominate someone to vote for you at a Polling Station. Further details about both Postal and Proxy voting can be found here: 


The Liberal Democrat candidates on May the 6th are Stephen Williams (West of England Mayor), Heather Shearer (Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner) and Raj Sood (Frenchay & Downend Ward).

Better cycle lane alternative needed

A similar Dutch-style separate cycle lane in Manchester

Lib Dem Councillors have repeated their calls for a better alternative to the Station Road cycle scheme.

Last year Cllr John Gawn (Lib Dem South Gloucestershire Councillor for Yate Central and a Yate Town Councillor) submitted a petition to South Gloucestershire Council calling on the council to find a solution that works for residents, traders, cyclists and other users. He said:

“We want to improve cycling - the current scheme isn’t the way to do it. South Glos Council needs to listen to the businesses on Station Road, who are fighting for their survival, and local residents who are also having a bad time. Where can their visitors park? What about the deliveries so many of us are relying on at the moment?

“Local cyclists and Yate Town Council called for a two way off-road cycle path on the northern side of the road, leaving room for some parking on the other, but South Glos dismissed this. We think it would be safer for cyclists and help businesses and local people.”

Cllr Claire Young (Leader of the Lib Dems on South Gloucestershire Council and councillor for Frampton Cotterell ward) said:

“We need a more ambitious approach to making cycling safer and encouraging more people to get on their bikes. Some cyclists have told us that they still don’t feel safe on Station Road. The on-road cycle lanes don’t do enough to keep them apart from cars and other motor vehicles and some of the junctions are a real problem. South Glos must listen to their concerns and come back with a new plan.”

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