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Station Road Cycle Lane Update

on Friday, 09 October 2020 13:18. Posted in Council News

On Wednesday 7th October 2020 Yate Town Council met with Officers from South Gloucestershire Council and were joined by members of the community to discuss the Experimental Traffic Order for cycle lanes on Station Road.

At the meeting the South Gloucestershire Council Officers agreed to take away the questions and issues raised at the meeting and come back to us by the end of October 2020.

We will keep interested parties posted about outcomes and ask that if you would like to receive updates in respect of this, please email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Click here to view 'Questions Taken to the Station Road Cycle Lanes Meeting' document.

Booking a Rink at Yate Bowls Club

on Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:24. Posted in Council News

Booking the Bowling Green Social Media

Abbotswood Story Winners!

on Tuesday, 09 June 2020 07:54. Posted in Council News


Winners of the Abbotswood Wildlife Adventure Story Writing Competition

Yate Town Council invited young people to enter a wildlife imaginary adventure story competition, from the safety of their own homes, to celebrate the completion of the new Abbotswood play area. The play area includes a giant bespoke wooden ant, spider’s web, tepee hut and bug hotel; the inspiration for the children’s stories.

Congratulations to Chloe Pope aged 7, Wilfred Tebbutt, aged 6 and Mollie aged 6 who all entered delightful adventure stories about Abbotswood Wildlife.  They have each received a £10 book voucher and a Wildlife Adventure Story Certificate.

Councillor John Ford, Chair of the Play Area and Properties Projects Steering Group commented:

‘We were very impressive with the high quality of the entries we received, congratulations to the winners’

Yate Town Council look forward to visitors and residents exploring the new play equipment and upgraded space at Abbotswood. Please continue to follow advice from the government regarding social distancing and follow Yate Town Council on social media for the latest updates on parks and play areas.


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Chloe Pope                            Wilfred Tebbutt


Certificate Mollie


on Monday, 23 March 2020 14:31. Posted in Council News

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COVID-19 Guidelines / Advice and Information

During this difficult time, if you have any queries or are looking for information or advice, please visit official sources such as the Government or NHS websites:

The Government:

The NHS:

The Government: How to Help Safetly Guidance (click here).

South Gloucestershire: Charities Open For Free Advice


Social Distancing - UPDATED FROM 4TH JULY 2020

If you are looking for guidance and advice on social distancing, please visit the following page on the Government's website:


Households with Possible Infections

If you are looking for guidance and advice on what to do if you believe your household may be infected with COVID-19, please visit the following page on the Government's website:



Yate Town Council Coronavirus Battle Fund

Yate Town Council has decided to divert its usual grant round and make it the 2020/2021 funds available with immediate effect to local organisations to support the Yate community in the battle against the coronavirus and help the residents of Yate.

If your organisation is assisting the local population in this time of crisis and needs financial support, please read the guidelines and complete and submit an application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your application will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Please click here to download guidelines.

Please click here to download application form.



Yate Town Council COVID-19 Risk Assessments and Guidance

Click here to view our page regarding COVID-19 risk assessments and guidance for Yate Town Council. 



Yate Town Council Information and Guidance - *UPDATED*

Please see below information and guidance from Yate Town Council in regards to COVID-19

Following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 23rd March 2020, Yate Town Council has made the following decisions:


Yate Town Council is now operating with a limited number of staff working from home with access to limited information and resources; our intention is to provide the best service possible in these exceptional circumstances.



Offices, Buildings and Facilities

To immediately close all Council offices; Poole Court, The Armadillo, Yate Heritage Centre.


Please use the below contact details to contact the Town Council:

Poole Court - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Armadillo -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yate & District Heritage Centre -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have also immediately closed all our venues.


Yate Town Council is aware that the Government is working on a phased plan, which may allow the use of venues from early July onwards. We are currently working on risk assessments and we will be implementing strict building use guidelines and measures to enable everyone to adhere to social distancing rules (eg. limit the number of people in buildings at any one time).


We are currently unable to give a firm date when the above will be achieved as it remains a work in progress. If however, in the meantime, you wish to make a provisional booking in advance of the lifting of regulations, we are more than happy for you to do son and we will keep you informed along the way. We will only raise an invoice for the booking once confirmed with both parties.


In the meantime, stay safe and well and we look forward to hearing from you if you wish to make a future booking.



Events & Meetings

We have taken the decision to cancel/postpone some of our upcoming events and meetings following the national escalation of COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff is our priority and we feel that this is the right decision.

The above applies to the following events:

  • All Town Council Committee Meetings
  • Yate Ageing Better Launch - postponed until later in the year

Please watch this space as some of these events will be rearranged or reorganised in a slightly different way.

Yate Town Council meetings are being held digitally and links to these meetings are posted with the agenda 1 week before the meeting takes place.



Parks and Play Areas

Yate Town Council is re-opening its play areas on Saturday 4th July 2020.

Each play area and outdoor gym will have a maximum number of users who can be in the area at any one time, as specified on signage at the entrances to each site. Please do not enter the site if it is at capacity.

Although the Town Council will carry out routine maintenance, we cannot guarantee cleanliness of equipment in regards to COVID-19 transmissions so use of equipment is at the users own risk. We strongly encourage you to bring and use hand sanitiser and on returning home, to wash your hands.

We hope you enjoy using our sites but please remember to be considerate to other site users and members of YTC staff.


If you plan on visiting one of our play areas, please follow our guidance to help to keep everyone safe: Click here to view YTC guidance for play areas.


If you plan on visiting our outdoor gym, please follow our guidance to help keep everyone safe: Click here to view YTC guidance for outdoor gyms.


Witches Hat Play Area

Witches Hat Play Area is open from 7.00am to 9.30pm from 1st April to 31st October.


Tyndale Park

Tyndale Park is open from 6.00am to 10.00pm from 1st April to 31st October.



Kingsgate Park

The Town Council reopened Kingsgate Park on Friday 24th April with all social distancing guidelines being enforced.

The park opening/closing times will be: 6.00am - 10.00pm but the toilets and water feature will remain closed to the public.

This decision was taken in consultation with the local police. They will monitor any reports they receive regarding large gatherings etc. and liaise with us should the re-closure of the park become necessary. (The link to report gatherings is:


Please use Kingsgate Park in line with Government guidance:

  • Do not use it for social gatherings, picnics, sunbathing, BBQs or for contact ball games with people who don't live in your household;
  • Do not use it if it is busy and keep 2m apart from people not in your household and where this is not possible, 1m at least;
  • Keep dogs on leads at all times;
  • Avoid touching surfaces such as gates or handrails and then your mouth or face (Follow Public Health England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home);
  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath. (See NHS guidelines if this applies to you).



Brinsham Lake - Fishing

Angling is now permitted with social distancing and other guidelines in place.

Notices will be displayed around the lake in repect of the guidelines.

Guidelines for fishing the lake:

  • Keep 2m apart and only visit with members of your household or where this is not possible, 1m at least;
  • Do not visit if this area is busy;
  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath. (See NHS guidelines if this applies to you);
  • No keepnets or competition fishing;
  • No sharing of fishing positions/pegs;
  • No sharing of fishing tackle or other items;
  • No night-fishing.



Kickabout Areas

Kickabout areas at Halifax Road, Lye Field, Millside and Yate West Kickabout* are open with social distancing guidelines in place.

*The Yate West Kickabout area, near Tyndale Primary school, will be open every week day from approx. 3.30pm (closed daily at 8am) and will be open all weekend.



Sunnyside Tennis Courts

The Sunnyside Tennis courts are now available for public use 7 days a week for singles and doubles from different households providing social distancing is maintained at all times.

Bookings and payments need to be made on weekdays by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours prior to games being played.

We are able to permit the booking of two courts for the maximum number of players for a game of doubles (maximum of 4 people per court) providing social distancing (2m rule) is maintained at all times.

The booking of two courts must be made by one hirer, as part of one booking.


Yate Bowls Green

The bowling green can be hired by non members at a charge of £4.10 per person for 2 hours.

The green is available Monday to Friday for casual hire.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

10.00am to 9.00pm

(last booking to commence by 7.00pm)

Tuesday and Friday

12.00noon to 9.00pm

(last booking to commence by 7.00pm)

Bookings and payments need to be made on weekdays by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours prior to games being played.



Peg Hill Skate Park

You may have seen that South Gloucestershire Council have re-opned the skate parks within their ownership. Following this, we have consulted with local police and have taken the decision to re-open the Town Council's skateboard and BMX park at Peg Hill.

Please use this facility following Government guidelines:

  • Do not visit if busy;
  • Do not share equipment;
  • Keep 2m apart from people outside your household or where this is not possible, 1m at least;
  • Wash you hands before and after visiting the facility;
  • Take your litter home;
  • Do not visit if you have symptoms.



Payment to Suppliers

Due to our offices being closed, please send any invoices from your company / organisation via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within your email, please include an email address, if different, for further correspondance to be sent to along with the process required.

The Council will endeavour to make payments of authorised invoices within 14 days.



The Armadillo Youth Cafe and Venue

The Armadillo is currently closed to the public but we will welcome our communities back to the building when it is safe to do so. 

While the Armadillo is closed, youth sessions will continue on ZOOM in July and August.  Starting on 6 July we have made a few changes to the times:

  • Monday - 6pm to 8pm (LDD closed sessions)
  • Tuesday to Friday - 6pm to 8pm (school years 6 to 9)

The session codes and meeting passwords have not changed. If your child would like to join us on ZOOM please contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Pop Inn Cafe

Our Pop Inn Café remains closed at this time. We are working to plan for the safe reopening of this facility in the coming months.  



Yate Heritage Centre

From 13 July our Yate Heritage Centre team will begin preparing our services and facilities for gradual reopening to the public in the coming months.  In the meantime they have digital exhibitions and an entire KIDS ZONE crammed with fun family activities on social media for you to enjoy.


Yate Heritage Centre - Kids Zone Facebook Page

Here at Yate Heritage Centre, we want to do our part to support children and young people, parents, carers and teachers through this period of school closures by bringing you high-quality educational materials to use at home or in the classroom.

We will focus on history but will sometimes include other bits and bobs that we hope might be useful.

Please note, we will do our very best to make sure that all materials shared are suitable for children, but when using the internet, it is really important that parents, carers and teachers check material out first to make sure it is appropriate.

A note on home-schooling: at this time, we know that lots of parents and carers are feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of teaching in such altered circumstances. Many will also be balancing working from home, caring for other children and many other responsibilities. The materials we share are designed to support you, not overwhelm you. Nobody expects parents to become star teachers overnight. Any education work you do with your children is something to be proud oF.

At this time, we are all trying our best in a new and strange situation and that is good enough!

Facebook Page:



Detached Youth Work

From 6 July, youth teams from the Armadillo, Brimsham Youth Wing, St Nix Abbotswood and the Urbie will be out in the community. If you don’t see them out and about they still have plenty of great things happening online; head over to Yate Youth or Yate Armadillo to contact the teams and see what they’ve been up to.



Green Community Travel

Green Community Travel have updated their passenger leaflet to give information on ways they are adhering to social distancing guidlines.

Please click here for passenger leaflet.



How Can You Help?

Yate and Sodbury COVID-19 Help & Support Facebook Group

Yate Town Council is working hard with this wonderful group, neighbourhood watch schemes and local churched to bring a co-ordinated response towards helping our local vulnerable and isolated residents.

Facebook Page:


Guide to Support Group & Information: please click here to download

This includes useful links and information on places where you can receive help and support


MyYate Community Support

MyYate has dedicated pages of their website to provide information and support during this difficult time.

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Easter Egg Extravaganza

on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 15:35. Posted in Council News