Apr 2016 - Cabot eNews
April's edition of Cabot eNews.
In this edition: _________________ 1. Progress made on Pavilion community space 2. Local Elections coming soon! 3. Hotwells polling station moved to Create Centre 4. Major water-main works through Cotham 5. Update on Poole's Wharf bridge closure 6. Gaol Ferry Steps to open soon 7. West of England Devolution Deal 8. New campaign to encourage recycling 9. Jacobs Wells Pop up Community Centre 10. Bearpit Event days 11. Metrobus drop-ins 5/6th April 12. Make Sunday Special - Neighbourhood Fund 13. Bristol Big Give returns 14. College Green Conservation Area 15. Services for rough sleepers 16. Spike Island exhibition 17. Park Street Big Issue vendor make national news _________________ 1. Progress made on Pavilion community space I'm pleased to report that the campaign to get the Council to allow The Pavilion to be used as intended as a community space is starting to bear fruit! At a public meeting at the end of March, the Council's property Director indicated that he is willing to give ground on the issue. He went on to say that the Council would look at the costs involved, with the aim of trying to allocate some preferential times and rates for community groups from this summer. I reminded him that the original intention was the the rental from the restaurant below would aid community uses. It is community pressure and the growing petition on the cause (now over 200 signatures!) that is forcing the Council to think again. We need to keep up the pressure to ensure the Council comes good on this matter. Please sign the petition now if you haven't already. The petition is available online: http://tinyurl.com/ourpavilion _________________ 2. Local Elections coming soon! A reminder that on Thursday 5 May there will be local elections in Bristol for Mayor, 70 councillors, and the Police Commissioner. The boundary review has carved up my current ward, Cabot, and created two successor wards in its place: "Central", and "Hotwells & Harbourside" (H&H). Because I have lived in two different places in H&H ward I have chosen to stand there. It's been a real privilege to serve residents of the city-centre for 11 years so far, and I've been humbled by the many messages of support I've received from residents since announcing that I would carry on and stand for the new H&H ward. If you want me re-elected and would like to put up a window poster for me, or if you want to help in any other way, please get in touch soon! I have been busy delivering my election address to the new H&H ward for the last week. If you live in H&H ward and havent received it yet, you can find it online, here: www.cabot-liberals.org/Cabot/201604_HoH_Election.pdf _________________ 3. Hotwells polling station moved to Create Centre I have been informed at the last minute that the polling station for people living in the Hotwells part of Hotwells & Harbourside ward has been moved to the Create Centre in B-Bond, due to access problems at the original station. This is I think very unfortunate as it is a fair way from the area it serves, but most importantly getting there is an unpleasant walk along busy roads and involves crossing those busy roads without any pedestrian priority crossings. Residents will have little choice but to cross at the busy junction of Avon Crescent outside the Nova Scotia Pub. Traffic often takes this junction at speed, even with the flashing 20mph signs the Council has recently installed to try to calm traffic there. I have requested that thought be given to how extra pedestrian protection can be installed for polling day. Finally, registering to vote is easier than ever. You can now register to vote at a central website: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - hurry up, there isn't long left now! _________________ 4. Major water-main works through Cotham Bristol Water will soon be starting a £3 million scheme to renovate the water main that stretches from Victoria Pumping Station on Oakfield Road in Clifton to Greenbank Cemetery in Easton. From mid-May there will be rolling road closures following the water-main on the following roads: starting in Oakfield Road, then West Park, Cotham Hill, Cotham Road, Clare Road, Victoria Walk, Nine Tree Hill, reaching Ashley/Lower Ashley Rd by the end of July. Each road will typically be closed for one to two months, except Cotham Rd and Ashley/Lower Ashley Rd which will be kept open by temporary traffic light systems. This is likely to be quite disruptive, so please plan in advance. _________________ 5. Update on Poole's Wharf bridge closure As reported last month, the turquoise footbridge connecting Poole's Wharf to Rownham Mead will be closed for 5 months for repairs. I have spoken to the Mayor and the Council about this. The Mayor agrees it's important that this job is done as quickly as possible, and the contractor have assured the Mayor that the bridge will be fixed enough for it to be open during the Harbour Festival. Also, the Council has arranged for a diversion route through Poole's Wharf, which will hopefully cause minimum disturbance to residents and will mean that people and cyclists aren't forced all the way up to Hotwells Road and then back to the harbour. The bridge repairs are happening now because the Council has only just secured ownership of the bridge - it was previously privately owned. _________________ 6. Gaol Ferry Steps to open soon The new Gaol Ferry Steps on Wapping Wharf was due to have opened some months ago. Residents have complained to me about the delays and I have contacted the developer, Umberslade, about this. Umberslade are themselves upset about the delays, which are due to poor installation by contractors. Trip hazards on the steps and other "snagging" issues have prevented opening, but it is hoped that the steps will be fixed up to be opened in the next week or so. On a more positive note, plans for a new food and drink hub made from recycled shipping containers at the site have been given the green light. The Cargo scheme will comprise ten converted shipping container units of varying sizes and will be located between Gaol Ferry Steps and Museum Square. _________________ 7. West of England Devolution Deal The Chancellor announced details of a West of England (Bristol and Bath City Region) Devolution Deal during his budget statement. This devolution deal offers to boost the West of England economy with over £1 billion worth of investment and bring new opportunities for businesses and residents. However, the deal requires the non-negotiable acceptance, by all four councils, of a new "Metro-Mayor" covering the former Avon area. It remains to be seen whether this is likely to be accepted by all. This is a tough call for the area. On the one hand, the extra powers and abilities offered (particularly over transport issues) are desperately needed; on the other hand another layer of government is not great, and having two mayors serving over Bristol would be confusing. I think, on balance, that as this is a "take it or leave it" offer from the Govt we should probably take it. More details of the deal are here: http://tinyurl.com/gsgovfb _________________ 8. New campaign to encourage recycling A new campaign which aims to encourage residents to recycle their food waste is under way in central Bristol. The campaign will see recycling vehicles branded with signs that encourage residents to recycle their left over food. In addition two food waste experts will be talking with local residents, delivering leaflets and putting 'No Food Waste' stickers on black wheelie bins as a reminder to residents to use the brown food waste caddies and boxes. More information on the project http://tinyurl.com/hff7xz5 I'm pleased the Council is promoting this, but actually a bigger problem is the number of central blocks of flats who still have no proper access to full recycling, and for who this campaign is therefore irrelevant... _________________ 9. Jacobs Wells Pop up Community Centre The Jacobs Wells Community "Hub" are having a community day, 10-4pm Friday 15th April, at OpenSpace, 1 St Georges Road (under Triodos Bank). There will be community activities such as baby & toddlers play zone, craft hub, relaxation, bring & swop shop, etc. More information: http://tinyurl.com/hq25y28 _________________ 10. Bearpit Event days The Bearpit Improvement Group and the Council are hosting pop-up community event days in the Bearpit. There will be markets, art, theatre, music, poetry, paint jam, children's play, well being, yoga, community garden planting. Locals are invited to come down for fun and activities, and chat with BIG and say how you would like to see the space used. Dates: * Wed 13 Apr 12-4pm * Thu 14 Apr 3-7pm * Sat 16 Apr 12-4pm _________________ 11. Metrobus drop-ins 5/6th April The Create Centre is hosting a half-term MetroBus exhibition on April 5th and 6th, 9-5pm. The exhibition will include information more about MetroBus construction and the refurbishment of Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge. There will be an opportunity to meet with members of the construction teams who will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions/concerns regarding the construction of the bus-way and bridge refurbishment from 4pm to 7pm on Wed 6th April. _________________ 12. Make Sunday Special - Neighbourhood Fund Make Sunday Special will return this summer with a programme of events and activities across Bristol. A new fund is open for community groups to apply for up to £3,000 in funding to support their own Make Sunday Special events from July. For the first time the schedule of events will extend beyond the summer, so people are being encouraged to plan Christmas fairs, Halloween street parties and other winter activities. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20th April. You can find all the guidelines for the fund and forms to apply on the website: http://tinyurl.com/jv34c5j _________________ 13. Bristol Big Give returns From 27th April the 'Bristol Big Give' campaign will be returning to the city for the eighth year. The Bristol Big Give is a city-wide collection and recycling scheme which encourages students to donate their unwanted items to charity and take responsibility for correctly sorting their refuse as they start thinking about moving out for the summer. Last year, the campaign raised awareness of the importance of recycling, preventing over 72 tonnes of reusable goods from ending up in landfill sites and raised up to £150k for local and national charities. More info: www.lovewhereyoulivebristol.co.uk _________________ 14. College Green Conservation Area The College Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal has been completed. It is available from: http://tinyurl.com/gl38zha _________________ 15. Services for rough sleepers Compass Centre and Outreach services have changed in order to improve support for rough sleepers. If you become aware that someone is sleeping rough, please report that to them. If a new referral, via www.streetlink.org.uk or if following up someone who you think they are already working with, email BristolSpot@mungos.org _________________ 16. Spike Island exhibition Michael Beutler, "Pump House", 16 April to 19 June. German artist Michael Beutler presents an ambitious large-scale site-specific commission in two chapters. The first chapter responds to Spike Island's current use as a gallery and artists' studio complex, and to its historic use as a tea packing factory. _________________ 17. Park Street Big Issue vendor make national news Jack Richardson, a Big Issue vendor on Park Street, made national news when he proposed at his pitch to a woman he had asked for money two years previously. A very happy ending! www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-35843306 _________________ If you know of people who would be interested in any of Cabot eNews, please forward it on to them. 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