May 2016 - Cabot eNews
May's edition of Cabot eNews.
In this edition: _________________ 1. Local elections this Thursday 5th May 2. Bristol Arena gets planning permission 3. Major water-main works through Cotham 4. Harbourside TRO change 5. Kingsdown RPZ permits 6. Brandon Hill: guided walks, volunteering, and the old Oak 7. Record year for school places 8. Bus timetables changed on 26th April 9. Christmas Steps "Big Picnic" 10. New cafe opens at Underfall Yard 11. First shops open on Gaol Ferry Steps by end of May 12. Edible Bristol open new garden in the Bearpit 13. Bristol Walk Fest 14. Following the Frome 15. Sensory Treasure Island Trail 16. Architecture Centre celebrates 20th birthday 17. Exhibitions this month _________________ 1. Local elections this Thursday 5th May Polling stations will open at 7am on Thursday 5 May and close at 10pm later that evening. Voters are urged to check their poll cards for the address of their polling station as due to the boundary changes some polling stations have changed from last year. Residents of the Hotwells polling district of Hotwells & Harbourside ward (i.e. people between Hotwell Road, the harbour, and the Pump House pub) should note that their polling station is now the Create Centre in B-Bond. Anyone can also check the location of their own polling station by visiting the Council's polling station finder: www.bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/polling-station-finder Some residents have asked where they can find out about the Police Commissioner candidates; this website carries the manifesto of all of them: www.choosemypcc.org.uk/area/avon-somerset If you have a postal vote and haven't sent it off yet you really ought to do it right now, or it might not arrive in time! More info on the elections here: www.bristol.gov.uk/elections2016 A final reminder that because the boundary review has abolished my ward, Cabot, I am standing for one of the successor wards in the same area: Hotwells & Harbourside. It's been a privilege to serve residents of the city-centre for 11 years, and I've been humbled by the many messages of support I've received from residents since announcing that I would stand for the new H&H ward. If you want me to continue in my job 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. We will discover in just a few days whether this is the last such monthly eNews I will be able to send - my fingers are crossed and thanks for your support! _________________ 2. Bristol Arena gets planning permission I sat on the planning committee that granted the Arena permission last month, and was pleased to vote for it. The Council agreed to my request that a requirement for a district heating system around the Arena be written into the plans. I also seconded a proposal by the other Lib Dem on the committee, Cllr Tim Kent, that tried to limit the costs to Totterdown residents of any RPZ zone that will now likely be needed in their area. Unfortunately this was voted down. Despite that, I believe the Arena will be good for Bristol and look forward to its completion now, in several years time. _________________ 3. Major water-main works through Cotham A reminder of last month's eNews item about the impending major water-main works through Clifton, Cotham and Stokes Croft, starting 9th May. Details of this are now online here: http://tinyurl.com/za86mtx _________________ 4. Harbourside TRO change There is a statutory consultation on a change to the parking regime in Canons Way, Harbour Way and Lime Kiln Road. The Council is in the process of legally "adopting" (to look after and maintain) these roads from the developer. It turns out that some legalities weren't quite right earlier in the process, and this made it very hard to ticket cars parked illegally on those roads. This TRO will clean up the legalities and mean that residents should be given clear and safe access as any cars parked illegally will now be dealt with properly. You can see more information in the section titled "Proposed Outer Controlled Parking Zone Variation: Canons Way, Harbour Way and Lime Kiln Road, Cabot Ward (CAE/RGW/P-983)", here: www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/traffic-regulation-orders-tros _________________ 5. Kingsdown RPZ permits A reminder to Kingsdown residents that quite a few of you have RPZ permits that expire on 1st May. If you have applied for a replacement but it hasn't arrived yet, put some kind of proof - like the Bristol City Council email - on your dashboard to try to convince parking wardens from giving you a ticket! _________________ 6. Brandon Hill: guided walks, volunteering, and the old Oak As part of the Bristol Walk Fest 2016 please join the Friends of Brandon Hill (FoBH) tree experts on their Tree Trail for a guided walk round some of its 500 trees of over 100 different species. The walk is running three times during the festival on the Tuesday 3rd May at 10am, Saturday 14th May at 10am and Wednesday 25th May at 2pm. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite using the following link http://tinyurl.com/BHtreetrail2016 In addition, ParkWork are joining the FoBH gardening group on Brandon Hill on Tuesday mornings, between 10am and 12 noon, to help with the revitalisation of the Tower Gardens and other areas. ParkWork is a project led by the Bristol Parks Forum that gives people on the route to employment the opportunity to gain skills, training and work experience through volunteering in parks. Turn up and volunteer if you are interested. More info contact Joe McKenna on 07469 400689 - Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org Finally, it was a sad day last month when the oldest tree on Brandon Hill fell during a freak extremely gusty hail shower. The 250+ year old oak (Quercus Robur) would have been well known to many of you. The FoBH are looking for ideas on how to best use the wood from the tree. What would you do with the wood, and possibly the space that it is vacating? Let them know on the Brandon Hill Facebook page www.facebook.com/brandonhillbristol , or by email email@example.com or by speaking to Rocco the park keeper. _________________ 7. Record year for school places Work to increase the number of school places in Bristol has helped the city council meet demand from a record number of applicants, which reached 5,716 applications this year. In 2011 the Lib Dems then running the Council started working with schools across the city to provide 10,000 additional primary places by 2017. School places will continue to be a major issue for the central areas over the coming years, and this of course is important for the existing plans to expand St Georges Primary School (Brandon Hill) on a site somewhere in the harbourside area. The Council has indicated that it still wants to use the Caravan Site on Baltic Wharf for older school-children now, but not for primary age children. I would support this, but do not support simply flogging the site for housing. _________________ 8. Bus timetables changed on 26th April If you use buses, be aware that many Bristol timetables changed on 26th April. The Council needs to change the timetables on approximately 600 stops after being notified of the changed by bus companies. The Council tries to get them all right, but there are lots and a small number of errors are always possible. Be sure to double-check your services if you can. _________________ 9. Christmas Steps "Big Picnic" The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter are having a "Big Picnic" on Lower Park Row on Sat May 7th to show off their plans to improve the local streets. It will feature a BBQ, music, games, and runs 12-4pm. All welcome! _________________ 10. New cafe opens at Underfall Yard As part of the re-birth of Underfall Yard a new cafe, "Pickle", has opened featuring views of the Floating Harbour towards Hotwells and Clifton. Try it out! _________________ 11. First shops open on Gaol Ferry Steps by end of May The first shops on Gaol Ferry Steps should be open by end of May; nearly all the retail units along the route have been allocated and contracts are being finalised. These will be interesting independent stores. In addition, work is continuing on CARGO, Bristol's first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers. Work is expected to start in the coming months with completion by mid/late June. The second phase of CARGO (a further 28 containers on two levels running along the back of Museum Street) is still in the planning process. _________________ 12. Edible Bristol open new garden in the Bearpit Two years of hard work have come to fruition for Edible Bristol with the planting of lavender, artichokes, rhubarb and trees in the Bearpit. More here: http://tinyurl.com/hwua4kc _________________ 13. Bristol Walk Fest Bristol Walk Fest, the UK's largest urban walking festival, is set to kick off this month. Taking place until 31st May, Walk Fest's packed programme will offer plenty of opportunities to explore Bristol, meet new people and get some fresh air with residents of all ages and abilities. The official programme is now available online www.bristolwalkingfestival.co.uk _________________ 14. Following the Frome It's easy to forget that the harbour up to the Arnolfini is actually the river Frome. Pamela Parkes has done a superb article for Bristol 24/7, following the River Frome from Cotswold countryside to its mysterious disappearance at the end of the M32: http://tinyurl.com/gr738t3 _________________ 15. Sensory Treasure Island Trail The Long John Silver Trust's partners PROPS are cracking on with preparations for their sensory city-centre Treasure Island Trail launch later in the year. Trust horticulturalist Chris has combined with the team at PROPS to come up with some planting that will emphasise the Treasure Island story and lead characters. More info: http://tinyurl.com/zfgf85g _________________ 16. Architecture Centre celebrates 20th birthday Bristol's Architecture Centre celebrates its 20th year of championing better buildings and places for people. The anniversary programme includes exhibitions, a symposium and artist commission in celebration of this milestone. More info here: www.architecturecentre.co.uk/events-20th-anniversary _________________ 17. Exhibitions this month Spike Island: * Until 19 Jun - Michael Beutler, Pump House. For his first solo exhibition in a public art gallery in the UK, German artist Michael Beutler presents an ambitious large-scale site-specific commission in two chapters. Antlers Gallery: * Antlers Gallery is a "nomadic" gallery that has been active in the Harbourside area. Keep track of them here: www.antlersgallery.com _________________ If you know of people who would be interested in any of Cabot eNews, please forward it on to them. If you have received this email from a friend and like it, email us to get added directly to the distribution. We also welcome feedback. We are happy to help residents, local businesses and voluntary agencies where we can, to pursue issues to make Cabot a better place. Best wishes, Cllr Mark Wright Published and promoted by Alex Woodman for Mark Wright (Liberal Democrat), both at Unit 7, Fenton Ct, BS7 8ND.