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:

Some residents have asked where they can find out about the Police
Commissioner candidates; this website carries the manifesto of all of

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:

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:

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)",

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

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 -

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
, or by email 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

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

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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Cllr Mark Wright

Published and promoted by Alex Woodman for Mark Wright (Liberal Democrat),
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