Jun 2016 - Cabot eNews

Jun 2016's edition of Cabot eNews.

Welcome to this edition of Cabot eNews - your monthly local e-newsletter
from ­Hotwells & Harbourside councillor Mark Wright. This is the first
edition since the abolition of Cabot ward and the creation of my new
ward H&H. I have decided to keep the name unchanged for now, as Cabot
Tower is still in the new ward of H&H, and everyone is used to this name

Cabot eNews is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is
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As a result of the boundary change, the focus of Cabot eNews will shift
west a bit. It is now less likely to have stories about Broadmead,
Redcliffe, Old Market, Stokes Croft, Cotham, and Kingsdown. It is more
likely to have stories about Hotwells, Cumberland Basin, and
Cliftonwood. If this means you no longer want to receive it, just let me

In this edition:

1. EU Referendum – 23 June
2. Big local planning applications
3. Low Emission Zone campaign
4. Closure of Prince St Bridge opposed
5. A "Metro Mayor" for Avon?
6. M32 closures
7. New Mayor unveils new Cabinet
8. A Future for "A-Bond" big red warehouse
9. Bristol Community Dance Centre listed
10. Spike Island traffic signals removal
11. Jacobs Wells Community Hub - June events
12. Treasure Island Trail
13. Green Squares and Secret Gardens in Clifton and Hotwells
14. Neighbourhood Form and Partnership meetings
15. Bike Racks on Dowry Square
16. Playing Out
17. Local Exhibitions

1. EU Referendum – 23 June

With the dust barely settled on the local elections, citizens are going
to the polls again on Thursday 23rd June for a crucial vote on the
future of the United Kingdom. Voters will make a simple choice with
absolutely huge consequences: whether the UK remains in, or leaves, the
European Union. If you aren't registered to vote you must do so by 7th
June! You can do that here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

I and the Bristol Lib Dems are backing the "Remain" campaign to stay in
the EU. The EU is not perfect - far from it. It is bureaucratic,
undemocratic in places, slow to modernise, and keeps trying to grab
powers it shouldn't have. But actually, the same can be said of the
United Kingdom! And in fact the Scottish Nationalists use exactly this
line to argue that Scotland should leave the UK and go it alone. But
just as those flaws are not a good enough reason to dismantle the UK
rather than reforming it, they are not a good enough reason to dismantle
the EU rather than reforming it either.

IN Together: www.libdems.org.uk/europe
Stronger IN: www.strongerin.co.uk

2. Big local planning applications

A number of big planning applications are bubbling up at the same time
across the H&H ward.  There are 4 major ones of note:

* A ‘pre application enquiry’ for the vacant site between The
Quays and
Wapping Wharf on Cumberland Road. This is at a very early stage, but
will be for flats. It’s good that this site is finally coming forward as
it’s now an eyesore between two nice sets of flats. I hope it’s a
nice plan.

* A ‘pre application enquiry’ for Brandon Yard - the former gas works
site and West Purifier House on Anchor Road. Previously the Soil
Association hoped to put their flagship HQ here, but sadly that appears
to have fallen through. The new plan is likely to be flats. It will have
to be of the very highest quality in this iconic listed site.

* The Unite Students development proposals for Brunel House just off
Park St. This has been through its first round of public consultation.
The initial proposal of well over 400 rooms was ridiculous and has
rightly been modified. I have spoken to the developers and told them
that the plans are still too over-intensive and they still need to
remove a storey and look at further ways to reduce the visual impact.

* St Mary’s Hospital on Brandon Hill. Full plans are due to be submitted
imminently. The previous version of the plans included demolition of the
existing historic frontage. The previous developer also initially
proposed demolition, but changed their mind under pressure. The new
developer started again from scratch. I will oppose any plans that
involve demolition of the historic frontage, or undue intrusion onto the
residents around the site.

Remember that you can search for planning apps online:

3. Low Emission Zone campaign

I have submitted formal questions about action on air quality to the new
Mayor, Labour’s Marvin Rees. Last year the Labour Party joined my
campaign for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Bristol city centre and had a
manifesto commitment to it for the 2016 Mayoral election. I will hold
the Mayor to this promise, and I have asked for his provision timetable
for implementation of the LEZ.

4. Closure of Prince St Bridge opposed

I have written to Cllr Mark Bradshaw (the new lead councillor for
Transport under the new Mayor) stating my continuing opposition to
permanently closing Prince St Bridge to cars. The Council has said it
doesn’t have plans to do so, but rumours to the contrary continue to

5. A "Metro Mayor" for Avon?

In March Government offered our region a devolution deal of over £1
billion worth of investment and new local powers, but only if we agree
to having another elected "Metro Mayor” over the Avon area. All four
West of England councils (Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset, and South
Gloucestershire) will debate the deal and must agree for it to go ahead.
Bristol councillors will be consider the deal at a Full Council meeting
on 29 June.

The "Metro Mayor" model is no one's preference of how to do things -
other then Chancellor George Osborne - but sadly it's the only game in
town for securing the powers and finance we need so badly in Bristol, so
I'll be supporting it.

6. M32 closures

There will be some closures on the M32 between junctions 1 and 3 from
8pm on Friday June 10 until 6am on Monday June 13. The closures will
allow a new bridge to be put in place over the motorway for the MetroBus
bus-only junction and are required to carry out this work safely.

In addition, work is about to start on the MetroBus bridge on
Winterstoke Road and will take approximately 10 months to construct.
Expect minor hinderances in the area.

7. New Mayor unveils new Cabinet

Bristol’s new 10-strong cross-party Cabinet has been announced by Mayor
Marvin Rees. Joining the Mayor in the Cabinet are councillors from
Labour (6), the Liberal Democrats (1), Conservatives (1), and Green
Party (1), who will take on roles with responsibilities delegated by the
Mayor. The Cabinet are:

*    Cllr Estella Tincknell (Lab) – Deputy Mayor (responsible for
Democracy and Culture)
*    Cllr Mark Bradshaw (Lab) – Member for Transport
*    Cllr Clare Campion-Smith (Lib Dem) – Member for People
*    Cllr Craig Cheney (Lab) – Member for Finance
*    Cllr Fi Hance (Green) – Member for City Health and Wellbeing
*    Cllr Marg Hickman (Lab) – Member for Neighbourhoods
*    Cllr Claire Hiscott (Con) – Member for Education and Skills
*    Cllr Helen Holland (Lab) – Member for Place
*    Cllr Paul Smith (Lab) – Member for Homes

In addition, Mayor Rees has made his first major policy announcements,
which are a freeze on parking permit prices until 2020 and scrapping
parking charges for disabled. I welcome both of these (Lib Dems have
been calling for this for a couple of years).

8. A Future for "A-Bond" big red warehouse

An independent community organisation, The Pale Blue Network, is running
a consultation on possible uses for the Council owned "A-Bond" warehouse
building on the Cumberland Basin. B-Bond is used by the Create Centre
and the Bristol Record Office, while C-Bond is used for private storage.
But A-Bond is currently unused and will require some imaginative uses.
If you have any ideas, please enter them at http://future4abond.weebly.com

9. Bristol Community Dance Centre listed

The Bristol Community Dance Centre on Jacobs Wells Road has been listed
as an "Asset of Community Value". I hope that this may help save the
building as a community facility. Negotiations with the Council are
ongoing about the future use of the building, and I am working with
other councillors on the Neighbourhood Partnership to try to secure this.

10. Spike Island traffic signals removal

The temporary traffic signals on Avon Crescent and Cumberland Road are
being removed today. Other temporary traffic management in this
location, including the closure of Smeaton Road and the diversion via
Avon Crescent, will stay in place until construction is completed in
Autumn 2016.

Additional short-term temporary traffic management will be in place
later on in the year when the new bus stops are constructed, and for the
construction of the pedestrian crossing over the Bristol Harbour
Railway, and the much needed pedestrian crossing by the Baltic Wharf
shop (at last!)

11. Jacobs Wells Community Hub - June events

*    Singing on Brandon Hill - Wednesday 8th June 2016 (18.00-19.00).
Meet on the Old Bowling Green.
*    Singing on the Hill - Saturday 11th June 2016 (11.00-12.00).
*    Coffee at Costa Coffee (Queens Road) - Wednesday 15th June 2016
*    Tai Chi - Thursday 16th June 2016 (14.15-15.15).  They hope this
will be an outdoor event.
*    Coffee at Costa Coffee (Cathedral Walk) - Wednesday 29th June 2016

12. Treasure Island Trail

The Long John Silver Team are launching the first part of their Treasure
Island Trail sensory update (leading with the new planting). This is
scheduled for a 1pm start on 4th June outside Black Spot ‘A’
Almshouses, King Street). There will be pizza and storytelling at the
Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf after.

13. Green Squares and Secret Gardens in Clifton and Hotwells

Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS) are running this event
over 11th/12th June that tours hidden gardens and gems in the area.
Tickets are £3 for the whole weekend. More information will be on the
CHIS website www.cliftonhotwells.org.uk

14. Neighbourhood Form and Partnership meetings

The boundary change means changes for the local Forum and Partnership

* H&H residents are invited to the next Central Forum on Monday 13 June
2016, 7pm at faithSPACE, Redcliffe Methodist Church, Prewett Street

* The next Central, Clifton and Harbourside Partnership is Tuesday, 21st
June, 7pm, at Brunel House, St George's Road

15. Bike Racks on Dowry Square

Having been contacted by the Dowry Square Garden Committee, I have asked
the Council to investigate putting some bike racks around Dowry Square.

16. Playing Out

Playing Out is an organisation that helps residents organise street
day-closures for parties and children playing safely outside. More info:

17. Local Exhibitions

The Architecture Centre:

* 20 Years of the RIBA Stirling Prize; until 21 August. The Royal
Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is the UK’s most
prestigious architectural award.

BIG Green Week:

* Bristol's annual festival of sustainability; 11-19 June, at various
venues across the city. Find out more about the festival at

Bristol Museums:

* There is lots going on at the museums over the summer. For more
information about visit www.bristolmuseums.org.uk