Aug 2016 - Cabot eNews
August's edition of Cabot eNews.
In this edition: _________________ 1. Victory on community use of The Pavilion! 2. Labour Party U-turn on Low Emission Zone? 3. Prince St Bridge and city-centre congestion 4. New MetroBus bridge for Spike Island 5. Attempt to save Bristol Community Dance Centre 6. City Hall refurbishment complete 7. Neighbourhood Well-being Grants Fund 8. Hotwells and Harbourside ward Forum 9. Public art around the 'Harbour Inlet' 10. Planning Application - 85 Queens Road 11. Metro Mayor consultation nearly over 12. Local policing priorities consultation 13. Doors Open Day: 10-11th September 14. Underfall Yard launches new website 15. Jacobs Wells Community Hub coffee evening 16. New app for planning days out in Bristol 17. Local exhibitions 18. Would you like to help me help you? _________________ 1. Victory on community use of The Pavilion! After a spirited 6-month campaign, The Pavilion on Harbourside is now available for community use! The Council had indicated it was willing to compromise back in April, and now it has finally bowed to our campaign - pressure from local residents, community groups, and the petition I delivered last month with 226 signatures on. After I delivered the petition the new Mayor Marvin Rees came and chatted with me and said he was keen to see a resolution as quick as possible; so thanks go to all who put in work for the campaign, and also to the Mayor and the Council for listening to us. To book The Pavilion or for more details, contact Conference & Events Services Tel: 0117 922 4737 - firstname.lastname@example.org Hire Charges for Community Groups: Monday - Sunday 08.00 - 17.00 £35.00 per half day £70.00 per full day Monday - Sunday 18.00 - 23.00 £35.00 per session _________________ 2. Labour Party U-turn on Low Emission Zone Just two months after taking office, the Labour administration appears to have done its first U-turn - on the Low Emission Zone! I was very pleased when Bristol Labour joined my campaign in calling for an LEZ for central Bristol, just before the General Election in 2015. At the February Budget meeting, Lib Dems supported a Green Party amendment to put £50k towards getting the ball rolling on an LEZ, but the Labour Party voted it down on the grounds that it "didn't need any money" and the Council should "just get on with doing an LEZ". Then in March, the Green Party backed a Lib Dem motion with an LEZ implementation date of 2020, but again Labour gutted that on the grounds that "it wasn't quick enough", with Cllr Mark Bradshaw saying "Labour run Councils in Nottingham and Oxford have already introduced Low Emission Zones to help improve air quality and Bristol can do the same" - a quote I very much agreed with! Now Bristol is also Labour run, and Cllr Bradshaw is in charge of transport again, I submitted a formal question to the new Labour Mayor, asking him what his timetable for the LEZ was. The Mayor's reply came last week and was very disappointing indeed. In it, he said "there is no basis in law for Bristol to enforce a Low Emission Zone", and that we would have to wait for new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) legislation in Parliament... Then, "Once the national primary legislation is in place, the council will be able to move towards making a decision on the nature of a CAZ or similar." I really think perhaps the Mayor and Cllr Bradshaw should take a visit to Nottingham and Oxford, who they pointed out to us in March have already done this under existing legislation! _________________ 3. Prince St Bridge and city-centre congestion Back in May I told residents I had written to the new Transport head councillor, Cllr Mark Bradshaw, outlining my concerns at the level of congestion in the centre while Prince St bridge was closed, and while other roadworks (mostly Metrobus related) were going on, and making it clear that I didn't support closing Prince St Bridge permanently to cars because of the congestion caused on Cumberland Rd and elsewhere. I have had a reply from Cllr Bradshaw, in which he says, "Prince St Bridge will remain open to vehicles when the refurbishment works are completed." I am pleased to hear that! The existing cycling facility over the bridge is already good, and also the very good new Prince St/Wapping Road cycle-lane will be going in soon; given these, the cycling facility along that route will shortly be excellent, and the additional full closure of the bridge would mean relatively little extra benefit to cyclists, compared to the large downsides it would cause. _________________ 4. New MetroBus bridge for Spike Island MetroBus will shortly start construction on a new bridge in Bathurst Basin. The new bridge will run alongside the existing bridge which takes Commercial Road over the Bathurst Basin at the eastern end of Cumberland Road, opposite the Louisiana pub. The new bridge will include a new 3.5 metre shared cycling and walking path. This new path will provide the missing link between the existing paths on Commercial Road and Cumberland Road. The works on Bathurst Basin will be carried out by Volker Laser who are also refurbishing Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge as part of the MetroBus project. Work will start work on the new bridge this month and finish in April 2017. Unfortunately there is bound to be some disruption during the works. Please hang in there! _________________ 5. Attempt to save Bristol Community Dance Centre The local Neighbourhood Partnership has granted £5,000 for a study that will aims to find a way to save Bristol Community Dance Centre on Jacob's Wells Road from closure. All the partnership's councillors (including me) are keen that the historic building is not simply sold by the Council for development, and we backed efforts led by Clifton councillor, Jerome Thomas, to find a viable business solution to the current problem there. _________________ 6. City Hall refurbishment complete The Council House ("City Hall") has finally re-opened after undergoing an 18-month refurbishment as part of Bristol City Council's programme to work more efficiently and significantly reduce its operational costs. The refurbishment, which has finished on time and within budget, is part of the council's "invest to save" Workplace Programme that will realise £50m savings over the course of the programme. The programme also includes reducing the council's office estate from 38 buildings to two city centre hubs at City Hall and 100 Temple Street. _________________ 7. Neighbourhood Well-being Grants Fund The Central, Clifton and Harbourside Neighbourhood Partnership have a Well-being Grants fund that is open to bids from groups who wish to deliver projects that bring benefits to the area. Following the last grants round the partnership has £34,637 remaining in its grants fund in this year and I would like to encourage as many groups as possible to apply for the available funds. The guidance, application form and application deadlines can be found at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/h2ok8bj The next application submission deadline is 2 September. The next Neighbourhood Partnership meeting (when these grants will be decided) is Tuesday, 11th October, 2016 7.00 pm, at City Hall. Also, schools, voluntary and community groups and statutory organisations can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Big Lottery Fund's new "Celebrate" funding programme. More details here: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/celebrateengland _________________ 8. Hotwells and Harbourside ward Forum The inaugural Neighbourhood Forum for Hotwells and Harbourside ward is on Thursday 15 September at 7pm, at The Pavilion Hannover Quay, BS1 5JE. _________________ 9. Public art around the 'Harbour Inlet' The 'harbour inlet' area is now almost complete, with the new flats at Invictus and Canons Gate now open. However, several of the developers - and I'm pointing the finger particularly at Crest Nicholson, but they aren't alone - have been shirking their responsibilities to finish the "public realm" around the new flats and public spaces. I have been working with the Council's public-art office and with the planning enforcement team to ensure that these last obligations do get finished, as some parts of the area look shabby without the plants and decoration that were an integral part of them winning planning permission in the first place. It has been a long battle with developers over at least 2 years to get lighting installed and working, a disabled lift fixed, stonework and paving installed, and numerous other issues around the Harbour Inlet resolved properly. The reticent and evasive behaviour of companies that have made healthy profits from the Harbourside developments is extremely disappointing and has eaten up a lot of Council time (and mine!) and public money. On a related note I have got the Waste department to increase the amount of bin emptying in the same area during the summer to deal with the new popularity of the quayside in this now beautiful stretch. On hot evenings it gets particularly busy! _________________ 10. Planning Application - 85 Queens Road I have objected to an application to open a 300-capacity pub restaurant on the Triangle, with an entrance within 20 metres of residential properties. The Triangle is a great venue for restaurants and bars already, and I feel it needs restraining from ending up like parts of the centre or Harbourside, which are now very noisy "late night" areas. _________________ 11. Metro Mayor consultation nearly over In June, Bristol Council voted to set up the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), with a "Metro Mayor" to oversee strategic infrastructure issues. Bath and South Glos councils also backed the deal. There is a public consultation still running until 15 August: www.westofenglanddevolution.co.uk _________________ 12. Local policing priorities consultation A key part of the role of Police Commissioner is to set the Police and crime priorities for the area in the Police and Crime Plan. The new plan will cover the period October 2016 to March 2021 with regular updates during the term. Once adopted, this plan will replace the current one. The consultation on the priorities, which will run from until 30 August, is an important part of the process as it enables the Commissioner to hear your views and be your voice in policing. You can do this online here: http://tinyurl.com/ztqlerc _________________ 13. Doors Open Day: 10-11th September Bristol Doors Open Day is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city's hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities - all free for the day. Over 80 buildings - large and small, icons and undiscovered - will open their doors. A quarter of the programme is new this year, including never before seen places of the city. More details here: www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk _________________ 14. Underfall Yard launches new website The Underfall Yard has launched a new website, where you can find out more of the exciting development that's going on there: www.underfallyard.co.uk _________________ 15. Jacobs Wells Community Hub coffee evening Local Harbourside residents may be interested in the next Jacobs Wells Community Hub coffee evening at Costa Coffee on Cathedral Walk. They will be meeting on Wednesday 31st August 2016 (18.00-19.00). This is after the shop closes to the public - so it will be just local residents at this event. _________________ 16. New app for planning days out in Bristol Developed through an initiative set up by the council's City Innovation team, the Tiny Tours app uses open data to provide an easy and quick way of planning activities with little ones. The app features a variety of fun activities and ideas for days out in Bristol targeted at families combined with live travel timings taken from open data made available by the council. The app makes it easier to organise visits in advance and on the move. The Tiny Tours app is free to download for Apple and Android phones and Blue Sparrow Apps already have plans to add more features. _________________ 17. Local exhibitions Spike Island: Xavier Antin The Eternal Network, until 18th Sep * For his first solo exhibition in the UK, French artist Xavier Antin presents a series of newly commissioned works that take as their starting point the independent publishing and printing house Beau Geste Press. Stuart Whipps, Isle of Slingers, until 18th Sep * Isle of Slingers draws together multiple strands from the work of the British artist Stuart Whipps in his largest, most comprehensive exhibition to date. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: "Youth takeover" * Opening on Monday 8 August, '25 below' offers 14-25 year olds the opportunity to take part in sessions ranging from creative writing and street dance to re-imagining the museum through Minecraft. _________________ 18. Would you like to help me help you? In June I delivered the summer edition of Cabot News to 3,000 letterboxes across Hotwells & Harbourside ward with the help of my band of local helpers. If we missed your door for some reason, you can download it here: http://tinyurl.com/jacg6d7 Delivering so many leaflets is tough work and takes up a lot of our time. If you would like to help by delivering to a road near you, please reply and get in touch ASAP - we are always very pleased to have a bit of extra help! _________________