Oct 2016 - Cabot eNews
October's edition of Cabot eNews.
In this edition: _________________ 1. Jacobs Wells Dance Centre changes management 2. Review of Spike Island RPZ Scheme 3. Public Consultation on McArthurs Warehouse 4. Make Sunday Special feedback 5. Consultation on "shared use" routes 6. Prince St Bridge delays to be scrutinised 7. Poole's Wharf Bridge update 8. "Lovelocks" on Pero's Bridge 9. Council endorse Ethical Lettings Charter 10. Volunteer at Underfall Yard 11. It's time to Switch the Stick! 12. Bristol Linux Presentation Day 13. Local exhibitions _________________ 1. Jacobs Wells Dance Centre changes management Bristol Community Dance Centre Ltd handed the keys back to the Council on 26 Aug. ArtspaceLifespace charity have now signed a 6-month licence to occupy the building and have taken over responsibility for the security of the property and all running costs associated with it, until February 2017. ArtspaceLifespace will be permitted to use the building for its dance, music, fitness, arts and community activities, including letting parts of the building out for sessional hire by other groups and individuals. If you would like further information regarding Jacobs Wells Baths, dance space, rehearsals, exhibition/space avails, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings: email@example.com _________________ 2. Review of Spike Island RPZ Scheme Time is running out to comment in the review of the Spike Island RPZ. The Residents Parking Team would welcome your feedback by completing the online survey at: www.bristol.gov.uk/rpsreview Note that, annoyingly, there is no ability in the survey to add text responses for general points, and many of the questions are very formulaic and restrictive. But please do still fill out the form, as it will help improve the RPZ. If you would prefer to complete a paper copy, telephone the Residents Parking Team on (0117) 922 4999 and they will send one to you. The survey runs until Friday 21st October. _________________ 3. Public Consultation on McArthurs Warehouse There are public consultation sessions on the proposals for McArthurs Warehouse next to the SS Great Britain site. They are on 7th October at 6pm - 9pm, and 8th October at 10am - 1pm; at Underfall Yard Visitor Centre. _________________ 4. Make Sunday Special feedback The Council is keen to find out what people thought about the events and road-closures and this way of supporting community activity. Please fill in the short survey detailing which event you went to (or if you didn't) and let them know your thoughts. www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/mss-2016/ _________________ 5. Consultation on "shared use" routes There is currently no specific Council policy on shared use routes for people walking and on bicycles. The Council has drawn up a policy and would like to know your feedback on it. This is quite a big issue on Harbourside, so I do recommend that residents have a look at it. You can comment here, until 10th October: http://tinyurl.com/j8mqw5b _________________ 6. Prince St Bridge delays to be scrutinised The Prince St Bridge repairs have so far tripled in cost and time, and are now projected to be finished in the new year. This is clearly a ridiculous situation, and I and many others have asked for this to be properly examined by the Council. This will probably be taken up by the "Place" scrutiny committee on the Council, which I sit on. _________________ 7. Poole's Wharf Bridge update Work will start "soon" to finish the Poole's Wharf Bridge repairs, which include new safety gates and ramps to the bridge. The Council says the area should be cleared hopefully by end of November. _________________ 8. "Lovelocks" on Pero's Bridge The issue of people fixing padlocks onto public bridges as a "love" message, like Pero's Bridge, has bubbled up again. These "lovelocks" have caused significant damage to bridges in other cities, and also it's horribly wasteful of natural resources to simply discard them after buying them. I wish that people doing it would bear in mind that poor people on the other side of the world work in dangerous mines to extract metal ores. I wonder if lovelockers would still do it if they had to face the poor guy who mined that ore and say to his face "Remember that ore you work digging up for a living? Well I threw it away, for kicks, just because I can afford to..." Someone has set up a crowd-funding page to buy a selection of bolt-cutters to chop them all off Pero's Bridge. Feel free to help them: http://tinyurl.com/gq2j8jy _________________ 9. Council endorse Ethical Lettings Charter At the Big Housing Conversation, the Mayor confirmed the council has endorsed ACORN's Ethical Lettings Charter and that the Council has adopted it for its own homes. The Full Council voted to approve the Ethical Lettings Charter last year, and Lib Dems spoke strongly in favour of this. There is no statutory duty to have a rental standard and landlords apply to accredit their properties on a voluntary basis. However there are legally enforceable minimum standards, and the Council continues to work with landlords to make sure they meet these. To find out more about the Ethical Lettings Charter, go to www.ethical-lettings.org.uk _________________ 10. Volunteer at Underfall Yard Underfall Yard is changing and growing. Can you spare some time at the weekends? Interested in joining their volunteer team? Contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org _________________ 11. It's time to Switch the Stick! You probably don't know this, but ordinary cotton buds are a significant part of sewage-related plastic pollution on our beaches and rivers. The plastic sticks from your cotton buds may be ending up in the Severn Estuary! 'City to Sea' is a Bristol environmental charity, based in H&H ward, and is running the campaign #SwitchTheStick to drive a move to using paper-based cotton buds instead of plastic ones. See petition and more here: www.citytosea.org.uk/switchthestick _________________ 12. Bristol Linux Presentation Day Linux Presentation Day is a Europe-wide project, attempting to spread the Open Source computer software "Linux" to the general public. Linux is best known as being the foundation for Android mobile phones, but has many other guises. The first one of hopefully many in Bristol is on October 22nd, between 12 noon and 6pm on Satuday October 22nd, at Cafe Kino in Stokes Croft. It is a volunteer run event with free entry. Please publicise to those you think might be interested. More info: http://bristol.lug.org.uk http://linux-presentation-day.org _________________ 13. Local exhibitions Spike Island: * Hedwig Houben Others and I; 1 October to 11 December. Dutch artist Hedwig Houben's first solo exhibition in the UK includes a number of key works made over the last five years, encompassing film, performance, sculpture and text. * Roman Stetina and Miroslav Burianek Instructions for use of Jiri Kolar; 1 October to 11 December 2016. Czech artist Roman Stetina presents a new feature-length film made in collaboration with Miroslav Burianek - a long standing director of radio drama for Czech Radio - which traces the process of recording a series of poems by the Czech poet, artist and translator Jiri Kolar (1914-2002). * Test Space exhibition: Colin Higginson and Marcus Jefferies, Phase 3; 1 to 16 October 2016. A new installation exploring the rapid development of urban space in the city, the visual language of gentrification, and the selling of luxury lifestyles. The RWA: * The Annual Open at the RWA; 9th October - 27 November. The 164th Annual Open Exhibition. This year, some 2,300 works were submitted from artists across the country and promises to be one of their most dynamic and varied Annual Open Exhibitions to date. * Academician Candidate Exhibition; 9 October - 27 November 2016. An exhibition of works by short-listed artists, in the running to become this year's new RWA Academicians. Artwork is for sale. _________________ 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. 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