Sep 2017 - Cabot eNews
September's edition of Cabot eNews.
In this edition: _________________ 1. Metrobus start is delayed 2. Tuesday 5th Sep is last day for Consultations! 3. Wide criticism of consultation on Council Tax Support Scheme 4. New fleet of biogas buses 5. Speeding on Cumberland Rd 6. Bristol Half Marathon - Sunday 17 September 7. Developer destroys rare 17th Century ceiling 8. Hotwells polling-station location 9. Explosion sinks historic boat in harbour 10. Bristol Doors Open Day 11. At-Bristol to be renamed Curious 12. Jacobs Wells Baths Update 13. Hotwells and Harbourside Over 50s 14. Clean Up Bristol Harbour 15. Would you like to help me help you? _________________ 1. Metrobus start is delayed Metrobus Ashton to Temple Meads (AVTM) route was due to start this week. It obviously isn't going to! Right now, the Council will only say that "It is currently expected to launch by the end of the year" or "Autumn", depending who I listen to. Some months ago I extracted assurances from the Council that if Metrobus was delayed, the 506 bus service would continue to serve Cumberland Road. This is what I received from the Council a few days ago regarding this: * "The 506 will continue to operate until the AVTM MetroBus route starts, however it will operate in 2 distinct sections. The first will be a shuttle bus providing the current link between the Create Centre and Broadmead and the second is the long term 506 route which will run from Broadmead to Southmead Hospital. The shuttle bus will cease when AVTM starts. Both services will be run by the same operator (CT Plus) and be linked at the Broadmead/Broad Weir stop. Due to uncertainty around the timing of the MetroBus launch, and therefore the length of operation required for the shuttle bus, the shuttle bus itself is not a registered bus service. The only effect of this is that it will not charge fares, but it will have a full timetable etc." _________________ 2. Tuesday 5th Sep is last day for Consultations! You may recall from previous eNews that the Council is asking for your views on a group of five consultations on proposals that impact on neighbourhoods and local services you may use regularly. This incredibly important consultation closes on Tuesday 5th. These proposals will be the biggest change in Council services in a generation, so please do spend a bit of time putting your view in. More here: http://tinyurl.com/yb66azuu _________________ 3. Wide criticism of consultation on Council Tax Support Scheme A separate consultation by the Labour Mayor has come in for major criticism. The Council is also consulting on changes to the Council Tax Relief scheme, which helps people who cannot afford to pay Council Tax. You may recall that back in July's eNews I criticised the Council raising money from the poorest people in the city, and the fact that all the proposed options involve some level of cuts of help. Since then, it has emerged that a court ruled that Haringey Council acted illegally by running a consultation on cutting Council Tax Relief without having a "no change" option. The Lib Dem group wrote to the Mayor questioning what his plans were in the light of this. We await his response. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-40963740 _________________ 4. New fleet of biogas buses Bristol has been awarded nearly £5m in grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, designed to help unlock a £28m investment by First West of England to potentially transform a significant part of their fleet into the gas-powered buses. The funding will help introduce 110 new gas powered buses, 30 of which will be used on MetroBus services. This is really excellent news for air quality in the city centre. Some years ago, when the Lib Dems were running the Council back in 2012 it was our intention that the Metrobuses would always be gas-powered to start with. That fell away in later rounds of cost-cutting under different Council leadership, so it is good to see that this might finally happen after all. More: http://tinyurl.com/yaskgptf _________________ 5. Speeding on Cumberland Rd With the removal of the "temporary" 20mph limit, and the wind-up of Metrobus works, the old problem of speeding along Cumberland Rd has returned. Before the Metrobus works, there was a "Vehicle Activated Sign" by the Baltic Wharf shop, to slow cars approaching what is a dangerous exit junction. Annoyingly, the Council say, "Unfortunately there is no budget available to provide new Vehicle Activated Signs currently in Highways". I have managed to persuade the Council to get the police to restart pro-active enforcement along the road. _________________ 6. Bristol Half Marathon - Sunday 17 September There will be a rolling program of road closures starting from Anchor Road at 04:00 on Sunday 17 September 2017 in order to ensure a safe running route for the 10,000 runners taking part. For maps and details of closures, go here: http://tinyurl.com/y9q5o2yc _________________ 7. Developer destroys rare 17th Century ceiling This isn't in H&H ward any more, but there was outrage last week when a developer deliberately destroyed a fabulous 17th century Jacobean plaster ceiling in a building in Small Street, a day before Historic England were to visit to decide whether it would be listed. The developer, Midas Property Services / G&E Baio Ltd, are in the student accommodation business in Bristol. I hope people will consider the ethical behaviour of businesses when choosing who to work with in Bristol. More: http://tinyurl.com/yanr7tey _________________ 8. Hotwells polling-station location I have complained to the Council for the second time regarding the location of the Hotwells polling-station. For the two elections this year, and for the EU referendum last year, it has been at the Create Centre, which is very inconvenient for the people in Hotwells. I first complained after the referendum. I have suggested some alternative options, and the Council acknowledge that Create is not an ideal location. _________________ 9. Explosion sinks historic boat in harbour A suspected gas canister explosion has sunk a boat by Prince St bridge in the harbour. Absorbent sponges have been scattered inside a boom to soak up some of the leaking oil. More: http://tinyurl.com/ycw36pwy _________________ 10. Bristol Doors Open Day Thu 7th - Sun 10th September is Bristol Doors Open Day. This is the once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city's hidden treasures. More details here: www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk _________________ 11. At-Bristol to be renamed Curious The At-Bristol venue will next month be renamed "We The Curious". Originally called the "Exploratorium", the more recent name of @Bristol caused problems with giving directions, email addresses, and visibility of what the venue actually did. Along with a £3m grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Wellcome's Inspiring Science Fund, the venue will be transformed and modernised. http://tinyurl.com/yat7rt45 _________________ 12. Jacobs Wells Baths Update The council invited expressions of interest from not for private profit organisations to take over the management of this historic Bristol building. The Panel will meet the two short-listed organisations in late September 2017. The CAT decision should be issued by the end of November. The proposals which have been short listed are: * Fusion Lifestyle - www.fusion-lifestyle.com * Spike Island - www.SpikeIsland.org.uk _________________ 13. Hotwells and Harbourside Over 50s Bristol Charities is hosting a meeting for anyone interested in having their say on the development of new activities, projects and services for over 50s in the area. Come along if you have ideas, experience or knowledge to share, or if you would simply like to chat or hear about what's going on. All are welcome. Free transport will be provided for those who will find it difficult to get there and refreshments provided free of charge. RSVP by the 25th September. The event is at Salt Cafe (120 St George's Road, accessible entrance from Anchor Road) on Saturday 30th September from 3-4pm. Please contact David Fakray on 07584 278 937 or email@example.com to book or for more information. Also, if you have an event or activity which should be included in a What's On Guide for Over 50s in Hotwells and Harbourside, please get in touch with Bristol Charities. Local businesses and charities will also have the opportunity to advertise at low cost to cover the cost of printing. Get in touch asap as the booklet will go to print on the 11th September. Contact David Fakray on 07584 278 937 or firstname.lastname@example.org _________________ 14. Clean Up Bristol Harbour This is a local group who volunteers to help clean up our historic harbour. They meet up every month to get stuck in and make the harbour cleaner. The next event is Sunday 17th Sep. You can find this and other dates, here: www.facebook.com/pg/CleanUpBristolHarbour/events/ _________________ 15. Would you like to help me help you? In August I delivered the Summer edition of the paper 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/y9myzkzn 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! _________________