Committed community campaigner, Alex Hartley, has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Hotwells & Harbourside for the May 2021 local election. Alex, who is already working hard in our area is formerly a pub manager, who then worked in IT recruitment, he now works in local politics and is determined to carry on the of work of Cllr Mark Wright now that is retiring.
Alex says "I'm really pleased to be selected to follow Mark in Hotwells & Harbourside. H&H is an area of contrasts - high rise penthouses sit alongside homelessness; beautiful views next to areas of deprivation; where active communities often end up fighting an out of touch Mayor's office. It's a ward that needs strong representation in the Council, and as former parish councillor, I know how vital strong representation can be. I want to be your voice in City Hall - championing your causes and our area"
His priorities for the ward are:
- Fighting the Mayor's plan for Cumberland Basin, which rides roughshod over the local community's views
- Combating illegally high air-pollution levels along our busy main roads
- Being the voice for residents affected by the cladding scandal
- Improving the green spaces such as Brandon Hill
- Trying to fix recycling and waste services across the ward
- Working with the Police to try to reduce crime
- Ensuring the Council properly fixes the Chocolate Path, which has now been shut for 2 years and 11 months
- Championing liberal & environmental values across our city
Cllr Mark Wright said "It is great to welcome Alex to the Hotwells & Harbourside team. His energy and drive will allow him to be a great voice for the community that I had the pleasure of representing for the last 15 years. I have no doubt that his experience on campaigning on local issues will mean that he will be elected next May"
Lib Dem candidate for the West of England Mayor, Stephen Williams said "While I had been immensely looking forward to representing the community of Hotwells & Harbourside again, unfortunately the delay to the local election has changed the situation. I feel I can best help the local community by improving public transport, encouraging investment in jobs & skills and building more affordable housing, all things I will be able to do as Regional Mayor. I have every confidence that Alex will continue our fight against a Mayor that ignores the community's views."
Although Alex can't meet local residents at the moment due to lock-down, you can contact him to talk about his priorities for the ward, or your local issues by calling him on 07767 058857 or emailing him at [email protected]
It is thought that hundreds of residents in Hotwells and Harbourside may be affected by the Government's poor handling of the cladding scandal.
Fire safety is essential, yet the current system in place to identify and remediate cladding and fire safety issues including dangerous cladding is not only perilously slow, presenting significant safety risks but is also leaving thousands of leaseholders facing financial ruin.
The complete lack of urgency and comprehensive action by the Government on this matter is unacceptable.
The Elipse Tower in the town centre has Grenfell like cladding
The Hotwells & Harbourside Liberal Democrats support the 10 demands of the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign and are calling on both the Government and the Mayor of Bristol to work together to immediately ensure properties are made safe and none of the remediation or associated costs are passed on to leaseholders or residents in Bristol.
Lib Dem Candidate for Hotwells & Harbourside Alex Hartley said 'It is scandalous that residents are facing potential bankruptcy to make their homes safe to live in.There is suspicion that multiple building around the Harbourside may be affected. It has been three years since the Grenfell Fire Disaster, which was such a tragic loss of life. We need action now to protect the residents of Hotwells & Harbourside from the same fate, whilst not allowing them to fall into financial ruin covering remediation costs."
You can sign our petition at https://www.bristollibdems.org/end_our_cladding_scandal
Castle Park is an important Green space in our city. The upcoming development of the site around the St Mary Le Port Church will be very consequential to the park and surrounding area. For many years, this site has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and many of the buildings have fallen into disrepair, tainting the natural environment of the park.
On speaking with local residents, it is clear that a passionate debate about what the new development should bring to the park has already started. The Bristol Central Liberal Democrats feel that what is included in the new development should be dictated by the needs of the wider community. With this mind we do have priorities for features this development should include and how it should be implemented.
First and foremost, we advocate this development being multi-purpose and built with accessibility in mind. A multi-purpose development will broaden its scope for enjoyment by all Bristolians. In addition, it would reduce the chance that what should be built will become a source of political contention.
When it comes to possible options for what a multipurpose development could look like, we have a few ideas. A number of residents have raised frustrations that Castle Park does not currently have play equipment for children. Because of this we would support the addition of this to the development site. An improvement in lighting in this side of the park would have to accompany this to make sure the play equipment is safe and stays in good order from vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
We would also like to entertain the idea of creating a facility for the extension of St Nicholas Market within the development. St Nicholas Market is an icon for local businesses, who have suffered much hardship of late due to the onset of COVID-19. Such a facility will help give local businesses a vital boost out of the post-pandemic recession in a way befitting of Bristol’s unique character.
We believe it is imperative that any development on this site is in harmony with the rest of the park, and not merely a continuation of the urban city. To make it clear we do not believe that Castle Park can be improved by another ubiquitous office block.
As important to the above conditions is our wish that the development makes a special effort to restore and preserve the St Mary Le Port Church building and wider ruins. The uniquely historic nature of Castle Park is a source of civic pride and genuine curiosity for Bristolians and visitors. Indeed, we are lucky that after the carnage and strife caused by the Blitz air raids that two church towers still stand in the park.