January round up


Out and about in Brislington West with Jos and Andrew

Another round-up of local news from your hardworking Lib Dem team: 

Out and about in Brislington West with Jos and Andrew

Another round-up of local news from your hardworking Lib Dem team: 

Flowers Hill Housing Development 

We first reported on the plan to turn the complex of government buildings on Flowers Hill in Brislington into housing last month. The site, just off the A4, includes the Department for Work and Pensions, which will be vacating the site at the end of March, the Driving Test Centre and the Bristol War Room. The current proposals include up to 160 homes on this brownfield site as well as retaining the Grade 2 listed Bristol War Room. A mix of housing types is being proposed, from 1 bed flats to 4 bed houses and up to 30% affordable. 

The developers have recently been holding a series of meetings with local councillors and community groups. At our meeting, Jos highlighted the difficulty of accessing the site from the Bath Road, a junction which is regularly clogged with traffic. I mentioned the opportunity of a footpath and cycle-path to link the site to Hungerford Road, which would make a convenient cut-through for residents accessing the retail park and public transport on the Bath Road. 

We have set up a Facebook group for local residents wishing to find out more about the site and to keep up-to-date with the proposals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/487689002398624/?ref=share 

Langton Court Bridge Consultation

You may recall we petitioned the Council and won support for a pedestrian crossing near St. Anne’s Infants School back in January, 2019! We were promised a safe crossing by the beginning of 2020 but this failed to materialise. Since then, the council have changed their plans and are now consulting on temporarily closing the bridge to motor vehicles. If the scheme is successful, this closure could become permanent. If you would like to express your opinion on the proposals, please complete the consultation, which closes on 7 February. https://bristol.citizenspace.com/sustainable-transport/langton-court-bridge-engagement-survey/?fbclid=IwAR38eqoMzQkve9hzGqmF1g3u_Ztmn4GRR8sGGeJVOV1MroGhC3LYpKeh9wk

Whatever the outcome of the survey, Jos and I will continue to push for a safe crossing for the school, which is even more important now the Council no longer funds lollipop men and women. 

Yellow railings appear on West Town Lane 

Local residents were surprised to see bright yellow, metal hoops, which appeared almost overnight, on a small green on West Town Lane. We were also surprised as the council neglected to inform Jos about the project and also failed to consult local residents to seek their views before commencing with the work. We have already spoken to a number of local people and the general consensus seems to be that the hoops are unattractive, unnecessary and a waste of money, and we are inclined to agree with them. We also met members of the Parks Department who told us that the hoops will make it difficult to get their mowers on site to cut the grass! As a result, Jos instructed the private contractors undertaking the work to temporarily stop working on the project until she had a chance to speak to council officers. We have now undertaken our own consultation with local residents on possible options for the site and we will feed this information back to the council so that we can get a scheme that is supported by a majority of local people. 

12-Day Litter Pick Challenge

Jos and Andrew have just completed a 12-day Litter Pick Challenge, which we started because we were unable to hold our regular community litter picks due to Lockdown. Going out by ourselves on a daily basis, we managed to fill dozens of bags of litter collected from every corner of Brislington West. Thank you to everyone who stopped to give us words of encouragement and to the many people who have been in touch to say they have been inspired to do the same thing. Together we can #KeepBrislingtonBeautiful. 

By Jos Clark, Liberal Democrat Councillor (Brislington West) Email:  [email protected] Mobile: 07584 370429

 

& Andrew Varney, Liberal Democrat Councillor Candidate (Brislington West) Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07544 667968 


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