Local News in Brief - August 2018


Work has now been completed on the transformation! It looks very good and is a credit to all the hard campaigning and effort put in by a small group of residents.


Anthony says "if the two-year stay is to find a long-term networked, modernised solution for more than 10 libraries I’m for it! I’ll not support downgrading the leftover libraries – Redland is one – into ‘community hubs’ with a nominal bookshelf in the corner". Officers and the Cabinet Member have given different explanations for what will come out of this stay of closures after 2020. This time must be used productively to construct lasting solutions


Some local streets have been selected for a rethink on speed limits. The Lib Dems brought in these zones in residential streets across the city to bring down speeds and so reduce the severity of accidents. This has been proved successful. There are some bigger roads with confusing changes of speed limits and some roads where the present 30 mph might be dropped to twenty – which is often plenty! Look at this: www.bristol.gov.uk/20mphreview and let me know your views to be passed on.


Democracy and traditional fairness are on the rack under this majority administration. The first loss was an all-party cabinet, then scrutiny was nobbled and now Labour has taken over most of the Council committees. Such a clampdown was never considered under the LibDem majority administration but the Labour group mass-voted on this and now control which motions are debated in Council.


A rare apple tree -with cerise-coloured fruit -and orchids have been discovered growing in our local park. Bristol Parks Forum, with others, has been given a grant to set up a Parks Foundation for Bristol but this will not increase any general maintenance. Please contact me if you could spare a little time to help care for it.


Sunday September 23rd. Plans are well advanced for the Street Festival. There will be 3 stages for live performance, many more stalls selling a variety of crafts, collectable's and bric-a-brac. There will be more children's entertainment and lots of lovely food and drink.
Only 2 months to go, but we need more volunteers to steward, to help on the group’s stall and with the children's activity on offer from Brunel Lions. Please respond to: Chandos Neighbourhood Association [email protected]


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