Reporting Back 2020


Jos and Andrew wish everyone in Brislington West a very Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2021 is a much brighter year than 2020, which was very challenging for all of us. However, with a third national lockdown announced this week, we still have some way to go until we are out of the woods. Don’t forget, if you need any help during these difficult times, please contact us. Alternatively, you can call the We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184. Here’s a round-up of some of the  work we’ve been doing over the festive period. 
Happy New Year from the Brislington Liberal Democrats 
Jos and Andrew wish everyone in Brislington West a very Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2021 is a much brighter year than 2020, which was very challenging for all of us. However, with a third national lockdown announced this week, we still have some way to go until we are out of the woods. Don’t forget, if you need any help during these difficult times, please contact us. Alternatively, you can call the We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184. Here’s a round-up of some of the  work we’ve been doing over the festive period. 
Reporting Back 2020
By now, our latest Focus newsletter, ‘Reporting Back 2020’, should have been delivered to every household across Brislington West. If yours hasn’t arrived yet, please get in touch and we’ll endeavour to get a copy to you as soon as possible. Of course, it’s impossible to talk about 2020 without mentioning the pandemic but in the newsletter we also highlight some of the many other projects we have been working on over the last year, especially our efforts to improve the Brislington environment. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to say how much they have enjoyed reading the newsletter. If you would like a digital version, please sign up here: 
The Ecological Emergency and the Brislington Greenway
The Brislington Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for the Brislington Greenway since 2016. As you may know, the Labour-run Bristol City Council, in partnership with the Conservative-run West of England Regional Authority, are working together on plans to construct a new road through the heart of Brislington West. This road will lead to more congestion and pollution and destroy the wildlife that has become established over the last 60 years. At Full Council next week, Andrew will be making the following statement:
“At the beginning of 2020, Bristol City Council declared an Ecological Emergency in response to escalating threats to local wildlife and ecosystems. At the time, the mayor said, “It is not too late to start the recovery of our wildlife. We must work together to grasp this last chance and put things right for nature and wildlife in our city.”
Following this declaration, the council published its strategy document, which outlined its key targets, one of which was to have at least 30% of land in Bristol managed for the benefit of wildlife by 2030.
I had hoped this was potentially good news for my long-running campaign opposing the plan to construct a new main road through the heart of Brislington West, namely the Callington Road Link, along the route of the former Brislington Railway Line.
Over the last 60 years, the disused railway line has become a haven for an enormous variety of flora and fauna, including 33 bird species observed by local residents, 7 species of mammals such as badgers, foxes, hedgehogs and bats, and 3 reptile species and amphibians such as slow worms, which have protected status.
If the road scheme goes ahead all of this biodiversity will be lost forever. However, my proposal for an active travel corridor, the Brislington Greenway, will protect the wildlife that has become established here, and help the council meet its new Ecological Emergency target.
Together with our changing working and travel habits, with more people working from home and record numbers of people taking up walking and cycling, the case for the road, which was never strong, grows ever weaker.
Unfortunately, the Labour-run Council remains determined to build a road here, which is completely contrary to their self-declared Ecological Emergency. I hope this won’t be yet another example of empty words from a mayor who promises so much but delivers so little.”
You can find out more about the Brislington Greenway by checking the Facebook page, Friends of the Brislington Greenway: 
You can also sign the petition here: 
Residents’ Survey on the Local Environment
We have now finished delivering an environmental survey to thousands of households across Brislington West. We are seeking your views on our local environment. While everyone at the moment is rightly concerned with Covid, we are currently in a climate and ecological emergency and we want to understand the views of residents on a range of local issues. The environment is very close to our hearts, especially in Brislington where we both live, which is why we are:
• Pushing hard for the Brislington Greenway, an active travel corridor to promote walking and cycling and protect local wildlife.
• Campaigning to improve the Brislington Park and Ride, with cleaner, more regular buses and more onward travel choices such as eBikes and eScooters to reduce through traffic in our ward.
• Planting more trees to improve air quality and promote biodiversity, and holding regular litter picks in our local green spaces, such as Arnos Court Park. 
Please fill in the survey so we can understand your views and send it back to us via freepost, or you can fill it in online at: www.bristollibdems.org/brislington_west 
We will report back on the results of the survey in the New Year. 

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