Redland Councillor Fi Hance’s newsletter

Redland enews – September 2014

Dear resident,

You are receiving this e-mail because you have in the past expressed an interest in matters relating to the Redland area.  If you do not wish to receive any further information form me then please do let me know and I will remove you from the list.

No 20 bus

 Having moved and then restored the no 20 bus route earlier this year, First Bus announced that it would be cutting this service on September 1st, citing financial unviability.  Given its well documented unreliability and the earlier route changes its no great surprise that the service wasn’t being used as much as it might, but it did provide a lifeline for many communities in Redland and beyond.  Following a series of meetings between councillors (including myself), officers and First, a revised 520 service was announced  which will run on an hourly basis and  operate along the previous number 20 route between the Centre as far as Westbury linking the BRI and other hospitals

Whilst not ideal, this is clearly an improvement on nothing, and congratulations to all those residents and groups who made their voices heard on the issue.  It’s worth noting that as service 520 will be financially supported by Bristol City Council we will be able to apply financial penalties for poor performance so I would suggest that residents report any faults to the Sustainable Transport Team on Tel: 0117 9222910, email: passenger.transport@bristol.gov.uk .

RPZ

 The Redland scheme was implemented at long last in July.  It’s fair to say that there is still some controversy over its implementation, with complaints still cropping up about yellow lines being installed in error (the contractors used and out of date map) and late permits.  If you have any outstanding problems that haven’t been resolved then let me know.  There will be a review of the scheme in the new year so please copy me into any comments you may have.

Highways issues

 A couple of new schemes are being consulted on – the first at the bottom of North and Cromwell Road and the second relating to a new crossing on Coldharbour road.  Both can be found here: https://bristol.citizenspace.com

The new Berkeley Road crossing place has been installed, helping to keep the growing number of Bishop Road pupils safe on their walk to school.

North Road – Some of you may have noticed that only half of it got resurfaced.  The other half was deemed satisfactory.  I’m afraid I disagree and am trying to convince officers to take another look.

Bristol North Baths

 Hard to believe, I know, but work has finally restarted on the site! You may be aware that the Council called a halt back in January due to concerns over the quality of the work that was taking place in the development.  Capita was commissioned to take a look and agreements have finally been made between the Council and the developers so that building work can proceed.  Resident have been understandably unhappy at the lack of communication about this landmark site, as have local councillors – Daniella and I had to mount our broomsticks and descend on officers by surprise at one point to get some kind of update .  Work should however be finished in the new year.

Dog fouling in parks

 The perennial problem of dog poo has been cropping up of late.  There have been rumours that there are plans afoot to ban dogs from parks or insist they go on leads but I’d just like to clarify that there are none that I am aware of.  Poo is a problem though, and not just in parks so I am trying to sort out a public meeting over the coming months to bring people together to find some solutions.

Events and dates

 You can find all the details of Neighbourhood Partnership and local Forum events by following this link – do come along and have your say:

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1aa656a8d37b66bbc1f711ef7&id=4993e5e4a1&e=3e3a28a26e

Bristol Green doors will be running its sixth open homes event on 13-14th September – for more details have a look here: www.bristolgreendoors.org

Also running this Saturday is a series of community clear up events aimed at tackling grot spots around the area.  At 10.30 volunteers are meeting by the Arches and at 11.30 there will be a clean up in Cotham Gardens  – Let me know if you’d like to get involved and I’ll pass your details on.

Redland resident (and Lord Mayor) Alistair Watson will be running the Bristol half marathon in his robes on September 21st.  I’ve worn my robes once and they are very furry and heavy!  Do sponsor him if you can:  www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bristollordmayor

20mph enforcement

 I’ve had several complaints about non enforcement of the new 20mph zones so thought the following would be of some interest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-29065342.  It’s disappointing perhaps that enforcement won’t be more zealously applied but I’m happy to pass on details of particular areas of concern for any further operations

Election

It seems a long time ago now but congratulations to Martin Fodor, who became your other Redland Councillor back in May.  We have a lot of common interests and concerns, so I’m looking forward to working with him in the interests of all residents over the next few years. You can contact Martin on martin.fodor@bristol.gov.uk 

And finally – some useful websites:

 There are a number of consultations that the Council undertakes with residents, for example the Highways items mentioned above.  I shan’t list them all, but it’s worth taking a look from time to time to see if there are any areas that you would like to comment on.  You can find details of epetitions and surveys here: http://askbristoldebates.com/.

Similarly, all new applications for premises licences and TENs (Temporary Event Notices) can be viewed on the council’s website here: www.bristol.gov.uk/page/business-bristol/licensing-act-2003-current-applications  with planning applications here: http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple

Please keep in touch with your views, comments and concerns.

Fi

Fi Hance

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Redland Ward

Tel 0117 353 4720

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