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Clifton Down Greenvine

News from your local Green Councillors
Clive Stevens and Carla Denyer

July 2019

Local news from Clifton Down ward

Arlington Gardens
Arlington Gardens Association is new and held its first Annual General Meeting in the sunshine surrounded by the beautiful trees and birdsong. Both Carla and Clive have provided strong support. They are now to set up as an official charity. Check out their Facebook page or go have a look for yourself – entrance off Arlington Villas, BS8. Interested in becoming a member? Email
Photo: Arlington Gardens this Spring. Photo courtesy of Arlington Gardens Association
The Council’s Local Plan
Bristol’s Local Plan, which sets planning policy for the next 10 years, was up for consultation in May. Clive hosted four meetings with residents to discuss aspects of the draft plan and he supported and advised many people to write in to the Council and give their views on the plan. The most popular issues were: controlling expansion of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), protection of open spaces (the few we have) and extra conditions regarding four proposed development sites. Clive also filed his own four page commentary and contributed to the Green Councillor group’s submission to the plan, which can be found here.

Clifton Down Community Association
CDCA held their Annual General Meeting in Redland Library recently. Clive gave the keynote speech on “How to engender a sense community spirit”. Interested in getting involved in your local community association? Email Clive who will put you in touch:
Clive and Carla hold monthly councillor surgeries in Redland Library to meet with residents and hear your concerns – the next one is 20th July, 11am-12.30 with Carla. Drop in, no appointment needed. Or if you can’t make Saturday we are happy to meet you at other times, just send us an email.

In Brief
The council are to take enforcement action on the containers next to Domino's Pizza (North end of Cotham Hill). These are an eyesore and attract fly tipping. The owners will now need to apply for planning permission if they want to keep them there.

Carla has been supporting residents in Elm Lane and Grove Road (near St John’s Primary School infant site) to tackle road safety issues including speeding, drivers ignoring a no-entry sign and poor facilities for pedestrians. They are hoping to apply for funding from the Council for improvements.

Carla and Clive continue to represent residents on planning and licensing issues to ensure the balance between a vibrant area and respect for residents is maintained.

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City-wide work

What Greens have been up to across Bristol

EU Elections: Greens come first in Bristol
Greens in Bristol celebrated the EU election results, which saw local Green MEP Molly Scott Cato re-elected, and the Greens receive more votes in Bristol than any other party.

Nationally Greens won almost 12% of the vote share, 3 points more than the Conservatives, and elected 7 Green MEPs (up from 3 in 2014). In Bristol the party came first with 35% of the votes cast, ahead of 22.5% for the Lib Dems and 18.6% for the Brexit party.

Polluting gas plant rejected
After strong opposition from Greens, local activists and other councillors, plans to build a polluting gas plant in St Phillips Marsh were rejected. The planned generator would have produced air and noise pollution in an area scheduled to become a hub for business and housing, and close to a nursery school. Clive Stevens submitted a report to the planning meeting on 15 May against the plans, spotting 15 different problems with the application. In 2017 plans for a diesel generator in the same area were quashed after successful campaigning by Greens and local residents and activists.
Green Mayoral candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven also objected to the proposals. He said:
“Turning down this proposal would send a clear message that we are looking for a different way to generate energy.  We support carbon free alternatives that keep the air clean for our children and the planet.”

Keeping climate change on the agenda
Climate change is increasingly on the agenda and green councillors welcomed a report by the government’s Committee on Climate Change. The report highlighted the government’s failure to meet their own climate targets and showed the need for bold action to prevent runaway climate warming. You can read the group’s response to the report here.

Meanwhile at City Hall Greens are working with other parties and pushing for strong policies on carbon neutrality after they declared a Climate Emergency in November last year, making Bristol the first UK city to do so.

Group leader Eleanor said: “When we declared a Climate Emergency we set a tough target for Bristol to go Carbon neutral by 2030 – to achieve this the council will have to take decisive action and not shy away from hard decisions.”

On 24th May hundreds of young people went on strike over the Climate Emergency, protesting the expansion of Bristol Airport. Green councillors supported the youth climate strikers. Councillor Steve Clarke, who has repeatedly called on Bristol’s Labour Mayor to oppose airport expansion, discussed it with Green MP Caroline Lucas at a rally in Bristol. You can watch their conversation here.

And attention has recently turned to Avon Pension Fund, a combined pension fund from Bristol and neighbouring councils worth over £4.5bn. Greens are backing a petition calling on the fund to pull its money out of fossil fuel investments - you can sign here.

Youth Climate strikers on College Green, 24 May
Greens welcome Landlord Licensing expansion
Following a Cabinet decision on 2 April, the council will be extending a landlord licensing scheme across 12 wards in central Bristol. The licensing scheme will be expanded to include Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) often used for student lets in: Ashley, Bishopston and Ashley Down, Central, Clifton, Clifton Down, Cotham, Easton, Hotwells and Harbourside, Lawrence Hill, Redland, Southville and Windmill Hill.

Green Councillors are happy with the news. Along with campaigners such as ACORN, Green councillors led by Carla have been calling for landlord licensing as far back as 2016.
The licensing scheme means Landlords with HMOs will be charged a fee to license their properties and conditions will be attached to the licence to improve standards. If landlords do not comply with the required standards, they could face a fine from the council.

Mural in South Bristol

20mph review ends
After a lot of time and expense the Mayor’s review into 20mph has finished, and it has recommended keeping all 20mph limits, backing down from the council’s proposals to raise the speed limits in some areas. An overwhelming majority of residents responded to the review in support of 20mph limits, particularly in residential roads and near schools. Green councillors welcomed the news and thanked residents for responding to the consultation to make their voices heard.

Useful info for residents

Park sports cuts - have your say
Bristol Council is consulting on cuts to sports facilities provisions in parks. At the moment facilities like changing rooms for bowls, cricket and football are Council owned and managed. The Council is proposing to either increase fees and hiring costs for these facilities or transfer ownership of facilities to outside bodies such as sports clubs. Have your say here: and respond by 9 July.

Going for Gold
In 2016, Bristol was awarded the Sustainable Food Cities Silver Award. Now Bristol has launched its ‘Going for Gold’ bid. This is a city-wide ambition to win the Sustainable Food Cities Gold award by Autumn 2020. It puts ‘Good Food’ – food that is tasty, healthy, affordable and good for people, the city and the planet – at its core, and aims to make significant and long-lasting improvements to the way we grow, buy and eat food as a city. To find out more and get involved visit the Going for Gold website.

Cycling for over 55s
Would you be interested in getting back on 2 wheels? Lifecycle UK offer free group cycle rides for over 55s across Bristol to come and discover your local area by bike. More information here>>. 
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