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Clifton Down Greenvine

Local and Bristol-wide news from your Green Party Councillors

February 2017

Fighting cuts to public services

Green councillors are challenging the £101 million of cuts being forced upon Bristol City Council by government.

These further cuts are a choice that the government is taking - to dismantle our public services rather than close tax loopholes, reform our finance system or increase tax for the top 1%.

Green councillors responded to the Council's budget consultation, outlining an alternative vision for local government financing and warning of the impacts of further Council cuts, which will devastate services children, young people, older people and disabled people rely on.

The downward spiral of cuts is not inevitable and Bristol politicians should be taking a leading role in working with other cities, parties and local communities to oppose them. 

Image: Chris Devers

Buses 8, 9 and 72

The new route of the number 9 bus started on 8th Jan, as a direct consequence of campaigning by local residents and councillors. This restores the link between Clifton Village and the Clifton Down shopping centre and station. More info including a detailed map and timetable are here>>

We are aware however that this doesn't fix everything, and the new route has rendered several new bus stops redundant. We are continuing to work on these points.

Residents’ Parking  

  • Cotham North (CN) zone New lines and signs will go in soon, to be effective from Easter. Clive's push to retain more residents-only spaces in Westfield Park area was successful.
  • Cotham (CM) zone Consultation now closed. We had the first review meeting with officers a few weeks ago, with only small changes proposed. The main one we are pushing for is to move the boundary with CN zone on Hampton Park so that it does not split the road in two.
  • Clifton East (CE) zone Clive has been leading a challenging piece of work with local residents and businesses to ensure that the scheme works for residents in the South of the zone. It will be going to statutory consultation (notices on lampposts asking for individual comments) soon.

Recent Green work

Bristol has 11 Green councillors. Recent Green work includes:
  • Successful air pollution campaign to get Bristol City Council to commit to a Clean Air Zone here>>
  • Working with Labour councillors to take a stand against further NHS cuts here>>
  • Opposing the privatisation of our buses here>>
  • Supporting local groups who helped make the European Green Capital year a success here>>
  • Campaigning against a hard Brexit here>>
  • Working for more affordable housing here>> and living rent here>>
  • Opposing downward spiral of Tory cuts here>> and here>>
  • Sleep-out to raise money for the homeless (next week) here>> (please donate if you can!)

Contact Us

Carla: 07469 413306
Clive: 07584 370434
Green councillor office: 0117 352 6155

Everyone has a right to a decent home

In Bristol getting a roof over your head is becoming more and more difficult. Rent and house prices are unaffordable for many people and there are 10,000 people on the Council's housing list.

Green Councillors are campaigning for a Bristol living rent to control rent prices and for new housing developments to include much more affordable housing. 

Full Council recently voted to support a Green motion which will force developers to be more transparent and help give the Council power to insist on more affordable housing.

Green councillors have also been calling on the housing developers of the Chocolate Factory in Easton to include more affordable housing in the development.

Image: Ruth Sharville 

Progress for university fossil fuel divestment

After over a year of campaigning, Bristol University's advisory body voted to pass Carla's motion calling on the university to withdraw funding from fossil fuel companies.

The successful campaign saw joint work by students, staff, alumni and politicians to say that it is simply unacceptable for Bristol University to invest in fossil fuel extraction, the major driver of climate change.

Campaigners now eagerly await a decision from the Board of Trustees later this spring.

Bristol Waste Company

BWC was awarded a 10-year contract in August 2016. So far we have been quite impressed with their work - the huge waste services juggernaut takes a while to turn around from the previous poor service, but they are now moving in the right direction.

However, fly tipping and littering is still an issue, so the Council has launched the Clean Streets campaign. As part of this, Bristol is taking part in the Great British Spring Clean 3-5th March. Would you like to help us form a team of spring-cleaners to tidy up Clifton Down that weekend? If so, please email us today.

And if you experience waste and recycling issues on your road don't forget to report it online - if they don't know about it they can't fix it. Start by clicking 'Report a Problem' here>>

Image: Frances Gard for BWC

St John’s Road Street Lighting Survey

Do you live on or near St John's Road? Please take 5 minutes to fill out Carla's survey:
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Carla Denyer and Clive Stevens, Councillors for Clifton Down · Green Councillor Group - Member Services (CH) · PO Box 3176 · Bristol, BS3 9FS · United Kingdom

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