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Clifton Down Greenvine

News from your local Green Councillors
Clive Stevens and Carla Denyer

April 2019

Local news from Clifton Down ward

The Local Plan Unplugged
Bristol City Council is currently consulting on its Local Plan. This document sets out how Bristol will develop over the next 20 years, so it's very important, but it can be a bit dense and bewildering. So Clive is running a session next week to introduce you to the plan and its suggested sites for development in our ward, plus proposed protection of our open spaces and new policies to control university expansion, cope with climate change and more, much more. After an hour you will be motivated and informed to be able to write a short statement to influence the Council’s policies in your area.

Monday 15th April, 18.30-19:30
Redland Library, Whiteladies Road
 
Landlord licensing to protect renters’ rights
Carla and Clive were pleased to see the HMO (shared house) landlord licensing proposal go through at last week’s Cabinet meeting. We have been campaigning for extended licensing of the city’s landlords for years, working closely with ACORN tenants’ union.

While Clifton Down is in many ways a privileged part of the city, and most residents feel lucky to live here, the quality of private rented accommodation is highly variable. We have met many people living in shared houses who pay extortionate rent, yet have frequent battles to get their landlord to fix a broken toilet or mend a leaking roof. This is unacceptable.

In 2016 Carla called on the Mayor and Cabinet to look at extending the city’s existing licensing scheme to other areas of the city, following consultation with local communities. Today the Cabinet did just that. Read more here>>


Help protect Clifton Down's open spaces
Clifton Down is one of the most densely populated wards in the city, and has almost no public open space. Those who live at the northern end of the ward are fortunate to be close to the Downs (just outside the ward) but the southern end is less well served.

That's why we are trying to register the piece of underused land on the corner of Whiteladies Road and Alma Road as an open space for the community to use in perpetuity. To do this we need as many people as possible to write to blp@bristol.gov.uk and say something like, “Clifton Down needs more open spaces for the community. This small area on Alma Road, just east of the car park entrance into Sainsbury is ideally situated, close as it is to Whiteladies Road. It could certainly be an improved facility, so please designate it on the Local Plan as Reserved Open Space.” You could add your own idea of what it could be used for. Please copy us into your email using the addresses below.
Land on the corner of Whiteladies Road and Alma Road

Useful info for residents


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>>. 

Has your bin or recycling collection been missed?
Green councillors are very concerned about the many reports of missed bin and recycling collections across the city and we have been raising this with the Mayor and Cabinet in the Council. In the space of just a few days in February over 200 streets had their recycling collections missed – this is just not good enough.
 
The problem is down to an unreliable and ageing fleet of trucks which should have been replaced some time ago. We have been raising concerns about this delay for many months. At long last new trucks are due to be phased in from next month. Please do report any missed bin and recycling collections here>> and we will also continue to demand that this service is improved as quickly as possible.
 
Say “cheese” to sort out your draughty home
The Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts (C.H.E.E.S.E) project works to reduce energy loss from houses in Bristol. They provide low cost thermal surveys (£75 or free for those on low income) which show where your home is losing heat and advise on possible solutions. More information here>>
 
Green MP Caroline Lucas and Green MEP Molly Scott Cato join Bristol's schoolchildren campaigning for clean air 

City-wide work

What Green Councillors have been up to across Bristol

No progress from Mayor on air pollution
Following a Green campaign over two years ago, the Mayor promised to sort out Bristol’s dangerous air pollution, but we have seen little action since. Government is now threatening legal action against the Mayor for failing to take steps to sort out Bristol’s illegal air pollution, and a Bristol resident has recently set up a new petition calling for urgent action.
 
The Mayor has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on expert reports on how to clear up Bristol’s air. Yet he is now refusing to even release the reports and missed the latest deadline to produce a Clean Air Plan for our city.
 
We fear that with the 2020 elections looming, the Mayor is nervous about taking action that would restrict the movement of the most polluting vehicles. But with around 300 Bristol residents a year dying early due to our dirty air, we think this is unacceptable and we will continue to press for action.
 
New homes for children in care
A new home for children in care is now being purchased thanks to a budget amendment made by Green councillors last year. At the moment some children have to go more than 60 miles away as there aren’t enough suitable homes in Bristol. This is disruptive for the children and takes them away from their family and communities, as well as being more expensive for the Council. So it is great news that there will be more specialist homes available soon in Bristol.
 
Greens couldn’t support ‘no action’ budget
Bristol Green councillors abstained from supporting the Labour mayor’s budget at the end of February, as it took no action on clean air, congestion or transport.  There were some areas of the budget that Greens did support, including successful Green amendments to fund work on carbon neutrality, fly tipping and more council housing. But overall Greens felt the budget was still not good enough as it continued cuts to adult social care and children and family services at the same time as increasing funding to the Mayor’s office and maintaining councillors' parking perks.
 
Contact us

Email
Carla: cllr.carla.denyer@bristol.gov.uk
Clive: cllr.clive.stevens@bristol.gov.uk

Phone
Carla: 07469 413306
Clive: 07584 370434

Green Group Office
greencllrgroup@bristol.gov.uk
Tel: 0117 353 26155

Contact the Council
Report a street issue:
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/report-a-street-issue

Resident parking schemes:
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/residents-parking-schemes

Housing benefits:
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/benefits-financial-help

Planning:
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations

Main contact number:
0117 922 2700

Contact the Green Party
National party website:
https://www.greenparty.org.uk

Become a member:
https://www.greenparty.org.uk/join

Bristol Green Party:
http://www.bristolgreenparty.org.uk
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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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