Mayor's Response to Community Views about 'Western Harbour' proposals

In response to the community's views for the meeting of 11th September 2019, Dennis Gornall wrote to Marvin Rees and the Mayor wrote back on the 24th with the following:

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HCCA Response to 'Western Harbour' consultation

Here is a copy of the Western Harbour Feedback sent to Bristol City Council from the Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association and the Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group on possible road network changes

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Community Meeting to discuss 'Western Harbour' proposals


You can find out more here

A local resident has created a petition, which asks the council to share the other 7 options that the consultants have produced. Please follow this link https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/publish-full-feasibility-report-on-cumberland-basin-road-options if you'd like to view this.

 

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Western Harbour council consultation

Bristol City Council has major road realignment and housing development plans for our area. They have introduced them as a 'solution' to the apparent £40 million cost of repairing the Plimsoll Bridge that sits above the Cumberland Basin and as part of fulfilling a quota for building new homes across the city.

We understand that the consultation begins today, Monday 19th, when the BCC website 'goes live' https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/western-harbour/ 

Local consultation events are being held as follows and we strongly encourage you to attend and question the council further on these plans which, if approved, have the potential to cause large scale disruption to the area for many years.

Holy Trinity Church Clifton Vale, Bristol, BS8 4ST

Wednesday 21 August, 3pm-8pm

Saturday 31 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

Underfall Yard Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG

Thursday 22 August, 3pm-8pm

Wednesday 28 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

The Snug in The Tobacco Factory Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Wednesday 4 September, 10.30am-3.30pm

Thursday 5 September, 3pm-8pm

Broadmead Baptist Church 1 Whippington Court, Bristol, BS1 3HY

Tuesday 10 September, 10.30am-3.30pm

Wednesday 11 September, 3pm-8pm

Here is a link to Business West's 2011 pamphlet 'High in Hope 2050' which is where this 'transformative' commercial idea comes from. But it also depends on a barrage in the Avon Gorge, which would have a huge environmental impact! It's from page 114  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P_5xOn-sNCx2Nz8WLsKTdoQT-XkZd4FQ/view
Here are a couple of articles that you might find interesting.
HCCA has a committed Cumberland Basin Stakeholders Group who have been trying to discuss these plans with the council for nearly two years. You are welcome to get involved. 
Among other issues, we have been trying to find out whether this proposed "Western Harbour" development includes any genuinely affordable homes, but as yet we have no conclusive answers on that. 
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Council Plans for consultation

On Monday 9th April we had a community meeting to discuss local responses to a plan proposed by the council for developments to Hotwells (named 'Western Harbour' by the proposal)

There is a chance for local people to comment by Friday this week.

Here is the powerpoint presentation and the link to the Local Plan www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreview

Please email to comment blp@bristol.gov.uk

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August 2019 Bulletin 46

Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA, sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st August. We would always be very happy to hear from you.   Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. HCCA needs more Trustees
  2. HCCA visit to Puppet Place
  3. HCCA Film night
  4. Cumberland Basin News
  5. Piazza News
  6. Jacob’s Well Hub News
  7. Clean Air issues
  8. Pottery workshops at Underfall Yard
  9. Library events
  10. Amnesty Garden Party
  11. Bristol Harbour History Chamber
  12. Powerhouse for the West
  13. Refill Revolution
  14. Support Bristol Energy new Hydro scheme
  15. Plan to increase VAT on renewables
  16. Clean Streets 

1. More Trustees please.  HCCA is in need of more Trustees who can assist in all sorts of ways to maintain and develop the activities of your Community Association. Communication – this bulletin, web-site development, Facebook, Twitter, yes and even noticeboard communication. All require resourcing.  Can you help? Managing our emails - and responding to queries as appropriate. Can you help? Perhaps the reintroduction of our newsletter! Design, seeking content, organising distribution. Can you help? Treasurer and company secretary. Whilst we are ably served in this regard at present, Brenda moved away from Bristol sometime ago and it would be good to find her replacement. Are you comfortable with accounting and maintaining paperwork necessary for a charity and company. Can you help? Maybe it’s just being a committed committee member, assisting with all sorts and/or coming up with new ideas and following through. Can you help? If you think you can, or if you know someone who can then please email admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

2. HCCA visit to Puppet Place.  Special exclusive visit to Puppet Place 9.30am Saturday 14th September. This is to coincide with Bristol Open Doors weekend. Get animated at the UK’s hub for puppetry and animation in this converted dockside building - an Aladdin’s cave of puppets in the making for stage and screen. Join a tour of our fabrication studio and get a glimpse of the inner workings of Puppet Place. The tour will last about 30 minutes, so plenty of time to do other Doors Open places. Tour limited to 15 people. Please register your interest by emailing admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

3. HCCA Film night.  Wednesday 18th September 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hotwells. Gordon Young will be showing 2 films Bristol Revisited, which includes footage of post war Bristol and The Avon Gorge, the story of our spectacular gorge and all its unique features. Free event, but please reserve a space by letting us know you are coming by emailing admin@hotwellscliftonwood.co.uk

4. Cumberland Basin News. We are now told that the Council will run their “resident engagement” between 19th August and 15th September, sadly on going to press we have no information about what when or where, although there are sessions rumoured to be held at the Architecture Centre in August, next to the Arnolfini. As the compiler of these bulletins is away on holiday until the 25th of August details about the engagement/consultation maybe late coming to you. We will do our best to ensure the widest circulation at the earliest opportunity. Following on from last month’s bulletin we are pleased that we now have written confirmation regarding the change of boundary to the Western Harbour Development area so as not to include Avonquay Island.

5. Piazza and other garden news. On 7th July Megan Thurgood from RHS South West came to visit and to 'judge' the Waterfront Gardens, Pooles Wharf and the Piazza. She said:"It was an absolute privilege to see communities working together and producing such wonderful results which are clearly enjoyed immensely by residents of Bristol and visitors alike. Had a lovely time and enjoyed meeting super people and seeing absolutely inspirational places and projects". Big thanks to John Bradfield of Rownham Mead who organises these annual visits and encourages Hotwells' lovely garden space's. 

Save the date: Amy and Anna will be designing some art activities (details TBC) for all ages during the weekend of 7/8th September while Brunel's other Bridge celebrate 170 years of the BOB with exhibitions, yours and have-a-go at riveting, blacksmithing and metal stamping! https://www.brunelsotherbridge.org.uk/bob_news.html 

6. Jacob’s Well Hub News. Construction of the crossing on Jacob’s Well Road has started and should be finished before the end of August. More news of Hub activities on http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/

7. Clean Air issues.  The City’s Clean Air Zone consultation has now started and runs till 12th of August. You can complete the consultation questionnaire here www.bristol.gov.uk/trafficcleanairzone If you want to read the report it can be found here https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/s32874/OBC-5%20%20BCC%20CAZ%20OBC%20Economic%20case%20310119.pdf.  HCCA has concluded that it cannot respond to the questionnaire as there are likely to be very different views from people in our area. However we encourage everyone to respond and make their views known.

8. Pottery workshops at Underfall Yard.  These are great chance for children aged 7-16 to explore and play with clay guided by a local ceramic artist.  Workshops are in the Education Room at Underfall Yard. They run on various dates in August until Friday 23rd August 2019. Full day places can be booked, 10.00-16.00 (£28 per child) or half days, either 10.00-12.30 or 13.30-16.00 (£15 per child).  FFI contact Joanna Espiner, jozespiner@gmail.com  or  telephone 07817 540492.

9. Library events. There are various events at our closest at risk Libraries, Clifton and Redland. Take a look at what is coming up and support these Libraries if you can. For Clifton take a look at   https://www.foccal.com/events-calendar/ and for Redland take a look at https://friendsofredlandlibrary.org.uk/future-events/

10. Amnesty Garden Party. Sunday 4th August 1pm – 5pm Goldney Hall BS8 1DE. Family friendly, live music, tea and cakes and all in a good cause. Entry £6 under 12s free. For more information contact amnestybristolgroup@gmail.com or go to www.amnesty.org.uk/bristol

11. Bristol Harbour History Chamber. This is a project planned to  create the story of the transformation of Clifton Wood and Hotwells as seen from the Underfall Yard over the last two hundred years. To reveal a transformation, through time, from the Golney Hall Rotunda to Cabot Tower and Pooles Wharf. By cranking a viewer handle, The History Chamber will reveal a low tech augmented view of the past. The project is planned to take place on the “knuckle” outside the Visitor Centre at Underfall Yard during summer 2020. The project is being undertaken by Ian House, Senior Lecturer in Animation Production at Arts University Bournemouth and Andy Brown, Lecturer in Information Technology.

12. Powerhouse for the West. A new initiative which it seems seeks to emulate or improve upon the Northern Powerhouse idea. The potential powerhouse – which is yet to adopt a formal name - would stretch along the M4 corridor from Swindon and across the Welsh border to Cardiff and Swansea, and in the north from Gloucester and Cheltenham to Bath and Bristol. You can read the report at www.apowerhouseforthewest.org.uk

13. Refill Revolution. This is your chance to do your bit in the battle against plastic by refilling water bottles. There are already 400 refill locations across the city and the Council has teamed up with Bristol Water to launch the first of eight new water fountains. It’s estimated the fountains will save more than 50 miles’ worth of single use plastic every year! More information can be found at  https://www.bristolwater.co.uk/our-commuity/in-your-community/refill-revolution

14. Support Bristol Energy new Hydro scheme.  Bristol Energy Coop have just launched a crowdfunding scheme for a hydro project on the River Avon. With a little help, it can now become a trailblazing unsubsidised renewable energy project. This will be Bristol Energy Coop's first unsubsidised large project and probably the first UK unsubsidised hydro scheme for many years. If you would like to see this scheme succeed and contribute to a Zero Carbon UK, you can increase the chance of it going ahead by becoming an official Netham Weir Hydro Electric supporter. More information about the scheme and how to do this is on the Crowdfunder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/netham-weir-community-hydro-electric

15. Plan to increase VAT on renewables.  Apparently consumers are facing an increase from 5% to 20% VAT on the cost of installing their own low-carbon energy and storage. Increasing costs for a solution to climate change we can use today. But, domestic coal, the highly carbon intensive fuel the UK is committed to eradicating from our energy system, will continue at the lower 5% rate. You can sign a petition to try and stop this at  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/halt-the-solar-and-storage-vat-hike?utm_source=Good%20Thinking%20July&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Good%20Thinking%20July

16. Clean Streets.  There is now a Bristol Clean Streets Forum. This Forum aims to provide the opportunity to highlight and guide priorities for the council and service providers and to work collaboratively to address these. members of the Clean Streets Forum would like to create a Clean Streets directory. If you take part in a project that helps keep Bristol clean and green then please fill in the  directory. Details to be found at https://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/about/community-engagement-team/clean-streets-forum/  Please also tell us if you are part of such an initiative and perhaps we can assist somehow in spreading the word and getting others to follow your good example.

 

July 2019 Bulletin 45

Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA, sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st July. We would always be very happy to hear from you.   Visit our website for more!

In this issue:

  1. HCCA needs more Trustees
  2. HCCA visit to Puppet Place
  3. Cumberland Basin News
  4. Piazza News
  5. Jacob’s Well Hub News
  6. HCCA Film night
  7. Clean Air issues
  8. Life Cycle’s Return to cycling rides
  9. CHAS pilot project
  10. Afternoon Jazz Concerts
  11. Show of Strength
  12. Amnesty Golden Garden Party
  13. Good news for the City’s Parks and Green Spaces
  14. On shore wind generation
  15. Useful information from Holy Trinity Open Day
  16. Refugees an Asylum Seekers
  17. BOB celebrates 170 years

 

1. More Trustees Please.  HCCA is in need of more Trustees who can assist in all sorts of ways to maintain and develop the activities of your Community Association. Communication – this bulletin, web-site development, Facebook, Twitter, yes and even noticeboard communication. All require resourcing.  Can you help? Managing our emails - and responding to queries as appropriate. Can you help? Perhaps the reintroduction of our newsletter! Design, seeking content, organising distribution. Can you help? Treasurer and company secretary. Whilst we are ably served in this regard at present, Brenda moved away from Bristol sometime ago and it would be good to find her replacement. Are you comfortable with accounting and maintaining paperwork necessary for a charity and company. Can you help? Maybe it’s just being a committed committee member, assisting with all sorts and/or coming up with new ideas and following through. Can you help? If you think you can, or if you know someone who can then please email admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

2. HCCA visit to Puppet Place. Special exclusive visit to Puppet Place 9.30am Saturday 14th September. This is to coincide with Bristol Open Doors weekend. Get animated at the UK’s hub for puppetry and animation in this converted dockside building - an Aladdin’s cave of puppets in the making for stage and screen. Join a tour of our fabrication studio and get a glimpse of the inner workings of Puppet Place. The tour will last about 30 minutes, so plenty of time to do other Doors Open places. Tour limited to 15 people. Please register your interest by emailing admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

3. Cumberland Basin News. The good news is that we have heard (though we have yet to get evidence in writing) that the Council have agreed to amend the boundary line to the Western Harbour Development such that it does not include the Avonquay Island. This is good news for those on the island as they now have a much better chance of longer leases and therefore a better chance of gaining lottery and other funding for development. The bad news is we still do not have any firm dates for consultation on the traffic options, so it looks like it will be August at the earliest. More information as soon as we have it!

4. Piazza News https://artundertheflyover.com

New Mural by Luke Palmer (pictured above). We are delighted to have a beautiful new painting by artist and founder of Collaborative Painting UK, Luke Palmer, aka Acerone. Luke painted this stunner in less than two days. Martin Booth, a journalist for Bristol 24/7 happened along while Luke was painting, and wrote this article.

15th July 2-6pm Community Gardening day. To prepare for being judged by the Royal Horticultural Society South West in Bloom team. If you have ideas or expertise to share, it’s a great opportunity to have your say and to meet other members of our community! If you can't make the 15th, but would like to help, please get in touch with Anna admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or by liking our Friends of Hotwells Piazza Facebook page. We are always keen to have people volunteering to do some watering when the weather is dry!

5. Jacob’s Well Hub News. The long awaited pedestrian crossing across Jacob’s Well Rd should be under construction by the time this is issued. This was requested some years ago under the Neighbourhood Partnership, but all schemes approved then are still going to be completed. We still await news of when work will start on the Baths. More information at http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/

6. HCCA Film night. Date for your diary Wednesday 18th September. Film night Holy Trinity. "Bristol Revisited" and "The Avon Gorge". More details next month

7. Clean Air issues. The City’s Clean Air Zone consultation has now started and runs till 12th of August. You can complete the consultation questionnaire here www.bristol.gov.uk/trafficcleanairzone If you want to read the report it can be found here https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/s32874/OBC-5%20%20BCC%20CAZ%20OBC%20Economic%20case%20310119.pdf

8. Life Cycle’s Return to cycling rides. Life Cycle are running some ‘Return to cycling’ rides throughout July-October from the Create Centre in Hotwells. The rides are slow paced and on cycle paths going a short distance with a stop for refreshments. Bikes and eBikes are available to borrow and the rides are supported by a ride leader and volunteers. We can also provide extra support such as 1:1 cycle lessons before the ride if needed. All for free! 1st and 3rd Tuesdays July- October. Further information from https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/ or phone 0117 3534580

9. CHAS pilot project. Churches Housing Aid Society, together with Shelter are running a pilot project (Private Rentals Energy Project (PREP)) to support tenants of private rented properties with getting any necessary energy-efficiency improvements to their homes completed, to inform them of their rights and by extension, the responsibilities of their landlords. If you, or anyone you know, might benefit from this please contact http://www.chasbristol.co.uk/  or phone 0117 9351260

10. Afternoon Jazz Concerts. Afternoon jazz concerts at the Bristol Fringe, which are aimed at an older audience. Each month, the Afternoon Jazz concerts present an outstanding vocalist with their band/accompanist, playing two sets to a seated audience in the back room of the Bristol Fringe on Princess Victoria Street. At the break, audience and musicians chat over homemade cake and tea (or something stronger from the bar). The idea behind the sessions was to provide a welcoming, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for older audiences to enjoy old music played by great young artists. Next concert 18th July 3pm. More information at https://www.facebook.com/AfternoonJazzattheFringe

11. Show of Strength. Why not try something a little different in theatre experience. For details go to http://showofstrength.org.uk/

12. Amnesty Golden Garden Party. Bristol Amnesty International Garden Party 1-5pm Sunday 4th August. Goldney Gardens.  As usual plenty of interest and a chance to explore the gardens and grotto. More details at amnestybristolgroup@gmail.com.

13. Good news for the City’s Parks and Green Spaces. Bristol has secured almost £1 million to help secure the future of the city’s parks and green spaces. The Council fought off tough competition to be one of only eight places across the UK selected by the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund to take part in its ground-breaking Future Parks programme. It’s the first project of its kind in the UK. Future Parks is designed to help councils find sustainable ways to manage and fund parks and open spaces across entire towns and cities. More information at http://www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/

14. On shore wind generation. 1010 Climate Action are running a campaign to get MPs to support more onshore wind generation. Thangam Debbonaire has signed up and the hope is that by spreading the word people can get more MPs from elsewhere to sign up. More information at https://1010uk.org/

15. Useful information from Holy Trinity Open Day. As mentioned last month, Holy Trinity Church held an open day on the 22nd of June and there were a few stall with useful information to share. So here are a few links you just might find useful. Friends ageing better – www.ageukbristol.org.uk  Goldies Sing and Smile UK – www.golden-oldies.org.uk  The Alzheimer’s Society – www.alzheimers.org.uk and of course Trinity Lunch Club – www.trinitylunchclub.co.uk

16. Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Many refugees and asylum seekers are not permitted to take paid employment even if they could find it. However, they could benefit greatly from volunteer roles that would offer them meaningful occupations. If you have, or you know someone who might have, such a role that could provide a refugee or asylum seeker with work then please get in touch with one of these organisations who will provide advice and help. Bristol City of Sanctuary:

https://bristol.cityofsanctuary.org/contact , Bristol Hospitality Network: https://www.bhn.org.uk/contact or Bristol Refugee Rights: https://www.bristolrefugeerights.org/

17. Brunel's Other Bridge. Save the date for a weekend celebrating BOB's 170th 7/8th September 2019 10am-4pm. Activities include blacksmithing, historical tours and lifting the bridge! For further information visit BOB's website https://www.brunelsotherbridge.org.uk

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Bees, Butterflies and Play- adapting 1960s design to a 21st century city

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Watching the boats by Anna Wilson

Sylvia Crowe designed the Cumberland Piazza as part of a much bigger landscaped scheme covering all the Ashton and Hotwells flyover. She explored many ideas about play and leisure that were cutting edge in the 1960s. One of the ideas for the Piazza was that people could sit and watch the boats coming in and out of Bristol Harbour. there were so many things she couldn't have known about that have arisen as major concerns in the intervening years. Although we can still watch the boats come and go from our new pocket park, we often watch through a haze of speeding cars- who knew in the 1960s that traffic levels would quadruple within 50 years?

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