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

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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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Information about the proposed Western Harbour development

On 11th September 2019 a Community Meeting was held at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwell Road, BS8. About 180 local people attended. Dennis Gornall, HCCA Chair is composing a letter to the council with the community response to these proposals which we wil share.

Most of the important documents relating to this matter can be found here http://www.bristolnpn.net/current-topics/cumberland-basin-western-harbour/

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Letter from the Mayor's Office June 2018

The Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group was set up in spring 2018 in response to development plans for Hotwells. A public meeting was held on April 9th, here are the details of the presentation from the council https://www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk/council_plans_for_consultation

The response in the meeting included concerns that any new development included proper social housing and social infrastructure, community cohesion, environmental & flood risk concern, objections to high rise development, respect for local history, respect for the local community in terms of the disruption caused by development.


Some of the group met with the Mayor's Office on 21/06/18. here is a letter of response form the Mayor. To share your views with us, email [email protected]

Marvin Rees 0117 922 2420 [email protected] 28 June 2018

To the Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group (CBSG),

I am writing to open lines of communication between your group and myself regarding our ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Cumberland Basin. I understand that you feel we have not been clear enough about what stage of the process we are at. I believe that, following the meeting between yourselves and my policy team last week, a positive relationship has now been created - and I wish to build on this moving forward.

As I have stated publicly, we plan to replace the old road network across the Western end of the harbour and develop the available land on both sides of the Avon - bringing more affordable housing to the city centre and extending the harbour as a residential area to the west. We have commissioned a report to look at the how we can best design the road network in the area to improve people flow and release land for much needed homes.

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