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October, 2015



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News ‘Rising support’ for 20mph limit 20MPH speed limits must be maintained across the area, says local councillor Martin Fodor. His plea has come following a recent petition which calls on the council to scrap the controversial speed limit. Councillor Fodor spoke out against the petition, which has gained over 8,000 signatures, during a debate at a recent Full Council meeting. He says that the speed limit is vital in making roads safe for the public, as slower speeds mean less damage and fewer fatalities. Councillor Fodor adds that there has been rising support where the limit exists across the Bishopston, Redland, Cotham and Ashley wards. He also says that rather than abolishing the limit, more enforcement needs to be made, as there has been limited, occasional action to catch those speeding. The roll-out of the 20mph limit was introduced on January 20, 2014 as part of a citywide road safety campaign. Bishopston and Redland were

two of the first areas to receive the limit. Councillor Fodor criticised the anti-20mph petition, saying that many of the signatures should be ignored because they are out of town commuters and not the residents benefitting from the limit. He continued: “Steady, calm driving actually saves fuel – acceleration followed by braking in fact wastes fuel. “Given most roads have crossings, lights, hazards, then slower, steadier speeds means lower fuel bills and less wear and tear on brakes as they get used less often. So calmer, better driving helps the driver, too.” Scott Shepherd, the lead petitioner of ‘Scrap 20mph limit in Bristol and restore common sense’, said: “George Ferguson has wasted £2.3m of taxpayers’ money to implement a completely ludicrous 20mph limit over most of Bristol which he intends to extend to the whole city. “No driver objects to a 20mph

limit near a school for example but a blanket roll out is totally absurd. “We the undersigned are of the opinion that roads will only be made more dangerous with frustrated drivers and people watching the speedo rather than where they’re going. “30mph has been in place for many, many years, and is the national speed limit because it

is ample control in urban areas except for specific spots. “Restore common sense and reverse this stupid waste of money. The Bristol public don’t need GF preaching this rubbish at the tax payer expense.” The response to the debate is now being considered by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and Assistant Mayor for Place, councillor Simon Cook.

Third time lucky for Bishopston Fish Bar? A BISHOPSTON chippy has once again made it into the top 20 fish and chip shops in the UK, claiming the top spot across Wiltshire, Dorset and Avon. Bishopston Fish Bar is now going head-to-head with two other shops from Plymouth and Cornwall to win the Independent Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award for the south and west of England. The popular chippy, opposite the Nevil Road junction on Gloucester Road, has been voted in the top 20 for three years running, but has been pipped at the post when it comes to being shortlisted in the top 10. The competition, organised by Seafish, is part of the prestigious annual National Fish and Chip Awards, which rewards outstanding businesses across the UK. The UK’s top 20 was announced on September 1. To get to this stage, Bishopston Fish Bar has been judged across a variety of

strict criteria including shop appearance, responsible sourcing policies, customer service and staff training policies. The chippy also received mystery shopping assessments by industry experts to ascertain the quality of the fish and chips and the levels of customer service provided by staff. Over the coming weeks, the shop will be subjected to further mystery judging. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the top 20 shops to establish the UK top 10 regional winners who will compete for the top accolade at the 2016 awards ceremony. Shop owner, Nick Lomvardos, said: “We’re absolutely elated to have been shortlisted in the top 20 for the third year running. “We do everything as good as we can, using the most fresh and best quality products. The team works so hard – the shop would be nothing without them.” Paul Williams, CEO of Seafish, said: “The aim of the

Nick Lomvardos (middle) with staff members Seyed and Marta. National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry to aspire to. “It’s great to see so many excellent shops through to this stage of the competition. I’d like to offer up my congratulations

and wish them the best as they prepare to continue their quest towards winning a regional title, but also thank them for consistently helping us to reinforce the UK’s reputation as the home of the world’s best fish and chips.” Those listed in the top 10 will be announced mid-October.

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Bishopston Voice - October '15  
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