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April 2018



April 2018


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High rise future for Bristol is a depressing, Orwellian vision

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RARELY have I seen a more miserable vision of the future than mayor Marvin Rees’s depressing manifesto for castles in the air published in your recent issue of the South Bristol Voice. “Quality tall buildings”, otherwise called by those in the know tower blocks, have seen their day in Glasgow and Sheffield, among other places, possibly including Bristol, where this pie in the sky approach to human beings has been described as the erection of the gulags. Despite all the evidence of the lack of continuing investment after the event, mayor Rees foresees a future of social cohesion, mixed communities and a ‘liveable’ environment 30 metres plus into the sky. Some might say show us the evidence, emanating from Room 101 in the Council House. Dynamic Bristol, the gridlocked and polluted vision of the future, devoid of vision, any green space, any potential for collective or individual initiative except to join

Sight of drug deal leads to a major haul in Windmill Hill


cannabis, cocaine and acid. Officers also seized a number of scales, mobile phones, cash and receipts. The 19-year old man was arrested for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and was released under investigation while our inquiries are carried out. This is a great success for the community and sends a powerful message that we are committed to making our streets safer, but we need your help. Please report any suspicious activity you see. You can do this via the ‘contact us’ section of our website or if it’s a crime in progress, call 999.


otterdown has been experiencing a couple of crime types including some bicycle thefts, particularly in the

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Development is tale of two cities I WELCOME redevelopment at Bedminster Green but it has to be high quality, and there has to be true consultation with local people. Instead, a series of high rise blocks, one of which may be 21 storeys, are planned. The developers have not consulted with the local community in any meaningful way. Our mayor is personally championing high rise as a housing solution for Bristol (in tune with the Tory government) and I notice that the areas designated as suitable are all in the south-easterly, less affluent half of the city, not the richer north-west side, where perhaps different standards are applied. It’s a shame Mr Rees doesn’t listen to the people who voted for him. The HAB development at Southmead (North Bristol) truly consulted locally and, guess what, they didn’t build any tower blocks. Esmé Clutterbuck Eldon Terrace, Windmill Hill

Happy as a crested newt JUST to reassure you that the great crested newts are alive and well in my back garden pond!


HIS month I am pleased to bring some good news to the residents of Windmill Hill. On an afternoon in February, a young man was seen conducting a drug deal on Spring Street, Bedminster, from his vehicle. That evening, officers went to his home in Windmill Hill and conducted a search which led to the seizure of a significant amount of drugs including suspected MDMA,

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that of the developers’ paradise, must have delighted those Mass Observation volunteers from the sunlit uplands of Easton. What company to associate oneself with, what larks Pip, what money to spend? The council coffers are apparently overflowing. Those of us that have to get up in the morning and return home in the evening have first-hand experience of jammed roads across Bristol, cars littering pavements, pollution illegal under EU legislation and an environment rapidly becoming not fit to live in. Only in the inner sanctums of College Green could it be thought that tower block urban development will resolve these problems and the New Jerusalem be espied, in much the same way as central Bristol was after the second world war. How we loved the demolition of a city cherished for hundreds of years, all that concrete, the multi-storey car parks, the wind, the very soullessness of the future inflicted on us Winston Smiths. We might now grow to love this utopian vision of a Brave New World, living under its rules of psychological conditioning and homes for all. We might decide we would all be better off to drop acid, Aldous Huxley’s alternative. They’ve certainly been imbibing something strong off Park Street. John French Monmouth Street


I recently discovered a group of them tucked away. I have informed Avon Wildlife, who advised to do nothing other than what I have been doing, as they seem to be happy. If I have an opportunity to snap a photo of them I will send it to you. Julia Broadwalk area, Knowle

Parking solution is years away THE PROBLEM is clear to us all: there isn’t enough room for both residents and commuters to park in large parts of South Bristol. I don’t live in Windmill Hill or Totterdown but I can imagine the problem there is acute. I can tell you that even in Knowle, some way up Wells Road, there are plenty of commuters arriving every morning and seeking out a free paking space where they can leave their car for the day. On occasion the vehicles stay there for a week or more – in which case it’s free holiday parking that we’re providing. The arrival of resident parking zones is inevitable. So it was very depressing to read in the Voice last month that it will take years before any new zones can be implemented. Can someone please wake up and start the ball rolling now? PF, Knowle

With PCSO Richard Higbey Broadbury Road police station Angers Road and County Street area, while Fitzroy Street has had a criminal damage report. We are working to combat these issues and we do rely on the information you might be able to provide us. In order to prevent bicycle theft, consider marking your property, investing in a good quality lock (expect to spend around 10 per cent of the cost of the bike on a lock), and registering it on the Bike Register website.


e have been dealing with a slight spike in burglary and theft offences in the Knowle area this month. Different areas have been targeted including Broadwalk, Bayham Road and Rookery Road. Be aware of who is around,

and be wary of unexpected callers. Get to know your neighbours and look at improving the security of your home. It’s worth noting that a third of burglaries in the Avon and Somerset area happen because people have left doors or windows unlocked, so always lock up before you go out or go to bed. Don’t hesitate to contact your local beat team for any information on how to make your home safer, we are more than happy to help and can provide you with advice. I hope to bring you some more success stories next month. Enjoy the rest of this issue and Happy Easter! Until next time, PCSO Richard Higbey • avonandsomerset.police.uk/ your-area

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