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2 Paul Breeden Editor & publisher 07811 766072 Ruth Drury Sales executive 07590 527664 Editorial team: Beccy Golding, Alex Morss, Martin Powell & The Wicked Witch. Deliveries: Greg Champion

Intro A NEW SOLUTION IT’S HARD to disagree with the worthies of the Bristol Civic Society when they say that a new approach is needed at Bedminster Green. This large, under-used brownfield plot is a “once in a generation opportunity,” the society says in its contribution to the Framework for the Green. Trouble is, the Framework has been left to the developers to draw up. Why should they be expected to put the interests of the community – both existing residents and the 2,000-odd who will live in the new homes – at the top of their priorities? Bedminster Green should be seen like King’s Cross in

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London – as too important for developers alone. Put a publicprivate consortium in charge, says the society. Hear, hear.

My councillor? Post: (all councillors) City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR. Celia Phipps Labour, Bedminster

By phone: 07469 413312 By email: Mark Bradshaw Labour, Bedminster. By email: Cllr.mark. By phone: 0117 353 3160 Stephen Clarke Green, Southville By email: Cllr.stephen.clarke@ Charlie Bolton Green, Southville By phone: 07884 736111 By email:


USEFUL NUMBERS Bristol City Council   0117 922 2000 Waste, roads 0117 922 2100 Pests, dog wardens 0117 922 2500 Council tax 0117 922 2900 Housing benefit 0117 922 2300 Social services  0117 922 2900

Police Inquiries 101 Emergency 999 NEIGHBOURHOOD MEETINGS Action Greater Bedminster CIL meeting: to discuss community projects using developer money. Monday February 11, 7.30pm, Chessel Centre, Chessel Street.

Twitter: @sbristolvoice Facebook: southbristolvoice Next deadline for editorial and advertising: February 13th

WHY has the council dithered so long in drawing up plans for a Clean Air Zone that the Government has now threatened it with legal action? Because, it seems, there is no easy solution – pollution in Bristol city centre can’t be cut without charges for thousands of diesel vehicles – including those driven by White Van Man. The problems are plain – not enough money, no compensation to help drivers buy a new vehicle, and years of government inaction. Trouble is, the way things have played out looks like a PR own goal for the council.

My MP? Karin Smyth MP By email: By post: Karin Smyth MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA By phone: 0117 953 3575 In person: Call 0117 953 3575 for an appointment.

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Mini-village for homeless is in reach of £50,000 target HELP Bristol’s Homeless is within reach of success in its plan to build a mini-village of containers for the homeless in a Bedminster back street – and is already planning Phase 2. But first it must raise the final £50,000 to make the project a reality – and recruit volunteers to make the new site in Spring Street ready for its first occupants. Jasper Thompson, the driving force at Help Bristol’s Homeless (HBH), is hoping a third art auction will raise at least £10,000. It already has £20,000 of the £50,000 needed. The target was £100,000 – but HBH received so much help from corporate donors that it was able to cut the amount in half. EDF Energy is building staircases and walkways for the new site, while housebuilder Balfour Beatty is sending in teams of apprentices. Other backers include Ecotricity, John Lewis, Origin3 Planning, and scores of Bristol companies. Now the charity is inviting donations from Bristol’s art community for an auction on April 24, at a location to be decided. Two previous auctions raised more than £22,000. HBH is being allowed to use the site of a council-owned derelict warehouse in Spring Street for five years. It wants to knock down the buildings, which are at a dead end next to the railway, and install 15 container homes. The containers will be

Entrance to the container “village” stacked two deep to form a courtyard, with planters so that residents can grow their own food. More containers will hold a kitchen, dining room, bathroom block and laundry. Solar panels will supply power, and two containers will be set on end to contain a 10m staircase tower with views of Windmill Hill. A planning application made in August is still awaiting a decision from the council. It has received backing from WHaM, the Windmill Hill residents’ planning group, and from the council’s City Design Team. A resident on York Road wrote to the council complaining people living on the road hadn’t been consulted. He raised concerns about anti-social behaviour, saying there is already street crime in and around York Road connected with drug dealing. Police recorded 94 crimes within 200m of the site in the

Social Lunch Club Victoria Park Baptist Church ALL WELCOME! On 3rd Friday of each month at 12 noon. Next lunch: Friday February 15 Menu: Cottage Pie , Carrots and Peas.

Veggie options available – please ask in advance.

Previous menus have been Gammon and Parsley Sauce, Chicken Pie, Sausage and Mash and Roast Dinner. Optional donation of £3.

More details: Victoria Park Baptist Church, Sylvia Avenue, off St John’s Lane BS3 5DA

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year to September 2018, of which 30 were violence and 29 anti-social behaviour. In a statement to the council, police recommended an extra access-controlled gate and other measures, but did not object to the scheme. HBH has drawn up behaviour guidelines for the site, which will be closed to new arrivals after 9pm. No drugs or alcohol will be allowed, and residents must agree a good behaviour policy. The charity has a handful of container homes on the former Pring & St Hill factory site in Malago Road, which it must vacate by the end of April to make way for developer A2Dominion. The Voice is unaware of any complaints that have been made about this site. In January HBH became a charity, meaning it can claim tax relief and other benefits.

NEXT - PHASE 2 ONCE the container village at Spring Street is open, HBH has its eyes on a row of empty offices next door. “We would love to clear that and put in another 30 or more containers,” said Jasper Thompson. “We would love to work there with a church or another organisation.” BBC TV’s DIY SoS has said it would work with HBH on a Phase 2. Jasper hopes this will tip the council into giving the go-ahead to extend the project.

Who are our wonderful women? THE VOICE is seeking wonderful women! Next month – March – includes International Women’s Day and to celebrate, our history feature will be about the long struggle in the city for women to win the vote. To bring us up to date, we want to hear about wonderful women in our community. Please nominate a woman you think is special and deserves our respect. They might be in business, they might have coped with difficult personal circumstances, or they might be doing something that in past times women weren’t expected to do. We can think of plenty of candidates in South Bristol – but we want to hear from you. Email by February 13. There will be prizes!

Wanted man Police want to speak to this man after a Christmas theft

DO YOU recognise this man? Police want to speak to him about a theft of Amazon parcels in the post room of a flat complex in Bedminster before Christmas. If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference 5218281407.



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