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

Intro CHANGING OUR WAYS THE ENTIRE world, and not just South Bristol, is having to face up to the potentially enormous changes that we will face if we are to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. There is no longer any real scientific dissent: climate change is already happening. But the statistics that filter down to us can be quite confusing. On page 10, we present one study that finds carbon emissions (which cause global warming) in Bristol are falling; another which says they are the highest per person in the UK. The difference appears

Independent Community News Network member Twitter: @sbristolvoice Facebook: southbristolvoice Next deadline for editorial and advertising: March 20th to be explained by the huge emissions from Bristol’s ports (ships use a very dirty form of fuel oil) and aircraft. As individuals, we can’t do much about the global shipping business. But we can choose to fly less often. According to environmental scientist Angela Terry, that’s one of the most effective ways in which we can reduce our own impact on the planet. But what about the economic benefits that Bristol Airport brings, many will cry, and the thousands of jobs it provides? That’s the kind of dilemma we will have to address in the years to come – but quickly, if we are to meet Bristol’s target of zero carbon emissions by 2030. What will our political leaders recommend?

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

By phone: 07469 413312 By email: Cllr.celia.phipps@bristol.gov.uk Mark Bradshaw Labour, Bedminster. By email: Cllr.mark. bradshaw@bristol.gov.uk By phone: 0117 353 3160 Stephen Clarke Green, Southville By email: Cllr.stephen.clarke@ bristol.gov.uk Charlie Bolton Green, Southville By phone: 07884 736111 By email: Cllr.charlie.bolton@bristol.gov.uk

USEFUL NUMBERS Bristol City Council www.bristol.gov.uk   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 AGM, venue TBC, Wednesday March 27, 7pm. greaterbedminster@gmail.com

My MP? Karin Smyth MP By email: karin.smyth.mp@ parliament.uk 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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That’s music to my ears!

That’s music to my ears!

March 2019



Cinema plan wins supporters – but most aren’t from BS3 Cinema supporters writing to council are more than 2:1 from other parts of Bristol THE PEOPLE of Bedminster are debating whether they want or need a cinema after an operator was announced for a new picture house in the controversial St Catherine’s Place development. Scott Cinemas, which runs the Henleaze Orpheus in North Bristol, is encouraging its customers to write to planners in favour of the new scheme. “It’s fantastic to see these plans to regenerate this part of Bedminster – and I have no doubt our cinema will be vital in the area’s renaissance,” said Scott Cinemas director Dan Harris. “We jumped at the chance to be involved. Bedminster is probably the only area of Bristol where the majority of local residents need to travel into the city centre or much further afield to visit the cinema.” When the Voice posted the news on Facebook, some readers welcomed it. One said: “Scott Cinemas are great – we drive from BS3 to Henleaze to go to their cinema as it’s so reasonably priced. It will be great to be able to walk to see films locally!” Another said: “I’d love to have a cinema so close by.” Others queried the need for a new cinema, saying some

existing screens aren’t well used. “There’s lots of cinemas close by, we really do not need another one! Showcase, Showcase de Lux, Odeon, literally walking distance or a short drive,” said a reader. The £3 million new cinema would have Dolby Atmos sound and 4k laser projection in all three screens, and a bar-café. A post on Scott Cinemas’ website urges people to write to the council in support of the planning application by Firmstone to rebuild the tired St Catherine’s Place shopping centre with 271 flats. Scott doesn’t mention the 22-storey tower which would be built above the cinema. Since then, 36 people have written to support the plan – 10 of them from BS3 and 26 from other areas of Bristol. Representatives of Bedminster’s beleaguered traders are backing the cinema plan and the developers’ Framework. George Grace, manager of the

traders’ Town Team, said: “The developments around Bedminster Green are key to the future of East Street. We all know that many high streets have been impacted badly by the internet and other forces. If we are not careful these places, where communities meet and mix, will disappear entirely. “It’s time we looked forward, and one of the solutions is to provide more homes so shopper demand is within easy walking distance. If approved, the Bedminster Green Framework will help achieve this.” • A pilot study under the Love our High Street initiative has been given £25,000 to look at how to rejuvenate East Street, Bedminster Parade, Cannon Street and part of North Street. • Bedminster Green update: 6-7


n BRIEFLY Council threat to new gym n THE LUXE super-gym, which opened last year in the former Bedminster Library in St Peter’s Court, has not renovated the listed building in line with its planning permission, according to the council. Luxe is under threat of enforcement action. The gym’s owners dispute they have done anything wrong. n GET LITTER picking with members of Ashton Vale Together on Thursday March 7, meeting on the corner of Silbury Road and Ashton Drive at 10am. The group’s next meeting is on Tuesday March 12 at Ashton Vale Community Centre ,6.30-8pm. Details: 07840 680516. n THE PLAN for a homeless centre in Spring Street, reported in the last Voice, has won planning permission. Charity Help Bristol’s Homeless plans 15 temporary container homes.

HALIFAX SET TO CLOSE THE HALIFAX at 103 East Street is to close on May 23, the bank said, “in response to customers’ changing needs”. The number visiting the branch fell 16 per cent in a year, it said, though use of the Self Service zone rose seven per cent. The nearest Halifax will be in Broadmead. Banks remaining in BS3 are Nat West in North Street, HSBC in Cannon Street, and TSB Santander, and Barclays in East St.

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