'Question Time' comes to Bishopston

March 26 2018

The Bishopston Society is using an innovative form of public engagement at its forthcoming meeting on 17 April.

 The Bishopston Society is using an innovative form of public engagement at its forthcoming meeting on 17 April. 

 Set up to examine the economic vitality of Bishopston, focused on Gloucester Road, the public meeting will be run along the lines of the BBC Question Time programme. By using this format the organisers aim to ensure that the voice of Bishopstonians dominates while accessing the expertise of its guest panelists.

"What do you get when you put three local traders’ representatives, a local historian and a leading Green Councillor in the same room together and invite the public to raise their own questions and comments?" it asks.

 "Is Gloucester Road 'the last great British high street' or were The Independent and the Mary Portas brigade preaching gloom and doom in 2004 with their coverage of the decline of the high street? 

"Can we mark up the successes and learn from recent history about our very diverse high street, celebrate what’s good about Gloucester Road, and work with traders and others to make improvements and secure its future vitality?"

 Chair of the Bishopston Society, Nick Plant, said: “We don’t know the answer to questions like this but look forward to a serious but engaging examination of issues like this, balancing expert guidance from our panel with lay participation. 

“Our expert panel, so far, features Chris Wallace of The Gloucester Road Story (and Bishopston Society), Anne-Louise Perez of Gloucester Road BID, Peter Browne of GRE&T and Eleanor Combley, Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down and Bristol City Council Green Group Leader.

 “Though we’re not expecting David Dimbleby to be in the chair, the event will rely on questions, comments and discussion led by the audience, in BBC Question Time style. Bring along your contributions or submit them in advance via the society’s website (see below). Anonymous contributions will be considered, in advance of or at the start of the meeting.”

 The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 April, at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, at Gloucester Cricket Club, Brightside Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol BS7 9EJ. Refreshments will be available and there’ll be chances to socialize.

 Local organisations and others with “shout outs” from local groups' announcements, news and views, will also have a slot before the meeting ends, in the society’s “Open Forum”.

 For more about the public meeting and how your voice can be heard, go to www.bishopstonsociety.org.uk