September: Councillor updates

August 28 2015

Bishopston and Redland councillor updates for September

Bishopston councillor update

Lona Restaurant, Gloucester Road:

There are ongoing issues with fumes causing pollution for residents particularly in Brynland Avenue. Despite attempts by the restaurant to install equipment the problem persists. We are working closely with the council pollution team to ensure that either equipment that removes the problem is installed, or enforcement action is begun.

Memorial Ground:

As mentioned in our previous column, we are keen to work with Rovers to find a way for them to have the ground they want, while involving the community in discussing possible uses for the site. We hope to meet with the Mayor and club officials in September and will also be meeting with community groups to hear your views.

Digital Democracy:

Tim is working with council teams and an organisation called Represent who design online technology for local decision making. The platform asks questions to build a representative map of the activities and aspirations that people in an area care about. It is fun and easy to use. We will be piloting this in Bishopston in the build up to our Neighbourhood community fair on 19th September. The site is not live at the time of writing, but will be soon. Please visit:

Micro Pub Application 447 Gloucester Road:

In late August we expect a planning application for an independent micro pub selling locally produced ales. Typically we oppose applications for pubs or extended licensing since this is a ‘cumulative impact area’. We are particularly interested in your views on this application– given the local, independent ethos of Gloucester Road.

Please be in touch with us:

Daniella Radice – 07769 131097;
Tim Malnick – 07884 736103;

Redland councilllor update

Bristol North Baths:

At the end of July scaffolding finally came down on the site as it nears completion (we hope). Thanks to the developer being able to access some fresh funding, this project was at the time of writing due to be completed in August. We are keeping an overview of the progress.


You may recall some consultation late last year around changes to parks maintenance in Bristol. The results have been published and it looks as though some areas of grass may be left long to encourage wildlife and grass may be cut on a more regular basis. Martin and Fi can confirm that our heroic park keeper Mickey will therefore be with us for the foreseeable future in St Andrew’s Park.

Policing and speedwatch:

We have a new Redland beat support officer: PCSO Leanne Woods. Remember all non-urgent calls should be on 101. If you're worried about speeding in the area, the police do run community speedwatch sessions - contact David Said ( for details.  

Parking day of action:

The Sustainable Travel Working Group has been working with the police to tackle inconsiderate parking. A day of action was held on August 7th with a group of police, council parking attendants, and the fire service.  A mobile fire engine toured the area focussing on roads where parking is not yet managed (by RPS) to highlight parking problems. The joint operation found instances including a vehicle parked in Wolseley Road, Bishopston, where a fire engine could not get through which could be dangerous in an emergency.

Martin Fodor -
Fi Hance -