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News from Ashley

Local and Bristol-wide news from your Green Party Councillors

March 2017

Fighting cuts to public services

Green councillors are challenging the £101 million of cuts being forced upon Bristol City Council by government.

These further cuts are a choice government is taking - to dismantle our public services rather than close tax loopholes, reform our finance system or increase tax for the top 1%.

Green councillors responded to the Council's budget consultation, outlining an alternative vision for local government financing and warning of the impacts of further Council cuts, which will devastate services children, young people, older people and disabled people rely on.

The downward spiral of cuts is not inevitable and Bristol politicians should be taking a leading role in working with other cities, parties and local communities to oppose them. 

Image: Chris Devers
 

Parking update ! News from Bristol 'transport tzar' Mark Bradshaw

I get more emails about parking issues in Ashley than anything else. Cllr. Martin Fodor (Redland ) and I met with Mark Bradshaw (Cabinet member for transport ) to press for more action about parking and ask how residents can apply for a parking zone should they wish one .Mark has commissioned a report that includes a 'test' that will enable transport planners to work out whether there is local need for an RPZ and whether the business case can be made . Ashley will be one of the areas to pilot the new test .  

 

Recent Green work

Bristol has 11 Green councillors. Recent Green work includes:
  • Successful air pollution campaign to get Bristol City Council to commit to a Clean Air Zone here>>
  • Worked with Labour councillors to take a stand against further NHS cuts here>>
  • Opposing the privatisation of our buses here>>
  • Supporting local groups who helped make the European Green Capital year a success here>>
  • Campaigning against a hard Brexit here>>
  • Working for more affordable housing here>> and living rent here>>
  • Opposing downward spiral of Tory cuts here>> and here>>

Contact Cllr. Jude English

E-mail cllr.jude.english@bristol.gov.uk
Phone: 07584151099
Twitter: @judebrew

More about our recent work at :
www.bristolgreenparty.org.uk 

New photography courses at St. Pauls Community Darkrooms 
St . Pauls Learning Centre is proud to be home to the only fully accessible community darkroom facility in the South West.
A brilliant group of local volunteers are now helping to run it , low cost memberships are available and there are some beginners courses starting soon !
Fancy a go,  check out their faceook page below  
(or go to the new courses page on
the learning centre website ).


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https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsDarkrooms/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
 

Everyone has a right to a decent home

In Bristol getting a roof over your head is becoming more and more difficult. Rent and house prices are unaffordable for many people and there are 10,000 people on the Council's housing list.

Green Councillors are campaigning for a Bristol living rent to control rent prices and for new housing developments to include much more affordable housing. 

Full Council recently voted to support a Green motion which will force developers to be more transparent and help give the Council power to insist on more affordable housing.

Green councillors have also been calling on the housing developers of the Chocolate Factory in Easton to include more affordable housing in the development.

Image: Ruth Sharville 
 

Success for university fossil fuel divestment

After over a year of campaigning, Bristol University's advisory body (which includes Cllr. Jude English and Bristol's Green M.E.P. Molly Scott-Cato ) voted to pass a motion from Green councillor Carla Denyer calling on the university to withdraw funding from fossil fuel companies. 

The successful campaign saw joint work by students, staff, alumni and politicians to say that it is simply unacceptable for Bristol University to invest in fossil fuel extraction, the major driver of climate change.

Campaigners celebrated a recent announcement confirming divestment from the Board of Trustees.
 
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