Gill Kirk writes

April 13 2018
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The Council’s Cabinet meeting on March 6th was an exciting one for Lockleaze, with three big announcements addressing some of our most important local concerns: Housing, access to school places and air pollution.

The Council’s Cabinet meeting on March 6th was an exciting one for Lockleaze, with three big announcements addressing  some of our most important local concerns: Housing, access to school places and air pollution.

Firstly, the Cabinet agreed to move forward with the £178million Lockleaze regeneration  and development scheme, starting to reverse the decline that followed loss of housing and amenities over past decades. The first sites for development will go before the planning department imminently, 286 homes on the old Romney school site, and 130 homes at Crome Rd, Constable Rd and Herkomer Close.

Secondly, we heard the announcement that Cathedral Schools Trust would be building a new secondary school, Trinity Academy, in Lockleaze, (on the site of the former Romney Avenue Junior School) to cater for growing demand in the area for secondary school places: it will open in temporary buildings in Sept 2019 while a new school is built hopefully for 2020, incorporating widespread local consultation. And thirdly we were told that Bristol City Council is developing a Clean Air Action Plan which will tackle air pollution through a wide range of measures such as more investment in public transport and cycling, changes in traffic management, greater use of existing regulatory powers such as taxi licensing and ways to support and encourage a shift to cleaner vehicles.

• By 31 March 2018 Bristol City Council must undertake a feasibility study and identify options which would deliver compliance with legal limits for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time.

• By 31 December 2018 Bristol City Council must identify a preferred option, including value for money considerations and the implementation of arrangements.

The council is working with a market research company to inform traffic models designed to see how effective a Clean Air Zone could be in changing drivers’ choices about the trips they make.

It’s been a busy month locally too... the first 2 meetings were held of a new Lockleaze Planning group giving residents a voice in local developments. A lively ‘community conversation’ was hosted at the Hub by LNT last Saturday, which drew residents of all ages to share ideas and make some action plans on community led housing, youth services and the future of the Vench, and the need for social spaces/pubs in our growing community. Drawings were shared for a proposed new play area for Stoke Park/ Lockleaze open space, and we discussed the Stoke park restoration project, all aspects of volunteering, ‘playing out’ and residents setting up new litter picking groups in their streets. On March 15th a group of library enthusiasts from around the city held a lively meeting in Lockleaze library to share their passion for libraries and how best to promote them, as we await the result of a council commissioned review of new ways of running libraries, to be announced in April. The months ahead are likely to be busy with public meetings, plans and consultations. We hope residents will want to involve themselves in these exciting new developments for Lockleaze.

Cllrs Tincknell and Kirk hold drop in advice surgeries on the first Saturday of the month 12.30-2pm at the Hub, Gainsborough Square.

We are also available on email at cllr.gill.kirk@bristol.gov.uk or by phone on 07736 678281