Gill Kirk writes

March 09 2018
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The Council announced at the beginning of February that Bristol will receive £9.6m infrastructure investment to support housing delivery in Bristol. This is excellent news for Bristol and particularly Lockleaze as the new funding includes

The Council announced at the beginning of February that Bristol will receive £9.6m infrastructure investment to support housing delivery in Bristol. This is excellent news for Bristol and particularly Lockleaze as the new funding includes 6.6m allocated to the Unlocking Lockleaze Development project.

Bristol City Council believe that council owned sites in the Lockleaze Estate can accommodate around 800 new homes, including at least 239 affordable homes. Local consultation has taken place on two of these sites, Romney House and Constable/Crome Road, and planning applications for the first 350 new homes in Lockleaze are expected to be submitted at the end of February. Mayor Marvin Rees said: “There has long been a lack of housing diversity in the Lockleaze and Southmead areas and this funding will enable us to develop and bring forward regeneration plans that are desperately needed in these areas.”

It is proposed that the Unlocking Lockleaze Development project will include a variety of housing, including affordable, and self build, as well as improvements to local infrastructure and sustainable transport links. As well as supporting housing, the money allocated for the Unlocking Lockleaze Development  project is proposed to support new investment in local infrastructure and sustainable transport links, particularly around the Muller Road corridor where local people are concerned that new and proposed developments of housing and retail will only add to existing congestion on the busy Muller Road. Improved road  layout, bus lanes, walking and cycling routes and integrated transport links will all be considered so as to mitigate the impact of the much needed development in the Lockleaze area.

As part of these exciting developments it is vital that  residents’ voices are heard, so that local people are not just responding to, but also shaping what happens in Lockleaze! Some excellent work has taken place over the years with the the Lockleaze Vision and Lockleaze Voice, and to take this forward residents want to set up a new forum for local people to get involved. The first meeting of the Lockleaze Residents Planning group was held yesterday at the Cameron Centre, chaired by residents. Visiting speakers Helen Bone and Alison Bromilow talked us through the support available for resident- led local planning groups, of which there is a network across Bristol. A further meeting will be held in the Old Library to gauge local interest and from there the group hopes to meet regularly and liaise with the local community, the council, local developers and community  groups on planning issues. Alison Bromilow reminded us that no resident needs to be a planning expert to take part. If you know your local area and care what happens to it, that is all you need to get involved! There is support, planning advice and expertise available to the group when needed. There will be a range of meetings open to all and information will also be shared through social media. The more who get involved, the more effective it will be! If you would like to find out more please contact David Thomas at david1961thomas@hotmail.co.uk

Our Councillor drop in surgeries continue on the first Saturday of each month, 12.30-2pm at the Hub, do come and see us if you need any advice or have ideas you would like to share. We are also available by phone and email: cllr.gill.kirk@bristol.gov.uk or by phone on 07736 678281

Gill Kirk

Councillor for Lockleaze (Labour)