News from Horfield councillor Claire Hiscott - July 2018

July 01 2018
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Horfield Common play area, the Arena, Ardagh tennis courts, and dangerous parking all covered

Summer is here and it’s great to be out in the sunshine enjoying our local parks and greenspaces.

 Along with the sun, there is some good news for our parks – we have initial approval from the council for new all-weather surfacing for the Horfield common play area (opposite the Leisure centre) and confirmation that the council WILL pay for re-siting the MUGA that was lost from Maskelyne Ave park.

 The play area funding comes after local residents put the play area at the top of its priority list at the Love Horfield conference in May – which I then applied for funding for from our Area Committee. Area Committees are the new style neighbourhood partnerships.  We are grouped with Southmead, Henbury, Cotham and Redland – a bizarre make-up from the Mayor which comes with the LEAST funding of any area committee, the highest having over 10 times more to spend than us……political decision????....who can say? So, against all odds we have got the funding in-principal and I’m glad that Cllr Olly Mead and I could work on this together.

 As this Voice copy lands on your doorstep the Mayor may already have made a decision about the Bristol Arena. All I can say is that whatever decision is made over location, whether Filton or Temple Meads, I have always fought for the benefits of BRISTOL and HORFIELD residents. I have wanted the arena to boost BRISTOL  Jobs, BRISTOL business and BRISTOL tourism and culture. I will continue to fight for this and to protect Horfield residents from any increased traffic congestion and pollution. I hope the mayors decision delivers – our Conservative group in council will be holding him to account on those priorities.

 Another challenge locally has been the mayors decision to remove 6 tennis courts from public use from the Ardagh on Horfield common. There was no consultation with residents or the Ardagh on this and I will be working with Bishopston councillor Eleanor Combley to try and reverse the decision. Watch his space!

In other news, I have been consulting with the police and the hospital over the never-ending issue of dangerous parking on our streets. One incident resulted in a fire engine not being able to access a road – this could have endangered lives, and I will be pressing for the hospital to do more to help staff park on site rather than on our streets. Please report any problems straight to the police through the 101 number , or in emergencies 999.

I do hope everyone has a great summer and enjoys some of the great events planned locally. As always, please keep the news and views coming! Email me on Cllr.Claire.hiscott@bristol.gov.uk or phone 0117 9222746 for all Horfield issues great and small!  Best wishes Cllr Claire Hiscott