Councillors Update

News from our Councillors

COMMUNITY ZOOM MEETINGS
We have held a couple of virtual meetings via Zoom to provide an opportunity for people to hear from us about local issues, and for us to hear peoples' questions or concerns. So far each one has lasted around 45 minutes and provided a useful opportunity to share information.

We have planned some more sessions on the dates listed below. If you would like to take part in any or all of them, please click the link next to each date to sign up in advance. You will then be sent a further link which you can click on the day to join the meeting.

The dates are:
23rd June - tiny.cc/WH23Jun
14th July - tiny.cc/WH14Jul
28th July - tiny.cc/WH28Jul

All meetings start at 7:00pm.

PLAN TO RELOCATE WESTBURY POST OFFICE
We have been informed by Post Office Ltd that they plan to relocate Westbury Post Office into Canford News to create a "local style branch". They are currently consulting on this plan, you can read more and respond to the consultation by following this link

TRAVELLER ENCAMPMENTS ON THE DOWNS
We are aware of multiple traveller encampments on the Downs, which seem to be moving and changing on a daily basis at the moment. We are communicating with Council officers daily about this. and the Council has started its process to remove them. Unfortunately this requires a court order every time, and the courts are currently running a skeleton service, making the process even slower than usual.

The police do have powers to remove encampments without going to court, but will only do so if there are reports of serious anti-social behaviour. If you see any such behaviour please report it to the police on 101 and let us know the incident number so that we can follow it up with the police.

TIPS RE-OPENED
The Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) have now re-opened. They are operating with reduced capacity to ensure social distancing, which means that there have been some very big queues to get in. Please consider only going if you really need to. They are currently only allowing people in on alternate days based on the vehicle registration number, odd numbers on one day and even the next. You can see which day is which, and look at a "queue cam" to see how long you'll be waiting by following this link. We are told that first thing in the morning tends to be the busiest time, so you may be better off waiting until later in the day.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS
We are currently monitoring a few planning applications locally. You can view and comment on any of these online at the links below. Please do get in touch with us individually or via the Zoom meetings above if you would like to discuss these or any other applications.

Westerleigh Cottage, Cote Drive - new build house - link

334 Canford Lane - demolition and 2 new build houses - link

Westbury Hill / Cambridge Crescent - conversion and extension of offices to flats, plus new build houses behind.
This one is in two parts: link1 and link2

COUNCILLOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Cllr Geoff Gollop
cllr.geoffrey.gollop@bristol.gov.uk
0117 9039946
Cllr Liz Radford
cllr.liz.radford@bristol.gov.uk
07392 108806
Cllr Steve Smith
cllr.steve.smith@bristol.gov.uk
07769 285266
facebook.com/councillorSteveSmith
Or write to us at:
City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

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