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Hotwells Day Centre set to closeThe day centre which has provided care for vulnerable elderly people at Holy Trinity Church for over 20 years has had its support grant cut. Unless there is a change of heart by Bristol City Council, it will close on October 31st.Currently around 60 clients with an average age of 80 are registered with the service which operates Tues-Friday and provides them with a hot meal, exercise, entertainment and an opportunity to socialise and go on shopping trips. For many, the day centre offers one of the few opportunities they have to get out of their homes and meet other people. As Mark Griffiths, Trinity Care Service Manager explained: We are trying to keep people independent and out of nursing care and residential homes. Theres no joined up thinking between the Council and the NHS. We only need to prevent a few hospital admissions to save the 80,000 annual cost of this service. Without it we are leaving vulnerable people even more vulnerable. A feature of Trinity Day Centre from its foundation has been the high level of voluntary support it receives. All the trustees and most of the care workers are volunteers and Holy Trinity Church priovides free support and charges no rent for the use of the Trinity Rooms space. Enabling people to be part of a community is what its all about, says Mark. The alternative for the Council is to fund support for these people to stay at home. They cant possibly match the efficiency of our voluntary service. Some of the clients were in tears when support workers explained the situation to them. An online petition to the Council had collected over 250 signatures as this paper went to press but it closes on Sept. 4th in order that the petition can be presented to the next full Council meeting on Sept. 6th. If you want to express a view about this decision, contact our local councillors barbara.janke@bristol.gov.uk and trevor.blythe@bristol.gov.uk. If you can help with the campaign to save Trinity Day Care e-mail markagriffiths@blueyonder.co.uk. See comment on page 2Temporary barriers and signs to discourage through traffic on Clifton Vale, Granby Hill and Joy Hill have been in place for 3 months. Have they made a difference? Should they be made permanent? Are they enough, or do we have to consider more radical measures? Let us have your views and we will pass them on to the Council. (you can find contact details on the next page)

h&ccaHOTWELLS & CLIFTONWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

HOTWELLS&CLIFTONWOOD Autumn 2011 NEWS

new traffic controls introduced

but are they working?

Published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, 3,Charles Place,

Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QW

www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

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h&ccaHOTWELLS & CLIFTONWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION O117 9291883

Community NewsBus service changesThe City Councils attempt to reduce the cost of public transport subsidies by putting all services out to tender ended in an unexpected shortfall of 2.2m in the budget. Its not all bad news as First Bus, in particular, has taken commercial a number of early morning and late evening services that were previously subsidised by the Council. However, many service changes are due to take effect from September. For Hotwells, the main impact will be the loss of the 500 which is the only service to Baltic Wharf and the Great Britain and the easiest way for Hotwellians to get to Temple Meads. Following the intervention of Cllrs. Wright a n d nice new bus stop only one Woodman from thing missing... Cabot Ward, a compromise has been arrived at involving splitting the old 586/587 routes and creating a 505 and 506 (I hope youre keeping up with this). The 506 will run on a modified route from Broadmead and Temple Meads to Southmead Hospital via Cumberland Rd. and Hotwells. It is promised to be a half-hourly service running Mon-Sat from 07:00 to 19:30 with a new operator, Wessex Connect. this will take effect on Sept. 4th, however no timetables were available online at time of writing. The Park & Ride services that pass through Hotwells are changing to different operators. The 902 will be run by a company called CTPlus and the 903 by First. Persuading commuters not to drive into Bristol or dump their cars in Hotwells & Cliftonwood residential streets will not be made easier by an increase in the park & ride peak service interval to 12 mins and increasing the fare by 50p to 4.00!Ray Smith

Loss of Trinity Day Centre Public service cutbacks are beginning to bite and there is no reason why even a service which has been part of the fabric of our community for 20 years should not come under scrutiny along with many others. The trouble is that this cut is about government failure to see the big picture; not the failure of service providers. Trinity Day Care was once part-funded by the NHS but this link was lost and, as things stand, the Council has no obligation to continue funding something that could result in reduced demand for residential care and less hospital admissions. The taxpayer will end up paying more for these services when an existing voluntary-run organisation is far more cost-effective. If localism is the buzzword of the moment then it would be hard to think of a better example of its positive benefit than this project. Volunteers have invested hundreds of hours of their time and saved government the cost of providing an alternative service, yet, it seems, that obvious connection is not factored into spending decisions at local level.

Ashton MeadowThis is the historic name for the space beside the river on the far side of Ashton Swing Bridge which, like Cumberland Piazza, doesnt seem to have any strategic plan for development (or protection) This point was recently flagged-up by Stephen Wickham of Bristol Civic Society. There has been some recent tree-planting and it will be affected by the proposed Bus Rapid Transit route from Ashton Gate (see update on page 3). Stephen is interested in convening a user group for this space so, if you have an interest or some great ideas to improve it then please let us know.

Winning the war on potholesThe Council has made some real progress in the battle to fill in Bristol's potholes. Since October 2010, over 2,500 potholes have been eliminated from local roads, using pothole busting teams who operate across the city. Council workers are well on the way to meeting their target of repairing 90% of all potholes within 10 days of them being reported, but they need more help from the public to complete the job. Tell them about the potholes in your neighbourhood and theyll get their teams working on them. Have you got a pothole in your neighbourhood the Council hasn't got to yet? If you have, you can report it at https:// www.bcc.lan/StreetFault/

CONTACTSHotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association 3 Charles Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QW

tel: 0117 9291883admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

Memories of SummerYes its all over for another year. If you are already getting nostalgic about charred sausages and warm beer here are some snapshots of local street parties: Ambra Vale South (left) has a certain genteel elegance (note actual tablecloths and -is that a real bottleMardyke inbound of champagne?)

Management CommitteeDennis Gornall (Chair) Brenda McLennan (Treasurer) Rosemary Stibbon Administrator Ray Smith Communications Mike Timmins Open spaces Stephen Perry vacant CHASE Anthea Bruges Community Links

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Merchants Road

Community NewsHotwellians win 2 secondsVirginia Bergins campaign to reduce the waiting time at the Hotwells Gyratory traffic lights has produced the following response from Transport Dept. ... I have arranged for a 2 second overlap period to be introduced. This means that when the green man ends and the flashing green man begins there will be 2 seconds of additional red to traffic before the flashing amber period begins. This will effectively give you 2 extra seconds of crossing time before drivers start to encroach on the crossing whilst retaining the flashing green man time to indicate that pedestrians should complete their crossing as traffic is about to start moving. Note: this concession does not affect the lights at the Merchants Road junction: They form part of a network that reaches all the way back to the centre. The lights are linked in with all the lights on the Hotwells Road / Anchor Road to co-ordinate traffic flows and reduce congestion and pollution. wants to see major investment in public transport and the Council is very keen to present a united front in support of the scheme. Many people will remember that the last attempt at a tramway for Bristol fell apart amidst bickering between the local authority partners in the project. It is proposed that existing double-decker buses from North Somerset will share the new route with the bendy buses. This means Vauxhall footbridge will need to be raised and almost all the bus services currently running along Hotwell Rd will be diverted. Services to and from the Centre and Bus Station therefore seem certain to be severely downgraded. The Ashton Swing Bridge will now only carry a single bus lane so there will be no need to cantilever a separate bike/walking path on the side (one of the cost-cutting measures). Overall, BRT2 will probably be of limited use for our neighbourhood because the nearest stops will be at Create and Spike Island. When the 18m long bendy buses move beyond their dedicated route to Prince St. Bridge they will have to mix with ordinary traffic and use existing bus lanes. Given the extra footprint of these vehicles its hard to see how there will be anything rapid about their progress at this point.

green lightfrom Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood

There have been a wealth of "green" activities in Br