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Darren welcomes Avonmouth Station grant

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has welcomed news of a £13,930 grant from Great Western Railway to Avonmouth Station.

Darren said:

“It is great news that five community projects in Bristol have been awarded over £70,000 funding for improvement schemes by Great Western Railway. Avonmouth Station Community Food Growing & Learning Space has been awarded £13,930 to develop the existing garden space at Avonmouth station to become a fully operational community food growing and learning space, overseen by Incredible Edible Bristol who are working with Feeding Bristol CIO and Bristol City Council towards a ‘Zero Hunger Bristol’.

It’s wonderful to hear that produce from the garden will be shared with the local community via Avonmouth Community Centre’s free/subsidised Lunch Club, the North Bristol Foodbank and the Bristol Jam Plan which serves homeless shelters. These local organisations work incredibly hard and their services are in great demand – anything that helps gets healthy food to vulnerable residents is to be welcomed. Well done to all involved“.

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Darren comments on Portway Rail Station progress

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has commented on the granting of planning approval for the new rail platform at Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see planning granted for a new rail platform at the Portway Park & Ride in Shirehampton.

As I’ve been arguing for sometime now through my North Bristol Transport Plan, we need major transport hubs at the key entry points into the city bringing rail, park & ride, parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock-up onto one site.

This isn’t just great for residents needing to get into and out of town, but vital for our increasing commuter traffic as we try and persuade them to use public transport instead of their cars; reducing congestion and air pollution”.

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Darren comments on caravans on Downs

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has commented on the large group of caravans and cars that have arrived over this weekend (15th April).

Darren said:

“I am aware of reports of a fairly large group of caravans and cars pitched-up on the Downs near the Funder World Park.

Whilst I fully support any individual’s right to lead the lifestyle they choose – and that right and gypsy and traveller traditions should be respected – camp locations should be within the law and legal traveller sites (such as the transit site in Lawrence Weston) should be used rather than public open space.

I have therefore shared my concerns with the council.

Anyone with concerns about littering, dog fouling and/or noise, should report their concerns to the council so they can assess any impact on the local community and public space“.

The council advised on 15/4/19:

We have started the eviction process to remove the group.

The group have been offered access to the Transit Site in Avonmouth, which they declined. As a result, necessary paperwork has now been completed to apply for a possession order from the courts. This is likely to take two to three weeks to be given if our application is successful. Other action we’ve taken:

• Traveller Sites Officers have visited the group twice this morning and undertook a welfare assessment to check there are no pressing medical needs.
• The police will only intervene if there is a serious breach of the peace or a significant number of serious complaints are made to their 101 phone number.
• We have arranged from Bristol Waste for a large bin to be provided to the group for them to store their waste before this is removed.







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Darren’s column in Henleaze and Westbury Voice

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Henleaze and Westbury Voice.

Darren updates on Brexit, the environment and climate change alongside his response to the council’s A4018 consultation.




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Darren’s features in Sea Mills Newsletter

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Sea Mills Community Initiatives Newsletter following his recent visit to the community garden.

You can get involved in the Sea Mills 100 celebrations or find out more about the community garden by using the details listed below or going along to one of the upcoming events. Darren hopes to attend  the Heritage Trails on 8th June before visiting Goram Fayre at Blaise Castle.




Darren calls for compulsory and inclusive relationships education

Darren has received a reply from the Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb, in response to a letter he wrote alongside 55 other MPs calling on the Government to require compulsory LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education (RSE). The Minister’s letter is below.



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Darren shares Iron Bridge Planning Application

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has shared details of the council’s planning application for the repair of the historic Iron Bridge in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“From reading comments on the ‘Save the Iron Bridge’ Facebook group and the emails I’ve had, there are different views and preferences for how the bridge could have been fixed. However, given the time period the bridge has been out of action, alongside the council’s severely limited financial resources and advice on the feasibility of options from English Heritage, I sense any more-reasonable alternative is highly likely to be unfeasible or cost prohibitive or else the council would be pursuing it. Crucially, the new plans also ensure accessibility for those less able to walk-up steps or who need flat access for wheelchairs and push chairs.Let me know what you think of the plans and be sure to submit your comments on the council’s planning portal”.

You can view the application and make a comment, offer support or formally log your opposition to the plans here.

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Darren’s column in Henbury and Brentry News

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  has published his latest column in Henbury and Brentry News. The column covers Darren’s work on: