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Darren visits Southmead, Sea Mills, Eastville and Horfield.

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency diary.

On Friday 5th July, Darren visited the final event for the 100th birthday celebrations of Sea Mills with an afternoon tea party at Sea Mills Primary School. Darren also met the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council and talked about the need for joined-up cross border transport investment. This will become especially important as thousands of new homes and large-scale developments (including a potential arena) are progressed in the North Bristol Arc. Darren then met with SARSAS (Somerset Rape and Sexual Advice Service) to find out more about their work and how he can help make vulnerable people aware of their services.

On Saturday, Darren held a café politics at The Old Library in Eastville followed by Powered by You stalls in Horfield and at Southmead Festival.

Darren said:

“Friday was a wonderful summer afternoon for the Sea Mills Primary School afternoon tea party – the last event as part of the 100th birthday of the Sea Mills estate. It was  a privilege to chat to WWII vet Stan, who has lived in the area for 97 of the 100 years!

Saturday was another lovely day for café politics, followed by Powered by You street stalls in Horfield and at the Southmead Festival. I also got to see the new development plans for Arnside and Glencoyne Square in VR”.

                             

 

 

 

 

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Darren visits Home for Veterans, opens Nursery in Lawrence Weston and The Old Library in Eastville

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed weekend. Darren joined the team from Alabare Christian Care and Support to tour their new Bristol Home for Veterans. Darren also opened the new nursery in Lawrence Weston and visited the community café at the Old Library in Eastville.

Darren said:

“It was wonderful to visit the Old Library in Eastville – the centre has a fantastic café, kids area and awesome outdoor space. Hats-off to the volunteers from Lockleaze, Eastville and the surrounding area for creating such a great community space. I hope all our libraries can become hubs for community activities and provide a wide variety of services alongside the traditional book-lending schemes.

 I was also delighted to officially open the Long Cross Nursery in Lawrence Weston, which is linked to Oasis Academy Long Cross. I have long campaigned for fully state-funded childcare  – funded nursery places for two year olds should be available for all. I’ll continue to call for that.

I was also pleased to meet the manager at the new Bristol Home for Veterans that will open in Bristol North West in a few weeks. It is vital, after their hard work and service, our veterans get the support and care they need. Alabare are working to support veterans, vulnerable and homeless people and I applaud their efforts. I do however feel the government could do much more to vulnerable support people – and a start would be by providing a proper welfare safety net, ceasing the damaging system of Universal Credit and funding our councils so they can provide effective and well-resourced services”.

 

 

 

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Darren visits Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Blaise Castle and Westbury

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency day on Saturday 8th June 2019. Darren joined the opening of the new museum (in a telephone box) to celebrate 100 years of Sea Mills, joined the annual afternoon tea and awards ceremony at Penhill Residential Home in Shirehampton, stopped by the BS9 Arts Trail in Westbury on Trym and the Goram Fair at Blaise Castle Estate. Darren had also been due to host a Powered By You stall in Sea Mills/Stoke Bishop, but this was postponed due to the high winds.

Darren said:

“I really enjoy busy constituency days, where I get to see as many people as possible, hear about the fantastic volunteering that makes many of the local fetes and fairs I attend happen, and can see community spirit in action.

It was great to attend the annual awards and afternoon tea at Penhill, see the art work by Redmaids students that formed part of the BS9 Art Trial and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sea Mills. To then top-off the day by joining the Goram Fair was really rewarding – we have a lot to celebrate here in Bristol North West”.

 

 

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Darren comments on Stoke Lodge Planning Appeal

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the news Cotham School’s appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for a new pavilion building at Stoke Lodge has been rejected.

Darren said:

“I’ve been advised the Planning Inspectorate (PI) has now rejected Cotham School’s appeal for a new pavilion building at Stoke Lodge.

I recently wrote to the PI voicing my constituent’s views after being contacted by large numbers of residents who were concerned about additional vehicle movements, including coaches, and the impact more parked vehicles would have on residential roads and road safety if the application got the go-ahead. The community, and I, are however not against the need to invest and upgrade in the pavilion in principle, but this can’t be done at the expense of residents and road safety.

The school’s appeal has now been rejected with the school being made to pay the council’s legal costs. I take no joy in seeing local schools spending money on legal costs and that’s why I have tried time and again to get senior reps from the school round the table to find a compromise to the whole Stoke Lodge saga, sadly they weren’t willing to continue discussions and we find a school continuing to fight a tight-knit community. The school failed to evidence adequate transport planning for this application and it would appear the introduction of a fence has also had some bearing on the decision to reject the appeal.

I’ll continue to support residents who are clear they want to work with the school so students – and residents – can all enjoy the wonderful open space at Stoke Lodge”.

Background:

As well as meeting hundreds of concerned residents on 8th December 2018, Darren has  shared his concerns with Bristol City Council following news reports that a fence at Stoke Lodge would not require the council’s consent and that the school planned to progress these works imminently. The council responded to Darren, local councillors and the We Love Stoke Lodge community group concerns on Friday 7th December, maintaining their new position that a fence did not require planning consent as would be considered permitted development.

Darren has been working closely with key community leaders and local councillors on this matter for some time having previously written to residents, the council and Cotham School about Stoke Lodge alongside chairing several meetings (designed to broker a compromise so both the community and the school can use the site) over the summer of 2018.

Darren has also previously met local residents, and separately with staff from Cotham School, to discuss the school’s use of Stoke Lodge green space which (the school propose) would include the erection of a fence, alongside a new changing room/ pavilion building (this application was rejected by the local authority and as yet has not been appealed or a new submission submitted).

Darren said prior to the meeting in December 2018:

“I’ll be meeting residents at Stoke Lodge on Saturday morning to discuss any updates following last week’s surprise media reports planning consent may not be required for any perimeter fence. Clearly this news was hugely concerning to the many residents and visitors who enjoy this important green space – which includes Bristol’s Tree of the Year. This green space is the only one in walking distance to many local residents.

We’ll also be discussing next steps so we can work to ensure the site can once again be used by the local community and school.

Stoke Bishop has one of the lowest crime and ASB levels in the city, with a close-knit and supportive community and it does not appear the school encountered any reportable near misses or incidents when the school previously used this site unfenced – it is therefore imperative risks are not overstated and the community and school work together to ensure this space is used in harmony for decades to come. I know community reps remain keen to continue engaging with the school and have suggested multiple alternative options. The multiple meetings I have chaired – where all parties were invited – were designed to reach a compromise.

I am obviously concerned to hear the council have continued to advise (including in the most correspondence dated 7th December) that planning consent will not be required for the fence as it is within permitted development rights.

I’ll continue to support residents, and help work towards a compromise, at every opportunity“.

 

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Darren visits Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Sea Mills

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy Saturday (25th May 2019) hosting two Powered By You stalls in Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton followed by a visit to Sea Mills for a LinkAge event at the Methodist Church.

Darren said:

“Today was another busy constituency day, I started off talking about the issues that matter locally in Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston at my Powered By You Street Stalls and then joined the LinkAge Sea Mills community event.

I’ll be doing Street stalls most Saturday mornings in the coming months, to find out where I’ll be next, please visit my Powered By You page where you can also find out how to download my Powered By You app”.

 

 

 

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Darren visits Westbury, The Downs, Avonmouth, Henleaze and Horfield in one day.

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had a very busy Saturday (11th May 2019) hosting a Café Politics at Horfield Leisure Centre, a Powered By You stall in Avonmouth followed by visits to Westbury Spring Fair, Henleaze Junior School’s May Fair and the Foodies Festival on the Downs to show his support for a new local charity.

Darren said:

“Today was a busy but fantastic constituency day. I started off talking local and national issues at my Café Politics at Horlfied Leisure Centre and then hosted the first of my new Powered By You Street Stalls in Avonmouth.  It was a l‪ovely sunny day for the Westbury Community Spring Fair where I got to meet North Bristol Police Cadets and the RAF 2442 Squadron ATC. ‬

Finally, I popped by the Fair in Henleaze and then the Foodies Festival on the Downs to help raise awareness of Little Hero. Little Hero is an important new charity started by my constituent John after the loss of his young son, Will. You can read all about Little Hero here and you can donate £5 by texting WILL to 70970.

I’ll be doing Street stalls most Saturday mornings in the coming months, to find out where I’ll be next, please visit my Powered By You page where you can also find out how to download my Powered By You app”.

 

 

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Darren to host Autism-focused surgery

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, will be hosting an autism-themed surgery with help from Bristol Autism Spectrum Services (BASS) on Friday 24th May.

Please note – as of 2nd May – this surgery is now fully booked. Another will be held later in the year.

Appointments will be available from 10.30am – 12.45pm. To book an appointment you must live in Bristol North West or be supporting a constituent as their formal advocate (if that’s the case, the constituent should also be in attendance). You can check if you’re represented by Darren by visiting: www.theyworkforyou.com/

These 30-minute private appointments could be used to discuss personal concerns that you are seeking Darren’s help/support with (for example, you or your child are struggling to get specific help) or you may want to share more general experiences that you feel Darren should be aware of (for example, how difficult it can be for you to access the community or services).

It could also be that you (or a family member/partner) want to lobby Darren on a policy issue related to autism for example, carers allowance, access to mental health services, SEN support or therapies.

Places are limited so please do get in touch with BASS by calling 01275 796 204 or emailing: awp.bassbristolas@nhs.net and providing your name, address, contact telephone number and a short summary of the issue you would like to discuss.

Once your appointment is confirmed, BASS will send you a time and the exact location of the appointment, which will be held in the Southmead area.

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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 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.

 

 

 

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Darren visits Sea Mills Community Garden

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones recently joined members of the team celebrating Sea Mill’s 100th Birthday at the community’s garden. You can find out more and get involved in the centenary celebrations by visiting: http://seamills100.co.uk/

Darren said:

“What a great initiative the Sea Mills Community Garden is, tucked behind housing on Sylvan Way. And open to all! Pleased to help plant a new tree too (although I admit, I didn’t do the digging!)”.

You can follow my work in the local area here.