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Darren calls for restricted vehicle access to Henbury Court Primary

Darren Jones MP has written to Bristol City Council Transport lead Cllr Kye Dudd to ask for signs to be placed on Trevelyan Walk in Henbury which ask parents not to drop-off/pick-up children on the cul-de-sac during the school run. This came after Darren met with the school’s leadership, who told the MP that congestion on Trevelyan Walk at peak times has become a serious problem for themselves and local residents – there had also been a number of near-misses involving students.

Darren said:

“By advising parents that driving down the cul-de-sac is undesirable for the school, [road signs with flashing lights] would in my opinion go much of the way to solving the school’s traffic problems.”

Letter to Cllr Kye Dudd

 

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Darren encourages schools to teach WW1 Remembrance

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has written to all Primary schools in Bristol North West encouraging them to take part in a free scheme which educates pupils on the importance of WW1 Remembrance.

Darren said:

“During early October, I contacted all 29 primary schools in Bristol North West, inviting them to use the free lesson and assembly plans supplied by the Royal British Legion and National Literacy Trust. These plans can be used in English, Science and History lessons – as well as school assemblies – to ensure Remembrance, and the importance of peace, is universally understood. The plans commemorate the First World War generation – those who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

As we approach Remembrance Sunday, I urge all schools to get involved”!

Here’s a copy of the letter Darren sent to Badocks Wood Academy in Southmead:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren slams cuts facing 100% of local schools

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones said:

“I’ve just received (25th October 2019) a briefing from the National Education Union which confirms Department of Education funding for local schools from 1st April 2020. Despite the government pretending otherwise, 100% of our schools will have less budget than they did in 2015!

I’ve visited nearly every school in my constituency over the last two years and I hear the same concerns at each one – we’re pushing overworked teachers out of the profession and forcing our kids to face larger class sizes with less staff available to help and less money for books, equipment and technology. This crisis is felt even more acutely with children who have special educational needs, young people with mental health needs and is also illustrated in the reduction of creative subjects being taught. Yet this Government continues to underfund and under-deliver on their responsibility to schools – all the whilst pretending austerity is over – and the nation’s children and young people.

Between 2015 and April 2020, our schools in Bristol North West will have faced a shortfall of £49,308 million. That’s – on average – £704 less per pupil than in April 2015. This is totally unacceptable and puts our kid’s futures at risk – education can’t and shouldn’t be done on the cheap!

Having just recently supported campaigns for improved nursery and sixth-form funding, I assure my constituents I’ll continue to do everything I can to achieve fair funding for our schools”.

Here are some examples of what these devastating cuts mean for our kid’s schools:

  1. Glenfrome Primary school, has been cut by an average £626 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 25.0 pupils per class in 2015 to 28.4 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 4 teachers. Funding is below average.
  2. Fairfield High School, Bristol has been cut by an average £855 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 23.0 pupils per class in 2015 to 26.6 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 17 teachers.
  3. Fonthill primary School has been cut by an average of £738 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 26.9 pupils per class in 2015 to 28.9 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.
  4. Stoke Park Primary School has been cut by an average of £520 per pupil since 2015, which has badly affected the school. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 23.7 pupils per class in 2015 to 27.3 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.
  5. Sea Mills Primary School has been cut by an average of £654 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 25.8 pupils per class in 2015 to 27.9 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.

You can support the NEU’s campaign and find out about cuts to your local school here.

You can follow Darren’s work on education here.

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Darren calls on Barclays to reverse Post Office decision

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Watch: Darren argues for North Bristol rail network

In an adjournment debate secured by North Somerset MP Liam Fox to back a rail link to Portishead, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones made the case that stronger and better integrated rail links are required across north Bristol, starting with the Henbury Loop Line. Commenting on Facebook, Jones said:

Bristol faces some of the worst road congestion and air pollution anywhere in Britain. We urgently need a properly funded, joined-up approach to public transport which makes it easier, cheaper and greener both to travel around north Bristol and get into the city. As I argued yesterday in a House of Commons debate on a rail link to Portishead, this must include a full service along the Henbury loop line (and much more besides!).

Now more than ever, Bristol needs proper public transport

Bristol faces some of the worst road congestion and air pollution anywhere in Britain. We urgently need a properly funded, joined-up approach to public transport which makes it easier, cheaper and greener both to travel around north Bristol and get into the city. As I argued yesterday in a House of Commons debate on a rail link to Portishead, this must include a full service along the Henbury loop line (and much more besides!).

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Darren hosts Bristol Arena Q and A

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, hosted an event for constituents to find out more about the potential 17000 seater arena being built in his constituency in North Bristol.

Darren said:

“YTL will soon be applying for planning consent for their proposed arena in the former airport hangars in Filton (this sits just on the edge of my constituency). Following requests from constituents, I arranged a personal briefing and Q and A at the hangars to discuss YTL’s plans. The planning application is expected in the coming weeks.

I’ve always said, I can only support the arena if it comes with proper transport investment and public transport upgrades. YTL also need to ensure residential streets in Henbury, Brentry, Lockleaze and Southmead are not linked to the arena site so they don’t become rat runs. I formally called for these restrictions  back in January as part of my North Bristol Transport Plan. I also met with the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council in July and pressed for improved planning and joined-up thinking on transport.

The planning application for the arena will be available in the usual way on Bristol City Council’s website – I’ll share details once they’re available”.

YTL Arena operations team, who are responsible for the plans to create an arena in the Brabazon Hangars, will be holding a series of public consultation open days and tours. You can find out more by visiting: www.brabazon.co.uk

You can follow Darren’s work on transport here.

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Library Drop-in Event Information

In March 2019, Darren attended a Library Ideas conversation event to discuss and look at innovative ways to continue running the service after all of the city’s libraries were saved from closure by Bristol City Council in 2018 – which you can read more about here.

Following the Library Ideas conversations, throughout September there will be a series of Library drop-in events open to all that are being held in libraries across Bristol North West to help get an idea of people’s ideas and priorities for the future of libraries.

Please find the dates and the Facebook event links below;

  • Henbury Library: Wednesday 4th September 2019, 2pm – 7pm (Facebook event here)
  • Lockleaze Library: Thursday 5th September 2019, 11am – 4pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Avonmouth Library: Friday 6th September 2019, 1pm – 5pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Southmead Library: Tuesday 10th September 2019, 11am – 5pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Horfield Library: Monday 23rd September 2019, 11am – 5pm – (Facebook event here)

 

 

 

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Darren welcomes council progress on Library innovation

Labour-run Bristol City Council saved all of the city’s libraries from closure in 2018 but, given the continued decline in government funding, earlier this year they asked for resident’s help to look at innovative ways of running the service in the future. Along with constituents, Darren attended an event in Southmead in early March 2019 to talk about ideas to support Bristol North West’s libraries.

Darren said:

“Back in March, I joined one of the library consultation events held in Bristol North West. Bristol City Council have now published over 1200 ideas and suggestions from that consultation.

16 ‘Friends of’ library groups have also been set-up, if you’d like to join an existing group or start a group for your local library, find out more via this link.

Some of the ideas have already come to fruition, including extended self-service opening at Westbury Library on Sunday afternoons.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the library service, you can find out more here. They have roles that help with story times, IT or events.

A new Library Strategy will be going before City Councillors later this year. I’ll share further news once I have it”.

 

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Darren visits new council housing in Henbury

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has welcomed news that 32 new council houses have been completed in Henbury.

Darren said:

“Yesterday (21st August), after reports that 210,000 children in England are now homeless, I continued to call for a national programme of new council housing. I said Bristol City Council was bucking the trend by building 145 new council houses by October 2019 – and today we see completion of 32 of those new council houses here in Henbury.

Richeson Close will provide 32 new homes including one, two, three and four bed properties – and over 60% of tenants have already moved in.

It is with thanks to Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Cabinet Member for Housing Paul Smith, for making these plans become a reality. New homes will also be coming to Lawrence Weston, Southmead and Lockleaze, I look forward to seeing those projects progress and families enjoying their new homes.

Whilst Bristol City Council is bucking the trend by building new council housing and working with Housing Associations to build social rent and shared ownership properties, they need more support from government. This isn’t a local issue – that’s why I called for a national building programme for new council housing in Parliament earlier this year.

Many families simply can’t afford the city’s private rents and many don’t offer long-term security. I grew up in council housing in Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton, so I know council and social housing offer families a long-term home.

I’ve also said the reckless and short-sighted loss of £1bn from homeless services budgets must be reinstated. The government should be ashamed it has continuously cut vital funding to local councils and organisations who can help homeless back into housing, employment/training and access vital physical and mental health and welfare support. Reinstating homeless budgets cut by Tory governments could help tens of thousands of people – including families”.