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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”.

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Darren hosts Henbury Pub Politics

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy constituency diary including hosting a fully-booked pub politics on Friday 19th July in the Old Crow in Henbury.

Darren said:

“I hosted a g‪reat pub politics at the Old Crow in Henbury tonight. The topics were wide-ranging but included Brexit, council and social housing, the A4018 scheme, local buses, the Bristol Arena, the new super sewer being constructed by Wessex Water and flood sea defenses in Avonmouth and Severnside. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed.

To find out when my next pub and café politics sessions will be held, please visit this webpage‬”.

 

 

 

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Darren updates on arena application

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has shared details of progress on the Bristol arena project.

Darren said:

“YTL will soon will applying for planning consent for their proposed arena in the former airport hangars in Filton (this sits just on the edge of my constituency). I’ll be contacting YTL to arrange a personal briefing for me and my constituents when the planning application is live- I’ll share details of that event soon.

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 last week (5th 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. The three sessions at the Site Operations Centre, Filton Airfield, are on:

– Thursday 18 July from 4pm to 8pm, with the last tour of the hangars at 7pm
– Friday 19 July from 10am to 4pm, with last tour of the hangars at 3pm
– Saturday 20 July 10am to 4pm, with last tour of the hangars at 3pm

Click here for: Address and directions for YTL Site Op Centre

The arena team is also planning a number of roadshows. The first of these are:- Wednesday 10 July at Yate Shopping Centre, North Walk, Bristol BS37 4AP
– Thursday 11 July at Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Regent Street, Kingswood BS15 8LP
– Thursday 25 July at Southmead Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Bristol BS10 5PY
– Friday 26 July at St Nicholas’ Market, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JQ

You can find out more by visiting: www.brabazon.co.uk

Darren expects to see significant transport upgrades using major routes to move people into and out of developments across the North Bristol Arc and hopes his Transport Plan will focus national, regional and local government on where funding should be spent. You can follow Darren’s work on transport here.

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Darren calls for support: Henbury Loop and new Lockleaze railway station

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has continued to call for wider investment into North Bristol’s infrastructure by writing to the Cabinet Lead for Transport at Bristol City Council. The letter came in advance of an important cabinet meeting (on 18th June) to discuss multiple transport projects across Bristol.

Darren said:

” I’ve written to the council’s Cabinet Lead for Transport, ahead of tonight’s cabinet meeting. It is vital we see support for the full Henbury Loop line (not just a spur), revisit the business case for a new station in Lockleaze and back wider transport investment in North Bristol. If we want to see improvement in congestion and air pollution, we must back a multi-function, hub-based approach as I have called for in my North Bristol Transport Plan“.

To follow Darren’s work on Transport and review his North Bristol Transport Plan click here.

 

 

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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 visits Pieminister in Brentry

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited the Pieminister factory in Brentry.

Darren said:

“Today (17th May) I got to visit the Pieminister factory in Brentry and taste some of their fantastic vegan pies. We also talked about reducing plastic packaging, sustainable supply chains and important product testing”.