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Darren responds to Downs Seawalls Café application

Following a recent request for views on the application, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has submitted his feedback, on behalf of constituents, on the proposed café and toilet block near Seawalls on the Downs.

Darren said:

“Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the proposed new café on the Downs.

It is fair to say views were mixed, but most constituents who contacted me, were concerned about the impact on local roads/parking and ensuring the Downs are not commercialised – I have taken these points and shared those views with the council“.

 

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Darren meets Sea Mills 100 team and joins Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum

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

The evening before, Darren joined nearly 100 residents at the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum.

Darren said after the Forum:

“Thanks to the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum for inviting me to their meeting this evening. We covered my North Bristol Transport Plan, the number 3/4 bus routes, Stoke Lodge, tree planting, Sea Mills’ 100th birthday, the Downs Festival, local parking and cycling and the proposed new cafe on the Downs. And Brexit, of course.

If you’d like me to come to your local forum drop me an email on darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk”.

You can follow my work in the local area here.

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Darren speaks to Channel 4 about Brexit and Bristol

Darren welcomed Channel 4 to Bristol to discuss his work on Brexit in Bristol North West and his views about what should happen next.

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Darren supports Time to Talk campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, showed his support for the national Time to Talk mental health campaign on Time to Talk Day on 7th February.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Today is Time to Talk Day, a chance for us all to think about how we can start honest conversations about mental health.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us, so I’ll be reflecting on how I can be more open about mental health, talk to others and break down stigma. Time to Change is a growing social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They’re working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Since they’ve been running they’ve reached millions of people and changed attitudes and behaviour. But there’s still more to be done – that’s why I will continue to call for more accessible, high-quality and responsive mental health care and support wherever I can”.

You can find out more about local events and the Time to Talk campaign here.

 

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Save Westbury-on-Trym and Brentry

Darren is calling on Bristol City Council to scrap controversial bus lane proposals which would see the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and the cutting off of Brentry.

You can see Bristol City Council’s full proposals by clicking HERE.

You can also attend public consultation meetings. Details are available HERE

The current proposals involve significant car restrictions on major roads through Westbury-on-Trym village, including turning roads such as Stoke Road into a semi-pedestrianised dead end.

Only buses, taxis and cyclists would be able to continue along the High Street past the Post Office.

These changes would effectively close of Westbury on Trym village to cars, having a significant impact on high street businesses.

In addition, proposed changes to the Crow Lane roundabout (to turn it into a traffic light based junction) would see Brentry cut off from right turning traffic, pushing drivers to go through Southmead to use already congested roads.

Take action

Darren is calling on local residents to sign his petition to help show the strength of feeling against the current proposals to carve up Westbury-on-Trym village and cut off Brentry.

To sign this petition please click HERE.

You can also complete Darren’s North Bristol Transport Survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/transport to let him know what you think about the proposals.

Finally, you can join Darren’s dedicated Facebook Group to keep up to date with his campaign to see these proposals scrapped at www.facebook.com/groups/northbristoltransport

What is good about it?

Improving bus and cycle lanes is good for public transport. Buses are often late or cancelled because they get stuck in car based gridlock, reducing the number of people using them and keeping ticket prices higher.

Helping buses to become more reliable and on time will increase use and therefore reduce price, as well as helping us meet our air pollution targets. But these bus lanes need to be designed in the right way.

New traffic light proposals at the turn off for Southmead are welcomed, along with proposals for new zebra crossings.

What more could be included?

A new zebra crossing is needed on Canford Land and a change to the double roundabout near Southmead Hospital into a traffic light based system would be welcomed.

What do you think?

Darren wants to hear from local residents, especially along the proposed route, about their views.

He will be writing to impacted residents but welcomes e-mail feedback addressed to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk.

Darren is particular keen to hear whether residents feel comfortable with a new bus and cycle lane on the main road from Cribbs Causeway, along the Wyck Beck Road, Passage Road and Falcondale Road into Bristol City Centre (so long as this is done without reducing current road capacity for car drivers and with very limited turning restrictions along Falcondale Road).

In a statement, Darren said:

I’m afraid it looks like the council has lost the plot. Under no circumstances can the proposed carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village happen and I will be calling on my colleague Mayor Marvin Rees to scrap them.
Residents and transport provides have made it clear to me in my North Bristol Transport Plan that they would like to see continuous bus and cycle routes along key routes, but these current proposals are not fit for purpose.
As I have set out in my North Bristol Transport Plan, I believe that a bus and cycle lane can be put along the main road from Henbury to Bristol City Centre without reducing the current road capacity for drivers and without the need for so many restrictions on turning off of the main road.
But these bus routes need to be attached to new Transport Hubs, bringing together park and ride, rail, car parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock up. I have called for three of these, near the Henbury rugby club, at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton and North of Lockleaze.
I will now consult with my constituents, with a particular focus on those who live along the proposed bus route, to gather their feedback so that I can ensure their views are heard loud and clear both at Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.
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Darren congratulates local Primary Schools

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, congratulated local primary schools who have seen an increase in their students meeting Key Stage Two levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Darren has wrote to each primary school in Bristol North West who saw an increase but made special mention of three schools who had seen exceptional progress.

Darren Jones MP said:

” Despite the huge pressure and budget cuts to primary education, many of the primary schools here in Bristol North West saw an increase to their Key Stage Two results. That’s down to the dedication of school staff, governors and their pupils working against the odds to make sure students get the best chance to succeed.

Three of our local schools – Oasis Academy Long Cross, Blaise Primary School and Filton Avenue Primary School saw their results in reading, writing and mathematics jump by a massive 25% or more!

Well done to each school in Bristol North West who saw an increase in their results – I know these are hugely challenging times for teachers and their colleagues so I won’t stop calling for education to get the funding it needs so every child gets the best possible start in life”.

You can follow Darren’s work on Education here.

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Darren seeks views on Downs Seawalls Café application

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has asked constituents for feedback on the proposed café and toilet block near Seawalls on the Downs.

Darren said:

” I’ve sent a letter to residents who live near the proposed new cafe and toilets on The Downs seeking their views on the current planning application.

The deadline for comments is Monday 11th February, so whether for, against or neutral, please submit your comments to the council’s planning team by emailing: commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov.uk (application 18/04727/F) by Monday.

If you’re a constituent, and would like me to know your views, please share your submission with me by sending a copy to: darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk before 10pm on Sunday 10th February“.

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Darren backs Safer Internet Day

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, showed his support for the global Safer Internet Day campaign on 5th February.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Today is Safer Internet Day. The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively – a subject that many of you will know is very close to my heart. With debate about the role of digital technology and social media never far from the headlines, Safer Internet Day is a great chance to bring together communities, educators, companies and governments to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people across the UK.

Debate on social media and online can often get strained and less than pleasant, especially given the divisions across society at present. I urge people to consider that technology can be beneficial if we keep our dialogue kind – there is another person the other side of that screen. Anyone who feels threatened or harassed online should report their concerns to the social media platform or website immediately”.

There are plenty of resources available for schools and parents.

    

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Darren takes on Fizz Free February

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has pledged to give up fizzy drinks for 28 days to raise awareness of Fizz Free February.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I’m joining Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson, and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, in giving up fizzy drinks for February. Will you join me? You can pledge to go Fizz Free here.

I’m giving up all things fizzy to help highlight the negative effects of consuming sugary drinks. The thinking is that if we can give up fizzy drinks for 28 days, it’ll help us cut down throughout the year.

#FizzFreeFebruary is part Tom Watson’s, Southwark Council’s and Sugar Smart‘s campaign to help tackle the UK’s obesity crisis – cutting out fizzy drinks is an easy way to reduce sugar intake, save money and keep your teeth!

It’s frightening to hear that, fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake.

Following a 2018 inquiry by the Science and Tech Committee, that I’m a member of, I’ve also been calling on the government to ban the sale of sugary, caffeine-filled energy drinks to under 16’s.

In Bristol, 56% of adults and 34% of children in year six are overweight or obese and 23% of children aged five have at least one decayed, missing or filled tooth. As ever Bristol is leading the way in tackling this matter head-on, Bristol was one of the first places to become a Sugar Smart City in 2017 and our Mayor is backing Fizz Free Feb. It has been particularly great to hear that a number of businesses in Southmead have been leading the way by promoting free water refills and reducing the number of fizzy drinks sold.

However, there’s much more to do and a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16’s will only help raise awareness of the dangers of consuming these drinks on a regular basis” .

Why go Fizz Free?

•you can save £438 a year if you stopped drinking one bottle of soft drink, per day, for a year
•drinking just one 330ml can of fizzy drink a day could add up to over a stone weight gain per year
•tooth decay is the leading cause for hospitalisation among five to nine year olds in the UK

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Darren highlights financial plight of nursery schools

In a debate on Maintained Nursery Schools in the House of Commons, Darren highlighted both the funding pressures they are under and the positive impacts they can have, concluding that there is a need to fund Maintained Nursery Schools.