tombrookThe Bishopston Society’s voice on the urban fabric has reached Whitehall in the light of our concerns about “permitted developments” in our planning system.

Our recent account of the detrimental effects of poorly drafted and enforced permitted developments has attracted attention in high places. It cited examples of unsightly dormer roof extensions slipping through the planning system without proper scrutiny, and parking in front gardens detrimental to the street scene and environment.

AirQualityThe recent meeting of The Bishopston Society featured illuminating examples of how a 2020 vision for clean air in Bishopton could be realised.

Experts representing diversely the global academic research, local political and Bristol campaign activist communities each responded to the need for clean air, in the face of the frightening annual figure of 8.5% of all deaths in Bristol (300) being caused by exposure to air pollution.

AirQuality3The Bishopston Society’s forthcoming public meeting on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 from 7pm – 9pm at Friends Meeting House is aiming high in aspiring towards a vision for clean air in Bishopston and beyond by the year 2020.

The Society is pushing forward a major initiative on self-help and community responses to local air quality with the help of a high-powered expert panel of guest speakers.

car exhaust pollutionThe Bishopston Society’s arrangements for our next exciting public meeting, to be coupled with our 2017 Annual General Meeting, have now been finalised. Please make a diary note now: the meeting will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 from 7 pm at the Friends Meeting House, 300, Gloucester Road.

The focus of the meeting (other than the traditional AGM formalities, which will only be brief) will be on the Clean Air Campaign which is now becoming a major issue with which TBS is involved.

Category   CommitteeFor the past seven years I have been the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership representative on the committee of The Bishopston Society (TBS). I have enjoyed it immensely and have been pleased to see TBS engaging in the local political landscape and working in a collaborative way with other local organisations and our councillors.

ClairCityThe challenge of cleaning up our air was faced head-on at a lively Bishopston workshop recently, with local people in the driving seat in place of experts.

Would it be harder to introduce a zero emission zone or extend 20 mph speed limits? Would Bishopston benefit from more park and ride schemes? Could pedestrians be given priority over road space? Would free buses be better than introducing a vehicle scrapping scheme?

These were but a few of the knotty questions Bishopston residents were asked to discuss and give their views on, in an intense series of activities, which followed an initial awareness-raising exercise that touched on the ideas raised at a previous Bishopston Society public meeting.

ClairCity Logo AW 08What should Bristol’s future look like? What should we do about traffic and air pollution? What do we need from our future houses, communities and neighbourhoods?

Are electric cars the answer? Do we need to dig up all the roads? How might walking alternatives work? What about better trains or even trams, Yo bikes…..?

Join in a special event to find out more about air pollution, our health and the future, and to have a say in deciding how Bristol should tackle the problem.

joinusThe Bishopston Society has announced a modest increase in membership subscription rates.

The level of subscriptions has been held since 2013, but in that time costs have continued to increase.

Also, the Society is incurring additional costs related to its activities, such as the website and costs of insurance for public meetings.

There was no hot air felt at the Bishopston Society’s latest meeting, despite its focus on air pollution controversies such as alleged inaction in the face of death rates.

AirVictoriaThe contentious issue of air pollution, and how it affects our lives in Bishopston, is to be examined with expert help at The Bishopston Society's next public meeting taking place on Tuesday 4th April 2017, organised jointly with Sustainable Bishopston.

 

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