How far should fast-food takeaways be from schools?

Health experts and campaigners want fast food restaurants to be located further away from schools in Fishponds due to a high percentage of overweight children in the area. Public health advisors  presented a proposal to Bristol City Council last Friday suggesting that fast-food takeaways should be located 800 metres away from schools and youth facilities, and not […]

New Cribbs ice rink and ski slope given the green light

Plans for a new leisure development were approved yesterday including an ice rink, ski venue and a skydiving centre. The application by Baylis Estates Ltd., intu and  M&G Real Estate were granted planning permission on the condition the Secretary of State can review the plans. If the development plans haven’t been called in (rejected) after 21 […]

Wills Memorial Building: Time for a name change?

A petition has been started by Bristol University students to rename the Wills Memorial building which houses the university’s law department and graduation ceremonies.   The iconic Bristol University building located at the top of Park Street is facing pressure to change its name, as it is named after slave trader,  Henry Overton Wills III. […]

First Bristol Bus fare prices to rise

First bus are increasing their prices on Sunday 2 April for single tickets bought on the bus. A short trip that costs £1.70 will now cost £2.00 and the long trip will also rise from £2.70 to £3.00. Only Bristol Inner Zone tickets will increase but the Outer Zone tickets will not be affected by the […]

Bristol Greens: road tax rise “not a panacea” to city congestion problem

Green Party Councillor Charlie Bolton says the new road tax rise from Saturday won’t solve the city’s traffic congestion problem. Under the new tax some new zero emissions cars will cost their drivers an additional £310. But the Southville councillor described the potential positive impact of the tax rise as, ‘debatable’ and said a rise in […]

Bristol Community FM; 10 years of radio at ‘heart of the community’

On 26 March 2007 BCFM put out its first broadcast across Bristol. Now, ten years on, they are celebrating their tenth birthday with a 24-hour sponsored radiothon to ensure that they can afford to keep broadcasting for the next ten years. The station, which broadcasts across Bristol on 93.2FM and worldwide via online streaming, produces […]

Sisters Uncut continue to occupy closed Cheltenham Road library

A disused library, on Cheltenham Road in Bristol, remains under occupation by Sisters Uncut – a social activist group. The occupation comes as a result of Bristol City Council’s plan to allow developers to renovate the site and build 36 apartment flats along with underground parking.  The library was  closed on 28 February 2017 and […]

Women in Bristol mastering traditional ‘male’ skills

Bristol Women’s Workshop is a volunteering project created by women for women so they can gain experience in woodwork and upholstery for free. Jenny Smith, a volunteer organiser that has been involved in the project since 2006 said: “This started 35 years ago when several female teachers in Totterdown felt disappointed by the education establishment […]