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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

Calls are being made to boycott the new park-and-ride service in Brislington after ongoing complaints from frustrated passengers.
So far 330 people have signed a petition against the current performance on the 904, claiming it has been running late and is overcrowded.
The problems have developed since London-based transport operator CT Plus took over from First Bus last month.

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By Tom Morris

Commuters have become so disillusioned with the “disastrous” new park and ride at Brislington that they are “resigning” from using it.
London-based transport operator CT Plus took over the running of the 904 service from First last month.
But after numerous problems a petition has been set up by passengers who have described it as a “cattle train.”

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By Vicki Mathias, Health Correspondent

STAFF from a disgraced care home will be covering shifts at another city site.

Employees from Winterbourne View, which was hit by allegations of abuse, will be helping out at Rose Villa in Brislington,  also the focus of investigations.

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By Marc Rath

TESCO has come under attack for removing Bristol City Council recycling bins from its car parks.

The supermarket giant has forced the authority to remove its recycling banks from outside its big shops in Eastville, Brislington and Golden Hill.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter


THERE are eight new councillors serving the people of Bristol following last week’s local elections.

Six of them are fresh faces, as they have never served on the city council before.

There are also two former councillors who have been re-elected after several years away from the authority.

The new blood includes Gus Hoyt for the Green Party, who took one of the Ashley seats from the Liberal Democrats.

New Ashley councillor Green Gus Hoyt

Ashley had the highest turnout with more than 49 per cent and Mr Hoyt polled more than 2,200 votes – the largest number for any of the 24 successful candidates.

Mr Hoyt told the Evening Post he had received 1,000 emails within 24 hours of winning the seat.

He said: “I certainly hit the road running with a meeting with the police then parents concerned about primary school places.”

Labour has six new councillors after a successful night in which they won four extra seats.

Mahmadur Khan took the Eastville seat from former Councillor Muriel Cole, after 12 years of Lib Dem rule.

It was the first time the 40-year-old restaurant manager from Eastville had ever stood for election.

New Eastville councillor, Labour's Mahmadur Khan

He said: “I would like to say to the people of Eastville that they have trusted me and I will do my best to serve them.”

New Lawrence Hill councillor, Labour's Margaret Hickman

Margaret Hickman beat Lib Dem candidate Abdul Malik for the Lawrence Hill seat, which was previously held by Lib Dem Sue O’Donnell.

She said: “I’m looking forward to being the councillor for Lawrence Hill and sharing it with Brenda (Hugill, the other Labour councillor for the ward). I look forward to doing more work with people in the community.”

Barry Clark beat Lib Dem Jos Clark to take the Hengrove seat, after 15 years of Lib Dem control.

It was the fourth time the 42-year-old IT administrator from Hengrove had stood for election.

He said: “I have the advantage of living in the ward, I know the people and I know the problems and hopefully that’s the trust the people of Hengrove have given me.”

New Hengrove councillor, Labour's Barry Clark

Phil Hanby held the Hillfields seat for Labour, after previous councillor Martin Golding decided to spend more time with his young family.

New Hillfields councillor, Labour's Phil Hanby

Another first time winner, Mr Hanby is a sales advisor who lives in the ward.

Mike Langley held the Brislington East seat for the party after the previous Labour councillor Simon Crew stood down from local politics.

He is returning to the council after previously representing Frome Vale between 1990 and 1996.

The 55-year-old retired bus driver from Fishponds said Mr Crew will be a hard act to follow. When he was announced as the winner on Friday morning he joked that it was the only time he had been at Ashton Gate and wanted the blues to lose.

And in St George West, Peter Hammond won back the seat that Labour had lost to the Lib Dems‘ Tony Potter, after former councillor John Deasey passed away in 2008. Mr Hammond was re-elected as leader at the party’s AGM on Saturday, replacing former leader Helen Holland.

New St George West councillor, Peter Hammond

New Brislington East councillor, Labour's Mike Langley

Speaking as he won the seat, Mr Hammond said: “I am very pleased on a personal note to be the occupant of the seat once occupied by the late John Deasey who was a personal friend of mine, highly regarded by the electorate and if nothing else it will be my objective to live up to the standards he set as a local councillor.”

While the Lib Dems didn’t win any new seats on election night, one new member has replaced a councillor who stepped down before campaigning started. Christian Martin, takes over from Mike Popham as the representative for Clifton East. The 41-year-old film maker from Montpelier has been a party activist for 18 years but this is the first time he’s been a councillor.

He said: “I think it’s rather fitting I have retained a seat for the Lib Dems as a new candidate when the press are writing us off.”

The new council is due to sit for the first time on Tuesday at 2pm.

Click here to see videos of councillor’s acceptance speeches on election night

New Clifton East councillor, Christian Martin

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On May 5 voters will choose 24 councillors to represent them on Bristol City Council. Over the next month we will look at all of the wards that are being contested, and all the candidates that are chasing your votes. Today we look at two wards, Brislington East and West.

AS YOU drive into Bristol along the A4 Bath Road, it is hard to imagine that Brislington used to be a village outside of the city.

But now it is part of the suburban sprawl which stretches out from the city centre.

Brislington is divided into two wards – east and west – with Wick Road acting as the main boundary. The A4 therefore lies in Brislington West although it is hugely important for everyone who lives in this area of the city.

Many residents, no doubt, are disappointed that the Government’s spending cuts have seen plans abandoned for a link road between Callington Road and the big roundabout near the Sainsbury‘s supermarket at Sandy Park.

This link road would have utilised the disused railway line and eased the awful traffic congestion, particularly at the junction of West Town Lane with the Bath Road.

This junction has become a notorious bottleneck since the road layout was changed when the Lidl supermarket was opened and several sets of traffic lights were installed within the space of a few hundred yards. But it’s not only these very busy roads which grab the attention.

Just as important is the issue of speeding motorists along many of the residential streets where cars are parked on both sides of the road.

Full-time mum Kelly Boulton, 23, of The Rock, who has three children, would like measures taken to slow down traffic on School Road, a steep and busy road which links the Bath Road with Broom Hill and St Anne’s.

There are also traffic issues in Sandy Park, a popular local shopping centre which can still boast a post office – a service which is sorely missed by residents in Broom Hill.

Dinner lady Lesley Clatworthy, 60, of Eastwood Drive, who has lived in Brislington for most of her life, has seen many changes and said there is still some anti-social behaviour but it has “calmed down a lot in recent years”.

Jason Lear, 32, of Jersey Avenue, Broom Hill, helps to run a five-a-side football centre. He said Brislington fared well compared to other parts of the city. “I think it’s much quieter here,” he said.

No doubt residents in St Anne’s who fiercely protested against plans to sell off a strip off green space behind their homes in Newbridge Road will be making their views clear at the ballot box.

They mounted one of the biggest campaigns against the council’s green spaces strategy which aims to sell off parcels of open land to raise funds to improve parks and open spaces. Their protests led to St Anne’s being taken off the council’s sell-off list.

Brislington West is a safe Lib Dem seat but Brislington East has been somewhat of a battleground in the past. The Tories were stunned to lose the seat which was contested last year (there are two seats in each ward) and Labour will find themselves in a scrap to hold on to this one which was last fought in 2007. It was won by Labour’s Simon Crew but he took it with only 85 votes so the Tories have all to play for.

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Candidates for Brislington East


Party: Labour

Name: Mike Langley

Age: 55

Lives: Fishponds

Experience: Councillor before at Frome Vale 1990 to 1996

Occupation: Retired bus driver and union rep

What difference will you make: I’m backing local people to save our green space especially between Broomhill and Victory Park and to convert the old Mission building in Rochester Road as a community centre.

Party: Conservative

Name: Lara Cozens

Age: 42

Lives: Brislington

Experience: First time standing

Occupation: unemployed

What difference will you make: By winning the seat I would make sure the voice of Brislington East is heard clearly, and spoken in Bristolian.

Party: Liberal Democrat

Name: Pauline Allen

Age: 57

Lives: Kingsdown

Experience: Second time standing

Occupation: Rsearech scientist

What difference will you make: Fight on behalf of the citizens of Brislington East, on issues that concern them. Do all I can to preserve and enhance the community.

Other candidates – no details given

Robin Whitlock – Green Party

Martyn Ahmet – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Mark Smith – UKIP

Previous Results – 2007

Simon Crew – Labour – 1,258 (42.1%)

James Stevenson – Conservative – 1,173 (39.2%)

Roger Norman – Liberal Democrat – 286 (9.5%)

Ruth Cormack – Green – 271 (9%)

Brislington East Polling Stations

Brislington East: St Anne’s Infant School, Langton Court Road entrance; St Anne’s Park Primary School, Lichfield Road; St Peter’s Methodist Church Hall, Allison Road; Holymead Infant School, Hollywood Road.

Brislington West: St Anne’s Junior School, Langton Court Road; Holymead Junior School, Rossall Road; St Christopher’s Parish Hall, Hampstead Road; Bristol Sports of Performing Arts, White Hart Lodge, Brislington Hill; Hungerford Community Centre, Hungerford Road.

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Bristol City Councils ward profile

Brislington West Candidates

Party: Liberal Democrats

Name: Jackie Norman

Age: 60

Lives: Brislington

Experience: Ward councillor since 1999

Occupation: Part time market research interviewer

What difference will you make: Within the Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership, I’ll continue to listen to how local people think we should spend local money.  On the council I’ll represent Brislington West residents’ priorities.

Party: Labour

Name: Liam McDonough

Age: 34

Lives: Brislington

Experience: Second time standing

Occupation: Works in catering

What difference will you make: Councillors should be more responsive to local people – footpaths at Water Lane need repair – long overdue, a wheels park at Arnos Court, restore the cuts to PCSOs.

Philip Collins
Party: UKIP
Age: 47
Lives: Brislington
Experience: Second time standing
Occupation: Driver
What difference will you make: I will put the local community first. We need to stop putting so much money into Europe – charity begins at home.

Other candidates – no details given

John Yeandle – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against the Cuts

Lucy Mackilligin – Green Party

Colin Bretherton – Conservative

Previous Results – 2007

Jackie Norman – Liberal Democrat – 1,150 (41.5%)

Colin Bretherton – Conservative – 807 (29.1%)

David Naismith – Green – 451 (16.2%)

Brian Mead – Labour – 362 (13%)

Brisington West Polling Stations

St Annes Junior School, Langton Court Road

Holymead Junior School, Rossall Road

St Christopher’s Parish Hall, Hampstead Road

Bristol Sports of Performing Arts, White Hart Lodge, Brislington Hill

Hungerford Community Centre, Hungerford Road

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Bristol City Council ward profile

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http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Bristol-City-Council-local-election-candidates-revealed/article-3418164-detail/article.html

Below is the full list of candidates standing in the Bristol City Council local elections next month.

There are 24 of the 70 seats on the authority up for grabs on May 5.

In total there are 123 candidates for voters to choose from, representing eight different political groups.

The Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Conservatives and Green Party are each fielding a full complement of 24 candidates.

The Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts party have 16 candidates standing; the English Democrats – “Putting England First!” party have seven and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have two.

There is also one Independent candidate. The far right British National Party is contesting one seat.

The candidates for each ward are listed below in alphabetical order.

For more go to the council website – http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/councillors–democracy-and-elections/

ASHLEY

Thangam Debbonaire – Labour

Graham Godwin-Pearson – Conservative

Gus Hoyt – Green

Waliur Rahman – Liberal Democrat

 

BEDMINSTER

Jon Baker – English Democrats

Robin Clapp – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Ian Cooper – Liberal Democrat

Doug Newton – Conservative

Pip Sheard – Green

Colin Smith – Labour

 

BISHOPSWORTH

Ian Campion-Smith – Liberal Democrat

Richard Eddy – Conservative

Barrie Lewis – Green

Darren Lewis – Labour

 

BRISLINGTON EAST

Martyn Ahmet – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Pauline Allen – Liberal Democrat

Lara Cozens – Conservative

Mike Langley – Labour

Mark SmithUK Independence Party

Robin Whitlock – Green

 

BRISLINGTON WEST

Colin Bretherton – Conservative

Philip Collins – UK Independence Party

Liam McDonough – Labour

Lucy Mackilligin – Green

Jackie Norman – Liberal Democrat

John Yeandle – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

 

CABOT

Ben Appleby – Green

Iain Dennis – Conservative

Chris Farrell – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Ben Mosley – Labour

Alex Woodman – Liberal Democrat

 

CLIFTON

Georgina Bavetta – Green

Rosemary Chamberlain – Labour

Barbara Janke – Liberal Democrat

Jack Jeffery – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Charles Lucas – Conservative

 

CLIFTON EAST

Simon Bennett – Green

Marcus Bruton – Conservative

Patrick Burland – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Charlotte Martin – Labour

Christian Martin – Liberal Democrat

 

COTHAM

Gareth Alan-Williams – Conservative

Neil Harrison – Liberal Democrat

Amy Hillgrove – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Estella Tincknell – Labour

Graham Woodruff – Green

 

EASTON

Katie Buse – Green

Faruk Choudhury – Labour

David Lewis – Conservative

Zahir Malik – Liberal Democrat

 

EASTVILLE

Muriel Cole – Liberal Democrat

Mahmadur Khan – Labour

Josephine McLellan – Green

Nazir Muhammad – Conservative

Roger Thomas – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

 

FILWOOD

Wayne Coombes – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Michael Hamblin – British National Party

Jeff Lovell – Labour

Roger Norman – Liberal Democrat

Stephen Petter – Green

Paul Smith – Conservative

Barbara Wright – English Democrats

 

FROME VALE

Lesley Alexander – Conservative

Mark Baker – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Jason Budd – Liberal Democrat

Nick Foster – Green

Bill Payne – Labour

Greg Shaw – English Democrats

 

HARTCLIFFE

Mark Brain – Labour

Shirley Hodges – Conservative

Patrick Slade – Green

Anne White – Liberal Democrats

Stephen Wright – English Democrats

 

HENGROVE

Mike Blundell – English Democrats

Barry Clark – Labour

Jos Clark – Liberal Democrats

Graham Davey – Green

George Maggs – Conservative

 

HILLFIELDS

Helene Gibson – Liberal Democrats

Matt Gordon – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Phil Hanby – Labour

Barbara Lewis – Conservative

Rob Telford – Green

 

KNOWLE

Gwyneth Brain – Labour

Christopher Davies – Liberal Democrat

Domenico Hill – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Graham Morris – Conservative

Glenn Vowles – Green

 

LAWRENCE HILL

Liiban Abdi – Independent

Charles Alexander – Conservative

Matthew Carey – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Margaret Hickman – Labour

Abdul Malik – Liberal Democrat

Christine Prior – Green

 

SOUTHVILLE

Sean Beynon – Labour

Charles Bolton – Green

Adam Tayler – Conservative

Lena Wright – Liberal Democrat

 

ST GEORGE EAST

Fabian Breckels – Labour

Paul Elvin – Liberal Democrats

Philip Hutton – Conservative

Mike Luff – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Chloe Somers – Green

 

ST GEORGE WEST

Peter Hammond – Labour

Genevieve Lively – Green

Bernie Lyons – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Tony Potter – Liberal Democrats

Eddie Tranter – English Democrats

Sylvia Windows – Conservative

 

STOCKWOOD

Yvonne Clapp – Labour

Peter Goodwin – Green

Michael Goulden – Liberal Democrat

Jay Jethwa – Conservative

 

WHITCHURCH PARK

Ray Carr – English Democrats

Helen Holland – Labour

Lorraine Horgan – Liberal Democrats

Jenny Rogers – Conservative

Barney Smith – Green

 

WINDMILL HILL

Mark Bailey – Liberal Democrat

Tom Baldwin – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Lex Cumber – Green

Narraser Gordon – Labour

Tony Lee – Conservative

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