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Good news. Construction work has at last begun again today, August 4th, on the Bristol North Baths conversion and the new library building next door.

bathsconversionThe Bishopston Society, frustrated as is everyone in the neighbourhood at the lack of any progress (for months now) on the Bristol North Baths and Library site, sent the following email on July 22nd to the Mayor, George Ferguson:

BathsviewEvening Post 19/06/2014

Dear Editor

I am writing to express my view that the development of the former swimming baths and building of a library in Gloucester Road by Bristol City Council and Chatsworth Homes has spiraled into an expensive farce.

 Work has been at a standstill for over 5 weeks now, on this conversion of the old Baths to a Health Centre and an adjacent new public library.Gloucester Road Bristol North Baths Oct 16th 2012 2 - Copy More on this story here

This idea is to restore the exterior of this historic building to its original glory, and to keep the building in the public domain, rather than to turn it into private accommodation, as is proposed by the property developer, Linden Homes.

The photo album below documents, from Nov 2012, some of the significant stages in the reconstruction of the old Baths’ interior into the Bishopston Medical Practice Health Centre

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I am writing as one of the members of the Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury’s Horfield Group which is pursuing a judicial review of the decision to grant planning permission to Sainsbury’s at the  Memorial stadium.

This is a well laid out document that is the industry standard, endorsed by government for well designed homes and neighbourhoods,

The reply from the Government to the Bishopston Society's request that the Sainsbury's planning application be 'called in' reads as follows:

To the National Planning Casework Unit: PROPOSED SUPERMARKET ON MEMORIAL STADIUM 12/02090

The Bishopston Society are concerned at the decision by the Planning Committee to grant permission for the new supermarket and would recommend that it is ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State for review prior to a final decision being made.


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