Welcoming the announcement from the Local Government Association that councils should be able to decide for themselves via the planning system whether betting shops are needed (published 1 February) Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said:

The link to the following article seems worth offering to our readers who are concerned about the present problems of floods, both local and national. And we are grateful to Clive Stevens and the Bristol Tree Forum for alerting us to it: drowning in money  See also: guardian article

One of the very few surviving ‘green’ areas in the urban surroundings of Redland and Bishopston is imminently threatened by development.  This is the site of the old New Church building on the corner of Cranbrook, Kersteman and Elton Roads.

Clive Stevens, Chair of Bristol TreeForum reports:

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – It’s been a busy 6 weeks for the TreeForum trying to keep Bristol’s re-treeing program on track.

CAG and Montpelier Conservation Group have been awarded  funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore your memories of Westmoreland House. The project focuses on the short period of the building’s life when it was occupied in the 1960s to early 1980s.

TID-100214937he Bishopston Society has a new web site! Following months of redesign, planning and development work, our new site went live on Wednesday 22 January 2014.

Civic Voice has produced a briefing document outlining the main points of the Government's vision of EH's future.

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..... anticipates the opening of the new health centre in the converted Bristol North Baths building, questions the effectiveness of the Gloucester Road cumulative impact area policy, and alerts members to the new, updated and hugely improved Bishopston Society web site, which came online as the newsletter was being delivered ....

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Below is a brief summary of the latest (Jan 15th) proposals by the Mayor. For full detais go to: www.bristol.gov.uk/budget

Civic Voice Chair *, Freddie Gick, today, Jan 9th, called on the Prime Minister to listen to the comments of No 10 Policy Unit member, Nadhim Zahawi MP.
Gick said “Nadhim Zahawi and many other MPs who participated in the planning debate in Westminster on 8th January clearly recognise that developers want to build on Green Belt


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