Monthly Archives: January 2012
Charlotte praises National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club in Commons debate on Sport and Youth Crime
The National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club, which has introduced the sport to generations of youngsters and turned them into champions, was described to MPs as a place where the coaches offer real goals for their members and in turn give them a sense of identity.
Charlotte, who is president of the club and who chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Boxing, told the debate on Sport and Youth Crime that clubs like NSC help some youngsters who may have become disconnected from society.
She said: “As with many sports, boxing is so important for many young people who have fallen out of all the normal authority measures. They have fallen out of school, because they do not see that it offers anything for them.
Bristol North West is a beautiful part of a glorious city and I’ve been doing my bit recently to try to enable us to see a bit more of it!
How? I’ve been working in Parliament to support a Bill which could mean we move our clocks forward by an hour all year. The result – the sun would rise and set later and more people would be up and around during the daylight hours.
Imagine walking playing with the kids in Canford Park or walking the dog on the Downs until late for longer in the year without worrying about it being too dark.
I voted to support the third reading of the Daylight Savings Bill in Parliament recently, which called on Government to have a thorough, independent assessment of the arguments for and against the idea, and to bring in a trial if the arguments for change were strong.
Charlotte has expressed her disappointment after it was revealed a former sports centre in Shirehampton could be turned into warehouses if planners grant a go-ahead.
In December 2005, the Robin Cousins Centre closed as part of council cut backs. Since then, despite numerous attempts to bring it back into community use, it has lain empty, leaving residents angry and devastated.
There are now plans ot turn the site into a warehouse and offices.
Charlotte said: “After the council closed our much-loved Robin Cousins Centre, we have campaigned for years for it to be re-opened for local people. This area has lost so many community amenities, including its local swimming pool.
“The building has already been vacant far too long, and this should have been resolved a long time ago. But it will be a devastating blow if after all the campaigning for much-needed community facilities to be returned to local people, the Robin Cousins Centre is taken forever from the community.”
Robin Cousins, who grew up in Sea Mills, won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
The centre was named after him when it opened in the same year.
Charlotte will be supporting the campaign to have an elected mayor for Bristol – which moved a step closer last week by confirmation that there will be a ballot on May 3 in the city on the issue.
Bristolians will be asked:
How would you like Bristol to be run? By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now.OR By a mayor who is elected by voters. This would be a change from how the council is run now.
She also described an Evening Post campaign, which seeks to start a debate on whether the city is fulfilling its great potential, as ‘timely’.
Charlotte said Bristol has achieved – and will continue to achieve – great things, but questioned whether this was in spite or because of its political system.
Anyone walking down Westbury Hill will have noticed the work on a dilapidated old house and its transformation to former glory.
The former owner had been unable to look after the property and it gradually fell into such a state of disrepair that it was uninhabitable.
Yet this is not simply the usual construction project and there are no reality home show TV presenters on hand to rebuild the house in the blink of an eye.