Monthly Archives: April 2012
Thick wood dust first appeared in Avonmouth streets back in October last year – covering gardens, cars and homes, and as many residents know, the problem has continued into the spring.
It has come from operations being undertaken by Churngold, Boomeco and Stobart Biomass at the port. Stobart in particular was bringing in waste timber and other plant material known as biomass, then turned it into wood chippings to be exported for use in generating electricity.
Local councillor Siobhan Kennedy-Hall and local MP Charlotte Leslie have been working closely with residents whose lives were blighted and property affected during these ‘dust storms’. Cllr Siobhan says, “After numerous discussions, meetings and site visits with The Port, Stobart Biomass and the Environment Agency, we are insistent that actions must be implemented to eliminate and limit the amount of dust being created at the site.”
Community Pubs Month, which is being held throughout April, is a national initiative organised by CAMRA to champion the importance of local pubs and is taking place to help increase the footfall into pubs and to increase the awareness of pubs as invaluable community assets. CAMRA are also encouraging licensees to organise and promote events to attract additional trade. It is also about giving pubs as much possible publicity during these tough times.
Commenting on the MPs involvement, Peter Bridle, Chair of the Bristol & District CAMRA Pubs campaigning Group said:
“We want to celebrate all that is great about community pubs in the Bristol area. Although many pubs are having a tough time for many reasons, there are still some great pubs in our area and this is an opportunity for them to showcase what is good about them.
In December 2011 the Department for Transport put out to consultation the proposed new Great Western rail franchise which is due to run from 2013 for 15 years. Charlotte saw a once in a generation opportunity to develop a highly connected rail service of the future for Bristol and the West.
To achieve this Charlotte pulled together 19 MPs and MEPs from across the political spectrum to show a strong, united front from the West’s elected representatives. The group put forward the dream of a modern, highly connected network of regional, metro and commuter rail lines. Key points include greater access to the major shopping locations and an ultimate vision of the Henbury Loop Line to create a highly efficient metro system in Bristol; as well as developing a Greater Bristol contactless smartcard system, similar to ‘Oyster’ currently used in London, which would eventually extend across the whole region.
Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie, who has co-ordinated the joint submission, said:
“It is great to be working together as a body of West MPs to highlight exactly which services and network development will be needed to give Bristol and the West the rail network we need.