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No local issue has prompted more correspondence to me in recent years than the Mayor’s Residents Parking Schemes (RPS). Last year hundreds of people from across the constituency got in touch to share their views both for and against, subsequently schemes were halted in many parts of south Bristol. Media reporting over the past few months has meant that residents in Totterdown, Windmill Hill and parts of Bedminster could be forgiven for thinking that this was now only an issue for Clifton and other communities north of the river.

 

However the Bower Ashton RPS is now fully operational and during the late spring residents of Southville were invited to give their views on a RPS. Regrettably the Mayor has refused to share the detailed feedback from the consultation, I remain very disappointed with that decision.

 

In the coming days Bristol City Council is due to publish revised proposals for parking in Southville. It has always been obvious to me that the “one size fits all” approach was bound to fail. It is my hope that the final proposals for Southville take full account of local opinion and if necessary the scope of the RPS amended accordingly.  I remain very concerned about the cost of permits, particularly to vulnerable people who need a car, I hope that this will be looked at afresh.

 

The past few years have seen some local improvements in public transport such as the new bus shelters on North Street and elsewhere, the real-time service information and the introduction of a new fares structure. Should an RPS be implemented in Southville I would expect First Bus to reconsider their decision to stop operating along Beauley Road. I have long been a supporter of moves to reduce the reliance on the private car but it should be remembered that not everyone has the ability to cycle, or walk to a distant bus stop.

 

As plans progress for the Bristol Arena close to Temple Meads I want to see the Council bringing forward sensible plans for an RPS covering Totterdown, Windmill Hill and parts of Knowle. Despite assurances to the contrary it is inevitable that there will be some increase in both traffic and parking problems should the arena be built. In my view local people should not bear the cost of an RPS which will be needed because of an £80million development which benefits the whole city.

  

It is clear that the Mayor is still very keen to introduce Residents Parking Schemes but if implemented they must be tailored to suit local needs. I would therefore urge everyone in Southville to have their say in the formal consultation due this month.

Dawn Primarolo article for November 2014 edition of Pigeon Magazine

No local issue has prompted more correspondence to me in recent years than the Mayor’s Residents Parking Schemes (RPS). Last year hundreds of people from across the constituency got in...

Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding the  vote on Palestinian Statehood.

"Thank you for your recent email regarding the debate and vote on Palestinian Statehood which took place last night in the House of Commons. It is to the credit of my Labour colleague Grahame Morris MP that he secured the debate and successful mobilised public support for this issue.

As you are probably aware as one of the Deputy Speakers I do not participate in divisions of the House, however I am on record as strongly supporting Palestinian Statehood.

In the vote there was a majority of 262 for the motion, taking what Grahame Morris described as the “small but symbolically important” step of recognising the Palestinian right to Statehood. I was very pleased that Ed Miliband was one of the very many Labour MPs who voted in favour, although clearly there is now considerably cross Party support for this issue. Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, has written an article regarding Labour policy which is available here.

I was in the Chair for much of the debate and there were excellent contributions from across the House. It is clear to me that the recent Israeli actions in Gaza and the annexation of further land on the West Bank contributed to the strength of feelings expressed. MPs with strong ties to Israel expressed their deep concerns about these actions and voted accordingly.

You may have seen media reports of the Gaza Donor Conference in Cairo in which over $5 billion in aid was pledged to provide emergency relief, rebuild Gaza and boost economic activity. However there must be progress towards a permanent peace if the cycle of violence is not to be perpetuated. In my recent talks with Palestinian MPs they reiterated that their position that the framework for negotiations should be a two state solution based on 1967 borders as envisaged by UN Resolution 242.

It should be clear to all sides that now is the opportunity to return to the negotiating table and restart talks which will hopefully result in the peace the region so desperately needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again about this or any other issue."

Vote on Palestinian Statehood

Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding the  vote on Palestinian Statehood. "Thank you for your recent email regarding the debate and vote on Palestinian Statehood which took place last...

Reacting to the announcement of the publication of the Initial Programme for Bristol 2015 Dawn Primarolo said:

 

“For Bristol 2015 to be a success there needs to be a genuine legacy for Bristol. Solar powered balloons and street parties are great fun and will grab the headlines, but much more important for the long term is the proposed Bristol Energy Supply Company.

 

“Over the last few months I have offered my full support for the plans, which have the potential to offer local business, schools and residents a sustainable local alternative to the Big 6 energy companies.

 

“We should be hearing a great deal more about this in the coming months.

 

Local community and voluntary groups still have until Friday 17th October to apply for the first phase of the Bristol 2015 Small Grants Fund. Up to £10,000 is available for projects which encourage sustainable living, with a very broad criteria.

 

“I am very pleased that applications for the Small Grants Fund are particularly welcomed from groups that have been previously involved in Bristol 2015. It is vital that every community in Bristol feels involved,” said Dawn.

Bristol 2015 – Dawn welcomes plans for Bristol Energy Company

Reacting to the announcement of the publication of the Initial Programme for Bristol 2015 Dawn Primarolo said:   “For Bristol 2015 to be a success there needs to be a...

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