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A Fresh Start for Symes Avenue

Balloons are released to mark the launch of @Symes in Hartcliffe
Dawn Primarolo, Labour’s MP for Bristol South, has this morning joined Leader of the Council Helen Holland at Symes Avenue for the official opening of a new shopping centre and community centre. 

The Lord Mayor, Hartcliffe Councillor Royston Griffey, cut the ribbon at the new Morrison’s supermarket, before moving onto open @Symes, which will house the new Hartcliffe Library and be a permanent home to the Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership.

After the event, Dawn said:

“Today is one of the most important events in Hartcliffe for years.  For too long, Symes Avenue was run-down and unwelcoming.  But now, with new jobs and the launch of fantastic community facilities, it will become a thriving neighbourhood hub.   So many people have worked so hard to make this project work and the new Symes Avenue will be the jewel in the crown of Hartcliffe’s regeneration

For the first time in years, people in Hartcliffe will have the chance to buy fresh fruit and vegetables on the estate without having to travel to Bedminster, Knowle or Brislington.  The new library is a real improvement and has received some extra stock and the community centre will be a wonderful resource.  There is a real buzz in Hartcliffe at the moment – people are excited that this project has been completed and I hope some of the negative, and quite untrue, perceptions that some people have about the area will soon be cast aside.”Helen Holland shops at Symes Avenue

Helen added:

“Residents have waited a long time for Symes to be redeveloped, and I know some doubted that work would ever get underway.  But, at last, we’ve done it!  The new facilities are going to make a genuine difference to people’s lives.  @Symes will provide a wide range of services, and it’s great that the Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership now have a home to call their own.  We also need to recognise the importance of bringing new jobs to the area.  Morrison’s have taken on 350 people, half of whom were previously unemployed.  The vast majority of these new staff live on the estate, so it’s fantastic news all round.”    


 [12 November 2007]

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