Dear Resident

This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is happening in and around Ashley ward.

If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available. For daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at 

It was deeply disappointing that Waliur did not get elected to serve in Ashley. I have no doubt that he will make a superb, hard working and dedicated councillor one day. A big "thank you" to all the people who helped with our campaign, giving so generously of your time, energy and votes. You are all very special. Waliur secured over 200 more votes for the Liberal Democrats than we achieved in 2007.

Both of us have congratulated the new Green Party councillor, Gus Hoyt. He won convincingly by an (unexpected to us!) huge margin with the largest local election turnout (50%) in Bristol. We look forward to hearing Cllr Hoyt's proposals for tackling the issues of Ashley and Bristol.
After the Bristol City Council elections, the Lib Dems have 33 councillors, Labour have 21 councillors, Conservatives have 14 councillors and the Green Party have 2 councillors. Lib Dem Cllr Barbara Janke was re-elected as leader for 2011/12.  Labour, Conservative and the Green Party all abstained. I have been re-elected to serve on the Cabinet. My portfolio is "Care and Health" and I am also taking the lead on "walking and cycling".

Ashley Diary Dates in June/July 2011:

(1) Wednesday 1st June 2011 12 noon to 2pm - "Montpelier Walkabout" with police, residents and council officers - Meet on the corner of Picton Street and Ashley Road.

(2) Wednesday 1st June 2011 7:30pm - Friends of St Andrews Park committee meeting - Derby Road Bowling Green. Agenda includes application for Green Flag status and St Andrews Park toilet block improvements planned for the summer. 

(3) Thursday 2nd June 2011 10am-12 noon - Lower Ashley Road Junction 3 - chance to see new library plans and site - at a special coffee morning at Mill House Youth Centre.
"Staff from Knightstone Housing Association, Bristol Libraries and Single Parents Action Network will be on hand to give a free tour of the site at 10am and answer questions. There will also be an opportunity for residents to have their say about the library service, family learning resources and social housing which will feature at the new site."

(4) Saturday 4th June 2011 Urban Greening Workday meet at 11 am in Montpelier Park, St Andrews Road 

(5) Wednesday 8th June 2011 6pm - 7pm Police beat surgery (St Werburghs) will be held at St Werburghs Community Centre with PC Simon Humphrey

(6) Wednesday 8th June 2011 7.30pm - 9pm at St Bartholomew's Church, St Andrews - Neighbourhood Community meeting - including update following recent anti-social behaviour problems in and around St Andrews Park.

(7) Saturday 11th June 2011 Bristol Green Doors present "Solar Saturday" 12 homes showcasing solar PV and solar thermal systems will be open across Bristol to visitors wanting to know more about solar energy technologies at one hour sessions, which must be booked. 

(8) Saturday 11th June from 11 am - St Werburghs City Farm fair - "This years Farm Fair theme is 'The World is our Playground', in honour of the launch of the new playground fund." More details at : 

(9) Beat surgeries (Montpelier) Friday 24th June 2011 10am to 11 am at Montpelier Health Centre with PC Simon Humphrey

(10) Neighbourhood Partnership meeting - Wednesday 22nd June 2011 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Barton Hill Settlement 

(11) Saturday 2nd July 2011 - St Pauls Carnival 

(12) Sunday 10th July 2011 from noon till to 6 p.m - ParkArts11 is a biennial one-day arts festival celebrating the visual arts and culture of Bristol, taking place in St Andrews Park, Redland, BS6. 

Consultations and updates:

(13) Tesco in Cheltenham Road has reopened after the troubles. I formally objected to Tesco's planning application and have pushed for Government changes to planning law to allow councils to treat multinational companies differently to local traders. Our MP Stephen Williams has written about this: To be clear, the original planning application in September 2009 to return Jesters Comedy Club to a shop was not in the name of Tesco. I made a strong objection to Tesco's shop front application in December 2010, but they were given permission lawfully. Peaceful protest is fine, but violence has absolutely no place in our community.

(13) Primary school places - The council is consulting on what factors influence parental choice of school? Following a meeting with residents in St Werburghs, officers are looking at additional options for this coming academic year.

(14) Picton Lane - possible closure to motorised traffic between Bath Buildings and Picton Street - informal consultation. 

(15) Albany Green - awaiting council officer report on the excellent meeting with residents, council officers, police and Alice from Playing Out on Albany Green earlier this month. Meanwhile look at for Playing Out Facebook group - lot of great ideas promoting playing in streets!

(16) Westmoreland House Community strategy is taking shape with a steering group formed and helping officers take plans forward. Also a new planning application has been received.
(17) The Council has made a series of planning applications to allow "banners on main road lamp posts" - The closing date has now passed, but there have been a number of objections. If you would like regular updates on any local planning applications, then you can set up a regular search on the council planning website and be emailed when any local application comes in.
(18) We are awaiting further news on a number of other issues, and will forward when available. These include Brooks Laundry site plans, work due to start on Islamic Community Centre on Sevier Street and further highways issues in St Werburghs, St Pauls, Cobourg Road/Ashley Hill junction, and Chesterfield Road/Ashley Hill junction - this latter junction needs to be considered as part of the Hurlingham Road scheme.

There is always lots happening in and around the ward. If you have particular topics of interest, then let us know or post yourself at , as we send out infrequent emails on specific topics to those expressing an interest.

Finally, we would welcome feedback on this eFOCUS. We are happy to help residents, local businesses and voluntary agencies where we can, to pursue issues to make Ashley better. Please let Waliur or I know if you do not want to receive emails from us.

Best wishes

Jon and Waliur

Waliur Rahman
07855 494 860 

Jon Rogers
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Ashley
20 Windsor Road
St Andrews, Bristol BS6 5BP
0117 914 2558 
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