Our journalism needs your support! Become a member
The Bristol Cable

The best of Bristol news

In which we lighten up and take a little time out from reporting on the bad and serious stuff going on in our fair city…

Bees by Laurence Ware

Illustration: Laurence Ware (laurenceware.tumblr.com)

Now, obviously there must be a lot of positive things happening in England’s sixth-biggest city, but we’re damned if we know what they are. Once again though, we’ve heroically scraped the barrel to bring you some of that good stuff.

Anti-homeless spikes at the Galleries removed after public outcry

In February, the management of The Galleries shopping centre found itself under fire after installing ‘inhumane’ bollards on its property to deter rough sleepers. The bollards were removed within days after a public outcry. The shop is conveniently being refurbished and boards are up where the bollards were… nevertheless, corporations will be thinking twice before installing anti-rough sleeping hardware.

Fascists meet community resistance in Stokes Croft

City Road Baptist ChurchA ragtag bunch of angry far-right activists turned up to intimidate members of the public attending a Stand up to Racism event at City Road Baptist Church on 8 March. Anti-fascist counter-protesters kept guard outside the event, resulting in skirmishes. The fascists found themselves massively outnumbered and hastily beat a retreat back down Stokes Croft. The meeting, attended by around 100 people, then continued without a hitch.

Campaign win for domestic violence survivors

The council has voted for a motion that survivors of domestic violence will now be given Band 1 priority for council housing, after a campaign by Mahala Osborne on 38 Degrees found widespread support. Osborne began the campaign while living in a safe house with her one-year-old son. There for six months, she met other women who had been in ‘temporary’ or ‘emergency’ accommodation for up to two years. The highest banding they were given was Band 2, despite being homeless and considered at risk. An estimated 14,273 women and girls were victims of domestic abuse in Bristol in 2015. After the victory, Osborne said she “can’t quite believe it, it hasn’t sunk in yet”.

And finally…. Clifton: now with desirable residences for bees as well as humans

Bees by Laurence WareA series of multi-tiered planters – complete with bee houses, bee hotels and bee-friendly seasonal flowers and herbs – has been put up in Clifton by the Clifton Collective, a group of local businesses. Bees are essential to our ecosystem and under threat; the project seeks to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators and create new habitats throughout Clifton Village.

If you know about something positive going on in Bristol, please get in touch – you’ll find us in the Cable office mainlining bitter old coffee, scowling and muttering about inequality and housing crises.


Post a comment

Mark if this comment is from the author of the article

By posting a comment you agree to our Comment Policy.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related content

From city of sanctuary to ‘city of opportunity’ – how Bristol can better integrate refugees

Asylum seekers and refugees should be thought of as ‘citizens-in-waiting’, people with rights, skills and potential, a new report argues. Instead, many people at the sharp end of the system feel shut out of contributing to society.

How the Help to Buy scheme became a massive hindrance to my family moving house

Government loans promised an affordable path onto the housing ladder. But for some they have only deferred unmanageable debt, and a change in the firm administering Help to Buy has set off a nightmare for people trying to move.

No fault evictions on the rise in Bristol amid calls for renting reforms to be strengthened

The Renters Reform Bill, which is slowly going through parliament, doesn’t tackle the affordability crisis and could allow no fault evictions to continue, say campaigners.

Revealed: Renters living in mouldy flats handed steep rent hike by millionaire London landlords

Residents of the iconic Queens Court housing block in Clifton are fed up with living in poor conditions and their complaints being ignored, a Cable investigation has uncovered.

South Bristol shopping centre will be knocked down after planning councillors’ shock U-turn

Opposition councillors slammed a decision to redevelop the Broadwalk Shopping Centre after a developer said it could deliver extra affordable homes there – although no promises were made.

Service cuts, redundancies and rising caseloads: St. Mungo’s staff vote for indefinite strike action

Unite members from St.Mungo’s vote to escalate their month-long strike to indefinitely, after charity refuses to meet pay demands

Join our newsletter

Get the essential stories you won’t find anywhere else

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter to get our weekly round-up direct to your inbox every Saturday

Join our newsletter

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter

Get our latest stories & essential Bristol news
sent to your inbox every Saturday morning