Jess Connett

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Families on the frontline of Bristol’s rental crisis

Renting privately when you have dependents adds another layer of complexity to a broken system.

Can Kingsdown Sports Centre and Jubilee Pool be saved?

Long Covid and the frontline of mass unemployment

Features

Gloucester Road Wetherspoons: a chain changing Bristol's fiercely independent high street

After seven planning applications, a derelict building in Bishopston will become a Wetherspoons. Opponents say it will damage the independent ethos of the old-fashioned high street; others say that utopia has already gone.

Edition 25

The personal trainer working out for Bristol’s asylum seekers and refugees

Local Elections 2021

‘If everything worked you could get rid of cars’: Travel is the election issue in Bishopston and Ashley Down

'Be open about developments': Housing could be the issue that sways the election in Lockleaze

Lockleaze has become the site of a wave of housing developments. Labour’s veteran councillors standing down, internal division and last-minute candidates could affect their chances of reelection, as other parties are ramping up their efforts.

Luke Naish’s family ‘still having to fight’ after ‘uncritical’ inquest into his death

Luke’s Naish’s loved ones say care he received from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership was inadequate, and that his inquest did not deliver justice. They are the third family to criticise the Avon Coroner in recent years, and are now seeking a judicial review.

Campaigners accuse Marvin Rees of not protecting Bristol’s mature trees

Despite promises to clean up Bristol’s illegal air quality and double the city’s tree canopy by planting new trees, mature trees continue to be cut down.

Local delivery app launches to ‘save’ Bristol’s independent bars and restaurants

The app will be an alternative to Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo, putting money back in the pockets of business owners fighting to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Schools launch community fundraisers to tackle digital poverty

Secondary schools are crowdfunding to buy internet dongles and asking for donations of IT equipment to ensure all students can access online learning during lockdown

New emergency fund to support people facing fuel poverty because of Covid-19

The Emergency Covid Winter Fund has been set up as fuel poverty charities deal with ‘unprecedented’ numbers of referrals.