Matty Edwards

Racial justice charity handed lease to create ‘new kind of community space’ in St Paul’s

Black South West Network successfully secured the long-term management of the Coach House, near Brunswick Square, via a community asset transfer. Now it can raise funds for an ambitious plan to turn it into a ‘centre for Black enterprise and culture’. 

Four years on from booting out bailiffs, is Bristol’s ‘ethical’ council tax debt collection working?

Bristol City Council's 2018 vow to stop using bailiffs to collect unpaid council tax, after a Cable campaign, appears to be giving vulnerable people breathing space. But Covid and the cost of living crisis have seen debt levels spike.

Local experts condemn Sunak’s draughty homes U-turn as likely to cost lives

Last week, the government announced it would not be raising the minimum energy efficiency standards of privately rented properties – which will leave thousands of renters living in cold homes.

Analysis: It’s time for politicians to come together on mass transit

A leaked report has concluded that underground sections are needed and achievable in Bristol’s future mass transit system. As we move to the next stage in the process, we need our politicians to work together.

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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.

Judge orders Bristol City Council to disclose secret report after freedom of information battle

A Green councillor has accused the council of being scared of scrutiny after trying for 18 months to get hold of a feasibility report into the idea of a workplace parking levy.

Council to consult more on East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood scheme after backlash

The traffic restriction trial will now be introduced over winter rather than in the autumn, following accusations of inadequate consultation by some locals.

Revealed: Private takeover of Bristol GP surgery ‘abandoned’ at last minute

One Medicare was due to take over Charlotte Keel Medical Practice in Easton at the start of July – before NHS bosses abruptly pulled the plug.

‘We want them to listen to us’: fear and anger in Somali community over liveable neighbourhood plans

The council claims the plans to restrict through-traffic in parts of east Bristol were co-designed with local people, but some are angry about the consultation so far and feel the scheme is being imposed on them.

Division emerges over Bristol’s first liveable neighbourhood scheme

In a trial later this year, cars will be prevented from driving through a large area of Barton Hill, Redfield and St George. The plans have sparked passionate support and equally intense opposition.