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Area in Focus

The Cable wants to tell more stories from different parts of Bristol. That’s why, every three months we’re getting out into a new area, listening to locals and telling stories that matter.

Area in Focus

Listen: Kingswood locals care about everything but a ‘meaningless’ by-election

In this episode of our Area in Focus series, we explore how the border town’s high street is struggling and, thanks to boundary changes, it’s facing a political identity crisis

Listen: Area in Focus – will Rees‑Mogg lose to Norris in North East Somerset and Hanham?

St Pauls

Listen: Area in Focus – the fight for the St Paul’s dentist’s

In February, hundreds of people queued up on Ashley Road for several days to register for NHS dentistry, as the local practice reopened. In this episode, we tell the story of the campaigners who fought to ensure their neighbourhood did not lose a vital health service.

Campaigners say St Paul’s dentist could have reopened sooner, after enquiry went unanswered

NHS denies busy surgery where thousands queued could have stayed open, but residents' group leaders call for more transparency.

How St Paul’s residents fought to make the Malcolm X Centre a space for the community

The Malcolm X Centre on Ashley Road is one of Bristol’s most well-known and treasured community venues. What’s less well remembered is the struggle local people went through to lay the foundations for that status.

Adult woman wearing headscarf, standing in front of open door.

Reports

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’. 

St Paul’s, through the eyes of the reverend patrolling for peace

Clifton

Area in Focus

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.

Clifton eyesore may undergo partial ‘community buyout’

Kingsdown

Area in Focus

‘My anxiety levels are off the scale’: Tempers fray as student houses multiply on estate

As residents and students clash on High Kingsdown estate, Bristol City Council is being urged to enforce its own targets and lower the number of HMOs in the area. 

High rise tenants kept in the dark about fire safety issues

BS3

‘Instead of 20 people on the bus, we’ll have 10 taxis’: how cuts to Bristol’s buses are hitting BS3

Axing bus services is leaving already marginalised communities stranded. New responsive travel initiatives are aiming to connect communities to key transport routes, but do they really meet people's needs?

Explained: what vision for major 2,000-home development could mean for Bedminster

The regeneration of Whitehouse Street will change the face of Bedminster. So how does the masterplan shape up on affordable housing, high rises and protecting jobs?

A population explosion is coming to Bedminster. So what does the future look like?

A wave of new housing developments is coming to Bedminster, Southville and Windmill Hill. So a new community project asks what the future should hold for the area.

Lockleaze

‘Crisis’ extends housing misery for Lockleaze buyers, as L&G admits mould issues on sister scheme

Modular homes at Legal & General's Bonnington development will be taken off their foundations, leaving buyers waiting up to a year, while serious mould problems had to be fixed at another scheme in Yorkshire, the Cable can reveal.

Construction errors delay Lockleaze’s factory-built homes, leaving buyers in the lurch

Modular homes at Legal & General's Bonnington site have been hit by six-month delays in completion, after a 'serious mistake' meant brick walls had to be dismantled.

Local housing for local people in Lockleaze: can it work?

Hundreds of new homes are coming to Lockleaze, but some of the developments have not been popular. Can a change in the rules on who gets new social housing in the area bring benefits for locals?

Filwood

Image of Knowle West resident Sean Casey at Belfast Walk community garden (credit: Charlie Watts)

Area in Focus

‘A beautiful spot, crying out to be nurtured’: meet the people behind Filwood’s gardening revolution

Campaigns to save green spaces around Knowle West from developers have gained deserved attention. But residents have also taken it upon themselves to reclaim smaller plots, which are now thriving for the community’s benefit.

Could Filwood Broadway finally get the cash boost it needs?

Barton Hill and Redfield

Reports

Campaigners face uphill battle to save two BS5 pubs from redevelopment

From the Redfield residents trying to preserve a historic cinema to the Barton Hill activists just wanting to keep their last local, there are common frustrations for communities trying to hang on to the places that matter to them.

Too many cars? On the streets in Bristol’s future first ‘liveable neighbourhood’

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