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Battle over Bristol’s strip clubs reignited as licenses renewed for now

Bristol’s two sexual entertainment venues have their licenses renewed, but council plans could see them banned next year.

How Bristol is responding to surging demand for mental health support linked to Covid-19

How Bristol communities are building grassroots action to tackle climate change

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St James Priory: 900 years of refuge and healing

A residential rehab was once hidden in the busy Haymarket. But the last decade of funding cuts has meant it disappeared, like so many others.

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Pandemic evictions and the Police and Crime Bill leave travelling communities fearful of what comes next

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

The decade-long battle to get a community centre for Horfield's Manor Farm

Residents of the ‘forgotten estate’ in Horfield welcome the granting of a community centre following a decade of campaigning, but are right to be cynical.

'We’re not families that you can trample on.’ Mothers speak out on failings of sons with autism and learning disabilities

After years of fighting to get the right care for their sons, families speak to the Cable about the report published today that identifies serious failings.

‘The police have got all the power over you’: Young Bristol man speaks out about ‘violent’ stop and search experience

A young apprentice was ‘violently’ stopped and searched by Avon and Somerset police officers. Now, the police complaints body is investigating the incident and calling for witnesses.

Run-ins with punters, logistical challenges and financial fears: the Bristol pubs waiting for news on restrictions ending

Customers have been relishing the opportunity to get back in their favourite boozers, but many pubs are finding post-Covid work practices tricky – and worry about surviving the next few months.

Tenants facing eviction at Hartcliffe allotments fight to save a decade of growing

The Court Farm Road Allotment Association says their eviction alongside Hartcliffe City Farm - which they share a site with but are independent of - makes no sense. The community team who have taken on the farm say the council promised them a clean slate.

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

Tim and his family fled from religious persecution in Nigeria. Here he tells how he is taking back control “within a system where you don’t often win”.

Bristol students speak out about crushing ‘climate anxiety’

A survey conducted by student newspaper Epigram has revealed the impact of the climate crisis on students’ hopes and fears for the future.

Greens and Labour are close in Windmill Hill, where climate, air pollution and housing are key concerns for locals

It’s likely to be a tight fight in Windmill Hill again, after Labour beat the Greens by just a few hundred votes last election.

Will Bristol’s new clean air zone influence city centre voters at the polls?

Central ward was a close race between Labour and the Greens in 2016, with a low turnout and just seven votes in it.

‘Nowhere is action needed more than in Bristol’: calls for Avon and Somerset’s next police and crime commissioner to get tough on financial crime

A significant High Court judgment that brokers took bribes to push allegedly ruinous loans to farmers has fuelled campaigners’ demands for a change in approach to financial crime in our region.

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

Bishopston and Ashley Down is currently split between the Green Party and Labour. The Greens want a Residents’ Parking Zone, while Labour are pushing for low-traffic neighbourhoods. These stances on cars, pollution and transport may swing the vote.

Green spaces a priority for voters in Horfield, where every vote could be crucial

Green spaces, litter and a community space are key issues in Horfield, where the Tories and Labour were neck and neck in the last council election.

In Southville, a U-turn on parking problems is shaking up the local election race

Residents in streets not covered by a residents’ parking zone have been campaigning without success to get it extended. Days before the election, Labour candidates are promising action from the council.

Labour infighting makes its path back to a Bristol council majority even harder

Will the turbulence of recent months affect the Labour's fortunes in Bristol in the upcoming elections and beyond?

'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.

The property boss behind empty buildings 'blighting' Bristol’s high streets

Despite the city’s housing crisis, empty buildings dot popular neighbourhoods. While the council has pledged action, its toolkit against owners remains limited.

'I was pretty scared so I was just in a ball': Protesters speak out about police violence

We talk to protesters who say they were brutally attacked by police at the recent protests against the Police and Crime Bill.

Can community energy projects help Bristol get to net zero?

A community organisation in Lawrence Weston has got permission to build England’s biggest onshore wind turbine, but other communities in Bristol are helping us transition to green energy. Here are some of their stories.