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Life in Lansdowne

Should Bristol become a high-rise city?

Tower-block living has been the norm for thousands of Bristolians for more than half a century. As the housing crisis intensifies, the council has been working to make better use of Bristol’s limited space. But its vision has been met by resistance from campaigners who claim tower blocks can be unsafe, and negatively impact residents’ mental health and community cohesion.

This series, Life in Lansdowne, will focus on a Bristol tower block that’s made headlines for the wrong reasons in recent years: Lansdowne Court in Easton. Tenants – mainly families, many with young children –  have raised concerns about antisocial behaviour, living conditions, waiting lists for more suitable homes, and fears over child safety. 

In the context of wider social housing issues, the housing crisis and the demand for homes, we are investigating how Lansdowne is managed, maintained and policed. The series is a starting point for wider reporting on high-rise living in Bristol, and on potential solutions to the issues that are raised in these articles.

If you’re a resident of Lansdowne or another high rise in the city, we want to hear from you.

Life in Lansdowne

Life in Lansdowne: Calls for change from the scene of a tragedy

Easton high rise tenants tell how the death of a young woman has heightened their concerns about safety and mental health in the block.

‘He should have been removed long ago’

‘Lansdowne isn’t safe for my boys, but the other options are just as bad’

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