High rise tenants kept in the dark about fire safety issues

Carolina House tenants only discovered potential safety problems with the building when they took steps to buy their flat off the council.

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.

Bristol mental health patients are still being sent miles from home. How are local services trying to eliminate the damaging practice?

The city’s mental health trust is failing to stop out of area placements, but it's an uphill battle amid high demand for treatment, limited funding and staffing shortages.

This week in Bristol: Spat over council housing commission

In the news this week, the launch of a council commission tasked with exploring solutions to Bristol’s housing crisis has sparked a bitter spat between...

Calls for urgent independent inquiry into Bristol council surveillance of SEND parents

Documents leaked last week revealed council staff had been collating and sharing social media posts and personal wedding photos of parents of children with special needs.

Victory for sex workers as council votes to keep strip clubs open in Bristol

Years of fraught campaigning draw to a close, with a move performers say will protect them from being forced into more dangerous work in less regulated workplaces.

Could Filwood Broadway finally get the cash boost it needs?

The south Bristol high street might be getting a much-needed makeover. But locals say they should be consulted again because the plans are out of date.

Council scraps funding support for special needs charity amid surveillance row

The council is expected to face questions this week over the surveillance operation of parents with disabled children, but it denies that the removal of funding support for a charity involved in the row is related.

This week in Bristol: Surveillance of SEND parents sparks privacy fears

Your weekly digest also includes new details on plans for the Galleries redevelopment and insight into the council’s growing gender pay gap.

Should rivers be given the same legal rights as humans?

After pushback from the council, one campaigner is now looking to test the waters of British law in an effort to protect the Avon from further pollution.

Bristol’s nursery schools battle to stay afloat as government proposals offer lifeline

Bristol's 12 council-funded nurseries, which play a vital role in reducing inequalities among young children, aren't sustainable due to years of underfunding.

‘Drill music can be used for positive change’

For 35 years, Bristol has been home to a charity which lets prisoners create music on the inside. Now, a sister record label is supporting them to launch music careers after release.