'Our community is given nothing'

August 04 2017

BRISTOL Mayor Marvin Rees hosted a community conversation in Oldbury Court - but some residents were reluctant to attend because they feel the area is neglected.

BRISTOL Mayor Marvin Rees hosted a community conversation in Oldbury Court - but some residents were reluctant to attend because they feel the area is neglected.

Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones, one of the Frome Vale ward councillors, believes their feelings are justified but wants to work with those who did go to the meeting so that improvements can be made.

“This area has been given nothing, except an expensive ‘no left hand turn’ at Hockey’s Lane. Oldbury Court is in the top three per cent most deprived areas - not in Bristol but in the whole country,” she said.

“In some Bristol areas there are impressive campaigns running to keep the local library open. But we don’t have a library.

“People have told me they fear getting old, because that means being isolated. Being on their own, frightened to go out. Struggling to get shopping, visit friends, family or services. We fear being cut off, with a public transport system which fails to meet our needs. 

“Marvin has spoken so many times of wanting the council to reach out to residents, and Marvin has the power to make sure things get done. I am looking forward to building greater relationships with the people who attended this event, who gave their time because they want to see changes locally.”