Candidates for Southville Ward May 2021

Tom Phipps and Lisa Durston - Candidates for Southville Ward May 2021
Contact Tom Phipps and Lisa Durston

Tom moved to Southville last year and is active within the local community, including delivering food parcels during the Covid-19 pandemic and volunteering at the local vaccine centre. In usual times, Tom is a regular visitor to Ashton Gate to watch Bristol City and can often be found on North Street or East Street at the weekend. Tom is standing for council as he is passionate about the community in which he lives and wants to play his part in tackling inequality, the climate emergency and helping local businesses to recover from Covid-19.

Lisa has lived in Southville for 13 years and and works for a local charity. She’s long been involved with the local community through local schools’ reading programmes, the PTA and volunteering with a local befriending service, supporting those isolated by the pandemic. At the weekends, Lisa can be found running in the green spaces of South Bristol or visiting the local high streets and markets.  Lisa is standing for council to represent local residents on the issues that matter to them: climate change, inequality and building a sustainable recovery from Covid-19.

Priorities for Southville

Action on the climate emergency – we support local and city-wide action to tackle the climate emergency whether that is holding the council to its net zero by 2030 pledge, campaigning to reduce single-use plastics and ensuring climate change is at the heart of all decisions made by the council.

Creating liveable neighbourhoods – we are active within local groups calling for ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ across BS3 and are keen to interact with residents and community groups on how we can make Southville a better place to live for all. We will push for improved cycle and walk-ways and increased cycle hangar provision.

Tackling inequality – we will focus on tackling poverty and inequality in Southville and across the city, including pushing for action to tackle childhood hunger as well as supporting voluntary organisations that are providing an invaluable service to so many in these difficult times.

Supporting local businesses – we will work with the great local businesses of BS3 to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and support our local high streets of East Street and North Street so that Southville’s high streets can thrive.

Supporting renters – we support plans for increased regulations of HMOs and the extension of no-fault evictions to improve the quality of life and provide more security to those renting locally.

Creating new affordable homes – across new development sites including Bedminster Green and Ashton Gate, we will campaign to maximise affordable housing, ensure homes meet space standards and respect the proximity to existing residents.

Improving our parks and green spaces – we will work with local groups such as Dame Emily Park Project and Friends of Greville Smyth Park to protect our precious green spaces and improve them for the benefit of the local community.

Safer streets for the whole community – we will work with Avon and Somerset police to tackle the increase in car crime, tackle dangerous parking and improving the safety of our streets for everyone
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