Earlier this year, Labour-run Bristol City Council won £10 million to further bolster the number of quality new homes – including affordable and social housing – being built for Bristolians under Mayor Marvin Rees’ administration.

Councillor Brenda Massey (Labour – Southmead) has today welcomed plans before cabinet to invest some £3 million in the regeneration of Arnside and Glencoyne Square in Southmead. In a statement at the meeting, Councillor Massey said:

“As one of the local Labour Councillors for Southmead, I really welcome this report and know that Cllr Helen Godwin will welcome it too. Our Labour-run Council has secured millions of pounds to bolster progress in delivering an almost unprecedented number of new homes for Bristolians, including new affordable homes.

Southmead is an area with pockets of real deprivation, and this proposal will provide an opportunity to build houses that we hope local residents will be able to live in. Many of the residents are elderly and still living in 3 bedroom houses with large gardens that they are unable to manage. Their family and friends still live locally, and they wish to remain in Southmead, but have nowhere to move to. It is my hope that the new build will allow more of them to remain in the area they love.

There is also a need for more small independent shops, such as a DIY shop, possibly a shoe shop, a butchers / fishmonger, and a shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Not everyone can, or wants to travel to large supermarkets, and this is an ideal opportunity to encourage locality shopping and to reduce the impact of travelling away from the area for essential goods.

We do need a modern hub in Southmead that will provide access to different services, such as a CSP, advice centre, and even potentially a new home for our much valued library. This would also provide a community space for events and residents groups to meet in, and also perhaps for the Youth Centre. We might be able to encourage the Police to move back into the heart of Southmead from their current location.

Currently we have a large open green space which is wind-blown and largely deserted. Let’s seize the opportunity to work together with local people to deliver an exciting new space for everyone to enjoy!”

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