This award would be a travesty
GREEN City, Bristol? You are having a laugh are you not?
If Bristol City Council believe they have made Bristol a green city, bring your pollution monitors to the junction of Manor Road, Fishponds and the junction that road has with Fishponds Road. We can show you how this new bus lane traffic lights system has decreased the quality of life for the residents and businesses near or at this junction.
Before the installation of lights the junction flowed, albeit difficult at times to turn right from Manor Road onto Fishponds. Not any more thanks to Messrs Riley, Kent and Khaliq.
From 4.40pm until past 6pm vehicles are stationary along Manor Road as far as the eye can see. At other times of the day this junction is never empty of traffic stationary waiting for their turn to go through the lights. The people of Fishponds now contend with a nightmare junction that has devalued their quality of life.
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Residents have to put up with loud radios, revving engines and angry drivers. All because the powers that be wanted to install new technology so that lights could be synchronised to allow buses an easy flow along Fishponds Road and the dreaded "showcase" bus lane.
So if Bristol is given green status it will be a travesty of the highest order.
I remember a long time ago, at least eight years, I attended a meeting attended by many council and developer big wigs including George Ferguson, where Helen Holland, then transport supremo, stated her target was to make the air around Parson Street Infants School cleaner.
I never did hear whether she achieved her target. Not long after that she was seconded to Westminster to give advice on transport issues.
And here we are still fighting the same problems and still creating environments that are not green. Perhaps the decision makers on whether we are the green capital of Europe should talk to people in East Bristol – Eastolians.
As far as your report goes toward green projects, fair play to the green projects, well done. I suspect these projects were done without very much help from the council, although the council will take the credit.
I have to make an observation:
The Somali community of Bristol does seem to receive an "out of all proportion" volume of resources and money, yet they do not appear to wish to integrate into the British community and are somewhat insular in their approach to adapting to the British way of life, something that has become more apparent as time goes on.
Can someone explain why some months ago I saw a young Somali lad going to the local school proudly carrying a black and white pirate flag. Is that appropriate? Is that what Somali people think of this country that they encourage their young children to act in this way?
Perhaps Ms Geraldine Skidmore should speak out about the present pirates of the day and how communities in Bristol are slowly being eroded by a council hell-bent on pandering to the few at the expense of the majority. Is that not a form of slavery to dictators at the Council House?
She has a lot to say about people who cannot defend themselves because they are dead. Perhaps she could give us the benefit of her vast experience in these matters. She has a captive audience to hear her pearls of wisdom.
We all like a laugh, there is so very little to laugh about nowadays.
There, I have had my rant and I shall go back into my box until next time.
(Proud Bristol resident with concerns)