GBCP and others have been talking for sometime to Bristol City Council about the need for them to sharpen up their policies on Recycling, Waste Collection and the Street Scene. They are beginning to do that and attached is a draft of their proposed policy Waste Management Policies 22 March 17 KJ update with TM. It has two main themes:
- their general approach to recycling, waste minimization and collection;
- proposals about enforcement. These sections, more or less, have been highlighted in red.
Both elements are welcome and you are invited to send any comments that you have to email@example.com .
Street Scene and Walkability
For several years GBCP and many of our community partners have been concerned about the street scene and its impact upon the walkability of the area. Indeed, we ran the Green Capital funded Let’s Walk Bedminster project. Walkability has been linked to issues of equality and social isolation where, for example, people with disabilities have been discouraged from venturing into the community where it may be perceived as dangerous or, at least, unwelcoming. Children have also been discriminated against and there is lots of evidence that today’s children are much less able to move freely around their community than was the case for children of the same age 20 or 50 years ago. A hostile environment is also much more likely to encourage people to hop into their car for short journeys, thus increasing air pollution of various sorts.
GBCP’s Policy to Enhance Walkability has been based on three general principles
- Make Positive Interventions: this has included supporting BCC to introduce measures such as 20mph, additional street crossings and dropped curbs; promoting community gardens, orchards, plant boxes and front garden awards; adding benches, signage and art work to retail and residential streets; moves to increase safety around schools; publishing a toilet map; supporting street markets, street parties and Playing Out so that streets could be, once more, seen as social spaces for human interaction rather than just car parks.
- Reduce Negative Features: This has included pressing BCC to repair broken pavements and combatting the three Neighbourhood Negatives.
Overhanging planting that blocks the footway.
Clutter on the Pavement. This includes recycling bins of all sorts. This is the main issue that seems to be being addressed in the new BCC policy.
Discourage Cars from Parking on the Footway. See below for more details about this.
- Enforcement: Although our main thrust, for example during the Let’s Walk Bedminster project, has always been to raise awareness and cooperation, this does not work in a minority of cases. For these, enforcement is necessary. The new BCC policy seeks to address this issue. That’s why it’s necessary to get the policy right and then, actually do something about it.