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Thanks to everyone!

What an amazing result for the Greens in Redland, and across Bristol

Charlie Bolton retakes Southville (which he previously held, and then was held by Tess Green for 4 years); Tim Malnick takes the second seat in Bishopston for the first time; and I won Redland for the Greens for the first time
Charlie Bolton retakes Southville (which he previously held, and then was held by Tess Green for 4 years); Tim Malnick takes the second seat in Bishopston for the first time; and I won Redland for the Greens for the first time

as we won 3 seats with substantial majorities, and I gained this ward for the Greens for the first time! 
Thanks to everyone who’s supported my campaign and voted for me in Redland. Here’s the result:
Martin Fodor Green Party 1465 votes: 36.19% of the vote; a majority of over 700

 

The result is read by the returning officer
The result is read by the returning officer

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/LocalElectionViewer?XSL=main&ShowElectionWard=true&ElectionId=68&WardId=4 

Immense thanks to so many people who made this happen.

Commenting on the win by Martin Fodor
Commenting on the win by Martin Fodor

I have to work out who all the unsung heroes are in every part of the campaign – but after a day of polling activity and a night at the count, until the declaration at 5am, it’s a bit soon to do so…

I’m delighted to say I feel we ran a positive campaign and that’s how I intend to continue, working in partnership with others and doing what we can for the practical benefit of the ward and the city.

I look forward to working with and for everyone in our ward!

 

All about Redland

It’s been a pleasure meeting residents all over Redland ward

Out and about talking to people, across the whole of Redland ward
Out and about talking to people, across the whole of Redland ward

as part of my campaign. I have genuinely enjoyed listening to people and discussing issues in every street and block.

When I was asked to stand again, having been runner up last year without running a a full campaign, I knew that canvassing was the only really effective way to meet people all over the ward, to hear what people have to say, and to show that I am committed to representing all views in the area. Now I’ve visited every single street at least once, and the majority twice, Continue reading All about Redland

Clarifications and Facts

I’ve always made clear that, like colleagues in the Green party, I am committed to positive campaigning. You won’t see an attack leaflet from me.

With polling day looming, other parties tend to produce leaflets describing our policies and activities in ways that we sometimes regard as negative and inaccurate.

I’d rather focus on what I have already done to demonstrate my committment to the area and to establish my policies and priorities (witness this blog), and what we as a small but growing group of local representatives can do, for local communities and for the city.

Greens will always acknowledge complexities as openly and transparently as we can, so that you can make up your own mind from an informed position.

Below, therefore, is my and my colleagues’ position and our actions on a number of key issues in response to some allegations starting to fly about in this close-fought Redland election: Continue reading Clarifications and Facts

Streets for People

The state of our streets matter. They are where we live and can affect our well being and sense of community, and enable or discourage healthy activity.  Our streets were never just for travelling through and parking on.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The growth of street parties in the city has got us known as the country’s ‘street party capital’ due to the great number taking place each year.  In my street the excitement’s building up as neighbours have just started us planning our annual street party. It’s the one time of year when most of us spend time together as a local community: talking, eating shared food, playing games, enjoying peace and quiet from the usual traffic, some music, and letting the children (of all ages!) enjoy the space outside our doors. From 10am to midnight it’s a pleasure to be in the street!

And complementing that is the growth of Playing Out, an arrangement allowing a regular, temporary road closure, that allows children to play in the street supervised by parents. These have proved very popular in some street in Redland, and people I’ve been talking to across the ward have remarked on how valuable they are in this age when children rarely seem to be allowed to stray far from their parents.  More on Playing Out here: http://playingout.net/

Play streets and public space have such a vital social role in our community that we need to value these brief times when we’re not separated by traffic.

Street Parties for all!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Thanks to Sustainable Redland, a group I’ve been glad to take part in over the years, we have our own package of support in the neighbourhood
See: http://www.sustainableredland.org.uk/activities/bs6-open-streets/ for the background, and to get advice and organise a street party see: http://bs6openstreets.wordpress.com/

This informal and semi formal play is a vital part of our quality of life. Having arrived in Bristol many years ago to work for popular local charity Childrens’ Scrapstore, I’ve never fogotten the combined, creative value of reuse and recycling of interesting materials – usually in unforseen, imaginative ways – through this play resouce centre, and enjoying the freedom to play!

In a Jam or Moving in the right direction?

I’m delighted to have helped draft Bristol Greens’ new 15-point plan OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfor Bristol’s transport which was launched for the May elections.
Transport, traffic and their consequences  are by far the most common topics raised on the doorstep as I have visited people across the whole ward and it’s something we just have to keep working on to get improvements to access and a higher quality street environment for the city. Continue reading In a Jam or Moving in the right direction?

Food for Thought

Food is a common subject in our city, and our natural popular interest makes it a focus for many businesses and visitors.

Leading the discussion in a busy marquee taking part in a lively discussion at VegFest, 2013 - exploring the issues around food choices, health, sustainability and ethics
Leading the discussion in a busy marquee taking part in a lively discussion at VegFest, 2013 – exploring the issues around food choices, health, sustainability and ethics

The fact it was also a theme in the city’s successful bid to be European Green Capital 2015 – the only city that included this topic – also shows how important it will be for our future.

So what more can we do to make sure we get the best for all of us from this vital part of our existence?  I’ve long been interested in how our food choices affect our health, global trade, the environment, the economy, and animals. The range of groups active in the area show many others are, too. Continue reading Food for Thought

Is our neighbourhood going to be fit for the future? (Part 2)

How do we make our neighbourhood fit for the future? As extreme weather events become more common, the changing climate will no longer seem so far from home. The impacts are going to be all around us.

Part 1 of this blog covered ways we can and need to act to prevent the causes of climate change, and part 2 here deals with adapting to changes that are already in the system and will increasingly affect us.

We’re being consulted now by the council about adapting to increased severe weather impacts. Homes near the Cran Brook in Redland ward are highlighted as at risk of more frequent flooding in the council’s proposed flood risk management strategy, open for comments until June 10th. [www.bristol.gov.uk/floodstrategy Continue reading Is our neighbourhood going to be fit for the future? (Part 2)

Is our neighbourhood going to be fit for the future? (Part 1)

The changing climate seems very far from home, most of the time. We hear about it in the news, yet the causes and impacts are increasinngly all around us.

Green jobs and green energy just keep growing; one of the few parts of the economy that kept expaning in the recession.
Many local homes already help generate power in the city, and bring jobs and local spending to the area instead of funding the utilities.

I’m delighted that a project I started, to map a trail exploring how our neighbourhood can be adapted for the future, has been awarded funding to make a permanent record of some local features already in homes in the area for people to follow in months to come.  It will reveal how we can make a difference and look after our homes at the same time.

Continue reading Is our neighbourhood going to be fit for the future? (Part 1)

A Europe for the common good

We had a fine day out at the launch of our Green party candidates for the European elections, which  took place in Bristol recently. The Green Party in the south west is very close to its first MEP.

South West Green Party campaign launch
Jonathan Porritt endorses SW Green Molly Scott Cato

With just 0.7% more of the vote than last time we’ll be electing the first  Green from the south west in May’s European elections.

Continue reading A Europe for the common good