On Wednesday 15th November, TRESA held a public meeting with guest speakers from University of Bristol. Hillcrest school hall was filled with over 60 people wanting to learn more about the university plans.
Present from UoB were Dave Cliff, Neil Bradshaw, Rich Pancost, and Fiona Hyland. Dave Cliff gave an interesting opening talk about the plans for the new campus, how it will target post grad students (many international) who will study for one or two years.
The university appeared keen to create a facility that could be used by other parts of the city. For example, rather than just build a lecture theatre they plan to make it a general theatre that other organisations could use.
Various questions were asked by the audience, covering full use of Arena island if available, is 25 stories really necessary, What will Totterdown get out of this, and what can be done to prevent more parking problems?
On the issue of parking – and whether Totterdown will get more cramped with student and staff parking – It was suggested that an RPZ could be used as it was working well in other areas around the university. The university also suggested that it could contribute to a residents parking scheme – however details were not discussed.
The planning details are currently at outline level – meaning the plans are for zoning and overall land usage. Detailed plans will come later that cover look and feel of the buildings. UoB encouraged all residents to get involved and were very keen to come back to discuss further. Watch this space for further details as we may arrange another meeting in Totterdown.