In preparation for the MetroBus project our contractors were to start work in early February to reconfigure the Stapleton Allotment site.
A number of protestors are now occupying the site which has prevented the contractors from starting work.
Explanation of work to reconfigure site
The work involves the creation of new allotments to replace those affected by the MetroBus works and the removal of trees and shrubs so that the new allotments will be clear for cultivation and not overshadowed.
The works also include the provision of new facilities and the planting of seven new trees within the reconfigured allotment site. Many more trees will later be planted in the immediate vicinity as part of the MetroBus works.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government granted approval for the relocation the plots within Stapleton Allotments on 14 October 2013.
A planning application for a new community building and associated facilities for the relocated allotments was approved by Bristol City Council on 17 December 2014. The National Allotment Society has been consulted and has agreed to the relocation of the allotment plots.
New facilities and compensation
Bristol City Council are financially compensating affected allotment holders and providing new facilities for all allotment holders, including: New car parking and access tracks, a new building for the use of the allotment association, a storage container, new water points and new perimeter fencing and landscaping around the allotments.
The land being cleared belongs to Bristol City Council and was leased to the Avon Wildlife Trust and Feed Bristol on the understanding that it would later be required to provide the alternative site for the allotments. Avon Wildlife Trust and Feed Bristol have known this from the start of their lease.
The affected allotments plots are being relocated to make way for the MetroBus bus-only junction. Work on this is expected to start later this year.
The bus-only junction will result in significant time savings for bus passengers travelling between Bristol, the University of the West of England and Cribbs Causeway.
In 2017 MetroBus services between Hengrove and the University of the West of England will be 27 minutes faster than existing services. Journeys using the existing 76 and 14 services are predicted to take 71 minutes, while MetroBus will make the same journey in 44 minutes with no need to change bus.
MetroBus is a local scheme for local people. It will improve the choice of public transport available and help improve air quality by reducing the number of cars on the road.
Consultation on the MetroBus project started in 2006. Two consultation events were held in 2012 near the allotments at the Begbrook Centre. Formal consultation also took place in 2014 before the local planning authority took a decision on the scheme in August 2014.
Consultation with allotment holders has continued through Bristol City Council’s allotment manager. Allotment holders have also fed their ideas into the plans to redesign and improve the site.
What is MetroBus?
- measures to improve cycling and walking,
- traffic and parking management, and
- improvements to rail via MetroWest.
Green, accessible and supporting sustainable growth
- support sustainable economic growth,
- promote accessibility,
- contribute to better safety, security and health,
- improve quality of life and create a healthy natural environment.
MetroBus planning applications approved
Cribbs Patchway extension planned