Around 150 campaigners have staged a protest march across Bristol to try to persuade the council to reject development plans for a derelict site in Stokes Croft.
Westmoreland House and the Carriageworks have stood empty for nearly 30 years and now a London based company wants to turn them into more than 100 flats.
Jonty Messer reports.
The renovation of one of Bristol's longest-standing eyesores has moved a step closer with the appointment of a housing association to oversee redevelopment work. Westmoreland House and the neighbouring Carriageworks on Stokes Croft have been left derelict and vandalised for many years.
Bristol City Council has appointed Knightstone Housing to oversee the eventual building work which it's hoped will transform the site into homes, businesses and public areas.
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for strategic housing and planning, said: “We still have a long way to go to bring this gateway site, which has lain derelict far too long, back into use but we are a significant step closer now.
The city council has drawn up plans to compusorily purchase the buildings if the private owners fail to agree on terms to sell.
Police have closed the A38 at Stokes Croft in Bristol following reports of a serious assalt. A man was found injured in the street in the early hours. The road is shut at the junction with the B4051 Ashley Road. It could remain closed until at least mid-day.
The A38 in Stokes Croft remains closed between Jamaica Street and St James Barton roundabout after a building fire. It will stay closed for the time being while scaffolding is put up.
Buses are using Jamaica Street and part of Marlborough Street so passengers can catch them at the Haymarket or the area to the north of Jamaica Street.
Drivers are being diverted along Muller Road and M32 Junction 2
The A38 in Stokes Croft in Bristol will be closed until at least midday after a building fire. That's between Jamaica Street and St James Barton Roundabout.
Buses are using Jamaica Street and a short section of Marlborough Street, so passengers can pick up buses from the Haymarket or the area just to the north of Jamaica Street.
A diversion is in place via B4469 Muller Road and M32 junction 2.
The A38 at Stokes Croft is closed because of a building fire between Jamaica Street and New Bond Street. It's affecting bus services in the area and the road is expected to remain closed until midday.
The man whose body was found in Stokes Croft, Bristol, this morning died after falling, according to a post mortem. Police were called to Thomas Street just after eight o'clock this morning. They say they're not treating his death as suspicious.
But they have not been able to identify him and would like the public's help. The dead man is described as a white man of average/medium build. He is thought to be in his early 40s and had dark/greying receding hair.
He was wearing a black and grey hooped jumper and blue pyjama style shorts with black socks and sandals. He also had a rucksack with him. Anyone who recognises him from the description is asked to get in contact with Avon and Somerset Police.