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 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.
Tanya Mercer reports on the recovery from the riots a year ago. Traders in Stokes Croft in Bristol say the area is flourishing despite Tesco opening there.
A year ago riots broke out when protests against the store opening turned violent. Tesco says its shop has helped regenerate the area. But opponents say uniting against the supermarket has helped the local economy.