The recent decision by Bristol City Council to decant Barton House has left residents anxious and in an awful situation.
I and my office are in close contact with the council and will do everything we can to assist residents.
I’m grateful to council officers, local community groups and people for stepping up to help the families who have had to leave their homes.
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I have also written to the government (see below) seeking a meeting to discuss how the residents of Barton House can be supported during this difficult time.
I recently met with residents who are currently being housed at a hotel while survey work continues. I heard from them about the difficulties of living in temporary accommodation and the stress of not knowing when they will be able to go back to their homes, or what will even become of their home. This is a truly difficult time for them. During my visit and interactions with the residents, I was pleased to learn about how the Council has been able to improve further on the services being offered – the play area for the young kids was a favourite with the children and even the parents.
I also met with the Council officers who have been stationed at the hotel to answer any queries and provide any help they can to the residents. During my visit, I was joined by Labour Cabinet Member, Kye Dudd and Labour Councillor Amal Ali, who have been working tirelessly for the residents of Barton House.
I will continue to push the Council to ensure that residents receive timely updates and the support they need during this difficult period.