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The Need
Old Market/ Newtown/ St Judes Area

Trinity Road Police Station sits in Lawrence Hill ward at the meeting point of Old Market, St Judes, St Phillips, Newtown and Stapleton Road. Collectively this area encompasses diverse communities, each strong on their own but to some extent disconnected and with the possibility of being stronger together.

Post-war planning decisions instigated a long period of decline in the area. Cutting it off from the rest of the city with the ring road on three sides and supplanting the commercial opportunity of Old Market through the newly designated shopping areas of Broadmead and now Cabot Circus.

Bricks will move the city’s centre of gravity further east; opening us up to new visitors and creating a catalyst for inclusive growth.

Lawrence Hill Ward is amongst the most disadvantaged wards in Bristol with 36% of residents classed as income deprived according to the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation. Almost half (48%) of old people and a quarter (25%) of working age people in Lawrence Hill ward are income deprived and almost half of children in the ward live in income deprived households (46%).

There is a large LGBT community in Old Market with the area, especially Old Market Street and West Street, referred to as “Bristol’s LGBT village”.

59.6% of people in the Lawrence Hill ward are Black Minority Ethnic, compared with a Bristol average of 16%. 66.1% of people in Lawrence Hill ward have English as an additional language, compared with a Bristol average of 20.5%.

The Old Market Neighbourhood plan identifies the need in the area for a community creche, affordable workspace, community meeting spaces and cultural provision. All of which are included in our plans.

The 2017 Runnymede report found Bristol to be the most segregated city in the UK. Businesses and organisations need to be responsive to this and support diversity through employment and talent development.

Our talent development programme for artists will create opportunity for creatives from all backgrounds to make a career in the arts and make the most of their potential. Our public programming will generate projects with and of the local communities, telling diverse and universal stories. Presented and grounded in the community in a building with human scale spaces.

Bricks will be able to explore new ways of engaging people with the arts from the very earliest of ages through an Early Years programme in collaboration with our community nursery. Opening up creativity to more people and reducing barriers of opportunity.

Bricks will create jobs and keep money in the local economy, working with local suppliers, investing in local artists’ talent development and incubating models of social enterprise on site.