Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Stapleton Road waste trial

    On Wednesday, Bristol Waste held a drop-in session at the Newton Hall for residents to get some (more) feedback on trial removal of communal waste bins along the Stapleton Road corridor.

    Projected onto a wall was a presentation giving some facts, figures and information about the trial removal of the area’s 164 communal bins and their replacement with regular wheelie bins and bag collections (for those with no off-street storage space. Ed.).

    Since the start of the trial at the end of October/beginning of November, it seems the trial has had a drastic effect, as the following figures reveal.

    • Recyling: up 16.7%
    • Refuse: down by 40.9%
    • Street cleansing requirement: down by 35.8%

    In addition, fly-tipping enforcement in the area has been increased, with 62 notices served on individuals on how to present waste and 16 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) served on individuals. Moreover, there are currently 35 active investigations into fly-tipping from domestic properties, whilst 8 local businesses have been served FPNs and another 8 are being investigated.

    The most encouraging news came at the end of the presentation, as follows:

    Due to the success of the scheme in terms of reduced waste, bulky fly-tipping and increased recycling levels we are proposing that we will continue the trial until March in order to gather more data and feedback.

    In March, we anticipate recommending to the Neighbourhood Partnership that the service changes we have introduced remain in place for the area.

    So it looks like scenes like the one below, taken in April 2016, will finally be a thing of the past along the Stapleton Road corridor. 😀

    communal bin in Milsom Street buried under a pile of fly-tipped furniture
    Somewhere under that pile of furniture is a communal bin.
  • LibreOffice 5.2.5 released. 5.3 coming soon

    The Document Foundation (TDF) blog has today announced the release of LibreOffice 5.2.5 “still”, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family and is inviting all users to update to this latest release from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

    LibreOffice 5 splash screen

    This latest release comes with over 70 bug fixes and improvements compared with the previous version.

    As usual, TDF recommends professional support for large-scale deployments of LibreOffice in major companies and public sector organisations.

    Besides this latest release, LibreOffice 5.3, the next version of the more cutting edge LibreOffice “fresh” line, is due out on 1st February.

    Download LibreOffice

    LibreOffice 5.2.5 is available for immediate download, whilst the latest release candidate (RC) for LibreOffice 5.3 is available for download from the pre-release server.

    Donate to LibreOffice

    As is customary with every new release, free software advocates and community members are invited to support the work of The Document Foundation with a donation.