Avonmouth

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Avonmouth
Avonmouth St Andrew.JPG
Avonmouth is located in Bristol
Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Avonmouth shown within Bristol
Population 3,402 2011 Census - Avonmouth equates to output areas Bristol 008E and 008F
OS grid reference ST516785
• London 124.4 miles (200.2 km)
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS11
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
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UK
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51°30′04″N 2°41′56″W / 51.501°N 2.699°W / 51.501; -2.699Coordinates: 51°30′04″N 2°41′56″W / 51.501°N 2.699°W / 51.501; -2.699

Avonmouth is a port and outer suburb of Bristol, England facing two rivers: the reinforced north bank of the final stage of the Avon which rises at sources in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset; and the eastern shore of the Severn Estuary. Strategically the area has been and remains an important part of the region's maritime economy particularly for larger vessels for the unloading and exporting of heavier goods as well as in industry including warehousing, light industry, electrical power and sanitation. The geographically compact settlement was established as a parish independent from Shirehampton in 1893 and its first church, completed in 1934, was bombed in World War II by bombers of the Luftwaffe in one of latter of the six major raids which formed the Bristol Blitz, in 1941. The area contains a junction of and is connected to the south by the M5 motorway and other roads, railway tracks and paths to the north, south-east and east.

The council ward of Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston is as drawn a simplified name as it includes Shirehampton and the western end of Lawrence Weston.[n 1]

Geography[edit]

Historically in Gloucestershire, Avonmouth is approximately rectangular, its length favouring the Severn shore and sits on the same bank as the city centre from which it lies west-north-west — at the mouth of the River Avon and on the eastern shore of the dredged, at this point highly saline Severn Estuary. Both rivers in shallow valleys by this stage have been defensively embanked primarily to allow the construction of the large port Avonmouth Docks which occupies most of the western part. The related Royal Portbury Dock is across the Avon (in Easton-in-Gordano). Avonmouth is home to chemical manufacturing plants,[1][2] and north of the Avonmouth Docks is the gas-fired Seabank Power Station.[3] Its light industrial and warehouse companies include Nisbets.

Its long-established residential area in Avonmouth is between the industrialised zone and the M5 motorway, uniquely for Bristol west of the M5 motorway. Avonmouth Bridge of the M5 motorway forms the connection with Somerset, specifically with Easton-in-Gordano. The Wales-connecting M49 motorway runs between the M5 near Avonmouth and the M4 motorway at the Second Severn Crossing. The old Severn Bridge and the M48 motorway are linked to Avonmouth by the A403. The Welsh cities of Newport and Cardiff are both clearly visible from Avonmouth's coastline.

The Portway, part of the A4, connects Avonmouth to the centre of Bristol. Avonmouth is also served by a usually hourly train service to central Bristol from Avonmouth railway station on the Severn Beach Line.

A new deepsea container terminal is planned in Avonmouth.[4]

Avonmouth Sewage Works Nature Reserve[edit]

The 10-hectare (25-acre) Avonmouth Sewage Treatment Works is managed as a nature reserve by Wessex Water. The man-made lagoons and a pool provide a feeding and resting area for many birds including ducks such as pochard, tufted duck, teal and shoveller. The rough grassland provides a refuge for voles, Northern crested newt and other small mammals,[5] which are preyed upon by kestrels and barn owls.[6][7]

Governance[edit]

Avonmouth is part of the Bristol North West constituency, which elects a member of Parliament (MP).

As a ward of Bristol City Council which has local elections in three of every four years, Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston June 2016 to May 2018 three councillors:

  • Donald Alexander, Lab
  • Jo Sargeant, Lab
  • Matthew Melias, Con[8]

Apart from Avonmouth itself, the ward includes Shirehampton and part of Lawrence Weston. Shirehampton is a part of Bristol which has a medieval-founded village nucleus and contains buildings dating more than a century earlier than the earliest examples in Avonmouth. Today the pre-1893 mother parish of Shirehampton has definitive boundaries and c. 6,867 inhabitants.[9][10] Shirehampton railway station provides travel to the city centre. The western end of the Lawrence Weston area crosses the boundary into the Avonmouth ward, however the majority of the area falls within the Kingsweston ward. The combined area is separated from the rest of Bristol by a small amount of green land, see buffer zones.

Notes and references[edit]

References
  1. ^ "Hazardous Chemicals and Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chemical experts check 'contaminated' land at Avonmouth". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Consultation update on proposed new gas-fired power station" (PDF). SSE. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Site investigation underway for Bristol box terminal Avonmouth,Bristol, Bristol Port Company, Container terminals,". 13 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Planning Application" (PDF). Bristol City Council. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Site Details". Severnside Birds. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Avonmouth Wind Turbine - Water Vole Mitigation". EcoSulis. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bristol City Council – Find councillors". 
  9. ^ http://www.achurchnearyou.com/avonmouth-st-andrew/
  10. ^ 1991 census data; 2001 data not readily separable from Avonmouth.
Notes
  1. ^ Wards are periodically redrawn on arithmetical grounds to avoid malapportionment which arises from adult population change increasing or decreasing electors per councillor

External links[edit]

The River Avon with Avonmouth and the M5 bridge