Back in print – the story of how the Bristol community of Totterdown was bulldozed in the 1970s to make way for the motor car and a road that was never built. This is also the story of how Totterdown and its people have recovered from the planning blunders of the 60s and 70s to create a new community.
Kate Pollard (who passed away in January 2009) reveals for the first time the true extent of the Outer Circuit Road plans and puts paid to the urban myth that Totterdown was demolished for slum clearance.
Instead more than 500 homes, shops and pubs were knocked down to make way for an urban motorway.
Despite the devastating effect of the central government plans initiated by the local authority, Totterdown residents have retained the strong sense of community that makes it one of Bristol’s most distinctive areas.