Monthly Archives: March 2013

Our Partnership – Last Chance to Have Your Say

St George NP

The Council’s review of Neighbourhood Partnerships moves into the next phase next week where they look at all the feedback they have received and start to consider what changes need to be made.

This means that this weekend is your last chance to have your say as part of the review.

Full details are on the Council website here:

Neighbourhood Partnership review and consultation

The online questionaire is open until Monday (1st April) at

Please take this chance to make your views known.

No to dog fouling

Engagement and Enforcement Day
Thursday 4 April

Dog fouling has been consistently identified by residents of St George as a major issue. The Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team with colleagues from the police and animal welfare agencies will be targeting St George on Thursday 4 April.

Further information here [.pdf].

Fun for young disable people


St George Lake Fishing – More Information

Update: 13 April 2013
Unfortunately, not everyone is taking notice of the temporary suspension of fishing.

As reported last week Bristol City Council are introducing a temporary temporary suspension of fishing in St George Park next week. The Council press release can be seen here.

The temporary suspension of fishing is for the traditional fishing ‘close season’. The close season used to apply to all coarse fishing in the UK but now only applies nationally to rivers and streams. However, many landowners still keep fishing lakes closed during that period.

swansThe restriction has been introduced at St George to protect wildlife and particularly birds from injury. However careful fishermen are, fishing lines sometimes get caught in trees or underwater obstructions and can easily cause injury to birds, especially during the Spring when birds are looking for material to build nests and when chicks hatch. Unfortunately some fishermen also leave fishing line lying about. The suspension of fishing will give Bristol Parks a chance to clear the lake and also prevent more line being left during the nesting season.

There is also a permanent no fishing area around the island, this is because of the risk of line getting caught on the trees on the island and also because fishing gear can easily block the path here.

Everyone appreciates that some people enjoy fishing at St George Park and there have been lots of discussions at the Environment Sub-Group as to how this can be allowed to continue while protecting wildlife and allowing others to enjoy walking round the lake and watching the wildlife.

In the long term the Friends of St George Park are working to enhance the lake for wildlife. In 2011 they commissioned a report on the lake from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge and this year some tests are being carried out to find the depth of the silt and whether it is contaminated.

The effects of angling waste on wildlife was first brought to the Partnership’s attention in 2010, through a report produced by the Friends of St George Park – The real cost of angling at Bristol City Council Parks. This year it was further highlighted by the death of swan in Eastville Park

Neighbourhood Partnership Review

Would you like the chance to put your views about Neighbourhood Partnerships in more detail?

As part of the city-view review of Neighbourhood Partnerships

a meeting has been arranged for residents of East Bristol to discuss this collectively.

Wednesday 20th March
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Crofts End Church, 1 Crofts End Road (off Brook Road), BS5 [map]

For further information please contact Abdulrazak Dahir (903 6409) or Denis Wise (903 6443)

Plus, don’t forget to complete the on-line survey…

Fishing to be temporarily suspended in St George Park

Council press release issued today:

Local anglers angling to catch their next big fish are being asked to hold off for a while and respect the temporary closure of two local lakes in Eastville Park and St George Park. The closures coincide the nationally recognised ‘closed season’ from Tuesday, March 19 to Saturday, June 15.

The temporary suspension of fishing will enable council staff to clear away discarded rubbish, debris and abandoned fishing lines in and around the lakes. This build up of discarded waste is known to cause harm and suffering to wildlife, particularly to young waterfowl, born in the springtime.

“There have been a number of incidents where swans and their cygnets, ducklings and other wildlife have been tangled up in fishing lines or have eaten discarded fishing-related items,” says Jamie Roberts, parks manager. “And as a result these beautiful creatures have become injured and distressed, and in some cases endured hours of suffering and

“Temporarily closing the lakes at this time and carrying out a thorough clean up is the just the first step. Work is already underway, but it will take sometime to really clean up, so we ask anglers to respect the temporary closure.

“We know that many people like to fish, so we also want to work with local anglers to encourage a more responsible approach and a greater respect and awareness for all wildlife and the natural environment.”

Councillor Gus Hoyt, Bristol’s cabinet member for environment and neighbourhoods, says;

“Discarded fishing lines and rubbish left by anglers threaten wildlife and isn’t an issue unique to Bristol. We are looking at a range of options – including the development of a more robust code of conduct for those who want to fish in our lakes and will be looking to implement this when the season reopens in June.

“Our parks are there for everyone to enjoy and to provide a safe place for wildlife to flourish, by working together we can ensure our parks will continue to enrich our communities.”

To support the temporary closure of the two lakes, the local Neighbourhood Working Project have agreed to carry out patrols of the lakes.

The lakes in Eastville Park and St George Park are technically, ‘still waters’ and are therefore not officially subject to the ‘closed season’. The temporary suspension of fishing will not only allow for a clean up, it will also protect young wildlife being reared this spring.