Monthly Archives: May 2013

Open Letter to the Mayor about youth provision in St George

Open Letter to the Mayor from St George Neighbourhood Partnership …

Youth Provision in St George

St George Neighbourhood Partnership (N.P) is angered at the significant reduction in youth provision within the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, and the impact that this will have on young people living in St George.

Kingsway Youth Centre was the only ‘open access’ youth club operated by the Council in the St George NP area. Prior to the contracting out of youth services through Bristol Youth Links there were two open access youth sessions per week at the Kingsway Youth Centre.  Implementation of the new contract by Creative Youth Network (the Council’s new contractor for this area) has led to them being forced to close the Youth Centre – although as a temporary measure they were able to provide one open access youth session per month at Kingsway Youth Centre that has now ceased.

Kingsway Youth Centre is owned by the Council and is leased to Creative Youth Network until April 2035.  Under the terms of the lease they use the Centre “for the purpose of delivering social and education services and positive activities for children and young people and the community”.

St George NP  is calling on you as Mayor to urgently review funding for youth work in the St George NP area, and to provide the means whereby the Creative Youth Network (or another provider) can restore open access youth meetings at Kingsway Youth Centre to a minimum of one session per week.  The St George NP is also asking you as Mayor to report back to the Partnership on progress on this important matter.

Grenville Johnson
St George Neighbourhood Partnership
31st May 2013

Initial reply from George Ferguson (via Twitter) …
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Environment Sub-Group Meeting


The next Environment Sub-Group meeting is on Thursday (6th June).

The agenda for the meeting can be seen here.

The meeting is open to anyone in St George and we would particularly welcome anyone with ideas for improving their local green space.

One of the most important roles of the sub-group is to make recommendations to the Partnership meetings for the spending of ‘Section 106′ money for parks & green spaces. This is money paid to the Council by developers to be used to off-set the impact of the development on local facilities. Recommendations for the allocation of money are based on the St George Green Space Investment Plan.

Another item on the agenda this time is a proposal to run a ‘St George in Bloom’ competition next year with a view to St George entering Britain in Bloom. We will also be hearing about the Council’s ‘Streetgames Initiative’.

The meeting is 7pm at Summerhill Methodist Church.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but have ideas to improve your local green space then please email me at and I will make sure they are considered.

You Said – We Did – May 2013

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  A list of the issues raised at the previous meeting and what has been done about them is circulated at the meeting.

Here is what was done about the issues raised in February.

You said – We Did – February – May 2013

There has also been Street Scene Enforcement activity over the same period, that is action to deal with flytipping, flyposting, littering and similar issues.   Details are in

Street Scene Enforcement Activity – February to May 2013

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 28th May February.

YOU Said – 28th May 2013

Details of the grants awarded by the date of the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were circulated.  These can be seen on

The Streetscene enforcement officer Chris Swinscoe gave the meeting a briefing about what his team does and answered questions about flytipping and flyposting.

Karen Baxter from First Bus publicised the current consultation on First Bus Fare.  The consultation questionnaire can be found on and you can look at a copy of the paper questionnaire here.

We were disappointed that May Gurney failed to attend to talk about the Partnership Waste Plan.

Come to the next Forum meeting at the Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd (next to St Ambrose Church), at  7pm on Tuesday 20th August, 2013.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on


Police Newsletter for St George

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The May edition of the Police Newsletter for the St George area is now available. You can download it here [.pdf]

Continue reading “Police Newsletter for St George” »

Meeting to discuss Kingsway Youth Centre and youth provision in St George

exterior of Kingsway Youth Centre - click for larger image

Thursday 30th May, 7.00pm, Summerhill Methodist Church

A meeting has been called by St George Neighbourhood Partnership to discuss the future of the Kingsway Youth Centre and to influence the delivery of the new Youth Links contract in the St George NP area.

Bristol City Council contracted out their youth services earlier this year.  The contract for the Bristol East Area was awarded to Creative Youth Network (previously known as Kingswood Foundation Ltd).  The Kingsway Youth Centre, formerly the only youth club operated by Bristol City Council in either the St George East or St George West wards, has subsequently closed.

The users of Kingsway Youth Centre, as well as members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, are disappointed that the decision has been taken to close the Kingsway Youth Centre and are hoping that this decision will be reconsidered.

A meeting is being held on Thursday 30 May at Summerhill Methodist Church, Summerhill Road, starting at 7.00pm to discuss this matter.  Senior representatives from Bristol City Council “Bristol Youth Links” and Creative Youth Network will be at the meeting.  Former users of Kingsway Youth Centre, and those with an interest in the provision of youth services in St George, are invited to attend.


Enjoy Troopers Hill on Sunday

99posterTroopers Hill is looking fantastic at the moment with the yellow of the broom and the white of the hawthorn May blossom in full bloom.

There are two events on Troopers Hill on Sunday (26th May) which will give you a chance to find out more about the importance of this unique site for wildlife – and also have some fun.

In the morning there is a tree gazing walk (for which you have to book) and then in the afternoon there is a ‘mini-bioblitz’ which is open to everyone of all ages. Both these events are organised as part of the Bristol99 project leading up to Bristol’s Festival of Nature next month. More details are on the poster you can see here and on the Troopers Hill website.

These events also mark an important milestone for Friends of Troopers Hill as they will be their 100th and 101st events. You can read about how they got to 100 in this article on the Bristol99 blog: Troopers Hill 100, Bristol99.

Local History Exhibition

Local History Exhibition
St Ambrose Church
Saturday 29th June, 2pm-5pm

Barton Hill History Group [logo]

The Barton Hill History Group (BHHG) celebrate their 30th birthday this year.  Many local residents will have books or DVDs produced by the group on their bookshelves.

BHHG are currently working on a book about the history of shopping on Church Rd using funding from St George West Community First.

Barton Hill History Group [logo]

2013 Whitehall History Day

Troopers Hill Rd / Crews Hole Rd

The chimney at the bottom of Troopers Hill Road is in need of urgent maintenance and this will be carried out starting next week. The work is being managed by Bristol City Council and follows recent inspections of the chimney. It was hoped to do it earlier in the year, but the weather has put everything back.

2013_0519_lowerChimneyThe current aim is to put the scaffolding up on Saturday 25th May. This will require a traffic management system restricting the width of Troopers Hill Road to be put in place, from 9am, while the scaffolding is being erected.

For at least two weeks after that stonemasons will be working mainly on the top of the chimney. They will be rebuilding the top and installing new capping of Pennant Sandstone, in keeping with the nature of the Hill. They will also be removing the old road name signs temporarily to repaint them.

Warning signs and cones will be out on Crews Hole Road and Troopers Hill Rd to warn motorists of the obstruction just around the corner as you approach Troopers Hill Rd from Netham direction. There will also be temporary parking restrictions at the bottom of Troopers Hill Rd. If you use this route regularly, or know someone who does, please be aware of the temporary width restriction for a couple of weeks and pass the word on.

The work has been planned to start at the Bank Holiday so that it includes the school holiday week when traffic is lighter but there may well be some delays for traffic at the junction.

Read more about the works to both of Troopers Hill’s chimneys on the Friends of Troopers Hill website here.

Activities for over 55’s in St George – June-August 2013

LinkAge have just published a booklet listing many great activities available in the St George and Whitehall area for people aged over 55.  Read more here about things to do ranging from line dancing to computer courses.


Priorities for St George

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership is in the process of setting the priorities for Neighbourhood Working for the area. Some priorities have already been suggested but we need to know what residents think.

The suggestions already made are:

  • Dangerous walls and public right of way on Lamb Hill
  • Dog Fouling
  • Parking on Pavements
  • Anti social behavior and littering from fishermen

Do you agree with these?

Are we missing things that you think are more important?

Please send your views to by 1st June at the latest.

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