Monthly Archives: January 2014

Speedwell Fire Station to close

Speedwell Fire Station (image on AF&RS website)

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has announced plans to close Speedwell Fire Station.

Further information on the AF&RS website.

Pavement Parking

Parking on Pavements has been identified as a Neighbourhood Working Priority by the Neighbourhood Partnership. On 6th December 2013, Neighbourhood Working Officers conducted an audit of the problem across the two wards of St George East and St George West with the following headline findings:
– In St George East: 281 cars were parked on pavements, 30 of these obstructively (leaving less than 1.3m)
– In St George West: 410 cars were parked on pavements, 68 of these obstructively
– The worst problems was observed around the ‘cross-streets’ between Church Road and Beaufort Road.
– The two most problematic streets within this hotspot were: 1. Northcote Road (22 on pavements, 11 obstructive) 2. Salisbury Road (23 on pavements, 6 obstructive)

Over the week commencing 20 January 2014 Neighbourhood Working staff handed out advisory leaflets to around 110 properties in this area and warned residents of impending enforcement action.

The enforcement operation took place on the evening of 22 January 2014 where the streets were patrolled by Police and Parking Services from 17:00 to 18:30 with the following outcomes:
– Parking Services only needed to issue one Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) to a car parked on lines on Sherbourne Street.
– Only 4 cars were found parked obstructively over the course of the operation compared with 28 during the audit in December. All owners have been contacted with warning letters stating they will receive Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) on future obstructive parking.
– 144 cars were parked on pavements during the enforcement operation compared to 155 on the previous audit. This is not a significant drop but does show people are taking more care not to be obstructive.
– Bins left on streets exacerbate the problem so during the enforcement operation any left out were issued with warning stickers, reported to the Area Environment Officer who will send out enforcement letters. 8 bins warnings were issued: 3 on Sherbourne Street, 1 on Beaufort Road, 1 on Northcote Road, 1 on Ebeneezer Street, 1 on Salisbury Street and 1 on Richmond Road.

| Bristol City Council leaflet regarding parking on drop kerbs |
| Bristol City Council leaflet regarding double parking |
| Link to Parking information from Bristol City Council |

St George Park Kiosk

Bristol City Council has announced that the kiosk café in St George Park will be closed temporarily after this weekend (25th – 26th January). It is not yet known when it will reopen.

The Council says:

“St George Park kiosk is costing more money than it is currently generating and regrettably this is not sustainable. In view of this, it’s the intention to close the kiosk until a suitable candidate is selected to manage and operate the service.”

The kiosk will soon be advertised by Bristol City Council’s Corporate Property Services to attract potential candidates to operate it. The aim is to re-open the kiosk in the very near future. The new lease will require the new operator to work closely with the community.

If you are interested in running the kiosk please email Area Environment Officer, Denise James who will ensure that you are sent details when the advert is published.

Beaufort Rd / Crews Hole Schemes

As reported on this website, following consideration of comments received from members of the public to date and those raised at the various forum events, a decision was made at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 10th December that the experimental traffic scheme is to be progressed to include a one way restriction on parts of Beaufort Road, however, the proposed one way restrictions on Conham Road and Crews Hole Road are to be omitted from the experiment, whilst further options are considered.

The Section 106 money devolved to the Neighbourhood Partnership for this area is now to be spent on the experimental scheme for Beaufort Rd and in providing traffic calming measures aimed at reducing personal injury accidents in the vicinity of Butlers Close / Crews Hole Road. This will also aid pedestrians crossing Crews Hole Road on route to the local nursery school.

Proposals for both schemes are shown in drawings you can download from links below. The drawings for both schemes are also on display at St George Library.

It should be noted, that whilst the one way proposals for Conham Road and Crews Hole Road are not being progressed at this time, these proposals have not been scrapped altogether as requested. This road forms part of a wider network of routes associated with the Enterprise Zone and a recreational route in Bristol that require improvements. Bristol City Council are now considering all possible options for this section of road. Any feasible options, along with the deferred existing one way proposal, will be presented to the Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic & Transport sub-group for comments in due course. Any revised scheme will not be funded by money under the control of the Neighbourhood Partnership and as such the Partnership will not be making the final decision.

Both these roads are also likely to become 20mph roads when the city wide roll out of the 20mph zones reaches St George later in the year.

See also:

The current proposals are:

Beaufort Road

This will be an experimental traffic order and is currently programmed to be introduced in March 2014. Parts of Beaufort Road will become one way.

The experiment can run for up to 18 months and can be changed (or removed) at any time during the first year. The details below show the scheme as it is currently proposed to be introduced – note this has been revised from the proposals published last year to take account of the feedback received.

The scheme will be changed or removed if it is found to increase bus journey times on Church Rd/Summerhill Rd. It can also be changed in response to comments received in the consultation that will be run by the Council while the experiment is in place.

The full drawing can be seen here: Beaufort Rd Option B-1

The images below link to a reduced size image and then the individual sections (marked with rectangles on the image).

BeaufortRdFull

BeaufortRdInset3

BeaufortRdInset2

BeaufortRdInset1

Crews Hole Road

This is a traffic calming scheme for the section of Crews Hole Road west of Troopers Hill Rd. It is not an experimental scheme. It is based on the ideas put forward by the ‘Save Crews Hole Access Road’ group and others.

Work on this part of the scheme will start after the Beaufort scheme is in place and operational, as there is more legal work to be carried out for this scheme. As a permanent scheme certain notices have to be issued and these will be advertised on site and in the press, there will then be a further opportunity to have your say.

The Council also has funding for a separate traffic calming scheme on Troopers Hill Road. Details and time scales for that scheme will follow.

The full drawing for the Crews Hole scheme can be seen here: Crews Hole Rd Traffic Calming-2

The images below link to a reduced size image and then the individual sections (marked with rectangles on the image).

CrewsHoleFull

CrewsHoleInset2

CrewsHoleInset1

Next cycle ride for over-55s starts in St George

The next Silver Cyclists ride starts from the Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd, BS5 7AW at 10am on Tuesday, 4th February.

Silver Cyclists is a cycling project for people in Bristol who are over 55, and would like to get back on their bikes, get fit and meet new people.

More details of this ride and others are listed in their winter programme.

Silver Cyclists part 1

Silver Cyclists part 2

Enjoy St George’s Night Skies

Friends of Troopers Hill and the Bristol Astronomical Society have joined forces for an evening of star gazing on Troopers Hill.

THStarGazingThis is a free event, suitable for adults or families with children over 7 years old.

The date for this event will be fixed only 24 hours in advance – they need clear skies. Telescopes will be set up on top of the hill and members of Bristol Astronomical Society will be on hand to explain what you can see. The event will run from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Due to the Society’s other committments it will not be on a Friday or Saturday evening. Days around the full moon also have to be avoided as the stars are not then so visible. If there are no suitable days in February, then the event will be moved to March.

If you are interested in attending then contact Friends of Troopers Hill via the details below and they will email you with more information and updates on likely dates. They will then confirm the actual date by email 24 hours before the event. Numbers will be limited to give everyone a chance to use a telescope.

To sign up:
• Email events2014@troopers-hill.org.uk
• Phone Judith at Modelmania on 0117 955 9819 Tuesday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm or Susan on 0117 947 5037 at other times. If you phone, we will still need your email address to send you the confirmed date.

You can see the full programme of Friends of Troopers Hill events for 2014 on their website at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/events or download a copy of their leaflet to print off www.troopers-hill.org.uk/events/Events2014.pdf.

The Bristol Astronomical Society is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profitmaking charity. They are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for both their members and the public through regular outreach. Find out more and see details of other events at www.bristolastrosoc.org.uk

Destination St George

Members of both St George and Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnerships have been in discussion with Destination Bristol about adding some of the highlights and hidden gems of our part of Bristol to the Visit Bristol website.

visitbristol_logoCurrently http://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/areas features ‘Clifton’ and ‘South Bristol’ amongst others, but does not mention St George or Fishponds.

John Hirst, the CEO of Destination Bristol was given a tour of the area before Christmas, visiting both St George Park and Troopers Hill before walking through Eastville Park and on to Snuff Mills. His team are keen to work with us to add the information and we expect the website to be updated over the next few months.

The plan is to highlight ’10 best kept secrets’ of the area on the website, current suggestions include: Troopers Hill, Snuff Mills, Eastville Park and St George Park Lakes, Avon Valley, Frome Valley. Oldbury Court Estate and Stoke Park Estate, White Lion with Frenchay Village, Local shops & cafés and Beese’s Tea Gardens & boat trips..

We are also in discussion about how we should refer to the area. ‘East Bristol’, ‘St George and Greater Fishponds’ or maybe ‘Frome & Avon Valleys’? The intention is that the website should appeal both to those who live in or know Bristol and are interested in exploring new areas, as well as visitors from further a field who may for example want to spend a day away from the hustle & bustle of the City Centre.

If you have any ideas for the 10 best kept secrets or suggestions for names for the areas, please contact us via facebook or twitter, or email our Chair, Rob Acton-Campbell at chair@stgeorgenp.org.uk who will pass them on. We have said that we will get back to Destination Bristol with our ideas by the end of January.

St George in Bloom Update – Jan 2014

WildflowerMeadow

Following their meeting in December, the St George in Bloom group have submiited an application for a St George Wellbeing Grant to build on the sucess of the wildflower meadow planted in St George Park last year by extending this to four other sites in St George.

The group now has formal constitution; with Grenville Johnson elected as Chair and Denise James as Secretary.

St George in Bloom will be running their own ‘In Bloom’ competition this year for residents, community groups and businesses in St George. They will also be entering St George in the South West in Blooom Competition.

If you would like to get involved, please go along to one of their regular meetings or contact Grenville Johnson at  victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk

The next St George in Bloom meeting is Wednesday 22nd January from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in the meeting room on the first floor of St George Health Centre, Bellevue Road, St George.

To see previous postings and to keep up to date with St George in Bloom, see www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/tag/st-george-in-bloom

January Newsletter from your local neighbourhood policing team

In this month’s newsletter: remember to register your Christmas gifts on Immobilise, beat statistics, beat news and the date of the next St George Neighbourhood Forum meeting.  Read your newsletter here.

Funding available for arts related projects

Creative Seed Fund

Creative Seed Fund Open for applications

The Creative Seed Fund supports Bristol based creative projects. It is an annual fund that has one application round each year. Individual projects can be awarded up to £3,000.

There are two strands to this fund:
1. Artist/Arts Organisation Development Strand
2. Community Arts Strand

Full guidelines for both strands and application forms are available to the Bristol City Council Arts and Culture Funding webpage.

Application deadline is 30 January 2014 (4.00pm).