Monthly Archives: April 2014

Election candidates announced

Candidates have been announced for the election on 22 May.

There is a by-election in St George West following the resignation of Peter Hammond.

The candidates for the vacant Councillor role for St George West are:
– Tom Boyd, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
– David Lewis, The Conservative Party Candidate
– Sue Milestone, Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate
– Tony Potter, Liberal Democrat Focus Team
– Chloe Somers, Green Party
– Jane Westhead, Independents for Bristol
The formal notice from the Returning Officer is available here.

There is no election for a Councillor in St George East Ward.

The list of candidates for the European Elections to elect six MEPs for the South West Region of the UK (plus Gibraltar) is available here.

Further information on both elections is available on the Bristol City Council website.

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Speed Watch – your opportunity to help your community

Inappropriate speed of traffic is a real concern of many people living in St George and this is an issue that is frequently raised at St George Neighbourhood Fora.  Addressing traffic and transport issues is one of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership’s 5 priorities

Local people can now take effective action against speeding, with the support of Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.  Community Speed Watch involves local people being trained to carry out speed checks from locations they have identified, had agreed and risk assessed by police officers.  Details of speeding vehicles are forwarded to the police and a warning letter is sent to the motorist.  Equipment is loaned by Bristol City Council to Speedwatch volunteers.  The commitment needed from the volunteers is that the equipment is used at least once a week for an hour on different days and at different times in agreed locations.

Ideally 3 people are needed on a Speed Watch session. One to use a clicker to count all vehicles and use the speed gun, another to act as observer and the final person to note the vehicle registration an other details, but 2 people can do the job.  The more people you have in a team, the workload is made lighter.  One person in the team is needed to act as co-ordinator, holding the equipment, returning paperwork to the police and attending meetings with other co-ordinators from time to time.

Two people from St George have already received training.  They have a particular interest in the Crews Hole area.  If you are interested in joining them or covering other parts of St George please contact  PC  Brett Worthington of  Avon & Somerset Constabulary on telephone number 101 or email him on

There are currently places available on two training courses:
Wednesday 30th April        7pm – 8.30pm
Monday 12th May              7pm – 8.30pm
More training dates will be published soon.

Link to further information from Avon & Somerset Police on Community Speed Watch

30mph and 20mph sign

By-Election – St George West 22nd May 2014

As reported by Cllr Ron Stone at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 25th March, Cllr Peter Hammond is standing down as Councillor for St George West. This is due to Cllr Hammond moving away from Bristol.

At the meeting the Partnership expressed their thanks to Cllr Hammond for the contribution he has made to the work of the Partnership and wished him well for the future.

The Council’s website now has an official notice that there is a vacancy for one of the two Councillors for St George West and that an election has been called. This can be seen Bristol City Council’s Future Elections page.

Cllr Hammond has timed his resignation so that the by-election will coinside with the local elections taking place elsewhere in Bristol on 22nd May 2014. This is also the date of the European elections.

As the election will be to replace Cllr Hammond, whoever wins will only be elected for the remainder of Cllr Hammond’s term as Councillor which runs until May 2015 (1 year). There will then be an election that year in both St George West and St George East (when Cllr Fabian Breckel’s current term as Councillor will end).

In 2016 there will be an all-out election in Bristol, at that time there will be elections for:

• All councillors
• The elected Mayor
• Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Elections will then be held every four years afterwards – 2016 followed by 2020 followed by 2024.

By 2016 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will have carried out a review in into the number of Councillors in Bristol and the ward boundaries, so that by then the ward boundaries may have changed.