Monthly Archives: June 2014

Shaping the future of Church Road

As part of the ‘The High Street UK 2020 Project’ there will be a workshop on the future of Church Road from 6 to 9pm on 3rd July 2014.

The High Street UK 2020 project is being led by Manchester Metropolitan University alongside the Institute of Place Management and working with leading experts in other universities and in retail, property and town and city management.

The project has been examining all of the published research on what contributes to a healthy high street and has identified more than two hundred possible factors. A team of experts has now graded these factors based on the amount of influence that they can have on town centre vitality and viability and the amount of influence a local initiative can have on them. In other words, they have been seeking to identify what should be the focus for a local initiative if it wants to ensure it has a sustainable high street into the future.

Over the next few months the team will be working with the ten participating towns to draw up action plans that are appropriate for each high street. The first part of this process is the forthcoming workshop. They will be sharing with you the key lessons that we have learned from their research to date and identify for you the priority factors for high street vitality and viability. They want to use the workshop to get your input and views, particularly on the nature of the high street.

More details and programme for the workshop

If you would like to attend please email Jason Thorne, Economic Development, Bristol City Council

Park kiosk to re-open this week

Having been closed since January, the kiosk in St George Park will re-open this week.

In January the Council decided to stop running the kiosk themselves and put the operation out to tender. Following the completion of that process and the necessary paperwork the new lease holders are moving in this week.

The kiosk will now be known as ‘Gwennie & Jack’s CafĂ©’. They hope to open for tea, coffee and cakes from tomorrow (Tues 10th June) with the full menu available at the weekend.

Traffic Schemes Update June 14

30-20-signAt the Traffic & Transport sub-group meeting last night we were given at update on the various traffic schemes planned for St George.

Crews Hole Road Speed Humps
As reported previously there was no objection to the Traffic Order for this work during the formal consultation in April. This work is due to be completed by the end of the summer. Crews Hole Road will need to be closed for three or four days while the humps are constructed.
Drawing showing current proposals

Beaufort Road Experimental One-Way Scheme
This is now planned to be implemented in the Autumn after the completion of the speed humps in Crews Hole Rd. More traffic counts are to be completed. This is to ensure that there are adequate records of traffic flows before the scheme is implemented so that the impacts of the scheme can be propoerly measured. Notices about the scheme will be put in place four weeks before work starts.
Drawing showing the current proposals

Troopers Hill Road Traffic Calming
This scheme is being funded by a grant form the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Design work on theis scheme will start shortly.

20mph Zone
A map showing the latest proposals for this scheme can be seen on the Council’s website. There will be a formal consultation on the scheme in August and implementation is now due in October or November.

Plummers Hill Traffic Calming
Money was allocated to this scheme at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March. Speed checks and traffic counts will now be carried out and accident data reviewed prior to design work.

Music and other fun activities in St George this June

Arts at St Aidans are holding their “Summer Proms”.

summer proms


Meadow Vale Community Association are holding a day of fun activities for 4-11 year olds.
20 games day

Which will be swiftly followed by a free open air performance from the fabulously pink Ambling Band on the top of Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve. Bring a picnic and enjoy.

full pink


River Avon Path Update 3

2014_0601_111409We are sorry to say that there is still no date fixed for the reopening of the River Avon Path behind Bowland Stone in Crews Hole.

As reported here the path was closed at Christmas because of a wall that was in danger of collapse. Please do not try to use the closed section, there is an alternative route on the other side of the river (see below).

Latest Update – December 2014

*** UPDATE 12 August 2014 ***
There is still no contract in place to repair the wall. We understand that the landowner is seeking a second quote for the work before placing a contract. There is now a formal closure notice in place until 3rd September 2014, but we expect the path to be closed beyond this date.

The wall is owned by the owners of the industrial estate (not Bowland Stone or the Council). The owners have accepted that they are responsible for the repairs and after carrying out some investigations (including trial holes in the path and boreholes behind the wall) they have employed an Engineer to produce a design for the wall to be rebuilt.

The design has now been approved by the Council – who have to be satisfied that the end result will be safe. The landowners are now asking for prices for the work from contractors. In the meantime the landowners have had a temporary scaffold frame designed and installed to prevent the wall from falling. It is this frame that is now blocking the path.

Once a contract is in place we will have a clearer idea of an opening date; when the work starts it should only take a few weeks to complete.

The Council are continuing to pressure the landowner to get the work done as soon as possible. Had the landowners not accepted responsibility then the delay to the opening is likely to have been much longer. There are many retaining walls where legal processes to establish responsibility have taken many months.

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.