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.
Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood. For this meeting First Group were invited to talk about bus services. Details of their question and answer session can be read here.
There was a strong interest in seeing First Group representatives again. Diaries will be checked to see if this can be arranged for the meeting in 6 months time. There was also a strong interest in a Kingsway bus service. The next meeting may include an opportunity for people to register that they are interested in new or extended bus services in the area so a group can be started to take this further. An example of what can be achieved is reported here.
£10,000 of Green Capital funding has been made available to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership. Ideas were asked for on how that would best be spent in St George. More details of the funding and the ideas are here.
Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in May.
You Said – We Did – May – August 2014
A number of issues have had to be carried forward into the next period for a second time. This has been due to the restructuring still being carried out at Bristol City Council. A number of staff have left or been given other roles. Apologies were given at the meeting and it was hoped that residents of St George would make allowances for the delays during this period.
There has also been action from the Neighbourhood Working team on flytipping, flyposting, clearing rear lanes and waste in land. Details can be read in
Neigbourhood Working Update – May – August 2014
Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 12th August
YOU Said – August 2014
Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone. Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page. The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.
Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were circulated. These can be seen on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/
The police were represented by Inspector Jason Shears and PC Louise Dembicki. Jason’s briefing included
- Reports of groups of people hanging around Conham River Park have been investigated. No further reports have been made. The action has been closed.
- Parking issues at Air Balloon School and Two Mile Hill school are being addressed with walk to school initiatives, engaging with parents and schools. Enforcement is being avoided but will be done if no progress is made. Jason will be meeting with school governors in September.
- Issues with parking on Bryants Hill are improving. There have been meetings with local residents and businesses and links established with the tow away services at Bristol City Council.
- There has been an arrest for anti-social behaviour in St George Park and patrols on foot and bicycle continue. Good weather is a time of more problems but this is recognised so there is more concentration on the area by police during these times.
- Emphasis was laid on the fact that a recent burglary increase during the daytime is not a cause for major concern but an opportunity to remind everyone during this warm weather of the need to avoid leaving valuables such as Ipads and phones in easy reach of open windows and doors. These are the type of items that have been quickly snatched and then the offender has made off. Remember to shut doors and windows and put valuables out of sight.
- The Glebe Rd arson attack on cars continues to be investigated Arson was also carried out on aerial masts on Dundry Hill. An arrest has been made connected to that offence. No charges have been made as yet.
Are police are checking fishing permits in St George Park? Yes, they are and some regular fishermen are asking to see other people’s permits. The perception is that there is a reduction of people fishing without permits.
Is it legal for groups of people to stand in the street drinking? This is not an offence unless the area is defined as a no drinking area. In the session after the briefing details were given to police where there was an issue.
What was the incident in Lypiatt Rd involving the bomb squad? No details of this were known by the officers present. After the briefing details were taken of the time and date. Jason will provide an answer to the enquirer.
You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 at Summerhill Methodist Church. All future Forum meetings for 2014-2015 will be at Summerhill Methodist Church.
If you have an idea for a subject to be spoken about that is of local interest contact our Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator,
Abdulrazak Dahir, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 0117 903 6409. Certainly the attendance of First at this meeting aroused a lot of interest.
Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings/