Monthly Archives: August 2014

New Community Noticeboards

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding two new community noticeboards are now in Church Rd outside Aldi and Maldowers Lane, outside the shops close to the junction with Meadow Vale.

New noticeboard - aldi church rd

Maldowers Lane noticeboard

Our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator is talking with local shopkeepers to arrange points of contact for YOUR posters to be displayed.  Only notices for local community services and events will be displayed.

To start things off both sets of noticeboards have a full display of local activities and information of local interest.

A full list of noticeboards in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, with contact details, can be seen here.

Crews Hole Rd Closure

Crews Hole Road will be closed from tomorrow (Sat 16th August) for approximately 5 days.

Update Tues 19th August 4.15pm: Crews Hole Road has now reopened.

The closure is for Wessex Water to replace a large manhole cover in the middle of the road. This is emergency works so there has been less notice than usual. Yellow warning signs were placed at the location of the closure a couple of days ago and it was listed in the latest roadworks report on the Council’s website.

The road will be closed to through traffic from the bottom of Troopers Hill Rd to the Fireclay Road/Blackswarth Rd junction.

Having seen the signs the St George NP webteam managed to get more information from Wessex Water via our twitter feed.

Wessex Water say:

  • Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
  • These are essential works that should be finished by Wednesday the 20th.
  • Unfortunately it will be closed 24 hrs a day. Many thanks in advance for your patience.
  • The road closure will start from 150 Crews Hold Rd and will go on for approximately 15 metres.
  • Access to properties will be maintained as there will be ways for you to divert around the works.
  • Apologies for the lack of notice. Unfortunately these are emergency repair works to replace a manhole cover.
  • There was no time to let locals know in any way other than the signs provided. Thank you for your cooperation.


What is the best use of £10,000 of Green Capital funding in St George?

At the Forum on Tuesday 12th August 2014, there was a simple display about Bristol Green Capital 2015 funding, asking for ideas on how to use it.

green capital display

You can see the detail of the display and the suggestions that people made here.

Do you have other ideas?  Please email your ideas to Abdulrazak Dahir, St George’s Neighbourhood Co-ordinator via or call him on  0117 903 6409.

Map of green spaces

You Said – We Did – August 2014

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

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.

Questions asked:

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,, 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

St George Wildflower Meadows

In March 2014 St George in Bloom were awarded money from the Wellbeing Fund to establish four wildflower meadows in St George at Plummers Hill Open Space, Furber Road Open Space, Dundridge Playing Fields and Netham House (in front of St George Pre-school).

The aim is to improve the appearance of these areas and promote public involvement in the care of their neighbourhood and the St George in Bloom campaign.

The wildflowers were a bit later blooming than we hoped but they are all now looking wonderful.

There is also meadow area in St George Park funded by the St George Community First Fund following an application by Friends of St George Park.

There are some photos below (all taken 2nd August), but to really appreciate them you should go and see them yourself.

2014_0803_PlummersPlummers Hill

2014_0803_FurberFurber Road

2014_0803_DundridgeDundridge Park

2014_0803_Netham2Netham House

2014_0803_StGeorgePkSt George Park

100 Years of Allotments in St George

BEAA100Bristol East Allotment Association (BEAA) was established exactly 100 years ago in 1914, just one week before WW1 was declared, partly in response to the need to produce food during the war.

Since then they have gone on to develop 7 sites throughout St George and run a well stocked shop on the St Aidan’s site providing everything you need to grow your own produce at very competative prices.

BEAA have an annual allotment show which is mainly for the plot holders to show their produce. However, as 2014 is the Centenary for the organisation, in addition to marking the contribution their forefathers made in the war, both home and abroad, they are celebrating by inviting all plotholders, friends, neighbours and the local community to the site at St Aidan’s, Nicholas Lane, St George, BS5 8TY.

There will be live music, good food and a range of stalls to cater for all ages and interests. There will be a mini fair for the children or gardeners can get all their horticultural problems solved in a one to one session with gardening expert Mary Payne from 12.30-3.30pm. Local company Faith and Betty will also be there with lovely cosmetics made from pure natural ingredients.

Gates open to the public at 11.30am. and the celebrations will go on until the early evening.

To find out more about what they have to offer visit BEAA website – or Facebook site

The BEAA currently have plots available to rent so if you would like to have your own allotment please get in touch.