Monthly Archives: September 2014

Grounds Maintenance Consultation

A consultation is taking place that will help residents and local groups, through the Neighbourhood Partnership, to influence Bristol City Council’s new Grounds Maintenance Contract. The consultation has no closing date – the Parks service would like a continual dialogue with the Neighbourhood Partnership so that influencing and contract changes can take place throughout the year.

During October 2014, the Neighbourhood Officer will be consulting with local park groups, users and other interested bodies to understand their priorities so that the new contract can reflect this as best as possible.

Things that can be influenced include: areas to be weed sprayed, grass cutting regimes, litter collections / litter picking, a site presence (park keeper) or not, which shrubs to maintain, what ornamental planting should take place, frequency of hard surface sweeping, toilet opening / closing.

Once information has been gathered through this initial consultation, the Environment Subgroup / Neighbourhood Partnership will establish themes for the whole NP area, e.g. littering, ornamental planting etc. This will become the base in which the Parks Service will build the new contract around for launching in February 2015. Thereafter, the Parks service will want to allow local communities to influence and introduce local park aspirations, e.g number of bins, different types of grass cutting regimes, introduction of bulb planting etc.

You can take part in the consultation via the link below. You will need to make separate submissions for each green space you are interested in.

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Map of green spaces


20mph Formal Consultation

The formal consultation for the proposed rollout of the 20mph East area runs from Thursday 2nd until Friday 24th October 2014.

This consultation forms part of the Speed Limit Order (SLO) for the East area (parts of Easton and Lawrence Hill, Eastville, Hillfields, Frome Vale, St George West and East wards).

This follows informal consultation on the proposals which started in November last year. Changes suggested during the informal consultation have been incorporated in the latest proposal.

Details of the proposal are contained in the draft order, which together with plans, copies of the orders to be varied and revoked, and a Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the order may be inspected at the Reception Desk at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR, between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Monday to Friday from Thursday 2nd until Friday 24th October.

During the period of the consultation, the draft order, plans and a Statement of Reasons will also available to view on the City Council website at In addition, the draft order, plans and Statement of Reasons will be available to be inspected at: Fishponds Library, Robinson House, Hockeys Lane, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3HL, Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, Hillfields, Bristol, BS16 4HL, Junction 3 Library, Baptist Mills, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0FJ and St George Library, Church Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 8AL, during normal opening hours.

Comments on the proposals, together with the grounds on which they are made, must be sent in writing to TRO Comments at the undermentioned address or by e-mail to quoting reference CAE/NMT/P-915 by Friday 24th October 2014. Please include your name and address and note that all representations received may be considered in public by the City Council and that the substance of any representation together with the name and address of the person making it could become available for public inspection.

The Council’s 20mph website also has a map of the draft proposals for St George which can also be seen below. All roads coloured blue or green will be 20mph. Orange is 30mph and red is 40mph (the St Philip’s Causeway, spine road which is also in the area for this zone).

Phase 4 inclusion map update June 2014 BLUE
Proposed Speed Limits for East Area (pdf version).

A third new Community noticeboard

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding the last of three planned, new, community noticeboards has now been installed on Two Mile Hill Rd, close to the shops on the corner of the Kingsway.

Two mile hill 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.

One of the reasons a community noticeboard is particularly needed here is very few local people realise they live in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area and can access support to improve the neighbourhood via the Partnership.    This is the poster included in the first display to help publicise the support available.

There is also a poster summarising what happened at the last Forum meeting and a “Welcome to the new Two Mile Hill noticeboard” poster.  The other 3 posters all advertise current local community activities.

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

Gold for St George

The RHS Britain in Bloom South West Awards ceremony was held on 18th September in Trowbridge and there was excellent news for St George.


St George in Bloom were entering the scheme for the first time in the ‘Town to City Pennant’ category and were delighted to come away with a GOLD pennant. This is a significant achievement and something that everyone in St George should be proud of. Other gold awards in this category went to our neighbours in Greater Fishponds, Clifton, Taunton, Wells and Yate & Donnington. The St George in Bloom committee led by Grenville Johnson put in a great deal of work to organise the entry and it is wonderful that this work has been rewarded.

St George in Bloom aims to involve the whole community – residents, community groups, schools and local businesses.

Park InsuranceSt George in Bloom’s main sponsor is Church Road based Park Insurance – a big thank you to Steve for his support. Thank you also to the other St George in Bloom sponsors Vinyl Graphics, Ivy House Therapies and Red Flower Barrow.

The award will be celebrated at St George in Bloom’s own awards ceremony next week which will be attended by Bristol’s Deputy Lord Mayor. More information about St George in Bloom can be found on their website at

iynlogoThere was more good news for St George when the results of the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme were announced with the following awards to St George community groups:

Friends of Troopers Hill received Level 5 Outstanding.
Kensington Road Residents Association received Level 5 Outstanding.
Friends of St. George Park received Level 4 Thriving

RHSpark2014cropThere was then more GOLD for St George as Troopers Hill was awarded GOLD in the Country Park category of the new Parks and Open Spaces award scheme.

2014_0803_FurberWildflower meadow at Furber Rd one of five meadow areas planted in St George parks in 2014