Monthly Archives: December 2014

River Avon Path Update 4

2014_0601_111409It is now almost 12 months since the River Avon Path through Crews Hole was closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

Unfortunately we still have no date for its reopening.

Update 25 March 2015:

Following the initial clearance work last month, we have now been told that the contractor will start work rebuilding the wall before the end of April. If the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June at the latest.

Work started 13th April

The latest we have heard from the Council is that:

‘The land owner has agreed to carry out repair work to the wall but has yet to provide timescales. His latest correspondence indicated that the potential contractor has yet to be appointed’.

The wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council.

This issue was raised in the second part of a statement by Councillor Fabian Breckels to today’s Council meeting (16th December).

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.


Previous Updates:
Original Posting – January 2014
Update 1 – February 2014
Update 2 – March 2014
Update 3 – June/August 2014

Dundridge Park Swings Replaced

2014_1213_130806Work to replace the swings in Dundridge Park has now been completed.

As we reported here they were removed without notice earlier this year due to the frame having been found to be unsafe.

A number of people attended the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March to raise this issue and as a result a new Friends of Dundridge Park group has been formed. This group will help to ensure that the park is well maintained and will work with Bristol Parks and the Neighbourhood Partnership to raise funds for improvements. They are currently discussing plans to extend the play area and when a new design is agreed will be looking at ways to raise the necessary fuunding.

The group has already been successful in winning a grant from the Neighbourhood Partnership wellbeing fund to repair the steps on the ‘deer path’ through Conham Woods and Bristol Parks are due to repair the other set of steps into Conham Vale.

Recently at the group’s request the Neighbourhood Partnership has also organised Community Payback to visit the park to cut back the scrub along the path on the western edge of the park.

2014_1213_130952Another improvement has been the new entrance chicane from Dudridge Lane for which the Neighbourhood Partnership allocated ‘section 106′ funding. The Council’s highways department will complete this work by installing drop kerbs to make it easier for parents with buggies to cross the road.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Friends of Dundridge Park then look for notices in the park advertising their meetings. You can also visit their facebook group and they will also be launching a new website soon.

Proposed changes to Ward boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is consulting on potential changes to Council Ward Boundaries in Bristol.

**** Consultation now closed ****

Their current proposal includes changing the ward boundaries within St George replacing the two current wards which have two Councillors each with the following Council Wards:

– St George Central
This ward contains the majority of the residential part of St George.
Forecast electorate: 9503
To elect 2 Councillors

– St George Troopers Hill
This ward incorporates the southern part of St George as well as Troopers Hill, for which the ward is named. It is bounded to the south by the River Avon.
Forecast electorate: 4647
To elect 1 Councillor

– St George West
This ward contains the residential areas surrounding St George’s Park and is bounded by the River Avon to the south.
Forecast electorate: 5023
To elect 1 Councillor

Details of their proposals, including a map and a postcode search facility are at

LGBCE Press release:

Consultation feedback can be submitted via
post: Review Officer (Bristol), The Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76–86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG

Allotments Available & Potato Weekend

Earlier this year Bristol East Allotments Association (BEAA) celebrated 100 years of allotments in St George. The BEAA also played is part in St George in Bloom’s success in winning a Gold Pennant this year.

mxcp559656_10152913986050152_949958827876123996_nBEAA plot holders and members of the committee recently held a working weekend to clear vacant and overgrown plots at the Farm/Troopers Hill Allotments. Although the weather was a bit damp to start, several people attended and made good inroads into the task and managed to clear some plots of brambles and overgrowth, ready for keen gardeners to take on to grow vegetables and flowers.

Besides the site at The Farm, BEAA have 6 other sites around the St George area with some vacant plots. They can offer plots of sizes to suit most peoples needs from a small starter plot to a full size one large enough to grow vegetables for the whole family. If you’re interested in taking on a plot, please contact or phone Rick on 07794 603 470.

Potato Weekend – 3rd & 4th January

If you already have an allotment or space for growing potatoes in your garden then there is a chance to get an early start for next year. Bristol East allotments are holding a Potato Weekend on 3rd & 4th January 9am to 2pm at their St Aidan’s site ‘Trading Post’ in Nicholas Lane.

They will have over 30 varieties of potato for sale with prices held at the same as last year. All potatoes are sold loose so you can pick as many or few as you like all at the low price of £1.60 per kilo, an ideal way to try some new varieties. The Trading Post shop will be open as usual. They stock most items that you may require for your allotment including new season seeds, fertilizers by the kilo as well as onion, shallots, pea and bean seeds loose. The shop is open to all from 9:00am –12:30 Saturdays and Sundays, you do not need to be a plot holder.

You can find out more about the Bristol East Allotments Association on their facebook site at