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 on Tuesday 10th February, 2015, we had the following speakers who briefly introduced themselves and their subject and then were available during the breakout session for people to approach individually and find out more.
i) Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed– Mothers Mapping Group
Using funding from St George West Community First artist Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed worked with mothers whose children attend Speedwell Nursery. Over a period of six weeks they worked together, at Meadow Vale Community Centre, to create a sewn artwork representing places and people that are important to them. The artwork also includes ambitions for the future. Two of the roads featured are Speedwell Rd and Meadow Vale but London is also represented for a friend who move there. The children’s play area off Whitefield Rd is a particularly favourite where one of the children featured takes special care of the space picking up litter. A really inspiring project.
ii) Crime and Local Policing Update – Sgt Darren Warr of the Local Neighbourhood Beat Team
Darren reported on local crime statistics giving year on year comparisons. Theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles have both reduced. Burglary and criminal damage has increased but not significantly.
The team have been working with the Bristol Brunel Academy and the Metropolitan Acadamy supporting Safer Internet Day.
120 officers are to be recruited to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Work has been done with trading standards to address the unlicensed selling of alcohol and illegal tobacco.
PCSO Geoff Siddorn is leaving the beat team to go to Bath. Darren introduced two new PCSOs, Han and Emily.
Darren is now delivering speed gun training to police officers. This training will be delivered in the St George area which will have the side benefit of local traffic having their speed monitored.
Current crime issues include cars being “keyed” (scratched with keys) in the Kingswood and Speedwell area. If anyone has any information please could they contact the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
There have recently been a number of reports of off road motorbikes on Dundridge Lane. Again, please could any information be passed on to police.
111) Drug and Alcohol recovering opportunities in the community – Nick Booth and Alex
Nick Booth is a Community Co-ordinator for ROADS (Recovery Oriented Drugs and Alcohol Service)/DHI (Developing Health and Independence). Alex is a volunteer with the service.
The main aim of the service is to help drug users and their families.
Alex gave a moving account of his path into drug use and later recovery. A big part of the message is that drug use can affect the most caring and well off families, it is not restricted to a single section of society. Alex now offers peer support within the ROADS/DHI service.
The organisation offers a careers programme and would love to hear from businesses who can offer opportunities.
iv) Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project – Emma Williams and Marietta Kirkbride – Bristol 2015
£10,000 is a available for green arts projects in St George. An arts project focussing on litter is taking off in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill. What are your ideas for St George?
Go to www.bristol2015.co.uk/nap to register your ideas on on online form. You can also email email@example.com or call 0117 379 0115 and speak to Emma or Marietta.
Details of the St George part of the programme are here.
Consultation closes Sunday 29th March 2015.
v) Bristol Futures Academy – Asher Craig – BFA Project Consultant
The Bristol Futures Academy will offer places for the equivalent of 100 full time pupils aged 14-16. These pupils will gain places by being referred by local authorities or schools and will have issues ranging from autism to behavioural problems. The aim is to provide an individually tailored education, provided by highly qualified staff, targeting qualifications and skills. The Academy will work with other education and training providers.
The proposed site for the school will be announced in the next few weeks.
There will be an Open Evening on Monday 23rd February between 7-8pm at Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol, BS5 7DR
Currently the Bristol Futures Academy is going through a statutory consultation period that ends on Tuesday 3rd March.
vi) The Neighbourhood Partnership Plan – Rob Acton-Campbell
The St George Neighbourhood Partnership plan will govern the future priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership. The themes set in that plan have been fed from issues raised at Neighbourhood Partnership Forums and meetings. The plan will change as needs change.
Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in November:
You Said – We Did – November – February 2015
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 – November – February 2015
Local resident Dom Williams would like to carry out an art projects on a blank wall facing Hudds Vale green space and was asking people’s opinions.
Issues raised at this meeting included:
– drugs in a telephone box in Avalon Rd
– motorbikes in Dundridge Park
– criminal damage to cars in Speedwell
– parking at Summerhill School
– dog mess
– overgrown shrubs on Crews Hole Rd screening speed limit signs.
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 not circulated on this occasion but these can be seen on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/
Papers for the meeting included appeal for volunteers to:
- provide local knowledge and common sense to help assess grant applications made to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund. There are currently 4 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group. More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing
- take turns at summarising what happens at Forum meetings. This report that you are reading is currently written by volunteer Susan Acton-Campbell and she also writes a single side of A4 as a summary to put up in local noticeboards.
- become a Community Speedwatch volunteer to help the 4 existing volunteers.
Email the firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 12th May, 2015 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, email@example.com, telephone 0117 903 6409. First will be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about local bus services.