Monthly Archives: April 2015

St Anne’s Footbridge to be Closed

The footbridge from Crews Hole to St Anne’s over the River Avon is to be closed for 12 weeks for deck replacement works.

2015_0523_180311Update 26th May

The closure of the bridge will start on Tuesday 2nd June.
The river path to Netham on the Crews Hole side of the river has now been reopened following repairs the collapsing wall which closed the path for 17 months.

20150416_125047The extent of the work required was confirmed following investigations of the deck construction – the holes made as part of the investigation are currently covered by the yellow plates shown in this photo.

20150416_125127As described by the plaque on the bridge (click photo to enlarge) it was constructed in 1957 to replace St Anne’s ferry. The steel work was manufactured by Lysaght’s who had a large works nearby between Feeder Road and Netham Weir, shown here on the Barton Hill History Group website.

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

The bridge was floated up the river from the works and supported on barges as it was installed. As well as pedestrians the bridge originally carried pipes taking oil from storage tanks located where Riversway Nursing Home now stands.

While the bridge is closed anyone wishing to cross the river will be able to walk along the riverside path to Netham Lock to cross the lock and the river before returning on the opposite bank. Alternatively you can follow the roads round.

Youth Activities in St George and nearby

Here’s the programme of FREE youth sports in Hillfields and Speedwell from April to July.

Sports poster 2015

Where they are:

Hillfields Youth Hub :  Hillfields Youth Centre, Thickett Avenue, Bristol BS16 4EH.  More details of what’s on offer at the Hub.

Meadowvale Playing Fields: Behind Meadow Vale Community Centre, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, Bristol , BS5 7RF

Studio 5 – 20 Old School House, Britannia Rd, Bristol, BS15 8DB

Barts Rugby: Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Avon, Bristol, BS15 1NS.

Other youth activities:

St George Table Tennis Club_flyer

Fancy a game of tennis?

St George Park Lakeview Tennis Club rents out courts at £5 an hour.  Just ring 07526 009211 before 3pm on a Friday to make your booking.  There is coaching every day from 2pm Monday-Friday and matches for the better players on Saturday and Sunday.  The club says “We are a friendly club and open to everyone.  We also have a small clubhouse if you would like a tea or coffee; we run everything ourselves.”   They have both adult and youth coaches.

Other things to do

A whole range of other activities for young people can be seen here.

Please let us know of any we’ve missed.

River Avon Path – Work Begins

20150413_123606Part of the River Avon Path through Crews Hole has been closed to pedestrians and cyclists since the end of 2013 due to a collapsing wall.

Work has started today (13th April 2015) on repairs to the wall and if the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June (and possibly earlier).

Update 27 May
The path is now open. Work to repair the wall is complete and the path has been cleared of bramble.

St Anne’s footbridge needs to be closed for 12 weeks for deck repairs, this will start on Tuesday 2nd June.

The collapsing wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council and it is the landowner who is organising the work having agreed the method of construction and design with Council engineers.

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
Update 4 – December 2014 / March 2015

Crews Hole Speed Tables – Work Begins

20150413_125043After a number of delays, work is finally starting on the installation of speed tables at the junction of Crews Hole Rd & Butlers Close and outside Mama Bears nursery.

These works were suggested as part of the consultation on the one-way scheme that has now been dropped and there was a formal consultation on the details last year.

The works will involve part time traffic lights from this week and some daytime (09.30 to 15.30) road closures for two weeks from 27th April.

CH TROplan

Drawing showing details of proposed works – Crews Hole Rd Construction GA


Elections – 7th May 2015

ballot-boxA reminder that there are elections for a Member of Parliament for Bristol East and for a Councillor in both St George East and St George West wards on Thursday 7th May.

vote 2015


If you have not already done so, the deadline to register to vote is 20th April.  But, why wait?  Further information at:




Candidates for MP for Bristol East

The candidates standing for election to be the Member of Parliament for the Bristol East constituency are:
•  Theo Clarke (The Conservative Party Candidate)
•  Lorraine Francis (Green Party)
•  Matt Gordon (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
•  Abdul Malik (Liberal Democrat)
•  Kerry McCarthy (Labour Party)
•  James McMurray (UK Independence Party (UKIP)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

Candidates for Councillor for St George East
The candidates standing for election to be a Councillor on Bristol City Council for the St George East ward are:
•  Fabian Breckels (Labour and Co-operative Party)
•  Nicholas Coombes (Liberal Democrat)
•  Jonathan Lewis (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
•  Rick Lovering (Green Party)
•  Mike Luff (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
•  Kevin Rainet (The Conservative Party Candidate)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

Candidates for Councillor for St George West
The candidates standing for election to be a Councillor on Bristol City Council for the St George West ward are:
• Wayne Coombes (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
• Claire Frost (UK Independence Party (UKIP)
• David Lewis (The Conservative Party Candidate)
• Sue Milestone (Labour and Co-operative Party)
• Tony Potter (Liberal Democrat Focus Team)
• Matthew Whitney (Green Party)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

If you are uncertain which City Council Ward you live in, you can use the ‘Ward Checker’ here.


Chelsea Fringe comes to St George

grenville gardenA small gem of a local garden will feature in the Chelsea Fringe festival.  We have received this message from its owner, Grenville Johnson.

“The award winning Victorian House Garden in St George, Bristol, will open its doors for the Chelsea Fringe Festival during May 2015.

My garden at 28 Kensington Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 7NB, will be open for viewing for the Chelsea Fringe Festival from Monday 18th May 2015 until Monday 25th May .

Viewings are from 10am to 3pm each day during this week. The entry fee is £4 for adults, Children free.

Proceeds from the open days will be donated to Kensington Road Residents Association to support their street environmental enhancement projects, and on going community work.

All visits and viewings must be pre-booked due to the small size of the garden. To book please phone 01179496788 or email:

Please note there are steps within the garden, and the garden is located on two levels with limited space, and there will be no toilet facilities available.

Kindly discuss any particular access needs with us when you book.

The garden has been featured on B.B.C ‘Gardeners World’, ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ , and was selected by Alan Titchmarsh as one of his 30 ‘Best British Back Gardens’ in his programme that was shown on ITV in January 2015. It is also featured in ‘100 Dream Gardens of England’ as published in the book by Merrell in 2010 .

For a preview and the story of how the garden has evolved you can visit the garden website:

More about Grenville’s garden on the Chelsea Fringe website.  For details of other Bristol and Bath participants in the festival visit

Money granted to local projects – Wednesday 25th March 2015

5 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  All were granted at the SGNP meeting of  25th March, 2015 by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) Friends of Kingsway Youth

£400 for materials and volunteer expenses to run 40×2-hour weekly sessions for young people aged 8-13.  These sessions would provide a range of activities ranging from arts and crafts to cookery, from sport to informal education.

b) Meadow Vale Community Association

£1,356 for a design and costing work to improve the resources in Meadow Vale Open Space (also known as the Nursery Park) for people of all ages.  This report would then be used as basis to obtain funding.

c) Playing Out CIC

£1,200 for training for 3 residents of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, paying them to for 80 hours of work promoting Playing Out and community events and meetings and some publicity.

d) Friends of St George Park

£500 for materials to help publicise the group and their activities, to attract greater participation including volunteering.  Materials include a gazebo, folding table, display boards, 6 chairs, banners and stationery.

e) Redfest

£2,940 to pay for the main stage at St George Park on Saturday 1st August which will form part of the free entertainment for the final day of Redfest, a community music and arts festival.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 27th April

At the same meeting the Neighbourhood Partnership decided on the allocation of the remainder of Green Capital Funding.

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing sub-group are a group of volunteers who review the grant applications and make recommendations about them.  To find out more about what they do please visit .  New volunteers would be very welcome.

Ward Boundaries Review

Following the recent consultation on the draft recommendations for changes to ward boundaries in Bristol (which closed in February); the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is now considering the responses received.


The Commission will publish its conclusions on 12th May (a few days after this year’s elections).

The new ward boundaries will then apply for the ‘all out’ Council Elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.

You can see the Commission’s draft proposals (published in December) and the responses received on the Commission’s website at (look under ‘Consultation on draft recommendations’)