Monthly Archives: May 2016

Help make a difference to YOUR neighbourhood

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Local people can influence decisions on all these areas and more.  One way of doing this is to join a St George Neighbourhood Partnership subgroup.  Why not come along to one or more of the subgroup meetings and seeing what they do.

Here’s a quick summary of what each subgroup does.

A list of the meeting dates and venues for all the subgroups is on

For more details about each subgroup and what they do please visit

Come and add your voice, opinions and help to those of  us doing it already.  You will be made very welcome.






Traffic calming Plummers Hill

plummers-hillThe Council has started a formal consultation regarding speed reduction measures planned for Plummers Hill.  Reducing traffic speed in this area is a priority of St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

The Council proposes to introduce a scheme of road humps, including speed cushions and a junction speed table, at Plummers Hill. The road humps would encourage motorists to moderate their speed and would reduce the risk of accidents.

Further information on the proposals are available at   The public consultation closes 3rd June 2016.



Money for small fixes to walking and cycling routes – have your say

We have received this message from Dr Suzanne Audrey of Bristol University:

Bristol City Council has some money to make small improvements to walking and cycling routes. Fixing small things can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder your cycling and walking through Bristol. It could be roads that could be made safer, missing signage, overgrown paths, uneven surfaces, obstacles or potholes.

See the Bugbears website:

Use the slider to indicate how critical the issues are for you.

The current funding does not include bigger projects like new pathways, but if you mention these they will gather them for future bids.

Report an issue

You can add as many issues as you like. Bristol City Council will frequently review all comments and at the end of July, 2016, will create a list of priorities based on your feedback. As they get to work, they will keep you updated to let you know how they are getting on.

best wishes


Dr Suzanne Audrey
Senior Research Fellow
Principal Investigator, Travel to Work randomised controlled trial

Please note, my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
Whatley Road
Bristol BS8 2PS

Telephone: 0117 928 7273



You Said – We Did – May 2016

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  An action tracker is kept of the issues raised at the each meeting and a record kept of what has been done about them.

Philip Bird, champion of the Communications subgroup, chaired this meeting.

Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.  These were:

i) Libraries – Denis Wise

Denis is the Library Development Officer for east Bristol.  He described how a swipe card system will be introduced to St George Library  to allow access to the library outside opening hours.

Work needs to be done to St George Library before the swipe card system can be introduced, this will include CCTV, alarms, lights, doors and locks, reviewing fire exits and supplying an emergency phone.  Care will be taken to make sure the library in safe for all users, including those with special needs.

People who wish to use the library outside opening hours will need to request the service and will be given a second pin code to use with their card.   They will be given a short training session on how to access the library.

When using the library in this way people will need to use their card to carry out the services that are already available at the library, such as returning or borrowing books.  Staff will be happy to show people how to use these services if they are not already using them.

Access will NOT be 24 hours a day.  Shutters will be raised and closed at advertised times.  If people ignore signals that the library is closing alarms will sound and security will be alerted.

ii) Neighbourhood Charter –  Gill Calloway

Gill announced the publication of the Neighbourhood Charter, defining the services provided by Bristol City Council and including expected response times for certain services.

Gill is the Neighbourhood Officer for St George and announced that she now has a Facebook page for her role.

She encouraged everyone to be involved in St George in Bloom and asked for word to be spread about the free training available in St George Library on Thursday 19th May.

learn at the library

iii)   Bruce Yates – Local resident

Bruce is interested in setting up a planning sub-group within the St George Neighbourhood Forum.  He invited people to contact him during the break at the meeting.  If you are interested in contacting Bruce about this please contact Abdulrazak Dahir on 0117 903 6409 or email

iv) Neighbourhood Policing Team – Matt Clement

Matt reported an increase in theft from sheds.  The team do have a supply of alarmed padlocks, contact the Neighbourhood Policing team on 101 if you would like to have one.  There is a news item on this subject on the Avon and Somerset Police website which includes advice about securing your shed.

Compared with last year there have been increases in shoplifting, the Co-op on Church Rd has been experiencing this issue.  Violence against persons has increase, as has theft from motor vehicle rising from 134 to 244, an increase of 82%.  25 bicycles have been stolen this year.  These figures not only include St George but also Fishponds.

Matt reminded the audience about the Impact scheme where released offenders are managed and monitored.  More about Impact here.

He also gave advice about home security including not making your possessions visible from outside your home and the type of locks and their positioning that works best.  There is more information on the police website.

The meeting then broke up for 25 minutes so different issues could be raised at tables for different subjects around the hall.

Issues Raised

a) Environment

Lack of volunteers supporting Rodney Rd Open space.  John Hooper would very much like to establish a friends group for the site.
Chicane and fencing on Rodney Rd.
A promised community noticeboard has not yet been installed in Rodney Rd Open space
Rubbish near Freshland Rd.
Fence on side of Freshland Way.

b) Traffic and Transport

Issues were raised about the traffic lights at the junction of Chalks Rd and Blackswarth Rd.

Parking issues related to new flats.  More double yellow lines were requested.

Vehicles for sale on double yellow lines.  For guidance on who deals with which parking issues please read this.  Gill Calloway reported that much good work had been done by Wayne Dewfall in Parking Services involving monitoring and clamping.

c) Police

Drug dealing on Soaphouse Lane (behind Howard Road).

After the break 3 of 4 newly elected councillors spoke briefly about their aims and views.  Fabian Breckels, councillor for St George Trooper Hill, was unable to be present due to work commitments.

a) Steve Pearce – St George Central

He will continue to do case work and will concentrate on extending the awareness of local people of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

b) Asher Craig – St George West

Asher spoke of the need to bring in all residents including those without internet access.  There is a need for published information.  She committed to acknowledging the receipt of issues within 24 hours.  She also spoke of changing Neighbourhood Partnerships to make them more open and transparent.

c) Nicola  Beech – St George Central

Nicola spoke of the way councillors will be working as a team for St George as a whole and not being parochial about their wards.

Some discusion was then led by Philip Bird about setting local Policing Priorities

Feedback from the audience was very clearly for addressing parking issues associated with local schools.

Diane Jones raised the issue that she was campaigning for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership to join the Bristol Walking Alliance.

Everyone was reminded that the next Traffic and Transport Subgroup meeting is next Tuesday,, a good venue to discuss parking issues and solutions.

The action tracker will be published here soon to show how the previous period’s issues were addressed.







Election Results – May 2016

Election Results for 5 May 2016

Councillors for St George Central

Nicola Beech and Steve Pearce have been elected as Councillors for St George Central (four year term of office).

Electorate: 9,421, Votes cast: 3,425, Spoilt papers 34
Turnout: 36.35%

Nicola Anne Beech, Labour Party:  1855 votes ELECTED
Wayne Jefferson Coombes, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  201 votes
Andy Crow, Liberal Democrat:  342 votes
Jillian Anita Gettrup, Liberal Democrat:  319 votes
Tony Lee, Conservative Party Candidate:  636 votes
Kris Murphy, Conservative Party Candidate:  625 votes
Steve Pearce, Labour Party:  1207 votes ELECTED
Ruby Alice Gabrielle Tucker, Green Party:  504 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George Central area available here [.pdf]

Councillor for St George Troopers Hill

Fabian Breckels has been elected as Councillor for St George Troopers Hill (four year term of office).

Electorate: 4,480, Votes cast: 1,983, Spoilt papers: 40
Turnout: 44.26%

Fabian Guy Breckels, Labour and Co-operative Party:  918 votes ELECTED
Sean Buchan, Green Party:  170 votes
Nicholas John Coombes, Liberal Democrat:  134 votes
Mike Luff, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  74 votes
Kevin Robert Rainey, The Conservative Party Candidate:  648 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George Troopers Hill area available here [.pdf]

Councillor for St George West

Asher Craig has been elected as a Councillor for St George West (four year term of office).

Electorate: 4,757, Votes cast: 2,188, Spoilt papers: 27
Turnout: 46.00%

Asher Craig, Labour Party:  913 votes ELECTED
Lorraine Francis, Green Party:  421 votes
Bernie Lyons, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  60 votes
Tony Potter, Independent:  196 votes
James Henry Oswald Roughton, The Conservative Party Candidate:  171 votes
Ian James Townsend, Liberal Democrat Focus Team:  400 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George West area available here [.pdf]

City Wide Results

The number of council seats by party are:

Conservative – 14
Green – 11
Labour – 37
Liberal Democrat – 8
Total – 70 councillors

Click here for more details