Monthly Archives: January 2017

Without volunteers a successful road safety campaign in Crews Hole and on Troopers Hill Rd ends 6th February

Since March 2015 a small group of volunteers have been working with Avon and Somerset Police monitoring traffic speed on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill and Blackswarth Rd.  Owners of vehicles recorded by the volunteers as being driven at excessive speeds have received letters from police.

This gentle reminder approach to encouraging responsible driving could be judged to be working.  Between June 2016 and mid-October 2016 the volunteer monitored traffic for an hour a week.    They counted 3,344 vehicles of which 404 were driven at 27 mph or above in the 20mph limited roads.  During that time they only recorded 8 people repeatedly driving at these speeds and they were only recorded twice.

The team are now down to 2 members and will run their last opertion on 6th February UNLESS new volunteers come forward.  If you have an hour a week or fortnight to spare please find more information and follow up the contacts on


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A report about the early days of the team can be read on

The team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the responsible drivers keeping to speed limits and driving appropriately for road conditions.  As you can see here when traffic is heavier, the responsible drivers keep those breaking the law to a  low percentage.  Problems increase when there is lighter traffic and this is when road incidents with the worst injuries occur.

Thanks to the statistics the team have gathered, police have been informed about the days of the week, the times of day and the locations where the worst offending occurs.  The police can then make the best use of time from their speed enforcment unit to cover an area and issue appropriate penalties and advice.

If you think the efforts of these volunteers are worthwhile please volunteer to keep this group running.

photo Speedwatch kit

Council Budget

bcc-corporate-strategy-2Bristol City Council has been consulting the public and its partners on proposed savings to help it close a £92m budget gap over the coming five years.

Yesterday (12th January) the council published updated proposals which include unchanged, changed and brand new savings proposals.

The full proposals can be seen at

The proposals will be considered by Cabinet on 24 January before the Mayor’s recommendation to Full Council on 21 February.

If approved the proposals will have a significant impact on Neighbourhood Partnerships across the City, including St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

The proposals state:

“We recognise the value of engaging with communities on issues that affect them, but believe there are more efficient ways to do this than current Neighbourhood Partnership structure. We will work with councillors and communities to change the focus and scope of this in the future by looking at what individual communities need.”

The proposed savings are £500k in 2017/18 & £562k in 2018/19. In effect this means that there will be no further funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships after April 2018.

In addition the proposals are for a £100k reduction in the wellbeing grant available across the City, this is approximately 30% – we don’t yet know how much of the remaining pot (if any) will be allocated to St George. The £350k allocated across the City for small traffic schemes is also proposed to be withdrawn. These two proposals together effectively remove the vast majority of the budget available to Neighbourhood Partnerships.

There will be further consultation on the details of these proposals and we will publish details when it starts.

Neighbourhood Partnership members have been aware for some time that significant cuts are likely and is holding a series of meetings to consider whether it is possible to form a new organisation to continue to carry out some of the tasks currently undertaken by the Partnership, including promoting St George and the community groups that do such good work in our area.

There is also a one day workshop with practitioners from the city and across the country which will allow participants to build on current good practice and explore community-led models for the delivery of neighbourhood support and related services, such as parks and libraries.

The workshop is especially for community activists, community organisations, as well as Councillors and local authority workers. It will be held on Saturday 4th February 2017 Time from 9:30am to 4pm.

Representatives of community groups can book a place on the workshop here.