Monthly Archives: March 2017

Celebrity event to raise funds for Meadow Vale Community Centre

Readers of this website will have seen earlier reports on the hard work being done to achieve the redevelopment of Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell.  Our last report in December reported on the successful planning application.

The Rotary Club of Bristol is currently celebrating its centenary year and has selected Meadow Vale Community Centre as a project to support as part of its centenary celebrations.  They have arranged this celebrity event as a fundraiser.

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Lord Mayor’s Medals 2017

St George residents were honoured today (Tue 21st March) with the award of Lord Mayor’s Medals at a ceremony at the Mansion House.

StGeorgeLMM2017Susan Acton-Campbell is Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill; Bruce Yates works with the charity Baggator while Trevor Ball is a long term member of Friends of St George Park and has recently been a member and active supporter of St George in Bloom. Susan & Bruce are also members of the Neighbourship Partnership, with Susan being champion of the Wellbeing sub-group.

Also from our area is Gill Flower who set up the Bristol Community Friendship Club to help combat loneliness. Amy Harrison from Redfield also received a medal for work that includes the setting up of Friends of Brook Street Park and helping to establish the Redfield Educate Together Academy.

This year’s awards follow on from awards to other members of the Partnership in previus years – Rob Acton-Campbell & Fiona Russell in 2016; Richard Curtis in 2014; Grenville Johnson in 2013; Ann Radnedge in 2012.

These prestigious medals are awarded each year by the Lord Mayor of Bristol to recognise those who go that extra mile to make a difference to local communities in Bristol.

The citations for this year’s medal winners:

BRUCE YATES

The name Baggator and Bruce go hand in hand. Baggator as a charity was set up to take young people on excursions. In 2005, the charity was at risk of shutting down when its premises fell into
disrepair. Bruce turned this around, increasing links to the wider community and spearheading ways to raise much needed income.

Some of you may know Bruce from the renovation work, where the whole building had a face lift and the garden was given new life – the results were aired on BBC’s Operation People Power. Aside from Baggator, Bruce is an active campaigner for RADE (Resident’s Against Dirty Energy) successfully campaigning and raising awareness of planned power station works.

SUSAN ACTON-CAMPBELL

Susan has been Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill since its formation in 2003. During this time, she has become increasingly involved with other organisations in the area including the
Neighbourhood Partnership. Susan is now a full time volunteer working tirelessly for the community in St George.

Over the past two years Susan has helped design and raise funding for a new play area in Troopers Hill Field. The £80,000 play area was completed in October.

Having joined the Neighbourhood Partnership, Susan has led its Wellbeing Panel for the past 5 years, spending time reviewing applications, chairing the panel’s discussions and writing reports for the Partnership. Susan is always on hand to give advice to groups wishing to apply for funds.

She is a keen walker and when a member of Friends of Troopers Hill suggested starting a walking for health group, Susan was quick to volunteer to help form the group and train as a walk leader. Since 2011 the group has become one of the most active in Bristol.

TREVOR BALL

Trevor is a resident of St George. He lives next door to St Georges Park and has repainted and repaired many of the park benches and planted 1,000’s of shrubs and flowers. He has been a quiet but forceful member of the Friends of St George Park, leading and supporting numerous campaigns and initiatives which have brought much needed additional resources to the park e.g. skate board park, children’s play area and maintenance of the lake.

Trevor has helped volunteers from St George in Bloom in order to replant and maintain three large municipal planted containers that are located at the Kingsway shopping precinct at St George. In 2016 Trevor volunteered to make four large wooden containers for the front of the Sikh Temple in Church Road St George and these were planted up with beautiful floral displays.

In the summer of 2016, Trevor worked hard with a small group of volunteers from St George in Bloom and other local volunteers to transform a formerly neglected area in front the billboards
site in Church Road, St George.

GILLIAN FLOWER

Gillian Flower and Lord MayorThe Lord Mayor has been keen to highlight social isolation and loneliness throughout his year. On her retirement, Gillian Flower decided she too wanted to do something to combat loneliness. She went on to plan regular meet ups and activities for Bristol women, setting up the Bristol Community Friendship Club.

Gillian started with a small group but within weeks she was coordinating a group of over 870. She regularly spends her Saturdays cooking for the homeless and has dedicated a huge amount of time fundraising time and tackling homelessness in her local area.

It would take too long to list the many fundraising activities she has spearheaded but Gillian and her team work throughout the year to support a wide range of charities.

Gillian’s nominators did so because of the energy and impact she brought to their lives with one saying ‘Going the extra mile doesn’t cover it – going the extra thousand miles perhaps!’.

AMY HARRISON

amy with lord mayorEstablished a friend’s of Brook Street Park Group, transforming her local park from an area that had street drinking and anti-social behaviour into a safe, well used Childrens play area.

Amy is passionate about cities being child friendly and works hard to encourage free play and safe environments for them to do so. She has partnered with Playing Out, transformed a green space into a community garden and developed children’s workshops in the pursuit of her ideals.

Amy was instrumental in establishing a new primary school in Redfield ‘Redfield Educate Together Academy’ which has been open for 18 months with Amy on the board of Governors.

She is also deputy chair of ‘Up our Street’ finding time to do all of this while being a working mum. A Happy City Champion in 2014 and 2015, 2017 will see her as the recipient of a well-deserved Lord Mayors medal.

Conham Road – Cycle Route

Update 6th March 2017:

Philip Wright, Transport Programme Manager overseeing the proposed improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure being delivered through the Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) grant from the Department for Transport has written:

“The proposed works at Conham Road are not part of the CAF programme, but were being considered to be delivered as part of the local match funding that had been agreed to support CAF in line with our bid to DfT.  These schemes needed to be delivered to meet the CAF timescales, with all works complete by March 2018.  The demands for this match funding are high and tight budgets had to be applied.  The draft budget given to the scheme at Conham Road was based on initial designs.  As more detailed designs developed it rapidly became clear that we would not be able to deliver this scheme within that budget.  The main reason given for the escalation of costs related to the additional requirements to build over the sewer pipe.

The River Avon Path remains a key strategic priority for both walking and cycling and we will continue to work on identifying funding to deliver this missing section of the route. ”

Philip offered Councillor Breckels, the local councillor for St George Troopers Hill,  the opportunity to meet the Bugbears project manager, Gari Garmston, to talk about whether there is a low cost interim option to improve the problems presented by the issues of the blind bend, with no footpath, on Conham Rd.  It may be possible to find money for a small amount of work from the funding pot called “Bugbears”.

An update will be posted after that meeting has taken place.

Update 2nd February 2016:

At the Place Scrutiny Commission meeting of 21st January, Ian Townsend submitted the question “What plans are there to fund the infrastructure required to close the ‘Conham Gap’ to complete a continuous cycle route along the River Avon, now that planning permission for the project has been granted?”

He has reported receiving the following written reply from Bristol City Council

“The funding is available (thanks to the postponed Camden Rd bridge project) and we are going to proceed with the scheme as soon as the land agreements are in place. There are verbal, in principle, agreements already.”

Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Officer for St George has confirmed negotiations on land agreements are ongoing.

Update 13th November 2015:

The planning application described below for a cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole at the ‘Conham Gap’ has now been granted planning permission. As yet there are no funds in place to complete the works but now that planning permission is in place it is hoped that the money can be found.

As part of the the conditions for planning to be granted money will be given for tree planting in the area to mitigate the effect of the tree felling that was necessary to clear the line of the proposed path.

Original post March 2015:

Planning application 15/00645/FB

Planning permission is being sought for a new solution to the ‘Conham Road Gap’ in the cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole that avoids the need to make any of the road one-way (as was proposed previously).

The new solution is to construct a new path running through the adjacent woods just to the north of Conham Road, more or less along the line of the vestigial works track servicing the Kingswood Sewer man holes.

It involves crossing the road at either end, something which will be effected by raised zebra crossings. These will also make crossing the road safer for pedestrians; the safety of the crossing at the north end has been of particular concern and has become known locally as ‘suicide corner’.

The two raised road crossings will be to the standard details adopted by Bristol City Council for priority crossings on popular walking and cycling routes. At these two locations vehicular traffic will give way to oncoming traffic in order to allow the road to be narrowed so as to secure safe sightlines for the public using the path.

According to the application:
“This route has been made possible by the support of the landowners of the woodland section, John Newlands McCreadie and Francesco Porcaro, and by Wessex Water whose adjacent main sewer has required their careful survey.”


Update – Tree Works

Some tree felling has been carried out in this area recently, we have received the following information from the Council’s planning officer:

“I can advise that they secured a license from the Forestry Commission to carry out the works and required no other planning/tree consents to do so. I have ensured that the further arboricultural information does include the trees removed however and these will be assessed within the application under any mitigation sought in accordance with the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard. As you have noted these are along the alignment of a sewer pipeline and were of limited value given the long-term retention due to future maintenance of this.”


The application has received support from the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

You can see full details and comment on the proposals (for or against) on the Council’s planning online website by looking at planning application 15/00645/FB.

A pdf document with details of the proposal can be seen here.

The images below show the proposed route and the proposed crossings at each end.

ConhamMap

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