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A New Start

Poster210617Members of St George NP have been meeting to discuss how we should respond to the changes to Neighbourhood Partnerships across Bristol as the Council reduces the funding available due to Government cuts – should the Partnership should continue and if so in what form?

Here are our proposals discussed at our public meeting on 21st June:

We believe that St George needs a group with the following priorities:

• To speak up for the whole of St George to ensure we get our share of any future funding;

• Give the area an identity and promote it as a wonderful place to live and work;

• Promote networking and exchange of information between community groups, Councillors, the Police & others;

• Continue to manage this website, our Facebook and Twitter feeds and to support community notice boards.

• Act as a community of community groups;

The current proposal is to form a new community led organisation that we hope will be able to achieve the above and build on the work of the existing partnership to be called The St George Community Network.

We envisage a group whose membership will be open to anyone who lives or works in St George or who has an interest in the area. There would be an elected committee and sub-groups to look at issues in more detail or to run specific projects.

The group would be independent of the Council but work collaboratively with Councillors and Council officers to bring about improvements in St George.

There would be open meetings for all members, committee meetings and sub-group/task group meetings. Public meetings could be arranged as necessary to discuss particular issues and/or promote proposed projects.


Update 28th May:

Following on from the meeting on 3rd May, Rob, Tamsin, Nigel & Susan met on on 17th May to discuss the arrangements for the public meeting to be held on 21st June 7.30pm at St George Library.

It was agreed there will be an introductory presentation by Rob & Tamsin, followed by a networking / mingle session to ask for people’s views on what they like about St George and what the new group should campaign for. Nigel will then close the meeting and summarise the outcome of the consultation.

There will be an opportunity for community groups to have displays in the library at the meeting, if you are interested please email Rob, Nigel or Tamsin via network@stgeorgecommunity.org.uk .

Also as agreed at the meeting on 3rd May, Nigel has produced a draft Terms of Reference for the new St George Community Network. It is intended that this would be adopted at the meeting to formally inaugurate the group on Wed 5th July, when the committee would also be elected.

In order to collect email addresses for those interested in being part of the new organisation and to send them information a mailing list has been set up – please sign up at here Future information about the meeting and the new group will be sent out through the mailing list.


Minutes and notes relating to the new structure:

Building strong communities where we live – BCC paper May 17

Constitution of the St George Community Association

Meeting of Transition Group / Interim Committee – 3rd May 2017

St George Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting – 29th March 2017

Notes of workshop on 16th February 2017

Notes of workshop on 8th February 2017

Earlier report on the future of Neighbourhood Partnerships

If you have any comments on our proposals or would like to get involved with the new St George Community Partnership, please contact us.

Updated 28th May 2017 – post first published on 21st February 2017

Candidates standing in the General Election

articleSt George is in the ‘Bristol East’ Constituency in the election, which will take place on Thursday 8 June.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. There is no closure for lunch.

The candidates standing for Bristol East are:

  • Theo Clarke – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • Lorraine Antoinette Francis – The Green Party
  • Chris Lucas – Liberal Democrats
  • Kerry Gillian McCarthy – Labour Party

Residents who are unsure whether or not they are registered can call Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400. Anyone who is registered can expect to receive their polling card in the post soon.

The formal Statement of Persons Nominated can be found online at www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/voting-elections/uk-parliamentary-election-general-election.

Polling stations

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Polling cards contain information a citizen needs to be able to vote on 8 June. It will have the date and time of the election and the polling station they will need to visit. Voters are reminded to check their polling cards carefully as their polling station this year may differ from the one they visited to vote in the recent Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority election.

Green up your street

St George in Bloom wish to encourage local residents in St George to come together to ‘Green up their streets’ with colourful floral displays and your street could receive £100 to help make it happen.

18320481_1294311387319004_7151914219674970921_oStreets that are colourful, tidy, and free from weeds and litter help to raise everyone’s spirits and show that we care for the area where we live.

St George in Bloom will award £100 to the first five streets from St. George who apply for the street category in the St. George in Bloom competition in 2017.

The rules are simple-

  • For the street entries a whole street or group of a minimum of five residents in a street can apply.
  • All street entries must be located within the ward boundaries for St George.
  • The floral displays must be visible to the public within the street.

To apply download an application form from the St George in Bloom website.

St George in BloomThe first five street category entries received this year will receive £100 from St. George in Bloom. (Please note:- The £100 award will not be given to each household from the same street. Receipts for plants etc must be submitted from the street to St. George in Bloom when the enhancement project is completed)

The street or group of residents will have their floral exhibits judged by the St George in Bloom judges some time during July and will be invited to attend the St George in Bloom awards ceremony in October (date to be announced.)

Other categories in this year’s St George in Bloom competition are:

    Large front garden;
    Small front garden;
    House frontage leading directly onto the pavement;
    House frontage only – hanging basket, window box or containers;
    Best Wildlife Friendly Garden;
    Best business or commercial premises including Best ‘Blooming’ Pub;
    Best forgotten Corner or community open space that was previously neglected;
    Best Children’s Display or School entry;
    Best Allotment Space (individual) Please state plot number.

The closing date for all entries is 5pm on Monday 24th July 2017.

For more information see www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

St George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now launched!

St George in BloomThe St. George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now open for applications until the closing date of Monday 24th July 2017 at 5pm.

Please pass this information to your family, friends and colleagues.

This free competition is open to all residents, streets, businesses, schools, faith and community groups within the ward boundary of St George.

Our competition aims to encourage our local residents and communities to take a pride in St George, making it attractive with flowers, landscaping or an environmental project. It is organised by the St George in Bloom committee.

P1060546[2]This year we are keen to receive more applications from local streets, shops, pubs and businesses, local schools, children and young people.

The only rule is that all entries must be visible to the general public.

Displays should focus on making the house, street, school, pub or shop / commercial premises look more attractive.

To enter please download and complete an entry form from www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk and tick the relevant box in relation to the category you wish to enter.

Please also remember to add your contact details at the foot of the entry form. You can email the completed form to:-
victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk
or post to:-
St George in Bloom, 28 Kensington Road, St George, Bristol. BS5 7NB.

  • Entries should arrive no later than 5pm on Monday 24th July 2017.
  • Any entries received after the deadline, will not be entered into the competition.
  • All categories will be judged later in July 2017.
  • Judges will leave their calling cards after judging has taken place, and the judge’s decision will be final.

Judges will be looking for: Impact, variety and the use of a range of plants, colour combinations, originality and design, condition, care and sustainability.

Presentation of awards – Winners and runners up will be invited to an awards evening during October 2017. The date will be announced later.

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

Crossing1

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Crossing2

The future of Neighbourhood Partnerships

StGNP-logoAs described in our post about the Council Budget and the Corporate Strategy the funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships across Bristol is going to be drastically reduced.

At the Cabinet meeting on Monday (30th Jan) it was confirmed the the cuts had been ‘re-profiled’ so that while the cut of £500k in 2017/18 still goes ahead; the cut to the second half of the budget (£562k) will now be delayed until 2019/20.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership members have already started discussions about how we can ensure that some of the good the work that the St George Neighbourhood Partnership has done over the last few years can be continued. The delay to the second part of the cuts will give us more support from the Council to make this happen, but it still means that the Partnership will effectively cease to function in its current form over the next few months.

We have received the following information about the next steps in the city wide review.

The future of Neighbourhood Partnerships – next steps

Neighbourhood partnerships have given a focal point for decision making, leadership and getting positive things done in neighbourhoods all over the city. This has been made possible because of the dedication of hundreds of Bristol people who care about where they live.

bcc-corporate-strategy-2The City Council is facing significant financial pressures and cannot sustain the level of support we provide to neighbourhood partnerships. We have to find significant savings in the coming years with a £500k (appx 50%) saving in 17/18 (subject to full council approval). We face a real challenge. The City Council wants to be able to continue working with communities across Bristol but we need to do it in a way which requires significantly less city council resources. The Executive Summary of the Corporate Plan describes the challenge we face as a city. Executive Summary Corporate Strategy

Moving forward

Over the coming months we would like to work with you to see if there’s a way of sustaining and may be even building on the experience, knowledge and community action that is so valued by all of us but with less resource from the city council. We understand this is a big-ask and support will be needed.

Our proposal is as follows:

Over the next three months the Neighbourhoods team work with you to explore what could happen in your area. This could include:

a) Using the scheduled NP or forum meetings to explore ideas, make links with groups and activists who may not be involved at present and learn from others about what they do.
b) Developing a full picture of the assets and resources locally and working out if there’s scope to make better use of them.
c) Agreeing the things that are most important for your area.
d) Understanding the risks.
e) Networking event/s to exchange ideas & learn from each other.
f) Advice about organisational governance – do you need a constitution? What sort of organisation would work for you?
g) Drawing up a plan for what needs to happen to get you to where you want to be.
h) Identifying what help and support you need to get there (this might be help with room hire costs for a given period, access to fundraising advice or having the right connection with the city council).

We will use this information to deploy the resources we have as a team but also talk to partners about what help and support they may be able to offer. Our commitment is then to work with you to help you realise that plan as far as we can within the available resources.

As a council we value the connection we have with people right across Bristol. Our aim will be to continue engaging with neighbourhoods or localities. We do not want to dictate how this might work – we are keen to hear your ideas and suggestions. In some areas the existing Neighbourhood Partnership may provide the best foundation for the future. In other areas something different may be needed. We know many of you have already started discussions about what could happen in your area. We understand that this will be easier in some areas than in others and we are committed to providing support to those who most need it.

Devolved budgets

We have some further work to do on CIL, S106 and the neighbourhood budget (wellbeing fund & clean and green) which we will be discussing with councillors in the first instance. The budget for minor highways schemes is proposed as a saving. It is more likely that any available neighbourhood budget is used to tackle inequality (rather than each area having a budget).

There is an even greater need for people to get involved with community life. We want to find a way for communities to be able to get on with the things that matter most. When working with the council we know it takes too long to get things done and to find the right person to talk to. We recognise that in asking citizens to do more we have a responsibility to address this so we can use our collective resources more wisely. As a council we have to get better at listening, collaborating and where appropriate – getting out of the way.

Going forward we are keen to hear your ideas about how we can continue to get things done and continue to have neighbourhood services that work for the area but with far less council resources. The ‘Locality’ event on the 4th February is about this bigger question. This will be followed by an open meeting specifically about the change for neighbourhood partnerships later in February.

Thank you for your continued commitment.

With best wishes,

Penny

Penny Germon

Interim Head of Neighbourhood Management Service

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 www.bristol.gov.uk/coprstrategy

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.

Continuing ‘Grey to Green’ in 2017

St George in BloomSt George in Bloom is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from Tesco Bags of Help.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award with shoppers being invited to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. The more votes St George in Bloom receive, the more funding they will receive up to a maximum of £5,000 – so please give them your support if you visit Tescos in January.

Voting is open from 2nd to 28th January 2017. You will be able to vote for St George in Bloom at Tescos in Church Road, Redfield and on Bell Hill as well as stores in Kingswod and Staple Hill.

Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop (there is no need to buy a carrier bag).

15123383_1133413180075493_1383758861014726235_oThrough this project St George in Bloom hopes to improve St George with planting schemes in Church Road St George, and enhance the floral displays in St George Park that are maintained by volunteers, and also have hanging baskets in Church Road St George outside the shops during 2017.

They also wish to organise ‘street clean up days’ within the St George area in order to improve this area of the cityand to support the Mayor of Bristol’s cleaner streets campaign.

Grenville Johnson Chair of St George in Bloom said
‘I am delighted that we have been selected for the Tesco’s bags of help voting scheme. We are a small team of volunteers and local residents who want to make St George an even better and more colourful place in which to live and work during 2017. We hope that the public will vote for our projects, and support the work that our volunteers do within our area.’

15578788_1352520084814193_6827985661451277310_nTesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Previous recipients include Friends of Dundridge Park who received funding for the path to their extended play area.

The play area was officially opened on the 17th December. Here you can see Kerry McCarthy MP, Cllr Asher Craig and Cllr Fabian Breckels testing the equipment.

Bridge Repair Works at Netham

20170106_121325Bristol City Council Highway Bridges and Structures team have carried out repairs on the bridge deck of New Brislington Bridge.


Update 1st February

Latest from Bristol City Council: The bridge will be reopened to vehicular traffic for 07.00 on Thursday 2nd February. The waterproofing and associated works to the carriageway of Brislington New Bridge are currently being completed.

There has been a delay of 3 days to the programme which was due to the cold wet weather postponing repairs to the reinforced concrete and the subsequent spraying of the waterproof membrane.

Update 23rd January

Bristol City Council emailed an update about Brislington New Bridge:

“The works were delayed by one week due to the wet cold weather over the last fortnight holding up the spraying of the waterproofing membrane. This is now complete, kerbs are being reinstalled and the resurfacing is due to take place on Monday (weather permitting), following which the expansion joints will be able to be cut and fitted.

We are therefore running one week behind schedule and are hoping to be open for the 3rd Feb, weather permitting.”

With regard to the bridge over Netham Lock the email read:

“The works to Netham Lock East bridge were postponed for budget reasons.”

Update: 23rd December
Information now available from First on diversion for service 36 – info

Update: 20th December

We have received the following from BCC Bridges & Highways Structures team:

4weeksThe maintenance works to Netham Lock East Bridge and Brislington New Bridge which were postponed from the 5th December are now due to commence on Tuesday the 3rd January.

Netham Lock East Bridge is due to be resurfaced and the carriageways and abutments of Brislington New Bridge are due to be waterproofed and resurfaced, with new expansion joints fitted at both ends.

The nature of the works is such that certain activities are very weather-dependent. The exact condition of the deck of Brislington New Bridge underneath the road surfacing is unknown, but it is likely to need repair, the extent of which will only be discovered when the surfacing is removed. Any delays thus incurred are likely to extend the overall programme. If the works proceed in advance of the programme then the closures will be lifted early.

The intended programme is as follows:

3rd January – Netham Lock East Bridge and Brislington New Bridge will be completely closed to vehicular traffic. Netham Lock East Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians. The junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will operate under 2-way signals.

11th / 12th January – Netham Lock East Bridge will be reopened and used for Netham Road southbound traffic only. Netham Lock West Bridge will be used for Netham Road northbound traffic only so the junction will operate without signals while Brislington New Bridge remains closed.

Brislington New Bridge will be closed for approximately 4 weeks in total, after which the operation of the junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will revert back to the existing permanent signal control.

The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road. The diversion routes for HGVs will avoid this route due to the low bridges and are shown on the attached plan.

36 Bus Route (updated 7th Dec)

First Bus have said (via twitter) that details of the diversion route for the 36 bus will be posted on their website once their Network Team have finalised them, they will be available at:
www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/news-and-service-updates


The New Brislington Bridge is the concrete bridge linking Netham to St Anne’s at the end of Feeder Road so its closure is likely to cause some major disruption to traffic.

Motor vehicles will have to go round via St Philips and Whitby Road (blue line on the image below). There will be a much longer diversion for high vehicles because of the railway bridges. The weight restrictions on some roads in St Anne’s will be lifted while the bridge is closed to allow heavy vehicles to use them.

newbridge

The bridge over Netham Lock is the one used by traffic coming from St George and turning left towards St Anne’s, so this bridge would not normally be in use while the New Brislington Bridge is closed. When this bridge is closed all traffic will have to use the other bridge.

The offical notice about the closure can be seen here and was published in the Bristol Post. This notice allows the work to be carried out at any time in the eighteen months after 5th December. Signs will be put up giving advance notice of the closure.

Click here for plan of diversion route for New Brislington Bridge Closure (large pdf)

Click here for plan for Netham Lock bridge closure


Previous Updates:

Update 15th December:
Signs on the bridge say the closure will be in place for 4 weeks.
We have asked BCC to confirm this.

Update 2nd December:
The proposed maintenance works to Brislington New Bridge which were expected to start on the 5th December have been postponed until after Christmas.
The works have been re-programmed to commence on Tuesday the 3rd January and will be run in conjunction with maintenance works to Netham Lock East Bridge (Netham Road).
Both bridges will therefore be closed on Tuesday the 3rd January. The precise programme for the works is yet to be finalised and we will be in touch again once this is agreed.
The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road, see link at the bottom of this post.

UPDATE 28 November:
The works to Brislington New Bridge have been postponed until the New Year. The closure of the bridge will therefore not be implemented on the 5th December.

20161124_135150Update 23rd November 2016

Signs are now in place saying the New Brislington Bridge will be closed from 5th December, we have asked for confirmation of this from Bristol City Council.

Original Post 22nd November

The road bridge linking St George to St Anne’s is to be closed for 1-2 weeks for repairs but the start date has not been fixed yet. Work will be carried out on one bridge and then the other. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the foot bridge further east between Crews Hole and St Anne’s shops.