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New wards for May 2016 elections

On Thursday, 5th May, 2016 there will be 3 elections for voters registered in St George:
– Bristol Mayoral
– Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
– Bristol local elections for councillors

The Bristol Mayoral and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will use a supplementary voting system.

The local elections will be decided by simple majorities also known as the “first past the post” system.

In St George there will be 3 new wards.  These were first described on this website last year
www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/new-council-wards-for-st-george-from-2016

These wards can now be seen on the Bristol City Council Pinpoint Mapping System.  Just click on the images below to view larger versions of the maps that you can enlarge or shrink.  The wards are:

St George West – a ward represented by 1 councillor

St George West
St George Central – a ward represented by 2 councillors

boundary - St George Central

  • St George Troopers Hill – a ward represented by 1 councillor

boundary - St George Troopers Hill

To register to vote

If you wish to register to vote please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Will you be away from home on Thursday, 5th May?

You can register for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

Where do I vote? 

You will receive a card through the post telling you where to vote, which will be a polling station set up in your local polling area.  If you live in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area  this map shows polling stations with a pink or blue square with a cross for each polling area, outlined in a broken red line.

cross polling station

Would you like to become a councillor?

The council is under-represented in terms of age, ethnicity and sexuality, as are many public bodies.  On Bristol City Council’s website there is general information about becoming a councillor  and information that is more directly aimed at women and also includes information that is of use to parents.

 

St George in Bloom in RHS Britain in Bloom Finals

Great news and an update from St George in Bloom!

St George in Bloom is a UK Royal Horticultural Society regional finalist this year in 2016, and we have now received the official Royal Horticultural Society’s finalists logo.

in bloom finalist logo

 

The logo will also be displayed on our website, Facebook page, and within our correspondence.

We are proud and delighted to be selected to represent St George, the City of Bristol and the entire South West region this year, and judging will take place during the summer of 2016.

When the judging dates are announced we will circulate the details.

We will be working with St George residents, a residents association, local community groups, a school, Bristol East Allotments Association, Church and Faith groups, ‘ Friends of ‘ groups, Parks and open spaces within St George, St George Brownies group together with local shops and commercial premises in order to show case St George in terms of Horticultural achievement, Community participation and Environmental responsibility.

More details will be announced later, and please keep an eye on our St George in Bloom website for any news updates by visiting:- www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk
and Facebook:- www.facebook.com/stgeorgeinbloom

Please share this article with your friends and colleagues in order to promote our efforts in this our very special year for St. George in Bloom.

St George in Bloom can be contacted using this email address: info@stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk or phone 01179496788

 

Landfill funds play for green spaces in St George

Friends of Troopers Hill and Friends of Dundridge Park are celebrating their success in each being awarded £50,000 of grant funding from SITA Trust to support their play projects.

This total of £100,000 will pay for a small, under 5s, fenced play area with an access path in Troopers Hill Field and an upgrade in Dundridge Park to the small, ageing play area that is currently only suitable for very young children.

Both Friends groups expressed their gratitude to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership who pledged £15,000 for play in each of the green spaces.  Part of this money was then able to be used to make the contribution necessary to release these grants.  Friends of Dundridge Parks Chair, Geoff Reeson also said of the Neighbourhood Partnership, “They also funded a professional fundraiser to help us.”

Letters of support were used in the grant applications from local MP Kerry McCarthy, Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.

SITA Trust funding comes from the Landfill Communities Fund which is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators, of which SITA is one,  to contribute money to organisations for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.

Chair of Troopers Hill, Susan Acton-Campbell, has sent us this photo of the only current piece of manufactured play equipment in Troopers Hill Field with the message, “Thank you so much to almost 500 people who showed their support for a new play area, it really impressed SITA Trust.  You also made clear your concerns – don’t worry, this much loved slide will stay and continue to be cared for.  The new, small play area will be quite a distance away from the slide.  The goal posts are also staying”.

THE SLIDE STAYS!

THE SLIDE STAYS!

More Troopers Hill Field details here.

Money granted to local projects – Wednesday 16th December, 2015

3 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  All were granted at the SGNP meeting of  16th December, 2015, one for a lesser amount than originally applied for, by a unanimous vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which was represented at the meeting by 1 St George West and 2 St George East councillors.

The following amounts were granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) St Aidans Church

£275 for printing and stationery to support and publicise the St George Community Fair to be held in March 2016, showcasing many local community groups.

b) St George Park Community Garden under the umbrella of Friends of St George Park

£951.49 to provide timber and fixings for raising the sides of the existing beds on the bandstand in St George Park to enable more members of the community to participate in gardening and picking produce.  It is also hoped it will reduce trampling from dogs.

c) Speedwell Friends

£2,900 to use an allotment for a project to support socially isolated people to develop a sense of belonging and pride in their neighbourhood.  As well as planting the project includes outdoor cooking sessions, harvesting seeds and designing seed packets with growing instructions in different languages.  Using a professional facilitator to start the project it is hoped volunteers will be trained to continue the project after its first 20 sessions.  Costs include the time of the professional, a greenhouse, field kitchen materials, gardening tools and seeds.

The Speedwell Friends are another group  who had never previously applied for Wellbeing funding.  This brings the total of different organisations support by the Wellbeing fund since 2009 to 46.

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 8th February, 2016.

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing sub-group are a group of volunteers who review the grant applications and make recommendations about them.  New volunteers would be very welcome.  Found out more here.

To make your own application for a grant visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants

You Said – We Did – November 2015

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.

For this meeting on Tuesday 10th November, 2015, the Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership welcomed Gill Calloway, our new Neighbourhood Officer at Bristol City Council.  Gill manages the arrangement for each forum and follows up actions raised.  Gill works part-time and the best means to contact her is by email at gill.calloway@bristol.gov.uk.  Gill joined us less than a month ago but has been on walkabouts in the neighbourhood and talking to community groups,  gathering information on local issues.

This is her initial action tracker report.

The Chair then described the purpose of the Neighbourhood Partnership Plan and how it is regularly reviewed so that local people’s priorities for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area are followed.  He also outlined the work of sub-groups addressing those priorities and invited volunteers to join those groups.

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

i) Crime and Local Policing Update – PC Pete Crawford and PC Matt Clements

Fishponds police station, which currently serves the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, will close in 2016 and police services will come from  the central hub of Trinity Rd from 4th January, 2016.

Parking issues continue to be addressed at Two Mile Hill School and Air Balloon Hill Primary School.

Drug dealing issues have been followed up in Soaphouse Lane.

Matt Clements gave a summary of crime statistics but these covered a much wider area than the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  For a more detailed picture visit

www.police.uk/avon-and-somerset/BF167/crime for “St George South East” which includes Crews Hole, Troopers Hill, and areas to the east and west of the Kingsway up to  Two Mile Hill Rd

www.police.uk/avon-and-somerset/BF164/crime for “St George West” which includes St George Park and Bell Hill Rd to Speedwell Rd

www.police.uk/avon-and-somerset/BF165/crime for “St George East” which cover the Two Mile Hill area.

A particular increase in theft from motor vehicles was due to the activities of just two offenders.

The IMPACT process was described where some released offenders are managed and monitored.

Advice was given on how to protect your property with software.  It is very important that you do record the email address and password you used to activate this software.  If you lose this information you have lost the opportunity to track your possessions.  Do record serial numbers

ii) WE Care and Repair – Liz Freeman

WE Care and Repair is a service to help people aged over 60 or of any age with disabilities to be independent.

They have a Handyperson service which help with tasks as small as replacing internal light bulbs.

Surveys can be carried out to assess the safety of your home and suggest solutions tor problems.

The service is available to all whether home owners or tenants.  Costs are subsidised.  Armed forces members may not have to pay.

A trusted contractors list is available.

WE Care and Repair can provide someone to manage larger projects such as roof repairs.

There is an equipment demonstration centre in Old Market which is open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday with an occupational therapist on the premises.  You can make a free appointment to discuss what is best for you.

A housing option service is available to help people who are considering downsizing their home.  This service will help in reviewing options and the actual move.  Some clients have been supported for 2 years during the process.

A home improvement service is available and information can be provided about low cost loans.

For people aged over 50 wishing to help others there is the opportunity to volunteer with the Silverlinks service.

iii) Educate Together Academy Trust  – is a new school needed for the Speedwell area? – Nikky Buglass

Educate Together has 35 years of schools experience in Ireland.  The first school in England is in its 2nd year in Avonvaile Rd, Redfield.  The children spend 30 minutes of every school day studying ethics.

The question being asked is are the people of Speedwell interested in having a new school?  For a school to be built there has to be evidence of need.  On Tuesday 1st December at 7pm there will be an opportunity at Meadow Vale Community Centre for parents to express their interest.

On Saturday 21st and 28th November there will be lantern making workshops at Redfield Educate Together, ready for Church Rd Lantern Parade on Friday 4th December.

iv) Take a (cycle) stand –  Life Cycle UK – Jacks Jarrett  

Jacks Jarrett is a freelance cycle instructor.

The offer is a free cycle stand for community groups, small businesses and landlords.  The cost of installation is not included and the stand can only be placed on land with the landowners permission.

Life Cycle UK offer free cycling lessons.  3x 1 hour  lessons are provided with an instructor.  A bicycle can be hired at £5 per lesson.

There are monthly sales of bicycles at £100-£120.  These are bicycles  refurbished by prisoners.  Donations of bicycles for refurbishment are always welcome.  Lower cost bicycles can be arranged for people on low incomes.

Many more service provided by Life Cycle UK can be see on their website.

v) Healthwatch Bristol – Claire Littlejohn

Healthwatch Bristol is funded by the Department of Health.  Every council has to have Healthwatch.  They offer signposting to  services via the Wellaware database.   They are interested in your views on medical services.  They do not deal with complaints.  They have four staff to cover Bristol and are supplemented by volunteers.

Volunteers are in 3 categories:

Champions to attend public meetings such as the Neighbourhood Partnership forums to gather issues

Representatives to attend committee meetings

Enter and view volunteers.

More about these roles can be seen on http://healthwatchbristol.co.uk/volunteers/volunteer-roles/

Issues raised in the break out sessions

The police were given no issues to follow up so will concenrate on burglary and theft of motor vehicles and their contents.

Issues were raised about the Troopers Hill Rd traffic calming proposals which were recorded.

Conflicts for space between pedestrians and cyclists on the River Avon Trail were raised.

Finally

Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone.  Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page.  The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.

No grants were awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting.  The next closing date to apply for a Wellbeing grant can be  seen is Monday 8th February 2016.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 9th February, 2016 at Summerhill Methodist Church.

If you have an idea for a subject to be spoken about that is of local interest contact our Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator, 
Abdulrazak Dahir, coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk, telephone 0117 903 6409.

You Said – We Did – August 2015

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.  A copy of the most recent action will be added to this report soon.

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

For this meeting on Tuesday 12th August, 2015, we had the following speakers who briefly introduced themselves and their subject and then were available during the breakout session for people to approach individually and find out more.

i) Crime and Local Policing Update – PC Pete Crawford, Avon and Somerset Police of the Local Neighbourhood Beat Team

Since our last meeting police have followed up on reports of stone throwing at a house near Dundridge Park, parking issues at Air Balloon Hill School, inconsiderate parking linked to garages on Bryants Hill and Nags Head Hill and cars hanging round Crews Hole Rd.

There has been a slight rise in burglaries, this often happens in summer  when people are more likely to leave doors and windows open.  Have a look at the summer “Do one thing” campaign for helpful advice.

There have been some unusual theft from motor vehicles incidents where cars have been broken into but nothing stolen.  “Capture cars” are being used to target these crimes.

At this meeting Pete had been advised of speeding issues on Troopers Hill Rd and Crews Hole Rd.  Susan Acton-Campbell of the volunteer local residents’ Community SpeedWatch team was able to report that at the times where speeds have been monitored since April there has been a small steady decrease in speeding vehicles on Troopers Hill Rd.  On Crews Hole Rd the percentage of speeding vehicle has held steady and Sgt Darren Warr is looking into arranging for the police camera safety van paying a visit to Crews Hole Rd.

(ii) Updates from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership from the Chair, Rob Acton-Campbell

Rob started with saying how well Redfest went this year and this was supported with further comments from the audience.

Neighbourhood Partnership plan leaflets have been printed.  Please let us know of good locations to put these leaflets.  Online information is here.

Caravans were moved on shortly after the last meeting where Sgt Darren Warr told us of issues where caravans had been reported in St George Park car park.

Developers contact the St George Neighbourhood Partnership about large developments before they make planning applications.  This is the time the community can have most influence over changes.  A planning sub-group needs to be formed to look at these pre-application plans.  If anyone is interested in joining a Planning sub-group for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership please contact us.

Displays of a development on the corner of Kingsway Avenue and Two Mile Hill Rd were on display at the meeting.

The next closing date to make applications for grant funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund in Monday 19th October.

Finally Rob asked for topics that people wanted discussed at the next Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm at Summerhill Methodist Church.  If you have ideas for topics please contact Abdul Razakahir who contact details are given at the end of this report.

iii) Brunel Fitness Centre – Ellie and Claire, Duty Manager and Manager

Bristol City Council’s Brunel Fitness Centre is open all year, while the premises are attached to the Brunel Academy it is open to all.  There are free day passes to try out the Brunel Fitness Centre.

There is junior gym for children from the age of 8.  The Centre has an exercise referral schem so if your doctor is saying that you have high blood pressure and need to exercise the Centre can help yoo.

A 3 month membership is £55.  Opening times and more information can be found here.

iv) Bristol Green Capital 2015 – Green map team – David Bain and Chris

This project, Discover East Bristol – your outdoor guide, has a team of 8 to create an attractive interesting map of East Bristol highlighting quiet routes linking green spaces.  The team are interested in your knowledge of the area and your stories.  You can learn more and complete a survey here.

The map will be available in paper format so ideas on distribution points arre welcomed.  It will also be available online and as a mobile app.  When the project finishes the information will be able to be updated.

There is funding alongside this project for route improvement and route markers.

v) First Bus Bristol –  James Freeman, Managing Director, Jenny MacLeod, General Manager, Bristol, Chris Hanson, PR England and Wales

Details of the information shared plus the questions raised and answers given can be seen here.

Here is a copy of the leaflet distributed at the meeting showing the route changes for the 42, 43, 44 and 45 buses.

bus service route map

You Said 

Issues raised at this meeting included:

– a blocked drain in Plummers Hill
– lighting and drug dealing
– anti-social behaviour

We Did

Georgie Bryant, Neighbourhood Officer was pleased to report that the alligator teeth at the entrance to the Aldi car park in Church Road were a planning requirement and it is likely these will be replaced soon.

The action tracker reporting the status of issues raised at the last meeting will be added here soon plus Streetscene enforcement actions.

Newsflash

Georgie also shared information about the “Feed Me and Win” recycling scheme, where randomly selected food waste bins put out for recycling will win their owners £50.

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Volunteering opportunities with the St George Neighbourhood Partnership

There are several ways you can help your local community:

For people with a keen interest in how money can best be spent, there are currently 4 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group.  More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing.

Could you take a turn at summarising what happens at Forum meetings?  This report that you are reading is currently written by volunteer Susan Acton-Campbell and she also writes a single side of A4 as a summary to put up in local noticeboards.

Could you help promote the St George Neighbourhood Partnership?  One task is putting up notices to advertise activities such as the Forums, another is to help keep this website, Facebook and Twitter updated and relevant – training is given if you volunteer to do this.

Email the webteam@stgeorgenp.org.uk if you can help.

Finally

Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone.  Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page.  The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.

Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were not circulated on this occasion but these can be seen here.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th November, 2015 at Summerhill Methodist Church.

If you have an idea for a subject to be spoken about that is of local interest contact our Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator, 
Abdulrazak Dahir, coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk, telephone 0117 903 6409.

Walking for Health in St George

Walking is a great way to improve both physical and mental health. Did you know that St George can now offer you 3 levels of Walking for Health?

LinkAge provides guided, weekly 30 minute walks starting from the Beehive Centre. next to St Ambrose Church in Stretford Rd and visiting St George Park.  The walks start at 10.30am on Tuesdays and are classed as  “Level 1″ walks suitable for those recovering from illness or injury and anyone who wishes to improve their fitness.

Crofts Ends Community Walking for Health Group meet every Thursday at 5.15pm at Crofts End church on Crofts End Rd for a 1 hour, “Level 2″ walk.

Stepping Out - Crofts End

The St George Strollers meet twice a month, on varying days of the week to walk up to 3 miles  in 90 minutes to 2 hours.  These are “Level 3″ walks and will start either in St George or involve a short bus or train journey.  This group celebrated their 100th walk in July 2015.

You can find out more about the Strollers, download their current leaflet of walks and see photos of past walks at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/strollers.

All the groups are  friendly and welcoming.

The Strollers and Crofts End groups are supported by Walk for Health Bristol.  All the groups are part of the national Walking for Health scheme.

 

Money granted to local projects – Wednesday 24th June, 2015

7 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  All were granted at the SGNP meeting of  24th June, 2015, one for a lesser amount than applied for, by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts were granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) 74th Bristol (St Aidans Church) Rainbows

£500 for initial resources to start a Rainbows group.

b) Angel Patch

£915 for resources for events, part payment for an outing and room hire for a newly started group:

c) Crofts End Church

£387 for the community aspects of a street party/celebration of the 120th anniversary of Crofts End Church.  The original figure requested had been £900 but mindful of the fact that Wellbeing grant cannot be used for the advancement of political or religious causes, it was generally agreed that the Wellbeing fund should only fund those aspects of this event that could be regarded as supporting a community event.

d) Friends of Troopers Hill

£350 for a family oriented dog show and materials for a dog fouling audit

e) Meadow Vale Community Association

£760 to stage a dog show, summer fair, halloween party and Christmas fair

f) Nicholas Wanderers JFC

£716 to fund football sessions for children in reception and year 1

g) St George in Bloom

£228 to print 10,000 leaflets promoting St George in Bloom Open Day.

The Partnership was particularly please that 3 organisations who had never previously applied for Wellbeing funding had done so.  This brings the total of different organisations support by the Wellbeing fund since 2009 to 45.

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 27th July, 2015.

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 www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing .  New volunteers would be very welcome.

To make your own application for a grant visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants

The WI in St George

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute we are lucky enough to have two WI groups in St George and two more not far away in Hanham and Kingsway.  By clicking on the map you will be able to find the meeting times and locations of all four groups.

The St George WI who meet in Summerhill Methodist Church have invested in a large, effective banner to advertise their presence.

wi st george

WI Red (Women’s Institute Redfield)  have an active presence on Facebook and say:

“WI.RED brings together a large group of local women who like to craft, chat and have fun learning and discussing new things.

Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the St George Community Centre. Doors open at 7.45pm (for mingling) with the official start of the meeting at 8.15pm.

A 12 month programme of events has been drawn up, and each month information will be posted on this group page, and on our website for all members to see.

A yearly membership fee of £34.70 will be required for joining WI.RED, with the option of ‘Guest’ attendances at £3.50 available, for you to see if the group is for you. :))

Open to women of all ages, everyone is welcome!! “We are WI.RED Women!”

All WI groups are being celebrated in St George by this colourful planting in St George Park to celebrate their 100th birthday.

wi 100

You Said – We Did – May 2015

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  A list of the issues raised at the previous meeting and what has been done about them is circulated at the meeting.

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

For this meeting on Tuesday 12th May, 2015,  speakers introduced themselves and their subject and then were available during the breakout session for people to approach individually and find out more.

Matt Jones from Bristol City Council was introduced; Matt is filling in now that John Atkinson has moved on elsewhere in the Council.

Rob Acton Campbell congratulated Cllr Sue Milestone and Cllr Fabian Breckels on being re-elected in St George at the recent local election.

Darren Warr, Local Neighbourhood Beat Team – Crime and Local Policing Update

Darren explained that they have now combined teams with Trinity Road and the City Centre teams. Darren introduced PC Matt Clements who will be the Beat Manager for the St George area from now on.  A number of our local PCSOs were also present at the meeting and were available for questions in the breakout session.

Darren reported that there have been 10 more crimes in the St George ward than this time last year although the total number of recorded incidences has reduced slightly.  Dwelling burglaries have gone down whilst theft from sheds has increased; items such as mountain bikes are particularly at risk.  Darren explained that the Crime Prevention Team will be providing shed security advice.  Shop-lifting has slightly increased.

PC Matt Clements (badge number 755) provided an overview of some of the present crime issues in the ward. He explained that St George is not a particularly problematic area compared to some.  Recent issues include anti-social behaviour issues with a couple of local residents, including one who likes to go to the toilet in public, and moped riders in off-road areas.

Cllr Ron Stone asked a question about the issue of the caravans presently encamped in St George Park car park.  He explained his difficulties in getting hold of someone to deal with the matter when he rang 101.  He expressed concern about the removal of the car park barrier going into the car park and about the toilets in St George’s Park being heavily used and becoming very unpleasant.   A member of Friends of St George Park explained that the barrier has been removed at the request of the Parks Department so that they can get their vehicles in and out. Darren explained he has been focussing on this issue in the past two days. He confirmed that Travel Liaison Officer from BCC has offered the group an alternative site and that a letter has been served on them but it could take up to two weeks for them to be removed.

Friends of St George Park

asked Darren about how they should ensure that incidents in relation to the lake in St George Park are officially recorded.  Darren explained it was important to get a log number from the police and said it was also useful to keep a diary of any anti-social behaviour that has been observed.

Rob Acton-Campbell – Neighbourhood Partnership Updates

Rob explained that the Partnership had been awarded some Green Capital funding towards a Green Map.  As part of this, auditing of local walking routes will be undertaken with an emphasis on providing access to green spaces. He explained the Section 106 money and Green Capital money is being used to improve routes through the St George and Greater Fishponds area.  The intention is to create a network of walking routes, improving access for people off-road.  Groups are presently being asked to prepare bids to do the map and there is a Briefing Paper available for artists (details on the table at the back).

Rob outlined the plans that have been put forward for a cycle through Crews Hole which would run through the bottom of the woods adjacent to Conham Road.  This is the section of road where a one-way system was previously put forward.  The provision of the cycle route through the woods would enable a continuous off-road cycle route for cyclists between the Bristol Enterprise Zone all the way to Keynsham. If it receives planning permission, the next step will be for Bristol City Council (BCC) to identify potential funding for the route.  Phillip Bird said that the application has gone back to the applicant with a number of questions from BCC. Rob explained that John Richfield from BCC will be at the next Traffic and Transport Sub-Group meeting to discuss the cycle route further.

Laura Gosling – Community Speedwatch

Laura explained that a Community Speedwatch Team is now in operation on Crews Hole Road, Troopers Hill Road and on Nags Head Hill.  Four volunteers have received training from the police on using speed detection equipment and are regularly monitoring speeds on these routes.  If drivers are observed exceeding the speed limit by the team, their registration details are passed onto the police and they will then receive a letter from the police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.  Repeat offenders may receive a visit from the police and a warning.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and/or setting up a team in your part of St George, find more details on the St George NP website or speak to the local policing team.

Grenville Johnson – St George in Bloom

Grenville outlined how George in Bloom was set up in 2013 and how it aims to create a sense of civic pride in our local area by making it more welcoming for residents and visitors. He said research has shown that a cared for street deters crime and anti-social behaviour as well as improving health and well-being.

He explained how residents on Kensington Road created a Community Garden and won an ‘outstanding’ award from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)  South West in Bloom in successive years which led to the formation of St George in Bloom who won the Gold Pennant from RHS South West in Bloom in 2014.

The Kensington Road Residents Association recently applied to the RHS Community Street project for an area needing refurbishment and their application was successful.  As a result, a Show Garden of Kensington Road will now be replicated at the Hampton Court Flower Show (30th June to 5th July).

This summer, St George in Bloom will invite residents, streets, shops and other groups to participate in St George in Bloom.  Entry is free and more details can be found at http://www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk/page3.html. Friday 10th July is the deadline for entries.

Grenville outlined how St George in Bloom is working on an Urban Pollinators project with Bristol University; it aims to encourage people to think about bees and pollinators in their displays.

From Monday 18th May for one week, Grenville’s garden will feature as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.  See http://www.victorianhousegarden.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ for more details.  Advance booking is required and there is a small fee for entry.

Rob Acton Campbell – The Neighbourhood Plan

Rob explained that the plan sets out the priorities for St George over the next three years; it is on the Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) website to view.  He encouraged the audience to get involved with sub-group meetings which cover matters relating to traffic and transport, the environment and health and well-being. Meeting dates are on the NP website.

 

A communications sub-group is being set up and will meet immediately after the end of the meeting.

The Annual General Meeting of the NP will take place in June, if you would like to get involved please speak to Rob or Matt Jones at the end of the session.

Any other business before break-out sessions

 Cllr Ron Stone – concerns about speeding on Whiteway Road and Plummers Hill.

Member of the public also expressed concerns about ‘near misses’ outside of Air Balloon Primary School.

Darren encouraged both to set up a local Community Speedwatch (CSW) group as he said this was the longer term solution to speeding problems in local communities.  Darren explained that the police will do speed enforcement based on CSW data.  The Mobile Speed Camera van will be deployed at locations where speed has been identified as an issue through CSW data.

Here is the action tracker that shows the issues recorded at the Forum showing some of the actions taken to date.