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Money granted to local projects – 25/3/2014

4 applications for funding were made and the following amounts granted, some subject to certain conditions.

These are the projects and the amounts granted:

a) Church Rd Action Group – Church Rd Lamppost hanging baskets
£750 for two double basket hanging baskets and 1 single hanging baskets to be supplied, fitted and maintained.  The aim of the Church Rd Action Group is to improve the look and feel of the Church Rd area so people will enjoy shopping there.  Local businesses are participating in the project by funding their own hanging baskets.

b) St George in Bloom 2014 – Wildflower Meadow Enhancement Project
£1,430 for wildflower meadows on Plummers Hill Open Space (300sq metres), Furber Road Open Space (150 sq metres), Dundridge Playing Fields (150 sq metres) and Netham House (50 sq metres).  The aim is to improve the appearance of these areas and promote public involvement in the care of their neighbourhood and the St George in Bloom campaign.

c)  Bristol Playbus – Circus Workshops for 8-13 year olds
£1,200 for circus workshops at Hillfields Youth Centre or Kingswood Foundation.   A further identical amount is being sought from the Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnership.  This project is aimed at benefiting around 50 children with 8 two-hour sessions planned once a week from  4-6pm over 2 months.  Target benefits include improving children’s confidence, physical wellbeing and making new friends.

d) Gurdwara Nirman Sewak Jatha Heritage – Internal works to the Sikh Temple at 9-11 Summerhill Rd.
£1,000 towards internal work to the parts of the temple intended for community use.  Before current building work community groups were welcome to the building but the facilities were very limited.  Community facilities such as halls and meeting rooms are oversubscribed at peak times in St George.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/

Money remaining from this year’s funding will be used to buy and install community noticeboards, locations to be decided.  For more information look at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting notes.

The closing date for the next round of applications is:
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You Said – We Did – February 2014

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.

Here is what was done about the issues raised in November.

You Said – We Did – November-February 2014

Apologies for the abbreviations used in this You Said – We Did update.  We will do our best to make sure this does not happen again.  The abbreviations used were:

FPN – Fixed Penalty Notice
NF – Neighbourhood Forum
PIP project – this is the Tree Pips project to plant 36,000 trees across Bristol.  Read more on www.bristol.gov.uk/treebristol.
PROW – Public Rights of Way

There has also been action from the Neighbourhood Working team on littering, graffiti, cycling and parking on pavements and the injuries to wildlife in the St George Park.  Details can be read in

Neigbourhood Working Update – November to February 2014

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 11th February.

YOU Said – February 2014

Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were circulated.  These can be seen on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

Included in the papers given to everyone who came to the Forum was a paper about new council homes in Bristol. You can read it here.

The police were represented by Sergeant Jonathan Ames and PC Pete Crawford, St George’s Neighbourhood Beat Manager. Some information was shared about crime figures, more detail is in their newsletter.    They were particularly promoting online security and securing your property using Immobilise.   Many members of the audience were scribbling down *#06# – if you don’t know what this is and want to protect your mobile phone, tablet or other portable devices read more here.  Advice was also given about protecting your bicycle.

Pete Crawford is interested in talking to residents who would like to volunteer for speed monitoring training.  More details about Speedwatch to be published on this website soon.

Celia Davis, Community Active Travel Officer spoke about the availability of Active Travel Grants.  She also mentioned the availability of free training for adults to ride bicycles and Wheels to Work West which can give help with transport to training, interviews or a new job if you are over 16.

Morgan of Healthwatch Bristol was handing out leaflets at the Forum.  More about Healthwatch Bristol on www.healthwatchbristol.co.uk.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at the Summerhill Methodist Church, 5, Air Balloon Rd at  7pm on Tuesday 13th May, 2014.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings/

Next cycle ride for over-55s starts in St George

The next Silver Cyclists ride starts from the Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd, BS5 7AW at 10am on Tuesday, 4th February.

Silver Cyclists is a cycling project for people in Bristol who are over 55, and would like to get back on their bikes, get fit and meet new people.

More details of this ride and others are listed in their winter programme.

Silver Cyclists part 1

Silver Cyclists part 2

January Newsletter from your local neighbourhood policing team

In this month’s newsletter: remember to register your Christmas gifts on Immobilise, beat statistics, beat news and the date of the next St George Neighbourhood Forum meeting.  Read your newsletter here.

Money granted to local projects – 10/12/2013

Both applications made for funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund were granted at the SGNP meeting of Tuesday 10th December.

The applications were for:

£300 – to part-fund a project called Paintpals until October 2014 which will involve the exchange of painted postcards between some of the elderly residents of Hillside Court and schoolchildren at Fishponds Church of England Primary Academy.  The project will end with a party so the participants can meet and it is hoped that a local library will host a display of the project.  Some funding has already been raised towards this project and another £300 is being sought from the Wellbeing Fund of our neighbouring Partnership of Greater Fishponds.  This project addresses isolation, breaking down barriers between the young and old and educates about issues such as dementia and deafness.

£1,244.50 – to fund creche facilities while parents of children attending Speedwell nursery attend English language courses for speakers of a language other than English.  This project addresses communication and isolation.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/

The closing date for the next round of applications is

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This is the last funding round of the financial year and it is very important that we allocate our remaining funding.  Any funding left may well have to be returned to Bristol City Council so USE IT OR LOSE IT.  There is £7,582.03 left for this round.

Planning enforcement and St George

The first newsletter has been produced by Bristol City Council’s planning enforcement team, describing what they do and give some examples of work that they have done.  While the case studies are mainly in the Clifton area they do give a flavour of issues that the team address.

A search for planning enforcements in St George makes fascinating reading.  Click here and then the “search” button at the foot of the page for a current list.

More information about the planning enforcement team and how to contact them can be found on www.bristol.gov.uk/planningenforcement

 

Bristol Budget Proposals and St George

How could the council budget proposals affect St George?

Just picking two pieces of information from the proposals, the public toilet outside St George Park would be closed but essential work such as litter picking and grass cutting would  take place in all parks and green spaces.

Is there a better way to save £90 million?  Give your feedback via the online consultation.

Read more about the proposals on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/budget/. Book your place to listen to and put your budget questions to the mayor, George Ferguson.  He will be at the Brunel Academy on Speedwell Rd on Friday 29th November.

Links to the online consultation and booking forms are all on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/budget/.

You Said – We Did – November 2013

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.

Here is what was done about the issues raised in August.

You Said – We Did – August-November 2013

There has also been Street Scene Enforcement activity over the same period, that is action to deal with flytipping, flyposting, littering and similar issues.   Details are in

Street Scene Enforcement Activity – August to November 2013

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 12th November.

YOU Said – 12th November 2013

Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were circulated.  These can be seen on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

Tony Crofts of Abolish Empty Office Buildings (AEOB) made a brief presentation.  Ellie Freeman followed with information about about “Playing Out“.

If anyone does want to start a “Playing Out” scheme in St George and needs funds, do think of applying to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.

Grenville Johnson talked about St George in Bloom.  Do not forget that the St George Neighbourhood Wellbeing Fund could be a source of money if you are thinking of a project to improve an area in St George.  Next closing date is  Monday 13th January with decisions being made on Tuesday, 25th March.

The police were pleased to report falling crime figures.   More detail is in their newsletter.    They announced a Crime Prevention Day on Saturday 16th November at Aldi on Church Road.   They are also interesting in talking to residents who would like to volunteer for speed monitoring training.  More details about Speedwatch to be published on this website soon.

John Atkinson, Neighbourhood Working Co-ordinator, described an initiative to track down graffiti taggers.  Success has been swift.  One young man, responsible for a large number of tags is now doing a lot of work removing tags.  This poster tells you more.

Graffiti poster

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at the Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd, next to St Ambrose Chruch at  7pm on Tuesday 11th February, 2014.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings/

 

Christmas shopping in St George

Maybe you won’t have to go anywhere else…

christmas craft fair

Concerns about Nibletts Hill and the surrounding area?

Improve your neighbourhood, come and talk to council officers and others about issues that concern you.

Walkabout nov 2013