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Graffiti gone from riverside wall

YOU can make graffiti go away in YOUR neighbourhood.  You can report graffiti online via www.bristol.gov.uk/graffiti or make a phonecall to 0117 922 2100. REMEMBER – do make a note of the call reference from the person you speak to … Continue reading

Money Granted to Local Projects – 24/6/2014

5 applications for funding were made from  the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  These were granted at the SGNP meeting of  24th June, 2014 by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) Bristol East Allotments Association – Centenary Celebrations

£500 for publicity, plants, a speaker and materials to support centenary celebrations.  Some items will continue to be of use beyond the celebration period, such as a board for the front gate of the Nicholas Lane allotments showing opening times and plants for the “bug bar”.

b) Friends of Kingsway Youth – Allotment Project
£775 for tools, seeds and plants, repairs to sheds and green houses, garden furniture at the Hope Allotments to support a project for young people to grow and prepare food using the plants and maintain an allotment site. 

plot

c)  Kensington Rd Residents Association – Environmental Enhancement Project
£540 for 3 hanging baskets for lamp post columns in Kensington Rd BS5 7NB, a road of 40 households (source Royal Mail).  These are intended to be used to support Kensington Rd’s entry in the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Britain in Bloom South West’s Pennant competition and their assessment in RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme.  It will also be part of the St George in Bloom offering.  These hanging baskets are already in place.

Kensington Rd hanging baskets

d) Redfest Bristol
£2,640 to pay for the main stage for the Redfest event in St George Park on Saturday 2nd August from noon-9pm.

e) St Aidan with St George Church – Replacement lightweight folding tables

£942.20 for 10 folding Gopak Economy tables to replace old, damaged tables that are potentially unsafe.  The church does work with other churches sharing tables when possible but issues of clashing events and transport can make this difficult.

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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Music and other fun activities in St George this June

Arts at St Aidans are holding their “Summer Proms”.

summer proms

 

Meadow Vale Community Association are holding a day of fun activities for 4-11 year olds.
20 games day

Which will be swiftly followed by a free open air performance from the fabulously pink Ambling Band on the top of Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve. Bring a picnic and enjoy.

full pink

 

You Said – We Did – May 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 February.

You Said – We Did – February – May 2014

A number of issues have had to be carried forward into the next period.  This has been due to the restructuring being carried out at Bristol City Council.  A number of staff have left or been given other roles.  Apologies were given at the meeting and it was hoped that residents of St George would make allowances for the delays during this period.

There has also been action from the Neighbourhood Working team on flytipping, flyposting, clearing rear lanes and waste in land.  Details can be read in

Neigbourhood Working Update – February – May 2014

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 13th May

YOU Said – May 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 giving policing updates. You can read it here.

The police were represented by Sergeant Darren Warr and PC Pete Crawford, St George’s Neighbourhood Beat Manager. Darren’s briefing included

  •  Fishponds police station is staying open and the neighbourhood police team will be based there
  • new custody facilities are being built at Keynsham
  •  a trained carpenter is now working as a volunteer delivering and fitting crime prevention items to the homes of victims of crime and their neighbours.
  •  some crime figures – last year there were 120 victims of crime in the area, this year there have been 116.  Comparing last year to this, shoplifting is down from 8 cases to 4 cases, theft from motor vehicles is up from 6 to 13, robbery is down from 6 to 1 and burglary has increased from 7-14.
  •  police focus is on dwelling burglary and anti-social behaviour.
  •  do report non-urgent problems online – this will result in better targeting.  No reports mean nothing will be done.

Two representatives of Creative Youth Networks gave an overview of provision for youth in the area.  Tina Bond and Kate Stocks spoke about their work.  Tina is particularly hopeful about some recent grant applications.  They hope to open the Kingsway Youth centre again on a weekly basis.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 12th August, 2014.  Venue to be confirmed.

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

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