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A third new Community noticeboard

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding the last of three planned, new, community noticeboards has now been installed on Two Mile Hill Rd, close to the shops on the corner of the Kingsway.

Two mile hill noticeboard

Our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator is talking with local shopkeepers to arrange points of contact for YOUR posters to be displayed.  Only notices for local community services and events will be displayed.

One of the reasons a community noticeboard is particularly needed here is very few local people realise they live in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area and can access support to improve the neighbourhood via the Partnership.    This is the poster included in the first display to help publicise the support available.

There is also a poster summarising what happened at the last Forum meeting and a “Welcome to the new Two Mile Hill noticeboard” poster.  The other 3 posters all advertise current local community activities.

A full list of noticeboards in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, with contact details, can be seen here.

New Community Noticeboards

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding two new community noticeboards are now in Church Rd outside Aldi and Maldowers Lane, outside the shops close to the junction with Meadow Vale.

New noticeboard - aldi church rd

Maldowers Lane noticeboard

Our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator is talking with local shopkeepers to arrange points of contact for YOUR posters to be displayed.  Only notices for local community services and events will be displayed.

To start things off both sets of noticeboards have a full display of local activities and information of local interest.

A full list of noticeboards in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, with contact details, can be seen here.

What is the best use of £10,000 of Green Capital funding in St George?

At the Forum on Tuesday 12th August 2014, there was a simple display about Bristol Green Capital 2015 funding, asking for ideas on how to use it.

green capital display

You can see the detail of the display and the suggestions that people made here.

Do you have other ideas?  Please email your ideas to Abdulrazak Dahir, St George’s Neighbourhood Co-ordinator via coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk or call him on  0117 903 6409.

Map of green spaces

You Said – We Did – August 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.

Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.  For this meeting First Group were invited to talk about bus services.  Details of their question and answer session can be read here.

There was a strong interest in seeing First Group representatives again.  Diaries will be checked to see if this can be arranged for the meeting in 6 months time.  There was also a strong interest in a Kingsway bus service.  The next meeting may include an opportunity for people to register that they are  interested in new or extended bus services in the area so a group can be started to take this further.  An example of what can be achieved is reported here.

£10,000 of Green Capital funding has been made available to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  Ideas were asked for on how that would best be spent in St George.  More details of the funding and the ideas are here.

Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in May.

You Said – We Did – May – August 2014

A number of issues have had to be carried forward into the next period for a second time.  This has been due to the restructuring still 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 – May – August 2014

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

YOU Said – August 2014

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 circulated.  These can be seen on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

The police were represented by Inspector Jason Shears and PC Louise Dembicki.  Jason’s briefing included

  •  Reports of groups of people hanging around Conham River Park have been investigated.  No further reports have been made.  The action has been closed.
  • Parking issues at Air Balloon School and Two Mile Hill school are being addressed with walk to school initiatives, engaging with parents and schools.  Enforcement is being avoided but will be done if no progress is made.  Jason will be meeting with school governors in September.
  • Issues with parking on Bryants Hill are improving.  There have been meetings with local residents and businesses and links established with the tow away services at Bristol City Council.
  • There has been an arrest for anti-social behaviour in St George Park and patrols on foot and bicycle continue.  Good weather is a time of more problems but this is recognised so there is more concentration on the area by police during these times.
  • Emphasis was laid on the fact that a recent burglary increase during the daytime is not a cause for major concern but an opportunity to remind everyone during this warm weather of the need to avoid leaving valuables such as Ipads and phones in easy reach of open windows and doors.  These are the type of items that have been quickly snatched and then the offender has made off.  Remember to shut doors and windows and put valuables out of sight.
  • The Glebe Rd arson attack on cars continues to be investigated  Arson was also carried out on aerial masts on Dundry Hill.  An arrest has been made connected to that offence.  No charges have been made as yet.

Questions asked:

Are police are checking fishing permits in St George Park?  Yes, they are and some regular fishermen are asking to see other people’s permits.  The perception is that there is a reduction of people fishing without permits.

Is it legal for groups of people to stand in the street drinking? This is not an offence unless the area is defined as a no drinking area.  In the session after the briefing details were given to police where there was an issue.

What was the incident in Lypiatt Rd involving the bomb squad?  No details of this were known by the officers present.  After the briefing details were taken of the time and date.  Jason will provide an answer to the enquirer.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 at Summerhill Methodist Church.  All future Forum meetings for 2014-2015 will be 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.  Certainly the attendance of First at this meeting aroused a lot of interest.


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

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/