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Celebrating the re-opening of Bristol’s oldest Sikh temple

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, was proud to be invited to recent celebrations at the Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in St George.

Here is the press release from the Gurdwara.

“The congregation of the Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara are today (Saturday 1st October) celebrating the re-opening of their renovated Gurdwara and new community centre.

The Gurdwara on Summerhill Road in St George was founded in 1970 and was Bristol’s first Sikh Gurdwara. The Gurdwara was used regularly as a meeting place and to host Sikh festivals up until May 2012 when the congregation took the decision to undertake a major renovation of the building.

Funded by generous donations from the congregation and funding awards from SUEZ Communities Trust, St George Neighbourhood Partnership and St George West Community First, volunteers led a major redevelopment project to completely refurbish the building including new roof, stonework and glazing, electrical upgrades, the creation of a new mezzanine floor and modern kitchen and toilet facilities.  The building now contains a community meeting space with kitchen on the ground floor and a Gurdwara on the upper floor.

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From left to right: Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust, Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, President / Trustee Sr. Lakhbir Singh, Minther Singh, Gurpal Singh, Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Sukhdev Singh, Susan Acton-Campbell, former chair of the St George West Community First panel, Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, Chaz Singh, Plymouth Councillor

 

Minther Singh, Project Volunteer at Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara, said “This is a historic moment for the Gurdwara.  After many years of hard work we are excited to be able to open our new Gurdwara and community centre which aims to bring the community together and secure a home for Sikh worship in St George for many years to come.  We are very grateful to the community, our funders and local partners for all of the kind support, for helping to make our project a real success and realising our vision”

Pete Sessions, Programmes Manager at SUEZ Communities Trust added “This fantastic new community centre will provide a welcome new meeting space for the people of St George, helping to bring people together in a modern and safe environment.  Volunteers at the Gurdwara have worked tirelessly and overcome many obstacles to sensitively restore the building and their efforts will benefit many people in the years ahead.  SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”

Rob Acton-Campbell, chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership said “One of the priorities for our Partnership is to improve community buildings so we were delighted to support this successful project via our Wellbeing fund.  The facilities of this building will be an excellent resource for our local community.  The St George West Community First fund has since closed but many of the members of their panel now volunteer for our Wellbeing sub-group and were equally pleased to recommend funding for this project and are very impressed with the results.”

Invited speakers at the ceremony included Kerry McCarthy MP, Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust, Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

After the ceremony photos were taken outside the temple including posted on Twitter by Plymouth Councillor, Chaz Singh.

 

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From left to right: Minther Singh, Parmjit Kaur, president of both St George gurdwaras, Susan Acton-Campbell, former chair of the St George West Community First panel, representing St George West Community First, Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Sharan Kaur, Chaz Singh, Plymouth Councillor, Gurpal Singh, Rob Acton-Campbell, chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust.

Here are the before and after photos of the temple.

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Money Granted to Local Projects – Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Here is an extract of the minutes of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 22nd June, 2016.  Here is what was written about the Wellbeing grants that were awarded at that meeting:

1. That £500 be awarded to Cossham Road to fund hanging baskets / brackets / planters / compost / plants to enhance the whole road and to encourage all residents to participate, especially isolated and vulnerable residents.

Condition(s): Encourage other streets to follow and, if they are using social media, to publicise what they are doing and the support they are receiving from this NP.

2. That £1716 be awarded to Friends of Kingsway Youth to fund improvements to the youth group’s allotment site.

Condition(s): The amount awarded is to include the cost of securing public liability insurance but it is expected that all options will be explored to secure the most advantageous cost of this cover.  The health and safety policy must be supplied before the grant is released, plus an example of the publicity that will be used to attract volunteers to the project.

3. That £310 be awarded to Friends of Troopers Hill to fund an opening event for the new play area on Troopers Hill Field to publicise what the NP can do to help community groups to achieve their aims and explain how this project succeeded.

Condition(s): None.

4. That £1327.99  be awarded to The Hive Avon Ltd – £1327.99 to fund a laptop, projector, and iPads to extend the range of communication options for the people with learning disabilities who are supported by the Hive.

Condition(s): It is recommended that the Hive check the compatibility of the iPads with the other items of equipment prior to purchase.

5. That £487 be awarded to Summerhill Methodist Church to fund installing cycle stands for members of the public making use of the church facilities.

Condition(s): None.

6. That £2,000 be awarded to The Haven for funding towards the services of a co-ordinator to work for 2 days a week for a year to build and furnish a roundhouse and to work with a partner organisation to improve the accessibility of the Haven’s services.

Condition(s): The grant is subject to production of public liability cover and the granting of the other funds applied for.

7. That £2,120 be awarded to Crofts End church to fund a community defibrillator facility.

Condition(s): None.

It was noted that no award was recommended currently in respect of the application from Meadow Vale Community Association to fund refurbishment of the community centre.  The Wellbeing sub-group would liaise with the applicant to provide appropriate guidance and coaching in the expectation that a revised application could be submitted.

The full minutes of the meeting can be seen here.

You Said – We Did – August 2016

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.

After a welcome and introduction from our chair for the evening, Philip Bird, champion of our Communications Subgroup, the first topic was “Celebration of Success”.   Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, presented 4 leaders of successful projects helped by funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

1.  A Celebration of Success

a) A play area for Troopers Hill Field – Susan Acton-Campbell

Local volunteer conservation group, Friends of Troopers Hill, were delighted to announce that work would start on building an £80,000 play area on Troopers Hill Field during the week starting 15th August.  The project started in January 2015.  Play in Troopers Hill Field had been identified as a priority by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and they agreed, via a vote by local councillors, to allocate £15,000 towards the project.  After extensive consultation Friends of Troopers Hill made successful grant applications to the Veolia Environment Trust for £23,750 and Suez Communities Trust for £50,000.  The £15,000 was critical to accessing these two grants.   Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill, Susan Acton-Campbell,  announced that all would be welcome to the celebration event planned for when the play area opens, hopefully in October, but no later than November.

Questions were raised from the floor:

1) Q. Was there a plan to ban dogs from Troopers Hill?

A. Not as far as Friends of Troopers Hill were aware and they work very closely with the landowners, Bristol City Council.  Friends of Troopers Hill would certainly not support such a proposal, if it were made.

2) Q. When would the consultation on the fence start?

A. Extensive consultation was carried out last year, there will be no further consultation.  Results are on the Friends of Troopers Hill website
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/play/grantwin.htm
The area for under 5s will be fully fenced, as requested by dog walkers, parents and others responding to the consultation.  The activity trail will not be fenced, as supported by the same audience.

3) Q. Why were comments against the new play area not reported?

A. They are reported in the results of the consultation on the Friends of Troopers Hill website*.  12 negative comments made, 482 responses were in favour.

*The consultation report can be found here.  Appendix C gives samples for the comments made include a sample of the 12 negative comments made, 482 responses were in favour.  www.troopers-hill.org.uk/play shows play area plans and links to the whole background of the project.

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b) A play area and nature trail for Dundridge Park – Geoff Reeson

Chair of Friends of Dundridge Park shared the good news of a new play area, nature trail and wildlife area being built at Dundridge Park.  Similarly to Troopers Hill Field, play had been identified as a priority for this space and the St George Neighbourhood Partnership allocated £15,000 towards the project.  In addition £10,000 from the Partnership  paid for a professional fundraiser to work with Friends of Dundridge Park and Meadow Vale Community Association.

Grants were successfully applied for from Suez Communities Trust, Cory Environmental Trust and Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Geoff also reported how pleased he had been with the improvement of access to Dundridge by the replacement of a locking gate with a chicane, also funded by money from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

A path to the play area has already been built and work has started on the nature trail.

A single question was raised from the floor:

Q.  Why do Bristol City Council make a charge for project management costs?

A.  It is standard practice for Bristol City Council to make a charge when their staff are used to run a project that is outside those budgeted for by the council.

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c)  Meadow Vale Park and Community Centre – Lindsey Fuller

Lindsey Fuller, Head of Speedwell Nursery and Children’s Centre described plans for providing lighting for an existing Multi-Use Games Area, a play area is currently being built and a wild life area created.  This has been achieve with more than £49,000 allocated by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and numerous successful funding applications made by a professional fundraiser.  Meadow Vale Park has also been recognised as a priority site for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and funding made available to improve access to Parks has paid for a new path across Meadow Vale Park.

Lindsey shared that there wider plans to redevelop Meadow Vale Community Centre which adjacent to the park.

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d) Speedwell Friends – Luci Gorell Barnes

Luci reported on a project supported by a St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing grant of £2,900 granted in December 2015.

This excellent project is fully reported here.

Luci was supported by Howa Suliman who had done much of the original clearing of the allotment site and told us how important the project had been for local families and building friendships and confidence.

Luci’s display at the meeting included solar dyed bunting, photos of the projects and packets of the seeds, printed in the languages of the participants of the project.

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Examples of further successes were on display around the hall.

2.  Introduction to the Consultation on the Police and Crime Plan for Avon and Somerset – Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner

Sue started her presentation by commenting on the previous presentation, emphasising the importance of play provision for children so they can be out learning how to make real friends and use their social skills rather than finding “friends” via internet contacts that might prove to be deceitful and exploitative.  She also commented on the value of growing food and eating together.

She is one of only 3 Police and Crime Commissioners who are independent of any political party.  She was pleased to be re-elected but saddened that she was the only woman among 7 candidates and that all candidates were white.

She praised the courage and commitment of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, include police officers, Police Community Support Officers, the Special Constabulary and civilian staff.

She emphasised the importance of honesty, to report failures but to learn from them and to prevent repetition.  She listed Bijan Ebrahimi as an example of where the police had failed.

To assist officers in their job she is looking at providing them with the best tools, with mobile technology.  Body cameras will help with the collection of evidence and speed up procedures.

Greater diversity is needed within Avon and Somerset Police, they must relect the community they serve.  Currently the level of representation of black and minority  ethnic staff is under 3%.

128 PCs and 54 PCSOs will be recruited this year.  Future recruitment depends on future levels of government funding.

Measures have been introduced to scrutinise performance.  Stop and searches are in the process of being reviewed by scrutiny panels. Body cameras will be rolled out this year.

Sue believes tazer use will increase due to single crewing.  Mistakes will happen.  this will be the operational decision of the Chief Constable.

There is now an independent residents panel looking at complaints.  Residents are invited to apply to become members of the panel.  More information  here.

Grants are available from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund to tackle issues within local communities.

Within the Police and Crime Plan, setting priorities for the next 4 years, a focus is given on looking after the most vulnerable, an example given of the priority setting given would be that a mobile phone theft, while inconvenient for a fit, able bodied person could be life changing for someone with limited mobility whose only means of communication is that phone.

A focus is needed on cyber crime, this must be looked at nationally and internationally

Mental health nurses are now accompanying officers and the mentally ill are not put in cells but have an assigned ward where they will be cared for.  If that ward is full they will be taken to a hospitals’s Accident and Emergency department.

The police are working with the children’s charity Barnado’s to address child exploitation.  Children will not report exploitation often believing themselves to be loved and cared for.  Working with Barnado’s to increase levels of trust it will sometimes take over a year for trust to be gained.

Sue wants children to grow up in safety and victims to have support.

She would like to tackle things in the “long grass” but she can only be as good as the level of information given to her.  She encouraged the audience to contact her office directly with issues.

Anyone wishing to give their input on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s priorities can do so here.

Questions were taken from the floor:

1) Q.  What is being done about 101 answering time?

A. 999 calls are answered in 6-10 seconds.   More staff have been  recruited to support 101 calls.  101 calls are answered in the first 60 seconds on average,  then triaging can take this to 3.5 minutes.  Response times are being monitored.

2) Q. Hillside Rd is shown as having no crime where crimes have been reported.

A.  If after 6 weeks a crime does not appear on the national crime map contact Sue Mountstevens directly.  Sue also said she would talk to the questioner during the break.

Sue commented that burglaries were down from 25,000 to 12,000 from 10 years ago.  At the general election 11 years ago crime was in the top 3 priorities at the last election it was 11th.  Sue believes this will go up again with cyber crime and child exploitation.

Comment from editor: Crime data can be searched via the website www.police.uk.  Postcodes appear to be linked to beat areas so if a postcode is on a boundary of a beat, crimes might not appear that have been allocated to the adjoining beat.  On testing the search with Hillside Rd postcodes no crimes appeared, when using a Clovelly Rd postcode crimes were displayed for Hillfield Rd.  The link to the map showing the crimes is  www.police.uk/avon-and-somerset/BE166/crime/.  Alternatively just click the round circle with a dot in it on the top right of the map and crimes will than be shown for a 1 mile radius irrespective of beat boundaries.

3) Q.  With funding coming from government for Avon and Somerset Police, how can the Police and Crime Commissioner be independent of government influence?

A.  Avon and Somerset police is funded 2 thirds by government and 1 third from the council precept.  The Police and Crime Commissioner campaign for election was not supported by that funding.

4) Q.  2 residents raised issues about particular incidents affecting them.

A.  Sue talked to them both individually during the break

5) Q.  Why can’t the pot of money for grants be sued for addressing staffing for 101 calls

A.  The amount of grant money is small and delivers high levels of satisfaction.  £700,000 is needed to fund 101 calls for the next 12 months.  Diverting grant money to 101 would not deliver the same level of return on investment.  Grants have covered gating, security cameras and many other small items, having a disproportionate impact on the problems facing the local community.

6) Q.  Where does the 15 pence go charged for 101 calls.

A. BT – this was clarified after the meeting with:

How much does it cost to call 101?

Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone.

The 15p cost of the call goes to the telephony providers to cover the cost of carrying the calls. The police and government receive no money from calls to 101.

3.  Local Police Priorities – Neighbourhood beat team – PC Matt Clement

Unfortunately Matt Clement had to attend a hit and run accident on the way to the meeting so was unable to bring any statistics or report to the meeting.  This was a clear example of how priorities have to be set given the availability of police resources.

He covered the actions being taking at the Summerhill schools to address inconsiderate driving behaviour by parents.  In term times PCSOs patrol at drop off and pickup time, details are taken of illegal parking.  Prior to the start of term the owners of those vehicles will receive warning letters.

Near Air Balloon School an antisocial behaviour diary has been supplied to a local resident and this will be reviewed.

4.  Bristol Energy – Michael Lloyd-Jones

Michael Lloyd-Jones started his presentation with a brief video.

Bristol Energy is wholly owned by Bristol City Council.  Money will be reinvested in local communities.

The company has a great interest in community generated energy.

15 participants are wanted to trial smart meters in Bristol.  Details are here.

You can follow Bristol Energy on social media.  Their telephone number is 0808 281 222.

1) Q. Will Bristol Energy be dealing in petrol and diesel?

A. No

2) Is coming to this meeting taking an unfair advantage over competitors?

A.  Bristol Energy is careful not to behave in an uncompetitive way and other energy companies could ask the Neighbourhood Partnership if they could present at Forums.

5.  Discretionary Licensing – Jen Clark

Jen was supported by Anne Welsh and Amy Chick.  Currently a 3 storey house rented by 5 or more people must have a licence.  Discretionary licence is applied by the local council in areas where there are particular issues to do with rented property.  This scheme does not apply to Housing Associations.

The scheme is being applied to the old St George West ward area.

Jen listed the actions taken in another area where the scheme had been implemented, Easton.  1,500 licences were expected.  1,160 premises are licensed in Easaton, 1,060 have been insplect.  184 landlords have been given informal improvement notices.  15 landlords have been given formal improvment notices.125 have had management regulations applied where tenants were not being dealt with correctly.

Prosections are underway over 4 unlicensed property and 3 cases where licensing conditions are not being met.

2 prosections went to court last week (week commencing 1st August) resulting in £38,000 in fines.

Discretionary licensing can be used to combat anti-social behavours.  Management conditions are part of the licence.  New tenants must have a clause in their rental agreement about anti-social behaviour.  They can be evicted if that clause is broken.

Landlords must take reasonable steps to prevent illegal activity in their property and make 4-6 month inspections.

Examples were given of properties where properties were either sold and then improved or the current landlord addressed the problem.

1) Q.  Won’t the improvements raise rent prices, which already high, beyond many people’s reach?

A. These are improvements to reach the most basic, acceptable level of rental accommodation.  Yes, it may mean higher rental prices.

After this session the meeting move into the marketplace phase where people could talk to different representatives such the speakers, councillors, neighbourhood officers, volunteer groups and raise issues or questions.

Because sessions had overrun there was no roundup afterwards of the issues raised but these have now been summarised, anonymised and can be seen here.

We are delighted to say that thanks to a lot of local publicity ranging from posters to tweets and facebook postings at least 56 people attended the Forum, there may have been more who did not write their names on the attendance sheet.  Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word.  We look forward to seeing you at the next one, do send your ideas for topics or speakers to webteam@stgeorgenp.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Success for Speedwell Friends Allotment Project

We were delighted to receive this wonderful report from Luci Gorell Barnes who ran the very successful Speedwell Friends Allotment Project funded by a grant from our St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.

<<REPORT ON THE SPEEDWELL FRIENDS PROJECT>>

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Don’t worry, if you applied you would not have to write such a detailed report.  All any group is asked to do, who receives a grant, is to send in all the receipts and answer a small number of questions about how the money was spent and whether the project met the original aims.  However Luci was so pleased with how the Speedwell Friends project went she wanted to tell us more.

We hope your enjoy the read as much as we did.

If your group would like to apply for a Wellbeing grant please visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants

 

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Luci will be telling us about her project at tonight’s Forum.

Forum poster - August 2016

Neighbourhood Forum – Tuesday 9 August

The next Neighbourhood Forum covering the whole St George Neighbourhood Partnership area is on Tuesday 9 August.  It is being held at Summerhill Methodist Church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

There is a full agenda for the evening, with an opportunity to learn about a variety of issues, including:

Police & Crime Commissioner - Avon & SomersetSue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will talking about the ‘Police and Crime Plan‘ and how you can contribute to the consultation.  Sue Mountstevens will also take a question and answer session.

There will be an opportunity to hear about some of the projects and organisations that have received frunding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, and other success stories from across the St George area.  Additionally, there will be an update on the various projects that St George Neighbourhood Partnership has been working on.

Avon & Somerset PolicceLocal police officers (and PCSOs) will be at the meeting.  They’ll be reporting back on the priorities they were set at the meeting in May.  The meeting will also agree new local policing priorities.  There will also be an opportunity for one-to-one conversations with the neighbourhood policing team.

Bristol Energy [logo]Bristol Energy is a new energy company (for electricity and gas) formed by Bristol City Council.  Representatives of Bristol Energy will be at the Forum to explain their tariffs and how you can switch supplier.

A new licensing regime was recently introduced to part of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area for homes let by private landlords.  Representatives of Bristol City Council will be at the Forum to explain implications for landlords and for tenants, as well as to answer questions.

The ‘Market Place’ will be a breakout part of the evening enabling those present to discuss a wide range of issues as well as talk with the speakers at the Forum.

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented “The Forum provides a great opportunity for local people to raise local issues.  Those attending will also be able to hear what has been happening across the St George area.  For this meeting we have the added advantage of Sue Mountstevens attending to discuss the Crime Plan.” 

Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, commented “Residents of St George will have a clear view on what should be a priority for the police. Listening to local people is the most important part of my role and that’s why I am delighted to speak at the next St George Neighbourhood Forum because only by hearing from local people can I truly be their voice in policing.” 

Further information on the Forum (including the agenda, and a poster to download) is available at www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/forum

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Money granted to local projects – 25th May 2016

6 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  One, from Friends of Dundridge Park, was withdrawn due to funding having been found from other sources.  All the remaining 5 applications were granted at the SGNP meeting of  25th May, 2016, by a unanimous vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which was represented at the meeting by all  St George councillors.

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

a) 74th Bristol (St Aidans) Brownies

£507.30 for up to 20 Brownies and leaders to visit Slimbridge Wetlands centre to learn more about wildlife and the importance of caring for the environment.  £50 for bedding plants and sundries for the Brownie Garden

b) St George Community Association

£1,890 to improve the garden area of St George Community Centre and pay for the services of project worker for 16 weeks to co-ordinate this work and recruit volunteers, to carry on supporting the garden, via 3 gardening events to engage with local residents.

c) Redfest Bristol

£3,013 to fund the main stage at the Redfest event in St George Park on  Saturday 6th August 2016

d) Friends of Gladstone Street Park

£220 to provide a Punch and Judy show in Gladstone St Park to bring people together and encourage to care for this space.  The application also asked for litter pickers, gloves and bin bags for volunteers to care for this space.

e) Meadow Vale Community Association

£600 for a planting project in from on the Meadow Vale Community Centre involving local families as part of the St George in Bloom offering.

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 25th July, 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

Big Green Week in St George

Bristol’s Big Green Week features a whole host of activities.  You might like to enjoy some green activities without stirring very far from home.

St George Community Centre start the weekend with a Big Green Working Party and carry on with other activities in July and August, thanks to funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

sgcc - bigg green weekOn Saturday evening Friends of St George Park are offering you a chance to learn more about bats.

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Friends of Troopers have an especially family focused conservation work party on Sunday and hold conservaton work parties throughout the year on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-noon.  Find out more on  www.troopers-hill.org.uk/wp

June Family Work Party 2016

 

Here’s another activity for Saturday that may not be green but is definitely in a good cause.

There will a tea party at Summerhill Methodist Church, 5 Air Balloon Rd, Bs5 8LB, from midday to 4pm on Saturday 18th June.

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Help make a difference to YOUR neighbourhood

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Local people can influence decisions on all these areas and more.  One way of doing this is to join a St George Neighbourhood Partnership subgroup.  Why not come along to one or more of the subgroup meetings and seeing what they do.

Here’s a quick summary of what each subgroup does.

A list of the meeting dates and venues for all the subgroups is on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings.

For more details about each subgroup and what they do please visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups

Come and add your voice, opinions and help to those of  us doing it already.  You will be made very welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Make Sunday Special Grants

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Bristol City Council has announced that ‘Make Sunday Special‘ will be repeated in 2016 and that “For the first time events will extend beyond the summer, so we encourage you to plan Christmas fairs, Halloween street parties and other winter activities.”

The Council has also launched “a dedicated fund available for community groups to run their own local events. Up to £3,000 is available for one event in each neighbourhood partnership area.”

Further information, including an application form, application criteria and application guidelines all available on the Bristol City Council website.

Deadline to apply is 20th April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Said – We Did – February 2016

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 9th February, 2016, chaired by Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, the meeting started with a tribute to Councillor Ron Stone, who died just before Christmas, from Grenville Johnson.  Grenville also asked for ideas to be shared about a permanent memorial for Ron and volunteers to help the task group collating those ideas.

After a round of applause the meeting continued with different speakers invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.  These were:

i) Community Access Support Services – Anna Balcerek

The Community Access Support Service is a new 5 year project based at the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill.  If the project is successful it will roll out across the country.

The project is very much about initiating conversations about mental health and working with community groups to provide what they need to address mental health issues. This could include signposting to services, collating feedback on the service provided to those in the community with mental health issues so those services can be improved or explaining what mental health services are available.

Community Access Support Services would like to talk to all community groups but have a particular interest in establishing links with faith leaders.

Time To Talk Day was on 4th February and encouraged conversations about mental health.  There are still a number of Time to Talk events in Bristol planned on the same theme.

ii) Update on Parks and Green Spaces – Richard Fletcher

Richard is Bristol City Council’s Area Manager, Parks and Caretaking, Central and East, covering an area from Clifton to Fishponds and St George.

He shared news of

– play area improvements in St George Park
– work to stop cyclists riding over the bandstand in St George Park
– improving the entrance to Plummers Hill from Naseby Walk
– improving entrances to Meadow Vale Park

There has been a particular concentration on entrances to parks because unwelcoming entrances mean people do not use parks and gain all the benefits they provide.

Richard also gave a brief summary of the 24 byelaws that are proposed and recommended that people respond to the consultation.  The byelaws  would cover just over 200 of the more than 400 green spaces managed by Bristol Parks.  The consultation,the list of green spaces affected and the full wording of the byelaws can be found on www.bristol.gov.uk/parkbyelaws

The wording of the byelaws is defined by government.  The byelaws are already in use in many councils.  The spaces to apply these byelaws have been chosen because of reports recorded by police and Bristol City Council and problems affecting those sites that could be addressed by byelaws.

In answer to a question Richard confirmed that the proposed byelaws would not prevent blackberrying, contrary to media reports.

A representative of Friends of Troopers Hill encouraged support of the byelaws to protect Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve from fire and  irresponsible foraging, both of which impact wildlife sources of food and habitat.

A question was raised about whether the work done on creating an excellent archway entrance to Canford Park could be replicated in St George.  Richard explained that the funding for this came from a pot of money made available some years ago where councillors made suggestions for its use in parks.  Canford Park entrance was one of the approved schemes as was the multi-use games area in St George Park.

An update was asked about the lake in St George Park.  The fish have been removed and the walls of the lake have been inspected.   A further inspection by a civil engineer is required.  In the meantime some sections of path are protected from use because of concerns about their stability.

Rob Acton-Campbell added the news that Friends of Dundridge Park, Meadow Vale and Friends of Troopers Hill have all recently been awarded nationally funded grants for play area.  More news will be published on this website soon.  Here is the earlier news about the first grants awarded.

iii) Crime and Local Policing Update – PC Matt Clements

A new sergeant has been appointed, Sgt Hillier.  Matt’s perception of anti-social behaviour in the last 3 months is that it has reduced but there was an expected spike at Hallowe’en.

A particular target for thieves recently has been car keys, often left hung up just inside the front door of people’s homes.  When burglaries occur the thieves will just take the keys and leave with the stolen goods in the household’s car.

Problems with mopeds have reduced.  A new chicane, installed by Bristol City Council on Crown Hill has been very helpful.

The front office at Fishponds police station is still open, manned by clerical staff.

iv) Wellbeing Grants

Representatives of 3 groups who had received different levels of Wellbeing funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership recounted their experience of applying for Wellbeing funding and encouraged others to apply.  They were on hand during the break for further help and advice together with Susan Acton-Campbell, the Wellbeing Champion.

a) Redfest – Dominik Ljubic

Redfest provides an annual music and arts festival in St George Park. The event started with music in pubs, film shows and other small scale activities.  Redfest’s first Wellbeing grant was £240 in 2011 for a very small stage.  The event has grown and so has the size of the stage, which the Wellbeing grant has continued to support.  The Wellbeing grant is only one of many sources of money funding this free event that is much enjoyed by local people.

b) St Aidan’s Church – Jim Donaldson

St Aidan’s Church has applied for a number of small grants since 2010.  Jim told of the heavy, awkward trestle tables the church used to have to use for community events.  Thanks to funding lightweight but sturdy folding tables have been bought in two rounds of funding.  Jim emphasised the easy of making the application and the importance of returning the monitoring form at the end of the project.

He also took the opportunity to promote the St George Community Fair, showcasing many local community and volunteer groups.  The printing of publicity flyers and posters for this event has also been funded by a Wellbeing grant.  Jim proudly displayed a flyer pointing out the acknowledgement of the funding coming from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  The St George Neighbourhood Partnership will be represented at the St George Community Fair which will take place in St Aidan’s Church and church hall on Saturday 12th March, from 11am-2pm.

c) Playing Out – Jacks Jarrett

Jacks described the important of the grant Playing Out received from the Wellbeing fund to train local people as “activators” helping people to find out what Playing Out involved, advising about street closures, activities and much more.  She described the benefits of Playing Out in her own street where not only do children have the opportunity to play in the street but residents have a chance to get to know each other, so that, when Jacks’ oven broke down partway through cooking a meal she had no qualms in asking a neighbour if she could use their oven.

v) St George in Bloom – Grenville Johnson

Grenville Johnson shared the story of the founding of the St George in Bloom group and the success the group has achieved, supported by other community groups, with awards from South West in Bloom and their entry at a national level in Britain in Bloom

He described the planned judging route and appealed for volunteers to help the committee.    St George in Bloom can be contacted using this email address:info@stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk or telephoning 01179496788

The St George in Bloom website provides news updates  www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk
as does Facebook:- www.facebook.com/stgeorgeinbloom

vi) Spring Bling – Gill Calloway

Gill, Neighbourhood Officer for St George, announced a Spring Bling initiative.  This is aimed at making our streets and green spaces look better.  Gill has created newsletters giving advice on where to get help to address issues ranging from bulky waste and elderly people with overgrown gardens to graffiti.

She encouraged making use of Keep Britain Tidy’s initiative of “Clean for the Queen” which links to the Queen’s birthday in March.

Spring Bling is working in partnership with St George in Bloom.  All are encouraged to enter one of the St George in Bloom categories which range from the best house frontage to best children’s display.  If you know someone with a lovely garden, balcony display or other special growing area, encourage them to enter.

There will also be a “Walk to School Tidy Up”.

Issues raised at the “Marketpace”

The marketplace is the break that takes places after the speakers’ session.  There are tables to visit to raise environment and traffic, to talk to the police, find out about grants and talk to the organisations represented by that night’s speakers.

Issues included:

– a cracked footpath in the park area at Meg Thatchers
– dog mess and litter on the lane from Tesco to Air Balloon Hill Primary School
– drug dealing
– the dropped kerb on Dundridge Lane that has not be completed
– the builders’ storage area that has been left in the green space at Terrell Gardens
– the unwelcoming entrance from Cecil Ave to Plummers Hill Open Space

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.

3 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 25th AprilFebruary 2016.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th May, 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.