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You Said – We Did – May 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.

Philip Bird, champion of the Communications subgroup, chaired this meeting.

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

i) Libraries – Denis Wise

Denis is the Library Development Officer for east Bristol.  He described how a swipe card system will be introduced to St George Library  to allow access to the library outside opening hours.

Work needs to be done to St George Library before the swipe card system can be introduced, this will include CCTV, alarms, lights, doors and locks, reviewing fire exits and supplying an emergency phone.  Care will be taken to make sure the library in safe for all users, including those with special needs.

People who wish to use the library outside opening hours will need to request the service and will be given a second pin code to use with their card.   They will be given a short training session on how to access the library.

When using the library in this way people will need to use their card to carry out the services that are already available at the library, such as returning or borrowing books.  Staff will be happy to show people how to use these services if they are not already using them.

Access will NOT be 24 hours a day.  Shutters will be raised and closed at advertised times.  If people ignore signals that the library is closing alarms will sound and security will be alerted.

ii) Neighbourhood Charter –  Gill Calloway

Gill announced the publication of the Neighbourhood Charter, defining the services provided by Bristol City Council and including expected response times for certain services.

Gill is the Neighbourhood Officer for St George and announced that she now has a Facebook page for her role.

She encouraged everyone to be involved in St George in Bloom and asked for word to be spread about the free training available in St George Library on Thursday 19th May.

learn at the library

iii)   Bruce Yates – Local resident

Bruce is interested in setting up a planning sub-group within the St George Neighbourhood Forum.  He invited people to contact him during the break at the meeting.  If you are interested in contacting Bruce about this please contact Abdulrazak Dahir on 0117 903 6409 or email abbulrazak.dahir@bristol.gov.uk.

iv) Neighbourhood Policing Team – Matt Clement

Matt reported an increase in theft from sheds.  The team do have a supply of alarmed padlocks, contact the Neighbourhood Policing team on 101 if you would like to have one.  There is a news item on this subject on the Avon and Somerset Police website which includes advice about securing your shed.

Compared with last year there have been increases in shoplifting, the Co-op on Church Rd has been experiencing this issue.  Violence against persons has increase, as has theft from motor vehicle rising from 134 to 244, an increase of 82%.  25 bicycles have been stolen this year.  These figures not only include St George but also Fishponds.

Matt reminded the audience about the Impact scheme where released offenders are managed and monitored.  More about Impact here.

He also gave advice about home security including not making your possessions visible from outside your home and the type of locks and their positioning that works best.  There is more information on the police website.

The meeting then broke up for 25 minutes so different issues could be raised at tables for different subjects around the hall.

Issues Raised

a) Environment

Lack of volunteers supporting Rodney Rd Open space.  John Hooper would very much like to establish a friends group for the site.
Chicane and fencing on Rodney Rd.
A promised community noticeboard has not yet been installed in Rodney Rd Open space
Rubbish near Freshland Rd.
Fence on side of Freshland Way.

b) Traffic and Transport

Issues were raised about the traffic lights at the junction of Chalks Rd and Blackswarth Rd.

Parking issues related to new flats.  More double yellow lines were requested.

Vehicles for sale on double yellow lines.  For guidance on who deals with which parking issues please read this.  Gill Calloway reported that much good work had been done by Wayne Dewfall in Parking Services involving monitoring and clamping.

c) Police

Drug dealing on Soaphouse Lane (behind Howard Road).

After the break 3 of 4 newly elected councillors spoke briefly about their aims and views.  Fabian Breckels, councillor for St George Trooper Hill, was unable to be present due to work commitments.

a) Steve Pearce – St George Central

He will continue to do case work and will concentrate on extending the awareness of local people of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

b) Asher Craig – St George West

Asher spoke of the need to bring in all residents including those without internet access.  There is a need for published information.  She committed to acknowledging the receipt of issues within 24 hours.  She also spoke of changing Neighbourhood Partnerships to make them more open and transparent.

c) Nicola  Beech – St George Central

Nicola spoke of the way councillors will be working as a team for St George as a whole and not being parochial about their wards.

Some discusion was then led by Philip Bird about setting local Policing Priorities

Feedback from the audience was very clearly for addressing parking issues associated with local schools.

Diane Jones raised the issue that she was campaigning for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership to join the Bristol Walking Alliance.

Everyone was reminded that the next Traffic and Transport Subgroup meeting is next Tuesday, www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings, a good venue to discuss parking issues and solutions.

The action tracker will be published here soon to show how the previous period’s issues were addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election Results – May 2016

Election Results for 5 May 2016


Councillors for St George Central

Nicola Beech and Steve Pearce have been elected as Councillors for St George Central (four year term of office).

Electorate: 9,421, Votes cast: 3,425, Spoilt papers 34
Turnout: 36.35%

Nicola Anne Beech, Labour Party:  1855 votes ELECTED
Wayne Jefferson Coombes, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  201 votes
Andy Crow, Liberal Democrat:  342 votes
Jillian Anita Gettrup, Liberal Democrat:  319 votes
Tony Lee, Conservative Party Candidate:  636 votes
Kris Murphy, Conservative Party Candidate:  625 votes
Steve Pearce, Labour Party:  1207 votes ELECTED
Ruby Alice Gabrielle Tucker, Green Party:  504 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George Central area available here [.pdf]


Councillor for St George Troopers Hill

Fabian Breckels has been elected as Councillor for St George Troopers Hill (four year term of office).

Electorate: 4,480, Votes cast: 1,983, Spoilt papers: 40
Turnout: 44.26%

Fabian Guy Breckels, Labour and Co-operative Party:  918 votes ELECTED
Sean Buchan, Green Party:  170 votes
Nicholas John Coombes, Liberal Democrat:  134 votes
Mike Luff, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  74 votes
Kevin Robert Rainey, The Conservative Party Candidate:  648 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George Troopers Hill area available here [.pdf]


Councillor for St George West

Asher Craig has been elected as a Councillor for St George West (four year term of office).

Electorate: 4,757, Votes cast: 2,188, Spoilt papers: 27
Turnout: 46.00%

Asher Craig, Labour Party:  913 votes ELECTED
Lorraine Francis, Green Party:  421 votes
Bernie Lyons, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:  60 votes
Tony Potter, Independent:  196 votes
James Henry Oswald Roughton, The Conservative Party Candidate:  171 votes
Ian James Townsend, Liberal Democrat Focus Team:  400 votes

More information available here.
Watch the declaration of results here.
Map for St George West area available here [.pdf]


City Wide Results

The number of council seats by party are:

Conservative – 14
Green – 11
Labour – 37
Liberal Democrat – 8
Total – 70 councillors

Click here for more details


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Election Candidates

The Bristol City Council Wards have changed, and the elections were held on 5 May 2016 were for the new Wards. You can find out which of the new Wards you live in here.


The candidates for elections on 5th May 2016 were:

To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George Central
(2 vacancies):
–  Nicola Anne BEECH, Labour Party
–  Wayne Jefferson COOMBES, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Andy CROW, Liberal Democrat
–  Jillian Anita GETTRUP, Liberal Democrat
–  Tony LEE, Conservative Party Candidate
–  Kris MURPHY, Conservative Party Candidate
–  Steve PEARCE, Labour Party
–  Ruby Alice Gabrielle TUCKER, Green Party
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May


To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George Troopers Hill
(1 vacancy):
–  Fabian Guy BRECKELS, Labour and Co-operative Party
–  Sean BUCHAN, Green Party
–  Nicholas John COOMBES, Liberal Democrat
–  Mike LUFF, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Kevin Robert RAINEY, The Conservative Party Candidate
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May


To be a Councillor for the Bristol City Council Ward of
St George West
(1 vacancy):
–  Asher CRAIG, Labour Party
–  Lorraine FRANCIS, Green Party
–  Bernie LYONS, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
–  Tony POTTER, Independent
–  James Henry Oswald ROUGHTON, The Conservative Party Candidate
–  Ian James TOWNSEND, Liberal Democrat Focus Team
Legal Notice issued by the Returning Officer available here [.pdf].
Ward Map available here [.pdf].

Results expected Sunday 8th May


On 5th May there were elections for …

Mayor of Bristol
List of candidates available here [.pdf].
Information booklet produced by Returning Officer available here. [.pdf]
> Result expected Saturday 7th May here

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Police area
List of candidates available here
Candidate information available here
> Result expected Friday 6th May here

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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

wards

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.

 

Election Results May 2015

Election Results for 7 May 2015


Council Seat for St George East

Fabian Breckels has been elected as a Councillor for the St George East Ward (one year term of office).

Electorate: 9,768
Turnout: 63.81%
Spoilt papers: 24

Fabian Guy Breckels (Labour and Co-operative Party): 2,052 elected
Nicholas John Coombes (Liberal Democrat): 333
Jonathan Ralph Douglas Lewis (UK Independence Party (UKIP)): 1,566
Rick Lovering (Green Party): 581
Mike Luff (Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition): 63
Kevin Robert Rainey (The Conservative Party Candidate): 1,614

More information available here.


Council Seat for St George West

Sue Milestone has been elected as a Councillor for the St George West Ward (one year term of office).

Electorate: 9,355
Turnout: 61.58%
Spoilt papers: 34

Wayne Coombes (Trade Unionists and Socialist Coalition): 86
Claire Francesca Frost (UK Independence Party (UKIP)): 901
David Thomas Harrison Lewis (The Conservative Party Candidate): 934
Sue Milestone (Labour and Co-operative Party): 2102 elected
Tony Potter (Liberal Democrat Focus Team): 557
Matthew Whitney (Green Party): 1148

More information available here.


Parliamentary seat of Bristol East

Kerry McCarthy has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Bristol East

Electorate: 71,191
Seats: 1
Turnout: 65%
Spoilt papers: 162

CLARKE Theo (The Conservative Party Candidate): 14,168
FRANCIS Lorraine (Green Party): 3,827
GORDON Matt (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition): 229
MALIK Abdul Raoof (Liberal Democrat): 2,689
MCCARTHY Kerry Gillian (Labour Party): 18,148 elected
MCMURRAY James Robert (UK Independence Party (UKIP)): 7,152

You can view a video of the announcement here.


Ballot papers for election for Councillor for St George East and St George West are being counted on the afternoon of Friday 8 May.


Elections – 7th May 2015

ballot-boxA reminder that there are elections for a Member of Parliament for Bristol East and for a Councillor in both St George East and St George West wards on Thursday 7th May.

vote 2015

 

If you have not already done so, the deadline to register to vote is 20th April.  But, why wait?  Further information at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

 

 

Candidates for MP for Bristol East

The candidates standing for election to be the Member of Parliament for the Bristol East constituency are:
•  Theo Clarke (The Conservative Party Candidate)
•  Lorraine Francis (Green Party)
•  Matt Gordon (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
•  Abdul Malik (Liberal Democrat)
•  Kerry McCarthy (Labour Party)
•  James McMurray (UK Independence Party (UKIP)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

Candidates for Councillor for St George East
The candidates standing for election to be a Councillor on Bristol City Council for the St George East ward are:
•  Fabian Breckels (Labour and Co-operative Party)
•  Nicholas Coombes (Liberal Democrat)
•  Jonathan Lewis (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
•  Rick Lovering (Green Party)
•  Mike Luff (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
•  Kevin Rainet (The Conservative Party Candidate)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

Candidates for Councillor for St George West
The candidates standing for election to be a Councillor on Bristol City Council for the St George West ward are:
• Wayne Coombes (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
• Claire Frost (UK Independence Party (UKIP)
• David Lewis (The Conservative Party Candidate)
• Sue Milestone (Labour and Co-operative Party)
• Tony Potter (Liberal Democrat Focus Team)
• Matthew Whitney (Green Party)
The official notice confirming the candidates is available here.

If you are uncertain which City Council Ward you live in, you can use the ‘Ward Checker’ here.

 

Election candidates announced


Candidates have been announced for the election on 22 May.

There is a by-election in St George West following the resignation of Peter Hammond.

The candidates for the vacant Councillor role for St George West are:
– Tom Boyd, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
– David Lewis, The Conservative Party Candidate
– Sue Milestone, Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate
– Tony Potter, Liberal Democrat Focus Team
– Chloe Somers, Green Party
– Jane Westhead, Independents for Bristol
The formal notice from the Returning Officer is available here.

There is no election for a Councillor in St George East Ward.

The list of candidates for the European Elections to elect six MEPs for the South West Region of the UK (plus Gibraltar) is available here.

Further information on both elections is available on the Bristol City Council website.

Not registered to vote? – www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

By-Election – St George West 22nd May 2014

As reported by Cllr Ron Stone at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 25th March, Cllr Peter Hammond is standing down as Councillor for St George West. This is due to Cllr Hammond moving away from Bristol.

At the meeting the Partnership expressed their thanks to Cllr Hammond for the contribution he has made to the work of the Partnership and wished him well for the future.

The Council’s website now has an official notice that there is a vacancy for one of the two Councillors for St George West and that an election has been called. This can be seen Bristol City Council’s Future Elections page.

Cllr Hammond has timed his resignation so that the by-election will coinside with the local elections taking place elsewhere in Bristol on 22nd May 2014. This is also the date of the European elections.

As the election will be to replace Cllr Hammond, whoever wins will only be elected for the remainder of Cllr Hammond’s term as Councillor which runs until May 2015 (1 year). There will then be an election that year in both St George West and St George East (when Cllr Fabian Breckel’s current term as Councillor will end).

In 2016 there will be an all-out election in Bristol, at that time there will be elections for:

• All councillors
• The elected Mayor
• Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Elections will then be held every four years afterwards – 2016 followed by 2020 followed by 2024.

By 2016 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will have carried out a review in into the number of Councillors in Bristol and the ward boundaries, so that by then the ward boundaries may have changed.

Election Update – Candidates Announced

ballot boxResidents of both St George East and St George West wards will be going to the polls on Thursday 2nd May.

If you’re not sure which Ward you live in, then you can check here

Information on registering to vote and/or requesting a postal vote is available here.

Download a “Don’t Forget to Vote!” poster.

The candidates are:

St George East
Don Brown (Green Party)
Edward Cullen (The Conservative Party)
Paul Elvin (Liberal Democrat)
Mike Luff (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)
Steve Pearce (Labour Party)
Link to official notice listing candidates [.pdf]

St George West
Ben Appleby (Green Party)
Sarah Cleave (The Conservative Party)
Philip Collins (UKIP)
Bernie Lyons (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)
Tony Potter (Liberal Democrat Focus Team)
Ron Stone (Labour Party)
Link to official notice listing candidates [.pdf]

 

 

Elections

Register to vote

On 2nd May local council elections will be held for 23 wards in the city of Bristol, including both St George East and St George West.

Are you registered to vote?
If you filled in the annual canvass form that came through your door between July and September last year you should still be registered. You will need to register again if you have moved home since then.
Further information

Notice of Elections
St George East [.pdf]
St George West [.pdf]

Further information on the elctions is available on the Council website.