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Celebrity event to raise funds for Meadow Vale Community Centre

Readers of this website will have seen earlier reports on the hard work being done to achieve the redevelopment of Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell.  Our last report in December reported on the successful planning application.

The Rotary Club of Bristol is currently celebrating its centenary year and has selected Meadow Vale Community Centre as a project to support as part of its centenary celebrations.  They have arranged this celebrity event as a fundraiser.

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Follow Meadow Vale Community Association on Facebook for the latest news.

 

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New Community Centre for Meadow Vale

meadowvaleplanMeadow Vale Community Association have applied for planning permission for a major renovation and extension of Meadow Vale Community Centre, providing an all purpose hall and ancillary accommodation including toilets, changing rooms and stores.


Update 18th January 2017:
This planning application has now been approved by Bristol City Council

See the detailed plans >>

The work is to be carried out in two phases. Phase I is refurbishment of existing building with a simple extension. This will roughly double the area of the building. Phase II is a further extension to form a hall with attached store and two showers. In this stage toilets and changing rooms will be formed in the space adjacent to the main hall.

This application represents a major milestone for a project that local residents have been demanding for many years. St George NP has supported this project as well as the recent construction of a new play area and other improvements in the adjacent park. If the planning permission is granted the Community Association will be able to apply for funding from external sources such as the lottery.

meadowvaleplan3The site was developed in late 1940’s to serve as maintenance and housing office for the council estate. In the 1986 the building was surplus to need, and a group of local residents formed a new organisation, Meadow Vale Community Association, to transform its use to serve to the local community.

The building is currently used for a range of community activities, such as bingo, cards, community meetings and a range of sporting and children’s activities. The number of activities is limited by the size of the existing building, and the building has suffered declining usage. Meadow Vale Community Association committee aims to revive the site by expanding internal space and allowing larger groups of people to use available space more efficiently.

See the detailed plans >>

Follow Meadow Vale Community Association on Facebook >>.

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Improving Parks & Play Areas

This year has seen a huge amount of work done to improve parks & green spaces in St George.

celebrate37This has been achieved by St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Bristol Parks and park groups working together to raise funding to address priorities set in the St George Neighbourhood Plan.

The highlight has been work to create three new play areas, but there has also been work to improve paths and entrances. More work is planned this winter to repair the walls to St George Park Lake.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership contributed £10,000 from its budget to pay for a fundraiser to help raise money for Dundridge and Meadow Vale Parks and through the Neighbourhood Committee has allocated over £90,000 of Section 106 money for work in parks that has been spent this year.

Grants raised with the help of our fundraiser amount to over £175,000 and Friends of Troopers Hill raised another £70,000 – together with Bristol Parks contribution through their Parks Access and Play Funds this means well over £400,000 has been invested in St George’s parks in the last 12 months.

Here is an update on progress since we last reported on this in July.

Meadow Vale Park

14595695_1199574136803616_8190594127993366833_nPath – First the entrance at Speedwell Road was improved and then the narrow and cracked path was widened and resurfaced (you can now walk three abreast). This was funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Play Area – Working with our fundraiser and using some of the Section 106 money as match funding; Meadow Vale Community Association raised funding for a new play area from Cory Environmental Trust and the John James Bristol Foundation. The play area has now been completed and the official opening will be held next month.

14937451_1205871546173875_1133658307099231329_nNear the play area there is also the Meadow Vale spider that was built with the help of local young people and funded by Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust.

Meadow Vale Community Association are now working towards their next major project, which is to significantly extend the Community Centre. They also intend to install floodlighting to the ‘MUGA’ (surfaced basketball court) in the park.

Dundridge Park

14963145_1785186721748928_2504114571845984178_nThree projects supported by St George NP through the help of our fundraiser and match funding are now almost complete at Dundridge.

First a new path was constructed to the existing play area (with funding from Tesco Bags of Help). Next was the ‘Path to Nature’ to link the pavilion area to the woodland path to Conham, this was funded by Cory Environmental Trust.

Finally Friends of Dundridge Park worked with the fundraiser to apply to Suez Communities Trust for funds to extend the play area and this work is now nearly complete.

A fourth project for a pond and maintenance to the deer path in Conham Woodland at the edge of Dundridge Park has also now received funding from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, this work will be carried out next year.

For the latest news from Dundridge Park see their facebook group.

Troopers Hill Field

celebrate50The completion of the new play area for Troopers Hill Field was marked in style last month with a procession from the chimney led by bagpipes and drums.

Funding for the play area was raised by Friends of Troopers Hill from Suez Communities Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust with match funding from Section 106. The NP also funded the celebration event through the wellbeing fund.

Details of the project including photographs and videos from the opening ceremony can be seen at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/play

Plummers Hill

Following the tree planting, new entrance and new bench that were installed in the spring, further works have ben carried out this month to complete the entrance and the path through the site will be resurfaced soon. This is all being funded from the Bristol Parks Access Fund.

Gladstone Street Park

St George NP allocated Section 106 money to remove the redundant safety surfacing in this space (from an old play area) and this has now been done along with work funded by the Bristol Parks Access Fund to improve the paths across the space.

Friends of Gladstone Street Park are planning events and more improvements for the future.

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Play Area – Work was carried out in the summer to replace the safety surfacing and rebuild part of the Dragon head. The work took longer than initially hoped but has now all been completed. This work was funded by Bristol Parks Play fund and is part of a programme of work to address issues at play areas throughout Bristol.

20160209_124724St George Park Lake – Part of the path around the lake was closed earlier this year because of a structural failure of the lake walls.

As we reported at the time repairs to the walls will need to the lake to be drained again and so could not be carried out during the summer. Bristol Parks are now planning to carry out the works this winter, more details will be posted on this website once the details and timing have been finalised.

new bpf logo with text 2A full list of investment projects in parks across Bristol can be downloaded from the Bristol Parks Forum website.

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.

Dundridge Park – Work Starts

Great news from Dundridge Park that the first of 3 funded projects is under way.

Work in progressThere is now a new path from the chicane gate to the proposed new play area. This was one of 1170 community group projects funded by Tesco’s Bags Of Help Scheme.

Completed PathNext will be a ‘Wildlife Path’ from the Football Clubhouse down to the steps leading to Conham Vale. New Interpretation Boards and sleeper benches will be installed as part of the work. Funding of over £33,000 has been secured for this project thanks to the generosity of CORY Environmental Trust. The work should take place July/August.

The third project is for the existing play area to be upgraded and expanded probably at the end of the summer. Tenders are due to be evaluated and a contractor /supplier chosen later this month. Sita Trust have generously awarded over £47,000 toward the cost of this project.

The grants at Dundridge Park were secured through Friends Of Dundridge Park working with a fundraiser funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and S106 money for match funding again from the NP.

Friends of Dundridge Park would like thank Bristol City Council and the Neighbourhood Partnership for their recent additional funding and ongoing help and support.

Money was allocated to these projects by the Neighbourhood Partnership because improving access to our wonderful green spaces and improving the play areas in them are priorities in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. As well as these projects at Dundridge work will also start later this year on St George Neighbourhood Partnership supported projects for new play facilities at Troopers Hill Field and Meadow Vale – watch this space! There has also been recent work to improve entrances to green spaces at Plummers Hill, Rodney Road and Meadow Vale.

If you have ideas for projects that should be included as future priorities then please come along to our next Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 9th August at Summerhill Methodist Church.

Lord Mayor’s Medals

Congratulations to Rob Acton-Campbell and Fiona Russell, members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, presented, yesterday, at Bristol’s Mansion House, with Lord Mayor’s Medals by the Lord Mayor, Clare Campion-Smith.

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Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership was presented with his medal in recognition of work he has carried out not only as Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership but also as Secretary of the Bristol Parks Forum, a committee member of Friends of Troopers Hill and Friends of Eastwood Farm and as Champion of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Environmental sub-group.  Part of his nomination read

“The signature note of all Rob’s work is partnership.  What makes him so special is how he inspires confidence in people to work together, encouraging them to achieve great things for their community and giving them the tools to do so.”

An example of this was described during yesterday’s presentation detailing how Rob had co-ordinated 3 local parks’ groups, Friends of Dundridge Parks, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Troopers Hill in applying for funding to support a series of events throughout the 2015 in their parks.

Fiona Russell, Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, received her medal in acknowledgement of the work she has carried out for her local community, particularly in improving the facilities available for young and old in Speedwell’s Meadow Vale Community Centre and the adjacent Meadow Vale Park.

Her nomination included her tireless work addressing social deprivation in the Speedwell area.

3 other members of the Neighbourhood Partnership were honoured in earlier years.

In May 2012, Ann Radnedge, then Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, received the award for her work with the Speedwell and Meadow Vale Communities creating the Meadow Vale Centre and working hard attracting funding and grants for the centre.

In May 2013, Grenville Johnson, currently Chair of St George in Bloom and Chair of Kensington Rd Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Watch, was honoured for for his many voluntary works within his community.  In the photo of the award recipients, Grenville is in the back row, second from the right.  The report reads ” Grenville Johnson, a retired head teacher who has been the leading light in the Kensington Road Residents’ Association and neighbourhood watch in St George, as well as chairing the St George Neighbourhood Partnership for the past few years”.

You will have seen many reports on this site of Greville’s continued work for the community, particularly as Chair of St George in Bloom.

In February 2014, Richard Curtis, Chair of Church Rd Action Group, received the award for his work with the Redfield local community and for his work as a Magistrate with the Bristol Bench.  This is how his award was reported in the Bristol Post   ” Richard Curtis carries out a tremendous amount of work for his local community which he has done for many years in and around the Redfield area. Richard is chair of many local community groups, working with residents to improve the environment of the local area and addressing local issues, as well as being a magistrate, sitting on the Bristol Bench in both the Family and Adult Court. Richard gives his time to the local community generously, dedicating himself to making his local community a better place in which to live and to visit. Richard is more than happy to share his knowledge and skills with other people, offering advice and encouragement benefitting the local community and the city as a whole”.

You may remember this project that Richard ran in 2011.

Congratulations to all 5 of these holders of the Lord Mayor’s Medal.  We are really proud of these members’ achievements.

A complete list of all the recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Medal from 1983 to 2015 can be seen here.  Today’s Bristol Post article lists all of this year’s recipients.

 

Improving Green Spaces in St George

There has been a lot happening in St George’s green spaces over the past couple of months:

Successful Grant Applications

Initial1Last month, Troopers Hill Field and Dundridge Park both received grant awards for improved play areas from SITA Trust.

This month there is more good news from Dundridge Park with grants from Cory Environmental Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

There is also good news for Meadow Vale, which has also received a grant from Cory Environmental Trust for new play facilities. This is an award of nearly £50,000 for installing a Natural Play Area adjacent to the neighbouring Children’s Centre. This is planned to include log and net jungle climbing facilities; a play mound with wide slide; stepping logs and boulders.

The grants for Meadow Vale & Dundridge were secured through Friends of Dundridge Park and Meadow Vale Community Association working with a fundraiser paid for by St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

One Tree per ChildTree Planting

Trough One Tree per Child Bristol new trees have been planted this winter in St George Park, Dundridge Park, Troopers Hill Field and Plummers Hill.

2016_0219_134037At Plummers Hill a new carved bench was also installed in memory of Becky Watts, the Neighbourhood Partnership part funded this by donating funds that could otherwise have paid for a standard park bench.

Improved Entrances

Rodney RoadWork has also been going on at Meadow Vale, Plummers Hill and Rodney Road to install new entrances. The work at Plummers Hill and Meadow Vale was funded by Bristol Parks, while that at Rodney Road is being paid for by ‘Section 106′ money allocated by the Partnership.

More Improvements?

All these improvements relate to priorities in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. At the Environment sub-group meeting on Thursday 3rd March we will be discussing updates to the Environment section of the plan, if there are improvements you would like to see to your local space then please come along.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings can be seen at www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings

You can find the locations for all the green spaces in St George on the Discover East Bristol Map

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.

 

 

Mayor’s Visit to St George

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George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol, visited various places within St George on Friday 30 October at the invitation of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

His visit to St George NP area started at the junction of Lyppiatt Road and Church Road, where he discussed with local residents the concerns they have about heavy goods vehicles using Lyppiatt Road, inconsiderate parking and speeding cars.

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His next stop was in Gladstone Street where he learnt of plans to improve this small park area.

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From there he moved on to Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell where he learnt of plans for a new community building for the area.

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He also saw a mural painted by young people the day before on a concrete wall at the edge of the adjacent park. The painting project was organised by Young Bristol using Green Capital 2015 funding to brighten up the park.

At Dundridge Park the Mayor saw at first hand the deteriorating condition of ‘The Pavilion’ which is used as changing facilities for football matches.

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A representative of a local Community Speed Watch scheme met the Mayor on Crews Hole Road where traffic speed and volume was discussed.  The Mayor was also shown the plans that have been produced to improve cycling provision and road safety on this route.

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The centre piece for the St George area is a large Victorian park; St George Park.  Here the Mayor met with members of the Friends of St George Park, where they discussed the ongoing issues being caused by fishing in the park and the impact this was having on birds using the park lake.

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The final stop on the Mayor’s tour of St George was to the library in St George Park where the Mayor discussed the services provided at the library and the potential to make the library more of a community hub.  At the library, there was also the opportunity to meet with members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership where a variety of issues affecting the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was discussed.

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Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented “It was useful to be able to show George some of the issues of concern to residents in the St George NP area.  Many of these issues have been ongoing for some time, and we hope that by the Mayor seeing the issues himself it will help to bring them to a resolution.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, explained: “It is always useful to me to be able witness on the ground some of the local concerns and aspirations. Members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and others were able to voice their concerns about an extensive range of issues in the St George area, including transport, parks, playgrounds and libraries. I have taken full note and shall do all I can to enable the Council to address the issues where practically possible in stringent times.”

Following the vist, Mayor George Fergusson sent a letter of thanks to the Neighbourhood Partnership Chair which was read out at the NP meeting on 16th December.
Letter from Mayor George Fergusson
Schedule of action points

The Mayor’s visit to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was part of a series of visits to each of the 14 Neighbourhood Partnership areas in the city.

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Major Boost for Speedwell Community

St George Neighbourhood Partnership has agreed over £90,000 of funding to boost community facilities in the Meadow Vale area of Speedwell.

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of St George Neighbourhood Partnership, explained:  “Improving community facilities in the Meadow Vale area is one of the priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership.  This latest financial boost provides further assistance for this community, and takes the plans for a new community centre and improvements to the adjoining open space, a further step forward.”

Some of the latest batch of funding granted by St George Neighbourhood Partnership will be used to engage a professional fundraiser who will be tasked with sourcing and securing further funds to help take the plans for a new community centre to reality.

Meadow Vale Community Association (MVCA) will be a key player in taking this project forward.  Fiona Russell, Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, explained:  After 25 years without any funding the development of Neighbourhood Partnerships has meant that we are now able to make our voice heard, and better still get funding to enable us to survive and start making our dreams happen. At long last it looks like there is a real prospect of a new community centre.  There is still a lot of money to be found, but at long last there has been real progress.”

The decision to grant £90,000+ of funding to the project was agreed at a meeting of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership held on Wednesday 24 June.  Before taking the decision, the meeting heard from young people from the area who stressed the importance of improving facilities for young people in the area.