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. A copy of the most recent action will be added to this report soon.
Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.
For this meeting on Tuesday 12th August, 2015, we had the following speakers who briefly introduced themselves and their subject and then were available during the breakout session for people to approach individually and find out more.
i) Crime and Local Policing Update – PC Pete Crawford, Avon and Somerset Police of the Local Neighbourhood Beat Team
Since our last meeting police have followed up on reports of stone throwing at a house near Dundridge Park, parking issues at Air Balloon Hill School, inconsiderate parking linked to garages on Bryants Hill and Nags Head Hill and cars hanging round Crews Hole Rd.
There has been a slight rise in burglaries, this often happens in summer when people are more likely to leave doors and windows open. Have a look at the summer “Do one thing” campaign for helpful advice.
There have been some unusual theft from motor vehicles incidents where cars have been broken into but nothing stolen. “Capture cars” are being used to target these crimes.
At this meeting Pete had been advised of speeding issues on Troopers Hill Rd and Crews Hole Rd. Susan Acton-Campbell of the volunteer local residents’ Community SpeedWatch team was able to report that at the times where speeds have been monitored since April there has been a small steady decrease in speeding vehicles on Troopers Hill Rd. On Crews Hole Rd the percentage of speeding vehicle has held steady and Sgt Darren Warr is looking into arranging for the police camera safety van paying a visit to Crews Hole Rd.
(ii) Updates from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership from the Chair, Rob Acton-Campbell
Rob started with saying how well Redfest went this year and this was supported with further comments from the audience.
Neighbourhood Partnership plan leaflets have been printed. Please let us know of good locations to put these leaflets. Online information is here.
Caravans were moved on shortly after the last meeting where Sgt Darren Warr told us of issues where caravans had been reported in St George Park car park.
Developers contact the St George Neighbourhood Partnership about large developments before they make planning applications. This is the time the community can have most influence over changes. A planning sub-group needs to be formed to look at these pre-application plans. If anyone is interested in joining a Planning sub-group for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership please contact us.
Displays of a development on the corner of Kingsway Avenue and Two Mile Hill Rd were on display at the meeting.
The next closing date to make applications for grant funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund in Monday 19th October.
Finally Rob asked for topics that people wanted discussed at the next Neighbourhood Forum on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm at Summerhill Methodist Church. If you have ideas for topics please contact Abdul Razakahir who contact details are given at the end of this report.
iii) Brunel Fitness Centre – Ellie and Claire, Duty Manager and Manager
Bristol City Council’s Brunel Fitness Centre is open all year, while the premises are attached to the Brunel Academy it is open to all. There are free day passes to try out the Brunel Fitness Centre.
There is junior gym for children from the age of 8. The Centre has an exercise referral schem so if your doctor is saying that you have high blood pressure and need to exercise the Centre can help yoo.
A 3 month membership is £55. Opening times and more information can be found here.
iv) Bristol Green Capital 2015 – Green map team – David Bain and Chris
This project, Discover East Bristol – your outdoor guide, has a team of 8 to create an attractive interesting map of East Bristol highlighting quiet routes linking green spaces. The team are interested in your knowledge of the area and your stories. You can learn more and complete a survey here.
The map will be available in paper format so ideas on distribution points arre welcomed. It will also be available online and as a mobile app. When the project finishes the information will be able to be updated.
There is funding alongside this project for route improvement and route markers.
v) First Bus Bristol – James Freeman, Managing Director, Jenny MacLeod, General Manager, Bristol, Chris Hanson, PR England and Wales
Details of the information shared plus the questions raised and answers given can be seen here.
Here is a copy of the leaflet distributed at the meeting showing the route changes for the 42, 43, 44 and 45 buses.
Issues raised at this meeting included:
– a blocked drain in Plummers Hill
– lighting and drug dealing
– anti-social behaviour
Georgie Bryant, Neighbourhood Officer was pleased to report that the alligator teeth at the entrance to the Aldi car park in Church Road were a planning requirement and it is likely these will be replaced soon.
The action tracker reporting the status of issues raised at the last meeting will be added here soon plus Streetscene enforcement actions.
Georgie also shared information about the “Feed Me and Win” recycling scheme, where randomly selected food waste bins put out for recycling will win their owners £50.
Volunteering opportunities with the St George Neighbourhood Partnership
There are several ways you can help your local community:
For people with a keen interest in how money can best be spent, there are currently 4 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group. More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing.
Could you take a turn at summarising what happens at Forum meetings? This report that you are reading is currently written by volunteer Susan Acton-Campbell and she also writes a single side of A4 as a summary to put up in local noticeboards.
Could you help promote the St George Neighbourhood Partnership? One task is putting up notices to advertise activities such as the Forums, another is to help keep this website, Facebook and Twitter updated and relevant – training is given if you volunteer to do this.
Email the firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone. Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page. The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.
Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were not circulated on this occasion but these can be seen here.
You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th November, 2015 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, email@example.com, telephone 0117 903 6409.