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Library News

What is happening at your local libraries?  Read the latest library newsletter here.

Please note that St George Library will be closed from Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 14th September to enable preparatory work to be done for the installation of the swipe card pilot scheme.

Regular activities in St George Library include:

  • Reading Group 7pm 3rd Thursday of month – Meet with other readers to discuss and debate
  • Councillors Surgeries 11.30-12.30 1st Saturday and 6.30-7.30 3rd Tuesday of month
  • Baby Bounce and Rhyme 10.15 Tuesday (term time only)
  • Pre-school children’s Storytime 10.15-10.45 Thursday (term time only)


Meet your Councillor

The elected Councillors for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area are:

–  St George Central [Ward map]:
Cllr Steve Pearce & Cllr Nicola Beech

–  St George Troopers Hill [Ward map]:
Cllr Fabian Breckels

–  St George West [Ward map]:
Cllr Asher Craig

Councillor contact information

Councillor Surgeries:

There are weekly opportunities to meet with your local Councillor (no appointment necessary):

First Saturday of the month:
St George Library
11.30am – 12.30pm

Second Saturday of the the month:
St Aidan with St George Church Hall, Fir Tree Lane
11.00am – 12noon

Third Tuesday of the month:
St George Library
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Fourth Saturday of the month:
Meadowvale community centre – Meadowvale
1.00pm – 2.00pm

councillor surgeryies

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.







St George Library


Bristol City Council has announced new opening hours for St George Library.

Effective 4 April 2016 St George Library will be open:
small-spacerMonday: 3.00pm to 7.00pm
small-spacerTuesday: 10.00am to 2.00pm
small-spacerWednesday: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerThursday: 10.00am to 2.00pm
small-spacerFriday: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerSaturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm
small-spacerSunday: closed

The current opening hours are:
small-spacerMonday: 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 7.00pm
small-spacerTuesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerWednesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerThursday: closed
small-spacerFriday: 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerSaturday: 9.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm
small-spacerSunday: closed

A full list of opening hours for libraries in the city effective 4 April 2016 is available on the Bristol City Council website

Other information:
Information on Bristol City Council website
Story on BBC website



St George Neighbourhood Partnership Drop-in

Do you live or work in the St George area?

Do you have issues or concerns about the area that you would like to raise?

Come to the drop-in at St George Library on Tuesday 15th May 2012 10am-1pm

An officer from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership will be there to listen to your concerns, tell you more about the Neighbourhood Partnership, how it works and how you can get more involved in the decisions that affect the area.

For more information contact:

Denis Wise, Neighbourhood Development Officer
Tel: 0117 9036443
e-mail: denis.wise@bristol.gov.uk

Thinking of becoming self employed?

A series of training sessions entitled “Another way to work” are to be run at St George Library, starting on 8 May.

The training is aimed at those over 19 years old with few or no formal qualifications, who are thinking of becoming self employed. The training is free.

Further information [.pdf]