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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.

St George Park

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.

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

St George Park Lake Walls

20160209_124724We are pleased to say that St George Park Lake is now being refilled.

As reported earlier, one of the reasons for draining St George Park lake was to carry out structural investigations into the areas where the lake wall has failed and the path is subsiding. The initial inspections showed that a more detailed structural report was needed.

Following completion of a further inspection today (19th Feb) the lake is now being refilled. On the advice of the engineers, a small part of the footpath surrounding the lake will be fenced off to prevent access to the failed area. Once this is in place the temporary fencing round the lake will be removed.

Once the full report into today’s investigations has been received the Council will consider options for the work and seek funding. The lake will need to be drained again to carry out repairs to the failed section as well as other sections of the wall that need work to ensure their long term stability. It will not be possible to do this before the autumn at the earliest and it is possible that it might need to be delayed until the following year due to the timescales necessary to put together a schedule of work, obtain funding and then let a contract.

The pair of swans that have lived on the lake for the past few years were removed by Swan Rescue before the lake was drained to a temporary home. With the inevitable re-draining again next year or the year after, to do the repairs, a decision has been made that the swans would be better off in a safe new wild location where they can settle permanently. A site has been found in Oxfordshire and they will be relocated here in the next few days.

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.

 

 

St George Park Lake Update

New homes found for St George Park Lake Fish.

Update Friday 19th February

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20160209_124724Update Tuesday 9th February

Further investigations are being carried out this week in the area where the path around the lake has subsided. We will post a further update once these are complete.

Update Friday 29th January

Work to relocate the fish from the lake has been completed.

Further structural surveys of the lake walls will be undertaken next week before the lake is refilled.

It will not be necessary to drain the lake any further.

Update Tuesday 26th January

  • Bristol City Council started work to remove the fish from St George Park Lake today.
  • All healthy fish will be relocated to a range of sites around Bristol.
  • The Environment Agency and fishery experts will decide which fish go to which site.
  • At the same time the lake will be drained so that the walls can be inspected and all rubbish removed.
  • Some selective tree felling will also be undertaken on the island to reduce the risk of trees falling into the lake and damaging the edge of the island.
  • The lake will be allowed to start to refill once the inspections and rubbish removal are complete. There will be fencing in place around the lake until water levels return to close to normal.
  • The swans have been taken to a swan sanctuary to be looked after while the work is in progress and will be returned once the fencing has been removed.
  • Bristol City Council has committed to work with the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and the Friends of St George Park to carry out repairs to the walls and rejuvenate the lake as part of a long-term plan to improve its condition for all wildlife.
  • Once any structural work and environmental improvements have been completed it is intended to reintroduce some fish to the lake.


swansUpdate 19th January:

Over recent weeks Bristol Parks have been continuing discussions with the Environment Agency and their expert consultants on options for the fish in St George Park Lake.

A Bristol City Council spokesman has today (Jan 19th) issued the following statement:

“Following the decision late last year to remove all the fish from St George Park lake we have received offers to relocate fish and these have been explored with our advisors.”

“The outcome is that we now have waters in and around Bristol that we can move fish to. However this can only happen if they are deemed to be healthy enough that they will not pose a risk to existing fish stocks when moved.”

“We know from the health check we commissioned that many of the fish are not healthy enough to be relocated. However, if a fish is healthy enough to be moved we will try and do so.”

“We are working with the Environment Agency now to ensure that all site permits and registrations are in place to carry out the work. The removal will take place before the end of February which is the start of bird nesting and the fish spawning season.”

“The council fully supports the longer term ambition of both the Neighbourhood Partnership and the Friends of St George Park to gradually improve the lake for the benefit of park users and wildlife.”

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the Neighbourhood Partnership adds:

“Members of the Neighbourhood Partnership made it clear at the meeting in December that the preference would be for fish to be relocated, but agreed to accept the recommendations in the report as presented. I am pleased that further work by Bristol Parks and the Environment Agency has identified sites which will be able to receive healthy fish from the lake and that they will now be relocated. I would like to thank those who have helped by suggesting sites.”

“I am also pleased with the Council’s committment to support the aims of the Friends of St George Park and the Partnership to improve the lake for wildlife. Following the removal of the fish and an inspection of the walls of the lake to establish the extent of repair work needed we will arrange a meeting to put together a plan to rejuvenate the lake, taking the report from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge as a starting point.”

“Following a constructive meeting I had last week with the Angling Trust and Bristol Parks I am pleased that the Angling Trust will be part of the discussions about the lake’s future and that they accept that the actions now proposed to relocate healthy fish are justified.”

A statement issued by the Angling Trust can be seen here.

Note – as the fish will soon be removed, no further fishing permits will be issued for St George Park. Fishing permits are still required for Eastville Park.

Read our earlier report on the issue here.

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St George Park Lake

Latest update on this issue – 26 Jan 2016 >>

 

swansThe St George Neighbourhood Partnership supports the aims of the Friends of St George Park to improve the lake in the Park for wildlife. Surveys by the group have consistently shown that this aim is also supported by park users.

Fish stock levels in the lake are very high. This, combined with the impact fishing bait has on the lake ecology, means the water quality has been poor with the lake suffering regular summer algal blooms.

Back in 2011 the group commissioned a report from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge into the environmental condition of the lake. This report noted that the high fish densities had led to the lake’s ecological status being severely impoverished, with no aquatic vegetation and minimal invertebrate diversity. The report made a number of recommendations to improve the lake, including de-silting and creating shallow areas for bankside, marginal and aquatic planting.

The Neighbourhood Partnership and Friends of St George Park group are also concerned that over a prolonged period of time fishing at the lake has been causing harm to wildlife – mainly through hooks and line being swallowed by birds that visit and breed on the lake. Since 2012, Swan Rescue have been called seventeen times to rescue swans and cygnets that have been injured. On most occasions the injured swan has needed to be removed from the lake and relocated. Other wild birds have also been found by Parks staff killed by fishing line. There have also been reports of antisocial behaviour in the park caused by anglers.

Report from 2012 on the problems caused by fishing >>

It has proved hard to persuade anglers to fish in certain areas only and to not fish out of close season. With the support of the Partnership a permit scheme was introduced at the beginning of 2014 to try and regulate fishing but has not ultimately prevented harm to wildlife.

The Council has recently undertaken a ‘health check’ on fish in the lake, and concluded “The fish stock is of poor health with evidence of parasites with heavy loads and bacterial infection”.

A further issue is that in one area the side of the lake is collapsing, the lake may therefore need to be drained to carry out repairs.

At its meeting on Wednesday 16 December the members of St George Neighbourhood Partnership received a report from Bristol City Council’s Area Manager for Parks concerning fishing in St George Park. The Partnership members also heard from representatives of the ‘Friends of St George Park’ group. Having considered all the options and being aware of the actions taken over the past few years, the Neighbourhood Partnership voted to support the recommendation from the Council that all fish be removed from the lake.

What is proposed?

– Removing all the fish from St George Park lake and euthanizing them.

– This would be done humanely using an ‘overdose’ of anaesthetic.

– The practicalities are yet to be decided and the Council will liaise with its consultant and the Environment Agency in the coming weeks.

– The action will take place in January/February. However, we may be doing some work to repair the lake perimeter and if this means the lake needs to be drained it may be sensible to combine the two activities.

Are there alternatives?

– An alternative approach was put to the NP and it decided against this and went with officer’s recommendation. The option was to move some specimen fish to Eastville Park lake, retain a small fish stock in St George and euthanize the remainder. However, the problem of injury to wildlife is greater at Eastvile Park and it was not thought sensible to encourage more fishing there by moving specimen fish.

– The consultants that carried out a health check on the fish stock at St George have confirmed that there are high parasite loadings in the fish. This makes it difficult to move the fish to another water as we would essentially be moving the problem elsewhere – introducing a health risk to the host fish stock for example.

– It would be possible to improve the health of the fish but this would require an intermediate or new host site with good water quality where they could be kept, at lower densities for a significant time before being moved again. This is a very unlikely and costly solution that is not recommended by the consultants the Council have used.

– The consultancy carrying out the health check felt that euthanizing was the best approach. However, the Council will welcome and investigate offers to re-home the fish.

The Future

Following the removal of the fish the Partnership and Friends group will move forward with their project to introduce plant life to the lake and take other measures to improve its quality and ecology. In the long term it will be possible to introduce a new fish stock to the lake providing this is managed well.

 

Please see update issued 26 January 2016 >>

 

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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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The WI in St George

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute we are lucky enough to have two WI groups in St George and two more not far away in Hanham and Kingsway.  By clicking on the map you will be able to find the meeting times and locations of all four groups.

The St George WI who meet in Summerhill Methodist Church have invested in a large, effective banner to advertise their presence.

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WI Red (Women’s Institute Redfield)  have an active presence on Facebook and say:

“WI.RED brings together a large group of local women who like to craft, chat and have fun learning and discussing new things.

Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the St George Community Centre. Doors open at 7.45pm (for mingling) with the official start of the meeting at 8.15pm.

A 12 month programme of events has been drawn up, and each month information will be posted on this group page, and on our website for all members to see.

A yearly membership fee of £34.70 will be required for joining WI.RED, with the option of ‘Guest’ attendances at £3.50 available, for you to see if the group is for you. :))

Open to women of all ages, everyone is welcome!! “We are WI.RED Women!”

All WI groups are being celebrated in St George by this colourful planting in St George Park to celebrate their 100th birthday.

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St George in Bloom Open Day 18th July

Take a tour of St George for a special St George in Bloom open day on Saturday July 18th 2015

OpenDayMeet our community groups and see all the exciting work they have achieved!

  • St George Park,
  • Troopers Hill,
  • Kensington Road,
  • East Bristol Allotments Association,
  • Meadowvale Community Centre Speedwell.

Site locations and details can be seen in map form here:

St George in Bloom Open Day on Google Maps

 

Open times on Saturday July 18th for the groups are as follows:-

Meadowvale Community Association- Speedwell 12- 4pm.

Friends of St George Park community garden 10am-12noon. Former Bandstand site.

Kensington Road Residents Association (BS5 7NB) 11am – 4pm. RHS Hampton Court 2015 community street show garden. Refreshments and Pollinators display.

East Bristol Allotments Association (St Aidan’s site) 9am-3pm
with cream teas / lunch available.

Friends of Troopers Hill 12 – 4pm. Displays, trails and workshop.
For easy access enter Malvern Road BS5 8JB.
Please note:- If raining Troopers Hill event will be cancelled

Discover all the amazing work that is being done by volunteers in St George in Green Capital Year!

Click here for news of other opportunities to explore and learn more about St George’s Green Spaces.

Find out more about St George in Bloom at www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk

Better Play in St George parks

One of the priorities in The St George Neighbourhood Plan is that St George should have good quality children’s play areas close to all residents.

The Partnership can work with Bristol Parks and other parts of the Council to help local residents who want to see their local play areas improved.

As a first stage advice and assistance (such as printing and the provision of freepost envelopes) can be given to carry out consultations to find out what type of play equipment is most wanted. The Partnership can then provide further support in applying for grants and getting detailed designs drawn up, and has some small sums of money in its control that it can allocate to be used as seed money or match funding.

There are four areas of St George where groups of residents are actively involved in trying to improve their local play area.

Initial1sqAt Troopers Hill Field there is currently a solitary 1970s slide and some climbing logs that were installed in 2009. With the support of the Partnership and Bristol Parks, Friends of Troopers Hill are runnng a consultation that is open until Monday 1st June to establish whether local people would support a new play area in the Field. Find out more and respond to the consultation here. If there is sufficient support then the group will work towards getting a finalised design and applying for grants. The Neighbourhood Partnership has allocated £15,000 of Section 106 money to this project which the group aims to use as ‘match funding’.

2014_1213_130806Meanwhile Friends of Dundridge Park will soon be holding a similar consutation about expanding their play area and another £15,000 of Section 106 money has also been allocated here. Local residents at Dundridge first contacted the Partnership when the swings in the park had to be removed for safety reasons last year. The swings have now been replaced but there is a demand for more play equipment to be installed, particularly for older children.

At Meadow Vale there is a long term project being progressed by Meadow Vale Community Association to expand the Community Centre and to improve facilities in the adjacent park at the same time, including adding play equipment for children of a range of ages. We hope to be able to post more details of this exciting project soon.

11026016_945223228843650_2852842197934880830_nIn St George Park the play area was rebuilt in 2009 with the design representing a dragon based on ideas from local children. The two plastic slides that form the dragon’s nostrils are currently out of use due to vandalism and need to be replaced. Bristol Parks are trying to source suitable replacements that will be more robust. As a result of the prolonged closure of the slides a facebook group was set up to campaign for improvements to the play area. Initial discussions have now been held between members of that group, Friends of St George Park, Bristol Park’s play officer and representatives of the Partnership about how we can work together to bring about enhancements to the play area as part of the Friends of St George Park overall vision for improving the park.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership would also like to hear from any residents near Colebrook Road who might be interested in getting involved with improving the play area there.