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Clean Streets Campaign

bristol-clean-streets-finalThe Bristol Clean Streets campaign was launched on Monday.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, is asking individuals, community groups, schools and businesses to take collective responsibility for keeping the streets clean and tidy, and encouraging everyone to reuse, repair and recycle more. The aim is to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020.

St George in Bloom were represented at the launch and will be helping to promote and take this initiative forward in our area. You can see their facebook post about the launch here.

residential_street-jpg__1140x0_q85_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscaleThere were 3,700 metric tonnes of litter removed from the streets of Bristol last year – the image shows what that looks like in one pile.

The campaign will include some flagship projects such as Graffiti removal in St Pauls, Stokes Croft and the Bearpit. But they also promise operations in hotspot areas geographically spread around the city. It will run enforcement campaigns including dog fouling, fly tipping and fly posting operations. There are also plans to improve the cleansing service delivered by the Bristol Waste Companyto deliver a responsive waste and cleansing service across all public land.

Everyone in St George can do their bit by reporting fly-tipping via the Council’s website, once reported Bristol Waste usually clear it very quickly, use the link below:

Report fly-tipping on the Council’s website >>

You can also join the many residents who already do their bit by picking up litter in their local area – just picking up one piece of rubbish a day will make a difference if everybody did it. There is an article on the Bristol Waste website about Bristol’s Captain Tidy who leads the Street Scene group in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership.

If there is an area that you know of in St George where there is a persistant problem; a hotspot that is in need of a particular clean up or if you would like to organise a community clean-up event, then please contact us to let us know.


Grey to Green – St George in Bloom are working hard

We were delighted  to report in April on St George in Bloom‘s success in obtaining Royal Horticultural Society funding for their grey to green transformation project.  The group has gone on to attract even more funding and support for the project and have been doing a LOT of physical work.

Phase 2 - hard at work2

Some of this project builds on earlier work carried out by the Church Rd Town Team working with St George in Bloom that we reported on in March.

Here is the latest report of their progress from the Chair of St George in Bloom, Grenville Johnson.

The transformation of the area in front the billboards site in Church Road St George, Bristol.

An RHS funded ‘Grey to Green Health & Happiness project

St George in Bloom is one of just 40 community groups across the UK to receive support from the Royal Horticultural Society in the form of a £500 grant to deliver an innovative gardening project as part of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

A large team of volunteers gathered together on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June 2016 including members of the Church Road Town Team together with members of St George in Bloom, and a group of employees from Aviva Insurance community outreach initiative to start on the grey to green transformation within the formerly neglected area in front the billboards at Church Road St George.

Phase 2 - hard at work

The members of the Sikh Temple also helped to transport all the waste, and they kindly refreshed us with regular cups of tea and biscuits.

grey to green team

The plants are now installed together with new fence panels that are located in between the billboards.

A St George in Bloom member has made four large wooden planters, and these have been attached to the railings at the front of the Sikh Temple and planted up with flowers inspired by the traditional Sikh colours of blue and orange.

Phase 2 - Carol  and planter

The planting scheme at the billboards site has been designed to attract Bees and pollinating insects, and St George in Bloom is the first community group in the city to support Bristol University’s ‘Get Bristol Buzzing’ project that is working to halt the serious decline of Bees and other pollinating insects.

Phase 2 - planted

There is still more work to be done, including a top dressing of bark mulch to protect the plants, and the installation of two planted containers, and a bench so that passers – by can sit and relax when they pass the site.

We are most grateful to the local town team who also made a financial contribution to this project, and several local companies namely Bowland Stone who donated the fence panels, and Park Insurance who will kindly donate a bench for the garden site. We are also most grateful to Bristol in Bloom who also donated some of the plants.

Finally, we also wish to thank the Royal Horticultural Society who kindly awarded us the Grey to Green Health and Happiness grant that enabled this exciting and innovative project to proceed.

We hope that this project will help to improve this busy area of Church Road in St George and make an attractive and colourful garden for passers – by to enjoy.

Grenville Johnson.

Chair of St George in Bloom.

Phase 2 - planted 2

Volunteers needed to help patients at Air Balloon Surgery

Do you have time to spare to give a little help and support to patients of Air Balloon Surgery who may be lonely, isolated or housebound?

Could you help giving lifts to patients with transport difficulties to Air Balloon Surgery?

To find out more about the Wellbeing Volunteer scheme being run at Air Balloon Surgery with RSVP West please contact Miffy Saunders on 0117 9099516 or by email at miffy.saunders@nhs.net, or visit http://rsvp-west.org.uk/ for more information about all their volunteer schemes or complete this Expression of Interest form and drop it off at the surgery or email it to Miffy.

RSVP poster rebranded-2 - ABS version

What a team!

The Church Rd Town Team has been working hard at the big billposter site near 301-307 Church Rd close to St George Community Centre and the Sikh Gurdwara.

town team The story so far:

  • Gaive Golding, leading this project for the Church Rd Town Team (CRTT), Fin McNab (from Sustrans) and some others broke up all of the tarmac on the site.
  • CRTT, aided by Fin and a group of people from Good Gym Bristol, cleared the site.  CRTT provided a skip to cart the tarmac etc away.
  • Fin obtained and sowed a mix of wildflower seeds.
  • Time passed…. the seeds didn’t take….
  • CRTT members cleared the weeds again…
  • On Sunday 6th March, 2016, CRTT laid the membrane purchased using Green Capital money from Bristol City Council as pictured above.  From right to left are Maxine and Nigel Williams, Gaive Golding, June Barclay,  Ian Townsend and Simon Webb.

Next steps:

  • Plant the area and lay bark chipping between the plants.
  • CRTT are working with St George in Bloom to do the planting:
    • CRTT have allocated a little under £500 from the remaining CRTT funds for planting.
    • Grenville Johnson, Chair of St George in Bloom, has submitted an application for funding from RHS.  Grenville also hopes to be able to obtain the plants at trade prices using his RHS contacts.
    • St George in Bloom, CRTT and any willing volunteers who can be recruited, will do the planting, to save labour costs.  Gaive, who used to be a landscape gardener, will be a source of expert guidance.
    • The plan is use aromatic herbs, such as Thyme, Rosemary and Lavender, that will require little watering and will be able to cope with the poor soil quality on the site.  Depending on funding and their ability to obtain the plants, the team hope to get the planting done in the next couple of months.
    • Gaive has found a source of bark chippings which will be laid as soon as it can be delivered.

Aspirations – maybe, one day… some flagstones/a short path and a bench…

If you would like to keep up to date with the Church Rd Town Team’s activities sign up to their mailing list.

Improve road safety – join Speedwatch

radarSpeed on local roads has been raised at a number of St George Neighbourhood Forums.  One way local residents can take action themselves is to take up the police offer of Speedwatch training.

Laura, Martin, Phyll and Susan have taken the training and are now carrying out Speedwatch sessions on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill Rd and Nags Head Hill. Here’s Susan’s story.

On their second session they received a visit from Sue Mountstevens as she describes in her report in the Bristol Post.  An article and photo from the Bristol Post is here.



You Said – We Did – November 2014

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  A list of the issues raised at the previous meeting and what has been done about them is circulated at the meeting.

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

For this meeting on Tuesday 11th November, 2014, 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) Stacy Yelland – Green Capital update

Stacy works for Up Our Street which runs Neighbourhood Forums in Easton and Lawrence Hill.  She started by describing two organisations involved in the Bristol Green Capital initiative.  Bristol 2015 as a company set up to raise money and put on events during 2015.  The Bristol Green Capital Partnership has existed for many years and is a partnership of businesses, universities and other organisations interested in the city of Bristol.

Small grants and strategic grants are available.  Examples were given of projects carried out in Easton and Lawrence that included a project where children made sculptures out of litter, bike lessons were provided so families could cycle together, energy advisors were trained, beehives set up and plants grown.

A project promoted on Twitter as #tidyBS5 is not,  in fact, a project involving St George but is solely for resident of the Lawrence Hill and Easton area.

ii) Fiona Russell and Viv Brinsdon– Meadow Vale Community
Centre Plans

Fiona is Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association.  Viv is a member of Meadow Vale Community Association.

A 3 dimensional model of the proposals for Meadow Vale community centre was brought to the meeting for comment.  The process of making a planning application has started and Lottery funding will be sought.  The layout showed the adjacent nursery park having a wild flower area, permanent outdoor table tennis table, exercise machines, ramps for scooters and bicycles and a multi-use games area.  The proposals for the new building include showers and changing rooms and a large hall with a room high enough for games such as badminton.  Some of the existing park area would be taken up by the new building.

iii) Lynn Davis and Andrew Yelland – New Crofts End Church & Community Hub Project

Crofts End Church is on the boundary of 3 neighbourhood partnership areas. In recent years 260 houses have been built within the vicinity of the church and no additional infrastructure has been provided. There are structural issues with 50% of the current church building rendering it unfit for purpose.

Crofts End Church runs George’s Coffee House 3 days a week, provides internet access for those who wish to job search and create CVs and has a long record of organising community events.

A community survey was carried out last year and a planning application submitted and approved to demolish the defective church building and rebuild providing a church, conference facilities, office space and a community cafe. The original mission hall can then be released to provide full-time community provision. The estimated cost is £1.15 million with £475,000 coming from the church. The intention is to carry out the work in 2016, opening in 2017.

A video walkthrough of how the new church will look can be seen on www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9QJqeribNI

Updates about the project will be posted on www.facebook.com/cecbuilding

iv) Denise James – Well Aware Health & Wellbeing

Denise James works for Well Aware which is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group.  Well Aware is based at the Vassall Centre at Fishponds.

The organisation provides the following services

  1. a signposting service to organisation promoting health and wellbeing.  There are over 5,000 organisations on Well Aware’s database which anyone can access via www.wellaware.org.uk searching by location or service.  Organisation range from Walking for Health groups to counselling services.
  2. an advocacy service with the NHS, for example, if someone wants support making a complaint.
  3. Healthwatch – a means of giving feedback on good and bad experiences with health and social care services
  4. Provide complaint procedure support for families having problems with adult care and children’s social care.
  5. Provide support for those who want support via a drugs and alcohol advocacy service.

Denise had numerous helpful leaflets with her to hand out.

v) Janet Bremner – Libraries for the Future

Janet Bremner is service development manager of libraries at Bristol City Council.

Bristol City Council aim to save £1.1 million but not necessarily from the library budget. There are current 28 libraries in Bristol, some are old an some would not be easy to update.  15% of people living in Bristol use libraries at least once a year.

A consultation on libraries for the future will run until 2nd February, 2015.  A report will be prepared for the Council Cabinet for 3rd March, 2015.  Consultation on specific proposal will run between March and May 2015.

As part of the consultation a meeting will be held at St George Library on Thursday 27th November from noon-2pm.

More about the consultation can be seen here.

Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in August:

You Said – We Did – August – November 2014

There has also been action from the Neighbourhood Working team on flytipping, flyposting, clearing rear lanes and waste in land.  Details can be read in

Neigbourhood Working Update – August – November 2014

Issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 11th November will be added here soon.

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 on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

The police were represented by Sgt Darren Warr and PC Pete Crawford..  Their update included:

  •  Anti-social behaviour reports over Hallowe’en were very low.  Police were pleased with the level of good behaviour.
  • There were also very few calls about fireworks.  One fireworks incident was attended at the carpark in the Kingsway.
  • If you are interesting in setting up your own Neighbourhood Watch group please contact Pete or Darren, either by phoning 101 or using the form on www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/st-george-south-east
  • The local neighbourhood team continue to focus on drugs.  There was a fire at a cannabis factory in Sherbourne St last month.  An arrest has been made.
  • 3 arrests have been made for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
  • The contents on 2 cannabis factories have been seized.  Both cases will be going to crown court soon.
  • Please ring 101 if you think you know the location of a cannabis factory.  A helicopter using heat source imaging equipment can quickly check any suspicions.
  • They were pleased to announce a Community Speedwatch team of 5 local volunteers were being given the equipment that evening to start monitoring 3 locations in Crews Hole, Troopers Hill Rd and Nags Head Hill.  All 3 locations have been risk assessed and allthe volunteers have received training.  Please contact the webteam if you would like to join that group of volunteers or start a Community Speedwatch team in another part of St George.

Questions were asked about the roll out of the 20mph speed limit and the enforcement of that limit.  Once the speed limit signs are in place and the Road Traffic Orders in place, enforcement will be carried out.

An appeal was made for volunteers from Susan Acton-Campbell, St George Neighbourhood Partnership volunteer, to:

  • help put up posters about Forums and issues of community interest on at least 3 community noticeboards.  A full list of noticeboards and where they are can be found on the Contacts page.
  •  provide local knowledge and common sense to help assess grant applications made to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund.  There are currently 3 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
  • take turns at summarising what happens at Forum meetings.  This report that you are reading is currently written by Susan and she also writes a single side of A4 as a summary to put up in local noticeboards.
  • become a Community Speedwatch volunteer to help the 5 existing volunteers mentioned in the police report above.

Susan can be contacted via webteam@stgeorgenp.org.uk

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th February, 2015 at Summerhill Methodist Church.  All future Forum meetings for 2015 will be 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.   First will be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about local bus services.


Speed Watch – your opportunity to help your community

Inappropriate speed of traffic is a real concern of many people living in St George and this is an issue that is frequently raised at St George Neighbourhood Fora.  Addressing traffic and transport issues is one of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership’s 5 priorities

Local people can now take effective action against speeding, with the support of Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.  Community Speed Watch involves local people being trained to carry out speed checks from locations they have identified, had agreed and risk assessed by police officers.  Details of speeding vehicles are forwarded to the police and a warning letter is sent to the motorist.  Equipment is loaned by Bristol City Council to Speedwatch volunteers.  The commitment needed from the volunteers is that the equipment is used at least once a week for an hour on different days and at different times in agreed locations.

Ideally 3 people are needed on a Speed Watch session. One to use a clicker to count all vehicles and use the speed gun, another to act as observer and the final person to note the vehicle registration an other details, but 2 people can do the job.  The more people you have in a team, the workload is made lighter.  One person in the team is needed to act as co-ordinator, holding the equipment, returning paperwork to the police and attending meetings with other co-ordinators from time to time.

Two people from St George have already received training.  They have a particular interest in the Crews Hole area.  If you are interested in joining them or covering other parts of St George please contact  PC  Brett Worthington of  Avon & Somerset Constabulary on telephone number 101 or email him on Brett.Worthington@avonandsomerset.police.uk

There are currently places available on two training courses:
Wednesday 30th April        7pm – 8.30pm
Monday 12th May              7pm – 8.30pm
More training dates will be published soon.

Link to further information from Avon & Somerset Police on Community Speed Watch

30mph and 20mph sign

No to dog fouling

Engagement and Enforcement Day
Thursday 4 April

Dog fouling has been consistently identified by residents of St George as a major issue. The Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team with colleagues from the police and animal welfare agencies will be targeting St George on Thursday 4 April.

Further information here [.pdf].

Volunteer Snow Wardens wanted

Bristol City Council will be holding a:

Voluntary Community Snow Wardens Recruitment Session

6.30 pm Thursday 24 January 2013

City Hall (formerly the Council House), College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR.

The session will give residents the chance to hear more about becoming a Snow Warden, and to sign up to the scheme.

Emergency Management are particularly looking for Snow Warden volunteers from St Peters Rise, Windmill Hill, Totterdown (Victoria Park side of Wells Road), Redcatch Road (hill), St Andrews, and Bishopston areas.

Residents from other areas are also welcome to attend.

More about snow wardens here.

Volunteering in St George

There are a range of volunteer groups in St George who would welcome new volunteers.  Below are details of two groups that help look after and promote green spaces in St George.  Let the web team have details of more organisations plus when and how volunteers could be used.  We will then look at having a section of the website dedicated to information about volunteering opportunities.  You can email the web team at webteam@stgeorgnp.org.uk.

Friends of St George Park – we meet from 10am at the flower beds near to the main entrance close the junction of Church Rd and Chalks Rd.  We normally do a couple of hours work . Anyone can come and join us at any point.  In general we tend to have enough tools between us to go round.   For more information contact Trevor Ball on 951 7540.  More about the Friends of St George Park on https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfStGeorgePark.

Friends of Troopers Hill –  we meet at the Greendown entrance to this beautiful Local Nature Reserve at 10am on the first Saturday of every month.  We work for 2 hours, usually cutting back scrub and bramble to help protect the acid grass and heathland that make this site so special.  We supply gloves and tools and often finish with free hot drinks and biscuits, sitting and enjoying the views.  For more information email friends@troopers-hill.org.uk, phone 0117 947 5037 or look at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/workp.htm.  The Friends also have a facebook page www.facebook.com/troopershill.