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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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Consultation on Byelaws for Parks

park-genericBristol City Council and Safer Bristol are consulting on potential new byelaws for parks and green spaces across Bristol.

Byelaws are local laws which are made by a statutory body, such as a local authority, under an enabling power established by an Act of Parliament. Bristol City Council, in partnership with local communities and agencies such as the police want everyone in the city to be able to use and enjoy our parks and green spaces.

In 2012 residents and parks users raised concerns about fishing at night and camping in a couple of parks in Bristol. These issues can be covered by byelaws but rather than develop byelaws for these specific issues it was felt to be more useful to look at the range of issues that byelaws could cover. Over the last 2 years the Council has looked at police and council data of reported anti social activities in parks and green spaces. Byelaws would help these things to be tackled and help keep our parks and green spaces safe and enjoyable for all.

Background information on the consultation is available here
The online consultation form is available here, or you can request a paper copy of the consultation by calling Rajdeep Kaur on 0117 914 2230.
Further information is available here.

Extract from the Byelaws published in 1910:
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Enjoy Troopers Hill on Sunday

99posterTroopers Hill is looking fantastic at the moment with the yellow of the broom and the white of the hawthorn May blossom in full bloom.

There are two events on Troopers Hill on Sunday (26th May) which will give you a chance to find out more about the importance of this unique site for wildlife – and also have some fun.

In the morning there is a tree gazing walk (for which you have to book) and then in the afternoon there is a ‘mini-bioblitz’ which is open to everyone of all ages. Both these events are organised as part of the Bristol99 project leading up to Bristol’s Festival of Nature next month. More details are on the poster you can see here and on the Troopers Hill website.

These events also mark an important milestone for Friends of Troopers Hill as they will be their 100th and 101st events. You can read about how they got to 100 in this article on the Bristol99 blog: Troopers Hill 100, Bristol99.

Friends of St George Park

St George is blessed with some wonderful green spaces and of course the most popular (certainly the most used) is St George Park itself.

Walking in St George Park The park was established by St George Urban District Council in 1894 on what had been Fire Engine Farm. According David Lambert in the wonderful little book ‘Historic Public Parks – Bristol’ (published by the Avon Gardens Trust in 2000) its 38 acres cost £12,000. The Wain Brook flowed across the fields that were to become the park and this was used to form the lake.

You may have noticed over the past few months that there have been a series of small improvements in the park including a new notice board; new fencing which has also slightly extended the play area; community planting beds; lots of new spring bulbs and work to the basketball area to create a ‘MUGA’ or ‘Multi Use Games Area’.

Much of this has come about through the allocation of Section 106 money by the Neighbourhood Committee following discussions at the St George Environment Sub-Group. Over £50,000 has been allocated in the last 12 months. The ideas for this work have come from the Friends of St George Park who were re-launched in April last year.

The group is also working with the Council on a tree planting plan for St George Park which will see more trees planted next winter and has ideas to further improve the lake for wildlife.

If you would like to find out more about Friends of St George Park, or even better get involved and help bring further improvements, then there is a great opportunity later this month, details below.

 

Friends of St George Park AGM

FOSGPMonday 29th April at 7pm till 9pm
The Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd.

Refreshments available from 6.30pm

  • Election of new committee members
  • Round up of achievements in 2012
  • Update on the Environmental Project to regenerate the lake surrounding area
  • Looking for new volunteers for a wide range of exciting roles

You can also visit the group’s facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/FriendsOfStGeorgePark

Come and join the FOSGP and help to support your local park!

ALL WELCOME

Fishing to be temporarily suspended in St George Park

Council press release issued today:

Local anglers angling to catch their next big fish are being asked to hold off for a while and respect the temporary closure of two local lakes in Eastville Park and St George Park. The closures coincide the nationally recognised ‘closed season’ from Tuesday, March 19 to Saturday, June 15.

The temporary suspension of fishing will enable council staff to clear away discarded rubbish, debris and abandoned fishing lines in and around the lakes. This build up of discarded waste is known to cause harm and suffering to wildlife, particularly to young waterfowl, born in the springtime.

“There have been a number of incidents where swans and their cygnets, ducklings and other wildlife have been tangled up in fishing lines or have eaten discarded fishing-related items,” says Jamie Roberts, parks manager. “And as a result these beautiful creatures have become injured and distressed, and in some cases endured hours of suffering and
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“Temporarily closing the lakes at this time and carrying out a thorough clean up is the just the first step. Work is already underway, but it will take sometime to really clean up, so we ask anglers to respect the temporary closure.

“We know that many people like to fish, so we also want to work with local anglers to encourage a more responsible approach and a greater respect and awareness for all wildlife and the natural environment.”

Councillor Gus Hoyt, Bristol’s cabinet member for environment and neighbourhoods, says;

“Discarded fishing lines and rubbish left by anglers threaten wildlife and isn’t an issue unique to Bristol. We are looking at a range of options – including the development of a more robust code of conduct for those who want to fish in our lakes and will be looking to implement this when the season reopens in June.

“Our parks are there for everyone to enjoy and to provide a safe place for wildlife to flourish, by working together we can ensure our parks will continue to enrich our communities.”

To support the temporary closure of the two lakes, the local Neighbourhood Working Project have agreed to carry out patrols of the lakes.

The lakes in Eastville Park and St George Park are technically, ‘still waters’ and are therefore not officially subject to the ‘closed season’. The temporary suspension of fishing will not only allow for a clean up, it will also protect young wildlife being reared this spring.

Fishing in St George Park

At its last few meetings the sub-group has considered the issues around fishing at St George Park Lake. This issue was also discussed at the June 2011 Partnership meeting.

Injuries to birds in the park caused by fishing line and other fishing litter has been raised at Neighbourhood Forum meetings as a priority to be addressed and concerns have also been raised about anti-social behaviour by some fishermen. In the AGSP consultation during 2010 ‘Ban fishing on the historic boating lake’ was considered to be important or very important by 66% of those who responded.

At the June 2011 Partnership meeting it was agreed that something needs to be done and that the current situation is unacceptable.

An officer from Bristol Parks Neighbourhood Engagement Team has produced a report looking at all the options and this was considered at the sub-group meeting on 13th October 2011. It was agreed that further information / clarification was required on some issues. An update report was given to the January meeting and the sub-group then held a further meeting on 16th February 2012 to agree a recomendation to the March 2012 Neighbourhood Partnership meeting which can be seen via the link below. The Neighbourhood Partnership unanimously supported this recomendation.

Report & Proposal agreed at 13 March 2012 Neighbourhood Partnership meeting

The report to the October 2011 meeting and the list of actions agreed can be seen here:

Report and agreed actions sub-group meeting 13 October 2011

One of the actions was to consult with anglers in the park, this was done through the Consultation pages of the BCC website and also through Bristol Parks talking directly to those using the lake. Only a small number of anglers were spoken to as part of the consultation but they gave some valuable feedback.

Friends of St George Park produced a response to the report and also reported an incident in October where a pigeon got caught in fishing line.

Friends of St George Park response to fishing report

Report on progress of cygnets – August 2012

Report on swan rescue 26 Jan 2012

Report on pigeon rescue October 2011

For an earlier meeting, members of the Friends of St George Park prepared a report on the issue of fishing that can be downloaded from the link below.

Report – adverse effects of angling in St George Park June 2011 (pdf 7Mb)

Friends of St George Park have also commissioned a report from Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (Consulting) Ltd into the ecological status of the lake with recommendations as to its further management which can be seen here:

Report – Recommendations for Ecological Enhancement June 2011