This is a selection of the Local News contained in the eNewsletter which includes pieces on the Bristol North Baths development, parking improvements around the cricket ground, the Neigbourhood Partnership community fair and getting younger people involved in local decision making....
Bristol North Baths development
We arranged a joint briefing with Redland Councillors Martin Fodor and Fi Hance where we were informed that the developer is securing additional funding to complete the scheme.
The council is supporting all attempts to move things forward, but is not in a position to offer more funding itself or to hand over control of council assets until the project is complete.
Clearly work is progressing at this point and there are encouraging scenarios where completion could be quite soon – we will stay up to date and keep you posted.
Neighbourhood Partnership – Community Fair 19th September
Sat, September 19, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road BS7 8NT
An opportunity to talk to the members of the Neighbourhood Partnership (including councillors, council officers and local volunteers) about what they are doing to get improvements in our neighbourhood, and find out how you can join them, or bring your ideas for other projects which you think would make our area a better place to live.
There will also be skills exchange workshops, opportunities to meet our MP Thangam Debbonaire and to try your hand at the Community Speedwatch speed gun! You will also be able to get your bike mended for free and enjoy fun activities for children and adults.
New Junior Football Pitches on Wellington Hill and Muller Recreation Ground
Tim has been working with local junior football teams and parks officers to get more council pitches available locally. Previously a number of year 5 and 6 teams have had to travel across Bristol to play their league matches.
We are pleased to report that for the new season there will be 2x 9 a side pitches on the Muller Road recreation ground, and 2x 7 a side pitches (1 on Muller Road and 1 on Wellington Hill playing field).
Parking improvements linked to the cricket ground development
The council highways team have started now work on the parking element of the scheme proposed as part of the cricket club development. This has taken some time but money coming from the development will be spent on improving parking in the surrounding area.
Consultation will be going out to residents in the next few weeks. There is then a 6 month legal process to go through after the public consultation and then the design stages.
Break ins around Horfield Common
There have been a few recent break ins to houses in the streets around and near Horfield Common. We are encouraging people to keep houses locked, and be wary 24 hours of doors and windows that could easily be entry points.
Younger people making local decisions:
To be honest when we look around the room in some of our local decision making groups and committees, we are all getting on a bit! This is good because there are some engaged and highly experienced local volunteers. (It also makes Daniella and Tim feel (relatively) youthful). But it’s not so good because we really want local decisions to reflect the whole community’s views and younger people are often under represented in these sorts of groups.
So, with the help of new Cotham councillor Dani Glazzard we’re asking students, school children and younger adults to connect and play a role. The first meeting of the local Neighbourhood Partnership young people’s working group was held in July and we are keen to recruit more people.
If you are (or know) a younger person living in the area who would like to shape local priorities and decisions please contact us for details.
End of the Keir (ex May-Gurney) Waste Collection Contract
On 12th June Bristol City Council announced that it was parting company from its waste contractor, Keir with a mutual agreed termination of the contract. This was agreed at an exempt (private) cabinet meeting on Thursday 11th June. At the cabinet meeting, a cross-party group of councillors were able to ask the Officers and Cabinet the reasons for the decision and were briefed on the details. All were satisfied that this is a good decision for Bristol. So, from the 8th of August our waste will be collected by a new Bristol Waste Company, wholly owned by the Council.
Planning -St Bonaventures’s Multi-Use Games Area
We received representation from several neighbours of St Bon’s who were concerned about the application for an artificial pitch on the site. While we absolutely understand concerns about replacing natural grass with something artificial, having spent some time considering the application we reached the view that within the planning framework we had no specific grounds on which to object to it.
We sought views from parents of children at the school, and no one came back with any concerns.
We also recognise the value of children being able to play outside in all weathers. At Daniella’s children’s school there is an area of grass, and the children are unable to play on it for much of the year due to it being too wet. It would turn it into a mud bath if they did play on it in the autumn and winter. Luckily they have other areas surfaced differently, including with artificial turf. While we do regret the aesthetic and wider environmental impacts we recognise that St Bon’s governors want to ensure that children have access to outdoor space for as long as possible, and that is why, after much consideration we did not object to the application.
Micro Pub on Gloucester Road
Tim met recently with a local brewer who hopes to open and independent micro pub at 447 Gloucester Road. A micro pub is described as “a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves casks ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainments and dabbles in traditional pub snacks.” Because Gloucester Road falls within a cumulative impact area we typically resist applications for later licenses or pub expansions. We are inclined more positively toward this proposal on the basis of its very local credentials, a community minded mission and the very different, artisanal approach of a micro pub which we think could fit in well in the area.
There is no planning application number yet – we anticipate one at the end of August - but we encourage those living nearby to keep an eye out for notices and to put your comments forward to us and to planning officers.
Last month (June), Bristol hosted the European Green Capital Award for 2017. The awards also offered a chance to reflect on the achievements of previous Green Capitals, including Bristol. Watch this short film of highlights from Bristol’s year so far. A life-sized art installation, The Bristol Whales, launches on Friday 17 July at Millennium Square. Please join the Do 15 campaign to make the city greener and keep track of what’s happening via the Bristol 2015 website.