Next open meeting Thursday 12 April, 12.30-1.45pm, at Joes Bakery. Are you worried about shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, CCTV availability, street begging? Come and talk to local police officer, Andy Stamp. Find out about plans at Gloucester Road Central.
Dates of future GRE&T open meetings for all Gloucester Road businesses and other organisations who support GRE&T’s aim of working together to support our high street. To give everyone a chance to come to some of these meetings, these will be on different days of the week and at different times of day. Dates for your dia:
May Monday 7th 4.30 to 5.45pm (note Monday 7th, not Tuesday 8th)
June Tuesday 12th 6.00 to 7.15pm
July Wednesday 11th 8.30 to 9.45am Cllr Martin Fodor
August Thursday 9th 12.30 to 1.45pm
September Monday 10th 4.30 to 5.45pm
October Tuesday 9th 6.00 to 7.15pm
November Wednesday14th 8.30 to 9.45am
December Thursday 13th 12.30 to 1.45pm
Future of Gloucester Road Public meeting, organised by the Bishopston Society on 17 April, 7.30pm at the Cricket Ground, Nevil Road. Panel with speakers from GRBID, GRE&T, Gloucester Road Central, Bishopston Society plus local councillor Eleanor Combley. For more details see TBS
Climate change Free talks by Nicky Jones, researcher and journalist, at Bishopston Library, Thursdays, 7.30pm, starting 26 April. What is Climate Change? Global Energy Trends? Is Nuclear the Answer? Book tickets online at bishopstonlibrary.org.uk or at the library.
Mayfest Saturday May 5th. Jack in the Green and his merry followers process from Harbourside along Gloucester Road in the afternoon to Horfield Common. Traders in Gloucester Road Central will be offering offer food, drink and entertainment from 10am to 4pm.
Parking A Bishopston and St. Andrews Traffic and Parking Group is campaigning for a Residents Parking Scheme in the Bishopston and St. Andrews Area. Thanks to the cross-party work of a number of our local Councillors, our MP Thangam Debbonaire will be hosting a public meeting to discuss parking issues and possible solutions. This will be on Saturday May 12th, 11.00 am at King's Centre, 16-18 King Square, BS2 8AZ.
More thoughts on crossing Gloucester Road
At ASHLEY DOWN ROAD Would traffic congestion be worse if the lights were changed to allow more time for pedestrians to cross Ashley Down Road at the Gloucester Road junction?
At the top CO-OP (near the car wash) Would a new crossing there be too near the Gloucester Road crossing at Ashley Down Road traffic lights?
At NEVIL ROAD Would changing to a light-controlled crossing be too expensive and block traffic for too long?
Well, yes, probably, all of that. But maybe the future success of Gloucester Road as a high street will depend less on motor traffic passing through, or parking nearby to load the car with the week’s shopping, and more on people coming on foot to shop, get personal service and advice, chat, eat and drink. So less traffic and a more pleasant social environment - less noise, less rubbish and better air-quality with more crossings, trees and flowers, entertainment and events?
New plastic-free shop “ Preserve”, will be opening soon at 208 Gloucester Road, selling wholefoods and other items such as reusable bamboo coffee cups and stainless steel straws.