All but £8000 of the Wellbeing Budget was spent by March 2011, and this year we can roll over the balance into next year’s Budget so more money for 2011/12! The schemes which have been funded since March 2011 are:-

Friends of Horfield Common 

  1. Bulb planting
  2. To set up Toddler Group
  3. To improve toilet facilities for Horfield Common and Ardagh

Sustainable Redland

To promote street parties in the Partnership area

City Church

To develop a secular youth club, The Eye, on Friday nights  held at the Elmgrove Centre

18th Bristol Scout Group (Redland Scout Centre, opp 44 Archfield Rd),

To upgrade the toilets to incorporate facility for disabled access, so the building would be then available for public use.

Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Partnership

To enable the paddling pool in St Andrews Park to have extended opening days (last week April and last 3 weeks Sept) for 2011

Tango West

To improve the ventilation/heating of the premises (Council owned) of a non-profitmaking company in Redland providing a range of exercise classes for all ages

The consultation day on January 29th was very productive, and taking into account other consultation processes conducted throughout the last year, including comments raised at local Neighbourhood Forum meetings, the Partnership will be extending the criteria for grants in 2011/12, to support the issues people have said are important to them. So the grant criteria will be:

·        local traffic and transport

·        improving the built environment

·        parks and green spaces and trees

·        young people

·        improving the lives of people living in the neighbourhood, the main priorities for 2011/12 being:

-        neighbourliness

-        local arts where they are likely to appeal to a wide section of the community

-        activities which engage with people facing social disadvantage

-        activities which support carers and the “cared for”

-        schemes about food sustainability to encourage people to “grow-their-own” fruit and vegetables

The Partnership hopes to be able to allocate money at their meeting in mid June if you can get your application in by the beginning of May. Get an application form and guidelines from the City Council (Jenny Jones on 0117 903 6825 or by email ). The next allocation will not be made until the end of October.

There are two pieces of good news for Bishopston residents. Firstly there will be some money available though what is known as “Section 106” which is a levy on developers to mitigate the impact of their development. This money will in part provide enhancements to our local parks about which there will consultation with local residents.

Secondly a Gloucester Rd Task Group has been set up for the next 2 years to improve the street scene (waste, litter etc), visual enhancements eg hanging baskets, improve faculties for disabled and elderly people, review empty shops and ongoing economic activity and review traffic and transport. It is a group of Council staff and the police, chaired by a local resident, and it hoped that the Traders Association will also join.

Local residents are needed for one-off tasks like helping to survey what needs to be done.The Chair is Liz Kew and her email address is . She woud like someone to take a particular interest in how to improve access for disabled people eg a Shopmobility Scheme. The Bishopston Society would be very pleased if  you could volunteer to be a link with the Task Group and the Bishopston Society. Please contact me or  contact the Bishopston Society secretary if you are interested.

Other things carried out through the Neighbourhood Partnership include:-

  • a range of graffiti removal, litter picking and hedge trimming activities much of which was in the Bishopston and Redland wards
  • agreement on a range of minor traffic works and pavement improvements for 2011/12 which will enhance road safety especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

At the June Partnership meeting we will be launching our Action Plan for the year. Come along and hear more about it and /or check the Council website: http://www.bristolpartnership.org/neighbourhood-partnerships/bishopston-cotham-a-redland

DATES FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUMS MAY- OCTOBER 2011

These are public meetings open to all local residents. They usually start at 7pm. Check the website above for venue and agendas, or ring Jo Holmes at the Council (0117 903 6898).

Monday 23rd  May 2011

Redland (venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 26th May 2011

Cotham (Tyndale Baptist Church, Whiteladies rd)

Tuesday 31st  May 2011

Bishopston (venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 29th September 2011

Bishopston

Monday 3rd     October 2011

Cotham

Thursday 6th October 2011

Redland

DATES FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS MAY- OCTOBER 2011

These are public meetings open to all local residents from 7pm. If possible have a look at the agenda and reports beforehand on the Council website (see above for the web address):-

  • Thursday 16th June 2011 at 7pm (venue to be confirmed)
  • Monday 24th October 2011 at 7pm