The Neighbourhood Partnership, at its meeting on June 16th, agreed to spend a total of £8,164 from the Wellbeing Budget on the following applications:
  • BC&R Partnership (Gloucester Rd Task Group).    Removal and prevention of graffiti and flyposting on the Gloucester Rd; improvement of the street scene
  • BC&R Partnership (Draycott Rd triangle).    Put in bin and add planting to “tidy up” small green space, screening a communications unit
  • St Andrews and St Bartholomew Scout and Guide Group.    Replace roof and other repairs until new -build plans come to fruition
  • The Gloucester Rd Task Group is the project outlined in the Summer 2011 Bishopston Society Newsletter. It is good news that it has received funding for most of the work it wishes to do over the next two years: some of its funding will be offset by the “Clean and Green budget” so freeing up more of the Wellbeing Budget for other local projects. But… it still requires help from local volunteers to make it happen. If you have an hour or two to spare on a Tuesday or Saturday morning (even as a “one-off”) please contact Liz Kew  at to find out when she is next going to be on the Gloucester Rd on a work session.
  • The Draycott Road triangle is on Muller Road and is a rather nondescript public space. So it is hoped that the £600 allocated will brighten it up for local residents and passersby, and generally contribute to the “greening” of the city. The third applicant, the Scout and Guide Group, serves hundreds of children each week and its building is used as a local resource by local people and Sefton Park School. The money allocated is to make the essential repairs to keep the building open until the new hut is ready for use.
There is still over £25,000 in the Wellbeing Budget to be allocated by March 31st 2012. Application form and guidelines are available from the City Council (Jenny Jones on 0117 903 6825 or by email ). The deadline for the next allocation is September 12th 2011. Do let organisations know who may be interested.
Other decisions made at the meeting included:
1)    the  Safer Bristol Delivery Agreement (draft to be completed in July) would include how to address:
-    Inappropriate motor vehicle speeds
-    Alcohol related anti-social behaviour
-    Dangerous cycling, especially on pavements,
issues which have been raised at the local Forums during the last year;
2)    the priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership during 2011/12 would be:
-    Parks and green spaces
-    Traffic and sustainable transport
-    Equalities groups ( young people, students , older people)
-    Improvement of local environment/street scene
-    Support and encouragement of a) links with local traders  b) local arts where there is a wide appeal c) development of community facilities d) food sustainability.
Members of the Partnership wanted to emphasise that the above would include tree planting and support for allotments.

The Partnership will be meeting informally over the next few months to provide more detail about how it would address all these priorities by drawing up a plan.
The next meeting of the Partnership will be on Monday 24th October 2011 – it is public and the agenda and papers will be posted on the Council website:
Do come along!
Finally, our new Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator at the Council is Andrew McGrath, whom we share with the Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym Partnership. Andrew can be contacted on Tel: 903-6436 or Email:

Jenny Hoadley
Bishopston Society rep on the Neighbourhood Partnership.