The Committee thinks the future probably lies in an organisation which is fed and nurtured by a range of people with some time and interest.

They would be either individuals or members of other local organisations acting as partners, linked to but not necessarily formally part of a small publicly elected executive committee.

The executive (main committee) would ensure that funds are properly accounted for, transparency about decisions is maintained and direction of travel continues to be inclusive and for the betterment of our area in the broadest sense. But we’d delegate work to sub groups and committed contributors who make a commitment to getting agreed projects launched and developed.

We had already begun to move in the direction of this sort of partnership strategy when we decided to have a representative on the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership four years ago, but there have been more recent developments:-


  • providing the legal infrastructure for the bid to establish the Memorial Rugby ground as an Asset of Community Value. This will help to ensure that local voices are heard when any development proposals are made
  • providing support to the Radical History Society for the Blue Plaque in memory of Walter Ayles in Station Rd, Ashley Down
  • providing administrative facilities to SENDaWelcome to enable them to progress their work

See also our Strategy snippets for more examples of pilot work already taking place to implement our new strategies.

We look forward to getting your views on this direction of travel, or others.