Plans seem well advanced to convert the old Police Station near the junction of Somerville Road with the Gloucester Road into an extension of St Johns CE VC Primary School in Clifton.

The large international construction company Skanska, who have been involved in various public/private initiatives in the past, have been instructed by Bristol City Council to prepare design proposals for this conversion.

Skanska says that over recent months it has ‘worked closely with the school and local community to produce designs which meet their needs’. However, they do not seem to have included the ‘local community' of Bishopston in any of these discussions up to now. The first that the Bishopston Society knew about this initiative was when it received a copy of an email from Neighbourhood Partnerships of two documents sent to them from Skanska.  The information in this article is taken directly from these documents.  

The company goes on to say that as part of the next development stage it is ‘preparing a planning application for submission to the local authority’.

Two consultation meetings relating to this planned development are to be held shortly, with a choice of two sessions.  Skansa states these are ‘to enable the local community and all parties who may be affected by the proposed development to comment and understand the design at this early stage’, and ‘to inform those previously involved and those new to the proposals how we have arrived at the current stage and the intentions (sic) moving forward to submission, approval and ultimately construction of the project’.

The community meeting will be held in the main hall at Redland Quaker Meeting
House, 126, Hampton Road, BS6 6JE on 12th January 2012 at 2.30pm to 3.30pm and again at 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the main hall.

Skanska adds, ‘Please don’t hesitate to contact Mike Carter on 01454 452 000 should
you have any queries'.

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