September update

Community plan consultation update

Work has continued over the summer on getting our survey out to the local community: 222 online responses are already helping us to understand what we need to focus on, with maintaining public facilities and improving parks and green spaces emerging as top priorities so far. But are these YOUR priorities?  Make sure you have a saythere are print surveys at various locations across the patch, and our on-line survey is here. Please encourage neighbours, family and friends of all ages to take part – we want a good cross-section of local views!

Now we’re going on the road to speak to people face to face, and we’re hoping you’ll join us, and encourage others to do so.

AGB Community Conversations
Come tell us

Saturday 6 October 10 am – 5pm

North Street Gallery, 135 North Street BS3

What do you love about our neighbourhood, what do you hate, and what do you think could be better if we give it some attention? Pop in and add your thoughts and wishes to our survey, which will feed into the Community Plan for Greater Bedminster.

We want to hear about your moans and groans, your ideas and your wishes!

Lost for words? Say it with a mini print! From 2pm to 5 pm, Bristol Print Collective will be on hand to help 2-99 yr old residents create mini prints of our likes and dislikes, all to be added to a huge wall map.

How clean is the air in Greater Bedminster?

In partnership with Windmill Hill City Farm and the University of the West of England’s www.claircity.eu project we aim to get the facts and find out what we can all do to improve things. (This event for adults will be followed by a children’s workshop during autumn half-term: details soon).

Air quality in Bristol is currently breaching long term standards and regularly breaks legal standards for NO2. Bad air quality affects the most vulnerable: children, older people and people with heart and lung conditions. Around 300 deaths a year in the city are linked to air pollution. This map shows that parts of East and West Streets in Bedminster are breaking the national and EU limits for air pollution. The city is currently developing a plan in line with government guidance (the Treasury “green book”) : this will most likely mean charges for vehicles entering a designated Clean Air Zone and the requirement for owners of vehicles which exceed the legal standards to exchange those vehicles. More info from Clean Air for Bristol and Bristol City Council
 
Every breath you take…

Thursday 18 October W7.30 pm 
Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe/bar

Corra Boushel of the University of the West of England and claircity.eu will lead us through some interactive group chats with surprising information and statistics about the effects of bad air quality.

With Greater Bedminster as the focus, we’ll look at national and local policies, and hopefully come away with a clearer idea of what can be done here and now to both protect us and to encourage change. These agreed actions will feed into the Action Greater Bedminster Community Plan due to be published in early 2019. We’ll also learn about what the City Council is doing, and the activities of other groups in Bristol such as St George Breathing Better and Clean Air Bishopston. Admission free, pay bar: book your place here

How secure is the future of our retail streets?

Are the closure of major shop units on East Street a sign of the times? We hope not and so does the Bedminster Business Improvement District team (members of AGB), who have been canvassing votes from local traders over the summer for the BBID to continue for the next five years.

With a levy on business rates, the BBID has been able to make significant improvements to North, East and West Streets: planters, hanging baskets, street art, seating and pocket parks are some of the visible ones. They also work with the local police team to control anti-social behaviour and crime, and make major contributions to events such as Upfest and the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade.  
 
We’ll know by the end of September whether local businesses have backed them to carry on the good work, but in the meantime here’s a City Council survey to complete on Bristol’s high streets and shopping areas, which they say are vital to the city’s economy and its communities. The information provided in this survey will inform an action plan. If the survey sparks any thoughts related to our own high streets, please let us know by emailing greaterbedminster@gmail.comthe info provided will be useful data for our discussions with the BBID.

Please get in touch with any ideas, thoughts, feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

Interested in wildlife in BS3? Join the group

Finbar Cullen and Ben Barker have set up a BS3 Wildlife Group on Facebook.

And don’t forget to join in the BS3 Winter Garden Bird Watch which runs from October to March.   Download a recording sheet.

Over the years over 25 households have been keeping an eye out for which birds are visiting their gardens. Over 2000 records have been submitted to the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC). Here’s a summary for the 2016-17 season Winter Garden Bird Count for Greater Bedminster 16-17

And here’s some of our visiting birds Continue reading “Interested in wildlife in BS3? Join the group”

Help us create a Community Plan for Greater Bedminster!

Want to influence the way decisions are made in the area? Have some ideas about how things could be improved? Fill in our survey which will form the basis of a Community Plan

The survey takes five minutes to fill in via this link. We will also be printing surveys for people to fill in at community points in the area (libraries, community centres, doctor’s surgeries and so on) as well as having stalls and meetings to gather as many responses as possible from the community. We’d be really grateful if you take the time to fill it in, and encourage friends, family and neighbours to do so too.

We are hoping to collate the responses in the autumn to form a new plan ready for 2019. We will update this website with dates of events, the progress we are making and places you can get copies of the survey from. You can also join our facebook group and follow us on Twitter .

GDPR, becomng a member and funding opportunity

What are we up to?

It might seem like we’ve gone a bit quiet but there is lots going on in the background at the moment. We are working out the best way of ensuring we consult as widely as possible on the community plan, and create a good quality document that can lead to real change. If you would like to get involved in this, have ideas, thoughts or time to contribute, please do let us know.

Other developments are building our theme groups and planning workshops, campaigns and projects in response to the issues people have highlighted to us.

Membership
We are also keen to increase our members. Any local organisation, group or business can be a member. Membership is free and gives you a vote at our AGM, be part of a network of like-minded organisations and a voice at meetings. The more members we have the more clout we will have when talking to potential partners. Stef Brammar is our membership secretary and happy to have a chat with anyone thinking about joining. Here’s the form.

Your data and privacy
We are also working on our General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) obligations. One element is making sure everyone on our mailing list has given clear consent to be on it. If you haven’t already, please fill in our sign-up form by 18th May. After this, I will email anyone who has not completed a form, and anyone who does not reply by 25th May will be removed from our mailing list.

Funding opportunity
Voscur is inviting aplications for up to £10,000 for small organisations doing community projects in South Bristol. Funding can be sought for a range of different things, as long as they support your overall project. These include paying for equipment, one-off events, training costs, volunteer expenses, running costs and transport.

The deadline for applicaions is 24th May, with a pitching event on 5th July for those projects that get shortlisted. More information is on the website here.

If you have an idea for a project you think fits into Action Greater Bedminster’s aims, please do get in touch.

AGB Update 24 April: Community Plan, Parks and Plastic-free

Community Plan Meeting

About 35 people attended the meeting last week and contributed a range of ideas. The key points that came out of the meeting for AGB to look at:

– safety zones around schools
– toilets
– air quality
– dog fouling
– billboards and other aspects of the street environment (e.g. air pollution)
– littering
– improving outdoor spaces, including parks (e.g.food growing, water fountains)
– dropped kerbs and accessibility of pavements
– parking (access issues and residents parking)
– planning developments (looking at communications and impact)
– transport improvements (better integration, better bus routes)
– derelict buildings
– youth services

Specific projects that seem to meet the CIL criteria and will hopefully be developed with the help of councillors to take to Stage 1 of the process:

– Compass Point school crossing
– Holy cross school crossing
– Luckwell school crossing
– the Ashton drive and South Liberty Lane bridges in Ashton Vale
– the pavilion in Greville Smyth Park
– Langton Street bridge
– the crossing and bollards by the Chessel Centre
– water fountain in Dame Emily Park

CIL projects need to go through the process outlined here  There is a guide which explains how to fill in an Outline Project Proposal form, This puts a project forward to Stage 1 of the process. If you have a project you want to put forward, please contact your local councillor. These need to be sent to areacommittee5@bristol.gov.uk by the end of Friday 4th May. 

AGB will continue to develop the community plan through an online survey and hope to develop a paper form that can be distributed in community spaces such as doctor’s surgeries, libraries, community centres and so on. We will also organise more public meetings as funds allow, and look at other ways of reaching the wider community so our plan is a reflection of as many different people as possible. If you would like to be involved in any way, please do get in touch. We will update this mailing list with progress.

Parks Consultation
The recent parks consultation asked residents whether they supported a variety of income generation and service reduction options for parks. The results have now been finalised and will be considered by Cabinet on 1st May. More than 2,600 people responded and detailed responses were also received from partner organisations and community groups.

The consultation broadly supported the income generation plan put forward by the council, and supported some of the service reduction proposals.

The Council needs to reduce spending on parks by at least £2.868million a year by April 2019. This means services will need to be run in a very different way, working more closely with communities and seeking opportunities to generate income, as well as making services as efficient as possible. It is currently predicted that £490,000 can be saved by making efficiencies and reducing parks services. In order to retain as many parks services as possible, the intention is that the rest of the required savings can be made by generating income from parks.

We will update those of you who have asked to be kept informed about parks with more detail in the next week or so.

BS3 Plastic Free?
As part of the Environment focused sub group, a meeting was held on Sunday 22nd April, Earth Day. The group is in the early stages of developing a community campaign around waste reduction. It aims to develop a recognition programme for businesses who are taking steps to reduce their plastic footprint as well as hoping to encourage more businesses and organisations to take steps towards an increasingly sustainable approach to their operations. We also intend to develop ways to engage with BS3 residents with a view to increasing awareness around plastic usage, recycling, and waste reduction. Although this campaign will be very local in its focus we also hope to be able to work with Surfers Against Sewage and their fantastic nationwide ‘Plastic Free Coastlines’ campaign to ultimately get recognition for Greater Bedminster, and the wider area, for achieving significant improvements in our plastic footprint reduction. More to come, but please do let us know if, and how, you are keen to get involved as the group is planning a follow up meeting in the coming weeks.

Action Greater Bedminster update April 12th

Community Plan

A reminder that the first meeting relating to the development of a plan for the neighbourhood created by and for the community takes place on Tuesday 17th April, 7pm at the United Reform Church on West Street. We will talk about how we’d like to develop a plan, the CIL/S106 allocation process, priorities for the area and potential projects. The more people that contribute the better the plan will be, so please do come along if you can. Once the CIL process is underway, we are hoping to run an online survey and have consultation points in community spaces to help develop the plan further.

If you are part of a local organisation and would like to have a small display at the meeting, please get in touch

Merger for four GP practices in Greater Bedminster
Gaywood House Surgery, Malago Surgery, Southville Surgery and Wedmore Practice merged as of 1 April 2018 to form Bridge View Medical Practice. It is the biggest practice in the city with a combined list of 34,000 patients.

Patients can still see their chosen doctor at their local surgery, but they also have the option of being seen at other sites, if for example this means getting to see a doctor sooner. The total number of doctors across the four surgeries remains the same, and Continue reading “Action Greater Bedminster update April 12th”

A Community Plan for Greater Bedminster: let’s get started!

Public Forum:  7pm Tuesday 17 April, URC Hall, West Street

Action Greater Bedminster was founded on a commitment to more local involvement in the planning and management of our neighbourhood.  We are therefore beginning the process of producing a Community Plan for Greater Bedminster by endeavouring to engage with all those that live and work in the two wards of Southville and Bedminster.

A Community Plan would:

  • identify local problems and opportunities
  • set out an achievable and long term vision for the future
  • prepare a plan of action to achieve this vision

Increasing Government encouragement for public involvement in planning and community empowerment is evident in policy statements and legislation.  However, how the public should be involved and empowered is mostly left to local decision makers and practitioners.  So we’re organising a public forum to help us decide how to move forward, and to agree what the priorities are.

A first step
Prompted by a  timely request from Bristol City Council and the 4 ward Councillors of Bedminster and Southville to consult with our local community on how CIL funds might be spent in Greater Bedminster, we are organising:

  • a public forum,17 April from 7pm at the URC Hall on West Street
  • an on-line consultation exercise during the week 16-20 April

Continue reading “A Community Plan for Greater Bedminster: let’s get started!”

Action Greater Bedminster update March 7th

New Chair
Donald Branch has stepped down for health reasons. We are very grateful for all his help getting Action Greater Bedminster off to a good start. Ellie Freeman was elected as the chair at the recent Executive Committee meeting. Ellie said: ‘I am a mum of two, living and working in Southville where I have been for about 8 years. I have worked for Playing Out and been involved in various local community events and schemes.

Action Greater Bedminster is a fantastic community organisation, bringing together people from across the area to share ideas, thoughts and information to improve our neighbourhood. I am hoping to build on the great work done by others to create an open, welcoming, diverse organisation that will make a real difference. The more people get involved, the more we can do.’

Action Greater Bedminster transport group
This group will be looking at various transport issues in our area which will include accessibility, safety, improved transport links and information. The group is slowly growing and will meet at some point. In the meantime, if you’d like to be part of the conversation, have ideas or issues you’d like to share, please get in touch.

Adblock BS3
Adblock Bristol is a group campaigning for a happier, healthier city free from the pressures of corporate outdoor advertising. They have created this petition against  advertising in Bristol’s parks  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-bristol-s-parks-advertising-free(there is still time to sign if you haven’t already).

In St Werburghs residents have campaigned to remove 6 of 13 billboards and have now installed an artwork to celebrate this, and their local green spaces and community: https://adblockbristol.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/burg-arts-relaunch/

A group has now formed in BS3, concerned about the negative impacts of billboard advertising on our local independent businesses, our wellbeing and our environment. We’d like to talk about an alternative vision for our outdoor spaces which better serves the needs of our community. This was also discussed at the recent Environment and Transport Group meeting – and we saw that there is a link between outdoor advertising and many of our other concerns about air pollution, waste and the impact on our environment both locally and globally.

The BS3 group is meeting on Monday 12 March, 7pm at The Hare and would love to hear your views. Email nicolaround@gmail.com or just turn up on the night.

Our aspirations

Action Greater Bedminster is currently creating discussion groups around Environment, Park and Transport. We will keep you up to date with developments in all these areas, and others that are emerging such as Health and wellbeing. We are really keen to hear YOUR views and ideas about our neighbourhood. As well as pulling together and sharing information, we will be creating events and projects around specific themes and looking at practical solutions. Ultimately we want to create a Community Plan that AGB will be accountable to. This will be something we can take to organisations, funders, the council and others to help us make real changes.

We want to hear from you!
If you have any questions or comments:

email greaterbedminster@gmail.com

Facebook: Action Greater Bedminster

Twitter:@greaterbedmin

Website https://www.bedminster.org.uk/com

ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER : Update 14th February

Action Greater Bedminster Environment and transport group
This group will be looking at the street scene, air pollution, public transport, parking, traffic, litter, accessibility and more. The first meeting is on 21stFebruary 7-8.30pm at Windmill Hill City Farm and is open to everyone.

Action Greater Bedminster Parks sub-group meeting
The meeting on 21st January, which concentrated on the Bristol City Council’s recent parks consultation, was attended by the chair of the Parks Forum, Richard Fletcher and Richard Ennion from Bristol City Council and a wide range of representatives from parks groups, allotments and other interested organisations. It was chaired by Cllr Charlie Bolton.

There is a big challenge ahead: the Parks Dept will have budget reductions of almost £3m from April 2017-2020. The reductions will mean the core budget for maintenance and infrastructure will have to be protected and continue to be allocated based on need and priority.

It is clear there will be changes in the management and maintenance of our Parks, with several options for income-generation (e.g. increasing parking facilities and charges, cafes, advertising) and cuts to services likely to become reality. Any income will be returned to the city-wide parks budget.

The meeting discussed the need for the relationship with businesses to change. One idea is to create foundations for parks, so they can engage with businesses and volunteers, use charitable status to raise funding and so on. Bristol Parks Forum looking into this. The proposals can be seen here:
www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/FoundationProposals.pdf.

Key points from the discussion at the AGB Parks meeting: Continue reading “ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER : Update 14th February”

ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER Update on what we are doing

The action AGB takes will be determined by special interest sub-groups, which anybody who lives or works in Greater Bedminster can join. How money will be spent – or policies implemented – in our neighbourhood will depend on the outcome of their debates and action plans, which will be discussed by our Exec team with the four ward Councillors before being incorporated in a local community plan for Greater Bedminster.

Parks, leisure facilities and libraries group
This group is meeting on 22nd January at 7pm at Windmill Hill City Farm in the Training Room. This will focus on the Bristol City Council parks consultation and is open to everyone.

Environment group [including the street scene, transport facilities and air quality] This group is hoping to meet on 19th February at 7pm at a venue to be confirmed. Again, this is an open meeting.

Urban planning, development and conservation group
We are looking for a chair for this group – do get in touch if you are interested.

We will also be looking at community development; our marketing, communications, membership and participation; and writing the local community plan. We will update you about meeting dates on these topics as soon as we can.

If you are interested in any of these topics or have a particular issue you would like discussed by one of these groups, please get in touch via greaterbedminster@gmail.com.

Useful information

Continue reading “ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER Update on what we are doing”