NEWSLETTER: AGM Special – 31:16 20th June 2016


Monday, 27th June 2016, 7.00 pm.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details ( or see the attachment or pick up a hard copy from Southville Centre later in the week.

Meeting venue: Bristol International Bowls Centre, South Liberty Lane, Ashton Vale, Bristol, BS3 2TY 

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Welcome, apologies and introductions
2 Declarations of interest
3 Public forum and public resolutions
4 Community safety update
5 Annual General Meeting business report, Business activities report and end of year financial statement
6 GBCP elections
7 GBCP updates
8 Greater Bedminster Community Partnership plan
9 Section 106 and CIL report
10 Minutes of previous meeting
11 Any other business
12 Meeting close – 9.00 pm


Please note the new provision for access to these papers.   It would be useful to know how people get to look at the papers, assuming that they do.   It would be helpful if you could let know how you prefer to access the papers or, indeed, whether or not you read them at all.   We’ll pass your comments back to relevant council officers.


Note also, that this meeting is open to everyone.   See you there?


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Summary of Greater Bedminster’s Progress on the Bristol Area Green Space Strategy

June 2016. This document offers information to aid discussion on GBCP’s strategic approach to the development of Parks and Green Spaces.

The GBCP Board is requested to

  • Note the report;
  • Invite park groups and others to prepare proposals for park improvement in line with the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy by April 30 2013;
  • Consider the 3 key issues set out below.
  1. around £100,000 of 106 money for green spaces has been identified for allocation in 2013, where should we spend it?
  2. should our emphasis be on promoting wildlife; securing improved children’s play; enhancing the infrastructure and design of formal parks or something else? Can some of these be combined?
  3. can we use the 106 money to leaver in other resources from, say, the lottery or land fill tax?

The Green Spaces: Work on the Bristol Strategy started in 2005 and it was adopted in 2008. It’s a ‘spatial and investment plan for the next 20 years’, ie 2006-2026. The Bedminster and Southville section, adopted after consultations in 2010, identified 14 sites that are the responsibility of BCC Parks, although there may be others, eg Windmill Hill City Farm, Hebron Burial Ground, Marksbury Community Garden, Ashton Vale Town Green, not ‘owned’ by Parks.

The BCC sites and BCC names are

  • Greville Smyth Park
  • South Street Park
  • Land at Dalby Ave
  • Land at Francis Road
  • New Cut Open Space
  • Gores Marsh Park
  • St Johns Churchyard
  • North Street Green
  • St Pauls Churchyard
  • Ashton Court
  • Dame Emily Park
  • Ashton Vale Playing Field
  • ‘Sturdon Road’
  • ‘Cumberland Road’

Additionally, important spaces easily accessed from Greater Bedminster, but in Windmill Hill ward include

  • Victoria Park
  • Malago Vale OS
  • ‘Cotswold Road’

Funding and development of these spaces is the responsibility of Knowle, Filwood and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership.

Some of our local sites are quite small and will not be dealt with here, although their importance should not be under estimated as they are part of the walking environment and also significant as part of wildlife corridors. We’ll also not be commenting much on Ashton Court Estate, except as a wildlife reservoir.

The Criteria: BCC introduced quality, quantity and distance criteria relating to different types of green space. The types are play opportunities for children and young people; formal green space; informal green space, natural green space and active sports space. Of course, these are not always easy to distinguish from each other. The aim of the strategy is that by 2026 all Bristol residents will be within various set distances of each type of green space and that this provision will be of an acceptable quantity and quality. Full details of the original Strategy can be seen on the BCC website:

What’s the purpose of this summary? The GBCP Board has asked for an assessment of progress over the last few years towards the goals set out in the original Strategy. We know that some spaces have moved forward considerably, whilst others remain ‘unimproved’. Of course, in some cases, ‘improvement’ might be a bad thing. The data will help GBCP to decide where further investment should be encouraged. This investment might come from BCC or externally. In both cases, a more convincing case can be made to the funder if applications are shown to be in line with a longer-term plan.

The full report is attached here: GBCP green spaces report 2017

NEWSLETTER – 27:16 1st June 2016

Better Bedminster Community Chest

You will see from the attached paper that there are 9 applications to the Community Chest, totalling £17,424. g-bed-np-grantsjune16

These will be considered by an Awards Panel on Wednesday, June 8 at Windmill Hill City Farm. The Panel will start with a briefing at 7pm and should not last more than 1.5-2 hours. Award Panels are made up of local people who give up an evening to read through and assess applications. If you would like to be part of this panel, please just turn up a few minutes before 7. You do not need any special knowledge, just a bit of common sense. If you are linked to any of the applications, you can still join in, but not vote on ‘your’ application.

The recommendations from the Awards Panel will go to the full GBCP Board meeting at the Bristol Indoors Bowls Centre in Ashton Vale. That meeting starts at 7pm on June 27. Agendas and papers should be available shortly.

Becoming a Member of the GBCP Board

The meeting on June 27 is the AGM. A new GBCP Board will come into existence. That Board has already begun to form with the election of Celia Phipps, Charlie Bolton, Mark Bradshaw ans Steve Clarke as councillors for the two wards of Southville and Bedminster. they are automatically Board members.

However, there are lots of other places. These will be filled by nominations from registered partners across the area. Please note that existing board members can only stay on the board if they are re-nominated. But, we also welcome new members.

To nominate someone, please complete the attached form and send it in.

Officers of GBCP

The new board will elect officers. If you wish to nominate anyone as an officer, please complete the attached nomination paper. Please note that officers must also be members of the board, so make sure they are nominated for that too.

It’s always a good idea to check that people are willing before you nominate them for something.

GBCP Mobility Sub-Group

Next meeting Monday, 6 June at Windmill Hill City Farm. This group looks at how we get in and out and about the community.

GBCP Environment Sub-Group

Next meeting Thursday, 9 June at actaCentre. Looking at green spaces and the street scene.

Both sub-groups make recommendations to BCC and GBCP on future developments. New members welcomed.

Please note that the AGM on 27 June is an open meeting, ie anyone can attend. Perhaps we’ll see you there?

And for those who don’t do meetings…

FrANC Walk on Sunday

Friends of the Avon New Cut will be looking at the trees with the guidance of Richard Brand from Bristol Naturalists’ Society. This walk should take about 2 hours and starts at 10am on the Coronation Road side of Bedminster Bridge. Everyone welcome.