Environment subgroup meeting 3rd November 2016

Please find attached the Agenda for the Environment subgroup meeting on Thursday 3 November 2016 7.30pm to 9pm, the action notes from the previous meeting and a draft TOR(Terms of reference)

Please note this meeting is about ‘Air Quality’ and not S106/ CIL. We have the great pleasure of having very renowned people in the field of Air quality coming to our meeting to share in our discussion and give us a couple of presentations.

We will also be voting for a new chair, as we know Tess Green who has done a fantastic job chairing wishes to step down, we thank her for all her commitment to the group and will continue to benefit from her input as a participant. This will be the last meeting Tess is chairing for the environment subgroup, and it is looking like an extremely interesting one too well done Tess!

Donald Branch has offered to chair, for those who don’t know Donald, Donald has recently retired from being a director of a national charity, currently he is Chair of the Board of Trustees of a Pension Scheme and Chair of Caraboo Neighbourhood BS3. Donald is interested in how various elements of our environment combine to form good spaces for living.

***The S106/ CIL meeting where we will be reviewing requests from community groups and making our recommendations to the Greater Bedminster Community Board will be on

Thursday 1st December 2016 7.00pm to 9pm at the ACTA centre Gladstone Road. PLEASE NOT THE EARLIER START TIME THIS IS DUE TO EXTRA TIME NEEDED TO DISCUSS SUBMITTED REQUESTS We will also be finalising the TOR please see attached, if you have anything you wish to add or change please send to me Lorena.alvarez@bristol.gov.uk by Friday 18thNovember 5pm***

 Thursday 26th January 2016 7.30pm to 9pm will be our usual meeting agenda to be confirmed

 For those who may not know about how CIL and S106 funds work, I have attached a definition sheet to explain it’s not very long but worth a read so you have an understanding of where these funds have come from and there limitations/benefit, in preparation for the meeting on the 1st December.

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 3rd November if you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact me my contact details are below in the signature strip, please note for those who use Facebook I have a Neighbourhood officer page the link is below.

Kind regards,

Lorena Alvarez

Neighbourhood Officer

(Greater Bedminster)





Special NEWSLETTER on Walkability (49:16) – 13th October 2016

Bristol Walking Alliance

GBCP is a founder member of the Bristol Walking Alliance and is acknowledged across Bristol as a leading advocate of improvements in the walking environment.   Below, the BWA NEWSLETTER picks up some important issues, including the walking conference this Saturday, progress on the up-dating of Bristol’s 2011 Walking Strategy being led by Jess Read and the launch of an enquiry into disability and the built environment by the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities.

The last two are especially timely.    A lot of the motivation behind our Let’s Walk Bedminster project arose from an awareness that a walking environment that was unfriendly and obstacle strewn disadvantaged people with physical disabilities even more than the rest of the population.    For many it was an important contributor to social isolation.    Why should one leave the house if the outside world was difficult to deal with?

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NEWSLETTER – 48:16 11th October 2016

Bedminster Skills Week

Our third Skills Week will be in November.   See the attachment for more details.

The lead on this is being taken by the Bedminster Business Improvement District and many local businesses are already gearing up to display skills associated with their trade.   But, this is also an opportunity for residents and community organisations to share their talents and to promote their activities.   In the past, choirs, craft groups, sports clubs and many others have used Skills Week to recruit new members.    The deal is that the Skills Week organisers, working with the Bedminster-based PR company Plaster, will advertise your activity and may be able to help with a location.    Your job is to offer an introduction to your particular ‘skill’ to whoever comes along.

Simon@weareplaster.com will be pulling it all together, but if you want a preliminary chat about your idea, contact benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk .   But, don’t leave it too long.    Getting things sorted within a time frame is a skill.    Do you have it?

Creating Walkable Neighbourhoods

The Bristol Walking Alliance is hosting a meeting on Saturday, 15 October (10-12.30) at Triodos Bank Basement Space, Deanery Road, BS1 5AS, ie very close to the Council House/City Hall: a nice stroll from BS3.    See the BWA attachment.

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Wish list for trees in Greater Bedminster

In October 2016 the Environment sub group of GBCP reviewed a presentation of work by Lorena Alvarez, Matt Collis, Guy Malkerson and Robert Marson on getting more trees into the area. As well as the report (Greater Bedminster Street Tree Wish List 20160905) there is also a map of where new trees might go on our streets, as shown in this picture, or online here. The Bristol Tree Forum has an excellent website, forum and social media presence for to support trees and those who love them across the city. The report included these points:

  • A new tree in a street £2,265 (tree and pit)
  • Each tree is three meters tall and protected with metal guards
  • Watering for two years is needed to make sure tree becomes fully established included
  • An aspiration for 50% local species which harbor far more wildlife than exotic species. For example, a native birch supports 266; a sycamore just 15.
  • Species should be selected from the BCC list of ‘proven adaptive species‘

The main Bristol Council mapping website also has a layer identifying possible new street trees with the purposes of getting sponsorship. This is where there is already a tree pit available. This includes planting, staking and two years watering to get it established, and cost about £300.