GBCP NEWSLETTER (11:17) – 8th March 2017

Guide Dogs Campaign
When cars are parked on the pavement, all too often people who are blind and partially sighted have to risk their lives by walking into busy roads just to get by, that’s why there is a campaign to end problem pavement parking. Guide dog owner Simon told about how much pavement parking affects him: “When out with my guide dog one Christmas there were so many cars parked on pavements that I returned home distraught. I considered giving up my guide dog because it was so difficult to get past the cars, and I felt that my independence had been taken away again”

It’s important working with the Government to put an end to problem pavement parking and make sure that people like Simon don’t lose their independence. You can help by writing to your local council and asking them support the campaign too.

Call for Sites
Bristol Planning Department has begun work on an update to the Bristol Local Plan. As part of this, developers, landowners, businesses, and other organisations are invited to tell us about potential sites for housing and/or economic development within Bristol City Council area. This may include sites that the Local Plan currently reserves for another use. The information you provide will be made publically available and will form part of the evidence base to support the review of the Bristol Local Plan. How to respond: Proposed sites for housing and / or economic development should be submitted by 21st April 2017. For each site please complete a separate form and provide a map. Forms and guidance can be downloaded here: Identifying a potential site does not guarantee that the Council will allocate it or support its development in the future. Sites will be assessed through the Local Plan process which will include public consultation. Completed forms and maps should be submitted to the following address:

Butterflies of Dean Lane
Enamel plaques of butterflies will soon be going up along Dean Lane. They have been commissioned by Southville Community Development association and Alphaville which is the residents’ group for that area. The butterflies are part of the Let’s Walk Bedminster project and are intended to encourage people not to block the footway leading from Gaolferry Bridge to North Street. If you want to see what they look like, go to Alphaville Butterfly Route enamels are here!

Tesco Bag of Help update
There are some recent changes to the funding scheme. As well as funding green projects, the overall criteria for the scheme has now been expanded to include improvements to community buildings like scout huts, church or village halls or sports changing rooms, as well as funding outdoor/green spaces etc. Groups looking to hold seasonal events and activities, such as village fetes or Christmas lights etc are also eligible to apply for funding through the programme. Allocation of funding has also changed as part of the revisions. Region numbers have now increased nationally, which will see more projects funded every two months (as opposed to in-store vote every month), with grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 being given to groups. For more information and to apply for a grant, click on the link:

Parking on Parson Street
People living on Parson Street have had some problems with parking on the pavement. Some leave a reasonable gap but with the roadwork diversion others are parking further on the pavement and close to a garden hedge. Alas pavement parking is a way of life but some people are more considerate than others. Dialogue with the drivers does stop this for a while but it seems to be a perpetual issue as other drivers from elsewhere follow on.

The issue seems to be worse where houses have limited off street parking space such as in parts of Somermead. Many of these houses have a small frontage which is clearly not big enough for larger vehicles such as 4x4s and vans. These vehicles protrude out into the pavement reducing space but the issue is exacerbated by people then parking a second vehicle on the pavement (lowered or not) reducing the gap even further.

Keep on the rails
Want to get more train into your lives? An increasing number of people in our part of the world do it seems. Parson Street Station, south Bristol’s most popular, has registered over 120,000 journeys to and from it over the last year. Now a new group, the Friends of Parson Street Railway Station (FoPSRS) has been formed to improve facilities, access and safety for the growing number of travellers choosing the station. The group is also working on a variety of ideas to make the station a ‘gateway’ to Greater Bedminster and the many activities associated with the area.

Discussions are already underway with Bristol Sport about signage for events at Ashton Gate Stadium and with GWR about a greater range of Sunday services to Weston super Mare for days out at the seaside and connections to the rest of the rail network. There are also hopes that the station might be a base to try out connections with other parts of Greater Bedminster and present publicity for integrated bus and rail usage in the Parson Street area. If you’re a station user and/or want to contribute ideas to make Parson Street Railway Station better, why not join the Facebook group FoPSRS or email to find out more.

A Slogan for You

GBCP Advance!! As GBCP and other neighbourhood structures gear up to face the current financial difficulties, we need a slogan or two to encapsulate our mission. One such is attached. Other ideas welcomed

Dame Emily Park PROJECT (DEPP)
The date for the next Community Garden Work Party at Dame Emily Park is scheduled for: Sunday 12th March 2-4pm. It would be lovely if you could make it! DEPP are going to do a bit of planting, tidying and planning for the coming year. The beds are looking amazing and have been treated to a covering of really posh manure which got mixed in with the soil at the last work party. So there should be lots of lovely food growing in the beds this year. Everyone is welcome to this and the more volunteers the better.This space is for all to use and make the most of for the community. So spread the word amongst your friends and family and anyone else you think might want to help out.

Air Pollution in Greater Bedminster
Concern about this invisible source of illness has increased of late with regular reports of parts of our major cities, including Bristol, being well above safe levels. What’s it like in your row? Are you dying to go to work? How about your local school? What about the inside of your car as you sit in a slow moving line of traffic and your cooling fan draws in gas from the car in front? Friends of the Earth have produced a do-it-yourself testing kit for £15. Google them and see what they say.

Freelance development role with South Bristol Toy Library
South Bristol Toy Library (SBTL) are looking for a freelance professional to help the small charity to grow and ensure sustainability into the future. SBTL has been running as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation since November 2016. They are now at a point to take stock of the progress and identify priorities for the future to ensure to be able to continue to run and provide the service local people want and need. More information about the organisation and the full brief can be found at

Please send a CV and covering letter to deadline 12pm on Friday 24 March. For more information or an informal conversation contact Annie on 07879671784. Interviews will be held on 29 March and the successful applicant will need to attend a meeting at 7.30pm on 6 April. The contract will commence as soon as possible on receipt of funding.

Next FROGS meeting 
Please find attached a copy of the agenda for the next FROGS meeting being held on Monday 13th March at 7:30 pm. Greville Smyth Community Bowls have kindly offered to use the pavilion to host this meeting.

Recession Fashion Show 
The 15th recession fashion show ‘THE END IS NIGH’ will be held on Saturday April 1st 2017 / 8pm for 8.30 start at Southbank Club, Dean Lane BS3 1HB.  For Fashions Sake Dress Appropriately recession’s spring/summer collection. Just don’t be caught wearing a onesie on the day the world ends, that would simply be disastrous. Not to be taken too seriously. A hilarious night out, that ends in a rush to the dressing room to grab the fabulous vintage clothes for sale, as the models try to protect their modesty.

Tickets are £11 (VIP £18) Limited VIP tickets include canapés/fizzy/goody bags and reserved seats. Early Booking is advised CASH AND CHEQUES ONLY Thursday – Saturday Noon – 5.30pm, 8 Jacobs Wells Road. Reserve:


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