GBCP NEWSLETTER (13:17) – 21st March 2017

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The Future of Neighbourhood Partnerships – Event

Neighbourhood Partnerships as we know them are coming to an end. Communities, active residents, community and voluntary sector organisations and Councillors have been asked to decide how you want to work together in a way which best suits your area and which will help make the most of the resources, make things happen and influence the things that are most important for you.

This event is for people wanting to

• Network with like-minded people, people who want to take an active role in local decision making

• Find out more about what is on offer from Bristol City Council and what will happen over the coming months

• Share information and ideas about what their community wants to do

• Share skills and learn from others

The agenda is not yet set, the Council wants you to send in your ideas for the meeting. For example, you might want to hear about what other areas are doing or know more about what Bristol City Council is proposing.

If you register for the Networking Event before 28th March, you will get a chance to suggest an agenda item as part of the registration process. The event is on the 5th April from 6.30-8.30pm.

Book now

Local Food Banks

Going food shopping? Please spare a thought for those who have to choose between heating and eating. You can donate a tin, packet or jar at the collection point every Saturday between 10-11am at South Bristol Christian Centre, on the corner of West St/Churchlands Rd. It’s run by local residents; please support them

There is also Refresh, a charity on East Street which provides cheap meals for homeless people and those on low incomes and operate a food bank….this is their website

Window Wanderland

Many people will have experienced the three Window Wanderland events that took place in BS3, either as Window presenters, Wanderers or both.  WWHQ is collecting reactions to these events, so if you would like to comment, go to

Climate Change and Energy Talks

Bedminster Energy Group have regular free films and talks in the Tobacco Factory. See the attached programme for details.

Walking in Bristol

A recent expert statement to the Bristol Walking Alliance is quoted below.    It is part of the evidence that BWA is preparing for submission to the candidates for the new Metro-mayor who will be elected in May with responsibilities including transport.

‘Bristol is an unhealthy city, we suffer from high levels of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancers. The level of air pollution is toxic. Poisonous air in Bristol is killing us and damaging our children and grandchildren’s health irreparably.   We need to get out of our cars and get active.   Walking is one of the most equitable forms of transport.   It is also one of the best medicines on the market with large mental and physical health benefits.   But walking is neither safe nor easy in Bristol.

Copenhagen a city with a population of 600,000 will spend an estimated £300 million on walking, cycling and city environment upgrades including parks and streets over the next 5 years.

This is equivalent to £100 per capita per year. There is currently no dedicated funding to walking in Bristol.   We know that good infrastructure will increase walking and use of public transport. Walking is the cheapest form of transport infrastructure, with the highest cost-benefit return.’

Very Successful Malago Clean-Up

Mountains of rubbish was piled up at the recent litter pick by the Malago Greenway Project. A few photos are attached. The event also brought people together and these volunteers are now committed to supporting the group. Check out their facebook page  Emma Williams, Bristol Waste’s Engagement Officer for the South of Bristol said: “We were astonished at the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers on this day.  And what an extraordinary difference they made to this beautiful green space. We are totally committed to supporting residents and groups like The Malago Greenway Project who want to help clean up parts of their communities. We have loads of litter picking kits available.  We provide the bags and will take the litter away for free. Contact us on k or call 304 9022.”

Bedminster’s Secret Gardens

Preparation has begun for the 2017 Secret Gardens Weekend – 10 and 11 June.    If you would like to open your garden, contact via, but do it quickly because preparation of the programme and map is already underway.

Allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds

GBCP’s Neighbourhood Committee of Councillors met on 15 February to consider the allocation of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to local organisations and projects.   The notes of the meeting showing winners and losers is attached.

Closure of Citizen Service Points

At the end of March all the Citizen Service Points will be closing except the one at 100 Temple Street. It’s open from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Many services will be available online or there is a sheet attached with telephone numbers for contacting the various Council departments.

Money Entitlement Checks

Karin Smyth, MP, has organised an event on Friday 24th March for people to find out whether they are entitled to any benefits and entitlements. There will be staff from the DWP, South Bristol Advice Service and Care and Repair available. It’s at The Park, Knowle from 10.30-12.30.

Next GBCP Meeting

The next meeting is on Monday 27th March at 7pm at the Southville Centre. The following is on the agenda:

GBCP Planning Day (14/03/2017) update; GBCP Constitutional Changes; Feedback on the Bristol City Council options paper; Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator Business Report; Community Updates.


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