GBCP NEWSLETTER (18:17) – 22nd April 2017 Special on Waste and Street Scene

GBCP and others have been talking for sometime to Bristol City Council about the need for them to sharpen up their policies on Recycling, Waste Collection and the Street Scene. They are beginning to do that and attached is a draft of their proposed policy Waste Management Policies 22 March 17 KJ update with TM. It has two main themes:

  1. their general approach to recycling, waste minimization and collection;
  2. proposals about enforcement. These sections, more or less, have been highlighted in red.

Both elements are welcome and you are invited to send any comments that you have to kurt.james@bristol.gov.uk .

Street Scene and Walkability
For several years GBCP and many of our community partners have been concerned about the street scene and its impact upon the walkability of the area. Indeed, we ran the Green Capital funded Let’s Walk Bedminster project. Walkability has been linked to issues of equality and social isolation where, for example, people with disabilities have been discouraged from venturing into the community where it may be perceived as dangerous or, at least, unwelcoming. Children have also been discriminated against and there is lots of evidence that today’s children are much less able to move freely around their community than was the case for children of the same age 20 or 50 years ago. A hostile environment is also much more likely to encourage people to hop into their car for short journeys, thus increasing air pollution of various sorts.

GBCP’s Policy to Enhance Walkability has been based on three general principles

  1. Make Positive Interventions: this has included supporting BCC to introduce measures such as 20mph, additional street crossings and dropped curbs; promoting community gardens, orchards, plant boxes and front garden awards; adding benches, signage and art work to retail and residential streets; moves to increase safety around schools; publishing a toilet map; supporting street markets, street parties and Playing Out so that streets could be, once more, seen as social spaces for human interaction rather than just car parks.
  2. Reduce Negative Features: This has included pressing BCC to repair broken pavements and combatting the three Neighbourhood Negatives.
    Overhanging planting that blocks the footway.
    Clutter on the Pavement. This includes recycling bins of all sorts. This is the main issue that seems to be being addressed in the new BCC policy.
    Discourage Cars from Parking on the Footway. See below for more details about this.
  3. Enforcement: Although our main thrust, for example during the Let’s Walk Bedminster project, has always been to raise awareness and cooperation, this does not work in a minority of cases. For these, enforcement is necessary. The new BCC policy seeks to address this issue. That’s why it’s necessary to get the policy right and then, actually do something about it.

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GBCP NEWSLETTER (17:17) – 18th April 2017

Asset Based Community Development

Those wishing to learn their ABCD may be interested in this report from BCC’s Community Development Team.    The report is at http://arcg.is/2iKEP5D

Bedminster Business Improvement District

The Bedminster BID is one of five BIDS across Bristol with a sixth possibly on its way.    BIDs last for five years and Bedminster’s time is up early in 2018.    A campaign is therefore underway to encourage local businesses to renew the BID for another five years.    Businesses in BIDs, apart from the smaller ones, have a legal obligation to contribute to a BID fund that can be used to promote the economic health of the area.   In Bedminster’s case this yields about £85K pa.   To win support for a BID, two majorities are needed.   One is of businesses that vote and the other is of the rateable values.    Under the first vote all businesses are equal, but under the second, bigger businesses, paying more into the BID, get more of the vote.

The Cater Road BID, mainly an industrial estate rather than a retail area, has just agreed to renew itself by voting 92% of individual business in favour and 95% in favour by rateable value.

Dame Emily Park Rubbish dumping 

There are lots of sharp metal bars, broken shelves and boards all over the park “Dame Emily”, especially in the courts and skater area. In addition to this someone dumped a sofa in the community garden. It seems to be a regular thing now to contaminate the park with all kind of RUBBISH and it has been reported to BCC Fly tipping many times this year already. THIS IS VERY VERY SAD.

Please do help to keep your green space clean and pleasant.

Update from Southville Centre

The bond they launched in January to help build the Chessel Centre, their second site, sold out completely within five days with local people raising more than 50% of the bond total of £280k. Continue reading “GBCP NEWSLETTER (17:17) – 18th April 2017”

GBCP NEWSLETTER (16:17) – 13th April 2017 Special on My Wild Bedminster

GBCP started to work with Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) on their My Wild City project in 2016. The objectives of the project are two-fold.

  1. Make people more aware of the wildlife around them, that’s plants and creatures great and small;
  2. Make the environment more attractive to wild life. Dragonflies, foxes and people have much the same needs: food and water and somewhere safe to sleep and raise a family. It’s only the details that differ.

BS3 is amongst the most densely populated parts of the city and therefore it’s an area less attractive to wildlife. On the other hand, there’s still quite a lot of wildlife about, if you look for it. AWT and GBCP’s strategy has been to make the most of what we’ve got. Firstly, there are several major wildlife corridors that allow insects, birds and mammals to come in and out from the countryside. These include the Avon New Cut and the railway lines. Secondly, there are ‘islands’ of green. These include parks and other green spaces and also great chunks of back and front garden. Many homes in BS3 have very small back gardens and no front garden, but even a pot of flowers or a hanging basket can mean something to a butterfly, especially if you choose the right plants. The aim is to ‘improve’ these islands for wildlife and to link them up so that creatures can move more easily from one space to another. Continue reading “GBCP NEWSLETTER (16:17) – 13th April 2017 Special on My Wild Bedminster”