NEWSLETTER 34:17 on the West Street Area

The GBCP NEWSLETTER Team is very pleased to forward the recent newsletter published by the West Street Neighbourhood Group and circulated to people in that locality.    We are doing this mainly because it contains some interesting stuff, but also as an example of the good work being done at levels ‘below’ the wider neighbourhood of BS3.

As GBCP emerges as a strong (‘strong and stable’?) partnership we are very aware that although some things can be looked at over a fairly wide area, others need to be considered at a much smaller, even street by street, scale.   The precise needs of Central Bedminster, Ashton Vale, East Street and Southville can be significantly different and, as public finances dry up, progress is going to depend increasingly on actions taken by people at a very local level.

The West Street Area is already one of the most active areas within BS3.    Organisations based there work closely together.    They have a plan (or at least a list) of improvements that they want to make.    The newsletter below is a snap shot of their activities both as a celebration of their good work and as an invitation for other ‘real’ neighbourhoods to strut their stuff and suggest future GBCP Specials.

Please tell us about your aspirations for your bit of BS3.

BIG PICNIC IN THE PARK: Sunday 9 July 11am to 2 pm (or later..)
Friends of South St Park are inviting you to come along with food, blankets, chairs, children, grandparents, games, to a community picnic.  There will be an organised Bug Hunt (linked to My Wild Bedminster), but the rest of the entertainment is down to you.  Bring barbecues if you wish, but make sure you stay safe and clear up afterwards.  Warning: no loos available, but we’ll try to get a local cafe to allow emergency use…
Hope to see you there!

ACTION ON CLUTTERED PAVEMENTS: VOLUNTEERS AND FEEDBACK REQUESTED
We know only too well our streets weren’t designed for the amount of cars we now own, or for our current system of rubbish collections.  Cars parked and bins left on the pavements make it very difficult for people with mobility problems, the elderly and partially sighted, and buggy pushers to get around.  However, change is coming.  This will be good news for some, but difficult news for others – particularly car owners who live in narrow streets.    Bristol Walking Alliance is working with local MPs – including our own, Karin Smyth – and the government towards a ban of pavement parking in Bristol (already the case in London).  Here and now, the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership is working with Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol Waste in a pilot aimed at persuading local residents and businesses to act with more thought about pedestrians when parking their cars and managing their waste.  GBCP recognise that a confrontational and aggressive approach would be counter-productive, so they are asking for volunteers to deliver persuasive letters to some key streets with particular access problems.   In the WOW area, Sion and Hebron Roads have already been identified by local residents as ‘blackspots’ : you may want to suggest others.  If so, and/or if you are willing to drop letters through doors in the next couple of weeks, please let me know and I will pass your contact details on.    Similarly, if you will find a pavement parking ban hard, please let me have your comments on info@way-out-west.org .

A REPAIR CAFE FOR BS3 ON WEST STREET
Some of you may know of the Repair cafes that run in Fishponds and Easton: now a group of local volunteers including Sara Gwynne of MAKERS and MENDERS and the ever-resilient and creative Vic Harrison of PAPER VILLAGE have come together with us at WOW to plan for a launch of this exciting new project on 30 September.  If you or someone you know is an expert in woodwork, sewing, electronics, bike maintenance, toy repairs, etc. etc. please get in touch.  The Cafe will open once a month on a  Saturday afternoon, with home- made cream teas and cakes, hot and cold drinks – at the United Reformed Church Hall, corner of West St and Stanley St.  It is already registered with the national Repair Cafe network.

SOUTH BRISTOL TOY LIBRARY AT THE URC
This great local project needs volunteers – from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm alternate Tuesdays and Saturdays: you can volunteer for as little as once a month!  Contact hello@southbristoltoylibrary.c o.uk.

COUNCIL BUDGET CUTS WHICH COULD AMOUNT TO OVER £4.7m: HAVE YOUR SAY…
Mayor Marvin Rees has launched a citywide consultation on proposed major budget cuts:
“Bristol City Council is launching five consultations which reveal detailed proposals for how the Council could deliver certain local services with a reduced budget.

Libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Neighbourhood Partnerships and Bristol Community Links are all covered in the proposals. The ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultations ask people to comment on as many of these proposals as possible.  It includes an interactive map to help people judge and comment on the combined effects of the different options they can choose from.

The proposals include reducing the number of city libraries to 10; closing street toilets and investing in a new community toilet scheme to expand availability; removing around half of the city’s school crossing patrols (unless community, school or volunteer led options emerge); changing the current Neighbourhood Partnership model to a local grant system with less frequent community meetings; and making detailed changes to the way a suite of services for adults with learning disabilities and dementia operate.   Together the savings amount to just over £4.7m.

You are asked to read more and feed back by 5 September at: www.bristol.gov.uk/yourneighbo urhood

****WE WOULD FIND IT VERY USEFUL IF YOU WOULD ALSO LET US HAVE YOUR COMMENTS SO THAT WE CAN GET A SENSE OF  LOCAL FEELINGS ON THIS: info@way-out-west.org

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