Action Greater Bedminster update April 12th

Community Plan

A reminder that the first meeting relating to the development of a plan for the neighbourhood created by and for the community takes place on Tuesday 17th April, 7pm at the United Reform Church on West Street. We will talk about how we’d like to develop a plan, the CIL/S106 allocation process, priorities for the area and potential projects. The more people that contribute the better the plan will be, so please do come along if you can. Once the CIL process is underway, we are hoping to run an online survey and have consultation points in community spaces to help develop the plan further.

If you are part of a local organisation and would like to have a small display at the meeting, please get in touch

Merger for four GP practices in Greater Bedminster
Gaywood House Surgery, Malago Surgery, Southville Surgery and Wedmore Practice merged as of 1 April 2018 to form Bridge View Medical Practice. It is the biggest practice in the city with a combined list of 34,000 patients.

Patients can still see their chosen doctor at their local surgery, but they also have the option of being seen at other sites, if for example this means getting to see a doctor sooner. The total number of doctors across the four surgeries remains the same, and in addition there is increased use of pharmacists, physiotherapists, mental health nurses and urgent care practitioners. The four practices have already been working closely together, and NHS England and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group support the merger, as a larger practice will be in a better position to deal with the increasing pressure of a growing, ageing population combined with a series of longstanding GP vacancies.

If you wish to join the Patient Participatory Group for the new Bridge View Practice, let the Practice Manager at your local surgery know.

Have Your Say
Two consultations are out at the moment, both with a deadline of 13th April.

1. Urban living document: This has been prepared to proactively communicate the council’s ambition for higher density, quality developments across the city. The SPD will add further detail to a new Urban Living policy in the Bristol Local Plan. On adoption, the Urban Living SPD will replace the Tall Building SPD1.
The results of the consultation will feed into the final document which will be adopted by the Council in late Summer 2018 after which it will be a material consideration when assessing planning applications.

2. The new Local Plan (an update to the current one) will set out how Bristol will develop over the next twenty years. It will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need and safeguard the environmental assets we value.

Another consultation: the council proposes to introduce an Additional Licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation in the 12 wards that make up central Bristol, including Southville and Windmill Hill, with the aim to improve poor management and poor housing conditions.

It would apply to all private rented houses or flats in this area that are let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms. Landlords would need to apply for a licence and meet licensing conditions.

You can respond at until 13th May.

Funding opportunities
The Bristol Community Energy Fund aims to give a boost to community projects that aim to reduce energy use and move towards cleaner and renewable energy sources. Not-for-profit groups based in Bristol are invited to bid for grants of up to £10,000, with a deadline of 21st May. A map of the projects that have been offered funding to date can be found here.

2018 Power to Change Community Business Fund is opening on 24th April and applicants have 22nd May to apply. Organisations can start to prepare their applications from today by downloading the guidance which details the eligibility requirements for the fund and lists all the application questions. Organisations can sign up to the Power to Change newsletter to be kept informed as to when the online application form goes live.

Bedminster Age Friendly Neighbourhood Project
Part of this project is looking at improving accessibility of the streets of BS3. Residents, local police and other local representatives will go on walks to identify problems and, if possible, find solutions. The walks will take place on:

  • April 23rd at 2.00pm at the Hen & Chicken. We will walk along North Street towards Cannon Street, cross over and return on the other side. We estimate that this will take 60-90 minutes.
  • May 23 at 10.30am.   Details to be determined.
  • June 21 at 10.30am.  Details to be determined

If you want to join in, email Please pass this on to anyone that you think might be interested in contributing.

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum
The next meeting is on May 16th 10am-12 noon, in the Conference Room, Monica Wills House, BS3 3NH. The speakers are Tony Hall, talking about Dementia Friendly and Carly Urbanski, Bristol Ageing Better. For more information, email or tel: 0117 305 2365

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