November Update

The Circle Project: conversation #1
Wednesday 20th at 5.30-7.30pm, The Snug, Tobacco Factory

The Circle Project’s social purpose is to bring people together through the power of food to build connected, resilient and sustainable neighbourhoods. “BS3 is where we live, and it’s where we want to lay our roots.

By bringing our neighbourhood together – businesses, community organisations, schools and residents – we will raise awareness about climate change, the global food challenge and see what we can do as citizens when we work together.

In order to create social and behavioural change, we need to build equal platforms for people to share and learn. Through these interventions we will build strong foundations, showcasing how local communities can be truly sustainable; environmentally, economically and socially.” 

The first event is exploring sustainability and food… More info here.

Ashton Sidings
Galliford Try Partnerships have a proposal for mixed-use, residential-led development of the former Ashton Railway Sidings (see picture). The site falls to the south of Brunel Way and comprises land between the new Metrobus corridor and the existing Festival Way path. The proposal includes approximately 250 new homes and a proposal for some commercial/retail floorspace (e.g. for a small food shop) immediately to the west of the MetroBus corridor. A pre-application submission has been made to Bristol City Council. A consultation session will be held at The Create Centre, Thursday 21st, 3-7pm.

Bedminster Hub
Both as an immediate neighbour, and as a champion for its local community, Windmill Hill City Farm has a keen interest in how the spaces at Bedminster Green are developed. The development could be an opportunity to create a place that is owned and loved by the current, and future, local community. The vision is an urban village, based around a central green, which is a natural landmark and community meeting place: a place with a mixture of community businesses, childcare, a youth club, library space, a well-being centre, cultural and commercial activity. More here about the vision, constraints and opportunities. Details of an event here, taking place at Windmill Hill City Farm, Thursday 5th December, 6.30-9pm.

BCC Consultation
Every February, Bristol City Council sets a budget for the next year which details how much money we will be able to spend on each of the services the council provides. The council is now consulting on options to increase Council Tax next year (from April 2020-March 2021) to help cover some of the existing and emerging financial pressures the council faces in delivering services. The options range from making no change to a 2% increase in the amount of Council Tax you pay which goes towards general council services such as children’s services, waste and recycling, street lighting, parks, and addressing homelessness. There is also a further option to add up to 2% in addition which would go towards the cost of adult social care. You can give us your views on options to increase Council Tax, and options for an additional increase for adult social care from April 2020 by completing the questionnaire here. If you would like the information in an alternative format email consultation@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 922 2848. Paper copies are also available at local libraries. Deadline 4th December. 

Clean air
AGB has been gathering information, holding fact-finding events with local experts, and monitoring Bristol City Council’s plans to reduce air pollution in the city and its neighbourhoods.  We are of course particularly concerned that some areas of our own neighbourhood – for example around road junctions at both ends of West Street and around Parson Street School, breach air quality guidelines. There is comprehensive up to date information here and here . Real-time air quality data can be found here. If you want to get involved in local action on this issue, do get in touch.

On Monday 18th Bristol City Council will be hosting a Clean Air Summit. Please get in touch with the Bristol Clean Air Alliance to find out more via bristolcleanairalliance@gmail.com. We understand that the event will also be live streamed on YouTube (like Council statutory meetings are) so those that can’t attend will still be able to listen to the discussion.

Bedminster Energy group – job vacancy
BEG are excited to announce that, thanks to the Megawatt Community Fund, they have some funding to hire a coordinator to help deliver the Asset Mapping and Engagement Project. The project revolves around an asset mapping exercise, which will help build closer links with other community groups, identify opportunities for future collaboration with these groups, engage more widely with the residents and businesses in BS3, and better address fuel poverty in the neighbourhood. The role is flexible, 120 hours over 6 months at £20/hr. For further information, please contact Karn Shah on karn.shah08@gmail.com. Deadline for applications 29th November.

New Youth Club
AGB has been supporting this initiative led by BS3 Community partnered with WOW (the West St Neighbourhood Group), working together to achieve £30,000 from Bristol City Council for an initial two years of this much-needed local project. There are two weekly sessions, free to attend, no need to book, at United Reformed Church Hall, West Street, BS3 3PG:
Monday evenings, 6 – 8pm 8-12 years
Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm 12-16 years

Lots of activities to get involved in: cooking, coding, crafting or just chatting, have a game of table tennis or pool or spend time relaxing in the outdoor courtyard.  

For further information contact: ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk

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