November update

East Street Vision and funding
While much has been put on hold, the East Street Vision project has been progressing. 

The project is funded by multiple partners and has a multi-disciplinary team. working on it, led by the  Bedminster BID. Over the Spring of 2020, they undertook a wide-ranging research and community engagement exercise which included interviews with local community groups, an online interactive map, user surveys and also spending time in the street, observing how it’s currently used through the course of the day and evening.

The website received over 4,500 views and 600 interactions which fed into a ‘Stage 1 Report’ which sets out a framework to guide how the street should develop. The report itself is substantial, but there is a short overview in the form of a film here. There is also a live Q&A webinar event on Monday 9th November at 12.30.

The Bedminster BID has also been successful in securing funding from WECA, the West of England Combined Authority. This means new businesses or landlords of empty premises can apply for up to £10,000. You can find out more here. There are also two online webinars for those considering applying: 2pm Tuesday 10th November; Book here 2pm Tuesday 8th December; Book here We at AGB think this is a great opportunity to shape one of our key shopping streets. If you have any thoughts or ideas that you’d like to discuss with us, please do get in touch. 
Clean Air Zone
As  you will be aware the Clean Air Zone has been in discussion for a while. You now have the opportunity to feed into the consultation on two new Clean Air Zone options which would charge the most polluting vehicles. Find out more and have your say at…/caz2020/ until 22nd November. 

BS3 Planning
There is a lot of development happening in our neighbourhood. You may want to feed into the appeal from Firmstone re St Catherine’s Place. 

The Planning Inspectorate are holding a public inquiry to decide whether to reverse the original rejection of Firmstone’s plans for St Catherine’s Place Go to and search using the planning application number 18/05310/F, to view all the plans and documents. They are asking for local residents and anyone affected to make representations. If you commented on the BCC planning portal then your views will have been forwarded to the Inspectorate. You can write now to send in your views, or modify or elaborate on comments already made, to arrive by 9th November. You can submit views on line at  using the last 7 characters of the appeal reference W/20/3257200

Our BS3 Planning Group has been meeting regularly and feeding into lots of planning applications over the last six months and know there is a lot more coming up. The current chair, Michelle Day, is hoping to stand down from the role as her job has got busier. If anyone is interested in the role, please do get in touch with us at AGB or with the BS3 Planning group.

Flood strategy
Our neighbourhood has areas that would be severely affected if there was flooding. You can comment on the strategy here. The consultation closed on 20th December. 

Stay safe and well. Best wishes
The Action Greater Bedminster team