Air Pollution

We have held three events on this subject now and have learnt so much about what happens in the air around us in the city including:

  • The legal limit of NO2 in the air is 40 μg/m3 as an annual mean (i.e. measured across a year).
  • Currently, some sites in Bristol experience NO2 levels up to 90µg/m3.
  • There are two sites with very high levels in Bristol – on St Augustines parade in the cetnre and Parson Street in BS3.
  • More than 5 deaths a week in Bristol linked to air pollution
  • Diesel vehicles are responsible for 96% of NO2 emissions in Bristol
  • Air pollution costs the UK £54 billion a year in illness and deaths.

Here is Dr Corra Boushel’s presentation in case you missed it, which has more details about air pollution in Bristol.

The Council are developing a Clean Air Plan which aims to bring the city’s pollution down to legal limits by 2021 (the target set by National government following the Client Earth action). Part of that plan involves the introduction of a Clean Air Zone, which may or may not include our neighbourhood. You can see the danger spots on the Clair city website and the options for making reductions (mainly relating to the Clean Air Zone) in the FAQ section of the Councils Clean Air website here.

There is more information out there, and other groups who are looking at this too, such as the Bristol Clean Air Alliance, Bristol Breathing Better and St George Breathing Better. There are other maps, like the one here showing the air pollution around GP surgeries and hospitals. Client Earth have created a Parents network and Bristol university is a partner in an interesting project called Life of Breath. More info on their website. 

We are keen to raise awareness of this topic even more, and to look at practical solutions in our area. This could mean working with the Council, the Bedminster Business Improvement District, Parks groups and other local organisations. It would be brilliant to talk to schools, GP surgeries, groups like Brownies and more. We are hoping to focus on this in the Spring but can’t do it on our own – ideally we’d like to create a group to take it forward. If you are interested in getting involved, please let us know by emailing greaterbedminster@gmail.com.

Community conversations

Bristol City Council is conducting consultations in two areas of local life that affect us all:  High Streets, and Air Quality. Come and find out what’s being done – and what can be done – in our own neighbourhood.

Bedminster’s shops in 2030: will they still be here?
22nd November 2018 6.30pm (for 7pm sharp) until 9pm
Hen & Chicken, North Street
Action Greater Bedminster in partnership with Bedminster Business Improvement District (BBID)

Will our shops survive? Or will it just be Amazon and  faceless corporations?

We need you! Bedminster’s residents are invited to help us shape the next five years for supporting Bedminster’s businesses. What do you want from your high streets? Does it matter? Do you care? Do you know what the BBID does and can do?

We do. If you do too, join us for a couple of hours to hear and offer opinions about how businesses, residents, community groups and public authorities can work together to ensure the future of Bedminster’s retail and leisure streets at the heart of this great community.

Every breath we take: The shocking facts
29th November 2018 7pm until 9pm
Bedminster Library
Action Greater Bedminster in partnership with Way Out West, the West Street Neighbourhood Group (WOW)

Research findings presented at our recent workshop on Air Quality were so shocking that we agreed we have to learn more for the sake of our own health – and that of our children. For this follow-up event, we’ve invited Mark Leach, who’s leading the Council’s Clean Air for Bristol engagement programme which aims to inform people about pollution, its causes and health impacts; and to give factual advice on what can be done by individuals, families, communities, businesses, local and national government. Mark and his team are working with www.claircity.eu, Public Health and Transport colleagues.

We’ll hear what other UK cities have done, what options are realistic – i.e. will be paid for within the Government’s framework – and the Council’s concerns for the impacts of a Clean Air Zone re social justice and how this could be resolved. We hope to also cover the proposed engagement plan including how the Council plan to reach out beyond the “usual suspects” and talk to people who often don’t engage on issues like transport, health or environmental issues, along with the nature of the process and timescales.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.

Why is this important?

In Bristol air quality is currently breaching long term standards and regularly breaks legal standards for Nitrogen Dioxide. More than five deaths a week in the city are linked to air pollution. We can see from the Clair city map that Bedminster has many red – and dark red – dots. These dots mean that pollution at that site is breaking national and EU limits – specifically, for the average measurement of Nitrogen Dioxide.

Evidence shows that spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, damage lung function and harm cardio–vascular health. Other known health effects from before birth to old age include:

  • low birth weight of babies
  • impaired lung development in small children, smaller lungs
  • a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease
  • premature death
  • cognitive function in children
  • the latest research on potential links to dementia and Alzheimer’s

Join us to learn more, and to help us decide what can be done locally. Space is limited so please book here.

Open Meeting about St Paul’s Churchyard
St Paul’s Church on 17 November at 10am
Organised by South Bristol Deanery, the meeting will attempt to address the following issues:

  • rough sleeping in the graveyard
  • the amount of needles in the graveyard
  • human excrement in the graveyard
  • people being scared to walk through the graveyard, particularly following a recent sexual assault
  • removal of rubbish (the church is not allowed to take it to the tip)
  • lack of maintance of the graveyard by the City Council

The local councillors and police have been invited. We hope that many local residents and those who walk through the graveyard regularly will come along.

Be a BS3 Street Warden
Our pavements are often cluttered with recycling bins, discarded mattresses, overhanging hedges and cars parked on the footway. Annoying enough if you are young and able, a real problem for those with sight-loss, mobility issues and pushing a buggy.

The Let’s Walk Bedminster project aims to make walking safe, easy and pleasant and is trying to persuade people to keep footways clear. We already have over 20 BS3 Street Wardens who do two main things:

  • talk to their neighbours and friends about the importance of keeping pavements friendly rather than hostile;
  • report obstructions to the council, so that the obstruction can be removed.

Some BS3 Streeet Wardens just do their road or, perhaps, a regular route from home to the shops. For more information contact Ben on benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk

Please get in touch with any ideas, thoughts, feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

email greaterbedminster@gmail.com

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Our vision and mission

Vision – AGB’s vision is for Greater Bedminster to be a diverse, thriving, accessible area with good quality services, happy and healthy residents, a wide range of well-supported businesses and facilities. We want everyone to have access to walkable streets, dependable and accessible public transport and safe cycling routes, culture, work, leisure, education, green spaces.

Mission – AGB will support & listen to residents of Greater Bedminster, creating opportunities for discussion, networking and practical action/learning opportunities. We will work together with local councillors, service providers, business, organisations and residents to make a positive difference in our community by raising awareness of important local initiatives & opportunities.   We strive to be open, diverse, inclusive and welcoming in all that we do.

 

 

OCTOBER UPDATE

Community toilets

We have been helping the council with the Community Toilet scheme. 70 venues have signed up across the city, including a handful in BS3. If you know anyone who has a business and who would like to join the scheme please send them this link. The team is working on a printed map but in the meantime, the full list of signed up venues and digital map can be found here

Alongside the Bristol scheme, there is a national campaign called Use Our Loos campaign created by British Toilet Association, working in partnership with Domestos who are offering to provide free Domestos products to businesses who sign up to the Great British Toilet Map. Businesses who have already signed up to the Bristol Community Toilet scheme are automatically added to the map.

The public can use the map to discover loos near them and help improve the service by adding new locations or flagging loos that have closed. Business owners can sign up for the scheme by adding themselves to the Great British Public Toilet Map and then following the registration link.

Libraries
There is a lot going on in our libraries – as well as hosting regular events, they are celebrating the centenary of the end of World War One.  Bedminster is hosting a puppet show about the resistance on 25th October at 7.30pm. Book tickets here  You can find information about events here, on our facebook page and on the BS3 Library Community Facebook page

Although the threat of closures has been temporarily lifted, there is a further consultation out on the future of our libraries, being launched through meetings in early November. We will keep you updated.

Bins, waste and litter
We know this is a continuing problem for several areas in the neighbourhood. We have been working with the four councillors and Bristol Waste to get your messages across and try to resolve particular problems. We will also be talking to Bristol Waste about how to improve things more generally – what residents can do, what plans Bristol Waste have in place and what practical solutions are out there.

You can report an incident using the Council’s reporting site.

We are organising more events ; see our Meetings and Events for more information. 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

During October and November we’re inviting local people of all ages to come and make their voices heard: on Air Quality, Transport and Mobility, and Shopping Locally. We’re hoping to arm ourselves with some facts, find out what decisions are being taken on our behalf, and get ready to make informed input into those decisions. All events are free, friendly and informal.

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

In partnership with the City Farm, UWE and the claircity project

Thursday 18 October, 7.30-9pm, Windmill City Farm Cafe. Free Admission.

We’ll be getting the info and busting the myths on Air Quality in our neighbourhood. ​Areas within BS3, along with others in Bristol, are currently breaching long term standards and regularly break legal standards for Nitrogen Dioxide. Bad air quality affects the most vulnerable – children, older people and people with heart and lung conditions. You can see the spread of air pollution on this map.

Free admission, but limited numbers. Pay bar. Book here

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT

Children’s workshop In partnership with the City Farm, UWE and claircity.eu

Friday 2 November, 10am-12noon, Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe. Free Admission.

Using learning materials provided by the claircity project, we’ll​ c​onduct simple practical experiments using pipettes which will demonstrate how air quality from a local road or park can be tested. The children will then brainstorm some ideas about how air quality can be improved, and following a snack break will be given paper and pens to produce posters to get the messages across.

Admission free, soft drinks and biscuits provided (up to 25 children). Best suited to 4-11 yr olds. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Book here

GETTING FROM A TO B

In partnership with BS3 Community

Wednesday 24 October, 7.30-9pm, Chessel Centre, Chessel Street BS3 3DN, Admission free

The City Council Transport Strategy consultation is running until 2 November. It addresses the challenges that Bristol faces as a city and uses the hashtag #2036 as a target year. How can we influence the decision-makers to take our local needs into account? We’ll look at getting around – and in/out of – Greater Bedminster, now and in the future: whether it be on foot, bike, mobility scooter, car, bus or train – and who knows, even underground….

BEDMINSTER’S SHOPS IN 2030 – WILL THEY STILL BE HERE?

In partnership with Bedminster Business Improvement District

Thursday 22nd November, 6.30pm (for 7pm sharp start) until 9pm, Hen & Chicken, 210 North Street

Do you know what the Bedminster Business Improvement team does? Does it matter? Do you care? We do. If you do too, join us for a couple of hours to hear and offer opinions about how businesses, residents, community groups and public authorities can work together to ensure the future of Bedminster’s retail and leisure streets at the heart of this great community.

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September update

Community plan consultation update

Work has continued over the summer on getting our survey out to the local community: 222 online responses are already helping us to understand what we need to focus on, with maintaining public facilities and improving parks and green spaces emerging as top priorities so far. But are these YOUR priorities?  Make sure you have a saythere are print surveys at various locations across the patch, and our on-line survey is here. Please encourage neighbours, family and friends of all ages to take part – we want a good cross-section of local views!

Now we’re going on the road to speak to people face to face, and we’re hoping you’ll join us, and encourage others to do so.

AGB Community Conversations
Come tell us

Saturday 6 October 10 am – 5pm

North Street Gallery, 135 North Street BS3

What do you love about our neighbourhood, what do you hate, and what do you think could be better if we give it some attention? Pop in and add your thoughts and wishes to our survey, which will feed into the Community Plan for Greater Bedminster.

We want to hear about your moans and groans, your ideas and your wishes!

Lost for words? Say it with a mini print! From 2pm to 5 pm, Bristol Print Collective will be on hand to help 2-99 yr old residents create mini prints of our likes and dislikes, all to be added to a huge wall map.

How clean is the air in Greater Bedminster?

In partnership with Windmill Hill City Farm and the University of the West of England’s www.claircity.eu project we aim to get the facts and find out what we can all do to improve things. (This event for adults will be followed by a children’s workshop during autumn half-term: details soon).

Air quality in Bristol is currently breaching long term standards and regularly breaks legal standards for NO2. Bad air quality affects the most vulnerable: children, older people and people with heart and lung conditions. Around 300 deaths a year in the city are linked to air pollution. This map shows that parts of East and West Streets in Bedminster are breaking the national and EU limits for air pollution. The city is currently developing a plan in line with government guidance (the Treasury “green book”) : this will most likely mean charges for vehicles entering a designated Clean Air Zone and the requirement for owners of vehicles which exceed the legal standards to exchange those vehicles. More info from Clean Air for Bristol and Bristol City Council
 
Every breath you take…

Thursday 18 October W7.30 pm 
Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe/bar

Corra Boushel of the University of the West of England and claircity.eu will lead us through some interactive group chats with surprising information and statistics about the effects of bad air quality.

With Greater Bedminster as the focus, we’ll look at national and local policies, and hopefully come away with a clearer idea of what can be done here and now to both protect us and to encourage change. These agreed actions will feed into the Action Greater Bedminster Community Plan due to be published in early 2019. We’ll also learn about what the City Council is doing, and the activities of other groups in Bristol such as St George Breathing Better and Clean Air Bishopston. Admission free, pay bar: book your place here

How secure is the future of our retail streets?

Are the closure of major shop units on East Street a sign of the times? We hope not and so does the Bedminster Business Improvement District team (members of AGB), who have been canvassing votes from local traders over the summer for the BBID to continue for the next five years.

With a levy on business rates, the BBID has been able to make significant improvements to North, East and West Streets: planters, hanging baskets, street art, seating and pocket parks are some of the visible ones. They also work with the local police team to control anti-social behaviour and crime, and make major contributions to events such as Upfest and the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade.  
 
We’ll know by the end of September whether local businesses have backed them to carry on the good work, but in the meantime here’s a City Council survey to complete on Bristol’s high streets and shopping areas, which they say are vital to the city’s economy and its communities. The information provided in this survey will inform an action plan. If the survey sparks any thoughts related to our own high streets, please let us know by emailing greaterbedminster@gmail.comthe info provided will be useful data for our discussions with the BBID.

Please get in touch with any ideas, thoughts, feedback – we’d love to hear from you!

Help us create a Community Plan for Greater Bedminster!

Want to influence the way decisions are made in the area? Have some ideas about how things could be improved? Fill in our survey which will form the basis of a Community Plan

The survey takes five minutes to fill in via this link. We will also be printing surveys for people to fill in at community points in the area (libraries, community centres, doctor’s surgeries and so on) as well as having stalls and meetings to gather as many responses as possible from the community. We’d be really grateful if you take the time to fill it in, and encourage friends, family and neighbours to do so too.

We are hoping to collate the responses in the autumn to form a new plan ready for 2019. We will update this website with dates of events, the progress we are making and places you can get copies of the survey from. You can also join our facebook group and follow us on Twitter .