NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk

Dame Emily Park Project / Garden Work Party 

A garden work party will take place on Sunday the 15th October from 2-4pm 🌸🌾  Join this friendly group and help to improve the Dame Emily Park community garden. Working alongside Incredible Edible Bristol DEPP are trying to create a garden that is attractive and useful for the community. No experience required, all welcome. Located near the Morley Road exit.

South Bristol On The Map

Voscur are holding an event at Filwood Community Centre for ‘no nonsense learning on the essential areas of running a community group or organisation’. This is an amazing opportunity that should not be missed, a great way to meet people and learn new skills! It’s on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00, at Filwood Community Centre. Details here voscur.org/south-bristol-map.

Southville Community Development Association

Please vote for us!  We are thrilled to have been shortlisted by M&S for an award of £12,000 from their Energy Fund, and we are in with a good chance of winning – we are currently in third place! We really need your vote to help us secure this much needed boost of funds to add the 36 photovoltaic solar panels to the southwest facing roof of the Chessel Centre. As you will know from our regular newsletters we have designed the building in the most efficient way possible and we really want to keep the building’s carbon output low going forward. So please give one minute of your time to vote for us by clicking the button below. (The link will also show you some info about our crowdfunding campaign to raise a bit more money for the other things we need to put the solar panels up –like scaffolding etc. So just a vote for the M&S money would be wonderful but a pledge as well would be even better. Thank you.)

SCDA Community Events

Stall spaces now on sale for this year’s Festive Market at the Southville Centre which will be held on Saturday 9th of December, 11am-4pm. The space comes with a 6ft trestle table and the cost is £30+VAT. To book a space call reception on 0117 9231039 to pay by card or come into the Southville Centre to pay by card, cheque or cash.

New exhibition by Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik opening at Spike Island

30 September to 17 December 2017 (free entry). Opening night: Friday 29 September, 6–9pm. The first solo exhibition in Europe by artist Kim Yong-Ik whose career spans 40 years through a turbulent period of dictatorship and struggle for democracy in South Korea.  www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/exhibitions/kim-yong-ik

Affordable co-working space at Spike Island for creative businesses

Spike Island’s co-working space ‘Spike Design’ is open for applications from designers (graphic, product, digital and interactive), architects, journalists, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers and more. Spike Island is a registered charity.  Find out more and apply: www.spikeisland.org.uk/blogs/2016/08/05/workspace-available-spike-design

Coming up at The SouthBank Club…

The Recession Fashion Show. Friday 6th October, doors open at 8pm with an 8.30pm start.  Tickets £11!  Limited VIP tickets include canapés/fizzy/goody bags and reserved seats.

For all SouthBank Club events see their webpage: http://southbankclub.webs.com/events.htm.

Innovations in Walking

We recently reported that Jess Read, temporarily seconded to BCC’s transport team with the support of Bristol University, is looking at ways in which Bristol can be made more walkable.   Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk”

NEWSLETTER (52:17) – GBCP Mark 2 (or is it 3?) launch on 2nd Nov

It’s taken some time, but we’re ready to move forward at last….

Over the past few months – and it’s seemed much longer – the GBCP Board has been working through the options for the Partnership’s future without formal ties to – or much direct funding from – Bristol City Council.

A Forum and Voice for Greater Bedminster (That’s Ashton, Bower Ashton, Ashton Vale, Bedminster and Southville)

We’ve consulted our partners and others, and it’s clear that the unique role GBCP plays must continue – now more than ever in a time when the future of our libraries, parks and other Council-provided services is being debated and decided upon.    We’ve got 10 years experience of working with neighbourhood groups, local businesses, community police teams, schools, churches – and the City Council – to tackle issues and deliver improvements for all of us.    We provide the only public forum which actively involves all 4 local ward Councillors in all discussions and decision-making – and everybody living or working in Greater Bedminster is welcome to contribute ideas, suggestions and as much time as they wish.  This forum is vital to the discussions around how the funds paid by developers for local improvements will be spent. Until now, the GBCP has managed the local decision-making process, but who knows what the future might bring?

People power really does deliver

We’ve always involved local people and organisations every step of the way:  in big decisions such as how to spend £120K+ of funding on a local park and £100K to set up the Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) –  and in smaller ones such as grants to the South Bristol Toy Library and the Winter Lantern Parade, or a noticeboard for a street group.   During 2016 we won £40K of Green Capital funding which we distributed to local community groups wanting to improve their walkways and green spaces.  We’re currently working with Bristol Waste and the City Council on a range of initiatives to combat fly-tipping and litter on our streets, and we’re actively involved alongside the BID in all planning for our retail streets.  The list is long and it goes on…

Forum for Greater Bedminster Community (FGBC)

This is the proposed name of the new body which will be confirmed at the AGM, along with the priorities, and a new constitution. Here are the draft versions:  GBCP Priorities 2017_v2   FGBC Simple Constitution v3-0

We’ll be recruiting for special interest sub-groups: 

  • Parks/Leisure/Libraries;
  • Environment (to include streetscene, getting around, waste management, traffic and air quality);
  • Membership/inclusivity/participation; Communication and information-sharing;
  • Planning.

You don’t have to be a Board member to participate in these:  they’ll be open to everyone living or working in the GBCP neighbourhood.

Learn more and meet us at our AGM on Thursday 2 November, 7 pm at the acta Centre, Gladstone Street.   We’ll get the formal business over quickly, and make sure there’s time for discussion and networking.

If you’re part of an organisation which has partnered GBCP until now, please confirm that you wish to continue to work with us:  greaterbedminster@gmail.com   If your group wishes to nominate someone to sit on the new Board, use this form and role description FGBC Nomination Form & Candidate Statement & Role Descriptions V3-0.

Get involved in improving the quality of life for everyone living and working in the Greater Bedminster area!!   If you want more information, please tell us at greaterbedminster@gmail.com.

And, what about the rest of Bristol?

Everyone seems to be playing their cards close to their chest.    We know that a few areas are at about the same stage as we are in Greater Bedminster.   That is, they are adapting themselves to the new circumstances and intending to re-launch before the end of the year.    But, they are keeping quiet until all their ducks are in a row.    Other areas will probably flicker into life during 2018.     Some areas don’t seem to have any cards or ducks at all, but it will be some months before these neighbourhood gaps can be confidently identified.   Hopefully, there will not be too many of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER (46:17) – Special on The Future

WHAT SORT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DO WE WANT TO LIVE OR WORK IN?

WHO CARES ENOUGH TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN?

  • Do you know what’s planned for our Parks and Libraries?
  • Are you happy to lose school crossing patrols?
  • Will our street trees survive if the Council stops caring for them?
  • Do you know that over 19% of Bedminster children and over 13% of Southville children live below the poverty line?
  • How do you engage with productive debates on Residents’ Parking Schemes, rubbish and litter on our streets, or the issue of pavement parking and its effect on people with reduced mobility?
  • Do you enjoy Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade and other community events?
  • Do you care about air quality issues? Traffic? Public transport? Bio-diversity?

For 10 years, the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, a voluntary body of many (and open to all) local groups, has worked with Bristol City Council, community police teams, businesses, schools and churches, on issues and opportunities affecting the quality of life and work in Bedminster, Ashton, Southville and Ashton Vale.  It’s the only public forum which actively involves all 4 local ward Councillors, and which represents the local community on the board of the Bedminster Business Improvement District.

Major improvements to parks, streets and highways, the establishment of the Business Improvement District, the Green Capital project ‘Let’s Walk Bedminster’, the more recent and ongoing ‘Let’s Clean Bedminster’, many community events – such as the Winter Lantern Parade and Window Wanderland – and many other activities have been the result.    But now, due to reductions in central government funding to local authorities and the subsequent cuts to neighbourhood funding across the city, less financial support will come into the neighbourhoods, which means we have to ask: Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (46:17) – Special on The Future”

Summary of Greater Bedminster’s Progress on the Bristol Area Green Space Strategy

June 2016. This document offers information to aid discussion on GBCP’s strategic approach to the development of Parks and Green Spaces.

The GBCP Board is requested to

  • Note the report;
  • Invite park groups and others to prepare proposals for park improvement in line with the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy by April 30 2013;
  • Consider the 3 key issues set out below.
  1. around £100,000 of 106 money for green spaces has been identified for allocation in 2013, where should we spend it?
  2. should our emphasis be on promoting wildlife; securing improved children’s play; enhancing the infrastructure and design of formal parks or something else? Can some of these be combined?
  3. can we use the 106 money to leaver in other resources from, say, the lottery or land fill tax?

The Green Spaces: Work on the Bristol Strategy started in 2005 and it was adopted in 2008. It’s a ‘spatial and investment plan for the next 20 years’, ie 2006-2026. The Bedminster and Southville section, adopted after consultations in 2010, identified 14 sites that are the responsibility of BCC Parks, although there may be others, eg Windmill Hill City Farm, Hebron Burial Ground, Marksbury Community Garden, Ashton Vale Town Green, not ‘owned’ by Parks.

The BCC sites and BCC names are

  • Greville Smyth Park
  • South Street Park
  • Land at Dalby Ave
  • Land at Francis Road
  • New Cut Open Space
  • Gores Marsh Park
  • St Johns Churchyard
  • North Street Green
  • St Pauls Churchyard
  • Ashton Court
  • Dame Emily Park
  • Ashton Vale Playing Field
  • ‘Sturdon Road’
  • ‘Cumberland Road’

Additionally, important spaces easily accessed from Greater Bedminster, but in Windmill Hill ward include

  • Victoria Park
  • Malago Vale OS
  • ‘Cotswold Road’

Funding and development of these spaces is the responsibility of Knowle, Filwood and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership.

Some of our local sites are quite small and will not be dealt with here, although their importance should not be under estimated as they are part of the walking environment and also significant as part of wildlife corridors. We’ll also not be commenting much on Ashton Court Estate, except as a wildlife reservoir.

The Criteria: BCC introduced quality, quantity and distance criteria relating to different types of green space. The types are play opportunities for children and young people; formal green space; informal green space, natural green space and active sports space. Of course, these are not always easy to distinguish from each other. The aim of the strategy is that by 2026 all Bristol residents will be within various set distances of each type of green space and that this provision will be of an acceptable quantity and quality. Full details of the original Strategy can be seen on the BCC website: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/policies-plans-strategies/bristol-parks-and-green-space-strategy

What’s the purpose of this summary? The GBCP Board has asked for an assessment of progress over the last few years towards the goals set out in the original Strategy. We know that some spaces have moved forward considerably, whilst others remain ‘unimproved’. Of course, in some cases, ‘improvement’ might be a bad thing. The data will help GBCP to decide where further investment should be encouraged. This investment might come from BCC or externally. In both cases, a more convincing case can be made to the funder if applications are shown to be in line with a longer-term plan.

The full report is attached here: GBCP green spaces report 2017