AGB Update 24 April: Community Plan, Parks and Plastic-free

Community Plan Meeting

About 35 people attended the meeting last week and contributed a range of ideas. The key points that came out of the meeting for AGB to look at:

– safety zones around schools
– toilets
– air quality
– dog fouling
– billboards and other aspects of the street environment (e.g. air pollution)
– littering
– improving outdoor spaces, including parks (e.g.food growing, water fountains)
– dropped kerbs and accessibility of pavements
– parking (access issues and residents parking)
– planning developments (looking at communications and impact)
– transport improvements (better integration, better bus routes)
– derelict buildings
– youth services

Specific projects that seem to meet the CIL criteria and will hopefully be developed with the help of councillors to take to Stage 1 of the process:

– Compass Point school crossing
– Holy cross school crossing
– Luckwell school crossing
– the Ashton drive and South Liberty Lane bridges in Ashton Vale
– the pavilion in Greville Smyth Park
– Langton Street bridge
– the crossing and bollards by the Chessel Centre
– water fountain in Dame Emily Park

CIL projects need to go through the process outlined here  There is a guide which explains how to fill in an Outline Project Proposal form, This puts a project forward to Stage 1 of the process. If you have a project you want to put forward, please contact your local councillor. These need to be sent to areacommittee5@bristol.gov.uk by the end of Friday 4th May. 

AGB will continue to develop the community plan through an online survey and hope to develop a paper form that can be distributed in community spaces such as doctor’s surgeries, libraries, community centres and so on. We will also organise more public meetings as funds allow, and look at other ways of reaching the wider community so our plan is a reflection of as many different people as possible. If you would like to be involved in any way, please do get in touch. We will update this mailing list with progress.

Parks Consultation
The recent parks consultation asked residents whether they supported a variety of income generation and service reduction options for parks. The results have now been finalised and will be considered by Cabinet on 1st May. More than 2,600 people responded and detailed responses were also received from partner organisations and community groups.

The consultation broadly supported the income generation plan put forward by the council, and supported some of the service reduction proposals.

The Council needs to reduce spending on parks by at least £2.868million a year by April 2019. This means services will need to be run in a very different way, working more closely with communities and seeking opportunities to generate income, as well as making services as efficient as possible. It is currently predicted that £490,000 can be saved by making efficiencies and reducing parks services. In order to retain as many parks services as possible, the intention is that the rest of the required savings can be made by generating income from parks.

We will update those of you who have asked to be kept informed about parks with more detail in the next week or so.

BS3 Plastic Free?
As part of the Environment focused sub group, a meeting was held on Sunday 22nd April, Earth Day. The group is in the early stages of developing a community campaign around waste reduction. It aims to develop a recognition programme for businesses who are taking steps to reduce their plastic footprint as well as hoping to encourage more businesses and organisations to take steps towards an increasingly sustainable approach to their operations. We also intend to develop ways to engage with BS3 residents with a view to increasing awareness around plastic usage, recycling, and waste reduction. Although this campaign will be very local in its focus we also hope to be able to work with Surfers Against Sewage and their fantastic nationwide ‘Plastic Free Coastlines’ campaign to ultimately get recognition for Greater Bedminster, and the wider area, for achieving significant improvements in our plastic footprint reduction. More to come, but please do let us know if, and how, you are keen to get involved as the group is planning a follow up meeting in the coming weeks.