Action Greater Bedminster update March 7th

New Chair
Donald Branch has stepped down for health reasons. We are very grateful for all his help getting Action Greater Bedminster off to a good start. Ellie Freeman was elected as the chair at the recent Executive Committee meeting. Ellie said: ‘I am a mum of two, living and working in Southville where I have been for about 8 years. I have worked for Playing Out and been involved in various local community events and schemes.

Action Greater Bedminster is a fantastic community organisation, bringing together people from across the area to share ideas, thoughts and information to improve our neighbourhood. I am hoping to build on the great work done by others to create an open, welcoming, diverse organisation that will make a real difference. The more people get involved, the more we can do.’

Action Greater Bedminster transport group
This group will be looking at various transport issues in our area which will include accessibility, safety, improved transport links and information. The group is slowly growing and will meet at some point. In the meantime, if you’d like to be part of the conversation, have ideas or issues you’d like to share, please get in touch.

Adblock BS3
Adblock Bristol is a group campaigning for a happier, healthier city free from the pressures of corporate outdoor advertising. They have created this petition against  advertising in Bristol’s parks is still time to sign if you haven’t already).

In St Werburghs residents have campaigned to remove 6 of 13 billboards and have now installed an artwork to celebrate this, and their local green spaces and community:

A group has now formed in BS3, concerned about the negative impacts of billboard advertising on our local independent businesses, our wellbeing and our environment. We’d like to talk about an alternative vision for our outdoor spaces which better serves the needs of our community. This was also discussed at the recent Environment and Transport Group meeting – and we saw that there is a link between outdoor advertising and many of our other concerns about air pollution, waste and the impact on our environment both locally and globally.

The BS3 group is meeting on Monday 12 March, 7pm at The Hare and would love to hear your views. Email or just turn up on the night.

Our aspirations

Action Greater Bedminster is currently creating discussion groups around Environment, Park and Transport. We will keep you up to date with developments in all these areas, and others that are emerging such as Health and wellbeing. We are really keen to hear YOUR views and ideas about our neighbourhood. As well as pulling together and sharing information, we will be creating events and projects around specific themes and looking at practical solutions. Ultimately we want to create a Community Plan that AGB will be accountable to. This will be something we can take to organisations, funders, the council and others to help us make real changes.

We want to hear from you!
If you have any questions or comments:


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NEWSLETTER 33:17 on Transport & Traffic

Walkable Bristol
The Let’s Walk Bedminster project continues with groups and individuals across BS3 doing their best to combat the more hostile features of the walking environment, (eg overhanging bushes, dogs’ poo, pavement parking and obstructed pavements) and promoting the welcoming features (eg, great domestic and community gardens, interesting street art, people to chat to, clean toilets and somewhere to sit down etc).

As well as working locally through the Bristol Walking Alliance, we have been collaborating with local MPs.    A government response to our own Karin Smyth in April is attached (Karen Smith pavement parking).    BWA is following up to find out what’s meant by the ‘survey’ promised for this summer.    Other Bristol MPS – Thangham Debbonaire and Kerry MCCarthy – are also on the case and BWA will be approaching Darren Jones once he’s had a chance to settle in.

You will see from the letter that part of the issue is over jurisdiction.    Should a ban come in nationally or should it be up to each local authority?   At one level it’s an interesting constitutional debate about proper democratic processes.    At another level, it’s a dispute about who should pay the initial costs.   At the moment, of course, the people who are paying are the ones, often with parental responsibilities or physical disabilities, that find our pavements difficult to navigate.

Bristol Wide Petition
A petition calling upon Bristol to come into line with London and ban pavement parking except in very exceptional circumstances has been lodged with BCC.  We need lots of public support to demonstrate that people want action on this issue.   If 3500 signatures are secured, there will be a debate on the issue amongst city councillors.

Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways
FOSBR is holding a Rally for Rail on Friday, 23 June at 10am near Temple Meads station.   They are seeking to demonstrate public support for investment in the local rail network Continue reading “NEWSLETTER 33:17 on Transport & Traffic”

GBCP NEWSLETTER (21:17) – 6th May 2017 – Let’s Walk Bedminster 2017

Bedminster Project: Let’s Walk Bedminster 2017.

Attached is some information about a community led project that GBCP intends to run in central Bedminster ward.   Some of you will have seen an earlier draft.   The project builds on activities and ideas that have been developed over the last few years.

Please pass this information on to others, especially if they live or work in or near the initial target area.

Story So Far
Over the last few years local residents have formed community organisations to improve the locality either by directly doing things themselves, (litter picks, establishing community gardens, holding street parties etc) or by pressing other agencies (BCC, police etc) to intervene in some way.     Good stuff, but more to do!!

An international team of students from UWE are surveying the central Bedminster area, talking to local people and recording their concerns and ideas.    Hopefully, their report will bring all these thoughts together in one place, add new ideas and give a good basis for future improvements.    It’s important that the students capture as much about local ideas as possible.   Groups like West Street Neighbours, Jewels and LImP already have lists of things that they think need doing and ideas about who might do them.   Others may have too.   Please pass these to me ( and Ernani Barea ( from the student team asap, if you have not done so already.   Mark your message ‘Bedminster Project’.     If you do not tell them, they will not know. Continue reading “GBCP NEWSLETTER (21:17) – 6th May 2017 – Let’s Walk Bedminster 2017”