Walking Festival, Parks update,

Walking Festival

The Bristol Walking Alliance are planning a Walking Festival for May 2018 and need some help to make this happen. Specifically, they need some help in January/February with administrative tasks such as liaising with people/organisations proposing walks, to ensure that the information that they provide is complete and timely; and help to lead additional walks in and around Bristol during the Festival. Please contact Carew on carew.reynell@gmail.com

Parks update
In addition to the current online Parks Consultation which closes on Monday 29th January 2018, the Parks forum will be hosting drop in sessions with Parks officers available to discuss the content of the consultation with yourselves and members of the public. These will take place on the following dates:

Mon 4th Dec 1pm – 7pm Netham Pavilion, Netham Park, Avonvale Road, Netham, Bristol, BS5 9RZ

Tues 5th Dec 1pm – 7pm Main Studio, Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NL

Weds 6th Dec 1pm – 6.30pm Henbury and Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, Bristol, BS10 7HG

Thurs 14th Dec 1.30pm – 7.30pm Lord Mayors Reception, City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

These sessions have been arranged at the request of the Parks Forum to give park groups and anyone else with a particular interest in parks or green spaces a chance to discuss the 14 proposals in the consultation and raise any concerns.

There is a pdf version of the consultation – www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/ParksConsultation.pdf

The Parks forum can be contacted by email mail@bristolparksforum.org.uk

Action Greater Bedminster is holding the first meeting of the Parks, libraries and leisure sub-group on  Monday 22nd January at 7pm in the Training Room, Windmill Hill City Farm. A council officer will be present and it will be a chance to discuss the consultation before the closing date.

Cabinet meeting
Cabinet will be considering proposals following the ‘Your Neighbourhoods’ consultation on Monday 4th December. Papers for the meeting are  available here

The agenda has twenty-one items including a report from the Libraries Task and Finish group, reductions to the Supporting People budget, School crossing patrols and Public toilets, Transforming Neighbourhood Working, Cultural Investment Programme and Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. This will include proposals for local CIL/s106 arrangements and support for community networks/spaces.

Obviously this will be a highly significant meeting with implications for organisations like Action Greater Bedminster.

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 (38:17) on Walkability

Let’s Walk Bedminster
Readers will know that making BS3 a more walkable area has been an important community project for several years.   Lots of local people, shopkeepers and others have been involved in accentuating the positive aspects of walking (beautiful front and community gardens, art work from both urban painters and local children, improved signage, toilet maps, benches etc) and eliminating the negative (pavements cluttered with bins and parked cars, inconsiderate and speeding motorists and cyclists, dogs’ droppings etc).

We have been working with other neighbourhoods that also want to improve walkability and GBCP was a founding member of the Bristol Walking Alliance.

Walking is an Equalities Issue
Walking isn’t just a mode of transport with added benefits of enhancing health whilst making little or no contribution to either climate change or poisonous air, it’s also an equalities issue.   We know that frailer older people, people with disabilities of sight and mobility, buggy pushers and young children are all, at least, inconvenienced and sometimes endangered by broken and blocked footways that force them into the road or discourage them from leaving their house to visit friends, shops and other destinations.     It’s not right that some people can move freely and safely around their community and others cannot.

Talking the Talk, but not yet Walking the Walk
Through the Bristol Walking Alliance, GBCP has been working with various agencies.    Discussions have included Sue Mountstevens, the Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.    We have been in touch with all four Bristol MPs both before and after the election.     We have identified a ‘Walkability Champion’ as our link city councillor in each of the four political groups on the City Council.    We have good links with researchers in the two universities and with Bristol Health Partners.    BWA hopes to talk to the new Metro-Mayor before the end of 2017.   Through Streets Alive we are plugged into the wider national scene.

All the discussions have shown that the problems of walkability are understood and there is a general desire to improve the situation, but the discussion usually also includes references to difficulties such as the vagueness of the law, costs to the public purse and the probable opposition of powerful groups.

iWalk – Innovations in Inclusive Walking Report.  
One of the people that the Bristol Walking Alliance has been been working with is Jess Read.    Jess was seconded into BCC’s Transport Team about a year ago, specifically to look at up-dating the council’s Walking Strategy.    The first step was probably to dust it off!!    Jess has come up with some ideas about how to make walking a first and more frequent choice for more people in the city.    Some of these are gathered in the attached document.   There are more to come. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (38:17) on Walkability”

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 (benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk) and Ernani Barea (ernanibarea@gmail.com) 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”