Ashley Ward News July 2011

by fw
on Friday 05 Aug 2011

type: News Report
topic: Community
region: Bristol

Highways and parking issues:

(1) The controversial Hurlingham Road closure TRO has been signed. The
main objections received related to likely impact of such a closure on
congestion on surrounding streets, particularly the exit from
Chesterfield Road onto Ashley Hill. Officers are converting the "T
junction" between Ashley Hill and Chesterfield Road to a mini-roundabout
layout. This should mitigate the worst effects, but your councillors
will be monitoring the situation.  Please let Jon know if you would like
a copy of his letter to interested residents on this issue.

(2) Ashley Down Road proposed upgrade of the existing Pelican crossing
by Kathdene Gardens (outside Sefton Park School) to a new Puffin-style
crossing. Consultation response by 15th August. Let Jon know if you
would like copies of TRO information.

(3) Ashley Down Road carriageway resurfacing plans are now under way. 

(4) Cheltenham Lane (behind Colston Girls School) parking restrictions
are proposed along the length of Cheltenham Lane to improve access for
local residents, businesses and Colston’s Girls School. Email Jon for
a copy flyer 1Mb Closing date 5th August.

(5) Decisions on future Residents Parking scheme consultations are to
be devolved to Neighbourhood Partnerships. There would need to be
significant resident support to proceed.

(6) Caravans and vans in St Werburghs and Montpelier - police have said
they are taking action. More info on St Werburghs web site
http://bit.ly/olZs1d 

Parks and activities:

(7) Two local parks have been awarded Green Flag status, St Andrews
Park for the first time and St Pauls Park for, I think, a second year!
Congratulations to all involved - residents, friends and council
officers. More info at http://bit.ly/pYQ3J3 

(8) New scout hut plans at Sefton Park - Bishopston Councillors Bev
Knott, David Willingham and I have been supporting the plans and
exploring possible sources of funding. More details at
http://www.hut6388.org 

(9) Albany Green - we are still awaiting (and chasing) council officer
report - the next stage is apparently "neighbour engagement". We will
let you know when we hear more.

(10) St Pauls Carnival was one of the busiest and most colourful ever,
but there have been a number of complaints about litter, anti-social
behaviour and excessive noise. If you have any comments then please let
Waliur and I have them and we will see that they are raised with the
Carnival team, the Council and the Police.  They will help inform any
plans for next year.

(11) Street play. Cabinet members
have been working with Alice Ferguson (Playing out), Chris Gittens
(Streets Alive) and various council officers to support increased
opportunity for street play. More details next week.
http://bit.ly/qNZ1wG - also look at SUSTRANS "Free Range kids" 
http://bit.ly/nR4jVC 

Other news in brief:

(12) Westmoreland House - I understand that the team have appointed a
facilitator team to manage the public consultation. More details after I
meet officers on Tuesday 2nd August.

(13) Planning applications for "Banners on lamp posts" have been
withdrawn, I understand.

(14) Boston Tea Party - another new business opening on Cheltenham Road
this week. More details at http://bit.ly/qDzfF2 

(15) Nat West Bank are advertising £6,000 for community bids in Bristol
- could be welcome by some - If you know a local charity, organisation
or group which you think would benefit, please ask them to register at:
http://communityforce.natwest.com/ by 4th September.

(16) Recent Casework - stopped pennant stone pavement being removed in
St Andrews Road, raised issues of secure bike parking and pigeons in
Armidale Place, working with Ashley Stores on Ashley Hill to help with
parking for passing trade and deliveries. Do drop in and sign their
petition. 

(17) We are awaiting further news on a number of other issues, and will
forward when available. These include Brooks Laundry site plans, work
due to start on Islamic Community Centre on Sevier Street and further
highways issues in St Werburghs, St Pauls, and Cobourg Road/Ashley Hill
junction.

(18) Next Ashley Neighbourhood Forum meeting on Monday 5th September
6.30pm Unitarian Hall, Brunswick Square, St Pauls.