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Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging

Started this discussion. Last reply by Toby OCM Dec 4, 2014. 3 Replies

At the FOSAP meeting in October I raised the question of whether the wildflower beds would be mowed before winter, since they occupy most of the area used by local children for sledging when it…Continue

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Proposed change to Cromwell Road/North Road junction

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fo SAP Sep 10, 2014. 1 Reply

Not directly relevant to the Park, but very relevant to St Andrews residents who are Friends of the Park.There's a proposal to narrow the exit from North Road onto Cromwell Road (by the God is Love…Continue

Residents Parking Zone

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fo SAP Jun 1, 2013. 1 Reply

As you probably know, the Mayor is proposing a Residents Parking Zone for large areas of Bristol, including St Andrews.  As far as we know, this would allow parking only in marked bays, some for…Continue

Hurlingham Road closure - impact on the Park

Started Feb 9, 2011 0 Replies

The Council is curently planning to close Hurlingham Road to through traffic.  There is a fear amongst some St Andrews residents that this will cause tailbacks along Chesterfield Road and Somerville…Continue

 

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Toby OCM replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Flowerbeds mowed.  Now let it snow!"
Dec 4, 2014
Toby OCM replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Thanks Jo.  Is someone able to find out?"
Nov 17, 2014
Fo SAP replied to Toby OCM's discussion Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging
"Hi Toby, Thanks for this. The mowing of the park is carried out by English Landscapes who have the maintenence contract. If this is also on their schedule they will do it. If it is not, then the community flower project organisers will need to…"
Nov 15, 2014
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Unmowed flowerbeds - no sledging

At the FOSAP meeting in October I raised the question of whether the wildflower beds would be mowed before winter, since they occupy most of the area used by local children for sledging when it snows. If left in their current form, there will be no sledging this winter. Could the FOSAP committee please chase BCC to get this done?
Nov 7, 2014
Fo SAP replied to Toby OCM's discussion Proposed change to Cromwell Road/North Road junction
"Thanks for this Toby. The proposals will make quite a different experience for pedestrians & car users, so it is in everyone's interest to read them and respond. "
Sep 10, 2014
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Proposed change to Cromwell Road/North Road junction

Not directly relevant to the Park, but very relevant to St Andrews residents who are Friends of the Park.There's a proposal to narrow the exit from North Road onto Cromwell Road (by the God is Love church). It means that cars coming through the cut-through by the Grecian Kebab House from Cheltenham Road can no longer filter through the traffic queuing on North Road for the lights and turn up Cromwell Road using the left-hand lane (because there will be no left-hand lane), but will instead get…See More
Sep 9, 2014
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Residents Parking Zone

As you probably know, the Mayor is proposing a Residents Parking Zone for large areas of Bristol, including St Andrews.  As far as we know, this would allow parking only in marked bays, some for residents only and some pay and display for a maximum of three hours, probably 9 to 5 Monday to Friday (although in some areas it's slated to be Monday to Saturday).Obviously this might well affect some park users.Any thoughts?See More
Aug 4, 2013
Fo SAP replied to Toby OCM's discussion Residents Parking Zone
"Here is a survey that people can complete about the parking in Ashley Ward"
Jun 1, 2013
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Residents Parking Zone

As you probably know, the Mayor is proposing a Residents Parking Zone for large areas of Bristol, including St Andrews.  As far as we know, this would allow parking only in marked bays, some for residents only and some pay and display for a maximum of three hours, probably 9 to 5 Monday to Friday (although in some areas it's slated to be Monday to Saturday).Obviously this might well affect some park users.Any thoughts?See More
May 31, 2013
Toby OCM replied to martin weitz's discussion HELP SAVE 3 of the PARK'S MOST BEAUTIFUL TREES FROM BEING DESTROYED BY BRISTOL COUNCIL
"It might be an idea to prioritise a noticeboard for FoSAP in the park so that the public can be consulted more easily.  Neither a FoSAP meeting nor this website are likely to reach the majority of park users: a FoSAP noticeboard (or even a…"
Mar 16, 2012
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Hurlingham Road closure - impact on the Park

The Council is curently planning to close Hurlingham Road to through traffic.  There is a fear amongst some St Andrews residents that this will cause tailbacks along Chesterfield Road and Somerville Road back from Ashley Hill, which would subsequently result in drivers rat-running around the Park to try and avoid the queues.  Obviously this would do little for the amenity of the park.  Unfortunately the Council do not currently have funds to upgrade the Ashley Hill/Chesterfield Road junction to…See More
Feb 9, 2011
sarah mcmurchie replied to Toby OCM's discussion Facebook group makes the Evening Post
"Hi Toby- how great that someone has done this! am not on facebook myself, but will ask all those I know who are, to support it. I have never thought we classified people as young or old just 'litterers' or not! BW Sarah"
May 19, 2010
Des Bowring replied to Toby OCM's discussion Facebook group makes the Evening Post
"I would never lump all young people together. A horrible thought."
Apr 22, 2010
Toby OCM replied to admin's discussion Meeting notes - recycling and litter 24/03/09
"A few bin-related comments: We should congratulate whoever it was (council, contractor?) who decided to paint the temporary bins green. They blend in so much better like that. Let's give some praise as well as moans. But then on to the moan:…"
Apr 22, 2010
Toby OCM posted a discussion

Facebook group makes the Evening Post

The recently launched Facebook group 'Keep St Andrews Park clean! PICK UP YOUR LITTER!' has already got 364 members, and has also managed to get coverage in today's Evening Post.I somtimes worry that some FoSAP members lump all young people together as 'undesirables'.  Although the language is a…See More
Apr 22, 2010
Ziggy replied to Toby OCM's discussion Dogs on leads
"On behalf of the canine group of the Park I would like to express my relief at the withdrawal of the dogs on leads proposal. Nothing starts the day better than a good run round the park and the idea of having to be tied to my owner was as…"
Apr 20, 2010

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At 19:59 on November 11, 2009, Simon Randolph said…
Hi Toby,

You have probably seen this letter I sent (below) to the Bristol planning dept, but in case you haven't....

Dear Ben Burke,

As a resident of St Andrews (Burghley Road) I have been shocked to learn of the details of the planning application (09/03891/P) being proposed by the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. This is a massively conceived expansion of the existing facilities. If passed the Development will certainly have serious deleterious effects on the area around the Ground, particularly the increase in traffic and attendant problems of parking in the surrounding streets whenever the Club hosts any event that makes use of its facilities, not just major sporting occasions. I understand that there will be no restrictions on the use to which the stadium can be put .

This planned huge expansion is totally insensitive to and out of all proportion to its environmental context of a tightly developed late Victorian and early Edwardian urban residential area. I assume that double yellow lines are envisaged as needed on many of the surrounding streets in an attempt to ease parking immediately round the Ground. However, this will only push the parking problem further out into the more peripheral areas such as that around St Andrews Park. Local through-traffic movements in the area on event days would undoubtedly become a nightmare (it can be extremely difficult even at present) with the certain creation of major traffic snarl ups and jams).

Linked to this potential turmoil is the added complication of plans for new student accommodation blocks for 350 students, the majority of whom will undoubtedly have their own cars. The plan that they would have to sign an agreement not to park within 1.5 km of the blocks is completely unenforceable and laughable. But if this could somehow be enforced, it would again simply relocate the problem of parking in streets further afield, with the area around St Andrews Park undoubtedly getting its share of these student cars.

Finally, the combined impact of a permanent increase in student numbers plus a regular influx of huge spectator numbers into the area will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on St Andrews Park. Already, on warm spring and summer days, the Park becomes a very popular venue for students and others to meet up and socialise. In itself, this increasing popularity is a welcome development. However this heavy use of the Park in good weather has recently lead to many burnt scars in the grass from disposable barbecues and not infrequently to appalling quantities of scattered litter, while, despite the provision of a public toilet, hedges and flower borders have become impromtu urinals with the associated redolence of this unlicensed excretory practice!

In other words, the Park at such times of near maximum capacity, is being abused by some and this situation can only get worse if the full GCCC scheme is allowed to go ahead.

I urge you to take into account the objections I have raised when considering the implications of this extraordinarily insensitive planning application.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Randolph
 
 
 

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