This eFOCUS is sent to those who have expressed an interest in what is
happening in and around Ashley ward.
For daily updates see the Ashley Ward Information Facebook wall at
If you want additional information on any topic, then please email my
colleague Waliur Rahman or I or follow the web link where available.
(1) Bristol City Council Cabinet on Thursday 15th December is deciding
on school capital investment for 2012/13. We are delighted that the
Coalition Government has provided an extra £18.3m this year to help meet
the Bristol primary school place shortage. Thanks to all those who
helped with the (cross-party) lobbying. Locally there has been a lot of
hard work by council officers, local school governors, teachers and
local parents to address the school place issues in Ashley and
surrounding wards. More news in due course.
(2) A reminder that the excellent North Bristol Arts Trail was today
(Sat 26th Nov) and continues tomorrow (Sun 27th Nov). Celebrating it's
tenth year. Further information at
(3) St Werburghs "Walkabout" on Saturday 3rd December. Start from Mina
Road/James Street by the billboards. The plan is to walk Ryland, Boyce,
Boucher, Weedon, Mercia and Trentham. Starting at 10am and finishing by
12 noon. Chance to meet councillors, council officers and police.
(4) Montpelier "Walkabout" on Saturday 3rd December. Start from the
corner of Picton Street/Ashley Road. The plan is to walk Picton Street,
Wellington Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue to Albany Green. Starting at 1pm
and to finish by 3pm. Chance to meet councillors, council officers and
(5) Saturday 3rd December 10.30 am - 4.30 pm St Werburghs Centre
Community Christmas Market - "Join us for a festive feast of all things
creative - buy original arts and crafts from the best local artists and
makers" - ideal for before, after or instead of your local "walkabout"!
(6) St Werburghs Community Association Annual General Meeting is on
Tuesday 6th December 2011 from 1pm to 2:30pm. "Following the successful
completion of Capital Project last year we would like to focus on
sustainability and importance of community partnerships." RSVP Heather
Murray, 0117 955 1351, firstname.lastname@example.org
(7) Friends of St Andrews Park committee meeting on Wednesday 7th
December 2011 - everyone welcome, followed by a social with
refreshments. "The venue is, as usual, the Bowls Club in Derby Road,
which has a bar so you can buy a drink too. We will start at 7.30pm and
finish at 9.30pm." More details : http://bit.ly/stlbX4
(8) St Pauls Unlimited Annual General Meeting on Monday 12th December
5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Salvation Army on Ashley Road. Will include
updates, food, festive cheer and results of the Community Elections.
(9) Next Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership
meeting is on Wednesday 14th December 2011 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm at the
Salvation Army, Ashley Road. Local recommendations for well-being grants
include (1) benches funded for Grosvenor Road, St Pauls, (2) New notice
board funded for Mina Road Park and (3) chess board table funded for St
Agnes Park. More details at http://bit.ly/rxqQOo
[NB The six councillors from the three wards will be making decisions on
partnership policy and funding priorities at that meeting. There are 3
Labour Party councillors, 2 Lib Dem councillors and 1 Green Party
councillor on our Neighbourhood Committee.]
(10) Stokes Croft street market is planned for Saturday December 17th
11am-6pm. The fayre, as well as being a winter celebration with a
festive feel, will be used as a public consultation to see what the
community would like from a weekly market. Additional information :
(11) Next Ashley Neighbourhood Forum is on Monday 23rd January 2012 at
Unitarian Hall, Brunswick Square 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All welcome to raise
local issues. Previous actions agreed from October 2011 available at
http(12) Stokes Croft Window Display Competition - Voting is open from 2nd -
9th December (voting closes at 3.30pm) and anyone will be able to vote
via the St Pauls Unlimited website (www.stpaulsunlimited.org.uk
winners will receive £100 cash and the much-coveted Stokes Croft Window
Display Competition Trophy!
(13) Stokes Croft Local Learning - Between 2008 and 2011 Myers-Insole
Local Learning Community Interest Company (MILLCIC) worked with local
schools, colleges and community groups to create material for an annual
Stokes Croft Heritage Trail. On display at Bristol Central Library
until December 16th 2011. Further info : http://bit.ly/tuecsV
(14) The survey results from the Community Consultation on the
Carriageworks and Westmoreland House have been published on the website
(15) Pavement work on Stokes Croft now due to start on 3rd January 2012.
Traders seem happy that it is after Christmas!
(16) Bristol City Council planning decision on Tesco on Cheltenham Road
was "lawful" says high court judge. http://bbc.in/vNJJSh
(17) "Chef" from Rice N Things on Cheltenham Road features on a recent
Jamie Oliver's programme about Bristol. Also featured Leona Williamson
from St Werburghs City Farm Café and the Ashley Vale allotments!
(18) The ward councillors met a highway officer to discuss possible
closure of Picton Lane to through traffic. The junction with Picton
Street is particularly narrow, but there is no easy turning space and
local residents are divided. We have asked for traffic figures. More
details on Facebook http://on.fb.me/uCzR7R
or email Jon
(19) Residents are exploring possible changes at the top of Brook Hill
and the junction with York Road.
(20) Work is due to start on the junction between Ashley Hill, Old
Ashley Hill and Cobourg Road
(21) Residents on Albert Park have raised concerns on street cleansing,
graffiti and other antisocial behaviour. Our new community safety
officer, Georgie Bryant is helping with coordinating council and police
(22) Jon met with residents and a highway officer in St Werburghs
recently to discuss potential road schemes including around Mina Road,
potentially closing Sevier Street and Magdalene Place to through traffic
and a possible crossing outside the Better Food Company. There is new
interactive information about motor vehicle casualties at
(23) We have had a number of emails expressing concern that the planned
closure of Hurlingham Road will adversely impact on surrounding roads.
Officers have agreed to monitor the situation closely. It is hoped that
the new roundabout at junction of Chesterfield Road and Ashley Hill will
mitigate any such adverse effects.
(24) The future funding of the Parks and Green Space Strategy is now in
doubt as strategic decisions on green space sales are passed to
neighbourhood partnership. The cross party working group on the strategy
failed to agree, so a compromise was agreed at Full Council last
Tuesday, but it leaves a large funding gap.
There is always lots happening in and around the ward. If you have
particular topics of interest, then let us know or post yourself at
, as we send out infrequent emails on specific
topics to those expressing an interest.
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residents, local businesses and voluntary agencies where we can, to
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Jon and Waliur
07855 494 860
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Ashley
20 Windsor Road
St Andrews, Bristol BS6 5BP
0117 914 2558
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