Fi Hance, Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Councillor for Redland (Tel: 0117 353 4720)  and a Friend of St Andrews Park, sends out Ward newsletters. We will publish matters of interest to the Park in this blog.

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Comment by Fo SAP on November 12, 2012 at 15:08

From Fi Hance

Dear resident,


My apologies for the long gap between newsletters. 


Capital Stimulus bids

Good news!  Funding has been approved for £110,000 for new play

equipment on Redland Green.  Ageing equipment has been a bugbear for a

long time, so it’s very exciting to see some changes.


Half of the funding for new gates on the Effingham Road exit to St

Andrews Park and chicanes to the Leopold Road exit was also approved.

The rest of the money needed has been obtained from Section 106 funds.

These funds come from local building projects in negotiation with the Council.


Work is also underway for a new tree planting plan for St Andrews Park.

 This will be extensively consulted upon before a community tree

planting event which will probably take place in the New Year.


Two highways bids were also successful, with £45,000 being allocated to

improvements to the junction between the end of North Road and Cromwell

Road.  Good news also for those of us who have had the misfortune to

cycle down North Road, with funding allocated to get it resurfaced.


Bristol North Baths site

For a considerable length of time I wasn’t sure I would ever be able

to say this, but work on the old baths site is finally starting.  The conversion of the site to a community health centre and a library should take another eleven months or so.  Unfortunately the car park will be out of action until work is completed, but the developers are hoping to put up notices on the hoardings shortly to keep everyone in touch with progress.



As you may know, the Planning Inspector upheld Costa's appeal against both refusal and enforcement action on its Gloucester Road site.  This was a great disappointment to many local people, including myself, who wanted to see planning guidelines for the Gloucester Road upheld.  If you would like further details,get in touch.


Twenty’s plenty update

The Council is currently consulting about the 20mph speed limit which covers the central area (Phase 1 area), Ashley Down, Montpelier, Redland, Bishopston, Clifton, Clifton Wood, Kingsdown, Cotham etc.  If you would like to have your say, here’s an online survey about 20mph zones from @BristolCouncil please give your views.


Scout hut update

A whopping £63,000 was handed over by Persimmon Homes as part of its

106 agreement towards the rebuilding of the hut on Williamson Road.

There is still a considerable way to go, however.  If you would like to

get involved take a look at




Wellbeing funds

Congratulations to the organisers of the Bristol Storytelling Festival

who were awarded £500 towards setting up the North Bristol Story Trail

as part of the event due to be held in early 2013.  This will involve

local writers, 10-12 shops on the Gloucester Road and local children.

The Friends of St Andrews Park were also successful in obtaining funding

of £450 towards wildflowers near the pond area.  Finally a grant of

£1,170 was made towards the renovation of the wildlife Pond on

Horfield Common.


If you know of any local community groups in need of funding who

benefit people in the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland area who may be

interested in applying for a grant, details can be found on

 The deadline for the next round is November 26th.


Mayoral Elections

I think you can guess who I’ll be voting for, but in case you’ve mislaid the information booklet about all the candidates and the voting system that you should have received through your door, here’s the link to them:


Keep in touch.

Fi Hance.



Comment by Fo SAP on July 10, 2012 at 18:19

July 2012 an extract from Fi’s newsletter. 

St Andrews Park.

Park improvement bids.  Sylvia and I have made bids on behalf of the Redland Green Community Group to the city wide park improvement fund for over £110,000 of play improvements on the Green including repairs and replacement of existing equipment, additional benches and information boards and planting to improve biodiversity.

Similarly, with the input of the Friends of St Andrews Park, a bid has gone in for new gates on the Effingham Road exit to the Park, a new basketball hoop, and a water fountain.  We should know whether we’ve been successful by the end of July so will keep you posted.

 Trees You may remember that three cherry trees in the Park were due to be felled due to disease with no promise of a replacement.  We did look into the possibility of fencing off the largest and loveliest specimen near the Leopold Road exit, but this would have cost in excess of £3,000.  However, Parks have since agreed to a replacement 4-5 metre

high tree to be planted in the late autumn.  In addition to this, the Neighbourhood Partnership agreed to a tree planting plan for the Park, which should hopefully result in a community planting event in the autumn to which we are all invited to come and muck in.

With the heavy rain, anti social behaviour in the park has been fairly low of late, but residents, police, councillors and officers continue to meet on a regular basis to try to find a resolution to the problem.

Comment by Fo SAP on April 21, 2012 at 10:29

March 2012 extract.

You may have seen some coverage in the local press regarding the proposed felling of three blossom trees in the park.  This stemmed from a survey undertaken by the Parks Department just before Christmas when around seventy different areas needing attention were identified.  All of the trees in question have some degree of fungal rot, but in light of local representations the tree officer has agreed a stay of execution for another five weeks and we are trying to ascertain whether it may be possible to hang on to them for a few more years.


You may also have noticed that the loos have been refurbished.  Unfortunately shortly after their reopening the gents urinals were blocked so have been closed until repairs to the drains  are completed. 


On a more savoury note, following the success of the concert last year, the professional chamber orchestra QUORUM  are returning to St. Bart's Church to perform another concert of baroque music including works by J.S.Bach, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi on May 18th. The concert starts at 7.30 and doors open at 6.45 pm. There will be a cash bar before the concert and during the interval and proceeds are going to the St Barts organ fund.  Details from Paul Bullivant at

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