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Hotwells & Cliftonwood News

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Hotwells & Cliftonwood News winter 2014 in this edition: The Bluffers Guide to residents parking zones
Hotwells & Cliftonwood News winter 2014 in this edition: The Bluffers Guide to residents parking zones

in this edition:

The Bluffers Guide to residents parking zones

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Harbourhead group tackles Metrobus

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published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association

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editorial
editorial

Welcome to the new look Hotwells News

After 11 years as an A4 newsletter we feel the time is right to refresh the format of ‘Hotwells News’. It may look more like ‘The Pigeon’ and other imitations but our magazine brings you more news specific to our neighbourhood, the opinions of lo- cal people and we hope more enter- tainment value.

Our criteria for deciding what to pub- lish are that it has to be relevant to people living or working in our neighbourhood and impartial content needs to dominate; not ‘advertorial’ supporting commercial promotion. You will never see the pages and pages of bland advertising features that other local magazines find it necessary to publish.

We hope that every page has a story you might want to read and the magazine will help people to partici- pate in the life of the area and feel part of the strong community that we have here.

Apart from freshening up the layout, the A5 format aims to make the paper more ‘letterbox-friendly’ for our squad of volunteer deliverers. It also helps us to keep printing costs to a minimum. Smaller pages make it more adaptable; we can increase or reduce the size of an issue more easily in response to de- mand.

Hotwells News is largely paid for by the advertising but all the production work is done by volunteers. If you are inter- ested in helping out with layout or

writing or have a good idea for a feature or regular column that you think might interest other readers then please let us know. Above all, ‘Hotwells News’ aims to be your paper but we can only achieve that if you let us know what it should be covering.

Ray Smith

if you let us know what it should be covering. Ray Smith researching news stories can

researching news stories can be challenging work –your editor (centre) covering the Green Days Out event last year.

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How to Contact us:

Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association

c/o Southernhay House, Southernhay, Bristol BS8 4TL

tel: 0117 9291883

admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

www.hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

Management Committee Dennis Gornall (Chair)

Brenda McLennan (Treasurer)

Ray Smith

Mike Timmins

Helena Kowalski Anna Wilson Gill Loats (Hotwells News advertising)

Communications

Open spaces

community news
community news

Treeplanting plans hinge on Council staffing

Amidst ever-fiercer budget cuts and the loss of skilled staff we have become in- creasingly concerned that our (now fully-funded) plan to plant more trees on Cumberland Piazza will be thwarted for a third successive year, simply be- cause TreeBristol no longer has the ca- pacity to administer the project. How- ever we were reassured by the appear- ance of a new recruit to the Council team, who has been handed the project. There are many details still to be sorted out but we have been assisted by local environmental consultants The Land- mark Practice in putting together a tech- nical proposal and hope this will speed up progress in spite of the now very tight timescale.

Ray Smith

Community Association annual meeting

Some 40 people attended our AGM in November and enjoyed watching an edited version of a fifty year old docu- mentary about a young couple settling in this area. There was much to reflect on from the film, including of course how much the area has improved. How- ever, we know that there is always more that can be done and this is of course the principal reason for the Community Association.

We have held 4 very different open meetings in the last year. At the first we heard about Mr Singh’s plans for Red Pizza after his application for an ex- tended licence, and also a very compre- hensive talk about trees in our area from expert, Richard Bland. Our second meet- ing was open house to view initial plans

for the RPZ (more about this conten- tious subject on page 6). Then in July we had a walkabout at the Underfall Yard and heard about their plans for the fu- ture and in September, in conjunction with the Transition Group we showed the film Transition 2. We shall continue to hold public meetings next year so keep a look out in the magazine and on our notice boards. We also held a much smaller hustings meeting in April for prospective ward Councillors.

hustings meeting in April for prospective ward Councillors. 2013 proved a good year for Hotwells toddlers

2013 proved a good year for Hotwells toddlers with the refurbishment of Charles Place play- ground.

We offered thanks to Rosemary Stib- bons who finished working for us in March at the same time as we closed the office in Charles Place. Rosemary had contributed to the CA in many ways over many years and most recently as our admin assistant. We wish her all the best with all her various activities South of the river.

We have seen the fantastic refurbish- ment of the Charles Place Play Park and now we can look forward to some changes on the Piazza this winter. In October the Neighbourhood Committee

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Dennis Gornall

Bridge failures & floods –Hotwells in the headlines Near hysteria accompanied the sudden failure of

Bridge failures & floods –Hotwells in the headlines

Near hysteria accompanied the sudden failure of the Plimsoll Bridge to swing just before Christmas; mainly because it happened just before the rush hour. The traffic mayhem, which quickly ex- tended to every corner of the City only served to remind us of the critical role played by a 50 year old piece of engi-

neering.

to forget that the Cumberland Basin Bridges system does offer a backup via the Junction Lock Bridge but at peak hours, even this can be overwhelmed. Hard to imagine that before the Plimsoll Bridge was built, there was also no M5 bridge and all traffic to and from the South West managed with just a narrow 2 lane crossing.

The media reporting seemed

just a narrow 2 lane crossing. The media reporting seemed Plimsoll bridge jammed for the 4th

Plimsoll bridge jammed for the 4th time in its life. Imagine if this had happened just before the Harbour Festival!

According to a BCC spokesman “some minor components in the operating gear need to be replaced. The compo- nents are currently being manufactured and, once delivered, will be installed and tested as quickly as possible” Mean- while tall masted ships, including the ‘Kaskelot’ are stuck in the harbour.

including the ‘ Kaskelot’ are stuck in the harbour. the flood barrier erected to protect Avon

the flood barrier erected to protect Avon Crescent (picture Anna Wilson)

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The drama continued into January with an unprecedented (but not unantici- pated level of flooding arising from overflowing rivers, coinciding with

Spring tides and a storm surge.

Portway and chocolate block path be- came impassable. A temporary flood barrier protected Avon Crescent. Con- sequently, no houses were flooded and residents appreciated the concern of the local community and the many ‘flood tourists’ as you can see in Anna Wilson’s entertaining time-lapse video of the event at:

http://vimeo.com/83317423

Another unusual sight was water pour- ing from the river into the harbour at Junction Lock.

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ing from the river into the harbour at Junction Lock. The anybody know why the stop

anybody know why the stop gates at Junction Lock were made higher than the lock chamber?

teenagers
teenagers

New wheels park group seeks support

need for this kind of amenity.

A group of local skaters, parents and community activists in Hotwells are joining forces with a similar group in Ashton to discuss how we can turn long held desires for a local skate park into an action plan.

For many years we’ve been talking to kids in Hotwells about what they would like to see happen under the flyover in the Cumberland Piazza. They always suggest facilities for skateboards, scoot- ers and bikes and sometimes roller coasters and beaches! (editor’s com- ment: and why not?)

coasters and beaches! (editor’s com- ment: and why not?) In spite of the crudeness of the

In spite of the crudeness of the DIY equipment, there never seems to be a shortage of users, but this is also a busy pedestrian and cycle route leading to possible conflicts between the different users.

leading to possible conflicts between the different users. Festival Way –potential conflict between skaters, walkers

Festival Way –potential conflict between skaters, walkers and cyclists

The nearby pump track that provides a circular course for bikes was developed a couple of years ago and also seems very popular.

However, not far away on the Ashton side but still adjacent to the Festival Way path is a larger space, entirely cov- ered by flyover, that seems to offer much better potential for a more ambi-

Kai (13) uses Oldfield Rd car park be- cause “It's the best place to skate round here, it's got a smooth surface and it's the only place we don't get kicked out of'“.

Space at Cumberland Piazza, already identified in the masterplan for the site, could be used to create a basic wheels park for younger children. The appear- ance of improvised skating obstacles on a section of the Festival Way path by White City Allotments demonstrates the

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of the Festival Way path by White City Allotments demonstrates the 6 possible location for a

possible location for a skate park near Festival Way

comparing the Cumberland Basin fly- over at Ashton meadows (left) with London’s Westway (below) demonstrates
comparing the Cumberland Basin fly- over at Ashton meadows (left) with London’s Westway (below) demonstrates
comparing the Cumberland Basin fly-
over at Ashton meadows (left) with
London’s Westway (below)
demonstrates how eyesore flyover
spaces can find a creative new use
tious wheels park.
A meeting in the Rose of Denmark just
before Christmas attended by about
10 people, looked at two possible de-
velopments. A smaller multi-function
space at Cumberland Piazza with
some skate equipment but also poten-

tial as an enclosed area for ball games, while the space on the Ashton side of the river could be developed into a more adventurous skate space for older Hotwells (and Ashton/Bedminster) teenagers.

The key starting point for any wheels park is a smooth surface so the project group is looking at the feasibility of laying tarmac surfaces both on the Pi-

azza and under the flyover near Festival

Way.

be added progressively as further finance becomes available. HCCA is also applying for BCC funding to run an

event to coincide with

Ramps and obstacles could then

Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride in June. The Portway will be closed so it’s an ideal time to get people playing on wheels in the Cumberland Piazza. We’ll be doing some more art too and hope to run some music and graffiti workshops.

If you have any opinion about these (very tentative) ideas or want to get involved in any aspect of the project please contact:

admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

There will be a chance to discuss the project at a meeting on Feb 19th (see Diary).

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Please make our streets SAFE

The Metrobus planning application has now been submitted. They propose to make Avon Crescent a one-way ‘shared space’ but without crossings or safe space for its passengers, and the large and in- creasing numbers of cyclists, runners and pedestrians that need to use this street. Metrobus’s own analysis suggests that their plans will result in more traffic speed- ing round Avon Crescent than at present. Nobody locally thinks this offers a credible solution.

Members of local group - Harbourheads continues to seek dialogue with the Mayor, Council planners and the Metrobus team.

Author of the HCCA Traffic Strategy, Rich- ard Walker, said:

We have tried to engage positively by put- ting forward a plan that offers a better fit for Metrobus, a credible SAFE space in our streets for everyone & enables development worth millions to the Council. What we have done is supported by planning policies and precisely what it says in the ‘places’ & ‘principles’ parts of the Mayor’s Vision for Bristol. We just hope that the Mayor and the Council will have a constructive dialogue with us about the huge changes they need to make to our environment’.

The ’Harbou drafted a Co submitted it local enviro

The Frame

adopted by

Local views, plans and the Community Transport Development Framew To sign the on-line petition go to - http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition

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rhead’ group made up of people living in the Avon Crescent neighbourhood have

mmunity Transport Development Framework for the Hotwells end of Spike Island &

to Bristol City Council.

It shows how best to fit Metrobus (& other schemes) into our

nment, re-routing through traffic onto under-used (parallel) main roads.

ork is consistent with the wider Hotwells Traffic Strategy which has already been the City Council.

Traffic Strategy which has already been the City Council. ork can be viewed at – http://harboursidewalk.info/
Traffic Strategy which has already been the City Council. ork can be viewed at – http://harboursidewalk.info/

ork can be viewed at – http://harboursidewalk.info/

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cumberland piazza Help us decide priorities for Piazza Improvements

piazza Help us decide priorities for Piazza Improvements Following a successful application for Section 106 funds

Following a successful application for Section 106 funds to the Clifton & Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership we now have a further £21,000 allocated to the Cumberland Piazza project. This is money contributed by develop- ers for local infrastructure improve- ments as a planning condition for new developments.

We would also like to thank all the peo- ple who

responded to our tree plant- ing appeal. Together with an earlier prom- ise of £5000 from the Clifton & Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership 'Wellbeing' fund we have a total of around £30,000 available.

Most of this (but we don't yet know ex- actly how much) will be needed for tree planting (see page 4 for details of pro- gress with this) but we hope there will be some funds available for other work proposed in our Masterplan for the site. This could include things like:

renewing the temporary planters with more permanent structures and planting these with a mixture of per- ennials as well as annuals to reduce the maintenance needed.

improving the signage on the site. Currently the 'legible city' signposts end abruptly at the Ashton Swing Bridge.

Installing some interpretation panels to describe the history of the site and nearby Hotwells and the Entrance Locks.

providing more and better public seating.

paying for quantity surveys for some of the planned landscape works so we can submit costed estimates to funding trusts and charities that

submit costed estimates to funding trusts and charities that pic. Anna Wilson might support this kind

pic. Anna Wilson

might support this kind of work.

funding some

permanent public art in the space.

Now seems a good time for everyone with an interest in the Piazza to meet

If you would like to

and discuss some of these possibilities and also hear from the new Wheels Park

Group (see page 6)

contribute to the Piazza improvement project, or simply want to find out

what’s going on,

Come along to the Young Bristol meeting room (opposite the Mardyke pub on the dockside on Wed. Feb. 19th at 19:30

If you are unable to attend then email:

admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk or use the twitter account @hotwellsgdo to raise an issue. Do this before the 19th and we’ll make sure your view is fed in at

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Ray Smith

The bluffer’s guide to residents’ parking

Love it or hate it, an RPZ is coming to streets near you very soon, so here is the essence of what you need to know:

Times. Permit and Pay and Display times are to be 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday in all residential areas. There are some variations on main roads.

Residents Permits: Residents may apply for up to three permits per year. The first permit will cost

£0

£24 for vehicle emission band B vehicles £48 for vehicle emission bands C to K vehicles £72 for vehicle emission bands L to M vehicles The second permit costs £96 and the third £192 Visitor Permits: Residents can apply for up to 60 visitor permits free and a further 60 permits at £1 each.

Essential Visitor Permits: for where a resident has identified care needs. s/he may apply for one free permit per year for use by their essential visitor.

Other Permits: There are other permits for businesses, Customer Permits, Medical Permits for registered healthcare providers, Traders Permits etc. For details refer to the Council web site:

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/transport-and-streets/residents-parking-schemes

Pay and Display. Charges for Pay and Display and mixed use parking places will be free for the first 30 minutes. Charges will otherwise be £1 for up to an hour, £2 for up to 2 hours, £3 for up to 3 hours. This will be the maxi- mum stay in most residential streets, however, the maximum stay in Dowry Place, Little Caroline Place and Oldfield Rd will be 4 hours for £4. Motorcy- cles are exempt from charges.

Disabled Parking Places. These places, almost certainly now marked in “advisory” white and outside the house of a Blue Badge holder will become enforceable.

Following the recent statutory consultation, the relevant Traffic Orders will be drawn up before line markings and signage goes up and residents receive information about applying for permits.

Review. we have been promised a further consultation on the scheme after it has been in operation for at least 6 months to see if any adjustments need to be made that could make it work better. The CA will work with our Councillors and BCC officers to try and facilitate these consultations when they happen.

if you have further questions you can view the definitive map at:

www.bristol.gov.uk/page/transport-and-streets/cliftonwood-and-hotwells-ch

for vehicle emission band A vehicles

green light

green light The storms and flooding over the Christmas period provided a timely reminder of the

The storms and flooding over the Christmas period provided a timely reminder of the im- portance of devel- oping resilient local communities, able to deal with the shocks produced by climate change.

We are fortunate that Bristol is a leader in this area, and has been selected as one of the pioneering cities to join the "Rockefeller 100 Resil- ient Cities Network". Bristol will now have a senior post to lead Resilience Planning for Bristol and the South West, This builds on previous work including Bristol Green Capital and "Transition" projects.

One way to build a resilient local econ- omy of course is to deal with local busi- nesses using the Bristol Pound. Council Tax payment by electronic "standing order" from Bristol Pound accounts will soon be possible. You can open your account and keep up with developments via bristolpound.org.

The Bristol Energy Co-operative and the Bristol Power Co-operative, who have installed PV on a number of community buildings in Bristol, and offered attrac- tive returns to investors, are releasing second share offerings. Triodos Bank, near College Green, also offers opportu- nities for investing in projects that will provide a social as well as a financial re- turn.

Finally, we have to mention the ambi- tions of some politicians and fuel compa- nies who want to extract gas from UK

and fuel compa- nies who want to extract gas from UK shale deposits, by pumping water

shale deposits, by pumping water down to force the gas out (fracking). This is guaranteed to contribute to global warming, and carries a risk of contaminating wa- ter supplies. There are plans to drill in the Bristol area and you can raise a legal objection via wrongmove.org. If you want to learn more, or discuss any of this, join the local Transition mailing list (rjt_hancock@yahoo.co.uk) or come to one of the "Lion" meetings.

Allotments available

The City Council has sent us the fol- lowing reminder:

“Many people are under the impres- sion that waiting lists for Allotments are very long but this is simply not the case in most areas. Applications can be made via the allotments website www.bristol.gov.uk/allotments

or paper applications can be obtained from this office. In addition , we are still keen to encourage local groups to take on beds or create new ones in parks and open spaces, or even Hous- ing grassed areas around flats etc. to grow fruit and vegetables. If any of your groups are interested in such a scheme, please can you put them in touch with me”

Steve Clampin, Allotments Manager

Parks Horticultural Services, 1st Floor,

Brunel House, St Georges Rd, BS1 5UY , tel: 0117 9223737.

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events

Hotwells, Clifton & Clifton- wood Local History Society

The next of these very popular events will feature Bristol transport historian Peter Davey whose talk is entitled

’Around Bristol by Horse Tram’

Entry £4 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 start.

Wed. March 12th at Create Centre, Smeaton Road.

The Toy Sale

Hotwells Primary school will be hosting a second hand toy sale on April 26th between 11:00-13:00. to sell your chil- dren's unwanted toys and make money for you and the school at the same time.

Sellers will price and label all their items and deliver them to the school hall at a set time and date. Sellers receive 75% of the sale price. The school will receive the other 25%. All unsold items are return- able to the seller at the end of the ses- sion. Any uncollected items will be do- nated to charity ( Children's Hospice

Day Centre for older people Thursdays 10:30 to 15:30 Transport to and from the Centre

Day Centre for older people Thursdays 10:30 to 15:30 Transport to and from the Centre A warm and friendly atmosphere Home cooked meal Exercises and entertainment Tel 0117 983 8878 or just call in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Clifton Vale

South West). This sale is open to any one and not just families associated with the school (no baby equipment please) £1 entry for all adults, children go free. For further information about volunteer- ing or to sign up to sell your wares please email us at

thetoysale@gmail.com.

Luise Holder

forget the Wizardry of last year
forget the Wizardry of last
year

Hotwells Panto hammers home the horror

This year’s show might be called ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but don’t be fooled. The cast is led by Dr Franken- stein, so expect a surfeit of inappropri- ately located body parts and fiendish experiments. If it’s good taste and sen- timentality you want then go to the Hippodrome. Here in Horrowellia, we take a trip to the dark side

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The Hotwells Panto is at Hope Chapel, Mar 5th-8th, tickets £9, £7 conc., £5 child. Available from Feb 1st from Tobacco Factory Box Office tel: 0117 9020344 or, in person from Reces- sion, 8 Jacobs Wells Rd. Thur-Sat, 11:30-18:00.

events

DIARY

when

what

where

Tue Jan

19:00-

Cabot & Clifton Neighbourhood Part- nership meeting

The Pavilion, Hannover Quay, Harbourside

28th

21:00

Mon Feb

19:00-

Clifton Neighbourhood Forum

t.b.c

10th

20:00

Sat Feb 15th

19:45

The Ligeti Quartet in concert

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton Vale

admission free; retiring collection

Wed Feb

19:30

Cumberland Piazza meeting development priorities for 2014

Young Bristol, Mardyke Wharf

19th

Thu Feb

19:00

Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood meeting

Lion Pub, Church Lane

27th

Wed Mar

19:30

Hotwells Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill

5th-Sat 8th

Wed Mar

19:00

Hotwells, Clifton & Cliftonwood Local History Society

Create Centre,

12th

for

Smeaton Road

19:30

 

Tue Mar

19:00-

Cabot & Clifton Neighbourhood Part- nership meeting

The Pavilion, Hannover Quay, Harbourside

25th

21:00

Sun Mar

10:30

Mothering Sunday service

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton Vale

30th

Sun Apr

10:30

Easter Sunday service

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton Vale

20th

Sat Apr 26th

11:00-

The Toy Sale

Hotwells Primary School, Albemarle Row

13:00

£1 entry per adult

Could you foster or adopt a child?

Many people would like to adopt or foster a child but don't bother applying because they as- sume they may not be eligible. However, you’d be amazed at the diversity of people in Bristol who can adopt or foster for Bristol City Council.

Due to increased numbers of children in care, we are urgently looking for more foster carers and adopters. Fostering is caring for someone else’s child in your own home whereas adoption is a way of providing a new permanent family for children who cannot be brought up by their own family mem- bers.

We welcome applicants from all walks of life, you don’t need to be married, own your own home or be under 40 to adopt or foster. Bristol City Council would love to hear from you and our friendly team

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are happy to answer any questions you may have. Above all don’t rule yourself out!

To find out more contact us on 0117 353 4200 or visit www.bristol.gov.uk/fostering

Dowry Chiropractic Clinic 3 Dowry Place Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QL come and see one of

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3 Dowry Place

Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QL

come and see one of our BCA & GCC registered Chiropractors, specialising in:

Back Pain

Muscle and joint pain

Neck and shoulder pain

Sports injuries

Migraines

Arthritis support

Headaches

Hip/knee/ankle/foot

problems

Treatments include: spinal & extremity manipulation, mobilisation, remedial massage, dry needling and posture & lifestyle advice.

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