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beat the jams!


As the Harbourside development gets closer with 104 flats now only
a year away from occupation – with no car parking spaces, other

Published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4ND
developments around the centre are coming forward which can only
make matters worse.
The development at Wapping Wharf (behind the Industrial Museum) will cause
the loss of 640 well used car parking spaces; the redevelopment of Broadmead
will result in the loss of 2,000 well used spaces for about 3 years; where will
those cars go? And then there is the arena coming along behind that – 10,000
seats, 680 car spaces!! To address this problem CHASE is co-sponsoring with
Southville CDA the creation of a new pressure group comprising groups from
the wards surrounding the central area. All are suffering or are threatened by
the same parking displacement problems and the rat running and air pollution
associated with them. We will be demanding a properly funded policy for this
“Doughnut Ring” to address the problems caused by the central area policy.
CHASE has made a comprehensive response to the Joint Transport Study
consultation covering these issues. The next CHASE meeting is 11th May, 8pm
at the Nova Scotia – all are very welcome.
Contact James Smith on with any comments and / or to join the CHASE
email news circulation list.

Contractors are now working at reakkneck speed on the Canons Marxh redevelopment

Mystery signs surprise the speeders

After exhaustive consultation with the Safety Partnership we thought we were about to receive
a speed camera on Hotwell Road to help combat the racing that has made life a misery for
residents in Hotwell Road and nearby streets. Well we got one, at
last, by The Shoots Restaurant, but we also got two illuminated 30
mph signs. One on
In this edition: the bend by Dowry
Square and the
Community News 2 other near Trinity
Open Spaces 3 Church. They light
Brunel 2000 4 up dramatically as
Massage Parlour Update 4 cars go by but are
Wessex Water Works 5 they effective at
reducing speed? Let
Dowry Parade 5 us know what you
Events & Reviews 6 think about this.
Any thoughts to 1
Community News
Funding were very concerned about the extra noise
HOTWELLS & CLIFTONWOOD From the low point reached at the time of and disruption that the availability of the
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION the last Hotwells News, I am happy to play equipment might generate. One
report a much revived Community problem is that the gardens are open, so
Association in time for this issue. In spite kids could be drawn to the playground
ÅJoin the 500 Club: of our funding problems towards the end of from a wide area, not just those living in
last year, we have, with the help of our new Hillsborough. Unfortunately the grant was
£18 per year is all it costs to 3 year plan, been successful in persuading primarily for play equipment so Brenda is
be entered into a monthly the City Council to extend financial support now looking for other sources of funding
draw for a prize of £150 and for the coming year. This means we are that might match residents’ needs better.
4 of £25. Please complete looking for a paid administrator who will be
the bank standing order form able to help the voluntary management
below and return it to the team to deliver some of the things in the
C.A. office, Hope Chapel, plan that you have said you want in
Hope Chapel Hill, BS8 4ND consultations and meetings. (contact the
for attn of the 500 Club office if you would like details of this
vacancy). You can download the whole
Your full name and d o c u m e n t f r o m
address Our
Treasurer, Brenda McLennan is cautiously
optimistic that we can balance the books in
the current year. I must thank all the
people who responded to our appeal and
joined the 500 Club or offered donations to
the C.A. The support was tremendously
Daytime phone no. encouraging and will help to build long-term
financial security for the organisation. Just
Bank name in case it slipped your mind, a 500 Club This year’s Hotwells Panto in March was
application form is reprinted here. It’s not ‘Cinderella’ the 25th to be staged. This
too late to do your bit for the community. picture shows the first Cinderella, Debbie
Cranston, performing in 1980. Clearly our
Bank address first effort managed with fairly minimal
Support from the Council scenery and the caretaker’s mop and
Bristol City Council Community bucket!
Regeneration Dept. has also promised us
help in kind in the form of Stuart Griffin Youth Club
sort code who will work with us to revive the Membership is currently growing as the
account no. Community Forum that proved very members now have access to an increasing
successful under the guidance of Karen Bell. range of equipment at Hope Chapel
including table tennis and a pool table. Ina
Hillsborough improvements Hume has been running a video project
Please pay the sum of £18 with a video camera acquired for the
Local resident and landscape designer Tony
annually, beginning on Male produced a great set of plans for purpose. This will be available for other
landscaping and play equipment in the work once that has finished.
____/ ____/ ____ and
grounds of Hillsborough Flats but residents Ray Smith
thereafter every year to
Hotwells & Cliftonwood Birds seen in Hotwells
Community Association 500 I was walking along Charles Place, when a large bird dropped from a garden wall at the
back of Oldfield Road, skimmed the road surface and swooped into a gnarled old tree
Club Account No. 61128809, in Little Caroline Place. It took a lot of looking to see the bird in the tree. It turned out
Sort Code 40-14-12, HSBC to be a large and highly-coloured thrush,
possibly a Mistle Thrush. Its spotted breast
Bank, 24 College Green, was perfect camouflage, making it extremely
Bristol BS1 5TI difficult to see.

Editor’s note:- this will be the last contribution from

Your signature Mike Rogers who writes “Farewell and thank you
to readers of ‘Birds in Hotwells’ as I’m off to the
seaside to live in an over-60s home. Comes to us
all, doesn’t it”. Thank you Mike and we wish you a
happy retirement.
Open Spaces
Granby Green Planning Land Below Cliftonwood
On 14th March the development Control Bristol City Council has not yet acted on the
committee narrowly agreed the new inflated possible sale of their land below Cliftonwood
Granby Hill scheme. This includes a Terrace. This L-shaped site runs from the Closure of Granby Hill
heightened so-called book-end* the real Mardyke Steps down to the Esso garage on Local residents and Cllr
purpose of which, in the developer's words Hotwell Road. The upper part of the site is Price had a site meeting
was to 'offer panoramic views towards currently a wildlife haven, covered in trees with Duncan Venison,
Ashton Court Park'. and shrubs. Like other green spaces in our Roger Payne of BCC and
Speakers for the community produced new neighbourhood, this site is now threatened a Policewoman this
evidence on the effect of the development on with development. Many local residents want month to discuss what
the critical parking situation at peak times. In the green part of the site to stay green. arrangements they are
1990 a very similar scheme on the site had The City’s head of Valuation Practice, Rod proposing for when
been turned down `because it would be over- Taplin, said at a recent meeting with residents Granby Hill is closed for
intensive.. giving rise to an unacceptable that he would be advising BCC that the building on Granby
increase in traffic in surrounding narrow whole site is put on the open market once Green. Yellow lines will
streets'. Mike Butler wondered how traffic the issue of Esso’s lease – which currently control parking during the
intensity had so 'diminished ' in 15 years to runs until 2029 - is resolved. day on Granby Hill and
make planning policy change by 360 degrees. Below this site is another being developed by possibly Freeland
Members of the Hotwells Primary School Swan Hill Homes. They sought planning Place. They have
Travel Action Group called for planning gain permission to cut down a 3m strip of trees undertaken to keep the
in terms of provision of pedestrian on the Council’s land which were said to be junctions clear with
improvements in the area to compensate for damaging the retaining wall above their site. double yellow lines. Also
increased traffic movements. The Council’s planning department received to make sure lorries can
Cllr Brian Price made a typically forceful many objections from local residents but gave back out of Freeland
contribution to the debate as did the CHIS permission anyway. Place, make it clear to the
representative. Residents have since discovered that a report developers that their own
The Council's Parks section agreed with written by the Council’s own Nature or suppliers' vehicles are
FROGG on the inappropriateness of the Conservation Department in December 2004 not to go onto the private
proposed landscaping scheme and this has made recommendations to protect this site’s parking area at the rear of
now been much simplified and resubmitted to woodland and its wildlife. We drew this to Freeland Place and that it
us (19th April) for comments by 10th May. the attention of the planners as soon as we will not be acceptable for
Would anyone who has raised points could but we were too late. The trees were the closed off section of
(particularly on road safety) who would like cut down on 25th April. the hill to be used as a
to come to a meeting with council officers Residents have since contacted the Council car park for the
please contact Mike Butler as soon as landowners and asked that they remind Swan d e v e l o p e r s '
possible on 923 7576 or email him on Hill Homes of their legal responsibilities to vehicles. Inevitably some
stellabland@yahoo .com the wildlife on this site. We’ll also be parking will be lost. Brian
*a book token goes to the best suggestion of commissioning an independent ecological Price is going to try to
a book title appropriate to this book end. audit of the area in the very near future. arrange a meeting for the
Mike Butler For more information contact Emma Peddie on traffic people to explain all
923 0343 or by emailing emma_peddie this to residents.

Dowry Parade gets a footlift

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to report good news and say thank you to the Bin Deadline
Council. The pavement in Dowry Parade has now been beautifully restored; As part of the initiative to
a serious project given that some of the 18th Century pennant stone flags integrate refuse and
recycling collections on
must weigh nearly a ton. There’s the same day, the bin
also a nice new row of bollards men will not accept black
to stop cars parking where they sacks or loose refuse
shouldn’t and some possibilities from June. Only wheelie
for planting around the newly bins or black boxes..
If you don’t have either of
pruned trees. The long neglected these ring the Recycling
terrace now seems to have Hotline: 903 1221.
acquired a new dignity and They are quoting 7-10
elegance that recalls its spa-era days for delivery so don’t
heyday. What’s needed now is to leave it too late!
ban all the traffic …except for
sedan chairs perhaps. 3
Brunel 2000
Isambard Kingdom would be celebrating his 200th birthday next
year. Parties, celebrations and events are breaking out all over the
HOTWELLS & CLIFTONWOOD South West spearheaded by Culture South West - you can find out more about them
at Some of Brunel's greatest feats of engineering including the
Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain reside right here in our neck of the woods,
Jacobs Wells not forgetting Underfall Yard and the railway as well. So the question is what would we all
Roundabout like to do?
Local residents have We hope there will be community event,
drawn attention to the probably during April, culminating in a street
problems for pedestrians party. Perhaps there should also be a birthday
here. There's a zebra cake in the shape of the Suspension Bridge with
crossing (but as we 200 candles on it, but I am not sure of the
heard at the HCCA AGM suspending qualities of fondant icing! Anyway let
from a local resident, it's us know what you would like to see happening,
not particularly safe), what you might like to get involved in etc.
otherwise no safe Send an email to or
crossing for anyone to drop a line to the CA office.
get across to the If anyone fancies composing a haiku on Brunel &
waterfront. Seeing as his works for the website as well that would be
there's now a cross great, no prizes this time, just lots of glory! A newly-refurbished lock gate is fitted to the
harbour ferry and the SS Entrance Lock this month below Brunel’s swing
Great Britain area is Rachel McNally bridge
being developed, and
there is soon to be a vast
number of people living Argyle Place Park agreed to remove the illuminated sign from
in Canon's Marsh, it's Many thanks to all of you who filled in our the window but are asserting that the business
important to improve survey asking about improvements to the play has run successfully for 6 months and should
pedestrian access all equipment you’d like for the Argyle Place Park therefore be allowed to continue. Hotwells
around this roundabout, next to the Lion pub in Cliftonwood. We had Road is not a ‘High Street’ and therefore
however, Mike Stanley, a good response and the main feedback was a restrictions to use don’t apply. 24 hr use is
head of Traffic need for better play equipment for under 5s not causing disturbance because a massage
management says that and more seating. Many people were also parlour is an inherently ‘quiet’ activity and
BCC don't plan to act on keen that we don’t reduce the size of the anyway, there is a busy road outside with a 24
this roundabout until footballing area which is very popular with hr filling station and several noisy pubs. You
2007. We hope to older children (especially if the grass is better may have your own views on these assertions.
pursue this issue through maintained!). We will try and organise some public support
CHASE. In response to this the council has already for the Council nearer the date of the hearing.
agreed to contribute funds to new play
Rats Again!
equipment and we are currently contacting Hotwells & Cliftonwood- the real
Rats have been seen in
suppliers to discuss possible schemes which
the bushes on the traffic story
suit the limited available space. The council That indefatigable duo of local luminaries Sue
island opposite Trinity
has also agreed to put some rubber crumb Stops and Pauline Barnes have now
Church. Environmental
into the existing grass area to improve the produced a book containing some wonderful
Health Dept. has been
drainage and give the grass a chance to grow drawings and photographs and much
informed but public
back. fascinating information about our
spaces pose difficult
We’re also in the process of applying for neighbourhood and its people over three
problems for eradicators.
grants and organising fund raising to pay for tempestuous centuries. For a newcomer it
The solution is in our
this project. Thanks to all those of you who offers a historical perspective that explains
offered your help – we’ll be in touch to talk much of the townscape as it exists today.
• DON’T DROP FOOD about fund raising ideas very soon!
IN THE STREET. USE Even if you have lived here all your life, we
For more information contact Kate Strange on can guarantee you will find something of
A BIN OR TAKE IT 927 6973 or email on:
HOME! interest in ‘Hotwells and Cliftonwood’ published by Tempus Books.
• WRAP ALL WASTE Sue and Pauline have kindly donated all the
FOOD WELL AND BIN Massage Parlour Update proceeds from sales of the book to the
IT, DON’T LEAVE A date for the hearing of the Planning Appeal Community Association. It is available at
PLASTIC BAGS IN by proprietors of the premises at 161 Hotwell local bookshops but if you buy it direct from
THE STREET Road has now been set for July 5th. All the the C.A. it makes more money for us. Send a
OVERNIGHT. documents relating to the case are available cheque for £12.99 made out to ‘Hotwells &
•BETTER STILL! on line. E-mail Trevor George Cliftonwood Community Association’ to the
COMPOST YOUR if you would office address in Hope Chapel and we will
ORGANIC WASTE AT like the link. Essentially, the plaintiffs have deliver a copy to you for free.
Wessex Water Works
Wessex Water met with members of the H&CCA Management Committee in
February to outline their plans for building work on The Portway. As anyone using
this route will now COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
be aware, this
project is now in
full swing. Improve Access to
Currently, at times of Dockside
heavy rainfall, effluent Trevor George has
from the main sewer written to the Council
which runs down complaining about poor
Hotwell Road on its access to the lockside
way to the from the footbridge over
A v o n m o u t h Hotwell Road. He
Treatment Works, writes—”Is there any
combined with chance at all that the
surface water, aluminium railing at the
overflows into the bottom of the steps could
Floating Harbour be hinged (or part-
because there is no hinged) and a small step
where else for it to created by the railing on
go. This is clearly An impression of how the finished scheme will look from the river the lock-side to allow
unsatisfactory. The people to get through
new scheme will intercept this flow and divert Samuel Plimsoll in line for a more easily?”
it, instead, into the Avon below the Entrance move?
Lock. Because the sewer is well below road One small difficulty with the Wessex building
level, the overflow needs to be lifted by works is that the new structures are
pumps so that it can be expelled, whatever the positioned right in front of the bust of
state of the tide. Equipment is also needed to Samuel Plimsoll, so now, as well as
screen the outflow and ensure solids are competing with the busy traffic on the
retained in the sewer and only water is Portway, one of the few examples of public
expelled. All this necessitates a major statuary in Hotwells will be obscured
engineering project that will last for some between two concrete blocks. Douglas
months. (The road closure which is disrupting Merritt, local resident and author of No response yet. Be
traffic at Bedminster Roundabout is part of interested in the reply
‘Sculpture in
the same scheme). Two structures are being Trevor.
Bristol’ says of
built on the towpath to contain the pumping the sculpture,
machinery. These will probably be stone clad “The bust,
eventually to blend in with the embankment as reputedly of Free Advertising
much as possible. We have been assured that Plimsoll, had Advertising items "For
the pumps would only need to be operated been purchased Sale" and "Wanted"
infrequently –ie. When high tides correspond in 1940 for £10 online in the Hotwells and
with high runoff and there should not be any from a dealer in Cliftonwood area should
noise pollution for residents in adjacent Stratford-upon- not be officially done on
houses on Hotwell Road and Freeland Place. the "Yahoo" group, so
Avon and placed
If you have any concerns about these works you in the Bristol Art Gallery. There is no Trevor George has re-
can e-mail the chief engineer for Wessex Water confirmation of the identity of the subject, or jigged his "Hotwells Free- Ads" website to make it a
the sculptor”.
bit more user-friendly.
Nonetheless, we feel Sam deserves a better
Please feel free to use it
fate, and so does Wessex Water. They have
and pass the word
offered to help with the cost of moving him
to a more fitting resting place. Your CA has
See http://www.hotwells-
also written to Garry Reeder the listed
buildings officer in the Council supporting
such an initiative. Unfortunately, even if the
City gives consent for a move, this has to be
confirmed by the Government Office of the
South West and English Heritage. Any bets Ideas, comments,
on how long this will take? complaints, anything
Meanwhile, we would be interested to know you want to share: call
what alternative sites in Hotwells you think 0117-9291883. E-mail:
might be appropriate. admin@hotwellsclifton
Contact your CA at
Illustration from the cover of ‘Hotwells and 5
Events & Reviews
When What Where
Sat May 7th, 10-4pm VE Day Display City of Bristol College
(see details below)
Wed May 11th 8 pm CHASE Meeting Nova Scotia
Mon May 16th 7.45 pm HCCA Mgmt Meeting Tba. Call 9277034

Sun May 22nd Family Treasure Hunt & Hotwells School

Rocks Railway Open Day
(see details below)
Sun May 22nd 7:30 pm Pub Quiz—test your Plume of Feathers
knowledge of your local area
and meet your neighbours
Sat June 11th 1.30pm Hotwells School Summer
Fair (see details below)
Fri July 1st, 7.30pm Vivaldi Concert by Emerald Hope Chapel
(for tickets call 9215271)

Clifton Rocks Railway appreciated. Come along to see what ours and
For more information contact Peter Davey other Local History Societies are up
Open Day
The remains of a water powered railway, on tel 962 0223 or email him on: to and enjoy memorabilia and
connecting the Portway and Clifton photographs.
village, is buried in the rocks near the
Avon Gorge Hotel. It was built in the Treasure Hunt
1890’s to provide a shortcut for river A family Treasure Hunt is being
Join the Parade and
steamer passengers to reach what was held on Sunday 22nd May to raise money
Come to the Fair! for Hotwells Primary School. The event
then called the 'Hydropathic This year’s Hotwells Primary School
Institute' . The Pump Room was a starts at 2pm at the Primary School on
Summer Fair, on Saturday 11th June, willAlbermarle Row. Entry forms are £1
splendidly ornate hall with a large kick off with a musical parade through
fountain into which the health giving each, but can be shared by a family or
Cliftonwood, led by the local Ambling group of friends. Follow the suggested
water from the Hotwell was pumped. Band. The parade will start at 1.30pm at
But sadly when this water became route and test your local knowledge
Bobby’s Green on Clifton Hill (opposite with quiz questions, cryptic photo clues
polluted, the Pump Room closed, and the Chesterfield Hospital) and walk
the railway fell into disuse. and fascinating facts about local history
down Hensman’s Hill and along Polygon and architecture around Hotwells.
Lane to the school. Do come and join Then back to school for tea, cakes and
us! prizes for the winning entries.
The fair itself, at Hotwells School on
Let us know if you’re coming on
Albermarle Row, runs from 2 to 4pm. or tel 923
There’ll be lots of activities for 0343.
children including bouncy castle, story
telling, face painting, coconut shy and
football goal scoring competition. And Kick Off Youth Theatre
things for adults too - stalls selling Run by Jane Williams and Carrie
flowers, gifts, kids clothes, jewellery Rhys Davis for anyone between
and much more. Plus of course the the ages of 7-19 years with an
Derelict entrance to the Rocks Railway on the ever popular tug of war, teas, cakes
Portway and ice creams.
interest in theatre and drama,
For more information or to book a stall Kick Off meets every Monday
A group of enthusiasts planning to phone Pauline Niblett on 973 1762. night in Term Time at Hope
restore the Clifton Rocks Railway are Chapel. We work towards
inviting members of the public in to see VE Day Celebrations putting on a show every term.
what remains of the top chamber of the Radio Bristol is co-ordinating 7-11yrs 5pm-6.30pm
railway tunnel over the weekend of this event. H&CCA with the
st nd 12-14yrs 6.30pm-8pm
Saturday May 21 and Sunday 22 Living Memories Group will have a 14yrs + 8pm-9.30pm
(Bristol Heritage Transport weekend). display at the City of Bristol College
For further information please contact
The entrance is on Sion Hill. There’s no th
6 charge but donations would be on Sat May 7 from 10am-4pm. Rachel McNally 0117 922 0724
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