Welcome to the Stapleton Road newsletter - Summer 2012 Stapleton Road Working Group
Pat Usherwood, Chair of Stapleton Road Working Group
“As usual it has been a busy time for all of us working on Stapleton Road. It’s nice to see some sun and we hope more people are out and about using our local shops and parks. Over the summer I am going to be getting together with my neighbours to put on a street party so we can get to know each other better and help look out for our area. If you are interested in doing something similar we would love to hear from you. At the time of going to print we were interviewing for our new Arts and Events Project Manager. When this person starts we look forward to a programme of events happening on the road. Also in September we will be out and about surveying people using Stapleton Road. This is the third year in a row we have done this so it will be interesting to see what has improved and what still needs work.”
Crime and Safety
Inspector Chris Regan, Avon and Somerset Police Police are regularly running operations to target prostitution and kerb-crawling around Stapleton Road. Inspector Chris Regan said: "We run these operations to target an issue that the community have told us is still a key concern for them. During the course of one night we arrested five kerb crawlers, issued two acceptable behaviour contracts, conducted three stop-searches and issued four cautions to prostitutes. Although we've made a significant impact on the street sex trade in Easton and St Pauls in recent years it continues to remain high on the agenda for residents, which makes it a priority for us too. Kerb crawlers should take note that we will be continuing to target this area in the future. Anyone caught kerb crawling will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You risk a substantial fine, a driving ban, an ASBO, being taken to court and potentially public humiliation in the local newspapers." This work is part of Operation Bowler, a specialist team that has been set up to target issues that affect the community in and around Stapleton Road. You can contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Tackling issues you raise....what are we hearing and what are we doing about it? Parking, speeding and problem traffic on Villiers Road, Seymour Road and Lansdown Road 1. Officers have been out and about talking to people to find out the scale of the problem. 2. Council parking services are in the area ticketing cars parked illegally. Littering, rubbish, residents’ communal bins being used by businesses 1. We are hearing that things are looking cleaner. Is this your experience? 2. Council officers have been going through bins and found three being misused. One business is facing enforcement action and others are being visited by Council officers. 3. Council has written to Network Rail about the state of the area under the railway bridge. If there is no response by September then legal action will follow. Street drinking around bus stops (Trinity Road end of Stapleton Road) 1. A problem solving plan is in place with police issuing cautions and ASBOs. 2. Wild Goose welcomes any feedback from local people and is committed to working with us to stop street drinking. 3. Police reviewing licensing of shops selling strong, cheap alcohol where street drinking is a problem.
STAPLETON ROAD TRADERS ASSOCIATION Sonny Richards, Chair of Traders Association “I am working with traders from the whole of Stapleton Road to set up a Traders Association. At our last meeting we talked about things that will directly impact on our businesses like the proposals for a Residents’ Parking Scheme and new licences for landlords. Issues like parking affect how well our businesses do and this is the place to find out about what is being done. We are working on an action plan to improve the shopping experience on Stapleton Road which we hope will bring in new customers. At the moment we are looking at cleaning up the shop fronts. A lot of businesses came to our last meeting but we welcome anyone who hasn’t been before.” Next Traders Association meeting: Wednesday 1 August, 6pm to 8pm, Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street. Contact Sonny at 1st Choice Florist, 246b Stapleton Road or call him on 07801751982.
Stapleton Road Working Group
Monday 17 September Monday 22 October
6.30pm to 8.30pm Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street The group is chaired by resident Pat Usherwood. Residents and traders meet once a month to discuss ways they can work together to keep the area clean, safe and welcoming for everyone.
Are you a landlord? Are you affected by problem tenants on your road? The Council is consulting on ‘Discretionary Licensing’. This means that all landlords will need a licence. Find out more or share your views by contacting Jan on 352 5010.
Thanks for the sunflowers Thanks to Transition Easton Gardening Group and Easton Christian Family Centre for adding a bit of colour to Stapleton Road.
What can we do to make the junction with Easton Way more community friendly? Contact us with ideas.
celebrate Stapleton Road Traders Independents Day ents.co.uk www.bristolindepend
Got a community safety issue you want to raise with the police or Safer Bristol? Monday 13 August, 6pm to 8pm Easton Way to Robertson Road
Neighbourhood Forum Your community meeting to raise issues about where you live. Come and talk to officers from the Council and police. Hear about important local decisions. Monday 10 September 6.30pm to 8.30pm Barton Hill Settlement 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill
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