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October, 2015



In Bishopston this month: Local secondary schools: meet the parents We are pleased to support the excellent work of Next Steps North Bristol, a parent run group who improve links between local secondary schools and the community – helping parents get a fair picture of what local secondaries are like. Tim is helping them run a ‘Meet the Parents’ event at Bishop Road school on October 8th at 6.30pm. Open to all local parents this is an opportunity to hear the experiences of parents of those at Orchard, Fairfield and Redland Green schools and inform your choices. Repair Café We’ve been talking to people who run a repair café in Fishponds. This is a regular event where people take a range of household items that are broken and have a local volunteer fix them. We want to bring this to Bishopston – making it a regular part of a weekend shop on Gloucester Road.

We are seeking local volunteers with skills in fixing things – electrical, sewing, mechanical – anything! No commitment required at this stage. If you have an interest in offering your fixing skills to the community on an occasional basis please get in touch to discuss possibilities. Cricket Club parking review Following the club development, the council received money to improve road safety around the ground. The council highways team have published plans for various measures in areas around the ground and would like to hear your views if you live locally. We have asked for the deadline to be extended to October 11th. You can find details of this via: (or email us and we can send you a copy).

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In Redland this month:

Bristol North Baths We’re starting to think that the site may be nearing completion (we can hope!) and the scaffolding is down at last, and shopper parking being reinstated. We are keeping an overview of the progress on this. However there are some worries about the likelihood that the medical practice will be moving and we are becoming concerned at the future of this vital local family health service. Parks Plans are now firming up around the long awaited build out on Effingham Road by the gates of St Andrews Park. This should provide a safer crossing, retain access for nearby driveways, and deal with periodic runoff from the paved paths in the park causing flooding. If you have any ideas for improving the streets, visit: Speedwatch


in the area, the police do run community speedwatch sessions - contact David Said (david. said@avonandsomerset.police. uk) for details. You can then check vehicle speeds with a pocket radar device which is valuable evidence for traffic calming. It can also lead to warning letters and checks on speeding vehicles. Arches toilets The appearance of these has once again deteriorated to an unacceptable degree and Council officers have served a notice on the owners to get rid of the tagging which should hopefully improve matters. You may have noticed that they are currently for sale, so let’s hope that they are bought by someone prepared to cherish them.

If you’re worried about speeding

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Bishopston Voice - October '15  
Bishopston Voice - October '15