One of the aims of the St George Community Network is for us to work together influence plans for the area.
The Network works to influence decisions through its Topic Groups and its Network meetings.
The SGCN hold community meetings to talk about the options and the spending of funds available to the St George area from past developments – Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL – and the projects on which the available funds could be spent. The final decision on spending these funds is taken by Councillors each year through the Area Committees.
Listed below are the projects that have been suggested and / or funded for St George.
Project Ideas for 2022
We held a meeting on 6th March 2022 to discuss ideas for this year’s funding round, at the meeting it was agreed that:
The community supports the following projects to be considered for CIL funding this year:
- Wheels Park in St George Park – led by Elevate
- Play Park in St George Park – led by Play in St George Park
- Additional funding for Meadow Vale Community Centre due to increased costs resulting from contractor going into liquidation.
- Additional paths at Dundridge Park – access to Furnwood entrances and circular route around the park – Friends of Dundridge Park
The lead for each project is to liaise with their Councillor to agree the sums to be requested
Funding is available from the Community Infrastructure Levy and these meetings give local people a say in how it is spent – read more about the funding and how it is allocated.
Below is more information on some of these projects.
St George Park Play Area
Work was carried out in the summer of 2016 to replace the safety surfacing and rebuild part of the ‘Dragon head’ in the play area, however, the wooden structure will need to be completely replaced within the next two or three years giving an opportunity for the whole play area to be redesigned.
The group looking at this made a detailed presentation to our meeting in February 2021 and further discussions are ongoing.
It has also been suggested that some outdoor fitness equipment should be added in the park, this could be done as part of the same project.
£29,000 of CIL funding was allocated in 2021 for fencing around the new play area – the group is now looking for funding for the play equipment.
St George Park Wheel Park
Around £100k is required for repairs to current facilities to keep the wheels park as is. In the February 2020 meeting we saw a presentation asking for funding for a much larger scale project to bring more improvements. In part this was to take advantage of the boost to the sport from skateboarding being included in the Olympic Games for the first time.
Overall Plan for St George Park
In addition to the two projects above which are seeking funding, funding to improve the Lake at St George Park for wildlife was allocated in 2019 and this work is now being carried out along with repairs to the lake walls.
The collection of buildings in the centre of the park that include the bowling club pavilion, toilets, the café kiosk and the park keepers hut could also be improved and perhaps have new uses.
With these major projects and links to the adjacent St George Library and St George Community Centre, there is a need for all these projects to be considered together and produce an overall plan for the park.
As part of an overall project new paths could be incorporated on existig desire lines and other ideas such as improved entrances and the introduction of drinking fountains could also be considered. When first established St George Park was blessed with a magnificent drinking fountain..
Some of these issues were considered in a survey carried out in 2018/19 by the Community Planning Group that was set up to look at issues around the park. Architecture students from the University of the West Of England also produced their ideas about what could be done in the park.
Further meetings will be organised by Cllr Asher Craig to discuss this.
Active Travel Quick Wins
The St George Active Travel Group are putting together a list of ‘Quick Wins’ that would be able to improve active travel in the area with relatively small amounts of CIL funding.
One of the issues that has been identified as a barrier to people using cycles is storge at home. the St George Active Travel Group are asking for CIL funding to allow the installation of additional cycle hangers on streets in St George. This was supported at the meeting in March 2022 but it was agreed that a detailed proposal needed to be developed.
Some CIL money is reserved for tree planting and some of this was approved for spending in the winter of 2020/21, so some new trees are currently being planted around the area.
There are more funds available for tree planting in the future.
Schemes to Improve Walking and Cycling
East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood – Have your say
Liveable Neighbourhoods can make communities quieter, safer, healthier and improve air quality for everyone.
As part of the first Liveable Neighbourhood pilot project, Bristol City Council are working with people who live, work, study and travel through east Bristol to design people-friendly streets.
The area covered is shown on the above map.
Beaufort Road, Redfield
Consultation closed 14th February 2021 – Consultation Report
The consultation asked for your suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment.
Beaufort Road is within the area for the proposed Liveable Neighbourhood Pilot (see above), so any scheme will now form part of that work.
Conham Rd Bend & Hillside Road
These schemes were allocated funding in 2019 (see below for more details).
Other highways projects that have been suggested in St George over the last few years can be seen via the interactive map on the Council’s website – and you can also add your own ideas.
Projects agreed for funding – 2021
Following a series of community meetings in early 2021, local Councillors met at a formal Area Committee on 18th November 2021, it was agreed that the following projects would be funded in St George:
- Dundridge Park Pavilion – £40,000
- St George Park – Play Area Fencing – £29,375
- Rodney Road Play Area – £60,000
- Beehive Reception – £12,000
- Hillside Road Safety Scheme – £25,000
- Soundwell Road Safety – £50,000
Dundridge Park Pavilion
A lot of great work has been done to the pavilion in Dundridge Park by St Nicholas Wonderers Football Club over the past year or so.
When Covid restrictions allow, they now run Dundridge Farm Café and have improved toilet facilities in a new outside block.
The club with the support of the Friends of Dundridge Park would like to extend and improve the buildings further to allow it to be able to host more community events and activities. They would also like to create some allotments in the adjacent overgrown area.
The club are in negotiations with the Council over a Community Asset Transfer of the pavilion.
St George Park – Play Area Fencing
Funding was agreed for the new fencing to the proposed improved play area. The group intend to use this as match funding to apply for funds to replace the play equipment.
Rodney Rd Playing Fields
There is a request for play facilities so that residents can access facilities without crossing a main road.
The discussions on this at the meeting in January 2021 highlighted the lack of facilities in this area, and also that improvements are needed to Rodney Road to improve safety for all road users.
A the meeting in February there was a proposal to set up a Park Group for this space, please email us if you would be interested in being part of such a group.
Beehive & St Ambrose Church combined entrance on Stretford Av
Plans for improvements to make the Beehive Centre more visible and accessible from the from St George Park were presented to the meeting in January 2020.
Hillside Road Safety Scheme
Addition funding was allocated to extend the area covered by the funding agreed in 2019 to the whole of Hillside Road.
Soundwell Road Safety
This funding was allocated after residents raised safety issues with local Councillors.
Projects agreed for funding – 2019
At the formal Area Committee on 3rd October 2019, it was agreed that the following projects would be funded (CIL funding unless noted):
- Carpark, Crews Hole Road – £50,053
- Conham Road: safety improvements – £26,138.40 (S106)
- Traffic calming, Hillside Road – £50,000
- Meadowvale Community Association: Extension to Community Centre – £200,000
- St George Community Association Ltd: Improvements to St. G Community Centre – £47,810.86
- St. George’s park: Improvements to boating lake – £135,000
- Replacement Tree Planting – £33,842.65 (S106)
There are more details & updates on some of these projects below
St George Park Lake
Work Started 17th November 2021
Friends of St George Park have long had an aspiration to improve the lake for wildlife. In addition part of the lake wall has collapsed and needs expensive repairs, this has led to part of the path around the lake being fenced off.
The Council has allocated funds for the wall repairs from the Parks capital budget (confirmed by Cabinet in September 2021). This will allow the repairs and wildlife enhancements to be carried out at the same time.
Initial ideas were developed by the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust for Friends of St George Park and have been developed by Bristol Parks and the Friends group to arrive at the final design.
Hillside Road – Traffic calming measures – Consultation held Oct 2021
Following the allocation of CIL funding by the Area Committee in 2019; traffic calming measures have been designed for Hillside Road with the aim of reducing vehicle speeds and improving safety for all.
These were open for consultation until 27 October 2021
The proposals include;
- Speed cushions along Hillside Road and Kingsway Avenue at key locations.
- A raised pedestrian crossing (or speed table) at the existing crossing point outside Air Balloon Hill Primary School. The table will provide a flush crossing point for pedestrians whilst reducing vehicle speeds.
- Pedestrian and safety improvements at two junctions on Hillside Road. These junctions are at the A431 (Air Balloon Road) and Batten Road. By tightening up the junctions, vehicle entry speeds should be reduced and pedestrians will have a shorter crossing distance. The proposals include a tree planting at the Batten Road junction.
For more details visit:
Safety improvents at blind bend on Crews Hole Rd / Conham Rd.
This is where pedestrians using the River Avon Trail have to cross the road and it is particularly dangerous for people walking from Conham.
There have been a number of proposals to improve this crossing over the years, some as part of schemes to include an improved cycle route but none have progressed.
The currently proposed works include additional footway on the woodland side so that people crossing can see round the bend (see image). There was a Council consultation on these proposals which closed on 31st January 2021.
Meadow Vale Community Centre
After significantly improving the centre over the past few years, in January 2021 Meadow Vale Community Association received planning permission for an extension of Meadow Vale Community Centre, to provide an additional meeting room.
This is a scaled down version of the application that was approved in January 2017. With planning permission in place more detailed drawings can be prepared and and the work put out to tender, it is hoped that work will be able to start on site later in 2021 or early 2022.
St George Community Centre Improvements
Improvement works to the building and grounds of St George Community Centre carried out in 2020 include:
• Improved front door entry system and disabled access
• Improved security and energy saving measures – including lighting and improved insulation
• Improved access from the park including new gate, fencing and more accessible pathway.
Planning permission for a new arch at the entrance from the park has now been granted.
Car parking area – Crews Hole Road
The creation of a formal surfaced car park area on the current area of rough ground could reduce flytipping by making the area look more attractive.
It would give alternative car parking spaces for visitors to Troopers Hill (using the adjacent steps and footpath) and for people wanting to use the River Avon Trail.
Projects allocated funding in 2018 & earlier.
Colebrook Park Play Area
Started March 2022
A small amount of Section 106 funding was allocated for the play area this park by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (forerunner to SGCN) in October 2016.
Having carried out some consultation with local residents as to what was wanted in the park, Friends of Colebrook Park used this money as match funding in applications for additional grants, including from Enovert Community Trust.
As reported here, sufficient funds are now in place to allow a new play area to be constructed. Work started in March 2022.
St George Park Toilet
CIL allocated in 2018 was used to provide new permanent public toilets in St George Park which opened in 2019.The café kiosk was also refurbished as part of the same project.
Funding for maintenance (cleaning etc) will come from the Parks budget but some of this will be covered by increased takings from the café kiosk – which is also to be refurbished.
This followed the closure of the old public toilet block at the main entrance in January 2018. A temporary toilet block was provided for the summer 2018 and again prior to the opening of the new toilets in 2019.
New Path on Troopers Hill Field
Completed June 2020
Troopers Hill Field between the play area built-in 2016 and Troopers Hill itself can be very muddy in wet weather. Friends of Troopers Hill raised funds to build a new linking path around the Field as part of their Ways to Nature Project.
The CIL funding allocated to this project was used by Friends of Troopers Hill as match funding to apply for grants to fund the rest of the cost of the paths. This funding was secured from from both Enovert Community Trust (ECT) and Ibstock Enovert Trust (IET)
Page last updated 09/03/22