We had a good turn-out with around 25 people in St George Library for our latest Networking Meeting.
The meeting came the day after Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, had announced that St George Library along with the 26 others in the City would be remaining open. These proposals are to be discussed by Cabinet on Tuesday 3rd July.
Cllr Asher Craig spoke about this and the need for communty involvement in considering the long-term future of the building at the meeting.
Cllr Craig also confirmed that it is intended to install a temporary toilet in St George Park near the café kiosk and play area in time for the summer school holidays.
The meeting heard about the work of the SGCN Topic Groups and in particular St George Breathing Better and their plans for the following day – Clean Air Day. You can keep up to date with St George Breathing Better by joining thier Facebook Group.
We then discussed further the options for the various projects that have been sugested and in particular those around St George Parks, more details of these can be seen on our Projects page which has been update following the meeting.
We are still aiming to set up a Community Planning Group to drive the process forward, please email email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
The meeting also formed the AGM of the St George Community Network, Rob Acton-Campbell was re-elected as Chair and all of last year’s working group agreed to continue and were also re-elected. In addition Maria Needs and Pam Wade agreed to join the Working Group.
One piece of news that we were able to pass on was that St George Community Fair (postponed in March when the ‘Beast from the East’ hit us), will now be held at St Aidan’s Church and Hall on Saturday 6th October (11.00 – 2.00). Also don’t forget that Redfest is back in St George Park this year on Saturday 4th August – redfestbristol.co.uk.
Please do check out our Community Page for details of groups and organisations working in the St George area and let us know of anything that should be added or updated.
The next St George Community Network meeting will be on Wednesday 20th June at St George Library at 7.30pm.
As well as a chance to meet and talk to members of community groups throughout St George this will be a chance to continue our discussions on the various projects that were covered at our meeting in March.
The intention is to form a Community Planning Task & Finish Group, to work with the St George Councillors and others to firm up proposals and look at options for funding.
Cllr Asher Craig will also be there to give an update on the options for reinstating toilet facilities in St George Park for the summer as well as possible long-term solutions.
It is now 12 months since the SGCN formally came into existence, so this meeting will also be our AGM – but please don’t let that put you off, the formal part of the meeting will be kept very short.
If you would like to volunteer to join the SGCN working group to help run the organisation please let us know at the meeting or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about what is involved.
Update 17th March: See our Projects Page for the outcome of the meeting.
St George Councillors are asking for suggestions for allocating Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money to projects in St George.
Influencing the way these funds is spent is one of the most important roles of the St George Community Network and we are going to focus on this at our next Networking Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 14th March at 7pm at St George Community Centre, Church Rd.
The meeting is aimed particularly at community groups and organisations working in St George but all interested residents are welcome.
The meeting will update you on what the Network and other groups have been doing, including our Topic Groups and there will also be a chance to meet and talk to those running the groups.
The main part of the meeting will be asking how you think the money available from CIL should be spent in St George. So please come along with your ideas. Projects could be improvements in parks, to community buildings or other public assets. We are particularly interested in projects where work can start within 12 months but longer term projects that get community support could be held over to apply for funding next year. Highways schemes are being treated separately because of the long time it takes to get them started.
Read more about CIL and the process for agreeing how it is spent >>
List of potential projects in St George >>
If you are unable to come to the meeting but have an idea for a project you would like to see put forward then please email us.