Council Plans for consultation

On Monday 9th April we had a community meeting to discuss local responses to a plan proposed by the council for developments to Hotwells (named 'Western Harbour' by the proposal)

There is a chance for local people to comment by Friday this week.

Here is the powerpoint presentation and the link to the Local Plan

Please email to comment


Local News

March 2018 Bulletin 29

Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st March. Visit our website for more!

  1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder group
  2. Neighbourhood Forum meeting
  3. HCCA Open meeting, Somali cultural evening 
  4. Raising the Bar Brandon Hill gym space
  5. Jacobs Wells Hub activities
  6. Ashton Court news from the Bristol Civic Society
  7. Air Quality in Cliftonwood
  8. Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood introduces CHEESE
  9. Bristol's kids plant 50,000 Trees! 
  10. Bristol Local Plan Review
  11. Put your best foot forward.... Bristol Walk Fest is back
  12. Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free
  13. Bristol City Council news
  14. RISE Youth Dance

1. Cumberland Basin Stakeholder Group. This group is coming together. We have 5 local residents from roundabout the Basin, 4 community/local interest groups represented, 1 local business so far and Councillors. We await replies from 4 others. We are hoping that we can organise an open meeting with BCC officers to look at the Local Plan which references development in the Basin area. See follow to Local Plan Review.

2. Neighbourhood Forum. A Forum for any resident of Clifton, Clifton Down and Hotwells and Harbourside will be held on Monday 30thApril at 7pm in Clifton High School. Save the date. More information next month.

3. HCCA Meeting 0pen meeting Somali cultural evening. Monday 14th May 2018, Holy Trinity Church Hotwells. Please keep this date free for what promises to be a fascinating evening. More details to follow. For those of you who might like to look at a bit more information well in advance, go to

4. Raising the Bar Brandon Hill gym space. Arek Oreszczynski, has been working really hard as volunteer project manager for the past couple of years to establish more outdoor gym facilities for local young people. He has succeeded in getting Neighbourhood Partnership funding and facilities will be installed in Brandon hill park this summer. Complementing the current yellow parallel bars it consists of 6 high pull up bars, one Swedish wall, two benches and one double parallel bars. We don't have an exact date yet but the whole installation will take up to 5 days. During this time the site will be fenced off. HCCA have helped Arek secure a small amount of funding to pay for his time engaging young people and the community to launch the facilities- we'll keep you posted with dates! 

5. Jacobs Wells Hub Story telling evening March 9th6-8pm, bring along a poem, song, story, some jokes for an evening of creative fun. Contact John to express an interst, Facebook group Website posting

Share your Memories of Jacobs Wells Baths on Friday 16th March 2-6 and Tuesday 27th March 4-7 at the baths For more details:

"Creative day" Sunday March 18th Jacobs Wells Baths. smorgasbord of delights... collage,  drawing, wide range of materials to explore & work with.10.00-4.00 bring packed lunch. Led by Pricilla Amodeo £7.00 Inc.  Materials £4.00 concessions Family ticket  £15.00 Children welcome. Places limited.  Reserve a place asap. Contact Sally 

6. Ashton Court news from the Bristol Civic Society. Since the well attended public meeting at the Mansion late in November we have been actively recruiting a high level Action Group and succeeded with hugely experienced and suitably skilled members. The intention has been to create a credible team to take up the challenge of saving and restoring Ashton Court Mansion. The Group met for the first time last week. It’s comprised of representatives from Bristol Civic Society, Friends of Ashton Court Mansion, Business West, Low Carbon South West, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, VWV solicitors, Saffery Champness accountants, and Credence PR. We held a number of preliminary meetings with a “Friends” group last Autumn and one of our next steps will be to examine possible terms of reference for future activity. If you are interested in being involved please get in touch.

7. Air Quality in Cliftonwood. Four residents of Cliftonwood met recently to discuss concerns about air quality. They would like to encourage residents to reduce their wood/solid fuel stove usage and thereby improve air quality. Air quality in Bristol is poor and breaches UK and European legal standards. Particulate matter (PM) is one of the most harmful pollutants. Domestic burning of wood, smokeless solid fuels and house coal, is the single largest source of harmful PM emissions in the UK. See Wood burning stoves emit more particles per hour than a modern diesel lorry! These tiny particles can enter the bloodstream and cause long-term health issues. Children are particularly vulnerable and exposure to pollutants significantly increases the risk of poor lung development, asthma and systemic disease. More information can be found at As a result of this many communities are becoming increasingly interested in improving their local air quality. If you are interested in being involved in air pollution projects in Cliftonwood please HCCA will be considering these issues. If you have any views/comments please contact us

8. Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood introduces CHEESE.These brisk February days could be a good opportunity to get energy loss from your house assessed by thermal imaging. Work carried out by local non-protit CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) inspired by Transition Malvern Hills Energy Tracers. More info on the Bristol project from their website The CHEESE Project Bristol

9. Bristol's kids plant 50,000 Trees! Together with Bristol City Council and kids from all of Bristol’s 130 primary schools, One Tree Per Child has managed to plant 50,000 trees in the city.The 50,000th tree will be planted in Bristol tomorrow (Tuesday). Kevin McCloud has also presented a YouTube video for us that can be embedded into articles: Photos are also available of the kids planting trees. This successful role model scheme in Bristol has now led to us planting trees in 11 countries. Please contact me if you would like more information (together with Olivia Newton-John I am the co-Founder of One Tree Per Child). 

10. Bristol Local Plan Review. The Local Plan Review consultation proposes updates to the policies for deciding planning applications, guiding development in the city over the next twenty years. The reviewed Local Plan will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value most.  The proposals have a focus on delivering new and affordable homes. The results of this consultation will help to shape a draft plan which will be consulted on later this year. The Local Plan review consultation document can be viewed at and in local libraries. The web site and consultation document includes details of how to respond.  We will be holding a drop-in session where you can speak to a member of the team about the consultation. Details of this session will be available on the above website shortly. Comments should be submitted by 13th April 2018. 

11. Put your best foot forward.... Bristol Walk Fest is back. The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival - Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city is set to take place from May 1 to May 31, 2018. Bristol’s month-long walking festival, now in its sixth successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond. Walkers can take part in a variety of walks, including: history trails; urban exploring; walking sports; gentle park strolls and vigorous uphill hikes. This year the team co-ordinating Bristol Walk Fest is Active Ageing Bristol, a collaboration between Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, in partnership with the LinkAge Network and Bristol Ramblers with investment from the TravelWest Fund. Karen Lloyd, Active Ageing Bristol Manager, said: “Walking is a great way to be active and by getting out just once a day for a stroll can make such a difference to your health and wellbeing. I hope that we see more people than ever before getting out and taking part this year.” For more information visit the Bristol Walk Fest website –

12. Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free. Gardeners who keep weeds at bay without toxic chemicals are invited to declare their outdoors space a ‘pesticide-free zone’in a new scheme from the Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance (PSBA), a campaign supported by local environment and food groups. The world’s best-selling weed killer, glyphosate, is being banned by cities right across France due to concerns around its links to cancer, and by local authorities in Brighton, Glastonbury and Hammersmith. Despite promising to “stop using harmful pesticides” in 2016, Bristol City Council continues to apply glyphosatewithout warning in streets, housing estates and other public spaces. The PSBA is calling on householders to lead the way. Whether you have a garden, allotment or just a driveway, take the pledge and declare your outdoor space a pesticide free zone. Pledgers will be provided with resources on alternative weed control techniques, and how to safely dispose of pesticides. Find out more here

13. Bristol City Council news- latest news releases can be found here

14. RISE Youth Dance, a youth dance company in the heart of Bristol, are once again showcasing their talents with their latest show REACH: Find Your Own Journey. RISE Youth Dance celebrates it’s ten year anniversary in 2018. After training aspiring young dancers and helping them to hone their skills with professional-level training and mentoring for the past decade, RISE are pleased to announce a special anniversary edition of their annual showcase - REACH - taking place at The Trinity Centre on the 27th, 28th & 29th April. There will be four performances across the three dates, with two evening and two matinee shows, featuring RISE students from the past and present. As an unfunded, not-for-profit organisation, RISE Youth Dance is working tirelessly alongside their 8-19 year old students to raise money to make this year’s REACH showcase the best one yet!

Our young people work incredibly hard to fundraise for all aspects of RISE; they spend their weekends bag packing, running bucket collections and organising pub quizes, flashmobs and cake sales. As part of their plan to raise the funds needed for this edition of REACH: Find Your Own Journey, RISE are offering a range of sponsorship packages to the businesses of Bristol. A sponsorship brochure detailing the offers available can be found on the RISE Youth Dance Website.

Find out more about REACH: Find Your Own Journey, and stay up to date with the latest news on the official Facebook page and buy tickets here.



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Bees, Butterflies and Play- adapting 1960s design to a 21st century city

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Watching the boats by Anna Wilson

Sylvia Crowe designed the Cumberland Piazza as part of a much bigger landscaped scheme covering all the Ashton and Hotwells flyover. She explored many ideas about play and leisure that were cutting edge in the 1960s. One of the ideas for the Piazza was that people could sit and watch the boats coming in and out of Bristol Harbour. there were so many things she couldn't have known about that have arisen as major concerns in the intervening years. Although we can still watch the boats come and go from our new pocket park, we often watch through a haze of speeding cars- who knew in the 1960s that traffic levels would quadruple within 50 years?

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