18 Aug 2006

The Proposed Bus Route Alterations

(Consultation deadline August 31st) We are all in favour of improving public transport BUT, how many speed humps, parking restrictions and no turning orders do we actually need if any? The proposed alterations to the bus route that goes right through our ward from Easton to South Glos will directly affect many of our local streets. Customers of our local businesses will not be able to park casually for short periods, neither will delivery vans. Please continue to send your views to the director of planning, Bristol City Council or you can also send them to me and I shall make sure that the council receives them.

We say, speed humps on Church Road? NO! What about ambulances, infirm bus passengers and damage to our cars? What is your opinion? I shall post the letter that I handed in at the bus route office opposite Tesco on Church Road (where you can go to view a large scale map of the proposal) for the July deadline in comments for anyone who is interested. I have spoken to many on this issue and it is clear that most residents and shopkeepers are against many aspects of the proposal.

'I support the local businesses and residents who believe most of the proposed changes will be detrimental to their business and our area.'

It is also clear that although we rant and rave privately, many of us do not actually put pen to paper and state our views. There are effectively millions earmarked for improvements to our highroad. Please, let the council know what you think and help to make sure that money is spent in a way that will truly benefit the area!

17 Aug 2006

St George's Park Survey

As you are here, why not comment on the way you would like our park improved. Just click on the comments tab below. From the original survey we asked, which of the following improvements would you like to see made to the park?

Basket ball court improvements, a bandstand, Extended young kids section, first aid post, more bins and signs indicating fines for littering, better maintenance and extension of the existing skate park, a designated picnic area, a park warden, a club building, repair wooden benches, refreshment facility?

Please indicate which of the above improvements you would like to see. Do you have any other comments or suggestions on how the park could be improved?

I can report that replies to the paper survey have been coming in thick and fast. There is clearly great pride and interest in the park. We have received some good suggestions including many requests to reinstate the punting that used to go on at our lake. The most popular suggestion is a full time warden. I will keep you posted.

UPDATE 21st October 2006:
We have organised the first meeting for the ‘Friends of St Georges Parks’ at the ‘Beehive Centre’ Stretford Road, by St Ambrose Church on Thursday November 9th 7.30pm.

Guests invited include, PC Ben Sullivan, Council community development officer Richard Fletcher, local experts, business people and residents with ambitions for the Park.

We hope this new group will develop to include the other parks and open spaces around the ward, which have deteriorated over the years.

All are welcome; please bring your ideas, expertise and suggestions for future speakers etc.

Party in the Park September 3rd 2006

"St.George skatepark body english street style ghetto fun jam hippy festival", are you ready?

The event is a celebration of Bristol's subcultures and in short is aimed to inspire local children and give back something free to the local community.

The planned list of events are as follows, BMX and skateboard comp running all day open to everyone of all ages, with special guest riders and skaters, 2 stages of live bands and Dj's which represent some of the best musicians in the west. Martial arts demos from junior and senior world champions the Black Dragons, Capoeira demos from Bristol's "Filhos de Angola" group, Dance workshops, Healing area, Stalls, Wacky races from Biggles Recycles bike workshop and free bike repairs, Live cabaret from some of Bristol's wildest, performers, Circus workshops, Dancing girls and much much more ........

So if you could help in any of the following ways it would be much appreciated, donating prizes, providing some of your time stewarding or helping with the planning of the event contributing a workshop or bringing your own skills to make the event even better please get in touch.

Check out the St George youth culture link to see the Body English video of the excellent 2005 event and the erection of some new ramps in our park, thanks to Craig (monkey boy) and co..

16 Aug 2006

St George West Matters!

Update 2014: Just found out an old hero Emmeline Pankhurst was a self centred misandrist. It turns out she was involved in the white feather campaign guilt tripping young men to go off to war and die in their millions. What I said below, I take it all back. We live and learn, but I will leave my old views as a record. And that's not all. Working with the conservatives exposed me to the reality of UK politics, Red, blue or yellow, I met them all. At this point you will not be surprised to know that all the funding for the cons came from one bankster, Milburn. There were bank manager councillors an Army reservist MP and a gay office overseer. Nothing against homosexuals, but knowing the layout helps you understand the outcomes. 

How bright eyed and hopeful I was that I could help to facilitate change from within and equal treatment for fathers and men and boys in general. In short, the whole thing is a sham that in no way reflects the needs of the majority, unless you are a bankster, an arms dealer, etc..

My advice today is DON'T VOTE for any lame stream primary colour party as it is, unbeknown to the majority, quite literally a vote against yourself.


I have lived here since 2000 and although there have been many improvements, I believe there is still so much that could be done to put our vibrant Bristol village on the map.

Some of you may already know me through my work, running my own local small business and as I am often in our park with my two young sons. Many of you have already spoken to me about issues that concern you and the way the city council is being run. I can assure you that I am here to campaign for all St. George West residents regardless of your politics, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

As well as being a father of two young children who go to Greek school in Easton, I have campaigned at a national level for human rights and the opening up of the family courts. I have a personal knowledge of the conflict in the middle east at the moment as although I was born in England I still do have family in Cyprus. I am dismayed by the hostilities and the massive loss of and disruption of life regarding the current conflict in that region and would welcome your opinions.

I am very pleased to have been chosen by the local conservatives to stand for St. George West in next years local election. The history of this party which I personally connect with does, given that it has been the most prolific, necessarily include some of the greatest achievements of our country including interestingly the abolition of slavery.

I see the conservative party as, less bureaucracy, lower council tax, greater faith in the judgement of the individual and the pushing back of the nanny state and I think these are aspects of the party legacy that we can all live with. David Cameron clinched it for me basically because I feel that he has the potential to represent me. I feel connected with what I perceive to be, finally, the correct personality to go with the legacy.

I need to mention my strong support for the party's stance regarding the rights of children and their fathers. It is a stark reality for fathers that no other party is even contemplating validating the equality of fatherhood to motherhood using, in essence, the same sexist arguments used against women in the past. The deceptively widespread misery caused is a gaping wound at the heart of our nation. Emmeline Pankhurst is a hero of mine and I am proud to be a modern conservative. Interestingly, so was she!

After our seemingly pioneering park survey, your replies will now be presented to the parks manager as part of a city wide consultation on parks and open spaces taking place later in the year. I am planning to deliver your replies personally and any of you that would like to come along with me are welcome.

Thank you to all who have returned the survey. It was designed by myself along with some local children who use the play facilities, parents and others.

Our park has had its share of bad publicity lately and some of you have told me you are afraid to use it.
I believe that with the improvements that are being suggested, many more of us would feel safer and have more pride in this great local resource.

You are being forced by the Lib Dem council to pay a new local tax which none of us have ever voted for and will hit us all regardless of income. You are asked to pay for a green bin for recycling garden waste. This will especially hit elderly and elderly and disabled people and anyone who cannot do their own composting due to a lack of space.

I say, only up the road in South Gloucestershire the council is run by all three parties including the conservatives and they managed to introduced these bins without charging residents a penny, so why can’t Bristol? We are all in favour of recycling so instead of threatening people with court action, why not give a REDUCTION in council tax for those of us who do more recycling?

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