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_________________________________________________________________________________________________Westbury Park Community Association AGM
The Community Association AGM which took place on Wednesday, 30th October, included discussion on the future of the Community Association in the light of dwindling active support for the Association, the pending resignation of a number of Committee officers, and the more widespread use of social media groups (eg. Next Door, street based Whats App groups) which provide an alternative and more immediate means of messaging and information sharing.
The AGM considered a number of options ranging from revitalisation of the Association (dependent on more people joining the Committee) to winding up the Association.
The meeting was not in favour of suspending or winding up the Community Association and discussion focussed on how these outcomes might be avoided. It was agreed that there should be a transition period to October 2020. During this time a group would be formed to consult with the community (up to 2,000 households) about what they would like and expect from an Association, and whether and how they could support it.
In the next year Kevin Chidgey and Janet Brewer will continue to keep members informed about social events and key issues affecting our area. The capacity to take on other activities (eg organising social events, lobbying, bidding for funds, upgrading the Association’s website, improving communications through use of social media) will be much reduced.
More information on the challenges facing the Community Association and on possible options is contained in
“A Review Westbury Park Community Association, October 2019”
What's on in Westbury Park: January 2020
Wednesday, 8th January, 7.30 pm: Women’s Institute Meeting, Redland Church Halls, Redland Green
Social Evening - Room 101 - What’s your Gripe? One thing you can change
There will also be a short talk on Home Energy Savings by a representative from C.H.E.E.S.E. (The Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts).
£4 guest fee. Refreshments available.
Thursday 9th January 3 pm – 4.30 pm: A Talk on Home Energy Savings
Hosted by Bristol NW Climate Action Group in the John Allen Room, Hiatt Baker Hall. Parry's Lane, Stoke Bishop
A meeting for University of Bristol staff and students, and local residents with a speaker from C.H.E.E.S.E. (The Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts).
Please book your place through Evenbrite. For further information email
Thursday, 9th January, 7.00 pm, Redland Library, Whiteladies Road
“Books and Climate Change” with a guest panel nominating their choice of books.
Admission: Children free, Adults £3.00 (pay at the door).
Tuesday 14th January, 7.15 pm : Bristol Anglo-Italian Society Film Night at Henleaze Library
The Society is showing the film Mediterraneo, an Italian film with sub titles “about a group of Italian soldiers wash up on a deserted Greek island. Guests £5.
Saturday, 18th January, 10.30 – 12.00 am
Coffee and Cake in the foyer of Westbury Park Methodist Church, with tea, coffee and lovely home-made cake on offer, and a chance to meet people.
Collection for Church funds. All welcome.
Thursday 23rd January, 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm: A Talk on The Private Lives of English Cathedrals at Henleaze Library.
A Friends of Henleaze Library event with Christopher Somerville, the Walking correspondent for The Times, giving a talk on his new book “ Ships of Heaven”.
Tickets £5.00 (including wine and nibbles) available from Henleaze Library.
Saturday 25th January, from 7.30 pm: Westbury Park Burns Night in St Albans Church Hall, Bayswater Avenue
Dancing to the Canny Band. Haggis (including veggie option) + salads and puddings
Tickets: £12.50 per person (£40.00 Family Ticket) plus food contribution. BYOB
For tickets, please contact Carol on 0117 942 7166
No tickets are sold on the door.
For more information, please contact Joanna on: email@example.com
Tuesday, 28th January, 7.00 pm, Redland Library, Whiteladies Road
“From Page to Screen” with a guest panel discussing books that have been adapted for the small or large screen.
Admission: Adults £3.00 (pay at the door), Children free.
Thursday, 30th January, 6.30 pm, Henleaze Library.
An evening with bestselling historical crime author, Nicola Upton, who will be talking about her new book “Sorry for the Dead”.
Tickets £4.00, available from Henleaze Library or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk
Orpheus Silver Screen
10.30 am, Tuesday, 14th January The Goldfinch
10.30 am, Tuesday, 21st January Pain and Glory
10.30 am, Tuesday, 28th January The Good Liar
The Community Association has joined over 50 local residents and ward councillors in opposing a planning application to extend a nursing home at 8 and 9 Belvedere Road to number 7 Belvedere Road. This would be the seventh house in the road to be used as a nursing home, adding to the problems being faced by people living in Belvedere Road and adjoining roads who suffer the adverse traffic impacts and day to day consequences (eg. the blocking of driveways elderly people and families with young children having to park well away from their homes).
Little progress is being made on extending resident parking to those parts of Westbury Park in favour of RP. The Council’s guidelines for new resident parking schemes published in November 2017 are very onerous and low priority is being accorded to new resident parking schemes by the Mayor. Local councillors are lobbying the Mayor to change his stance and there are signs that this might happen.
Henleaze and Westbury on Trym ward councillors carried out a survey in early 2019 to establish the degree of support for resident parking in that part of Westbury Park within their ward. There was a 20% response with support varying between different locations - residents generally supporting resident parking in areas close to The Downs, not so much elsewhere.
Residents in the Blenheim Road area have set up a local group to press for resident parking in their area - an area very much affected by commuter parking. This area was surprisingly overlooked when the Council agreed an extension to the Redland and Cotham North resident parking zones in 2017.
Website updated on Monday, 13th January 2020