The Community Association Current News and Updates
99 Devonshire Road
Local building company West - tec started work on completing the building work on 99 Devonshire Road in May but there is now a hold up until a party wall issue resulting from work done by the previous builder in 2015 is resolved. More information can be found on the Planning Issues page.
The Future of St Christopher’s
The Community Association has been in close contact over the last few months with the development partnership owning this prominent five acre site to clarify what is being planned and to agree a programme for consulting local people and the wider community about the development. A number of one to one sessions with local residents and open days were held in July 2021 which enabled people to tour the site and raise potential issues of concern including access, parking and the retention of trees. .
The developers presented for the first time sketch plans of the proposed development at stakeholder workshops on Tuesday, 2st September. The plans showed new buildings of up to six storeys high at the centre of the site and buildings of up to four storeys high close to adjoining roads. This was greeted with dismay by those present, not only residents living close to the site and most adversely affected but by almost everyone present including the Community Association. The Association immediately drafted a statement condemning the plans and proposing what we should do next. A copy of the statement has been sent to the three development partners so that they are made fully aware of the unanimous community opposition to what is being proposed.
The Community Association intends to continue dialogue with the developers with a view of securing a more acceptable scheme for the site before we reach the formal planning application stage.
More information about St. Christopher's can be found on the Planning Issues page
The developer's St. Christopher's website can be found at www.stchristophersbristol.com/
NB. The 21st September workshop summary and notes posted on the developer's St. Christopher’s website should be read with caution as they do not convey the strong opposition, dismay and anger of those present to the plans presented by the developers. This was by far the most important message from the workshops and it should accordingly have been given far more prominence on the developer's website.
7 Belvedere Road
After two attempts to secure planning permission for a care home extension the owner submitted an application to convert the property to eight flats in January 2021. This was refused in May.
The City Council's Development Control Committee refused a second care home extension proposal on 9th June 2021 on parking and highway safety grounds.
More information on 7 Belvedere Road can be found on the Planning Issues page.
The Church in Westbury Park organises collections for the food bank at Avonmouth - needed now more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. If you would like to donate to the foodbank there is a storage cupboard to leave items at the church door of St. Alban’s Church.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________Westbury Park Community Survey
During February a community survey was undertaken to find out the main issues concerning people and to see if it was felt that the Association could help tackle these issues. There was an excellent response and several key issues emerged, e.g. traffic, parking, aspects of the environment and community facilities.
Click here for a copy of the community survey results
The New Task Groups
There was strong support expressed at the 13th March meeting for the Community Association to continue and many agreed to join the new task groups to make things happen.
The Task Groups are
• Traffic, Transport and Parking
• The Natural Environment
• Community Spirit
• 99 Devonshire Road
• Supporting the Community Association
If you are interested in joining any of these groups please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Website updated on Friday, 24th September 2021