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Decision time for new Open Space in Hotwells

A recent poll of the people who sion granted to Edward Ware Homes campaigned in vain to preserve makes it clear that the whole site must Granby Green has confirmed that be landscaped and maintained for a year most want the remaining piece of before adoption by the Council. The undeveloped land in Cumberland original plan for the garden was heavily Place, Hotwells retained as a pub- criticised by members of Friends of lic open space with local people Granby Green as over-complex and having a say in how it is developed ‘institutional’ but FROGG members are reviewing revised proposals that were and managed. The consultation followed an approach produced last year. They are hopeful by solicitors to the developers Edward that a partnership can be established Ware Homes with an offer to transfer with the Council Parks Dept. to ensure the residual land they own to the Com- that the site is managed in a way that munity Association. Most people who reflects local needs without it being a responded to a questionnaire did not major financial burden for the Commusee ownership of the space as impor- nity Association. tant but were concerned that it should The whole development has been the be protected from any future develop- subject of a number of planning breaches and consequent enforcement ment. Part of the site intended for open space action by the Council, described as a ‘nightmare’ by an offiis owned by Bristol cer in the Planning DeCity Council and there partment. Although is a provision in the Granby Hill is now planning agreement for open to traffic, the the developer’s section planned improvements to be transferred to to the footpath and Bristol C.C. ownership highway have not yet as well. The offer of taken place. ownership of one part If you want to be inof the site to the CA volved with the prowould not therefore posed garden or have overcome the probany comment on the lems of split ownership or guarantee the outscheme contact Mike come that local people Timmins tel: 9291804 want. The planning permis- The site of the planned garden



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Granby Green – a short history
This space had been cared for by local residents as an informal community garden from as far back as the 1970s until a fence was erected by a developer, to establish a title with the Land Registry in May 2002. This 4 day interruption to public access later proved to be a crucial factor in the 18 month legal battle to register the space as a Town Green which would have protected it from development, regardless of ownership (ironically, this technical objection has now been removed by a recent High Court ruling). A support group of around 100 local people (Friends of Granby Green) campaigned to prevent the loss of the space and the group faced a professional legal team at a three day public inquiry. At one point, Town Green status was conferred by the Bristol CC Open Spaces committee but later rescinded following threats of legal action In this edition: by the then owners, Edward Ware Homes. Community News 2 Local resident Mike Timmins has suggested that the Winning ideas 4 now smaller space below ‘Wallace Place’, the new Meet Your Neighbour - 6 block of flats, should be christened ‘Gromit Gardens’ Events & Activities - 7 Ray Smith




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Community News
A good turnout of 50 or so members attended our Annual General Meeting in November. Ray Smith stepped down as Chair and Dennis Gornall nobly agreed to take the hot seat. Faruk Choudhury and Andrew Curtis retired from the Management Committee and Rosemary Stibbon was elected. The evening was enlivened by the vote for the best three ‘Top Ideas for Hotwells’. the results are presented in this edition of ‘Hotwells News’. There was also a good discussion about the future of Granby Green (see article on page 1). tions. If you are not already a member, fill in the form on the left to enter our monthly draw. Have a little fun and help your C.A. at the same time!

£18 per year is all it costs to be entered into a monthly draw for a prize of £150 and 4 of £25. Please complete the bank standing order form below and return it to the C.A. office, 14 Hotwell Road, BS8 4UD for attention of the 500 Club Administrator. Your full name and address

Reader’s Rant - Clifton Vale rat runners
To the tune of the twelve days of Christmas On the first day of January there was a police chase Refrain ‘up Clifton Vale’ On the second day of January the City brought to us two lost artics .. Refrain ‘up Clifton Vale’ On the third day of January the City brought to us three tourist buses On the fourth date of January the City brought to us four speeding Porsches On the fifth day of January the City brought to us five commuter cars On the sixth day of January the City brought to us six white vans On the eighth day of January the City brought to us eight airport taxis On the tenth day of January the City brought to us ten racing motorbikes On the eleventh day of January the City brought to us eleven four by fours On the twelth day of January the City brought to us twelve Europ Cars! In true Hotwells spirit we hope you will join with us to campaign to stop the rat running on Clifton Vale, to slow traffic down and restrict cars and vans from blocking up our local area. Look out for our petition on the City Council web site and add your comments. We need action now before there is a serious accident on Clifton Vale. If you want to join our group, which is a part of the Community Association CHASE transport group, contact Sandra and Ian Fryer via the HCCA website Only by working together will we get action for our neighbourhood! Sandra Fryer

Office Move
It was hoped that we might find space in the derelict basement of a Council-owned property in Albemarle Row but in spite of CA Treasurer Brenda Mclennan’s best efforts to pursue this, with support from Cllr. Barbara Janke, the Housing Dept. remained evasive and eventually turned us down. There is suspicion that, once their attention had been drawn to two empty basements in an area where a garage sells for more than most people can afford for a house, they decided that selling off to a developer would be a better option than providing a benefit to the local community. Watch for the ‘for sale’ board to go up. A further appeal produced a generous offer from Richard Dennys of local business ’Brilliant Weekends’ who has an empty office at 14 Hotwell Road that we can occupy on a flexible basis. We will move in here sometime in January, once a phone line is installed. A permanent base with enough space to hold meetings and small events is still our long term aim.

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Our funding from Bristol City Council is far from secure and if we are to continue our work on improving your neighbourhood we need to become as financially self-sufficient as possible. We need to sustain an active organisation to be able to win and administer grants for various community projects. Income from the 500 Club provides that core finance that can unlock other funds and multiply the benefit of small contribu-

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New C.A. Administrator required
This post is vacant following the resignation of Sarah Adamczuk. Sarah has proved a very capable administrator but the long commute across Bristol on public transport proved difficult, especially for attendance at evening meetings. If you have basic admin. skills and an interest in community work please contact us. The post is based at our new office in Hotwell Road and is for for a flexible 20 hrs per week. To be sent an application pack, call 0117 9291883 and leave a message with your name and address. Closing date Feb 2nd.



Next time you hoot at a cyclist...
Cyclists in Hotwells can be as confused as the drivers who attempt to weave around them on our busy roads. These signs near Haberfield House illustrate nicely what an

senting planning and docks interests. After an inspection by local engineer Ian Duncan, it seems the bridge, in spite of its age, is in reasonably good condition and restoration need not cost an astronomic sum. The main problem may be the poor condition of the hydraulic mains used for working dock machinery which all need replacing with another source of motive power. It was agreed that the bridge would be included in a BCC funded study of the dockside area to be carried out by consultants early in 2007. Although it does not identify any funding for the project this will help to establish the case for refurbishment in the context of other developments around Cumberland Basin. It represents the first official acknowledgement by the City that the scheme may have some potential.


At the third stroke...
The doleful bonging of Trinity Church clock was probably not noticed by many people until it stopped some while ago. The chimes needed repair and specialist menders are, apparently kept very busy. Now they are working again so you know for certain what time it is when you are unable to get to sleep in the middle of the night. Surely, despite the small annoyance, it is the emblem of a true Hotwellian to live within the sound of Trinity church clock and something to be proud of!

No more excuses...
obstacle course it is to pedal from A to B, in spite of Hotwells being on a major Sustrans national cycle route. We also have a cycle lane that starts and finishes in the middle of a busy 2 lane road (Cumberland Basin Road). A cycle lane running outside of a parking bay, nicely positioned to be flung off by an opening car door (ditto). In the Centre, we have tiny little bricks with cycles on them amongst the multitude of different pavings and textures to indicate a cycling right of way. You need to get off and walk to spot them and non-cyclists probably have no idea that they exist. The best cycle routes are segregated from cars and pedestrians, eg. across College Green, but even then, skateboarders and ambling tourists are a constant hazard. How will they manage the new waterside route across Canons Marsh when it eventually opens? Another combined cycle/ pedestrian path one suspects, maximising the aggravation for both types of user. Actually, the best thing to happen in a long time for urban cyclists in Bristol is bus lanes. Here is a broad strip of tarmac you can depend on having to yourself, since buses are generally considerate. If it weren’t for the maniac taxis drivers.... Couch potatoes in Hotwells & Cliftonwood now have nowhere to hide with the opening of ‘Fitfirm’, a new hi-tech Fitness Suite on Hotwell Road. Since we never gain any benefit from running for the bus (most of them don’t stop here) our only opportunity for keeping fit locally has been the challenging terrain of the walk up to Clifton. If that never seemed an attractive prospect, here’s your opportunity to start work on your summer six-pack (and we don’t mean cans of Fosters). Fitfirm tel: 9102880

Hotwells—no park & no ride
Are you frustrated by seeing Park and Ride buses sail past Hotwells virtually empty while you stand and wait for a country bus to come and pick you up? We took this up with the Council and were told that because the Council supports the Park and Ride services it is illegal for the services to pick up along the routes operated by commercial services. Service 902 can pick up on the Portway as no other commercial service operates along there. So until there is a change in the legislation, or Park and Ride itself becomes commercial, it cannot serve Hotwells. We did try!
If you have any ideas thoughts or comments, offers of help or need for information then contact the C.A. at our new address: 14 Hotwell Road. Tel: (unchanged) 0117 9291883 E-mail: admin@hotwellscliftonwood.

Brunel Swing Bridge
We reported in the last edition on an initiative to try and restore this bridge which sits beside the lock at Cumberland Basin. The ‘Brunel Swivel Bridge Group’ arranged a meeting in December with Council Leader, Barbara Janke and officers repre-


The winning three top ideas to improve

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As promised in the Summer edition of Hotwells News, your entries for top ideas to improve Hotwells & Cliftonwood were presented at the AGM on November 28th and voted on by those who were there. Everyone was given 3 sticky labels to allocate as they wished; all 3 for one project if they felt sufficiently enthusiastic. Here are the top three ideas:

1st place


Traffic calming at entry points to the Hotwells area (27 votes) submitted by Dennis Gornall
The idea: To create large on-road signs painted against a red tarmac dye on all the main entry roads into Hotwells. The signs to read: ‘Hotwells residential area please DRIVE SLOWLY’ Such signs should be immediately preceded by calming rumble strip which should create enough noise and vibration in the vehicle to make the driver take note of the sign following. The following places are suggested as suitable/necessary for such signs: The Portway immediately prior to The Colonnade after coming under the suspension bridge. Across the Hotwell Road opposite the bottom of Joy Hill and before the turning opposite to Dowry Square. On the Hotwell Road, half way between the pelican crossings. On Brunel Lock road around the point at which it goes under the Plimsoll Bridge.

The benefits: • To assist in calming traffic and reminding drivers as they enter the area that this is a residential area as well as a main thoroughfare into the City. • To assist in promoting this particular area of the City by naming it in the road. • To show that people in this area care about the speed at which cars pass through it.

2nd Place
Love and Care for Albemarle Row (23 votes) submitted by Liz Mills
Albemarle Row is grade II* listed and one of the oldest terraces in Hotwells, built in 1763 to provide accommodation for visitors to the spa. It is also the main access to Hotwells School. The railings and footpath need renovation and there are issues around safety and traffic management which have caused problems for residents, school staff, parents and pupils. The idea: Refurbish the stone paving and the iron railings. Extend the pavement and better traffic calming to to improve safe access to the school. Introduce chevron parking for residents and limit through traffic. Introduce tree planting and other greenery. Provide a safe pedestrian space that can be used for occasional open air events like the School Fair and ‘Art on the Railings’.

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By coincidence, these projects are all transport and traffic related and must reflect the concerns that many people have about the dominant ‘quality of life’ issue in our neighbourhood. They will be developed by the C.A Management Committee, into something that can be submitted to the Council and other agencies that might provide support and funding. If you have skills which might be useful to us (graphics, presentation, planning and transport, fundraising etc.) we would very much like to hear from you. and the main flow of traffic. There needs to be provision for a bus stop (which could be in its own smaller lay-by), a single lane access road into Dowry Square and a single lane exit from Hope Chapel Hill but otherwise, there is scope to create a larger island with trees and greenery in the triangle of space between Carrick House and Dowry Square without affecting the main traffic route.

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Albemarle Row during the ‘Art on the Railings’ event last summer

The benefits: A better, quieter environment for everyone who uses Albemarle Row. Enhance the appearance of this important heritage site. Improved safety and access to the school for parents and children. Provide an open space that can be used by everyone in this densely populated neighbourhood.

Third place
Improve the environment for people living around Dowry Parade / Square (17 votes) submitted by Mike Timmins/ Ray Smith
The Idea: The Hotwell Road by Dowry Parade has 3 lanes of traffic and a further 2 lanes in the curious lay-by in front of Carrick House. The impression is of acres of tarmac with no real function. With a little ingenuity, the road layout could be improved and a green barrier created between the houses on the north side

The benefits: Create an enhanced appearance for this important entry into the City that complements the paving and fine trees on the other side of the Hotwell Road. Encourage traffic calming by reducing the apparent road space. Create an improved environment and a sound barrier for residents facing the busy road. Improve the junction layout at the Hope Chapel Hill / Dowry Square intersection and make it easier for pedestrians to negotiate.

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Colin Rose—Film Director & Producer

Colin Rose lives with his wife Janet and has three adult offspring who have now left home. He has been retired now for five years after a busy and interesting career as a film director and producer, mainly with the BBC. Colin grew up in the outskirts of Poole on Dorset heathland. His father was a carpenter and his mother worked in a cake shop. In 1962 Colin was the first member of the family to go into higher education, studying Drama and French at Bristol University. This included a year spent in Paris working and studying theatre and participating in a programme of international productions.The summer vacation had Colin touring with a theatre company in a Circus Big Top around France, taking down the lighting and the seating and moving on to the next venue without much sleep. Back to college he continued acting or directing (but no more lighting!). He won a Film Society script competition and collected £300 as a prize which was spent making a forty five minute drama called “But now read on” which was sold to the BBC. The head of programmes for BBC Bristol, John Elliot, offered Colin a three month contract for two short documentaries a week on a daily magazine programme.These included the odd spoof, eg. “The supposed discovery of cave paintings in a quarry by the supposed Dr Colin Rose of the non existent “University of Slough”. He later made documentary films abroad for ten years, including a series in the 1970’s with Michael Croucher and Colin Thomas in Southern Europe portraying old ways of life which were fast disappearing. This was a way of giving viewers vicarious travel experiences before package holidays were commonplace. He also began making half hour drama films on location for TV with writers like David Rudkin. There was also a comedy series Big Jim and the Figaro Club about builders after the 2nd World War.Tony Robinson secured the role of Baldrick after appearing in one episode of Big Jim as a bad tempered stable lad. With Ted Walker, the writer on Big Jim, Colin went on to make a trilogy of one hour films called “A Family Man”about several generations of a family from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. In the 1980s Colin moved into the role of Executive Producer and took charge of the 10x10 scheme, a virtual film school of the air which made about 130 short films and launched numerous careers. Colin was inspired by young animators he encountered and developed the BBC animation unit to support independent projects with editorial advice and financial investment.The first of these was Aardman Animation’s “The Wrong Trousers”. He had met Nick Park as a student at the National Film School. Other Bristol based productions included Richard Goleszowski’s “Rex the Runt” and the Bolex Brothers’ “The secret adventures of Tom Thumb” As animation can cost up to £50,000 per minute, part of Colin’s role was to use his reputation and that of the BBC to attract finance internationally to enable British animators to realize what might otherwise have been non-commercial products.He also co-produced overseas productions. “Belleville Rendezvous” made in Montreal by author and director Sylvain Chomet was only half completed when Colin was due to retire in 2002, so he arranged with the BBC to continue working for nothing apart from travel costs, (to comply with Employers’ Liability legislation). For 18 months he was on a “work experience contract” like a student, in order to finish the film. The result gained a 15 minute standing ovation in Cannes in 2004! Having lived and breathed film for the best part of 40 years,often working 90 hour weeks, Colin now rarely goes to the cinema or watches TV. He likes to study the social and economic history of the part of Dorset where his family came from and to travel to remote places , now with no responsibility to make a film about them. He and Janet choose places like the Outer Hebrides, Arctic Norway and Western Australia for their emptiness and solitude. Helen Smith

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Events and Activities
Kick Off Youth Theatre is starting up again after the Christmas break. This term sees both groups performing shows in mid February.

HOTWELLS PANTOMIME 2007 Sleeping Beauty (recycled)

As ever, the community pantomime is at the sharp end of contemporary trends. Recycled, not just because this is The younger group will star in THE GREAT POULthe third outing for the classic tale of bad fairies and danTRY POACH OF PURPLEPLANT FARM, which gerous pricks by the indomitable Hotwells ensemble but has been written specially for the group by Sam Berger. also because of the free-rein it gives to the (so-called) The chickens have gone missing from the coop and the scriptwriters to introduce lots of crass puns about bins, farmer just can’t seem to stay awake. It is up to the other compost and soiled nappies. You get the general idea, so animals to follow the clues and save the day. we needn’t go into further detail... suffice to say, book The older group are performing in the ever popular THE your seats early to avoid disappointment. HOUSE OF DRACULA by Martin Downing. This very funny fast moving horror farce sees the Baron and Baron- Wed March 7th—Saturday March 10th, 7.30pm at Hope Chapel ess arrive at a Transylvanian castle. All hell breaks loose Tickets £7 adults, £6 concs, £5 child obtainable with the arrival of ghouls, ghosts and a fiendish Dr Jekyll. th from 1st February by telephoning Carol Arnold Performances will be Monday 12 February. th 01275 461 262 Next free taster session Monday 26 February This term starts Monday 3rd January (please note as we are working on productions, the groups are closed to newcomers until 26th February). Kick Off Youth Theatre runs on Mondays term time only at Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells 4.30-6pm 7-11yrs 6.30-8pm 12-16yrs £4/£3 concs per session for further information please call 0117 929 1883

A scene from the 2006 panto –now was it Puss in Boots or Batman?

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Hotwells & Cliftonwood C.A. 14, Hotwell Road Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4UD tel: 0117 9291883 e-mail: Web site: Bulletin board: Security
Anti-Social Behaviour—24 hour action line – this is council run but they keep records and this can be used by the Police to take action – 0845 605 2222 Nick Shaw is our local Police Constable based at Redland Police Station 0117 945 4453. e mail – Bobby Van Scheme – Free police security assessments for the over 65s 0117 927 7777

H&CCA Management Committee
Dennis Gornall (Chair) Personnel Brenda McLennan (Treasurer) Projects Ray Smith Communications & Traders Network Mike Timmins Open spaces Rachel McNally Events, Youth Theatre James Smith CHASE Emma Peddie School Liaison Pauline Barnes Community Links Sandra Fryer Planning Trevor George Bulletin Board Rosemary Stibbon (elected Nov. 2006)

Bristol Ferry Boat Company – 0117 927 3416 E mail : Website : Bristol Dial-A-Ride – door to door bus service for any person for whom for whatever reason public transport is not accessible. The cost is about the same as public transport. If you have a concessionary pass you can use this to travel at half fare. 0117 939 5525 Minicom 0117 9395525 . E mail: website –