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Traffic misery as Bridge Valley closure continues

The prolonged closure of Bridge Valley Road has, once again, demonstrated the chronic traffic problems in Hotwells & Cliftonwood as ever more cars attempt to filter through our quaint and inappropriate18th & 19th century street layout. It has been reported that reopening of the key commuter route has now been delayed until June 2011. On Granby Hill, cars seem to be backing up into Clifton all day, not just at peak times, but a proposal by the City Council to paint more yellow lines here is being resisted by some residents who feel that making the traffic flow more smoothly at the expense of residents’ parking spaces will only encourage yet more cars to use this rat-run and at greater speed. This is a re-run of a similar debate that occurred in Clifton Vale a few years back. One gets the impression that the Council has given up on the problem because every proposal meets with opposition. However it is clear that a pieceGranby HIll at almost any time of day meal approach is only going to benefit one neighbourhood at the expense of another. The Community Association’s Traffic Strategy report, which has now been presented to Council officers and members, proposes a ring of raised ‘road tables’ at entrances to Granby Hill, Hope Chapel Hill, Clifton Vale and Ambra Vale with ‘homezone’ signage, weight restrictions and 20mph limits. We have to change the balance to make it less attractive for through traffic to use any of these routes and this is, at least, a start. Does anyone have a better suggestion?



Is our Neighbourhood Partnership working?
“It’s so hard to make ourself heard in the chambers of Bristol Council” says Stephen Perry, Chair of the Clifton Neighbourhood Forum. “The HCCA Community Links group is one way. But perhaps the best chance to influence events is through the Neighbourhood Partnership. These partnership meetings take place once every three months and cover the two wards in our area”. “The snag is this so-called partnership is not proving to be much of a partnership. It’s dominated by the Council and run strictly as a Council meeting, which does not foster a collaborative relationship between the community, the police and councillors. The dead hand of the Council means mostly it is a ‘top down’ rather than a ‘bottom up’ organisation. A further hindrance is the population of the area is the same as Chippenham. We are pressing hard for HCCA’s Transport Strategy and Cumberland Piazza projects to be adopted by this Partnership. Next we will be pushing for a new Community Centre for Clifton. What we want are schemes that are genuinely led by the community. In Southville they have achieved their “Big Society” with their Southville Centre and we seek to emulate them. With this in mind, we plan to form a steering committee of all voluntary community organisations in Clifton. Once that’s done we’ll try to take over the running of the Neighbourhood Partnership. Too ambitious? Well there are precedents for this in Bedminster and Brislington”. The Council is devolving more powers and responsibilities to Neighbourhood Partnerships so let us know if you represent a community organisation, club or neighbourhood association that might benefit by representation at the Forum and Partnership meetings

Published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, 3,Charles Place,

Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QW



Community News
AGM marks a year of progress
The HCCA annual meeting held on 16th November provided an opportunity for those present to hear some of the work that the Association and its related bodies have been undertaking during the year. Our Traffic Strategy has been given to Councillors and Officers and on advice, is now being submitted to the Council formally via the Neighboourhood Partnership. Significant progress has been made with the Hotwells Park project (see page 3). The meeting heard how this might fit in with the Council’s Area Green Space Plan. We are pleased to see Samuel Plimsoll in his new place. Our thanks to Pauline Barnes for her hard work securing this The Community Links group continues to fight for improvements right across the area. We are not always winning but we are always trying! We continue to run the CA on our reserves from past years, though these are reducing. We are very grateful for the continued support of the Panto. We hope that any readers who are not members of the 500 club will join as this helps our finances and gives you the opportunity to win some money. We should like to see more new faces on our Management Committee so if you are interested, or know someone who might be, do contact us. We look forward to working with you and for you in the coming year to try and improve the area in which we live
Dennis Gornall

Another new cycle path
We really do need a snappy name for what Mike Timmins calls “The piece of land near the Record Office containing the seat and interpretation plaques about the Cumberland Basin flyover scheme” but don’t suggest ‘Hotwells Point’ because that was somewhere else. Anyway, planning permis-

Counting the cost The 2011 Census will take place on Sunday 27th March 2011. The results are used by central government as the basis for allocating about £100,000,000,000 of funds to local authorities every year. The statistics gathered will determine the allocation of funds for the next ten years to housing, education, health, recreation, roads and transport, so it is important to get the count of people as accurate as possible. The Council estimates that at the last census in 2001 there was an undercount of about 10,000 people. More information can be found at The census will create about 240 part time and full time jobs in the Bristol area. More details can be found at If you would like to know more about the 2011 Census please contact the Bristol Area Manager for the 2011 Census, Bill Clark, who can be contacted by email at, or by phone on 07801331522.

sion for the cycle path around the whatever-it-is has been granted and we suspect the work will be done before April. However the related application to create the ‘Ballast Garden’ (see last issue) has been withdrawn, pending further discussion.

Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association 3 Charles Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QW

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Management Committee
Dennis Gornall (Chair) Brenda McLennan (Treasurer) Rosemary Stibbon Administrator Ray Smith Communications Mike Timmins Open spaces Stephen Perry vacant CHASE Anthea Bruges Community Links

John Bradfield has sent news of two Hotwells successes in the 2010 Bristol-inBloom competition. He writes: “We entered the Rownham Mead water-front houses between the bridge from Pooles Wharf to the Pump House pub in the “Our Street” category and were not only awarded a Gold Medal but also judged to be the second best in the whole of Bristol. For your interest, I enclose attach photos of how the area looked in the early 1980s and how it looked this summer. In addition, I entered my own waterfront garden in the “Small Front Garden” category and was not just awarded a Gold Medal but was also judged to be ....Now the best in the whole of Bristol. We know from passers-by that these gardens are much appreciated by the very large numbers of people who walk round the dockside. They are considered to be a real feature of Hotwells”. Well done John and neighbours at Rownham Mead. Will there be a challenge from other streets in our patch in 2011?



Community News
Developer’s plans change again
We reported a year ago on the sneaky change to planning consent for 120-124 Hotwell Road, one of the last empty sites, next to the Mardyke pub. The original consent was for 13 apartments which mutated into 32 student dwellings when the recession started to bite. Then nothing happened until November when work started on the site again. We understand the scheme for 13 apartments has now been reinstated, which is good news because the Developer’s contribution to the community (Section 106 fund) will increase to £30,500 as a result. In fact this is doubly good news because the Council Cabinet recently approved a proposal that a third of Section 106 money destined for parks should be controlled by local Neighbourhood Partnerships rather than council officers. This should mean we have a better opportunity to influence how it is allocated; a reform for which we have been campaigning for some while. Clifton & Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership to pay for professional surveying and design work with a view to making a formal planning application next year. Meanwhile, we are on course to make a bid for lottery funding with the assistance of Groundwork Trust. Another very welcome development was the offer of enough trees to meet all our needs from the Greater Bristol Bus Partnership fund, administered by TreeBristol. If all goes well, these could be planted towards the end of next year. If we succeed with all the above and, crucially, gain the active support of the Council for our scheme, we will have the resources to undertake about 75% of the landscaping work needed. However, there is much more fundraising to do for things like seating, interpretation boards, play equipment and public art. We’ll be looking for help with these through next year. Meanwhile, we are interested in any ideas for temporary art projects or events that we can hold on the site next summer to test it’s potential as a major new open space for the neighbourhood. Please contact the HCCA office with your ideas –fantastic, fabulous or fun –we want to hear about them!
Ray Smith

green light
from Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood

September 2010 marked the inauguration of “Bristol Green Doors” in which people who had made their homes more sustainable opened their doors to share their experience. The project was started by a member of Transiition Montpelier and spread via Bristol's Transition network. On the weekend there was an information hub in the Thali Cafe on Regent Street, staffed by members of Transition Hotwells and Cliftonwood and Green Doors volunteers.

Hotwells Park update
Thanks to the many people who have helped with drawing up proposals, offered suggestions and signed our petition (around 200 at the last count), we have made good progress with our plans to transform the site under the Cumberland Basin flyover. By time you read this we should know whether we have funding from the

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Work on widening the mardyke Wharf foot/cycle path which was announced in our last edition was completed in November. It seems to have made a worthwhile improvement. The simple idea of moving the railings about 0.5 metres closer to the quayside has created a more spacious feel to this popular and attractive route.

Now, also as previously reported; the corrugated metal shed by the Grain Barge is being stripped out as well. This unaccustomed haste to complete outstanding projects wouldn’t be anything to do with next year’s budget cuts would it?


The weather was very kind, and sitting in the sunshine sharing information was a very convivial experience. The week end showed how much interest there is in Bristol in sustainable living, and that making your home more sustainable does not involve donning a hair shirt. There were further Green Doors events through the autumn, including an exhibition at CREATE and a day with Green Register architects and builders. Congratulations to everyone who took part and made Bristol's first Green Doors a success. Plans are under way for next year (see and you can be added to the Transition Hotwells and Cliftonwood m ailing list by e-mailing Further information on homes that were opened is available on the Green Doors website. Some householders would be willing to share their experience before the next Green Doors days.
Richard Hancock


Shopping, eating and drinking guide to Hotwell Road
It isn’t news to anyone that 100 years ago a local high street had a lot more to offer its community than now. Before the advent of mass consumerism and advanced production methods that led to the rise of the supermarket, one could wander down the high street and find all the things that most of us now rely on the big names for. We may not be able to boast the 190 businesses and 32 pubs that existed in the early 1900s but Hotwells still has a strong and growing retail sector, To help you find a local alternative to the impersonal city shopping experience, we have compiled a shopping map of Hotwell Road that might remind and delight our readers at what is available right on our doorstep!
compiled by Jayne Marshall; graphics Ray Smith


FITFIRM independent OPEN: 06:3 TEL: 0117 9



THE BEAR food, function room, Bebop Club OPEN: Mon-Sat 11:00—24:00 Sun 11:00-23:00 TEL: 0117 9877796

SUI GENERIS hair & beauty OPEN: 09:00-22:00 TEL: 0117 9262837

188 253 259
HONGKONG TAKEAWAY OPEN: 09:00-22:00 TEL: 0117 9264457 HOTWELLS PINE antique & quality new pine furniture OPEN: 09:00-22:00 TEL: 0117 9262837 SPRING GARDENS OPEN: Mon-Thu 17:00-22:30 Fri 17:00-24:00 Sat 15:00-24:00 TEL: 07886 799630

HOTWELLS OFF-LICENCE & convenience store OPEN: 09:00-22:00 TEL: 0117 9262837

IDEAL FISH & CHIPS English & Chinese Takeaway OPEN: Mon-18:0023:00, Tue-Sat 12:0014:00, 18:00-23:00 TEL: 0117 9262837

SHIRAZ RESTAURANT Persian & Middle Eastern Cuisine OPEN: Mon-Sat 18:30-22:00 Sun 16:00-22:00 TEL: 0117 9255668

ROSE OF DENMARK Bar Meals & Music OPEN: 12:00-23:00 TEL: 0117 9405866



t gym 30-21:00 9293444

MARCRUSS STORES army surplus, outdoor, camping, skiwear OPEN: Mon-Sat 09:0017:30, Sun 11:00-16:00 TEL: 0117 9292119

THE MARDYKE OPEN: Mon-Sat 11:00-24:00, SUN 12:00-23:30 TEL: 0117 9077499



ROOSTERS chicken & ribs takeaway TEL: 0117 9294447



PAR nvenience store PEN: 07:00-23:00 L: 0117 9276251

HOTWELLS SERVICE STATION filling station & shop OPEN: 24 hrs TEL: 0117 9273431

ANDELS CAFE all day breakfast, main meals, free wifi

SIAM HARBOURSIDE Thai restaurant OPEN: 12:00-14:30, 18:30-23:30 TEL: 0117 3306476

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V-CARS private hire taxis TEL: 0117 9252626 VIEW GALLERY OPEN: Wed-Sat 11:00 16:00, Sun 12:00-16:00 Sat 15:00-24:00 TEL: 0117 9262837


HOTWELLS GENERAL STORES convenience store pizzeria restaurant & takeaway OPEN: Mon-Sat 09:00-17:30 TEL: 0117 3306476

RAJ BARI Indian Restaurant & takeaway OPEN: 17:30-23:30 TEL: 0117 9227617

GLOBE SPORTS cricket, rugby, football equipment OPEN: Mon-Sat 09:0017:30 TEL: 0117 9293444


Playing Out is a community initiative with the aim of helping playing out to be a normal everyday activity for all children. Playing Out events are short, afterschool road closures that allow a residential street to be used for play. Adults are present but the children are free to do their own thing. The project was founded by Amy Rose, a theatre director and performer and Alice Ferguson, an environmental consultant and community activist. Amy and Alice live in Southville and they both have two young children. After a six-street trial in Bedminster in 2009 the project has recently received Neighbourhood Partnership funding to help facilitate Playing Out events around Bristol and Amy and Alice are looking for five streets in our area that want to take part in March and April 2011. The project also needs 'street organisers' to help make the events happen. Playing Out provides practical support and advice, including a free training workshop and you don’t need any experience or qualifications - Playing Out will be there each step of the way the only essential ingredient is lots of enthusiasm. A wider aim of Playing Out is to inspire people to look at how street play can become a normal part of neighbourhood life. Not only as an important opportunity for children to be active after school, but for neighbours to meet and talk too. Those involved in the Bedminster events commented that it had made a real difference to how they and their children felt about their street; getting to know neighbours in a very informal setting and a chance to see their street as a more liveable, playable space. The website, has full info about the project. If you are interested in taking part please contact Alice by 21st January at:, or: 07896 957141.
Jayne Marshall


Puppet Place
Puppet Place was set up by local puppeteer Di Steeds with Jim Still in 1984. For many years it was run by the wonderful Kate Pollard at Hope Centre. We re-launched in 2009 at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry, since when we have not let our strings go slack. Our base, just round the corner from Spike Island Studios, is a hive of activity, described by Tobi Poster from Wattle and Daub as a “warehouse of oddities-cum-mad professor’s workshop”. In the past few weeks there’s been a frenzy of prop building for Tobacco Factory’s – The Adventures of Pinocchio – particularly how to make “the nose” and resident companies Pickled Image, Green Ginger and Full Beam are all busy cooking up puppetry goodness for next year. As the year ends we find ourselves plotting the next festival (26 August – 4 September 2011). Plans include top-notch international acts, inspirational workshops and some of the very best puppetry that’s being made in Bristol, quite often on Spike Island. F.f.i. and find us Facebook
Rachel McNally

Hotwells memories
Stan Snook was born in Dowry Parade in 1914, attended the ‘new’ Hotwells School, began work at Gardiners when he was 14 and worked on the electric bells at Ashton Court presided over by Lady Smythe. He has produced a fascinating memoir of his early years in Hotwells. Sue Stops has this and we hope to be able to publish some extracts in a forthcoming edition of Hotwells News.

Hotwells Book Club
Meets on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month and would welcome new members. Ffi. call Janet Temple tel: 0117-9298841

Bird watching on Hotwell Road
The pedestrian crossing at the Mardyke is due to be upgraded from a Pelican to a Puffin (as opposed to a Panda or a Pegasus which sound more interesting but are now almost extinct). For those of you unfamiliar with the zoological classification of crossings, I can only refer you to the wonderful Wikipedia: “it differs from a Pelican crossing in that the lights controlling the pedestrians are on the near side of the road, rather than on the opposite side. The system also utilises sensors which detect the presence of pedestrians waiting at the crossing, and as they are crossing the road”. Quite why replacing one serviceable crossing with a nother is deemed to be a good way to spend money we are not clear. Lights that change within an hour or two of you pressing the button would be more useful. Why do all the one’s in Southville seem to change instantly but not those in Hotwells?

Back in September, when the weather was warmer and the bunting flitted in the breeze, we declared ourselves the fringe to Bristol Doors Open Day with our own Puppets Open Doors with support from Hotwells Panto Community Fund. Thanks to all the local companies we had a smorgasbord of Bristol talent. Highlights included: Gongoozler’s quirky shadow and live performance show about the adventures of a handkerchief; Soap Soup’s wonderful Little Red Riding Hood - a fresh twist on an oft-heard tale; Torben Schacht’s gruesome demonstration of SFX for WNO’s Sweeney Todd; and Emma Byron and Trevor Houghton's Not Only To Rock The Boat, But Indeed To Sink It, the tale of Granuaile, pirate queen, with beautifully drawn 2D puppets.


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Events Diary
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Mon Jan 24th Thu Jan 27th Sat Feb 19th 19:30 19:00 19:30 HCCA Trustees meeting Transition Hotwells & Cliftonwood meeting Bristol Concert Wind Band licensed bar tickets £5 tel: 9265401 Clifton & Clifton East Neighbourhood Forum Hotwells Pantomime ‘Treasure Island’ 3, Charles Place, Hotwells The Lion, Church Lane, Cliftonowood Holy Trinity Church Clifton Vale

Wed Feb 23rd Wed –Sat Mar 9th– 12th Mon Mar. 14th Mon Mar 28th


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Tel: 0117 929 8384
19:00 Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel HIll
3 Dowry Place, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QL (also at Taunton 01823 412489)


Community Links meeting 3, Charles Place, Hotwells


HCCA Trustees meeting

3, Charles Place, Hotwells

Sun Apr 3rd 10:30

Mothering Sunday Service Easter Day Service

Holy Trinity Church Clifton Vale Holy Trinity Church Clifton Vale

Sun Apr 24th


It’s Panto time again
Yes, that fixture of the Hotwells Winter is coming to Hope Chapel again. This year it’s Treasure Island, a rollicking yarn of piratical skullduggery and probably not much else that you might recognise from Robert Louis Stevenson’s original story. As always, the Hotwells renowned special effects department rises to the challenge of depicting seamy taverns, sailing ships and desert islands inhabited by decorative young maidens by requiring you to totally suspend your disbelief, aided by a pint or two of Bath Ales draught Gem to help you through the experience. We can promise an evening to remember – and re-live in nightmares for year’s to come. So borrow a child or two and come along; but don’t sit too near the front. Tickets from The Southville Centre tel: 0117 9231039. or ‘Recession’ at 8 Jacobs Wells Road, open Thur-Sat, 11am-6pm. Adults £8/ concession £7/ children £5 All profits used to benefit local community projects

0117 973 7132

Gill Loats gives a typically subtle and understated performance at the 2010 Hotwells Panto


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