January 2017

Trees felled in Ashley Ward despite preservation order

A row of mature trees has been felled in Ashley Ward, after planning permission was granted in the area, despite the existence of a tree preservation order (TPO). Bristol City council allowed PG developers to remove the 8 lime, 5 ash and 2 alder trees on Newfoundland Road to make way for off-street parking and 22 new flats. Rich Fisher, who ran as an independent candidate for Mayor in 2012,

Ashley Ward will notice the affects of the budget cuts in reduced action from Neighbourhood Partnership schemes.

The latest Forum, on 16th January, brought up issues related to crime, parking, and the forthcoming budget cuts to Bristol City Council. There is a £101m (up from £92m) budget gap due to reduced income from central  Government, and one thing that will experience a massive reduction is the Neighbourhood Partnership spending. Concerns were raised by attendees as to what would replace the neighbourhood forums, seen as providing a voice

Vocalise New Issue

The latest issue of Vocalise will be released February 15th. It will be delivered door to door across Ashley Ward. This issue will feature artwork by residents, book reviews, local news and words from councillors.

New social networking website for volunteers

A new social networking site designed to help Bristol-based volunteers provide ‘good old-fashioned community help’ has been established. Started by two Bristolian entrepreneurs, Simon Hills and Saf Nazeer, Helpfulpeeps.com aims to connect volunteers with charities, start-ups and individuals in need of a helping hand. It is trying to create a “money-free economy”, based on karma rather than currency. Their new office is in the Engine Shed, by Temple Meads, Bristol. The origin

Funding available for positive mental health activities for children

One in ten children aged 5-16 have mental health problems.  Bristol City Council are working with the Community Access Support Service (CASS) to fight negativity around poor mental health. CASS is calling for community and volunteer groups to run emotional wellbeing activities for children to encourage better mental health. Bristol City Council are funding up to £1000 for groups to run the activities for children of a primary school age and