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The Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Partnership (NP3)

Due to the financial pressures facing Bristol City Council, the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) across the city are no longer being supported by the Council. The final meeting of the Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Neighbourhood Partnership took place on 22 May 2017 and the Minutes of that final Meeting (and previous Meetings) can be accessed via this link to the Council’s website.

So, the Neighbourhood Partnership is dead – long live the Neighbourhood Partnership!

Whilst this is a rather emotive statement, the ethos of the local Forums which were an integral and well-supported part of the Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Neighbourhood Partnership will continue.Stoke Bishop Fountain, 2004

Since the inception of Neighbourhood Partnerships, some 9 years ago*, the back-office admin to support the city-wide “NP machine” had been overly-bureaucratic and not particularly cost-effective in delivering its key objectives. Also, the Partnerships suffered from insufficient Council-led publicity to alert residents to the NPs’ very existence and purpose.

Perhaps the NP’s epitaph could best be summarised as “a brave experiment in devolved local democracy that was suffocated to death by BCC’s internal bureaucracy”.Westbury Roundabout

However, the Council still wants to continue to work with communities – but in a way which requires far less Council resources and minimal funding. Currently, the Council is seeking feedback through its “Your Neighbourhood Consultation, 2017”, so please follow this link to contribute. The Consultation runs until 5 September 2017 and, from 29 June to 24 July, the Council is holding a series of eight Public Events across the city to engage with the public on their proposals.

Henleaze Road Shops (2)Locally, the former NP Representatives are continuing to work with the Councillors and their communities. Going forward, it is intended to continue to hold individual local Forums in Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze on a quarterly basis, so that local residents and representatives from local organisations can meet with their local councillors. The first of the “new look” quarterly Forums will be held in September/October:

Stoke Bishop – Monday 18 September, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Mariner’s Drive
Westbury-on-Trym – Wednesday 11 October, 7.00pm, venue TBA
Henleaze – Thursday 7 September, 7.00pm, at Henleaze Library

All the pages on this website will be updated over the next few weeks in order to reflect the changed modus operandi of “Phoenix NP”.

Notes from the final Forums, in their previous incarnation, can be seen here:

Stoke Bishop (9 May 2017)
Westbury-on-Trym (10 May 2017)
Henleaze (11 May 2017)

* The Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze Partnership (NP3) was initially launched in November 2008.  It brought together local councillors, neighbourhood police teams, community groups and local residents to shape services such as street cleaning, park maintenance, local recycling schemes, minor traffic schemes, highway maintenance and community safety, health and well-being for the whole community and more community cohesion and responsibility. The NP morphed into its final structure, with the formal election of local Representatives to serve on the NP, in April 2010.

Please note that, due to technical difficulties, the “Simple Calendar” function at the top of the adjacent right hand column is not updated. However, if you click on “NP3 Calendar” in the menu bar (above), then this should display a calendar with the latest dates.

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