Highlights from Westbury Community Forum, 11 October 2017

As announced at the Meeting, our councillors will be preparing some Notes highlighting the issues raised, for publication in the Henleaze and Westbury Voice.

Meanwhile, below is a brief résumé of some of the presentations and relevant contact details:

  • The Police Report from PC Pete Crawford (on behalf of our Beat Manager, Joanne Robertson) can be seen here: Police Report, Oct 2017. He also asked that Immobilise is publicised again – see immobilise.com/
  • Following Malcolm Neave’s update on the future of Westbury Library, anybody interested in joining the Westbury Library Group should email Malcolm via library.group@gmail.com for further details
  • A copy of Graham Donald’s update from the Friends of Canford Park and the campaign for a Zebra Crossing on Canford Lane can be seen here: FOCP update, Oct 2017. There is an Open Meeting at 8.00pm in the Fielder Room at Westbury Village Hall on Wednesday 18 October, to discuss the future of Canford Park – all are welcome.
  • A copy of our local Tree Champion’s Update (which was not presented due to a shortage of time) can be accessed via this weblink
  • Tracy gave a short update about Linkage – “I work for Linkage as a Community Development Coordinator for the North of Bristol which includes Westbury on Trym. Part of my role is to map all the activities and groups in WOT that work with or support people over the age of 50 years. The reason I came tonight was to introduce myself but also to find out from you what you are involved in, either as a volunteer or a user of the groups and activities that take place locally. I am more than happy for you to contact me via email: tracyeb@linkagewestofengland.org.uk or text me on 07738104013 with your contact details. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Tracy eB”
  • Residents wishing to report issues about shrubs etc that are causing an obstruction to footways can do so directly via “FixMyStreet” (fixmystreet.com/) along with any other local highway issues. Alternatively, access www.bristol.gov.uk/report-a-street-issue to report many “Street Issues” directly to the Council, including fly-tipping, street lights, abandoned vehicles etc
  • Protect our Parks Petition – we recently reported that the Parks Forum petition had reached 3,500 signatures. Unfortunately, Democratic Services have pointed out that signatures are “counted” from those who live, study or work in Bristol. For practical purposes, they regard the 3 neighbouring local authority areas of North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset as constituting the “travel to work” area for Bristol. 275 of the signatures were from outside this area, so with just online signatures the Parks Forum are not quite there yet. Whilst they believe that they will have enough once the various paper signatures are added, their petition remains open until the end of this month, so please continue to encourage people to sign: http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/ProtectParks
  • The slide show displayed at the Forum can be seen here: Slide Show, Forum 11 Oct 2017.
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