What are Neighbourhood Forums?

Neighbourhood Forums are a key element in how Bristol’s services – the Council, the Police, Health, Fire & Rescue – deliver better responses to the key concerns of residents in local neighbourhoods. They are open to anyone in a ward to attend. The issues they raise also feed into the overall picture, which the Neighbourhood Partnership holds of what works and what doesn’t in the wards and how to improve services.


Bristol’s partner agencies have improved the way they listen to what local people want in their neighbourhoods. Why? Because they know that local people know best what’s right for their areas.

Neighbourhood Partnerships are well placed to consider local concerns. They bring 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.

Your Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym Neighbourhood Partnership (NP3) is progressing well. There are individual ward forum meetings and whole Neighbourhood partnership meetings, both held quarterly. All meetings are open and warmly welcome the residents of all 3 wards. So look out for posters announcing future meetings in shop windows, libraries, church halls, Westbury-on-Trym Society and Sustainable Westbury notice boards. Also, an NP3 folder in the Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze libraries and Stoke Bishop Village Hall.

Or contact:


Andrew McGrath andrew.mcgrath@bristol.gov.uk Tel: 0117 9036436

The Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) initiative forms part of the “Big Society” promoted by the present government although its inception was in the last administration, and endeavours to enable residents and service users in a community to take more responsibility for their local services and facilities. Our NP, is doing just that, effective communication between residents, NP reps, council officers and elected Councillors is producing results.

The priorities for 2015 – 2016:

The Environment and Green Spaces
Traffic and Transport
Older persons needs
Younger Persons needs

There are working groups which are comprised of Councillors, NP3 Reps, Council Officers and as many residents as possible……that is you! The commitment you make to the Neighbourhood Partnership and a specific working group of interest is entirely up to you.

Working groups so far:

Transport: Alan Aburrow  afanp@tiscali.co.uk

Communications: Helen Furber  helen.furber@blueyonder.co.uk

Older Persons: Val Bishop   valerie.bishop3@btinternet.com

Environmental: Andrew McGrath andrew.mcgrath@bristol.gov.uk

Governance: AndrewMcGrath  andrew.mcgrath@bristol.gov.uk

Small Grants allocation: AndrewMcGrath andrew.mcgrath@bristol.gov.uk

How well do you know your ward?

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