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Photos of the UWE re-development

Added 15th May 2016

Residents Parking Scheme (RPS) starts in Bower Ashton

Added 29th September 2014

The RPS starts on the 29th of Sept 2014. Enforcement will start from the 30th of September.

Verge Re-instatement Works Update

Added 22nd August 2014

Works are almost complete on the verge reinstatement along Parklands Rd.

The finishing off of works on Courtlands Lane and Parklands Rd will resume within the next few weeks.

Also within the next few weeks, the Bristol City Council Landscape contractor will begin planting. It is hoped, once the contractors have completed the planting works,there may be opportunity for interested/green fingered residents to meet in order to discuss contributing additional planting subject to BCC Highways approval.

This Highways Verge Re-instatement project has been fully funded by Public/BCC departments.

Residents Parking Schemes approved for Bower Ashton

Added 8th August 2014

Extract from Bristol Council news release on 8th August

Residents parking schemes (RPS) for Bower Ashton and St Pauls have now been approved. Work will begin on both schemes over the next few weeks with Bower Ashton due to go live on 29th September.

St Pauls RPS and Bower Ashton RPS are the sixth and seventh RPS areas to be approved in the current programme of twelve areas.

The Bower Ashton RPS is a small self-contained area outside the city centre. It consists of narrow residential roads and lanes which experiences specific parking pressures from Ashton Court Estate, Ashton Park School, the UWE campus as well as match day parking from nearby Bristol City Football Club.

The Bower Ashton RPS has been designed differently to others in the city to reflect its different character. Most roads within the area will be included in a Permit Parking Area (PPA) operational 24/7, which will be marked with entry and exit signs but no marked bays. There will also be some mixed use parking bays on Kennel Lodge Road, operational Mon to Sat 9am to 9pm (30 minutes free, 3 hours max stay for P & D), for parking access to the local amenities.

Bower Ashton residents will receive 70 free visitor permits per year with the ability to purchase up to another 70 for £1 each to reflect the longer operating hours of the scheme.

Details of how to apply will be sent to all households in the coming weeks.

Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said: "I am pleased that RPS schemes have now been approved, which address the very different parking pressures in these two areas. This is further evidence that we are taking a very flexible approach to designing these schemes deferring to local characteristics and demand.

“More than half of the schemes in the residents parking programme have now been approved and we are receiving very positive reactions from those living in the four new RPS areas that are now up and running, even from many who had opposed them prior to implementation."

Good (Front) Garden Awards

Added 19th July 2014

Brighten up your neighbourhood!

Through out the Greater Bedminster Communinity Partership (GBCP), awards are given to those who make the effort in their front gardens (large or small) that are visible to passers by.

In Bower Ashton the judges went round quite late in July this year.

Many thanks to the GBCP for the awards:-

Verges Restoration in Parklands Road

Added 19th July 2014

Road creep in many areas of Parklands Road, has reduced/removed the verges in many areas. Work begins today (the 14th) to restore the verges.

Fire destroys Dovecote pub

Added 26th June 2014

The fire which began around 2am today, has destroyed the Dovecote.

Thanks to Colin for the photo.

Ashton Meadows - drop in consultation

Added 3rd June

Ashton Meadows is the green space opposite the CREATE Centre extending from Riverside Garden Centre to the Avon tow-path. It also includes extensive space under the Brunel Way flyover.

This important green space is likely to be affected by significant changes including the Metrobus route which passes through it, proposed housing development nearby and a possible public art project.

FroGS (Friends of Greville Smyth Park) is interested in supporting the development of an overall strategy to ensure that future projects enhance rather than damage this public space. To develop a strategy, we need to hear local peoples' views and so will be hosting drop-in consultations opposite the Create Centre (near the bridge) on Thursday, 26 June between 4 and 7. Everyone is welcome to have their say about this important parkland.

Antiques Road Show

Added 2nd May 2014

BBC Antiques Roadshow, Thurs 29th May 2014. Free admission (there is a parking charge), at Ashton Court 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Final Planning Concept Statement for City Gateway Development

Added 25th April 2014

on the old Ashton Station and Depot Site.

Summary: The plan is based on vehicle access via Jessops Underpass although they do consider the Clanage Road access as 'viable'.

120 residential units of 1,2 & 3 bed flats & 30 town houses 3/4 bed. A central commercial building with convenience store near the proposed Metrobus stop.

Ashton Station and Depot Site

Added 11th February 2014

Also heard the name 'Ashton Gateway' used recently for this site.

The public exhibition took place last Thursday (Feb 6th). Members of the committee meet with the consultants and discussed two alternative suggestions for the site, I do note that this is NOT at the planning stage as no developers are involved it was more of a public consultation.

Basically the plans on display were -

  • Blocks of flats 3 to 5 story in height - the same height as the neighbouring Paxton Drive
  • Houses in the same area.

Common to both plans -

  1. The access route. Vehicle access to and from the site was shown as running from Jessop Underpass, Jessop Underpass is the link road from Brunel Way to Clift House Road (& Coronation Road). The exit from the site was to the left only so leading to Clift House Road/Coronation Road.
  2. The Festival Way foot/cycle path was shown as being diverted to run from the bridge over the Portishead railway line, straight to the Metrobus route between Paxton Drive and the new development and then along that the Metro Bus route to Ashton Avenue Bridge.
  3. One possible commercial 'block' closest to the river and Brunel Way, a local shop.
  4. A bus stop and shelter on the Metro Bus line, this would be central in the combined Paxton Drive / Ashton Station & Depot area.
  5. The whole area was developed, so the current businesses renting some of this space would have to move – about 30 jobs involved I think.

First Friends on Friday in 2014

Added 19th January 2014

Friends on Friday is back after its Christmas break, last Friday of the Month 10:30-12 am on 31st January 2014. Join us for tea, coffee and cakes.

20 mph Restrictions on the A369

Added 19th January 2014

20 mph restrictions will be put in place in Bower Ashton from the 20th Jan 2014. This includes the A369 (part of Clanage Road).

Public Exhibition - Ashton Station site, Ashton Gate, Bristol

Added 17th January 2014

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) wishes to prepare a Planning Concept Statement to guide the future development of the Ashton Station site, which has the potential to be developed for housing and other uses.

A public exhibition that will run from 10:30am to 8pm on Thursday 6 February. This will take place in the Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN.

The public exhibition is intended to give you the chance to discuss proposals for the development of the site with members of the project team and find out more about how your views could shape future plans.

Members of the Bower Ashton Residents Association (BARA) have been invited and will be attending. Thank you for the comments already expressed, should you wish to pass on any more comments, it would be appreciated and keep us aware of your views. Let me know and I will pass them on to the committee.

If you do attend please do not expect any detailed plans, we don't seem to be at that stage yet and I must say, I do appreciate being consulted before a planning application.

Ashton Station Site

Added 9th January 2014

Very limited information as yet but there seems likely to be a proposal to build 100-200 dwellings on the old Ashton Station Site. This area lies between Paxton Drive and the Festival Way foot/cycle path.

Residents Parking

Added 3rd January 2014

Bristol Council to sent a letter to Bower Ashton residents on the formal consultation for the Bower Ashton Parking Zone, due in Jan 2014.


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