Meeting notes: Options Testing Public Workshop
The notes from the Options Testing Public Workshop held on 13th July 2021.

Attendees from the project team:

  • Paul Seaver - Urban Designer, Stride Treglown
  • Richard Williams - Stride Treglown
  • Paul Haworth - Stride Treglown
  • Jonie de Vera Stride Treglown
  • Ellie Freeman - Chair, Action Greater Bedminster
  • Jane Greenaway - Consultation and Engagement, Bristol City Council
  • Tom Selway - Engagement Lead, Cadence PR
Summary

14 members of the public including Cllr Lisa Stone, neighbours, businesses and local interest groups attended in addition to the project team. The meeting ran from 19:30 to 21:30 and included a presentation with lots of opportunity to discuss different aspects. The event had been promoted by a mail out to local residents and businesses, the media, project website and social media. The team will use the feedback from the session to help progress the framework.

Presentation:

This was our first event of Stage 2 and the first since publishing Action Greater Bedminster's Community Manifesto.

Stage 1, the analysis stage, had focused on listening and developing the Community Manifesto. In total, we received over 200 survey responses and 220 place-based comments as well as hosting 12 events with neighbours, interest groups and the wider public. Since then, the technical team have been reviewing and analysing that feedback, and this event was about discussing and testing these key themes further.

Paul Seaver (Urban Design lead at Stride Treglown) gave the presentation that looked at:

  • Movement – the potential pedestrian and cyclist routes through the site and how these could link through to Victoria Park, Bedminster Parade, York Road and St Luke's Road. Paul shared three options before inviting comments.
  • Greening – the project aims are to deliver a biodiversity net gain here and Paul ran through various options including having pocket parks or having the green space run along the main routes.
  • Community space – looking at where this sort of spaces could be placed on the site.

Having watched the presentation and asked a few questions, we split into two equal break-out rooms to look at the areas in more depth.

Areas discussed

Movement

  • The movement options were discussed with people preferring the straight route that linked well into other key streets such as East Street, St Luke's Road and the school and park.
  • Suggestions were made that Philip Street should be pedestrianised. It is difficult, narrow and can't be widened. The CAZ changes could lead to increased traffic and the street becoming worse for pedestrians.
  • Traffic safety was raised as an issue and how pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles can interact
  • Night-time safety is a current concern, the importance of good lighting, signage and active frontages (i.e. having front doors and windows on the ground floor) was made.
  • The idea of a mobility hub was raised and will be explored further. WECA are about to start consulting on potential mobility hub sites in the region. More information about hubs here
  • Concerns were raised about the changes proposed for Whitehouse Lane and the Clean Air zone and how that affects traffic between Windmill Hill and York Road.
  • Agreement that improving air quality should be prioritised.

Biodiversity

  • Improving biodiversity was a clear priority with a want for more trees and greenery on the site. This would improve streets for pedestrians as well as for residents.
  • A question was made about what would happen to the trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) on. The framework will protect all the trees with TPOs but will also seek to protect the many non-protected mature trees as well (e.g. those on Whitehouse Street and Willway Street) so long as their condition allows.

Community space

  • There was a lot of discussion about community space and the need for flexible, affordable space for local groups to use in a variety of ways.
  • The local scout group talked about their needs for large indoor space and we also talked about ideas such as outdoor markets and informal gathering places.
  • Action Greater Bedminster is keen to understand more about what community groups are active and what they would like to see in terms of space, plus a review of the community spaces that are already in the area.
  • Windmill Hill doesn't have a high street, could this be an opportunity to create something to benefit that area? In response, Paul said that while there could be a shop, café or restaurant, a priority is future development to support rather than compete with local high streets like East Street and Bedminster Parade.
What questions and comments were raised?
  • What will be the impact of the development on current businesses and local jobs? The Economic Development team are still reviewing this and will update in Stage 3.
  • Could the heritage, history and character of the area could be reflected in the design? We very much hope so and have been talking to heritage officers about this. We will shortly be launching a design and character survey that will look at this in more detail.

Thank you to everyone who came.



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