Jun 202018
Immediately after the Group’s brief party to celebrate the planting of a Hawthorn tree in the Triangular Garden at The Back of Kingsdown Parade, the June meeting of the committee discussed various matters, including:
the current appeal lodged against the refusal of application 17/01973/F, which sought permission to convert the former launderette at 1 & 3 Cotham Road South to residential use. The Group has submitted a response to the appeal.
the University’s current application 17/06169/F to close Tyndall Avenue to motor traffic, which has not been withdrawn, as rumoured. [The University is to lodge amended proposals, in order to address concerns regarding diverted traffic.]
the current application 18/01057/F to introduce a new entrance door to The Ark, St Matthew’s Road and to form a garden enclosure. [The Group has submitted a brief response.]
the current application 18/02025/F to restore the present house at 6 Kingsdown Parade and to build five further houses.
the upcoming University Community Forum
a proposal to raise the membership subscription
The complete minutes can be seen here.
 Posted by at 3:15 pm
Jun 142018

Bristol Civic Society are putting up a blue plaque on the gate of No 87 on Monday 18 June, as Robert Southey (Poet Laureate) lived here briefly in 1801/2.  There will be an unveiling ceremony at 11.00am.  He was born in Bristol and had Kingsdown connections.  It seems to have been his and his wife’s first house (rented), before moving to live with the Coleridges in the Lakes.

also reminder…

Kingsdown Vault’s Street Party  Saturday June 30th



 Posted by at 11:37 am
Jun 042018

at Colston’s Primary School, Cotham Grove.

Come and talk to councillors, police and local community groups about local issues. Hear from councillors about the new arrangements for allocating funding, find out about the many groups and projects in the area that you can get involved in and tell us about your own issues and ideas.

don’t forget Kingsdown Vaults Street Party. Sat June 30th. Contact Andy at the pub re help with street stalls, games etc.

 Posted by at 1:14 pm
May 252018

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 Posted by at 7:30 am
May 192018

The KCG have bought a ‘Crimson King’ Hawthorn tree to replace the Catalpa which was damaged by wind on the Triangle Garden, St Matthews Road.

The celebration planting will take place on the evening of Wednesday June 6th at about 7 pm. Everyone’s welcome to give a hand – or an opinion –  on all aspects of Kingsdown community gardening.

 Posted by at 10:13 am
May 032018
  • the Kingsdown Vaults will be holding a street party outside the pub on Saturday June 30th.

Andy Bridges wants to have stalls, games etc as well as music. If you would like to help or have ideas contact kingsdownvaultsbristol@gmail.com

  • Planning

    • 6 Kingsdown Parade (on the corner of Marlborough Hill and Kingsdown Parade) 18/01535/F – Proposal to demolish and build 3-bedroom house. The Group supports the application, with minor comments on aspects of its design.

    • 12E Alfred Place 17/01805/H – Retrospective permission sought for an attic extension, built without planning permission. The group opposes the application.

    • The former launderette at 1 & 3 Cotham Road South – Appeal against Refusal of planning permission to convert shop to flats. The Group supports the Refusal; it would like to see a shop there.

    • BRI Old Hospital. Unite are consulting on revised, somewhat reduced, outline proposals (504 students instead of 715 and a medical school). S.C.Fripp’s Chapel is now listed Grade 2 and would be retained. What is thought to be the largest surviving Georgian building in Bristol, Thomas Paty’s Old Hospital Building itself would be entirely demolished. The Group favours the retention and reconfiguration of elements of the Old Hospital Building. Many hundreds of letters of objection opposed an earlier scheme involving demolition. There was one letter of support.

    • Proposed demolition of the Eugene Street flats and their replacement with an 8-storey Hospital Car Park. Planning application awaited.

  • If you like weeding…we will be attacking the goosegrass etc on Montague Green: Thursday 10th May 2pm.

 Posted by at 5:43 pm
Apr 112018

AGM 18th April

A reminder that our AGM will be held next Wednesday, 18th April at St Matthews Church. Doors open at 7.30 and the short AGM begins at 8pm with a talk afterwards by our neighbour Harry Marshall of Icon Film. There will be a bar for refreshments and plenty of time to chat and discuss Kingsdown matters. Everyone is welcome, so please let anyone new to Kingsdown know about the evening.

Lord Mayor’s Medal for David and Penny Mellor

Last week David Mellor and Penny Mellor each received the Lord Mayor’s Medal for their respective charitable and voluntary work championing Bristol’s architecture and heritage.

They were among 21 people awarded, acknowledged for dedicating their time to promoting the city, supporting their community and charity fundraising .The Awards Ceremony took place at the Mansion House last week (Thursday 22 March) with the Lord Mayor’s Medal Citation reading:

David Mellor – for his charitable work championing better buildings in Bristol

For more than 20 years David, of Kingsdown, has chaired the board of the Architecture Centre in Bristol and championed having contemporary buildings and a better built environment. He helped it to achieve Arts Council status as a National Portfolio Organisation and although he has passed on the role of chair, he remains a strong supporter of the charity.

Penny Mellor – for her voluntary work to promote Bristol and its history                                       Penny, of Kingsdown, established the Bristol Doors Open Day, which is an annual event whereby buildings and places of interest across the city open their doors to the public to celebrate, for free, Bristol’s heritage, community and history. Since 1994 she has organised Bristol Doors Open Day alongside a small team of volunteers and 80 venues now take part. Penny no longer runs the event but remains a very active supporter.

Penny also organised the Kingsdown 250 Exhibition in1990 and has written several books about Kingsdown , the most recent in conjunction with Mary Wright.

See also https://www.architecturecentre.org.uk/2018/03/two-lord-mayor-medals-awarded-to-champions-of-bristol-architecture/

 Posted by at 7:22 am
Apr 012018

Delayed from last month, the Kingsdown Charity Brunch will go ahead on Saturday 7th April in its usual place on the Gravel Triangle, Back of Kingsdown Parade/ St Matthews Road from 9 – 11.30 or until food runs out. Scrumptious bacon butties or delicious vegan baps served with really good coffee.  Please come and support us and tell your neighbours. This very sociable event funds help for the casualties of the war torn Middle East.

On Wednesday 18th April we will be holding the AGM of Kingsdown Conservation Group. This year we have an illustrated talk by one of our neighbours, Harry Marshall of Icon Films, titled ‘We’ll fix it in the edit’. The doors open in St Matthews’ Church, Clare Road at 7.30 pm with the AGM starting at 8pm. There will be a bar for refreshments and plenty of time to talk about what you think is important in Kingsdown today. Everyone welcome.

The city wide consultations on important issues in Bristol (Bristol Local Plan Review, New Urban Living SPD and HMO licensing) will run until April 13th for your comments.

 Posted by at 3:52 pm
Feb 282018

Next Kingsdown Charity Brunch

Due to the daunting weather forecast for the next few days we have decided to postpone the next Brunch, scheduled for this Saturday ( 3rd March ) until Saturday 7th April. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to see you there in better weather.

Sunday Cake Sale

The weather forecast has not put off the enthusiasm of some of Colston’s Primary School pupils who are having a Cake Sale on the Gravel Triangle this Sunday, 4th March, 10 – 11.30 in aid of new equipment for their school’s playground.

Theft of more Paving Slabs

Spring Hill’s paving has been targeted again by thieves who have prised up several more of it’s pennant stones. Please be vigilant especially late at night  and inform the police by phoning 101

On the wider front there are two consultations, on important issues, happening in our city. These include Housing; Employment Land; Student Accommodation and Air Quality.

Bristol Local Plan Review

Your views are being asked for about changes to the Bristol Local Plan.

The Local Plan Review consultation proposes updates to the policies for deciding planning applications, guiding development in the city over the next twenty years.  The reviewed Local Plan will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value most.  The proposals have a focus on delivering new and affordable homes.  The results of this consultation will help to shape a draft plan which will be consulted on later this year.

The Local Plan review consultation document can be viewed at www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreview and in local libraries.  The web site and consultation document includes details of how to respond.  Comments should be submitted by 13th April 2018.

New Urban Living SPD

The city is also consulting on a new supplementary planning document on urban living which will explain how successful, liveable places can be created at high densities. The consultation has gone live at:- https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/urban-living/
and will also run until 13th April 2018.


 Posted by at 2:43 pm
Feb 062018

This week, Wednesday 7th there will be a weeding session for Montague Green and the surrounding pavements. Everyone welcome. Meet on the green at 10 am with gardening gloves and we will have hoes and spades and pruning equipment.

On following Wednesdays in February the weeding sessions will be in High Kingsdown. Meet in the Playground at 9.30am.

 Posted by at 1:58 pm