Mar 102020

As the spring weather is calling us to get outside, to garden and exercise, it might be a good time to meet up and discuss what is happening in our local green spaces – and to get involved.
In Kingsdown both Montague Green and the Gravel Triangle (St Matthews’ Road) need direction and attention. Our streets could also be improved with early weeding. So for those who would like to get involved, please meet up with Helen on Saturday 14th March at 10.30 at the Gravel Triangle or 11.30 on Montague Green for discussion and gardening.

 Posted by on March 10, 2020
Mar 042020

Today, 4th March 2020, is the formal closing date for comment to be submitted in response to the University’s planning application to build a new library on the site of The Hawthorns. However, it is likely that comment lodged in the coming few days will continue to have an effect.
Residents are encouraged to read Kingsdown Conservation Group’s letter of comment, which is on both this website and the Bristol City Council website, along with comment from Historic England, the Victorian Society and others.

 Posted by on March 4, 2020
Feb 252020

Kingsdown Conservation Group has objected, as follows, to the University’s planning application to build a new library on the site of The Hawthorns, at the corner of Woodland Road and Elton Road, opposite the Grammar School. 

Residents are encouraged to view the application on the Bristol City Council website and act accordingly. Comment should be submitted by 4th March.

Planning Application 20/00433/F. Proposed new university and associated road closures.

Kingsdown Conservation Group strongly objects to the proposed closure of Tyndall Avenue to two-way motor traffic. The ramifications of such closure would severely interrupt traffic’s ability to navigate the city. Traffic volumes would increase elsewhere. St Michael’s Hill, Park Row and other streets are virtually intolerable as it is. Meanwhile, the streets in which many university buildings are located would become increasingly quiet parking lots, utilised largely by those university staff members allocated residents’ parking permits and busy only during weekdays in term time, otherwise horribly empty of life, particularly at night. It is extraordinary that the University’s governing body is insensitive to this issue. 

Bristol University is favoured for not being a campus university. Its buildings and landscape should celebrate the fact that the university is intertwined with the city as a whole.

The Group feels the same argument applies St Michael’s Park, which should also remain two-way. The current proposal to split the road so that one half is one-way while the other half two-way is confusing and, given the proposal not to separate the cycle route in the one-way section, potentially quite dangerous.

To turn to the library, the size of the proposed building demonstrably exceeds that determined by SPD11. The Group regrets it is unable to support the height, scale and mass of the current proposal. It would be against the grain of the conservation area and of the immediate context. It would overwhelm the nearby buildings of Bristol Grammar School, the former Baptist College and the Victorian villas of Woodland Road and Elton Road. 

In addition to the sheer size of the proposed library, its demanding architectural character would be discordant with the wider cityscape and, when seen from more distant viewpoints, the design would exacerbate the building’s immense scale. The unsettled, cubic forms of the proposed building would cause it to appear ill at ease both with its location and with itself.

The Group recognises the University’s ambition to continue to expand but feels what has been asked of the Hawthorns site should be reconsidered. The brief has asked too much of a finite location. 

 Posted by on February 25, 2020
Feb 232020

A government inspector has dismissed UBHT’s appeal against Bristol City Council’s refusal of planning permission to demolish 36 flats and the existing multi-storey car park in order to build an eight-storey car park. 
Kingsdown Conservation Group, along with other citywide groups and individuals, had  objected to the proposals.

Attached is the inspector’s reasons for refusal

 Posted by on February 23, 2020
Feb 132020
Bishopston, Cotham & Redland (BCR ) Community Partnership and Street Scene Group ( SSG ) are holding an event.       Meet up with other local activists to find out what volunteers can do and how to report problems for action by Bristol City Council (BCC). Talk to Bristol Waste Company, BCC Councillor & Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Street Scene Group, with updates on Waste, Recycling, Flyposting and Flytipping.

Find out how you can get involved in the Great Bristol Spring Clean and how SSG could support your efforts.

Meeting organised by BCR Community Partnership in conjunction with BCR Street Scene Group  

Thursday 27th February 2020 7pm to 9pm

Bishopston Library
100a Gloucester Road
 Posted by on February 13, 2020
Feb 122020

The University has now lodged the following application:

20/00433/F | Demolition of existing structures and redevelopment of the site to accommodate a new University of Bristol Library. The creation of an enhanced public realm within the surrounding area between Woodland Road junction with Tyndall Avenue, Elton Road and St Michael’s Park; with associated works (Major Application). | The Hawthorns Woodland Road Bristol BS8 1UQ

Members are encouraged to look at the application, on the Bristol City Council website, which involves not only the building of a new library but also significant changes to traffic use, including the closure of nearby roads to motor cars. The ramifications would be extensive.

The closing date for comment is 4th March 2020.

 Posted by on February 12, 2020
Dec 312019

The Kingsdown Conservation Group would like to wish all its members and the Kingsdown community all the best for the New Year and 2020.

2019 has been a turbulent year and the coming year might well be an equally challenging one. To help with knowing what is going on in and around Kingsdown and deciding what we can be doing, there is now a calendar of events on the website.

Many of these events are talks, films showings and discussion evenings centred on what we as individuals and as a community can do to mitigate the effects of a climate crisis and make our lifestyles more sustainable.

Some of these will be held on Monday evenings at the Kingsdown Vaults and we hope to to have a range of topics such as energy consumption; our biodiversity and wildlife crisis or new transport solutions.

 Posted by on December 31, 2019
Dec 012019

This coming Saturday, 7th December. 9.30 – 11.30 am

As before,  we will be in the cosy  Kingsdown Vaults to enjoy our absolutely delicious bacon and scrumptious vegan butties and homemade cakes (all donations again warmly welcomed).  With of course, very good coffee and a variety of teas.
Come to support a good cause, be sociable, friendly, chat, talk and discuss local issues or major events and what we in Kingsdown can be doing. Please invite your neighbours. All welcome, young and old.

All monies raised go to the aiding the homeless during the chill of January.

There is now a section on this website for events on our Calendar. We will try to keep it updated with news of appropriate talks, meetings, concerts or other community events and deadlines.

 Posted by on December 1, 2019
Nov 122019

You might not have noticed but there there has been much work and activity on the streets of Kingsdown. There is a Street Scene Group run by volunteers and supported by Kingsdown and Cotham Neighbourhood Watch (KCNHW). Volunteers aim to remove illegal fly-posters, remove graffiti tags with owners’ permission, pick up litter and cut back overgrown vegetation on pavements. They report matters such as fly-tipping and general waste issues to Bristol City Council or other organisations, and they encourage people to take pride in their streets by keeping them clean and well maintained. 

When a community works together to improve an area, the results are longer lasting than if an individual or the City Council works alone. 

If you are interested in joining the volunteers, contact KCNHW at

Further to this work, there has been interest expressed in having a Kingsdown Green Spaces Group for gardening, wildlife or conservation work – ffi see under Sustainable Kingsdown.

At our latest Charity Brunch on Saturday these topics of conversation were discussed, while enjoying the delicious brunch and coffee in the cosy atmosphere of the Kingsdown Vaults. Many thanks to Andy its publican who is making a very community friendly venue for Kingsdown. And thank you to all who contributed to the raising of £270 for the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter’s January Appeal. See

Next Brunch at the Kingsdown Vaults is on Saturday 7th December.

 Posted by on November 12, 2019
Nov 092019

Some of the matters discussed by the Committee at their October meeting:

  • University Library. We oppose the inclusion of the large library and its public realm surroundings in a single planning application. We strongly oppose the road closures, but not the proposed library itself.
  • Hospital Car Park. Following Refusal, the applicant is going to Appeal (Informal hearing 21st Jan).
  • Laundrette. The owner’s eligibility for small business rates appears to be sound. Next move to be discussed
  • 12E Alfred Place. Follow up Enforcement notice for removal of unauthorised roof extension.
  • Discussed bike racks near Kingsdown Vault for the use of pub users
  • the group supports David Mellor’s initiative to get the ban lifted on Cotham School children using the shops in Cotham Road South.
 Posted by on November 9, 2019