Aug 252018

Matters discussed at the August meeting

42 Tyndall’s Park Road – The Group has lodged an objection to an application to remove the boundary wall to the street and devote the front garden to hardstanding for three motor cars, in conflict with local and national planning policy.

LED Advertising. In common with other local and national amenity societies, we continue to try to resist the advance of illuminated advertisements in conservation areas and in the setting of listed buildings. This month we have objected to proposals to introduce LED advertising panels to bus stops on Triangle West and at eight further locations.

19 Ninetree HillWe have lodged comment on a current application to extend one of a pair of what may be the earliest remaining, free-standing, semi-detached houses in Kingsdown.

12E Alfred Place – An appeal (Ref: APP/Z0116/W/18/3207120) has been lodged against the refusal of the retrospective application 17/01805/H (which can be seen at ) to build the roof extension, which can be seen from Montague Place.

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The Group and many individuals strongly objected to the application.

Hospital car park. We fear UBHT intend to purse their misguided ambition to demolish all 36 of the purpose-built flats on Eugene Street and also to demolish their existing 250 place multi-storey car park opposite in order to build an 850 place eight-storey car park. A recent ‘drop-in’ event was well attended by Kingsdown residents. The enormous scale of the proposed construction was not clearly shown in the presentation. The Group oppose this shocking scheme.

Old Hospital. Both individuals and the Group had lodged comment in support of the welcome initiative of the Planning Department to extend The St James’s Parade Conservation Area to include the site bounded by Marlborough Street, Whitson Street and Lower Maudlin Street, on which the BRI Old Building, its (recently listed) chapel stand, together with the listed buildings of The Eye Hospital on Lower Maudlin Street

 Posted by on August 25, 2018
Aug 172018

A 2nd planning application to turn the laundrette into flats was refused, and the applicant’s 2nd Appeal has again been dismissed. The inspector cited the poor quality of the proposed flats and the negative effect the loss of commercial (not specifically a laundrette) use would have on the character of this part of the Conservation Area. The Redland Cotham Conservation Area Appraisal was published after the previous Appeal and this has strengthened the case against conversion to flats.

 Posted by on August 17, 2018
Jul 202018

The Old Building c.1780 ( Upper Mauldin Street ) is the 4th oldest hospital in the UK and Bristol’s largest Georgian building by far.  In November its chapel was listed by Historic England, and in the disappointing absence of the BRI Old Building itself being nationally listed, Bristol City Council is now hoping to protect it by extending the boundary of the adjacent St. James’s Parade Conservation Area to include the BRI Old Building, its newly listed Chapel and the two splendid listed Georgian buildings at 16 & 17 Lower Maudlin Street, which are occupied by the Eye Hospital.


It is vital that all supporters of this proposal (both groups and individuals) respond to the consultation before the 9th August deadline, but sooner if possible.


Please click on the link just below and then the secondary links to study the proposal, and then submit your support if you wish.  Even a short word will do, as every individual response counts as one more towards a successful decision.

 Posted by on July 20, 2018
Jul 192018
University Hospitals Bristol Trust (UHBT) is proposing to build a multi-storey car park (MSCP) at the bottom of Marlborough Hill.  To make space for this, it would demolish the 3 blocks of 36 flats located on Eugene Street. It would also demolish its existing 250-place multi-storey car park opposite the flats.
KCG objects to these proposals for several reasons:
1)  If the UHBT MSCP goes ahead, 36 homes would be demolished, which otherwise could be occupied by by UHBT key workers.
2)  The proposed MSCP is enormous (8 storeys tall), hence would have an adverse impact on Kingsdown.
3)  There is the issue of air pollution.  This is already one of the most polluted parts of Bristol (greatly exceeding EU guidelines).  Placing a MSCP here will not improve the situation.
We believe that there are alternatives to a MSCP:
a)  Most patients from outside of Bristol could use 1 of the existing Park & Ride car parks, if the HUBS buses were better coordinated.  The Metro bus has yet to start operating. Clearly, this would be a far cheaper and less disruptive solution.
b)  It would help enormously if more buses stopped on Upper Maudlin Street, in front of the BRI.  UHBT personnel should liaise with First Bus, to make this happen.
KCG is encouraging local residents to attend the drop-in session that UHBT has arranged
Date:        Thursday, 19 July
Time:        4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Place:       Level 9 Restaurant, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW
 Posted by on July 19, 2018
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 on June 14, 2018
May 252018

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 Posted by on May 25, 2018
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 on May 19, 2018
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

  • 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 on May 3, 2018
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

 Posted by on April 11, 2018
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 on April 1, 2018