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‘Imagine St Pauls’ starting to transform key areas of the community

The Imagine St Pauls project is moving forward and starting to transform areas in this vibrant part of Bristol. The project, which has been running for almost a year now, is a joint initiative between Avon and Somerset Police and sustainable transport charity Sustrans. It began as an engagement process with local people, to find out which parts of their community they wanted to change, to make them feel safer and to help prevent crime.

Pupils at St Barnabans school

Sustrans Project Officer Georgie Burr said: “Wherever you live, there will be places which don’t feel like inviting spaces to move through, or to play and socialise in.

“We’ve been working extensively with local people in St Pauls, who have helped us to identify five priority areas which we’re now working to transform into safer, greener and more active places to live in and travel through.”

What’s been going on / what’s planned?

Rosa Parks Lane

Rosa Parks Lane was identified as a priority area due to anti-social behaviour and the lack of maintenance. We’re focussing on creating a safe, green corridor that encourages people to walk along it and which celebrates the iconic Rosa.

With the community, we are working towards:

  • A wild flower meadow is being planted this week (w/c April 4) and bird boxes have already been installed
  • Installing a traffic calming table across Brook Road
  • Having a dropped kerb installed at the Albany Rd end
  • Installing art which offers security (mirrors) and also celebrates Rosa Parks, with the artist selected by local residents
  • Installing psychological traffic calming thermoplastics, designed by children at St Barnabas School
  • Looking at the feasibility of changing the entrance barriers to the lane
  • Installing lights on the floor of the path
  • Organising an ongoing maintenance plan in conjunction with Community Payback* and St Barnabas School
  • Supporting monthly community action clear-up days – the first one is this Thursday, April 7

*Note: Community Payback is a scheme involving offenders who have been ordered by the courts to carry out community service as part of their sentences.

St Agnes Park

St Agnes Park was prioritised as people said it felt dark and intimidating at night and there are concerns about the rat-running on Fern Street / Tudor Road. People also feel it needs brightening up.

With the community, we are working towards:

  • Re-painting the ‘Adventure Playground’ lettering
  • Installing lights on the floor of the path
  • Costing up a traffic calming table at Fern Street
  • Installing psychological traffic calming thermoplastics at the entrance, designed by the Adventure Playground Group
  • Supporting a ‘Friends of St Agnes’ group, who are setting up weekly ‘Love the Park’ sessions. Meet your neighbours, plant, paint, litter pick and drink tea! Every Thursday at 3.30pm – starting April 14. Meet outside Adventures

Grosvenor Road

Residents told us they felt there was a speeding problem on Grosvenor Road so we dip sampled vehicles over a seven day period in January. The results show that cars are regularly travelling over the 20mph speed limit and that a car travels at 40mph almost every hour on this road.

With the community, we are working towards:

  • Installing a noticeboard outside the St Pauls Learning Centre once it has been redecorated
  • Running road awareness sessions with Cabot School pupils and parents
  • Designing an informal crossing with Cabot School pupils
  • Trialling the design during a road closure street part in July
  • Supporting maintenance of the flower bed outside the St Pauls Learning Centre
Gardening at Grosvenor Road

Darlymple Park

Darlymple Park has had three consultations in the past few years, but remains and underused space, largely misused for anti-social behaviour. We are still in the planning stages and consulting with local people on what we can achieve with this space. We are working with Bristol City Council and people who were involved with previous initiatives, to explore options and possible opportunities for young people.

What do you think should happen to Darlymple Park? Do you want to be part of driving that change? Contact Georgie Burr if you do – we need help with door knocking, running events and driving forward real changes for this neglected space.

Sussex Place

Local people want Sussex Place to be a more welcoming entrance for St Pauls.

We are working towards:

  • Talking to local shop keepers about the planters there and with their input, the planters will be revamped.

If you want to be involved in any of these initiatives, or to find out more, contact Sustrans Project Officer Georgie Burr. Tel: 07920 565672 / email: Georgie.burr@sustrans.org.uk

You can also follow the group ‘Sustrans Imagine St Pauls’ on Facebook and follow @ASPAshley on Twitter for updates.

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