Agenda and draft minutes

Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership
Monday, 27th June, 2016 6.30 pm

Venue: Unitarian Hall, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE

Contact: Jeremy Livitt 

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


As it had not been possible to gain access to the venue originally booked for the Meeting – Unitarian Hall – the Meeting was held at the Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Road, BS2 8YH.


The Chair – Maryanne Kempf - welcomed everyone to the Meeting and everyone introduced themselves.


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions


Apologies were received from Joyce Clark and Alexander Milne.


Neighbourhood Partnership AGM Report pdf icon PDF 10 MB

This item will be jointly presented by Kurt James and Jeremy Livitt


Kurt James introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.


The Chair suggested that a Sub Group be established for Membership and that people be encouraged to attend the N P Meetings.


It was agreed that the posts of Chair and Vice-Chair of the N P be decided at the next N P Meeting and that nominations for both posts be submitted to Kurt James by the end of week commencing 4th July 2016.


It was also agreed that the N C Chairing arrangements should be decided at the next N P Meeting.


Kurt James outlined the Ward boundary changes. He also highlighted the funding available to the N P.


Concerns were expressed about the Highways Section’s inability to complete schemes because of staffing issues. It was agreed that Kurt James should contact Highways for a response to these concerns.


Day(s) of the week for N P Meetings – It was agreed that everyone should e-mail Kurt James with their preferred 2 days of the week N P Meetings (Monday to Wednesday) and a decision will then be taken on the preferred day(s) for N P Meetings.


It was agreed that an N P Plan Sub Group be established not until after the Citywide N P Event on 20th July 2016.


Agreed – (1) that a Sub Group be established for Membership and that people be encouraged to attend the N P Meetings, that the posts of Chair and Vice-Chair of the N P be decided at the next N P Meeting and that nominations for both posts be submitted to Kurt James by the end of week commencing 4th July 2016, and that the N C Chairing arrangements should also be decided at the next N P Meeting;


(2) that the new Partnership Ward Boundaries be noted;


(3) that the Neighbourhood Committee and Neighbourhood Partnership Terms of Reference and the Neighbourhood Committee Financial Operating Framework be confirmed;


(4) that the devolved budgets and influence on services be noted;


(5) that the meeting schedule including subgroups and forums be agreed;


(6) that the Financial Statement and expenditure from 2015-16 be noted; and


(7) that the Neighbourhood Partnership Plan Statement be noted.


Introduction to New Councillors


Each of the Councillors introduced themselves and gave brief details of their backgrounds.


Councillor Hickman stated that she is a Cabinet Member.

Councillor Davies stated that he is a Member of both Development Control Committees.

Councillor Johnson stated that she has a lead role in relation to the Neighbourhood Directorate.

Councillor English stated that she is to be Chair of Place Scrutiny and is a Member of OSMB.


Kurt James added that the new Mayor is to review N Ps, the 20 mph Scheme and Residents Parking Zones.




Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 297 KB

To agree the minutes of the previous meeting on 7th June 2016 as a correct record.


Hugh Hudson stated that paragraph 3 of Minute No. 45 should read as follows:

“Hugh Holden stated his concern that since the Mina Road minor works scheme was agreed to be funded by the neighbourhood partnership changes to the road network and building the St Werburgh’s Primary School extension were not factored into the original scheme design meaning that the original scheme should be revised to take these changes and any unanticipated problems that they have caused into account.”

This amendment was agreed.


Agreed – that, taking account of the above amendment, the Minutes be confirmed as a correct record of the Meeting and signed by the Chair.



Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors.  They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.


Please note that the Register of Interests is available at


Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.



There were none.


Public Forum

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item *Democratic Services Officer check time limit for your particular Committee*


Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-


Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5 pm on *name deadline date*


Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12.00 noon on *name deadline date*.



Public Forum Statements were received from:


1.      Richard Curtis, Church Road Action Group – Cenotaph

2.      Esme Taylor and Rachel Hill – 6 Argyle Road Planning Application


Bristol Arena Update

To hear a verbal report on this item


Ruth Wilmshurst, Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone gave a slide presentation on an update of the scheme.


A number of questions were asked in relation to the Construction jobs and skills slide:


1.      The total number of employees that the contractor will employee on the site and other details of what the contractor is proposing.

2.      The definition of an SME.

3.      How the figure of 40% expenditure relates to the 65% labour from West of England and 30% from Bristol

4.      What percentage of the site employment will be for resident who live in the inner city areas.

5.      How apprentices can apply for positions.


It was confirmed that answers would be provided in due course.


She advised that the contractor is now pricing the job and that a further report will be presented to Cabinet in October 2016.


Agreed – that the report be noted.



Community Safety Update

To receive a verbal report on this issue.



Kurt James introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.



Neighbourhood Manager (Police) Report for Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership

June 2016





Operation Block continues to run under the leadership of PC Stuart King.  His most recent prosecution success was at the start of the month where Jack Keeling was sentenced to sixteen months custodial for his prolific “SESK” tag. The Judge commented that it has to act as a deterrent to others and acknowledged the effect it has on communities.




The work of Operation Boss which patrols sex work hot spots to identify kerb crawlers and engage with the women is led by PC Tina Newman.  There have been some slight changes in the patterns of working adopted by the women, some opting for daylight hours in the mornings, which we are addressing.  The police are working with other agencies to refresh the local multi-agency protocol for on-street prostitution.  One of the key parts of this is the support given to women when they leave prison so that the ‘cycle’ is broken with effective intervention.  We still need reports from the community about loitering in the streets or any anti-social behaviour.


Noise Nuisance – Ramadan


This year we have again dedicated patrols during Ramadan, to offer reassurance to the community and to deal with any complaints or other problems.  So far we have received some parking complaints but few in relation to noise.


Licensed Premises


We are aware of the ongoing problems associated with The Jolly Roger in Easton and have various measures we are exploring.  We would like to hear from anyone in the community who lives near to the pub willing to report anti-social behaviour, noise or other ways the pub affects their day to day lives. 


At the time of writing, the police are in court to obtain a closure order for Shady Grove in St Paul’s.  If successful this will allow closure of the premise for three months and the option to increase this to six.  Breaches of this can result in imprisonment.


Days of Action  - Enforcement, Engagement and Reassurance


Operation Blueline is still running, which contains the enforcement arm of our work to tackle drugs in East Bristol.  In many cases we are identifying vulnerable people who are victims of ‘cuckooing’ or young persons who may be subject to sexual exploitation.  During the last day of action on 13th June, six people were arrested for significant drugs offences within three hours of the operation beginning.  The format for the days now is that they are where possible followed up by reassurance patrols that day and the day after.


PC Darren Weston from the Easton Neighbourhood Team is running regular drug user engagement days which aim to find drug users and offer them a direct route into services by teaming up with drugs workers from our custody drugs engagement teams.


Drug Dealing


Our current priority areas for tackling drug dealing and associated anti-social behaviour are, amongst others, The Bear  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.


Grant Applications for Approval pdf icon PDF 104 KB


Councillor Hickman chaired the N C for this item.


Kurt James introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.


Following a debate it was


Resolved – that the recommendations of the Wellbeing Grant Panel totalling £10,000 as detailed at Appendix A of the report be agreed.


Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator's Report pdf icon PDF 347 KB

This report will be presented by Kurt James


Kurt James introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.


He advised that the Community Asset Transfer of 6 West Street had been withdrawn from the Agenda.

Concerns were raised by this decision and disappointment was expressed. Following a vote it was agreed that a request be sent to the relevant Officer to review the decision. (Kurt James)


Mayor’s Visit – Kurt James advised that it would not be on 4th August 2016 and that another date would be arranged.


Agreed – (1) that a request be sent to the relevant Officer to review the decision concerning the Community Asset Transfer of 6 West Street; and


(2) that the rest of the report be noted.


Any Other Business


The following issues were raised:


1.      Attempts are being made to arrange a firework display in St Pauls.

2.      There is now no Community Notice Board.

3.      Notice Boards are being installed in Montpelier.

4.      Private landlords/tenancy arrangements.

5.      Park benches.

6.      There is a Council Meeting on 29th June 2016 to consider devolution proposals.

7.      A new branch of Turtle Bay is opening in Cheltenham Road on 1st July 2016 and the event will be supporting the Malcolm X Centre.

8.      A Stewardship Group is being set up for the Railway Path address the issue of safety for women.

9.      Concerns were raised about racist comments being unleashed as a result of the EU Referendum Vote.


Date Of Next Meeting

Neighbourhood Partnership members are requested to note that the next meeting is scheduled for 6.30pm on Monday 3rd October 2016 at the Phoenix Centre, 5 Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9LT