Clifton and Hotwells
Improvement Society (CHIS)

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Clifton Suspension Bridge
Suspension Bridge at night
Brunel xmas
Brunel is even overseeing the Xmas tree
Suspension bridge fireworks
fireworks 2014 to celebrate 150 years since opening



Welcome to the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society website.
This site contains information about this Bristol society, what it is involved in, details of its events and information about all that we care about in Clifton and Hotwells.
If you need our help, or want to help us, please join our Society.

Founded in 1968, over 45 years old and still much to do!

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Latest Items of Interest

CHIS Events
Now held in THE APOSTLE ROOM of the CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL PEMBROKE ROAD 20:000 unless stated otherwise.

AUGUST 2014 Read about our successful GREEN SQUARES AND SECRET GARDENS event. We would be grateful for feedback (positive or negative) and any ideas for next year

  • Tuesday 10 January 12:30am Tuesday

CHIS Lunch

CHIS plaques This year CHIS were hoping to be putting up plaques to

  • Bill Burch, remarkable inventor
  • William Pennington, Master of Ceremonies of the Hot Wells
  • Dorothy Brown, the indefatigable campaigner at Buckingham Vale who died last year
  • Charles Richardson, the eminent engineer who was born 200 years ago and who lived in Berkeley Square
lunch Charles Richardson
Latest News and more events

  • October 2014: Grounds Maintenance Contract Consultation with a view to encouraging as many people to participate as possible. There is a ‘paper’ survey sheet and an electronic ‘Survey Monkey’ version that can be found at this link : More details

  • 15 October: A public forum statement by Maggie Shapland about shared space was made at the October Neighbourhood Partnership meeting, and again at the Public Space Scrutiny meeting. A public consultation meeting was organised by John Richfield (urban cycling transport designer at Bristol City Council) at Holy Trinity, Hotwells on Monday September 29th at 6.30pm about the proposed cyclist's infra-structure project at the ferry inlet on the Hotwells waterfront. It was important to hear pedestrians views as well as cyclists.

    The plans for the Merchants Road Bridge, Rownham Mead have closing date of 19 November 2014.

    • (14/04812/F, 14/04813/LA: Note Pedestrian and cycling link across the junction lock to include new structures across the southern lock, modifications to the existing swing bridge, partial demolition of the Pump House boundary wall and protecting buffer to the north entrance lock.
    • 14/04983/FB | The proposal is to increase the width of the walkway, which runs between the entrance to the former Merchant's Dock and the Rownham Mead development by 3 metres. | Merchants Dock Rownham Mead Bristol)

    You may have seen the evening post article

  • 21 August: Plans recently unveiled in the local press for a zip wire across the Gorge, near the Suspension Bridge, appall CHIS. The Gorge is a heritage site, an area of natural beauty and a wildlife haven. It should not be made into a tawdry theme park. CHIS will strenuously oppose these misguided plans. (Linda Evans- planning coordinator)

  • Monday, December 8, 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Sunday 7th at 7pm will see a spectacular display of fireworks. Monday 8th at 3pm will see a procession of dignatories walk across the bridge to the new Visitor Centre.
    150 years ago on May 7 1864, the suspension chains were completed, joining the two sides of the Avon Gorge permanently for the first time.
    Wednesday 2 July 1864, the last of the cross girders was fixed in the centre of the bridge, and a small party was allowed to pass over on planks placed across the girders.
  • 1 December 2014 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, The Pavilion, 1 Hannover Quay, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5JE
  • 8 December 2014 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road.
  • 27 January 2015 7pm-9pmClifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership The Pavilion, 1 Hannover Quay, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5JE
  • 9 February 2015 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, tba
  • 23 February 2015 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road.
  • 31 March 2015 7pm-9pm Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership The Pavilion, 1 Hannover Quay, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5JE
  • 11 May 2015 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road.
  • 18 May 2015 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, tba
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Planning (holds advice)
  • Step 1: Look at official Bristol City Council weekly list for BS8
    This page provides a list of each weekly list and may comment on what to look out for.
  • Step 2: Look at Latest CHIS Monthly planning report on applications
    This page provides a list of the month's notable applications, outstanding ones and the ones commented on
  • More details of some currently and recently considered applications.

    • November 2014: Former Whiteladies Road Cinema 44 Whiteladies Road Bristol BS8 2NH (discussed again by committee 5 Nov 2014)
    • September 2014: is keeping a close watch on what is happening at the 2-16 Clifton Down Road development and were actively involved on site to prevent another lamp post being removed. Temporary ice rink granted.

    • March 2014: Double glazed log cabin complete with toilet, cooking facilities, bedroom in the garden of 4 Princes Buildings. Appeal dismissed.
    • March 2014: First House, Kensington Place Appeal against enforcement notice: Breach of condition 2 (restricting further removal of front boundary wall) of conservation area consent 12/01326/LC - demolition of front boundary wall. Appeal withdrawn. The wall will have to be put back by October
  • The council is creating a list of buildings, structures and sites that do not already have listed status but which are valued and are considered worthy of preservation, and would like you to help. More details
  • Site Allocations and Development Management Policies. Formally adopted by the Full Council on 22 July 2014, with the document becoming part of the statutory Local Plan from that date. This means that any application decided from that date onwards will be determined under the new policies.
    More details
Photo by Brian Joseph, Princess Victoria St. What a way to be woken up!
This is what happens when scaffolding is not tied and a strong wind catches it.
Licensing Westbourne Hotel application
Residential Parking Scheme parking protest tank

Historic telegraph post by the Observatory Let us know your opinions on this telegraph post. Should it go into a museum or should it stand here and tell its story in situ? More details

Cobblestone Mews
Bristol Water and Rossco Civil Engineering make a good job of relaying the cobbles in this wonderful street after major roadworks.

incongruous temporary lamp post in Christchurch Rd replaced after 9 years

telegraph post telegraph post

christchurch rd

Brunel Swivel Bridge
Brunel's Other Bridge (new website created 26 Jan 2014)
Read the latest. See the new signs to promote it.
CHIS and BIAS have each bought a 50 ton jack to lift it.
Exhibition 5 January to 15 February 2015

There will be an exhibition about the Swivel Bridge in the foyer of the Central Library, College Green with photos through the ages, drawings, work progress, and giving an opportunity for fund raising for our next stage

18 June 2014: Application for £2,930 granted by the Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East Neighbourhood Partnership for information panels, leaflets, guided walk through the Brunel structures by "Mr Brunel" on Doors Open Day in September. The application was put in by the Avon Industrial Buildings Trust.

Read the latest, find out next open days at Clifton Rocks Railway. We are celebrating 10 years this year from when we first started work in February 2005.

St Andrews Churchyard work party

Brunel Swivel Bridge

Clifton Rocks Railway

St Andrews
advertising: Includes planning applications

Latest: Litfield House signs and gateposts

Nature, Landscape and Environment
  • May 2014: New Downs Playground equipment erected, after consultation and planning applications in 2013. Watch out for the CHIS seat to arrive.
  • 4 Dec 2013: £50,000 Transformation of Victoria Square. Detailed consultation will take place January 2014.
  • 4 Dec 2013: Plans are afoot to create a Clifton Tree Trail
Victoria Square
Refuse, Pollution and noise in Clifton

Latest news on refuse issues

14-15 December 2013: George Ferguson, Bristol’s Mayor is launching a new campaign to highlight the cost of litter and to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Dec 2013: Smokers Litter Initiative

domestic bins
Photographs of how bins affect streetscape
Security in Clifton The Police have noticed there seems to be a small increase in Theft of Motor Vehicle from both Clifton beats. Please keep your eyes out for any “dodgy” people or tow trucks. Call 101 non-emergency or 999 if you believe a crime is being committed. Or email the beat team if it is just for their information.


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