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Suspension Bridge at night
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Introduction

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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The society's main aims are:

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 23 September: Celebrating 150 Years of Clifton Suspension Bridge
    An exploration of the colourful history of Clifton Suspension Bridge including the difficulties faced in making Brunel’s ‘first love’ a reality. This talk will also unravel a few mysteries surrounding the bridge, give an insight in to how the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust maintains Bristol’s most iconic landmark and how we are celebrating it’s 150th Year.

CHIS plaques This year CHIS will be putting up plaques to

  • 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
suspension bridge Charles Richardson
Latest News and more events
  • 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)

  • 9th August: Barbara Janke our Councilor becomes Lady Janke of Clifton is one of six new Lib Dem peers. Our Chairmans congratulations

  • Saturday 13 September 10-4: Bristol Doors Open Day a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities – all free for the day. With over 60 venues taking part this year – the event’s 21st birthday – join us for a fantastic celebration of Bristol’s history, architecture and culture.
    Several venues in BS8 including the Brunel Swivel Bridge and Clifton Rocks Railway

    Contact brunel@brunelsotherbridge.org.uk if you wish to join a Guided walk at 14:00 from SS Great Britain to the Swivel Bridge with Mr Brunel

  • October 11-12 11am-5pm. West Bristol Arts Trail. www.westbristolarts.com

  • Monday, December 8, 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
    150 years ago on May 7 2014, the suspension chains were completed, joining the two sides of the Avon Gorge permanently for the first time.
    Wednesday 2 July 2014, 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. More details

  • 15 September 2014 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, Kings Centre Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 20 September 2014 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road. Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 14 October 2-14Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 8 December 2014 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road. Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 9 December 2014 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, tba Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 20 January 2015 7pm-9pmNeighbourhood Partnership
  • 3 February 2015 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road. Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 16 February 2015 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, tba Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 31 March 2015 7pm-9pm Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 11 May 2015 7pm-8:30pm Clifton Neighbourhood Forum, Clifton High School, College Road. Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
  • 18 May 2015 7pm-8:30pm Cabot Neighbourhood Forum, tba Clifton and Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership
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.

    • 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
scaffolding
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
Streetscape:

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

cobblestones
christchurch rd
Projects:

Brunel Swivel Bridge
Brunel's Other Bridge http://www.brunelsotherbridge.org.uk/ (new website created 26 Jan 2014)
Read the latest. See the new signs to promote it.
2014 work schedule next working party (26+27 April NOT 19+20 April 2014 (Easter)), 24, 25 May, 21, NOT 22 (due to Big Bicycle Ride) June, 19, 20 July, 16, NOT 17 August, 13, 14 September, 19, 20 October. Note 13 Sept is Doors Open Day CHIS and BIAS have each bought a 50 ton jack to lift it.
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 27 April, 18 May, 13,14 September 2014 10-4

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
playground
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.

Clifton- Nadine.Horton@avonandsomerset.police.uk Matt.Parfitt@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Clifton East- Susan.Passmore@avonandsomerset.police.uk Jeremy.Burstow@avonandsomerset.police.uk

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Any comments about any of these pages to Maggie.Shapland@gmail.com

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