We were delighted to
learn in March that Peaches Golding, who lives here in Leigh Woods, had been
appointed by the Queen to be the next Lord Lieutenant of Bristol. She will hold
the role, which is largely ceremonial and involves representing the Queen in
the city, for the next 12 years.
The Open Forum was
well attended as always. We were very grateful that Charles Cave, our District
Councillor, Trish Johnson, the Bridge Master and P.C. Faithfull, accompanied by
Sergeant Raby, came to update us on events and to answer questions from the
floor. We are re-vamping our Web site soon and the Notes from the Forum will be
posted for all to read.
At our AGM afterwards
two members Emma Burgh and Martin Jenkins were voted on to the committee and
then, at the committee meeting immediately following the AGM, were voted in as
Chairman and Secretary. This means that the Society is now well placed to go
forward into the future. We also thank
all the work undertaken over the years by Brenda Winsor-Edwards, Peter Birling,
Bill Somers, Tina Pritchett and Michael Smethhurst who stood down at the
Brackenhill Open Day this Spring was very well attended and the gardens,
as always, looked wonderful despite all the building work to the main house. It
was lovely weather and we all enjoyed it enormously. The next visit is scheduled for Saturday 7th
October between 2 and 4pm. These visits are open to Leigh Woods Residents and
Members of the Botanic Gardens.
Clifton Suspension Bridge. An update regarding the coffee vendor: the chosen
vendor is Chapter and Holmes, who is in the process of applying for a licence,
the consultation period for the licence runs until 6th June and NSC will let
them know after that if there are any issues arising.The licence holder is Warren van der Eb. If he is successful in obtaining a licence he will
be out with the tuk tuk serving coffee most days and we understand there will
be some sort of launch event so we can all meet him and try his coffee at some
point in the not too distant future.
The new Toll Booths. The Bridge Master updated us at the Open Forum: “we are submitting plans this month. We have
listened to comments from the community and we are proposing 2 symmetrical toll
houses on the Clifton side. They will be rough (riven) stone finish which is
easier to keep clean. There will be a gate across the road at either end to
enable us to close it for incidents. Once the plans have been registered they
will be on the website.”
Trust Leigh Woods: a visit has been
arranged for Leigh Woods residents to meet the new ranger, Carole Burnett, on
Wednesday 7th June. She is taking us on a walk and telling us about the
conservation work they are focusing on this year. One of their plans is to put
new signs in place to try and keep the cyclists on the cycle tracks and may
close off some tracks from time to time to protect certain areas. They are no
longer holding birthday parties and have cut back on requests from film crews.
All in an attempt to reduce the footfall a little.
Parking Problems continue as all who live in Leigh
Woods are acutely aware. The Working Party and Parish Councillors drew up a
plan with input from an official in the Highways and Transport Department of
NSC. We are now waiting for this to be
presented to and approved by Mr ApRees, who holds the Highways Portfolio. If
and when it is approved there will then be a consultation period with Leigh Woods
residents before the final plan is implemented. We have been waiting three
months for a window to meet Mr. ApRees. Meanwhile we have the situation of the
bin lorries not being able to get down certain roads to empty bins. The cars
might be parking legally, i.e. not on the pavement, but they park on both sides
making it impossible to use the road. We
are very indebted to the Working Party, members of the LWS committee, Parish
Councillors and Charles Cave for all their hard work in trying to get this resolved.
Lodge Garages: Planning application number -
17/P/0059/F. On 23rd May revised applications for this property - on the corner
of Bridge Road and Burwalls Road - were presented to the NSC planning
department and the consultation period extended to 31st May. The information was circulated to the LWS
membership for comment.
Probyn, June 2017