East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood pilot enters co-develop phase

People in east Bristol are being invited to a series of workshops this autumn to help shape Bristol’s first liveable neighbourhood pilot.

As part of the East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood pilot, earlier this year 2,750 people gave their views on what they like and dislike about Barton Hill, Redfield and St George, and what would make these areas better.

All the feedback has been brought together in an engagement report which, along with traffic data collected from the area, has helped the council develop a range of possible solutions to the main issues raised. This list of solutions is not exhaustive and we continue to work with the communities to develop a liveable neighbourhood scheme and simple transport interventions. 

From pocket parks and more street lighting to cycle lanes and new road layouts, the measures can be used in a combination to achieve a better balance between how streets are used for transport and people.

These measures are presented through a design toolkit featuring 16 cards. The cards set out what each of the measures are, how they can help, what the drawbacks might be, and whether they can be tested with temporary materials to understand how they will work at the trial phase of the project.

The council is now encouraging people who live in the area, or regularly visit or travel through it, to come along to a workshop this autumn, to give their views on which of the 16 solutions would work best, what other ideas there are, and what is the best option for different local streets.

The following workshops will take place in September and October:

St George Community Centre

  • Tuesday 13 September from 9.30am to 12.30pm 
  • Saturday 17 September from 1pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 27 September from 2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday 9 October from 1pm to 4pm

Barton Hill Settlement

  • Friday 23 September from 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Saturday 1 October from 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Monday 10 October from 1.30pm to 4.30pm 

Virtual workshops will also be held each week online, and comments can also be dropped on two new interactive maps on the East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood Commonplace website.

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “From our first round of community engagement, we know that people love living in Barton Hill, Redfield and St George. However, many worry about road safety and air pollution and want more places to connect as a community.

“Based on this, we have put together a whole range of possible solutions – from pocket parks and cycle lanes to new road layouts and planting more trees. We are now looking to engage with local people again to find out what they think about these measures.

“Lots of people have already given us their views through the co-discover phase of the project, showing there is a real desire to work with us to improve the area, and we hope this continues into this next co-discover phase of engagement.

“Our aim is to use a mix of the solutions across the pilot area so that they have a big impact, demonstrating what can be done to achieve a better balance between how streets are used for transport and people.”

The co-develop phase of the East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood pilot will run from 12 September to 16 October 2022.

To find out more, book your place on one of the workshops, or comment on the maps, go to the East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood Commonplace website.

Press release by Bristol City Council.