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This page gives you updates about what is going on the Slopes. It is usually updated at least once a month.

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April 2019


1) Old Prefab area - west of Haldon Close - vegetation cleared
The Council are now pushing ahead with building housing on this area, in advance of re-applying for planning permission as the 2015 permission has run out of time.

It is likely that consultations on the development will be carried out in the New Year.

2) Filwood Quietway - Glyn Vale open space - Cycleway construction started on Monday 12th February of 9th March - NOW OPEN

Alun Griffiths Ltd have been appointed by Bristol City Council as the contractor to build the path.

The original construction period was to finish in July 2018 - but with the discovery of human waste and drugs equipment, all of the soil which had to remain on site, had to be treated; and stored in a new area on site.

Construction has now finished other than finishing off works.

Planting and wildflower seeding the bare soil will be occurring in late April.

If you want to have a look at what the design is - go to the Bristol City Council Planning Applications webpage:
and search on GLYN VALE or use the Reference 17/03959/FB
On there you can see the documents and photos etc; and people’s comments. The Design and Access statement is the best to start with.

For the background to this see the BCC website -

For other parts of the Quietway from the Slopes to Victoria Park see below

Filwood Quietway proposals - routes across Victoria Park and St John's Lane

1) Victoria Park Section:

The construction of the Victoria Park section of the Quietway started in March 2018 and is now fully open.

Work on the junction of Hill Avenue and Nutgrove Avenue to install cycle friendly humps will occur between 11th March and 31st May 2019. The entrance to Victoria Park at Hill Avenue will be closed between 11th and 13th March; and the 1st and 3rd May. Please use alternative entrances.

2) Wedmore Vale/St John's Lane sections:
The Council consulted on proposals on the Quietway along Wedmore Vale (from Wingfield Road) to St John's Lane (Almorah Road) in 2017, which provide for pedestrian and cycle crossings, road humps and cycling routes.

The works have already started in St John's Lane, but the traffic orders below come into force on 26th October 2018 when the main works will start. The works are likely to finish by June 2019.

Wedmore Vale between St John's Lane and south (uphill) of the junction of Wedmore Vale/Glyn Vale and Wingfield Road is likely to be closed between 7pm and 6am, or for longer periods, on certain days between the 28th February and 20th March 2019. Check roadside notices when this is likely to happen. Diversions will be in place via St John's Lane, Redcatch Road (Hill), Axbridge Road, Broadwalk, Daventry Road and vice versa.

Details of the proposals are here -
There have been changes since the consultation on the orders in May 2018, especially to the junction with Marksbury Road and Wedmore Vale which will continue to have two "arms", rather than one.

Kingswear/Torpoint/Sidford/Haldon Close development - From the City Council:

1) Housing uphill of Kingswear Road and Haldon Close.
The City Council has allowed Aster Group - - to take forward housing on this space. As the previous Planning Application back in 2013 has run out of time.

If you want to get involved in the work we are doing - or want to know more about the history of the developments - contact us on
Ex Marksbury Road College/Oasis Marksbury Road Academy - From Homes England and City Council -

1) Homes and the engineering block behind the new primary School:

A planning application for 74 new homes, roads and the conversion of the existing "engineering" block was put in at the end of May 2016.

In June 2018 the contractor Galliford Try put in an application to demolish the Engineering block and replace it with 6 homes.

The designs in 2015 did not put a set of steps and path up from the site through the historic hedgerow and the small patch of woodland/scrub on the Slopes just above the Marksbury Road College Site which was an idea floated in the 2012 designs.

However, in February 2017 someone decided to reinstate the steps, and at the last minute we put an objection to this change in due to the risk of fly tipping and security concerns. The Council approved the application with the steps in, anyway. In April 2018 the steps were taken out.

Construction started in April 2017 and be completed in Spring 2019.

Contact Paul Caseley if you have queries
01454 203791

The path through the Slopes between Kingswear Road and Timsbury Road is now open again.

To look at the planning application go to:

or go to

and type in Marksbury Road or 16/02933/M into the search box.

The Design and Access statement (which is in two parts) is the best document for getting an overview.

If you want to get involved in our work on this development - or find out more about the history of the development. Please contact us on

1) Barratts Homes continue to pause their consultation process with the local community on proposals to provide up to 120 new homes on the Western Novers (between Novers Hill and Hartcliffe Way). We await further information. The Western Slopes are the only green space link between the Slopes and green spaces the other side of Hartcliffe Way.

2) Knowle West Regeneration Framework

Between 2008 and 2012 the City Council developed the Framework which is driving the regeneration of Knowle West, including changes to the Slopes.

The current Framework is in part based on the Option 2 developed by the Planning Group.

For further information on the Regeneration go to:

For further information on Knowle West Future go to; or follow on Twitter @KWestfuture . Alternatively, email -

Alternatively, if you want to get involved in this work, or find out more about the history of the Framework please contact us on