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July 2018


1) Filwood Quietway - Cycleway construction started on Monday 12th February.....

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

The site has been fenced off, and important areas have been protected from the construction works and trees and other plants have been removed from the area.

Excavation of the existing paths and the soil from the route of the path has started again.

The original construction period was to be to July - however due to the discovery of human waste and other materials the path will not be open until the Autumn, as the contaminated material has to be treated and stored on site. Additional vegetation has been removed to provide a storage area

Through out this period the path from Kenmare Road to Wedmore Vale and surrounding area is going to be closed, although at times some individual entrances may be available. The alternative routes are to use Wedmore Vale road, and Glyn Vale road instead of going through the site; or if the entrance at the top of Wedmore Vale is open - use that and turn into Kenmare Road and turn right. Walk along Kenmare Road - and just before Clover Court - walk down the path into the area by Cavan Walk.

Contact Jim Aitken on - or 03300414637/07812221246 if you have queries.

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 see below

3) Construction of new homes on ex-Marksbury Road College site - started in April 2017
Galliford Try have confirmed that they are working for Linden Homs/Homes England on building the new homes on the site.
Construction is likely to take until Autumn 2018.

Galliford Try have put in an application in June to have the engineering block of the original College, demolished and replaced by 6 houses.

Contact Paul Caseley if you have queries
01454 203791

4) Update on footpaths and green space between Kingswear Road and Lynton Road/Timsbury Road.

The new footpath - cyclepath between Kingswear Road and Timsbury Road is now complete, but don't forget it is blocked at the Timsbury end by the Homes England while they build new homes on the Ex- College site.

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 on 5th March and is almost complete with most of the route available for people to use.

The Route across Victoria Park was granted planning permission on the 8th November. Go to
to find out more and see what people said.

For the background to this go to:

2) Wedmore Vale/St John's Lane sections:
The Council also 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.

Traffic Regulation Orders which give the Council the powers to carry out the works were published on 17th May 2018 and comments were due back by 11th June.

Details of the proposals are here -; and for the Traffic Orders visit -

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. The original designs are no longer relevant.
The work does not seem to cover the area west of Haldon Close.

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

1) Roads into the site
Work has also finished on building new roads next to the School. Roads into the GP Surgery and new homes area are being completed.

2) 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.

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 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 the Autumn 2018.

To look at the 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.

4) From mid May 2015 until further notice the Homes England has shut the path between Timsbury Road into the Kingswear Green Space and Kingswear Road , this is to allow the building of new homes on the ex-Marksbury Road College site; and a foot/cycle path on a better alignment will be provided.

If you want to use an alternative route to go uphill we would suggest either going up Timsbury Road, right into Glyn Vale - and then right into Kingswear Road. Or if going downhill turn right into Glyn Vale, go downhill, then turn left into Timsbury Road, and left to go along Marksbury Road. Or use the new steps from Kingswear Road down to Sidford Road and Lynton Road.

New doctors Surgery and Pharmacy on Ex Marksbury Road College site - St John's Lane Health Clinic

One of the practices who run St John's Lane Surgery on Wedmore Vale is moving to the College site.

Construction is now underway - and should be finished in the Summer of 2018.

Planning Permission was granted in August 2015.

To have a look at the plans go to:

And type in - 15/03004/M - in the bottom box - where it asks for a reference number.

The document called the Planning Statement is easiest to read.

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