Neighbourhood Partnership - the future

January 30 2017

Bristol City Council is implementing massive cuts across the city and one of the consequences is that the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership (BCRNP) will not be able to continue beyond March 31 this year.

Bristol City Council is implementing massive cuts across the city and one of the consequences is that the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership (BCRNP) will not be able to continue beyond March 31 this year. 

The Neighbourhood Partnership's role has been to devolve council power back to residents for very local issues like street scene, parks, trees and road safety. Small funds were granted to enable local groups to start up community projects such as Window Wanderland and the Living Room Project and the creation of the planters at Glos Rd Central and public forums were held to discuss local issues and inform residents. 

Councillors and representatives of the Neighbourhood Partnership have been discussing how this invaluable community work can continue and wish to create a temporary steering group - probably to be known as BCR Community Partnership. 

A spokesperson from BCRNP said: “We can then negotiate with the council for any resources or money available and attract starter funds to sustain a developing network of voluntary groups and social enterprises in our area. This group would also be in a good position to ensure the the new Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road actually happens, or at least becomes a social asset for our community, and help the Redland library in developing its future.

 “We cannot do this on our own. We want to draw in as many people as we can so we are holding a Public Forum on March 16,  7pm, at the Claremont Room, Redland Green School.