'We've got the money - tell us how to spend it to improve our area'

January 02 2020

Redland and Cotham Amenities Society (RCAS) is calling out for people to bring ideas for improving the area.  
Alison Bromilow, chair of RCAS, says: “We are in the fortunate position of having money in our account to support our aim to ‘protect and enhance our area, its architecture, streets, trees, parks, open spaces and amenities for present and future residents’ so we are looking for people who have ideas and are prepared to help bring them forward into projects which RCAS can fund.”
RCAS covers the area between Cranbrook Road and Whiteladies Road from Coldharbour Road to Kingsdown.  
Over recent years the group has
  • funded improvements in our parks, Redland Green and Cotham Gardens, including tree planting, hedge laying and bird boxes in Redland Green,  
• supported the mural project on Redland Station with Cotham Gardens Primary School and Severnside Community Rail Partnership,  installed the ‘placemaker’ sign and noticeboard at Whiteladies Gate,  
• supported community events such as the Redland Green Carols,  
• supported the installation of hanging baskets and planters on Cotham Hill and Chandos Road,  
• restored the war memorial on Chandos Road and  
• supported the work of the BCR Street Scene Group though contributions to materials and purchase of litter pickers for RCAS workparties.
Alison says: “We are only a small committee so we are asking not just for ideas, but for people and groups to come forward who will take the projects on, with our support. We are also looking for people to join our working groups, to help run the Small Grants programme, to respond to local planning issues, help with parks work-parties, and perhaps to organise new events.
“We believe that community matters and we are stronger and more effective if we work together.”  
If you live in the area and are interested in finding out more about and joining the society, helping with the organisation, or bringing forward a particular project, contact RCAS through the website www.rcas.org.uk