Brandon Hill Residents Assocation:
for the residents of the Queens Parade area in Central Bristol
We remain concerned that Bristol City Council have still not actioned the promised consultation on parking in this area. The Association last year asked for temporary relief for those on the long-term waiting list for permits and whose parking situation has been considerably worsened by the introduction of surrounding residents parking schemes. PLEASE DO PARK CONSIDERATELY to make use of the limited space. Please park close to the other cars and use the space efficiently. Please discourage non-residents from parking here. Builders vans should not park in the street except for very short periods. Thank you for considering your neighbours in this.
The officers of the Association are elected to serve for one year and can be re-elected at the subsequent AGM. There is no limit on the length of time they can serve. There are currently seven members: CHAIR Paul Shelley (No. 14 Queens Parade), SECRETARY Maggie Weber (No. 10 Queens Parade), TREASURER Joseph Ottewill (No. 13 Queens Parade), Jonathan Hyams (No. 8 Queens Parade), Matthew Griffith (No. 9 Queens Parade), Mike Birkin (No. 6 Queens Parade), and Tom Watts (No. 4 Queens Parade). Nominations for committee members are always welcome and will be put to the AGM each March. Representation from streets other than Queens Parade and from non-owner-occupiers would be especially welcomed. Meetings are held around 4 times per year.
As you may be aware, the time of day for our rubbish collections is somewhat variable. It would be a great help if you did not put out black bags overnight as both seagulls and squirrels see these as sources of food and split the bags making the rubbish go everywhere. Ideally put all your food waste in the food recycling and no smelly refuse in the black bags at all.
After ten years in the role of Chair of the Association, Jonathan Hyams has stepped down, although he will remain as as a member of the Committee if members so wish. In his place, the Committee have appointed Paul Shelley of 14 Queens Parade and he takes over on 1st November. There will be an opportunity shortly for all members who wish to thank Jonathan for his work over the past decade and to welcome Paul and wish him success in the role.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Brandon Hill Residents Association was held on Thursday 21st March. Members discussed various matters including the arrival of Virgin Media high speed broadband, problems with parking and pavement driving, plans for this year's window boxes and planting, and the idea of organising a street event in the summer (among many other local issues).
The meeting wished to draw everone's attention to the page of this website which contains useful and practical information.
This website contains general information about the work of Association and occasional news when there is something important to communicate. For day-to-day news and activities please see our Facebook page, Brandon Hill Residents Association.
Queens Parade, Brandon Steep and York Place are a charming group of Georgian streets bordering Brandon Hill Park, in BS1, Central Bristol.
It is a conservation area and most of the houses are Grade II listed.
Just across from the Cathedral, Central Library and Council House, this area should be among Bristol's proudest and best kept. It comprises a principal terrace of 14 houses dating from around 1795, the historic Brandon Cottage, once home to the Bristol Savages, the grand and imposing parkside Brandon House, and the very popular primary school of St Georges's
The main terrace in Queens Parade consists of generous five and six storey houses with sizeable rear gardens, some with rear terraces, and all with enviable views of the park. Most of the houses have been restored in recent years and are exceptionally pleasant and roomy to live in. This combined with the convenience of a city centre location within walking distance of all amenities means that Brandon Hill has the potential to be one of Bristol's most desirable residential areas, full of the resonance of Bristol's history and heritage.
While Bristol City Council has generally neglected and ignored this area for decades (even though it is in the very back yard of the Council House), the residents themselves have not and have made considerable improvements. These include spledid floral displays along the streets and amazing sculptures embedded in the walls. Queens Parade has won prizes for Bristol in Bloom on many occasions, and the sculptures have become a destination, listed in a number of city guides.
The residents would like the Council to: introduce a parking scheme which reflects the 100% residential nature of these streets (they are coming round to this way of thinking); ensure that absentee landlords comply fully with the requirements of listed building consent and of the conservation area; and ensure that the public realm elements here - the park, railings, pavements, street lights, road surfaces, etc - are properly restored and maintained. This latter is especially problematic with the recent freeze on spending in Bristol City Council.
It is one of the objectives of this website is to draw attention to these issues.
With major world issues including climate change, the economy, housing shortages and the demographic time bomb, residential areas in the inner city have an important role to play. People living in city centres have far lower car usage and often represent a higher proportion of home workers. Restoring older housing stock can be environmentally much more friendly than building new. Restored and well-maintained streets add to the tourism attraction of the city overall. And the historic heritage that is all of ours is then protected and handed on to future generations.
City centres with residents are much safer and livelier than those where people only go for work or leisure. These streets are an important residential element of Bristol city centre and the residents wish to ensure that they are well-maintained and attractive for all.