Brandon Hill Residents Assocation:
for the residents of the Queens Parade area in Central Bristol
This website is created and maintained by Brandon Hill Residents Association (BHRA).
Brandon Hill Residents Association is an informal association representing residents in the principal residential streets that border the southern sides of Brandon Hill Park: Queens Parade, Brandon Steep, and York Place.
This specific website is an initiative of Brandon Hill Residents Association to draw attention to specific issues facing residents in Queens Parade, Brandon Steep and York Place, and to provide general information to our community. It is complemented by a Facebook page which has more up to date and changing news (Brandon Hill Residents Association).
BHRA is currently open to membership to all residents of Queens Parade, Brandon Steep and York Place. Membership costs just £1 per annum although there is a recommended additional donation suggested of £4 - click here to read or download our constitution giving full details. You can also download our Membership Application Form here
Officers are elected annually at the AGM. Currently they are: CHAIR Paul Shelley, SECRETARY Maggie Weber, TREASURER Jo Ottewill, Jonathan Hyams, Matt Griffith; Tom Watts; and Mike Birkin.
If you have a query you can email us here.Useful links:
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.