Brandon Hill Residents Assocation:
for the residents of the Queens Parade area in Central Bristol
Please note that our weekly collection days are WEDNESDAY for black bags and black bins, and THURSDAY for all recycling items. Variations due to public holidays can be found on the Bristol City Council website.
Please do not put rubbish out earlier than necessary - the foxes will rip open the bags and the rubbish will be strewn over the streets.
The Council have a team whose purpose is to eradicate graffiti. If you see any, please report it using the Council's website, specifically at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/graffiti.
Please always park with respect for your neighbours. Leave enough space for other cars - park as tight as you can to the next vehicle. Permit holders should when possible park in marked bays. It would be appreciated if residents kept to the one car per household rule. If you see a car parked long-term that does not appear to belong to a resident, report it to Bristol City Council Parking Services.
We have had it confirmed from Traffic Management and Parking Services that in certain circumstances vehicles belonging to contractors working on our properties may in fact park for free in the parking bays. This information is provided in good faith and we do not take any responsibility for its accuracy or for any consequences. However, we suggest you fill in your address, put in the date and print this document to be displayed in any contractor vehicle window. Download the parking document by clicking here.
A number of us have wondered what constitutes legal parking in terms of how much of the vehicle needs to be in the bay. We now have been given the definitive answer: as long as the wheels of the vehicle are in the bay it is legally parked.
If you experience noise or any other issues due to the Bristol University hall of residence, Winkworth House, you can call the Senior Resident there on 07810 507 517. They are usually very helpful and responsive.
These are builders and other household contractors who local residents have used and recommend:
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.