October’23 roundup of the Dings


Our Monthly roundup of the chatter in the Dings. Police and community meeting, lovely Halloween support and lots of development news.

Police and residents meeting

There was a great turnout to a meeting with the police and some local councillors – It’s been written up in a separate post here but big thanks to Sally for setting it up and for great community engagement. They’ve promised to sort out the park lights and get us some neighbourhood watch posters so watch this space!

Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, England, UK – August 11th 2021: Neighbourhood Watch and SmartWater sign

Also from the police site…

Whether you are walking home from work or school, heading to the gym, meeting up with friends, or just popping to the shop, it can feel very different now the clocks have changed and the nights are drawing in. If there are particular areas where you feel unsafe you can use StreetSafe to make an anonymous report.

To use Streetsafe, visit: https://www.police.uk/pu/notices/streetsafe/street-safe/

StreetSafe is a quick and anonymous way to report any area where you don’t feel safe, this could be down to poor street lighting, an overgrown hedgerow forcing you to walk in the road, or due to groups loitering in certain areas. These reports help us identify places that may need extra patrols, or where we can work with partners to improve those areas and make them safer for all.

Please note: ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents.


From Elodie Sanssous

Thank you to the amazing neighbours and dings Community for opening your doors for trick or treats tonight 🎃🎃

Lovely place to live in

Feeder Canal Art Residency

An event and exhibition that explores Bristol’s Feeder Canal as a cultural and ecological place in transition. The exhibition features artworks and research created and encountered during the Feeder Canal Research Residency. The event on Saturday 11th November includes creative workshops, lunch and a series of talks.

All welcome, venue: Screenology, SIlverthorne Lane.

Tutoring Support – from Nola

TUTORING offer. For families with school aged kids, if you are interested in one on one term time tutoring from University students Will from The Hub will be at the Safe Ouse this evening from 4.14 pm to 5 pm. He will be there to answer any questions you have and will have referral forms to fill in if you would like to sign up 🙂 It is a voluntary service so there is no cost to Dings families.

Lee Pullen’s amazing night sky pictures

From the Dings to the Cosmos! This is the delightfully named Rotten Fish Nebula. The blackest areas, seemingly empty of stars, are dense clouds of gas and dust that are blocking background light. We can see some areas of wispy nebulosity that are reflecting light from nearby stars. As always, I took this photo from my back garden in The Dings. It’s a very faint target and I haven’t heard of it being imaged from a city before.

Plumber Recommendations

Thanks from Ian Batten

This chap called Charlie. Thoroughly decent chap, lovely to deal with and really decent rates 07908 244763 (https://www.mybuilder.com/profile/view/osborneservices)

Development News

Major work begins at Bristol Temple Meads to create eastern entrance

Over the coming months, work will include piling to support the creation of the new entrance in the existing retaining wall, followed by breaking through the wall and excavation works to create a tunnel through to the subway inside the station. In early 2024, construction on the new entry itself will begin.

The new entrance is expected to take 13 months to build, but it won’t be ready for use for years yet. Once complete it will be covered until September 2026, until the development of the new university campus and public space outside the entrance is completed.”

Temple Island

Bristol is getting a booming new neighbourhood! It’s now time to voice your thoughts and ideas on how to shape the Temple Island development just beside Temple Meads station.

More student development plans

This one was first proposed last year, and I think they possibly presented the plans at the Safe Ouse ? They have resubmitted. Details are in the attached link and options to feedback are below

What happens next:

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these proposals with you either in person or virtually, please let us know if you would like us to organise this and provide some convenient dates/times.

In the meantime, please can you also pass this information onto your members in your next newsletter/email or on your social media channels?

You can see and comment on the proposals on Bristol City Council’s planning portal using the reference 22/06050/F

The Design and Access Statement Addendum summarises the consultation responses received following submission of the application in December 2022, and demonstrates how the amendments made to the proposals address them.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Avril Baker Consultancy

Major blueprint for Bristol unveiled including nearly 35K new homes by 2040

A total of 34,650 homes – an average of 1,925 each year over the strategy’s lifetime – are envisaged, including at least 12,000 classed as affordable. Most of these will be on urban “brownfield” sites that have had previous development, in central areas such as Broadmead, Western Harbour, Temple Quarter and Frome Gateway.”