Monthly Archives: November 2015

Car park proposals

Improvements along Shirehampton Road

Asking for your thoughts on proposals to protect and enhance the park edge

Many of you will recall there have been a number of occasions over the last two years when travellers have moved into and camped in the park. This has partly been due to the poor condition of the current set of wooden bollards. Although a number of these have been replaced in Shirehampton Road car park the estate is still vulnerable.

Bristol parks have proposed replacing sections of bollards with low earth banks to prevent vehicles gaining access to the park and improve the appearance of this prominent area. The proposals would see the mismatched timber posts and a couple of boulders removed and banks constructed no higher that 3ft and sown with grass seed to blend-in better with their surroundings. Access to the principal paths would be maintained with openings in the banks, and drop-bollards to allow for maintenance vehicles. There may be additional benefit in the removal of the regrowth of scrub on the former tennis court nearby, and the capping of the tarmac court surface with topsoil; also to be resown with grass.

The principles are already supported by the Avon Gardens Trust, but to engage with the council and make sure any of our concerns are addressed, KWAG has drawn a set of plans for discussion and agreement. With the support of Parks we are sharing them here to get your thoughts as well and to try and make sure everyone is comfortable with this development. We hope that these changes will enhance the appearance of this side of the park as well as improving security.
Please let us know your opinions, whether you support the idea or have any concerns, and we can discuss these with council officers. We will collate any feedback we get, but please don’t be alarmed if you see part of a bank being constructed any time soon; this is just a trial section to see how it will look and how it will perform. If you could get in touch before Christmas with any comments, the sooner the better, we can amend plans to discuss with Parks. If the proposals go ahead then they hope to begin work early in 2016.

A full set of plans can be downloaded as PDF here:

Iron Bridge damaged

On Thursday 5th November we received the bad news that a lorry had hit and badly damaged the Iron Bridge over Kings Weston Road, close to the old inn. We’re grateful to Bob Pitchford for having taken these photos showing the damage, and although it’s less serious than it could have been, it’s now in a serious condition.

As a Grade II Listed structure the bridge is protected from removal. It was built by the engineer John Loudon McAdam (from whom tarmac derives its name) and installed as part of his road improvements for the Bristol Turnpike Trust. The cutting where the road now runs was dug through the hill to avoid the steep gradient, and the bridge installed to ensure that visitors were still able to cross from the historic inn into the landscaped parkland. McAdam wrote of it that he was “Lowering Hill and building walls at Kingsweston Hill” in 1821, and the bridge dates to these works – making it a venerable 194 years old.

7thNov20159Damage appears to be limited to the north side where two arched spandrel sections of cast iron support, but an inspection of the bridge was being made on Friday to ascertain the extent of the damage. Cast iron is not an easy material to repair and new sections are likely to require casting. Bristol City Council quickly committed to repair the structure in a press release stating : “We will do everything we can to restore this historical bridge and to reopen the road as soon as possible.

In the meantime the bridge is closed to pedestrians, though we understand the road below has since reopened. The Council are exploring alternative arrangements for walkers, and hopefully we’ll be able to report more on the situation soon.

A full copy of the Council statement can be read here.


In the meantime we have come up with a short diversion. It’s far from ideal, but will get you between the Home Park and Kingsweston Hill, but PLEASE take extreme care when crossing the road at the location marked.footpath diversion


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