Unbelievable…

Was browsing Facebook last night, and noticed an event in the news feed bit called ‘How would you spend £100k for Stokes Croft?’. Obviously intrigued, had a look, and found there’s a consultation event this Tuesday October 21st from 6pm to 8pm at the Full Moon, asking people how they would like to see £100k spent on the Stokes Croft area, including it seems an angle on the funding of more street art space down there.

So why is it unbelievable? Well, with three days to go, how many of you had heard of this? Seen any posters up around Stokes Croft about it? Seen any bulk emails sent round from anyone about it? Nope, nor here.

Not just that, but have a search of the council website. There may be something buried away in a document search of the site, but it seems unlikely given the publication dates of the documents. You’d think perhaps that an opportunity for the public to have their say on the spending of £100k in an area might be worthy of a council news release, but a search seems to say not. Perhaps, being a consultation and all, it might be in the council’s own consultation database? Nope.

Surely the Evening Post would have mentioned something about this amount of money being spent and the opportunity to comment on it? Run a search, it seems not.

So, the spending of £100k, in an area with a real relevance to lots of different people, and a potential to make a real difference, can it seems only be found out about through random chance on Facebook. Unbelievable.

The Facebook group is here if you’re into that kind of thing, otherwise here are the details from it for you all.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: The Full Moon
Street: Stokes Croft
City/Town: Bristol, United Kingdom

Contact Info
Phone: 01179222969
Email: vicky.welchman@bristol.gov.uk

Description
The council have decided to spend £100,000 improving Stokes Croft!

If you want to see the £100K spent on positive things like street furniture, better lighting, art space, plants, bike racks etc. please come along and let the council know directly.

Representatives from Bristol City Council’s urban design and Highways department (including Vicky Welchman) will be at the Full Moon on Tuesday 21st October from 6-8 to discuss the proposed designs for the corners of City Road and Jamaica St and to invite the residents to ‘help decide how the money should be spent’.

If you can’t make it on the day you can email vicky.welchman@bristol.gov.uk or call her on 0117 922 2969 to let her know your thoughts.

Incidentally, to be fair to the council, if you have seen another way the council have promoted this event that this blog’s missed, then do leave details in the comments below.

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3 responses to “Unbelievable…

  1. required

    Told you.
    Bristol Council=Heathens

  2. Ed

    further to my earlier comment (unpublished by you), a mate did get in touch with Vicky about this and got the following reply which I think you should publish to set the record straight:

    “…

    I’m sorry to hear that you did not know about the meeting last week to discuss improvements to okes Croft. To answer your question re publicity:

    The date was agreed with the Stokes Croft Steering Group, which BEST coordinate, and advertised through their network, and also through the St Pauls External Environment group contacts. I also personally put a flyer through each letterbox on Stokes Croft/Jamaica St and the lower end of Cheltenham Rd the week before and talked to a number of the traders then. PRSC also publicised it through their contacts and it was on Facebook.

    Clearly we always miss someone, however, and would welcome your input into the discussions.

    The meeting last week was just part of the process of agreeing priorities for the money that is available for works to Stokes Croft. We were concerned that not many of the traders were there and since the £100,000 in particular has been given by Highways Asset Management
    to support the retail environment we will be doing more work in the next few weeks talking to local businesses. I hope I will catch up with you then and look forward to hearing your views. There will also be a further meeting in a few weeks to discuss the outcome of the meetings/surveys etc. If you would like to be kept in touch with this please let me know and I will put you on my contacts list.

    Regards
    …”

  3. bristolgraffiti

    Intereresting stuff, cheers man. Odd in a way, as a mate has contacted them before to offer to help with publicity on this stuff, and didn’t hear anything about this from them. Nothing came round the PRSC email list either, but then i guess that’s not the council’s fault.

    Seems it’s more a consultation for traders rather than the public then, which is a shame, as would guess that the public seem more interested than the traders at this stage.

    I guess the point is that they did some very specific local level promotion, but Stokes Croft is an area used by people from all over the city, and a quick press release and putting it on the council website, as well as getting it out to the blog network wouldn’t have taken a moment and would have reached a lot more people.

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