Chairmans Report for year ending 31 August 12Brian Worthington Chairman
This is a concise account of some of the main activities undertaken by CHIS during this period
Accounts of the full range of activities can be found in the regular Newsletter or at the CHIS Website: www.cliftonhotwells.org.uk
The audited accounts will be presented at the AGM on 20 November 2012. The range of achievements by the Committee and members is outlined in this Annual Report. Government initiatives to extend residents' engagement with local decision-making, notably the Localism Act, and the Neighbourhood Partnership scheme, are laudable yet demand a high price in time and effort from amenity volunteers.
Membership recruitment continues steadily, helped by the Publicity Group's ideas, including the development of relations with business communities.
Frequent requests for our opinion from broadcasting, newspaper and magazine media about local issues show that we maintain our reputation as one of the most effective local residents' organizations. We have made donations to a variety of projects including the Clifton village improvement scheme; the restoration of the royal coat of arms in Victoria Square: the West Bristol Arts Trail: the Brunel Swivel Bridge: the Georgian Group: memorial seats: Christmas lights: a replacement Sweet Gum tree in West Mall gardens; the replacement of the stolen corkscrew bollard outside St Andrew's Churchyard.
We made detailed representations to the proposed GBBN scheme for Whiteladies Road. and the "Keep Clear" signs by the Victoria Rooms were our idea. We have begun to improve communication by adding email addresses to our membership list. My thanks to all those members who have helped CHIS maintain its standing over the past year. We all look forward to another year of challenge and achievement, and to the arrival of an elected Mayor for the city.