Clifton and Hotwells
Improvement Society (CHIS)

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Chairmans Report for year ending 31 August 07

Brian Worthington Chairman

Social Events

We have had a full, interesting and wide-ranging programme of talks and local walks arranged by Mike Pascoe, although Fate brought to a halt Suffragettes in Bristol (a false fire alarm) and the Visit to the University Botanic Garden (torrential rain). They will be included in next year’s programme. Greater success and appreciative audiences were achieved with Publishing: for Love or Money?; Leigh Woods 100 Years Ago; 18th Century Ballooning in Bristol and a Walking tour of Hotwells – as is expected to be the case with Victorian Pleasures and Pastimes (18 September) and The Coaching Era in and around Bath and Bristol (23 October).
Next year’s programme will incorporate talks and social events appropriate to the Fortieth (Ruby) Year Commemorations. A group visit to Bletchley Park organized by RoseMary Musgrave will take place in late September. Last year’s address by Stan Szecowka about The Clifton Chronicle was sweet and sour: after the paper’s demise he was appointed to an editorship in the Middle East. A Christmas Drinks party to encourage new members was given by Delphine Lyddall.


CHIS has funds which it gives to help local initiatives. The annual rent of £835 for the Lower Mall Gardens was received. A grant of £300 was put into effect by members in Vyvyan Terrace for help with provision of ornamental floral tubs. £1000 was given and has yet to be called upon, to the Committee to Reinstate Brunel’s Swivel Bridge in Hotwells for investigative work and an application to the National Heritage Fund. Those who had given pledges for expenditure arising out of the Society’s appeal over the Suspension Bridge Road (Visitors’ Centre) Stopping Up Order received sums in proportion to the difference between their contribution and the costs incurred, a process that is now complete.

Letters of Appreciation

These are offered when a building, landscape or something else positively improves the area.

Documents Studied and Meetings Attended

The Bristol Evening Post is read nightly and relevant items followed up. The Western Daily Press often consults CHIS, as do the Clifton Life and Bristol Life magazines as well as BBC and HTV local stations. The demise of the Clifton Chronicle was regretted as was the loss of its full, balanced and informative coverage of the Society’s policies and activities.

Members of the Committee have attended meetings on many topics including

Parking and Traffic

After a legal delay, officers promised to allow two hour parking in central Clifton before the end of 2004. It has been implemented in places. We are still opposed in principle to applications to turn front gardens into hardstanding, off-street parking, now more so for its effect on flooding. We welcome the developing controls on parking and riding on the Downs. We encourage the City Council to establish a promised re-assessment of yellow lines etc in the area and to stop cars parking dangerously on lowered pavements. The ward police officer has helped in the reinstatement of cycling police in our area and is strict in fining law-breaking cyclists. Regular discussions are held with the area Police Officer at his stand in Clifton Down Shopping Centre. We have successfully requested better signing on bus routes 8 and 9 and are keen on a bus from the Park and Ride venues. We have expressed concern about double parking in The Promenade by Engineers’ House.

Local Matters

The Committee has not been idle. In addition to achievements previously documented.

Elections 2007

On the present Committee there are two co-opted members, Katherine Croft and Peter Rendle. Full Committee members and their years of election are: Gill Blakeman (2004), Sue Goodland (2004), Maggie Shapland (2004), Michael Woodman Smith (2004), Julia Killingback (2005), Brian Worthington (2005), Richard Bland (2006), Mike Pascoe (2006), Sharon Baker (2006). Those elected in 2004 have completed their three years. Mike Pascoe has left the Committee. We therefore have five vacancies for election at the AGM. We would ask you to obtain the agreement of anyone before putting his or her names forward.
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