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CHIS News Archive 2010

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Communities and the historic environment invitation

1 November: The theme of the conference is going to be based on local groups taking a more active role in managing the heritage of their areas in terms of the PPS recommendations and localism/Big Society agendas.
The afternoon is intended to be a forum to hear people speak about their own experiences in learning about and caring for the historic environment in all it's forms and generate discussion and inspire others to become active in this role.
The attached should give a flavour of the event. It forms part of our Historic Web Map Project that is English Heritage funded.
If the event is a success we'd like to make this an annual forum, but in any case I want to try to encourage greater discussion about these issues between groups and the local authority curators.
The programme includes speakers about history and archaeological projects that have contributed to the care of Bristol's heritage.
If you need any further information please let me know. Peter Insole, Archaeological Officer, Urban Design & Conservation, City Development, Brunel House, St George's Road, Bristol BS1 5UY. tel 0117 9223033 fax 0117 9223101

Bridge Valley Road

The retaining wall bowed out an unacceptable amount and now tenders will have to go out to specialist engineers to stitch the rocks, fill in part of the Port and Pier Railway tunnel number 2. Expenditure will have to be approved at Cabinet in September when detailed design has been received. The Gorge also has rare flora here. It is likely to cost 2.2 million to reopen, or 2.05 just to make safe. Maggie was privileged to go into the tunnel (as an industrial archaeologist) for a feature on the news along with Gary Hopkins the councillor in charge of transport, and Phil Lloyd who has looked after the Gorge for the last 30 years
Bridge Valley Road
Gary being interviewed on Points west inside the tunnel
Bridge Valley Road
Fitting sign to entrance of tunnel 1
There are two tunnels between the Suspension Bridge- built in 1863, the Port and Pier Railway was closed in 1921 to build the Portway. The Hotwells station was north of the Suspension Bridge.
Tunnel 1 is 73 yards long and after closure of the railway was used to store Council records and Museum and Art gallery treasures during WWII
Tunnel 2 only about 30 yards away is 175 yards long and used as a WWII shelter. This was the tunnel that the BBC wanted to use but refused- which is why they ended up in Clifton Rocks Railway

Easter Garden, High Street

First Hovercraft under Suspension Bridge

On 22 May, 10 light hovercraft and the Portishead Lifeboat went in convoy up the Avon from Shirehampton to Bath Road Bridge with the Lord Mayor on board. This was in aid of the Portishead Lifeboard Trust This was the first time a hovercraft had ever passed under the Suspension bridge
Just past the bridge
hovering on the bank


There has been a 6 week consultation with the following persons:-
(a) Avon and Somerset Police
(b) Holders of Premises licenses under the Licensing Act 2003
(c) Local residents groups
(d) Local business representatives

In Clifton village for example, the arrangement of tables and chairs outside of some licensed premises has created difficulties for wheelchair users. Aesthetically it is also noticeable that the increase in the variety of street furniture being used by traders does not always contribute to the street scene.

Any consultation responses be reported to a meeting of the Licensing Special Purposes Sub Committee convened to consider the adoption of policy with a view to it taking effect at the end of 2010

Observatory and Clifton Camp Fort

29 March 10: This meeting of the Downs Committee will endorse the proposed scheme of works to manage Clifton Camp, subject to gaining statutory approvals and the Public Information/Feedback project in late spring
8 September 09: At the Downs Committee Meeting on 7th Sept 2009, there was a proposal on the agenda to hold a public consultation on the aims and options to restore the Clifton Camp Iron Age Hill Fort and Scheduled Ancient Monument is approved, with the results of the consultation and proposed implementation plan reported back to Committee in November. A report was presented by Peter Wilkinson- Service Manager of Parks and Estates (9223535). If people could understand and approve what was being proposed then the scheme would be carried out over a period of several years. The proposal was that a caravan would be parked nearby on DATE POSTPONED and that a consultation document for this site with analysis of peoples comments would be presented to the next Downs Committee meeting on 23 November at 4:30. If there was widespread approval at that meeting then the proposal to remove all the scrub and many trees would go ahead.
Read more in the trees section.
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