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posted Oct 9, 2014, 7:04 AM by George Grace   [ updated Oct 9, 2014, 7:27 AM ]
Bedminster Town Team Newsletter - October 2014

Key activities at the current time are summarised below (this is an amended extract from the Town Team Board Briefing Note and Minutes for October (full minutes may be read in the Projects / Town Team and BID Board section of this website.

Summary

1.                           Annual Town Team and BID Priorities for 2014/15 

1.  See below – initial suggested projects highlighted

2.  Rainbow Pom Pom Parade - is coming to North Street in the Spring - please see below. 

2.                           Theme Groups

1.                           Built Environment - please see aims for the year in the priority list. Highlights currently are: the advancement to turn the beginning of Mill Lane into Mill Square; a new project by senior UWE students to improve the attractiveness of Dean Lane and Church Road; lobbying the council to make decisions we perceive to be in favour of the retail streets - eg the successful planning application for redevelopment of St Catherine's Place (see notes below - this development should provide c£1.4m of additional annual demand for East St) and (at the other end of the scale) confirmation of planning for an attractive decking outside the new Burger Joint on North St)

2.                           Marketing Arts & Culture - please see aims for the year in the priorities list. Highlights include:

1.       East Street Market - this is now up and running with 4 stalls regularly in place 10-4 on Saturdays at the bottom of East Street with growth anticipated - more details from Tom our Markets Manager - markets@bedminster.org.uk

2.       Christmas is coming! - currently the plan is 29th November to close East St and hold a Christmas Market and Fair; on the same day we are finalising a 20 Venue and 20 (moving) musicians event all around Bedminster; the Lanterns are being strongly supported by the Town Team this year with a substantial grant and will be coursing through the shopping streets on 6th December; and of course Christmas lights - this year we have gone for something completely different. More information to follow re all these proejcts.   

3.                           BID Admin and Management Review - more details of how the BID is managed are set out below. The board agreed to continue with the existing arrangement for a further six months. 

If you have any questions regarding any of the Town Team and BID activities please don't hesitate to contact us.

Simon Dicken, Wilkinson, East St: Man242@wilko.co.uk

Ben Barker, GBCP: benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk 

George Grace: george@towncentred.com  

Town Team and BID Priorities 2014-15 

Theme/Str

Loc

Project Description

 £'s 

Votes

Built Env

All

Hanging baskets - £40per basket up to max 100 fairly distributed across the BID

4,000

Approved

Built Env

All

Shop Front Improvement Scheme – grants to catalyse poorly presented shops to improve appearances

5,000

7

Built Env

All

Artists Studios above the shop – work with owners of empty space above shops to rent out v cheaply to artists (avoids Decent Home Standards etc which makes proper renovation prohibitive)

2,000

6

Built Env

All

Art in Windows above the shops – unsightly boarded up windows above shops to have art installed into window frames (probably of people and ideally with wit)

2,000

6

Built Env

All

Bristol Green Capital Project – support NP Green Walkways Project in which walkways lead to the retail streets.

5,000

5

Built Env

All

Accessibility Survey (as presented to the Board by the UWE academics)

 £750 (match NP)

3

Built Env

All

Navigation Maps for Pedestrians in c3x locations

2,000

3

Built Env

All

Shop/buildings improvements match funding scheme - eg match fund shops c£300 ea

3,000

3

Built Env

All

Gateway Art or Greening– wherever possible/relevant – c/f from 2013

4,000

3

Built Env

All

Bench (or other sculptures)

1,000

2

Built Env

E

Mill Square (on Mill Lane)  - new road surface, planters, benches, artwork, kids plaything

5,000

11

Built Env

E

East Street Events Manager (weekly small mkt and 2x annual 'event')

3,500

2

Built Env

E

Fabric Banners – to change 2x pa

4,000

2

Built Env

E

Bollards and Adjacent Tarmac Arts Project – drawing inspiration from NY Times Square – probably via stencil(?) to ensure the sheer quantity may be covered cost effectively

5,000

2

Built Env

N - Lwr

Welcome to North St ‘Gateway’ Arch

20,000

3

Crime

All

PCSO for whole BID area but special focus on East St – seek match funding from police for max investment of £8,000

8,000

5

Crime

All

Radios (2 years)

4,000

Approved

Mkt, A&C

N - Up

A competition in art college, upper schools etc to design a flag for north st - winning design would be used.

250

6

Mktg, A&C

All

Shaun the Sheep – sponsor a sheep

7,000

Approved

Mktg, A&C

All

Events and Markets Manager

3,500

Approved

Mktg, A&C

All

Plaster Marketing, PR and Website Support etc

5,000

15

Mktg, A&C

All

Christmas Lanterns December 6th – to start Tobacco Factory end of North St and incorporate whole of North St, and part of East St; integrate into a North St Christmas Event (details tbc); shops may use lanterns as displays afterwards

4,000

14

Mktg, A&C

All

Upfest Annual Event 2015 – one of the largest events in S Bristol with c25,000 now attending. Cost to host is £60k in total. Agreed that one large artwork will be completed on East St to test whether shoppers are interested in this as a way of improving East Streets attractiveness

5,000

14

Mktg, A&C

All

Skills Week – repeat and grow last year’s event – in particular around evening economy ideas (eg small music and dance events in which audience encouraged to take part more; and/or break outs how to learn a musical instrument?

4,000

13

Mktg, A&C

All

Show of Strength – Let’s Do it in the Street  – ie a repeat of last year’s successful run (more days of shows, two different 45 minute walks each day)

2,500

9

Mktg, A&C

All

Shop Loyalty Card – simple loyalty card scheme copying ideas of a proven scheme (Penarth) in which c1500 cards are printed and sold at £1 each to est 50 businesses for resale to customers; also 5x £10 vouchers to be won each month for ‘first to use their card’

1,000

9

Mktg, A&C

All

Chr Lights - projections/icicles/trees-8k, N-St solar trees-1k

8,000

7

Mktg, A&C

All

BOB Best of Bedminster – try to catalyse the return of BOB by offering an early £2k grant to the organisers to ensure the event for 2015

2,000

7

Mktg, A&C

All

Festoon Lighting

2,000

7

Mktg, A&C

All

BS3T Guide for tourists and thus distribution at Bristol Tourist Centre and city centre hotels and bars

1,500

6

Mktg, A&C

All

Purchase generator (for markets, events etc)

600

5

Mktg, A&C

All

BS3 Free Post code Lottery - monthly prizes donated by local businesses

 ?

4

Mktg, A&C

All

Websites Integration– integrate customer facing by providing pages for and business facing website and for GBCP. ie focus all stakeholders to one single core information source.

2,500

3

Mktg, A&C

All

Best Shop Window similar to Bedminster Good Garden Award

250

3

Mktg, A&C

All

Street Art Tours – many tourists to Bristol are for street art but focus on Stokes Croft and Nelson St. Bedminster is missing out. TT to match £500 by Upfest to explore ways (tbc and to satisfaction of TT (not a minibus)) to bring these visitors to Bedminster for the good of the area.

500

3

Mktg, A&C

N

‘Food Connections’ on North Street’ – piggy back this major Bristol wide foodie event by putting on an appropriate North Street offering tbc

1,000

6

Mktg, A&C

N

‘Branding’ of North St

500

3

Mktg, A&C

N - Lwr

Advertising - purchase 12 months of ads eg in Clifton Life(17 editions = £1445)

1,500

7

Mktg, A&C

N - Lwr

Autumn Event 'Day and Night in Lower North St' - bunting

200

3

Mktg, A&C

N - Up

Metal sculptures to be made for outside of the shops that would represent what they sold so for example- the butcher might have a cow head, AV might have a gramophone

4,000

9

Mktg, A&C

W

West St Stories

1,000

Approved

 

 

(Projects with zero votes not included)

135,300

 

 

Notes:

Rainbow pom pom parade

Paper Village is seeking  to deliver this project in March of 2015 (  date is flexible but I want to do it at a time when there is nothing else going on so that people really get involved . The problem with many things on this street is that they often happen all at once.

The project will effectively join the two ends of the street together.

The project is a quick cost effective easy way of creating a spectacular  community visual event

The idea is to create a rainbow of pom poms..hundreds of them running from one  end of North Street to the other ( outside)  starting with the first colour of the rainbow and ending with the last so red orange yellow green blue indigo ( we will however replace indigo with pink) as it is a more exciting colour for this kind of project) violet. We may also mix shades of the chosen colour so that it is visually more stimulating. Pom poms can easily be made into garlands. Hung from trees, tied to door knockers. Bike racks etc etc

One end would be red be red and the other violet. The pom poms would be strung over shop windows, hung on door knobs ,,wound round things, hung from trees etc  It would be spectacular

o   Red zone  -  Spanish  bar  and Marks bread to cardiac

o   Orange zone  - Nat West Bank  thru to mini roundabaout – luckwell road

o   Yellow zone – Shops just before and around North street green  + solicitors etc

o   Green zone Solicitors throu to  Playing out

o   Blue zone Playing out to Bookshop

o   Pink zone Bookshop to  Bubbahub

o   Violet zone Bubbahub to elephant house

Methodology

Paper Village would offer instruction and support to get all of the shopkeepers, children, the school etc and shop customers making pom – poms.  Paper Village  will  offer a few demonstrations . We want to involve younger and older people

We would ask of the shops and cafes in an area to get together to  decorate their external  bit with the chosen colour  ( if cafes or shops want to decorate inside their buildings to match that is up to them - it will certainly be encouraged. They could also put stock in the chosen colour in their windows)

A Pom Pom Czar would be recruited to oversee the project in each zone  supported by Vic from Paper Villge  who will also provide how to and info sheets for the Pom Pom Czars

Each pom pom  Czar will receive  a set of Pom Pom makers, some bags of wool and   will be asked to provide a box for people to  add in donated pom poms

Outcomes

o   Brings the two ends of the street together in one activity

o   Encourages people to walk from one end of the street to the other

o   Is fun, easy and highly  accessible  to everyone

o   Will create a visual spectacular that can be used on postcards, publicity and will certainly get press coverage

o   Is a really fun activity – pom poms make people smile

o   Encourages people  to engage in a activity together -strengthening the community.

o   Marks North Street as the creative  hub of Bedminster



St Catherines Place Redevelopment – potential £1.4m in new demand for East St

Summary demand impact on East St calculations:

·         188 appartments = c400 people spending 50% of above locally = £70x400 = 28000 wk => £1.4m pa

·         Equivalent to the turnover of 4-5 small independent stores?

 


 BID Admin and Project Managment

Summary: Part time, monthly rolling contact. To deliver a multi-project business plan, with first-hand experience of running BIDs, and commissioning projects with a value of c£90,000pa.

 The Role – in broad terms there are two roles:

1.       BID Administrator:

        administrating on behalf of the BID (Steering Group) the relationship between Bristol City Council and the circa 250 BID levy payers (businesses) and setting up and managing appropriate financial and accounting controls

        provide day-to-day management of the BID, ensuring that the BID Business Plan is complied within a professional, transparent and cost effective manner

        act as the champion for the BID and be the main point of contact for all operational matters

        measure the KPIs set out in the Business Plan to the satisfaction of the BID Steering Group

        work with BCC to ensure prompt payment of the annual BID levy and maintain financial administrative arrangements (with BCC) for the payment of BID 'expenses'

        support the BID Steering Group ensuring that it complies with its constitution at all times and that its membership is representative of the GR-BID

        ensure that BID activities are managed within the agreed budget and that suppliers are paid promptly

        comply with appropriate legislation

        react as appropriate to issues that may affect local businesses

        organise BID Committee meetings, ensuring that agendas and papers are sent out in advance of the meetings

        keep businesses up to date and conversant with the BID

        carry out any other reasonable activities as required by the BID Committee and act as the first point of contact for BID levy payers, within the framework of the Business Plan and the operational needs of the Company

        and to create a positive climate within which local and national business stakeholders will consider a new and potentially expanded BID from April 2015

 2. Project Delivery - making it happen – ie ensuring the BID aims in Year 1 and subsequent years are successfully delivered

        deliver the additional BID services

        be main point of contact for third party service providers

        regularly monitor the delivery and impact of the BID by walking road regularly noting details of any variance to expected standards

        formulate actions and follow up as appropriate to ensure appropriate remedial actions are taken

        propose revisions to the Business Plan as necessary

 

 

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