2020-01-15 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the TRESA meeting held on 15 January 2020, 7.30pm at Totterdown Canteen

Present:              Geoff Allan (Chair), Suzanne Audrey (Vice-Chair), Michelle Clare-Hudson, Simon Hobeck, Anne Silber, Julian Noble, Aileen McLoughlin, Claire Radford

Apologies:         Carolyn Jones, Linn Waite, Nick Walters.

The advertised speaker from Amba House also submitted apologies due to work commitments.

Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising

The minutes were agreed.

AS has sent various scenarios relating to the proposed Clean Air Zone and Diesel Ban Zone to the Clean Air team.

SA still to ask Places for People about the removal of trees in the Three Lamps estate especially Angers Road.  Action: SA

Alderman Mark Baily is a governor at Victoria Park primary school. AS and GA to contact him about installing an air quality monitor at the school.  Action: AS, GA

Treasurer’s report

£225 membership fees have been transferred from Paypal into our account. £11,299.14 in our account, mostly ringfenced for specific pieces of work.

AS still to purchase an apple tree. Action: AS

Company Secretary

Nothing new to report.


Currently 87 paid up members and 13 friends. There may be a problem with some membership renewals going into ‘junk’ mail. CR volunteered to deliver membership reminders to local people who have not supplied an email address.  Action: CR


Nothing new to report.

Talk of Totterdown

The next issue is being compiled. Articles to be sent to CJ as soon as possible. A survey has been drafted to be included with the Spring or Summer issue depending on when it is ready. SH has drafted an online version. An email will also be circulated to members asking them to complete the survey.  Action: GA, SH, CJ

Totterdown Sprouting

The wassail will take place on Saturday 18th January form 11.00am.

Trees: another apple tree is still to be purchased; two trees have been planted at School Road park; Bristol City Council have replaced the tree at the bottom of Park Street but someone has snapped off the top; the tree survey has proved too big a task; the pruning regime for street trees is unclear and some trees are pruned just after their new leaves appear, so AS will email Bristol City Council to ask about this and copy in Bristol Tree Forum.  Action: AS

The gardening group is doing well.

Planters: new bulbs have been planted; one planter in Summer Hill needs some attention and to be ‘adopted’ by someone in the street.

Stanley Hill rat-run

Still no progress although an officer was assigned to deal with this issue. LW and Cllr Job Wellington are due to meet an officer on site some time this month.  Action: LW

Zone A

The Charity Commission have said TRESA does not qualify for conversion to a CIO under new regulations. GA and AS will meet with the TACA representative to discuss other options. GA to explore: Town Green status; Open Green space; asset of community value.   Action: GA, SA

Zone N

SH reported that Bristol City Council have employed a private contractor to deal with the backlog of tasks. SH met him on site and the work is now out for tender. The Council need to check the paper trail of work undertaken so far to progress improvements.    Action: SH

Mayoral hustings

These will take place Wednesday 18th March, 7.30-9.30pm at Hillcrest Primary school. So far, four candidates have agreed to take part: Samuel Williams, Conservative; Sandy Hore-Ruthven, Green; Mary Page, Liberal Democrat; Christine Townsend, Independent. Marvin Rees been invited but has not confirmed. The hustings will be advertised in the Talk of Totterdown, through social media, and posters around the area. We need to ensure good publicity.   Action: SH, CJ, All


Clean Air Zone: No more news at the moment, although TRESA has sent questions and concerns to the email address air.quality@bristol.gov.uk on the Council website https://www.cleanairforbristol.org/. SA will submit a question at a council meeting. GA will email Laura Stephenson at The Bristol Cable.  Action: SA, GA

Temple Quarter: A report is to be published on regeneration of ‘arena island’ since the cancellation of Bristol’s arena on that site. The arena transport plan included a walkway from just below Three Lamps junction, down through the site (avoiding the sub-standard shared walking and cycling route down over Bat Road bridge. This is retained in the new proposals. TRESA to monitor progress.

Goolden Street: contractor have cleared the site. No sign of building yet.

Future speakers

Lockleaze loves solar is a project to put solar panels on 300 houses in Lockleaze with profits going back into the community. David Sanders is willing to talk about the scheme at a TRESA public meeting if enough people are interested in setting up a similar scheme in Totterdown. An email will be sent to TRESA members and GA will draft an article for the Talk of Totterdown to gauge interest. If there is a lot of interest, we may need a larger room for the public meeting, perhaps the side room at the Star and Dove.  Action: GA


Vehicle idling is being taken up as an issue by Bristol City Council and a project worker has been appointed to work with volunteers. Between now and the next meeting, TRESA directors will consider areas where we wish to address vehicle idling. Hillcrest primary school may be one example. Idling trains below the top of St Lukes Crescent has been raised as an issue by local residents.   Action: All

Date of next meeting

Wednesday 19th February, 7.30pm (directors meeting) at the Star and Dove.