Hope for Park Street site

Published on: 25 Mar 2016

TOTTERDOWN residents are hopeful that they will be able to persuade the council to drop its plans to sell off a popular piece of open space for housing.

The patch of land at the bottom of Park Street, near Bath Road, used to be a playground but it fell into disrepair about 15 years ago and the council took away the play equipment.

For a time it was derelict, but in recent years residents have been tidying it up, cutting vegetation and using it for events such as picnics and Playing Out sessions. 

Community group Tresa has urged residents to write to the council objecting to the sell-off plan, and it has gathered 500 names on a petition.

Simon Hobeck, a director of Tresa, found people eager to sign the petition at the BS4 street market on March 6.

“Do we really want the council selling off these community spaces?” he said. “It’s not derelict, we have been clearing it up gradually by doing things like cutting back the buddleia. It is being reclaimed and it is being used by the community.”

Future ideas for the plot include barbecues, playing basketball, and a herb garden. Tresa is hoping the council will agree to lease out the land for a small rent – as it does with the adjacent community orchard.

Tresa believes that it is the community spirit that has created spaces like this that has made the area such a popular place to live. As reported on page 2, the Times named Totterdown the fifth trendiest place to live in Britain. 

The land is an oddly-shaped plot on a steep hill with difficult access, big enough for perhaps a block of 10 flats. 

Council officials were due to meet to consider the public views and the options for the site on March 25, but it is not clear what the next steps will be.

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