Parks in Knowle, Windmill Hill and Filwood invited to apply for funds

Published on: 29 Apr 2016

GROUPS working with parks and open spaces in Knowle, Windmill Hill and Filwood have the rare chance to apply for hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.

The offer – described as the opportunity of a lifetime – has come about thanks to a major housing development in Salcombe Road, Knowle.

As a spin-off from the project, to consist of 27 houses and eight flats, the council is to receive a large sum to be spent on parks and open spaces.

The Voice was unable to get confirmation of the exact sum from the council.

But it is believed to be close to £900,000, with two thirds of this – around £600,000 – reserved for parks in the neighbourhood partnership area of Knowle, Windmill Hill and Filwood.

Confusion reigns, however, over whether some of the money earmarked for South Bristol has already been allocated.

The neighbourhood partnership will be responsible for allocating the money and will draw up guidelines for groups which want to apply for grants at its next meeting in June.

The Friends of Redcatch Park have already drawn up a wishlist of projects they would like funded by the windfall.

But councillors on the neighbourhood partnership, meeting on March 29, decided they would like to compare more applications from other parks before making a decision at the end of the summer.

Volunteer groups such as the Victoria Park Action Group, the Community of Perretts Park and Totterdown group Tresa may all want to make applications.

Some open spaces, such as Marksbury Road, don’t have a formal group, pointed out Labour councillor Sam Mongon.

The shared ownership housing in Salcombe Road for Knightstone housing association for is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

The spin-off funding came after the neighbourhood partnership earmarked several sites as suitable for housing.

Another is the wooded strip of land along Bath Road near Three Lamps, now part of the Temple Quarter enterprise zone.

No planning application exists for the site. Historically it  had rows of Victorian terraces, demolished in the aborted 1960s plan to build a highway through Totterdown.

However, part of the wooded bank north of Three Lamps has now been earmarked for a wider foot-and cycleway into the arena. Local councillors believe that as the land was zoned as public open space, more funds will be handed over in compensation for the loss, in the same way as for Salcombe Road. But the council was unable to confirm this.

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