Local plans must include 'Bedminster' and 'green'
A packed meeting at Windmill Hill City Farm (WHCF) discussed ideas for a community manifesto that can be presented to developers and all those involved in the Bedminster Green development.
By Marcus Stone
An ‘urban Eden project’, a new library and wildlife spaces were just some of the many ideas floated.
Around 60 people attended the meeting on the December 5 at Windmill Hill City Farm.
Steve Sayers, WHCF Chief Executive, explained at the meeting: “The City Farm is acting as a facilitator to allow better discussions, as the development is nearby and some plans have not included much ‘Bedminster’ or ‘Green’.”
Ellie Freeman from Action Greater Bedminster outlined how a community manifesto would set out residents wishes in a single framework that could then be presented to developers and other stakeholders. As well as speakers, the main format for the evening was six table-based discussions around different themes including: a place to live, an integrated community, a place to work, a place for wildlife, a place for learning arts and culture and a place of regeneration.
The discussions were organised by Paul Hassan from Locality and led to many different ideas ranging from a new library, wildlife spaces through to inclusion of urban art by extending the Upfest vibe.
Simon Green, from the Circle Project said: “We’d like to see an ‘urban Eden project’ that involves food production and sustainable living in some way such as vertical growing.”
Concerns were not forgotten about the development and mainly centred around the scale of proposed developments and the influx of a large number of students.
A strong aim for many residents was that the history and spirit of Bedminster should be highlighted and preserved, rather than being lost and forgotten.