Here is a copy of the Bishopston Society letter sent recently by our secretary to the Council's Bristol City Transport department:
I am writing on behalf of the Bishopston Society to express our support for the bid by Sustainable Bishopston to provide six benches to afford rest and relaxation for shoppers and walkers from the Gloucester Road.
The bid proposal is for two benches on the Promenade, and another near Longmead Ave plus one each to be sited at the top of Tyne Path, Egerton Road and Somerville Road - all slopes which cause some puff!
These benches would allow those who are not as fit and active as they would like due to age and/or ill-health to make short journeys on foot knowing there is somewhere to rest – thus benefiting their health and perhaps reducing the number of car journeys made.
We very much hope that you will agree to this proposal.
Signed, Secretary of the Bishopston Society
For those wanting background information on this, the bid is in response to the following offer from the Council:
Active Neighbourhood Transport Grant - Round 2
Round opens January 2013
Round closes 29 March 2013
(Please note that all projects need to be implemented before April 2015).
We are pleased to offer a second round of grants funded through Bristol's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) as part of its Active Neighbourhoods Programme.
Grants are available from as little as £500 up to a maximum contribution of £100,000 and funding is limited. We would like to fund as many projects across the city as we can; so lower cost applications that demonstrate value for money are especially welcomed.
Sustainable travel is important for individuals, communities and the wider environment. On a personal level, it can help us take short journeys on foot or by bike, increasing our activity levels to benefit our health as well as saving us money. For communities it can increase the numbers of people out on the street, making the streets feels safer and encouraging use of local shops and facilities. On a wider level, sustainable travel aims to provide attractive options for young people, commuters and older people alike, as well as improving air and noise quality in our city.