JerryHicks     Jerry Hicks died peacefully at the weekend. One of our members says, ''Jerry Hicks was a true visionary and Renaissance Man! Bristol has to thank him for many things, particularly in helping to change the direction of planning from the 1960's onwards......


Daniella's latest newsletter covers a wide range of topics - 24 in total - including 'Walking Maps Project', 'Horfield Common Pond', 'Big Green Week', 'Debate - Should we build less and reuse more?', 'Bristol Woman magazine is looking for funding'.....

You can see the newsletter here:


Welcoming the announcement from the Local Government Association that councils should be able to decide for themselves via the planning system whether betting shops are needed (published 1 February) Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said:

The link to the following article seems worth offering to our readers who are concerned about the present problems of floods, both local and national. And we are grateful to Clive Stevens and the Bristol Tree Forum for alerting us to it: drowning in money  See also: guardian article

One of the very few surviving ‘green’ areas in the urban surroundings of Redland and Bishopston is imminently threatened by development.  This is the site of the old New Church building on the corner of Cranbrook, Kersteman and Elton Roads.

Clive Stevens, Chair of Bristol TreeForum reports:

Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – It’s been a busy 6 weeks for the TreeForum trying to keep Bristol’s re-treeing program on track.

CAG and Montpelier Conservation Group have been awarded  funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore your memories of Westmoreland House. The project focuses on the short period of the building’s life when it was occupied in the 1960s to early 1980s.

Civic Voice has produced a briefing document outlining the main points of the Government's vision of EH's future.


Below is a brief summary of the latest (Jan 15th) proposals by the Mayor. For full detais go to:

Civic Voice Chair *, Freddie Gick, today, Jan 9th, called on the Prime Minister to listen to the comments of No 10 Policy Unit member, Nadhim Zahawi MP.
Gick said “Nadhim Zahawi and many other MPs who participated in the planning debate in Westminster on 8th January clearly recognise that developers want to build on Green Belt