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Bristol Estate BELTA News Update Autumn/Winter 2022

Herbaceous Planting with CRPE and BHCC

Following overwhelming community support for planting more trees on the Bristol Estate, preliminary survey work was undertaken over the summer to further this project. Our project aims to provide hardy trees for protection at the end of Chadbourn Close, and to add to an orchard of apple and pear trees. Trustee Ben has worked tirelessly to collect comments and feedback building conversation on social media to ensure that all residents’ views are heard and represented. The Countryside Charity (CRPE) will also attend BELTA’s AGM on Saturday 26 November, 12 noon – 3pm and we invite all residents to come and share their views on the day.

Our canopy tree planting initiatives have attracted wider community attention have a look at local media coverage

The planting of two Queen’s Canopy trees at Bristol Estate in Kemp Town copyright The Argus (Image: Chris Malla)

Damson Trees for Damson Over the coming weeks, residents in Damson will be able to enjoy new damson trees that will be planted around their block. It's something the residents have asked for and we are pleased to deliver this with valuable support from BHCC teams. The Trustees will continue to support these improvements to beautify our green areas following a strategy developed by our Trustee Ben as a key area he was keen to deliver for BELTA.

Estate Development Bid - Computer Cafe Successfully Approved

We are thrilled that BELTA’s EDB funding to purchase a number of high spec computers for the community centre was approved at the last EDB panel. We have worked with Digital Brighton and Hove to provide an evidence-base dossier, which demonstrated Bristol Estate, urgently requires support to access digital services through commercial-grade free Wi-Fi. Trustees at BELTA aim to tackle longstanding network and IT access issues by extending accessibility with a longer-term aim of building in house resources that facilitate IT skills education and support delivered at the community hub for any resident that needs it. BELTA Trustees believe these services will offer the wider community a range of positive outcomes.

Estate Development Bid - CPR Manikins & Training

BHCC EDB Panel also awarded funding for CPR manikins. Trustee Ben is a paramedic and through his work understands the value of teaching people how to provide life-saving CPR. Early high-quality CPR is paramount for good outcomes for a patient who has suffered a heart attack. BELTA Trustees are in firm agreement with Ben and supporting the provision of free classes to any East resident who would like to learn CPR.

Estate Development Bid - Patio Awning Installation

Our EDB award will also cover the costs of new patio awning and installation. Awning has been ordered and will be installed to cover the patio area of the Community Hub. This will allow Bristol Estate residents extended use of the outdoor community hub space across the seasons providing shade from sun and rain. The awning while attractive can also be retracted when we don't need it.

BELTA (Bristol Estate Leaseholders and Tenants Association) AGM

Hold the date: our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday 26 November from 12 noon to 3pm at the Bristol Estate Community Hub. All welcome, please join us on the day - look out for further information on the website

ONCA Arts relocation to Bristol Estate We are very excited about a new arts partnership we have developed with ONCA. Some of you may be familiar with ONCA, a Brighton based arts charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues with creativity through their gallery in central Brighton. ONCA are relocating from a second site at the Barge at Brighton Marina, and basing their community education programme here on Bristol Estate. Brighton Trustees are delighted to support their beneficial community work, which offers our residents access to some amazing activities. Look out for more information about Dresscue: A free, drop in community sewing space where people can learn to make mend and upcycle and community creative afternoons Bristol Estate Community Programme

BELTA Trustees have listened to residents and worked hard with partners such as Brighton and Hove City Council Depts, Trust for Developing Communities, Sussex Surplus and more to create a programme of activities extending access to the Community Hub that will enrich life for residents on the estate. We’ll be sharing the new weekly programme on the website shortly

Bristol Estate Community Signposting

We’re very pleased at the installation of new signposting on Bristol Estate; we believe signposts that improve navigation here are long overdue. Our signposts were produced and installed by BHCC using a colour scheme aligned to council branding. Physical signposting is a really positive development - we continue to listen carefully to resident feedback such as the need for additional signs in identified locations.

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