What we're doing to improve high streets in Bristol.
What we've done
In July 2021, Bristol secured £4.725 million of funding to help Bristol's high streets and the city centre recover from the impact of COVID-19 and to help get more people visiting and using these places.
To understand what improvements are needed and what events and activities people would like to see in each of the priority areas we've been working with:
- community groups
- culture and events organisations
We collected feedback between September 2021 and March 2022 through online surveys, focus groups, creative workshops and on-street engagement.
What you said
We've produced documents about what people said about the city centre and 9 priority high streets which:
- summarise key findings from the high street engagement
- say what we are doing or propose to do in each area
See what people have said about:
- pdf City Centre (393 KB)
- pdf Brislington (Brislington Hill and Bristol Hill) (380 KB)
- pdf Church Road, St George (600 KB)
- pdf East Street, Bedminster (540 KB)
- pdf Filton Avenue (498 KB)
- pdf Filwood Broadway (375 KB)
- pdf Shirehampton High Street (474 KB)
- pdf Stapleton Road (476 KB)
- pdf Stockwood (Hollway Road and Stockwood Road) (343 KB)
- pdf Two Mile Hill (592 KB)
What we're doing
Activities underway, include:
- Vacant Commercial Property Grants
- support for businesses through our Business Development Officers
- a programme of culture activity, events and markets for the City Centre and 9 priority high streets
- working on a programme of street scene and greening improvements to enhance each of the priority areas. Examples include:
- bins and recycling facilities
- pocket parks
To share the plans for street scene and greening improvements for each area, we're running a series of face-to-face drop-in events and online sessions for the public, business and other interested stakeholders.
Street scene and greening plans
The plans take into account feedback from local residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders, the amount of funding available and the physical constraints of each area. For example, services running below ground would prevent planting a tree.
Plans for each area:
- pdf Brislington street scene and greening plans (1.73 MB)
- pdf Filton Avenue street scene and greening plans (556 KB)
- pdf Church Road street scene and greening plans (2.24 MB)
- pdf Shirehampton street scene and greening plans (1.84 MB)
- pdf Stapleton Road street scene and greening plans (3.52 MB)
- pdf Two Mile Hill Road street scene and greening plans (724 KB)
Face-to-face drop-in sessions
- Shirehampton Library: Wednesday 15 November, 1:15pm to 3:15pm
- Horfield Library : Thursday 16 November, 1pm to 3pm
- Junction 3 Library : Friday 17 November, 2:15pm to 4:15pm
- St George Library: Friday 17 November, 2:15pm to 4:15pm
- Bourne Christian Centre, Two Mile Hill Road: Monday 20 November, 1pm to 3pm
- St Luke's Church Hall, Church Parade, Brislington: Wednesday 22 November, 1pm to 3pm
If you would like to attend the online sessions, email email@example.com
Include the date and time of the sessions you would like to attend and we will email you the joining instructions.
- Wednesday 15 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
- Friday 24 November, 10am to 11:15am
- Thursday 16 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
- Monday 27 November, 1pm to 2:15pm
- Friday 24 November, 2:15pm to 3:30pm
- Wednesday 29 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
Church Road, St George
- Monday 27 November, 10:15am to 11:30am
- Thursday 30 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
Two Mile Hill
- Tuesday 21 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
- Wednesday 29 November, 2:30pm to 3:45pm
- Wednesday 22 November, 6pm to 7:15pm
- Friday 1 December, 10:30am to 11:45am
If you would like to share any feedback or comments on the plans, email firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 December 2023.
£1.5 million of additional funding has been secured through the strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL) for high streets, subject to Cabinet approval.
The new funding will allow us to continue supporting Bristol's city centre and high streets, with a focus on 3 new priority high streets:
- Ashley Road/Grosvenor Road in St Paul's
- Crow Lane in Henbury
- Oatlands Avenue in Whitchurch
Funding will be spent on capital infrastructure projects to support growth in these areas, including lighting, improvements to cycle routes or infrastructure, and greening as part of wider public realm improvements.
Work will start on the new priority areas in October 2023 and run until September 2025, subject to community and business engagement, detailed designs, costings and contractor availability.