Important Update on Number 4 Bus Service – Julian Road

There have been several queries and issues recently regarding the number 4 bus service, particularly relating to the Julian Road stop.

SPRA and Councillor John Goulandris have been liaising with Bristol City Council in this matter, the upshot being the following:

‘Due to miscommunication between the people doing the works and the bus company, the service was diverted early.

Julian Road will be closed, weather and emergency works allowing, from 8am on Monday 15th August until 6pm on Friday 26th August for the necessary road repairs to take place.

Notices will be placed on the bus stops to advise passengers of the diversion. Unfortunately, due to the roadworks there are limited placed to install temporary stops during this time. ‘

See below for the full letter from Bristol City Council:

Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve Needs Help!

We have posted the following on behalf of the Friends of Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve. Please do consider getting involved in this worthwhile initiative if you are able:

Our lovely local Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve needs help! 

The Nature Reserve is part of what was Old Sneed Park Estate, Stoke Bishop. This was the home of Francis Tagart, then George White and later became Nazareth House. 

The Friends group (FOSPNR) have run the Nature Reserve since 1995. Many are now retiring and new volunteers are needed (not manual labourers). They need people for:

– the Newsletter (writers/editor/distribution)
– for publicity and fund raising
– a Minutes Secretary
– also new people to join the Committee to bring fresh ideas. 

Bristol City Council puts very little into our Nature Reserve.

It is thanks to the Friends, however, that the Reserve has extras like the dipping platform, the Millennium path benches, tree and hedge planting and general maintenance. Much of this is funded by successful grant applications.  

Without continued management by a Friends group we risk an invasion of scrub, lack of maintenance and loss of flowers, no educational activities or information.

Our Reserve will lose the unique habitats that make the site so special, as well as its Local Nature Reserve status. 


For more information, please do email the Friends of Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve here:

Portway Survey from Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is asking that people who live or travel along the A4 Portway in Bristol give their views on improving bus, cycling and walking journeys via the following survey:

The deadline is Wednesday, 17th August 2022.

Click on the image for more information too.

History Talk on Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop

As residents of Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop, have you ever wondered about the history of the amazing location in which we live?

If so, do come to Ian Beattie MBE’s forthcoming talk on 8th June on ‘The Noble History of Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop from the 16th Century to the Present Day’.

Ian is a former chair of SPRA (1984 to 1994) so is bound to have a wealth of fascinating insights and knowledge to share.

Ian’s talk is in aid of The Rotary Club’s project to provide Raspberry Pi Computers and Training in Coding and its Applications, to Secondary Schools in Lebanon.

Tickets are £5.

It’s on Wednesday 8th June 2022 @ 7.30 pm at St. Mary’s Church, Mariners Drive, Stoke Bishop

SPRA AGM – Tuesday, 17th May 2022

Sneyd Park Residents Association (SPRA) AGM takes place on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at St Mary’s Church, Mariners Drive, Sneyd Park, Bristol at 7.30pm.

If you live in Sneyd park and care about where you live please come along to support the Committee and Sneyd Park Residents Association (SPRA) at the AGM. 

It’s the one opportunity in the year to speak live and face-to-face to the SPRA Committee, as well as to local councillors and other residents groups about life style issues and forward planning for your area. 

If you need any further information don’t hesitate to call anyone on the committee.

All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Parking in Stoke Bishop Village

We have recently received an update from Bristol City Council regarding the new 1 hour parking zone restrictions in Stoke Bishop village. The following is taken from a letter from Bristol City Council’s Parking Enforcement and Civil Operations Manager:

The new restrictions in place have not yet been enforced.

Parking Services have been waiting for the area to be signed off and all regulated lines and signs installed. I understand this has now been completed and the area is enforceable.

We are in the process of placing the new regulations in the hand held devices to enable enforcement.

Once this is completed the area will be patrolled as part of a general patrol of the area.

We will initially be advising motorists/residents of the new restrictions, educating them on the new restrictions.

I have already briefed the Supervisors as to the new restrictions across the ward and they will be familiarising themselves and their respective teams, on the new controlled parking.

I expect that enforcement will begin in the next week or so, once we have updated our hand held computers and advised all staff.

Bristol City Council’s Parking Enforcement and Civil Operations Manager, May 2022