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« on: March 04, 2012, 20:57:44 »

Well after moving around a few places in Bristol I have come to the conclusion that Montpelier, despite its reputation for good restaurants and baked goods, is a bit of a shit hole.

I lived here a few years ago on upper cheltenham place which was fine, but in my current abode which I have been in for less than two months I have so far witnessed:

My car getting broken into and stereo/contents being stolen.

Constantly standing in dog shit.

Constantly getting woken up by smackheads sulking around at silly o'clock on the morning/crustafarian motor homes smashing up and down the road at all hours scuffling for parking.

My private driveway being used as a regular exchange point for drug deals

General drug/alcohol abuse and homelessness.

Regular fighting/antisocial behavior - This evening in fact a gang of youths attacked a man to steal his bike which he defended valiantly despite his seatpost/saddle being used as a pick axe to his skull.

So basically - don't believe the hype. Everyone swoons when you tell them you live here but I have quickly come to retort how it is essentially an artery for the smacky dregs of society to skulk between Stokes Croft/St Pauls/Gloucester Road etc.

Rant over.

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 21:08:31 »

i used to love living on Picton street and you sound a bit racist.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 21:13:19 »

Well after moving around a few places in Bristol I have come to the conclusion that Montpelier, despite its reputation for good restaurants and baked goods, is a bit of a shit hole.

I lived here a few years ago on upper cheltenham place which was fine, but in my current abode (junction of york road/picton street) which I have been in for less than two months I have so far witnessed:

My car getting broken into and stereo/contents being stolen.

Constantly standing in dog shit.

Constantly getting woken up by smackheads sulking around at silly o'clock on the morning/crustafarian motor homes smashing up and down the road at all hours scuffling for parking.

My private driveway being used as a regular exchange point for drug deals

General drug/alcohol abuse and homelessness.

Regular fighting/antisocial behavior - This evening in fact a gang of (black) youths attacked a man to steal his bike which he defended valiantly despite his seatpost/saddle being used as a pick axe to his skull.

So basically - don't believe the hype. Everyone swoons when you tell them you live here but I have quickly come to retort how it is essentially an artery for the smacky dregs of society to skulk between Stokes Croft/St Pauls/Gloucester Road etc.

Rant over.

At least you have a Tesco close by now...
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 21:19:00 »

What did you expect? Montpelier is right near the centre of a fairly large city. All the things you've described are part of city life. So are all the great things about Montpelier. They go hand in hand. Having said that, I lived in that area for three years and didn't see that much of what you describe. Maybe you've been unlucky, or perhaps it just bothered me less. Most people who live there are prepared to put up with the odd negative experience because otherwise they think it's a great place to live.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2012, 21:43:32 »



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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 22:19:00 »

There are many positives yes but is it a rule that to benefit from those things you need to put up with an equal amount of shite. As I said when I lived a little off the main stretch it was awesome but I guess right here you just notice the bad.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2012, 22:28:29 »

Well after moving around a few places in Bristol I have come to the conclusion that Montpelier, despite its reputation for good restaurants and baked goods, is a bit of a shit hole.

I lived here a few years ago on upper cheltenham place which was fine, but in my current abode which I have been in for less than two months I have so far witnessed:

My car getting broken into and stereo/contents being stolen.

Constantly standing in dog shit.

Constantly getting woken up by smackheads sulking around at silly o'clock on the morning/crustafarian motor homes smashing up and down the road at all hours scuffling for parking.

My private driveway being used as a regular exchange point for drug deals

General drug/alcohol abuse and homelessness.

Regular fighting/antisocial behavior - This evening in fact a gang of youths attacked a man to steal his bike which he defended valiantly despite his seatpost/saddle being used as a pick axe to his skull.

So basically - don't believe the hype. Everyone swoons when you tell them you live here but I have quickly come to retort how it is essentially an artery for the smacky dregs of society to skulk between Stokes Croft/St Pauls/Gloucester Road etc.

Rant over.


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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2012, 22:30:21 »

There's good points and bad points to wherever you live, you just have to pick your priorities. I used to live in Redland... nice and quiet and leafy, but actually really boring, no sense of community whatsoever (people used to be the sort of young professionals that keep themselves to themselves); no interesting pubs and I kept having the police called on me for playing music not very loud.

Now I live in Montpelier and I must admit any problems I have are similar to the noisy ones you describe - though mainly I think it's just people being loud and lairy when the Star & Garter kicks out rather than the sort of ghetto gangland dealings you're describing, but anyway - and yes I would never leave my bike out front, even chained up; and I certainly cannot argue with you about the dog shit, it's ming. BUT I think apart from that it's a much much more interesting place to live. I love nearly all my local pubs (bar the Star) the guys who work in Ashley stores are the loveliest shop owners I've ever known, I know all my neighbours and we talk all the time and watch out for each other if someone is away; we even had a street party last summer and put sofas and stalls out on the road. I think I will be happier here when can afford double glazing, but other than that I think Montpelier is great.
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2012, 22:43:00 »

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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2012, 22:55:48 »

There also always seems to be lots of litter around. I mainly blame don't panic for this and the thriving club scene.
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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2012, 23:03:41 »

There also always seems to be lots of litter around. I mainly blame don't panic for this and the thriving club scene.

Is it the don't Panic Crew eating vast quantities of cheap crisps and drinking cartons of rubicon on Rosa Parks Lane then? Sneaky buggers.
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2012, 23:23:45 »

Seriously my comment then was so tinged with sarcasm I'm aghast you didn't sense the trolling.
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2012, 23:31:29 »

Seriously my comment then was so tinged with sarcasm I'm aghast you didn't sense the trolling.

Er, so was mine, I don't ACTUALLY believe the Panic crew eat crisps near my house, I was being jocular. although of course, they may. There is excessive in Montpelier mind, especially around the Star and Rosa Parks, a lot of residents go out there with black bin liners when it gets really bad.
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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2012, 23:38:37 »

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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2012, 23:48:07 »

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2012, 09:19:33 »

Montpelier is a shit hole but its cool if you looking to do a bit of recreational slumming.
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2012, 09:46:05 »

I'm  sorry but I have to agree... I lived on picton street for a while and had to  dodge the dog shit and massive amounts of litter every day. Its almost like people use it as a rubbish tip/bin/toilet on the way to town. 

oh... and I would wake up to new graffiti on my van every day. There are a lot of nice people living there but its Typical inner city living really. Feels very cramped. Some people call this cosy and character.. I like space.

I dont miss it.

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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2012, 10:35:25 »

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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2012, 10:52:37 »

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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2012, 11:06:35 »

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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2012, 11:22:29 »

had my car driven into twice while parked there, both times no notes left or anything, just me having to fork out over £1000 to fix my car  Two Thumbs
and picton street is full of poo. i once saw a poo on a box, must of either been a skilled dog or human....
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« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2012, 11:23:31 »

The riot pic is not Montpelier.
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« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2012, 11:36:59 »

changed it to the vid of the feds in piction street then. a fav moment was when they were playing Beat It as they left. that was a great night
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« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2012, 11:42:03 »

I love living here... AND I live just by the Star and Garter....
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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2012, 12:44:06 »

I remember living on bath buildings about 4-5 years ago. Couldn't walk down the road without stepping in shit or some random crusty talking bollox to me.

The house I lived in only had a deadlock on the front door and sometimes my house mates forgot to lock it when leaving or entering the property. On 2 separate occasions we had randomers walking into the house.

First time a scatty crackhead bird walked through the front door and entered my room (first room on the ground floor). I was mixing some tunes and didn't hear her enter but in my peripheral vision I saw something and turned around. Fucking hell, that was horribly shocking! I fell back into my vinyl feeling terrified while she was completely still staring at me. It was like a scene from a horror film when a ghost kreeps up on someone. Then out of the blue, she said 'can I use your toilet'. still in shock I replied 'ok'. Thinking that I might be going mad and this was all happening in my head I called out for my house mate dave who walked in and shouted 'Jesus!'. We both walked her to the toilet where she took a 10min 'piss' then left without saying a word

The second time wasn't that interesting, just a rude boy we chased out of the house with a bat.

Since then I moved to st.andrews and never had a problem
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« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2012, 12:48:42 »

The house I lived in only had a dreadlock on the front door and sometimes my house mates forgot to weave it when leaving or entering the property. On 2 separate occasions we had randomers walking into the house.

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« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2012, 12:55:11 »

I love living here... AND I live just by the Star and Garter....
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« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2012, 13:04:15 »

I think you could pick holes about living anywhere. I live in a place with a relatively low crime rate and near a really decent pub and decent links to both Bristol and Bath. It also has a couple of greengrocers, a butcher's, plenty of places to eat, newsagents, supermarket, leisure centre, park etc.

On the flipside it's full of ratty old people, charity shops and pound shops, also an increase in disused units. It also has a busy high street which is a pain in the area to navigate, and buses can be fucking expensive.
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« Reply #36 on: March 05, 2012, 13:23:32 »

I love living here... AND I live just by the Star and Garter....

I once had a guy try and kill me there. lol.
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« Reply #38 on: March 05, 2012, 14:45:03 »

Returned from weekend away to discover car broken into, stepped in shit whilst checking boot. 


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« Reply #39 on: March 05, 2012, 15:03:45 »

I think the dog shit problem in Montpelier is revolting and a point all residents agree, maybe we should band together and see if something can't be done? There's also lots of dogs off leads. I'm sure it is worse than other areas for this.
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« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2012, 15:07:06 »

I think the dog shit problem in Montpelier is revolting and a point all residents agree, maybe we should band together and see if something can't be done? There's also lots of dogs off leads. I'm sure it is worse than other areas for this.

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Last time they tried to clear up the dogshit this happened

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« Reply #42 on: March 05, 2012, 15:16:11 »

When I lived in London my best mates house had become the number one toilet for all the local cats.  He dealt with it by covering the entire garden with extra hot chilli powder.  It worked for a while.  I'm not sure if dogs share the same crapping technique, I believe they prefer an elevated poo but I'm no expert
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« Reply #43 on: March 05, 2012, 15:19:43 »

I think the dog shit problem in Montpelier is revolting and a point all residents agree, maybe we should band together and see if something can't be done? There's also lots of dogs off leads. I'm sure it is worse than other areas for this.
Montpelier seems to be full of people who don't know how to use a bar of soap let alone clear up their doggies street turds. It'll be making its way into the local flapjack soon as a special organic ingredient.
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« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2012, 17:23:42 »

I live in said area and have noticed a marked increase in turd on the pavement.
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« Reply #45 on: March 05, 2012, 17:47:24 »

Easton Road rivals anywhere in Montpeliar for doggy doo.

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« Reply #46 on: March 05, 2012, 17:49:53 »

...also an increase in disused units.
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« Reply #47 on: March 05, 2012, 19:03:29 »

This isn't a new revelation though is it?
The dial-a-crack phone box down by the Old E has been like that for the 11 years I've known the area. Montpelier has for the length of time I've known it been a mixing pot of wealthy homeowners (I was looking at £250k - £750k price range when I was house buying 2 years ago, and then skulking off to Easton which was closer to my price bracket...) families, and other types of less permanent residents varying from professionals, students, hostel users and squatters.
It's a short cut through to various areas, it's got narrow cluttered poorly lit streets, perfect hunting ground for street criminals, but this is nothing new right? If it was nicer it would be even more expensive, and attract Cliftonites...
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« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2012, 19:58:29 »

...also an increase in disused units.
any chance you could open a specialist cheese shop?

Navaho Cheese Emporium?

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« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2012, 20:33:11 »

i used to love living on Picton street and you sound a bit racist.

Racist how?

Everything Fraternal has said is true.
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