Sunday, 24 July 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016


B&NES Liberal Democrats
For immediate release: Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Budget vote will mean residents pay more and get less
B&NES Councillors met this evening to discuss the Council budget for the 2016-17 financial year. The budget includes £12M of spending reductions as well as a 3.25% hike in the level of Council Tax residents will be expected to pay. This comes on top of already announced hikes in the precepts charged by the Fire Service, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Parish Councils.
Finance spokesperson for the Lib Dems, Councillor Andy Furse (Kingsmead) commented:
“We are unable to support this budget, which asks residents to pay more and get less. After a five year freeze, residents are being asked to pay 3.25% more Council Tax as well as increases to other precepts. In return, they can expect to see services cut in many departments, with more and more cuts to come.”
“The Conservatives have said they will deliver a balanced budget, but they cannot yet tell us exactly how this will be accomplished. Very little detail has been provided about some of the biggest savings the Conservatives are hoping to achieve. A large proportion of these rely on departmental reviews, which have not yet taken place, and business plans to boost income, which have not yet been developed. Others rely on accounting manipulations.”
“Without these details, Councillors have little chance to assess whether the targets are realistic or whether they will result in further, unacceptable cuts to public services. Some cuts which have already been announced do give cause for concern.” 
“Large sums are being taken out of health budgets for example. These seem to be mainly in preventative services, such as helping smokers quit, and programmes such as support for sexual health and substance misusers. Sirona and Curo are expected to deliver yet more savings.”
“In 2015, the Lib Dems allocated an extra £2.2M for highways maintenance, over and above the government grant, to help address the backlog in repairs. The Conservatives have reduced this pothole fund by £1.7M and have not revealed how the £500,000 which remains will be allocated. Inevitably, fewer potholes will be filled, fewer footpaths resurfaced and fewer roads rebuilt.”
“This is also a disappointing budget for the arts and heritage, with cuts lined up for Arts Development and Events grants, the music service, and destination management. These will come on top of planned, significant increases to entry fees for Council-run museums such as the Roman Baths, leading to the inevitable question – are we at risk of over exploitation of the visitor economy?”

Monday, 4 January 2016

Disruption to recycling - due to industrial action

We have received this from the council Disruption to Recycling Collections – update: Monday 4 January We have been advised that staff working for our recycling contractor, Kier, have begun industrial action in the form of an overtime ban. As a result of this, if you were due to have your recycling collected on Saturday 2nd January there may still be some disruption to your recycling and food waste collections. If your recycling and food waste was scheduled for Saturday 2nd January and has not been collected please put it back out for collection tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January). Today’s scheduled collections (Monday 4th January) did not happen. Please hold onto your recycling and food waste and put it out for collection on Monday 11th January 2015. Our recycling centres at Keynsham, Old Welton and Bath are open Monday – Friday 8am – 4.15pm. Facilities to recycle all of the materials collected as part of the kerbside recycling collections, including food waste are available at all three sites. On behalf of our contractor we apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

East of Bath Park and Ride

We agree that Bath needs a Park & Ride to the east of Bath but the three locations on offer from the Council are all inferior to the missing fourth option - Bathampton Junction. This site would be hidden and so is the only one that would not ruin the Bathampton valley. It also leaves open the option of turning it into the far superior Park & Rail and makes the much needed Bath Relief Road a real possibility. We need something that will make a difference not just something that is quick

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Kilkenny Lane Closed - Old Fosse Road not affected

Notice is given that Bath and North East Somerset Council in exercise of its powers under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 intends to make an order the effect of which will be to temporarily introduce a road closure in that length of Kilkenny Lane, Odd Down, Bath outside No. 3 Woodside Cottages. This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road to facilitate new gas service works to No 3 Woodside Cottages in the carriageway and will be operative on 16th June 2015 for a maximum period of two weeks. The road will only be restricted as and when traffic signs are in position and may not be effected for the whole of the period but only for so long as is necessary to execute the works. This is anticipated to be for a period of three days. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Kilkenny Lane (unaffected part) - A367 - Old Fosse Road - Kilkenny Lane (unaffected part). Applicant details: Wales and West Utilities Telephone number: 0800 111 999

Sunday, 29 March 2015

New Minibus for St. Philips Church

We have received some good local news, about a community minibus for St. Philips Church

More than 300 local charities and community groups across England will receive new minibuses from the Department for Transport’s £25 million community transport minibus fund

The winners from across the country will each receive a 9 to 16-seater minibus specifically tailored to their requirements - such as disability-friendly access and adapted seating.

Monday, 16 March 2015