Saturday, 19 July 2014

More money for Odd Down Schools

Good news in Odd Down


St Martin’s Garden Primary School received £83,700;

Figures show that last year over 30% of youngsters from poorer backgrounds in Bath and North East Somerset achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade.

This year’s figures show that the Pupil Premium success story in B&NES is continuing as the percentage of youngsters from poorer backgrounds is the same as in 2012 as payments introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government continue to have a great impact.

Commenting, Bath's MP Don Foster said: “This is further proof Pupil Premium is transforming the chances of pupils across the country and helping to build a stronger economy and fairer society.

“The Lib Dems are increasing the pupil premium budget to £2.5 billion this year as well as extending the policy to three and four-year-olds.”

Last autumn it was announced that pupils at over twenty schools in Bath would benefit from close to an extra £1 million on top of the school budget thanks to the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium is one of a number of policies which have seen the Lib Dems in Government focus on aiding children in education.

Don Foster added: “The party has already made sure from September all infants will receive free school meals.

“So there can be no doubt the Liberal Democrat’s priority lies in helping all pupils achieve their potential.”

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Upper Bloomfield Road - bollards damaged

The bollards placed outside the CO-OP have been damaged, shows the need, and have been reported to the council to get repaired

Bloomfield Drive - old bus stop


During a walkabout in Bloomfield Drive we saw lots of things to get sorted. This one is the old bus stop carefully dumped rather than removed by the contractors.

Bloomfield Drive - potholes

The potholes in Bloomfield Drive have been reported to the council, now to get the rest of the road re-surfaced !

Bloomfield Road meeting

Had a good meeting with 14 residents from Bloomfield Road with Lib Dem Campaigner Steve Bradley, about the development at Odd Down Playing Fields. They nominated a local resident Rob Lucas to represent them and make sure their interests are not missed. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Had this press release from First - goes in the right direction still expensive from Odd Down!


First to reduce fares for children and young people following consultation

The cost of bus travel for young people in the West of England is coming down.

Following a major consultation with bus users – and non users – regarding the cost of bus travel earlier this year, First has announced that fares will change on 6 July.

Children (5 and 15 years) and young people (16 to 21 years) in Bath and North East Somerset will  benefit considerably, becoming entitled to significant discounts on all fares (50% for children, 30% for young people).

Adult bus users will also benefit.  

Flat fares will be introduced in Bath (and also Weston-super-Mare) while fares for travel on regional services will be changed with the amount charged linked to the distance travelled.

To help families, First will also introduce a Bath Family FirstDay ticket, priced at £8, and a Weston-super-Mare Family FirstDay ticket, priced at £7.40. These tickets will offer unlimited travel for one day in the relevant area for up to five people (maximum two adults or young people).

These changes follow the analysis of nearly 2,000 questionnaires returned over a six week public consultation that was held by First across the West of England earlier this year.

Talking about what’s happening Paul Matthews, Managing Director, First West of England, says: "The announcement of these results brings to an end the discussions that we have been having over the cost of bus travel in the West of England and follow on from the successful implementation of the Bristol fare review last autumn. We have worked hard to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the changes with children and young people set to benefit the most in an attempt to encourage a new generation of bus users.

“Flat fares are incredibly easy to understand, and rolling them out in Bath and Weston-super-Mare will remove one of the barriers that some people face when considering whether or not to use the bus. Once implemented people will instantly know how much the journey will cost.”

Cllr Caroline Roberts, Bath & North East Somerset Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "We welcome this announcement from First which should encourage even more people to get on board the bus and help to tackle congestion so that more people can get around Bath and North East Somerset. We're pleased that First has listened to people's comments and acted upon them to deliver the kind of service they've asked for."


In response to the announcement, Brian Allinson, Chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board, says: "This package of changes is hugely welcomed and on behalf of everyone in the area I'd like to thank First for the time and effort they have put in to gathering views and making the changes. First have listened and reacted, now we all need respond by welcoming the changes and using the bus more.

For more information about the changes, log onto: www.fairerfaresforall.co.uk (the website will be updated to reflect the changes shortly)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Fullers Earth application

The planning application is for:

Proposed erection of residual waste facility including a materials recovery facility, anaerobic digestion plant, reception building, weighbridge, outdoor storage areas and other ancillary development. (Outline application with access to be determined all other matters reserved)

Reference:14/00839/EMINW

Link if you want to comment

http://isharemaps.bathnes.gov.uk/projects/bathnes/developmentcontrol/default.aspx?requesttype=parsetemplate&template=DevelopmentControlApplication.tmplt&basepage=default.aspx&Filter=^REFVAL^=%2714/00839/EMINW%27&SearchLayer=DCApplications&SearchField=REFVAL&SearchValue=14/00839/EMINW

Our submission

We have concerns over the traffic generated by the development, this will have travel along residential roads, such as the Wellsway and Rush Hill to get to the site.

The site is in Greenbelt and AONB and as such should be considered inappropriate development.

The site has grown over the years from the original industrial area and as such doesn't represent a good introduction to a world heritage site.