Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Sulis Down

An update has been published on 

The Hignett Family Trust and Bloor Homes have submitted revised plans for a new neighbourhood on land at Odd Down in Bath. The proposals continue to aim to deliver Phase One of the wider Sulis Down Masterplan, which will now provide 171 much needed new homes to the local area. The amended application documents can still be viewed and commented on by visiting B&NES Planning Applications and entering the reference: 17/02588/EFUL.

This still is not acceptable, the net impact on the area in traffic congestion and limited benefit is no acceptable. To think that this is only phase one makes it worse. 


Budget for B&NES adopted by Cabinet – Lib Dem comments
B&NES Cabinet has this evening adopted a recommended budget for the 2018-19 financial year. The proposals will see a council tax rise of 4.95% whilst the Council will shed 300 jobs, becoming a smaller organisation. The coming years will see further shake-ups to the services provided by B&NES, with some services being cut altogether and others being passed to parish or town councils or the community.
Speaking in the Cabinet meeting, Councillor Dine Romero (Southdown), Lib Dem Group Leader, commented:
“We are increasingly concerned that this Conservative cabinet, like the Conservative government, has lost its grip on what is important.
“In this budget we see reductions in spending on preventative services, services being cut across the whole council, and residents faced with a council that will soon only provide what is statutory.
“This Cabinet has wasted money on ill thought through schemes, such as the East of Bath park and ride project, or on unnecessary changes to library services, or on new – but not improved – waste collection schemes.
“The Conservative government does not value local government, and so refuses to properly fund local government; yet finds money for pet projects such Metro Mayors, HS2, the DUP and Brexit.
“Cabinet members should be actively pushing for funding from government to address the growing inequalities in Bath and North East Somerset. We should not be looking at reductions in children centre services, youth services, or library provision.
“It is clearly the fault of Conservatives, nationally and locally, that Council services are being stripped out, that staff are being cut in unprecedented numbers, and that the safety mat is being pulled away from more and more vulnerable people.”

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Another cut - no mobile ibrary for Odd Down

Will this picture be another history item as the Council makes even more cuts to the services received by residents in Odd Down.

Air Quality

The current focus on traffic congestion and installation of understanding air pollution is Bath is welcome.

However Odd Down seems to have been forgotten by the Tory run council.
Lib Dem activist Joel Hirst said “ It is really disappointing that Odd Down has not be included in the current study. I commute to work across Odd
Down every day and the traffic congestion on Frome Road and Wellsway is significant. “

Cllr Nigel Roberts said “we are going to request that the air pollution in our ward is also measure - if the Tory B&NES Council will not do this we will look how we can support the community to get the data”

New Bus Shelters in Odd Down

As part of Local Growth Fund the council will be shortly replacing some bus shelters on the 20A/C route within Odd Down. The bus shelters will be replaced with new shelters matching those installed elsewhere in Bath as part of the Bath Transport Package and in most locations will provide additional weather protection from the addition of small side panels.

These shelters are at the following locations:

·        Outside of the BCA towards Twerton

·        Somerdale View towards University of Bath

·        Somerdale View towards Twerton

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bus cuts in Odd Down

The council has made many cuts: libraries, art budget and the bus budget. This has affected the Kingsway and Odd Down buses to Ralph Allen school. A commercial service has been put into place, but this isn't adequate for the number of children that want to use the service.
We have been support local residents that have been asking the council why this had to happen, it must be better than adding to current school run issues that exist on Bath's roads. Children are potentially going to get stuck at school or not get to school. With all the heavy bags now carried by school children walking is not an option.
Residents in the Banwell Road area no longer have a bus, they must either use the Wellsway or the park and ride bus

We are calling on the council to re-instate the service, and if they have to make cuts to have a meaningful consultation about it rather the usual just do it and hope for the best.