Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tenants Rights

Don Foster, MP for Bath, is pleased that Liberal Democrats are seeking to put an end to revenge evictions thanks to a new Bill that is making its way through parliament.

 Last year over 200,000 people suffered from revenge evictions and Lib Dems want to put an end to this. The Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which was put forward by Lib Dem MP, Sarah Teather, will have its Second Reading on 28 November.

The Bill will protect tenants from retaliatory evictions and from rogue landlords, ensuring that tenants in the private sector get the same level of protection as those in social housing. Lib Dem Communities Minister Stephen Williams has also indicated that the Government supports the Bill too, meaning that it stands a very good chance of making it into law in the near future.

Commenting, Don said “The fact that over 200,000 people last year alone were evicted just for asking for basic repairs is appalling. I’m really pleased of the progress Lib Dems are making in ending revenge eviction and I look forward to supporting Sarah Teather MP’s Bill next Friday.”

Recycling highs

Bath & North East Somerset Council is on track for a record performance in recycling thanks to local residents.

This financial year (2014/15) it is forecast that 80% of the waste collected from homes will be recycled and/ or treated. Last year this figure was just under 75% and of this, 48% was sent for recycling, reuse and composting.

Rubbish not recycled goes to a mechanical biological treatment plant at Avonmouth for treatment, not landfill. Some materials including metals can be reclaimed for recycling during this process, however it is still cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to collect materials separately for recycling through the green box, food waste and blue bag collections.

The Council is also looking to tackle issues with gulls in the Bath wards of Oldfield and Westmoreland wards with new reusable bags. In response to feedback from local residents the Council is providing free reusable rubbish bags to around 2,666 properties. We have asked for these bags in a number of places in Odd Down.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Odd Down Playing fields

We have received this from the council

It has been almost 2 months already since the 2G astro opened at Odd Down Playing Fields, so we thought it would be useful to update you on the progress at the site, as well as passing on a few messages.

New Pavilion
The construction of the new pavilion has seen the framework for the roof and the initial timber go on.  We are expecting the building to open in spring still, but until then advise all users on site to be vigilant particularly when in the car park area.  When balls go over the fencing, the Kier staff will bring them to us and they can be collected from the temporary office.

Goals
Could coaches please supervise the movement of goals and ensure that when finished they are returned to the right areas at the side of the pitch.  We ask that they be left on the wheels so that they do not flatten the pile underneath.

Litter
There are refuse bins and recycling bins pitch-side on the astro.  Although there are no bins on the grass pitches, can teams please ensure that they take with them after the game all bottles, taping, and other rubbish.  Another 8 bins have been ordered and will be placed on site within the next month.

Access to cycle circuit
When there is an attendant on duty and there is not a group booking, the cycle circuit can be opened for individual users at a cost of £1.  Whilst we aim to have a member of staff on site at all times from 0900-2200 Monday to Friday and 0900 – 1800 at weekends, there may be times when staff members have to leave site.  On these occasions, the circuit is not available for use.

Access to Astro
When the astro is not booked, we are encouraging local children under the age of 18 to come and use the astro for a ‘Mash up’ with friends.  The cost is £1 per person, but they must have the appropriate footwear.

Grass Pitches
Part of the project to build a performance centre at Odd Down Playing Fields is the rejuvenation of the grass pitches.  We have invested in new moveable goals to give us flexibility in pitch rotation, and are preparing pitches for rugby, 11-a-side, 9-a-side and 7-a-side.  We aim to rope off junior pitches for games, but would ask coaches to give the member of staff a hand to move the goals into position and back again if necessary.

Dog walkers
We are encouraging dog owners to walk their dogs around the perimeter of the field, particularly with the amount of work which is about to commence on the grass area.  In addition, the Dog Warden will be on site at varying times during the week to talk with dog owners about the importance of sticking to these areas so that we can create a safe and clean environment for the players young and old of all sports.  She will also be giving out free doggy-bags!

Parking
Until the construction of the new building is finished, parking is going to be challenging at peak times.  Please encourage your members to find alternative methods of transport, and make them aware that parking on the grassy side of Chelwood Drive is not allowed.  If users intend to bring a coach or mini-bus on site, can you please let us know beforehand.

If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team who are based in the portacabin adjacent to the 3g astro.

Bus changes - prices

We have received this from First -  each single will be £2.20

From 2 November bus users will be able to buy day, week, month, year and 10 journey tickets for travel in the Bath Outer Zone.   This has the potential to cut the cost of travel for many.  The new tickets will offer unlimited travel in Bath city centre and for travel on First buses within approximately 12 miles of Bath Bus Station.

People who travel infrequently will also be able to save money: they will have the option to buy FirstDay Bath Outer zone tickets - which offer unlimited travel for one day in and around Bath  - or 10 Journey Bath Outer zone tickets -  which will offer 10 single journeys valid for use within three months of the date of issue. With the latter, people making journeys of between three and 12 miles could save up to £21 compared to the cost of buying 10 individual single tickets.

For more information about First West of England, log onto www.firstgroup.com/westofengland

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Exhibition at St Gregory's 3rd November - housing at Sulis Meadows.

A public exhibition will take place at: St Gregory’s School, on Monday 3rd
November Midday to 8:00 pm. From the organisers, "this is a chance to talk to the project team" and put forward suggestions.

We have always opposed this development, but with that part of the planning process finished we will be working to ensure it built to highest standards. The planning inspector in his report placed a number of constraints on the development, we fought hard to get these accepted.

It is important that these are now complied with by the developers.
We have been working with the neighbourhood watch team to find out what you like about the area and what you don't. The idea is try and influence this development. If you have any views please contact us. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

No 14 bus route - changes in Odd Down

As from 2nd November the route is changing to go one way along Bloomfield Road and Bloomfield Drive. Here is a map of the change.

This change is following a petition in Bloomfield Drive. First have agreed to a trial of a different route for the number 14 bus. 

This is has been a difficult decision, with so many things going on. Cars have been damaged in Bloomfield Drive as buses try to pass each other, it also will allow people to use public transport to the works on Odd Down playing fields as well as those that live in Bloomfield Road. 

If you stop on the bus there is no extra charge as the fare is now the maximum in Bath. Please let us know who this goes. We are in looking into ways of trying to sort out the issues for those inconvenienced by this change.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Jobs news gets better for Bath

Bath MP, Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.
The number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in September 2014 was 644. This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 491 lower than in September 2013 and 29 lower than in August 2014.
Commenting Don Foster said: “The continued strong labour market performance hasn’t happened by accident. The Liberal Democrats have taken steps to ensure our labour market is fair and flexible, delivering opportunities for everyone and preventing exploitation of the most vulnerable.”
 
On national level, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that in the year to August unemployment dropped 538,000. This is the largest annual fall on record, taking the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since 2008.

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner for Bath: “The national and local figures are great news and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally by the Lib Dem Council.”

Don added: “The employment growth that we are now witnessing is one of this Government’s key achievements.”