Thursday, 13 December 2007
Thursday, 6 December 2007
A £50 million pot of lottery money is up for grabs this week - all to go to one of four projects competing for it in a TV vote - and you can help win it for the right project by voting now. The project I would like you to support is Sustrans' CONNECT2 - a large number of walking and cycling projects all over the country - new routes, new bridges, extra paths, extra links. Each will enable thousands of people to live greener lives - by enabling them to walk or cycle where they weren't able to before.
We are due to meet the planning officers on the site to discuss what has been going on.
Sunday, 2 December 2007
The council appears to want to close Odd Down Youth Club, read the press release here
As we have reported before one of the big issues from the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) Meetings has been problems with young people. The closure of the youth club will hit hard any attempts to solve this problem. What is worse there are appear to be no plans of what is going to replace the youth club.
From the press release
"The reform of Youth Services is being prompted by the need to create a flexible, dynamic and responsive service in line with the aspirations of local residents, and the requirement to live within the financial means of the Council."
It appears this is more motivated by money that it is by "the need to create a flexible, dynamic and responsive service in line with the aspirations of local residents" as we should know what is going to replace it before they announced its closure. It is sad since the Conservatives have taken all the places on the executive of the Council we have these sorts of closures, cuts in areas such as highway maintenance, and less opportunity to question them as they have halved the meetings.
The governments Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) proposes that extra housing should be met via an urban extension to Bath.
The council believes redistributing the entire shortfall to other parts of the district would result in much more commuting into the City as a large proportion of those households will seek jobs that will be generated in Bath.
Ear-marking the countryside for development is a highly sensitive and emotive issue for any town or city. Bath is tightly surrounded by the Green Belt, and much of the countryside surrounding Bath is designated as Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and that which is not is an attractive rural landscape. The UNESCO citation for Bath refers to the setting of the World Heritage Site as key feature.
The site search area is enclosed. What it doesn't include are the fields around Sulis Meadows. For some reason, we do not know the reason why, but this areas is included in the AONB while other areas are not.
It is our intention to write objecting to the urban extension. We have opposed this at council meetings, as we believe that "tagging" houses on the outside of Bath, without the right roads, shops, schools is wrong, as well as building on Greenfield sites is wrong. This will not be a sustainable development, where are the jobs for these people ?
This is is just about producing houses, not homes. It will do nothing to solve the housing problems in Bath as none of these houses will be affordable.
For more information please contact one of us or
Consultation is until 17 December a form can be filled on line at
Sunday, 25 November 2007
A little over 4 miles of shared-use path, built on an existing disused rail line involving one substantial viaduct and two tunnels, one of over a mile in length. Much of the route above ground already has public access in one form or another.
Substantial parts of the route (Linear Park, Lyncombe Vale, Tucking Mill to Midford) already have public access of some sort (see below). Completion of the through route would connect NCN 24 at Midford to the centre of Bath via a route which is approximately five miles shorter than currently available, and create an attainable circular path passing from countryside to city and back. In its current state, the route forms a theme for a pleasant exploration that you'll enjoy if you're fit - a refreshing addition to the usual expectations of the city.
However, it could offer a far better experience - and to a wider range of people. For now, whether you're a visitor or resident, an exploration is recommended as a way to augment the usual perspectives on the City of Bath - but it would benefit everyone involved if the route offered a continuous and easily graded path.
For more information http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/index.html
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
A meeting was held at Culverhay School 20 November to discuss the urban extension.
A number of questions were asked at the meeting.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
‘Respect’ in Bath We would like your ideas on how we can make Bath a better place to live
Friday 23 November 2007 5.30pm - 7.30pm
How could Bath be made a better place?
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We are particularly interested in ideas that would help tackle the problems associated with anti-social behaviour in your local community and encourage ‘respect’. Whether you are old or
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Sunday, 11 November 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Having asked a question at the council executive about enforcing the weight limit on Old Fosse Road and the surrounding roads. We have received this response.
"It is only the police that can enforce this type of restriction (Wright Limit)" We have therefore asked the police to look at weight of vehicles in the Old Fosse Road.
Friday, 9 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
If there is anywhere else let one of us know.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in taking part, please Sarah Geroge know (Details below) and she will send you out a Zero Waste pack with further information and a record form.
Sarah_George at BATHNES.GOV.UK
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
We have had the following update from the council officer in charge.
"We have been monitoring progress on the development for the last couple of months, and would agree that it is almost complete. Unfortunately due to other comittments, I am currently unable to provide a definitive start date, but at a guess I would hope to commence on site early new year."
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Odd Down Liberal Democrats are calling for a 20 mph speed limit to be introduced for all residential areas in Odd Down/Kingsway to cut accident rates and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
A report released by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety has recommended the default limit to be implemented in built up areas across the country, but Lib Dems are calling for the Council to blaze a trail by implementing the scheme straight away. Reports from Portsmouth, where the Lib Dem-run Council was the first in the country to introduce the speed limit for residential roads, have been very positive: residents’ reactions to the scheme have been overwhelmingly positive.
Councillors Nigel Roberts and Steve Hedges said:
“The introduction of a single 20 mph speed limit in all residential areas would make a major contribution towards reducing the number of accidents, deaths and injuries on our roads, as well as helping to encourage walking and cycling. The difference between the damage done by a car travelling at 20 mph compared to 30 mph is the difference between life and death.”
“The Liberal Democrats have long been calling for stronger speed restrictions in built up areas to improve safety. Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth introduced the reduced limit because 30 mph limits are inappropriate in the narrow streets with on-street parking of residential areas. We have very similar issues in Bath.”
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Please contact us if you have any other comments.
Originally built in the 1960s, the track is now at regional competition standard following eight weeks of work by one of the country’s top BMX track builders, Steve Jenks of Tiverton. Young people from the BMX group also worked with the track builder to help shape the design of the track.
We would dearly like to get these works done late 2007 / early 2008 so that we can get the site into use spring 2008. There is currently a waiting list of 25 people which will more than full the site up.2008 is the 100 year anniversary of the first municipal allotments in Bath (at Larkhall) as well as the 100 anniversary of the Allotment Act that made provision a statutory duty. The Council is hoping that the reopening of this site will add to the celebrations throughout the year.
The only barrier is we need to find £12377.4 to get the works done. One possible option is to use the money that came from the development at the Clark's site.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
This is a good thing as it should allow co-ordination of action of several parts of the council rather than each team operating in isolation.
It is just sad that just as the Council starts to bring Neighbourhood Working for lots of its services, the Conservative executive has abolished the Neighbourhood Working decision making that used to exist, local decisions made locally no more.
Sunday, 14 October 2007
We have informed the council, who are currently carrying out a traffic survey to assess the impact of the scheme.
Nigel and Steve
Yellow lines to help the buses pass would mean less places to park.
The council is currently thinking of yellow lines at the junction of Bloomfield Drive and Frome Road to help buses get into Bloomfield Drive.
We have been speaking to council officers for several months, However in other areas where there is a similar situation with parked cars and problems with bus access drivers have been instructed to wait at a specific location on the road until the other bus has passed them. This could be the Junction of Bloomfield Drive, Somerdale Avenue and Corston View ?
We will keep you informed, Nigel and Steve
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Sunday, 7 October 2007
The bus stops in Odd Down need a little attention, it is pleasing to see the new shelters that have been put in Rush Hill, bit often stop don't have times tables, such as the one out side of Culverhay School, or are unreadable, Georgian View or alternatively falling off Ambleside Road.
The public transport section of the council has been decimated of staff, and it appears the new executive is not replacing staff as a back hand way of saving money.
Another thing that Nigel and Steve have reported to the council.
Nigel and Steve have contacted the council, we will post their reply.
Saturday, 6 October 2007
The major issue is it appears the boundary's of the estate are not known and the solicitors are going back to the deeds.
We are trying to get a meeting with Knightstone Housing Association (Owners of Fosse Gardens and Fullers Way), the council and Crest to try and move things forward.
We not happy with why things are taking so long.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Five or so months ago contractors ran over the waste bins that were already there, and because of contractor problems and work load the new bins had not been installed.
Cllr Steve Hedges said “ It was like waiting for Christmas, I did wonder which would come first.”
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Cllr Steve Hedges and Cllr Nigel Roberts Have told the council that a child and an elderly woman were nearly hit by cars when trying to cross the road on the new crossing, we have insisted that a temporary power source should be found or the zebra crossing should be re – painted as soon as possible to ensure the safety of our residents.
Council officers have told us that the are in contact with the contractors and agree with our comments and will be instructing them to act quickly.
The problem with the new crossing is that the power supply is insufficient to operate the crossing and the power company are trying ( they say ) to get it sorted out by the 21st of October, In the mean time your local Councillors will keep forcing the issue.
Monday, 24 September 2007
Having seen the work so far we have concern about the size of the speed cushions, in that it is easy to drive over them with no need to slow down, although it appears some drivers are going slower.
We have raised this with the traffic safety team of the Council who are looking into what can be done.
Sunday, 23 September 2007
There will be a big soak – a – way installed next to the drain, these works are necessary to prevent large amounts of rain water running down the private road to the farm buildings. Drains close to the bungalows are due to be cleaned out as are the weeds in the gullies.
As a reminder of the priorities from last time:
PACT Action Meeting
1.Youth related anti-social behaviour (concentrating on Vernham Grove, Wansdyke Road, Odin’s Road)
2. More police in the evenings and weekends
3. Youth problems- drink and drugs
Steve and Nigel both feel not enough has been done to support the local beat manager. We have been trying to get Somer to take action in Vernham Grove park to remove the parking bays and generally make the park more open. We both suspect nothing substantual will happen until the park is returned to the council, see online petition http://www.ourcampaign.org.uk/playareas
With the cuts in youth service, allegedly the biggest in England, we don't know what the future of the youth club is going to be.
We continue to raise these issues at the highest level in the Council and with the police.
It does mean a change at the park and ride roundabout, but it should lead to a speedier bus journey. There will be CCTV cameras to enforce the bus lane.
The money for this is part of the Greater Bristol Transport Plan ( They could have thought up a better title) and as such will come from the Government not from the Council.
We have plans if you want to see them, Nigel and Steve.
Sunday, 16 September 2007
We understand that there is a backlog and eventually these bins will be installed.
Nigel and Steve
The yellow lines are generally the side of the road that where most people don't park. We will be dropping off leaflets in the roads potentially affected to show the changes.
This is an initial consultation. There will be a formal consultation later in the year if there are not too many objections.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Nigel and Steve would like to pay credit to all the residents that fought to keep St. Martin's school safe from bulldozers and supermarkets.
This will allow St. Martin's Gardens to plan ahead and keep the £2 million of development, sure start and Margaret Coates Centre, that has taken place on the site safe.
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Cllr Steve Hedges has been in contact with Highway officers and has been assured that the crossing will only Beep during school times and not all through the night or early mornings. However both Cllr Steve Hedges and Cllr Nigel Roberts would like to hear from residents if this is not the case.
Friday, 31 August 2007
Avon and Somerset Police operate a scheme called Community Speed Watch, its objectives are below.
Community Speed Watch schemes aim to share the responsibility for addressing speed related offending between the community, the police and other agencies. Schemes will consist of active members of the local community joining together to monitor speed at selected locations with speed monitoring equipment. Volunteers will receive the appropriate training supported by local Beat Managers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and the Road Policing Unit.
Maybe this is something else for Rush Hill ?
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Thursday, 23 August 2007
There is now no free spaces for this allotment with 23 people already on the waiting list, this despite it not being advertised.
We are looking to see if some of the money from the Clark's development can be used to open the allotments for next year.
Steve and Nigel would welcome any resident's views.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
We have a shortage of housing in Bath, but with the extra housing at Clark's, St. Martin's and Burnt House we have a lot of extra housing in Odd Down, and if it means less visits to the surgery in Combe Down then that must be a good thing.
If you wish to comment:
Ward: Odd Down App Ref: 07/02379/FUL
Registered: 7th August 2007 Expiry Date: 2nd October 2007
Location: East Lodge Sulis Manor Road Odd Down Bath BA2 2AL
Grid Ref: (E)373488 - (N)161662 LB Grade: N/A
Proposal: Change of use from residential (Use Class C3) to clinical medical (Use Class D1)
Officer: Neil Harvey
Applicant: Combe Down Surgery
Representations on this application should be made in writing to Development Control, Trimbridge House, Trim Street, Bath BA1 2DP. Alternatively representations can be made using the Planning Service pages of the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk. All representation must arrive no later than the 14th September 2007.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Steve and Nigel said
“Many Councils across the country have this sort of business sponsorship scheme for roundabout improvements – Bath and North East Somerset has been missing a trick for some time! I look forward to seeing the roundabouts when the landscaping improvements have been implemented.”
BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET DISTRICT COUNCIL
< This order is required because works are being or are proposed to be executed on or near the road consequent upon the installation of traffic calming worksand will be operative from the 3rd September 2007 for a maximum period of two months. However, the restriction may not be effected for the whole of the period but it is anticipated that the road will be closed as and when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessary to execute the works which it is anticipated will be for FOUR WEEKS.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE – Wellsway, Frome Road.
Monday, 6 August 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
NOTICE is hereby given that on 1st August 2007 Bath and North East Somerset Council made the following order under provisions contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the effect of which is to restrict use by heavy commercial vehicles exceeding a maximum gross weight of 7.5 tonnes on certain lengths of road in Odd Down, Bath. The affected roads are Barrow Road, Clare Gardens, Colborne Road, Eastover Grove, Odins Road, Old Fosse Road, Oolite Road, Shickle Grove, Stanway Close, Upper Bloomfield Road, Vernham Grove and Wansdyke Road, Bath.
The order will come into operation on 6th August 2007 and a copy, together with a map and a Statement of the Council's Reasons for making the order may be inspected at Trimbridge House, Trim Street, Bath during normal office hours.
Traffic calming in Old Fosse Road should be starting sometime in August
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Today I tried again to phone the police but no joy, I also tried to ring the Councils emergency phone number after 20mins I gave up. last night we had 30 youths all drunk, smashing glass swearing, kicking doors, in and around the Youth Club in Odins road, and this went on until about 1-30am when the police were called (they answered within 5 minutes) but never showed up. I was told by residents that a Police car was parked up at the park and ride and never moved ( However I did not see this myself ) I got so angry that I called the Bath Chronicle and went to Odd Down and cleared up the glass and beer cans myself. Residents also suffer this at weekends in the Vernham Grove Playarea Cllr Nigel Roberts and I are working towards getting the playarea back under the control of the Council
If any resident of Odd Down or for that matter BANES have had trouble getting through to the police none emergency phone number or the Councils out of hours emergency number would you please let Cllr Steve Hedges or Cllr Nigel Roberts know.
Cllr Nigel Roberts
11 Old Newbridge Hill
Tel 01225 336366
Cllr Steve Hedges
5 Oak Avenue
Tel 01225 358622
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Cllr Nigel Roberts and Cllr Steve Hedges have been trying to get the yellow lines finished on the corner of Somerdale View, but due to parked cars this wasn’t done. This will now been included in the programme for a Traffic regulation Orders, so it is legally enforceable.
Sunday, 15 July 2007
There are a number of areas that also need to be repaired; at the Junctions of Georgian View with Ambleside Road and Marsden Road.
The council uses the following criteria : A pothole is a sharp edged depression in the carriageway greater than 30mm deep.
The severity of a pothole is determined by the risk it poses to road users. This is difficult to judge since all potholes present some risk. Potholes this should be reported immediately to Council Connect on 394041or email email@example.com
Saturday, 14 July 2007
Odd Down Liberal Democrat Councillors Nigel Roberts and Steve Hedges are welcoming plans to improve two roundabouts in the Odd Down area. The roundabouts will be planted with displays of shrubs and flowering plants which are likely to be sponsored by local companies. Schemes such as this are common across the country.
Planning applications have been submitted to the Council for the planting schemes and sponsorship advertisement signs.
Cllr Nigel Roberts said:
"These schemes are great news – the roundabouts in Bath, especially in Odd Down, have been neglected for far too long. Often they are just overgrown and untidy. Schemes like this are a good example of how the Council can work in partnership with the business community.”
Cllr Steve Hedges added:
“Seeing these roundabouts being planted up and looked after will give a real boost to Odd Down – we really need the addition of a bit of colour to the neighbourhood!”