Sunday, 25 November 2007

Two Tunnels

There is in front of the council a planning application to re-open two tunnels that will allow access via cycle and walking to Midford from Bath.

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

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Urban Extension

As part of the 15,000 houses that Bath and North East Somerset have been told by the Government that they need to build, around 1000 are due to be built in an urban extension somewhere on the south west of Bath, the area of building is unknown.

A meeting was held at Culverhay School 20 November to discuss the urban extension.

A number of questions were asked at the meeting.

1. AONB vs. Green Belt: In essence, the difference is that AONBs are about protecting landscape Character and Green Belts are about protecting openness'. AONBs are designated by Natural England to protect the natural beauty of their landscape & countryside. Development can take place in these areas provided this overarching objective is met. Major developments should not take place except in exceptional circumstances. (National policy is set out in PPS 7 para 21 to 23 - see link below)
2. Brownfield land is defined by the Government in PPS3 as "Previously-developed land is that which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land and any associated fixed surface infrastructure.’ It could therefore potentially be any derelict site or a site in current use which comes forward for development. It is therefore difficult to list . As you know, the Local Plan allocates some of the key brownfield sites for redevelopment. However, all local authorities are required to undertake a Housing Land Availability Assessment which we are currently working on and which should be public by Spring next year . In the meantime the best information that is available is the background evidence submitted to the RS EiP which lists key brownfield redevelopment opportunities in the urban areas and can be found at http://cis/NR/rdonlyres/F4B9E089-88A3-4AF9-84DA-409A489A2A09/0/3RSSUrbanCapacityResults.pdf
3. Land at South Stoke: This land is in the Green Belt & AONB & is subject to those policies of restraint. This land is NOT included in the RSS urban extension Area of Search but we await the RSS Examination in Public panel's report due in January 2008 for their response to the arguments put before them. The landowners have been unsuccessful in getting the land removed from the Green Belt and allocated for development through challenges to a number of previous Local Plans. I am not aware of any current planning application.
4. World Heritage Site Buffer Zone: Is to be clarified.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

ASB in Bath - Culverhay Meeting

There is a meeting at Culverhay School organised by the CO-OP. From the flyer.

‘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?
Are you worried about crime or anti-social behaviour? Have you got any good ideas about what can be done? Come along to our event on Friday 23 November 2007 at 5.30pm, have your say and listen to the views of our panel:

Chair: Don Foster MP

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
young, what can be done to improve Bath? We cannot promise the world but we will listen to all the ideas put forward and look for ways to work together to find solutions. The Co-operative is not an ordinary retailer – we return our profits to our members and the communities in which we trade. To become a member or find out more, visit

If you want to come please contact

Mr Chris Griffiths
The Co-operative
EX15 2DY
Alternatively, please telephone 01884 266 892 or email your booking
details to: chris.griffiths at

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Wellsway Crossing

When the Burnt House pub was re-developed £12,500 was given for "the improvement of public transport" This has been spent on three bus stops, with a bus shelter to be built shortly. Also money has been spent on general footpath repairs.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Weight Limit enforcement

It appears that the number of lorries using the Old Fosse area has reduced.

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

Rabbit Cull - Odd Down Playing fields

The council will be carrying out a controlled rabbit cull on Odd Down playing fields and the Tumps at the end of November

Sunday, 4 November 2007

White lines

There are a number of places where there are no white lines to indicate priority. We have been in touch with the Council, they have agreed to look at Sulis Meadows, also the junction of Barrow Road and Old Fosse Road.

If there is anywhere else let one of us know.

Zero Waste Week

The Council is running Zero Waste Week from Monday 26 November through to Sunday 2 December. The aim of the week is to see how little you can throw in the rubbish bin by trying to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost as much as possible instead.

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

Waste Campaigns Officer
01225 394394