Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
A resident alerted us to a problem with yellow lines at the entrance to Sulis Meadows. It is difficult to see how anyone can feel that this is a good job. We know the council officers are looking into the problem, how to see a solution shortly.
Please let us know what you think
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Regarding the size and height of the speed cushions, the dimensions are governed by regulations i.e. the height of the speed cushion should not exceed 75 mm and the width of the cushion should be between 1600mm and 1900mm wide. At an early stage of consultation regarding the introduction of speed cushions to our road the Ambulance Service objected to any speed cushion that was more than 1600 mm wide as it affects the 'ride' of an ambulance and in some cases can damage certain important equipment under an ambulance. It was therefore decided that all speed cushions should be installed at 1600 mm wide. I will obtain the traffic speed data (before and after data) to you as soon as I receive it from the traffic data surveyor.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
They were out today planting, the area now has another 15 trees
If you want a tree please contact us, we feel that this is really a good idea, they still have a few left.
They have a web site in development at the moment, for more information
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Please let us know of any comments
Monday, 8 December 2008
It can be purchased at most bookstores in Bath, including Good Buy Books close to the Guildhall, or purchased directly at the Farmer's Market on a Saturday.
"just a note to let you know that after the south west regional race meeting at the Bath BMX track, in which a nine year regional entrants record was broke [192 riders]!, Bath BMX working with a professional photographer that was snapping that day, have produced a 2009 calendar.
17 glossy pictures, taken randomly, not posed for, represent the whole day, in colour and some black and white. this is also a Bath BMX track / club fundraiser, with the £2 profit from each sale going into the account. The print cost was quite high and the number printed is limited.
£8 each, or £9 posted available at outlets locally"
If you can't find please let us know and we will find you a copy.
Now to see if this has an effect
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
The date is important as if transferred before March it will allow the council to get on top of things before the growing season starts.
Monday, 1 December 2008
One of teh council officer came back with a quick reply.
"I can advise that improved signage is due to be installed during this week which I hope will direct coaches up Wellsway. We have also briefed all marshalls at Avon Street Coach Park to advise coach drivers to use Wellsway rather than Bloomfield Road and we will monitor this situation prior to the weekend."
Sunday, 30 November 2008
It doesn't mean the whole area will be closed down, just the areas of expansion.
The owners will have a right of appeal.
You can read the decision below
Bath's MP Don Foster said, “This is a sensible, practical way of reducing the number of HGVs getting stuck on inappropriate routes in our city, and can also help to reduce through traffic. It is pleasing that these companies are willing to work with local communities to improve the service they provide.“We need to find out more about this scheme and start playing catch up so that we can work with Somerset County Council in producing effective alternative routes. It is time that there was real action on this issue.”
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Why do we feel things are wrong ?
The route would mean that hundred's of houses are over looked by the route way, as the old railway is elevated above the gardens of all of the houses.
The cost of the route along the Lower Bristol Road has not been properly explored, the officers are putting forward such poor answers.
All the new houses if the Bath urban extension goes ahead are to the South of the river, the route is to the North of the River.
The costs are likely to be higher than estimated, so much hasn't be taken into account.
and, it will save two minutes on the journey time.
If you want to look at the objectors view use this link.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
If you agree where could they go ? let us know.
If you want to see what we are thinking about something like these
Vandal proof, heavy duty
Sunday, 2 November 2008
We attended the Odd Down showcase, an event that was held to showcase things that were going on in Odd Down. We were surprised at how much is going on.
The picture is us at the event, we hold the surgery every Saturday at the Community Centre, Odins Road between 10.00 and 11.00
Email back to CallaghanNM@halcrow.com by 11 November
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
The council is holding a public exhibition on the Bath Transportation Package in the Guildhall at the following times:
Thursday 6th November 2008 from 3.30pm – 7.00pm
- Friday 7th November 2008 from 10.00pm – 6.00pm
- Saturday 8th November 2008 from 9.30am – 5.00pm
This will give a further opportunity to review the details of the proposed developments, and to allow you to express your views and opinions on the scheme with the Project Team.
There will be four separate planning applications for:
- Expanded Park and Ride facility at Lansdown;
- Expanded Park and Ride facility at Odd Down;
- Expanded Park and Ride facility at Newbridge and proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, connecting Bath City Centre to Newbridge Park & Ride; and
- The creation of a new Park and Ride facility to the east of the City.
Officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council and their consultants will be in attendance at the event to inform you of the proposals and answer any questions or concerns which you may have.
All views will be recorded on the day via a feedback form which will be made available to you on arrival. We trust this information is helpful and should you wish to discuss any aspect of the Project further please contact me project team.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
The other important issue is the police will allocate resources depending on calls. If no one phones up then the local team of Kim, Louise and Martyn will be left to deal with it. Calls can be made anonymously, we know it takes a while to get throughm but if something is happening now, it is a crime in progress dial 999.
Liberal Democrats in Bath have long been calling for sensible approach to student housing by Government. On the one hand the Government are asking for outrageous numbers of new housing but then it refuses to count student housing. Bath is a small city and each family house that is taken over for multile let adds to the pressure on our housing stock. Yet if we built 400 student housing units and save 100 family houses the Government does not acknowledge the figures. Areas such Oldfield have large numbers of HMOs let to students.
The consultation process for the Regional Spatial Strategy, (which demands that 21,300 new homes are built in Bath and North East Somerset by 2026), has now begun and runs until the 24th October. Throughout this period, members of the public can voice their concerns to the Government over any aspect of the Government's plans for the South West.
Don Foster has raised this issue with the Secretary of State some time ago, and she pointed us towards the consultation process. However, the deadline is approaching, so it's important we act now
Please sign our petition at student housing link
Thursday, 4 September 2008
We are not in favour of the bus rapid transit route which forms part of the Bath Transport Package; the Cabinet is considering a paper giving the Council the power to compulsorily purchase land to build the route.
Why on earth the Council is planning to build a new road, which requires land from people’s homes and causes a loss of green habitat. This new road will cost millions and they are not certain how much time it will save compared to the alternatives – no-one wants it except the Conservative Cabinet.
Further assessment of the need for this particular route should be carried out and the alternative routes looked at in more depth – we question whether this is an appropriate time to be moving towards a CPO when the alternative routes haven’t been looked at in sufficient detail. If the package can be changed to move the east of
Monday, 25 August 2008
We have asked the council to cut the branches on the trees obscuring the lights along the footpath Cranmore Place to Frome Road, alongside the Link School.
Spot the light !
Sunday, 24 August 2008
We have been notified by the council that it is looking at the bus services it subsidises. - see below - for us there are two main buses - please let us know.
In March 2009 a number of contracts for bus services supported by Bath and North East Somerset are due to expire. In advance of inviting tenders for replacement services, we are therefore inviting the views of Councillors, Parish and Town councils, operators, and other stakeholders affected by these services, before the contract specifications are finalised. We need to submit any comments, proposals, or suggestions not later than the 19th September 2008, so that these can be incorporated into the contract specifications. As a result of all these consultations the detail of the contracts to be let may differ from the tenders in operation at present. It is anticipated that formal invitations to tender will be sent out by the 3rd October, with contract awarded notifications in the first week of January 2009. Contracts will be let for periods of up to 5 years.
714 Weston - Bath Centre - Odd Down Daily: 2 late evening journeys from Weston and 3 late evening journeys from Odd Down 717 Weston - Bath Centre - Kingsway Mon-Sat: 5 journeys in each direction during the evening
In March 2009 a number of contracts for bus services supported by Bath and North East Somerset are due to expire. In advance of inviting tenders for replacement services, we are therefore inviting the views of Councillors, Parish and Town councils, operators, and other stakeholders affected by these services, before the contract specifications are finalised.
We need to submit any comments, proposals, or suggestions not later than the 19th September 2008, so that these can be incorporated into the contract specifications.
As a result of all these consultations the detail of the contracts to be let may differ from the tenders in operation at present. It is anticipated that formal invitations to tender will be sent out by the 3rd October, with contract awarded notifications in the first week of January 2009. Contracts will be let for periods of up to 5 years.
In addition to the national list, Government has also published a list of additional requirements which local planning authorities are encouraged to adopt to suit their individual circumstances. Once consulted upon and formally adopted, this document will be used in order to determine whether a submitted application is valid.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s draft local list is set out in this document for consultation purposes. Once the consultation responses have been collated and taken into account, the final local list will be formally adopted by the Council and used for the validation of planning applications.
At the Tumps at Odd Down there is to be an BMX Regional Event that is planned for the 28th September.
The occasion will provide the council with an opportunity to showcase and promote the track locally as well as in the region as one of the regions most popular BMX tracks of its size. The event follows soon after the Olympic Games where BMX racing is included or the first time.
It will attract around 200 riders from the regions BMX clubs as well as spectators. The event is free and run by and for volunteers under British Cycling (the governing body for cycle-sport in the uk). The track will be in use from 09.30 to 4.30 with commencing soon after 08.00.
If you want any more information please contact us
Monday, 11 August 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
If you want to read more and want to comment
This is what Don Foster has to say
Government have gone barking mad over new homes total – Foster
Commenting on the release of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West of England, Bath MP Don Foster has said that the Government has gone “barking mad” in their demands for new homes in Bath & North East Somerset.
Don said, “It was the view of Bath and North East Somerset Council that only 15,000 new homes should be built, but now the Government has called for over 21,000! We had agreed to what was already a very difficult challenge in terms of building 6,000 new homes within Bath, and an extra 1,500 as part of an urban extension to the South West, but now the Government have increased that figure too.
“House-building has almost ground to a halt in light of the global economic downturn, and this project looks beyond deliverability in the 15 years it has to come to fruition. The Government is simply barking mad.
“Across the district, 66% of the authority area is either an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Green Belt land and the Government themselves have admitted building to the South will be limited due to inadequate transport links.
“The total is even more bizarre considering we can’t include new student builds. We have two large and expanding universities who are planning to expand accommodation on their own sites. This will free up affordable housing within the city, but yet this can’t count towards our target.”
DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR ODD DOWN TO GO ON SHOW
A public exhibition showing proposals for a mixed-use housing, community and retail development on land between St Martin’s Primary School and the site of The Link and Threeways Schools in Odd Down, is taking place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August 2008.
A medium-sized food store to be operated by Sainsbury’s, a sports hall and clubhouse, a parade of shops, a nursing home and housing for the elderly are all included in proposals that aim to create a district centre with facilities that meet with local needs.
The exhibition is being organised by property consultants, Storegap Commercial, on behalf of property development company, Odd Down Developments.
The proposed site is on disused land previously owned by Hayesfield School. The sale of the land has enabled the school to move forward with plans for a multi-million pound sports complex at its main site on Oldfield Park Road.
The exhibition will take place at St Martin’s Primary School on Friday 1 August 10am – 6pm and Saturday 2 August 10am – 2pm.
Monday, 21 July 2008
Notice is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended intends to make an order the effect of which will be to temporarily close to vehicles Rush Road, Bath from its junction with Somerdale View in a north westerly direction for 150 metres.
This order is required because of the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon sewer works and will be operative from the 10 August for a maximum period of one month. 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 TWO WEEKS.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Frome Road Wellsway – Hatfield Road - Englishcombe Lane – Rush Hill.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
From a question to cabinet
£389,530 to be provided towards the cost of improving secondary and post-16 educational facilities in the area including the development.
So what happened with Clarks.
Section 106 agreement is for a New roundabout on Rush Hill at junction with Old Fosse road. 3 bus shelters, 2 on Rush Hill & one Bloomfield Drive, puffin crossing at St Philips school. Contribution towards free flow of & accessibility to public transport £135,000. By the time it was paid total amount came to about £176K
Sunday, 6 July 2008
We are still in ongoing discussions with the planning department regarding the Clarks factory, is it too big or not ? The council officers say they need to be certain that there is a problem before they can take any action and are in discussions with the developers. For more information on enforcement
There were many rumours running throughout Odd Down that the Smiles building had been let by the CO-OP, it is now up to let. We are disappointed that this has taken so long, with the building empty there has been a lot of vandalism. Along with the police team we have been doing what we can to keep this to a minimum. Let hope for a new beginning for this store.
Polyclinics should be a local choice – Don
Don is asking residents whether or not they want a Polyclinic in Bath. If you would like to see one then simply e-mail email@example.com or if you think Bath could do without then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to read more http://www.donfoster.co.uk/newsarticle.php?id=231
Monday, 30 June 2008
- Youth provision and investment
- Parking and obstruction issues around St Philips School and Neighbouring roads
- Bus routes / timings
Thursday 16th October 2008 at St Phillips School Hall from 18:30hrs
The comment from the council is:
"numerous issues need to be resolved, some of which must be agreed first with the Land Registry"
Unfortunately, still some way to go.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Still no sign of the youth workers promised by the council. They are still to be appointed.
We have an online petition http://www.ourcampaign.org.uk/playareas
We will keep you posted !
Monday, 23 June 2008
The council officers have provided this answer.
"First Bus only payments they receive in respect of bus service 14 are for the last few trips in each direction late at night, which run with service number 714 to distinguish them from the others. This particular contract ends in 2009."
We received this from one of the Council's Officers
Re: Pedestrian Crossing Installation
I’m writing to inform you that the second phase of works to install the new pedestrian crossing is to start on site on Wednesday 25th June.
The works will involve the following:
1. Install detector loops into the highway,
2. Burn off the existing crossing markings and replace with the new layout,
3. Remove the existing beacon and posts,
4. Install the new signal heads.
The works are scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks from starting.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
We have issued this following press release
For immediate release:
Concern over height of office block
Odd Down Councillors Nigel Roberts and Steve Hedges are raising concerns about the new Clark’s office building with the Council. Residents in surrounding streets are not happy about the visual impact of the new offices that dominate the skyline.
Councillor Nigel Roberts commented:
“When you look up from the surrounding roads, this new building dominates the skyline. I believe it looks too tall and residents have expressed the same concerns to me, especially in a world heritage city."
Cllr Steve Hedges added
“There is supposed to be a landscaping scheme for the site, but I find it difficult to see what can be done to reduce the visual impact of such a big building.
“We have contacted the Council's planning department to inform them of our concerns and our residents’ concerns over the height of the building and we are waiting the outcome of their investigations.”
"I am going to take part as we always do every year, it is challenge, but something we all need to do "
Cllr Nigel Roberts.
Bike Week is the UK's annual promotion of cycling with the aim to get more people on their bikes. The week also encourages people to consider cycling to work as an alternative to commuting by car and to reduce the number of unnecessary short car journeys.
FREE Bike Breakfast
Wednesday 18th June 8:00-9:30am
Breakfasts will be available in Bath, Keynsham and Radstock for cyclists.
A range of delicious breakfasts will be served (depending on venue) including pastries, egg and bacon rolls, and hot or cold drinks. FREE breakfasts for all cycle commuters will be available at the following venues:KEYNSHAM - The Clock Tower Cafe
RADSTOCK - Tea & Trade Tea Rooms, Church Street
BATH - Abbey Square
This time good news, we received this email from the council's parks department who seem to have won the battle with the legal department. The sign is there ! It is just sad that things have taken so long.
- The Legal Agreement between the Council and the company seeking sponsors on our behalf (Marketing Force), has now been approved by the Council's Solicitor and is in the course of being completed.
- Agreement has been reached between Environmental Services (Parks) and Planning over amended landscaping works and Planning have agreed that signage may be installed in advance of planting.
- Two roundabouts now have sponsors in place and final preparations are taking place in advance of the signs going up later this week. These are the Odd Down Park & Ride and Midsomer Norton Tesco roundabouts. Tree and bulb planting will take place in the early Autumn.
- The further 3 roundabouts for which advertising permission is in place (Odd Down Red Lion, London Road East (A46 bypass) and Bathford / Sally in the Woods) will shortly have signs going up inviting people to contact Marketing Force.
- We will consider during the summer how to proceed with further sponsorship opportunities, including the newly detrunked section of the A4.
Monday, 9 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
In a walk about with the neighbourhood cleansing manager we looked at the parking bays, which are the responsibility of Somer HCT. We have asked for the council to look at enforcement action.
It remains our view that the play areas need to be returned to the council.
Our petition is http://ourcampaign.org.uk/playareas
Monday, 2 June 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
In Odd Down the area of search is around Sulis Meadows, along Old Fosse Road and then along Rush Hill.
We don't welcome these houses, where ever you build it will be on Green Belt or in an area or outstanding natural beauty (AONB)
There is no new money to solve the current congestion.
We have added a few photographs to show the land that could be destroyed.
We are looking for your views
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Thanks to Hugh Mckay Neighbourhood watch coordinator for Sulis Meadows and Louise Gould one of the PCSO's in Odd Down for organising the event.
Nigel was please to help, maybe pictures shortly.
We will be looking to do more clean ups in other parts of the Odd Down ward.
We heard from young people about what they wanted to do in the area, and from BAPP about their future in Odd Down
The first chairman will be Alan Bain, who has worked hard to get this off the ground.
Steve and Nigel are pleased to have played a part in the formation of the community association and will be working to make it a success.
Please contact us if you can help, more information shortly as the first meeting of the committee will be Thursday 29th.
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Start time is 7 pm
Odd Down Community Association
The ODCA would meet 6 times a year or more often, usually in the evening and we would like to have as much involvement as possible –
perhaps you would like to take notes of the meetings and type them up?
Do you have a good awareness of figures and would like to help set up an account and help with budgets?
Perhaps you would just like to come to meetings and get involved in discussions and plans about the area.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
The field behind the park and ride is to be ploughed, it should have been done earlier. We wait for a response.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
The good news is they are going to be given an eviction notice on Monday.
Monday, 5 May 2008
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
This is mainly because the site falls within the embargo diversion route for the A36 Limply Stoke works. It was started as soon as then could be, but unfortunately could not be finished in time for the 31st March deadline. It was therefore decided that it made more sense to leave the site so the existing crossing was in operation.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
A few pothole have not been marked out, which we have reported to Council Connect
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
We feel that the building is too big and having studied the submitted plans it looks too big. The plans say that it should be no higher than 9.7 metres above the existing ground level. This figure is to be measured.
There is also an issue of landscaping. There is very little room in front of the building before you get to the housing in Rush Hill to get the landscaping planted. This is being investigated as well.
We will keep you informed of results coming out of the investigations.
We have asked Martyn Bridges, local police beat manager to carry out a number of speed checks in the road.
Sunday, 13 April 2008
We would like to thank all of the officers that sorted this out so quickly.
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
We have signed a call in of a decision to put more charges on elderly people. There is to be a meeting calling on the Conservative Cabinet member to reconsider his decision to increase the charges for a range of services to elderly people, such as:
- Community meal costs up by over a pound per meal.
- Hourly rate for home care to rise by 74%.
- Maximum weekly charge for care to go up by almost 400%.
A while a go we were looking forward to sponsored roundabout full of flowers, now we find that things are not progressing.
A while a go we were looking forward to sponsored roundabout full of flowers, now we find that things are not progressing.
Our press release is below
Plans to improve the look of roundabouts in
After at least 15 years of going backwards and forwards, including 297 emails from one Councillor to try and get something done, the Planning Committee gave permission for the first sponsored roundabouts last summer. It was hoped that the scheme would help make the entrances to our city more attractive and would save council tax payers money.
However, despite Councils across the country allowing companies to sponsor roundabouts, the legal department at B&NES Council is not sure whether we can do it here. Now Liberal Democrat Group leader Cllr Paul Crossley has written to Cabinet members Charles Gerrish and Malcolm Hanney asking them to take action and clear away this most recent hurdle.
Cllr Nigel Roberts (Odd Down) who has been following this issue since permission was given in principle for two roundabouts in Odd Down, said:
“It's now 8 months since permission was in theory given for these roundabout sponsorship deals. It's not as if B&NES would be blazing a trail – this is a well-established practice in many areas. You would think that the Cabinet as it has been putting up charges in so many areas would want to pursue this idea.”
The council has had a year to prepare for this and has done nothing, it was the wrong decision to close the youth club and now when there is an opportunity of a new beginning things are being stopped by inactivity earlier in the year.
We look forward to their reply.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
It is sad that the youth club has been vandalised again, but this was predictable now the building is empty. The council knew it was going to cut £400,000 off the youth budget and close the youth club a year ago. Yet a year later nothing has happened.
We hope that the new beginning when the community association takes over will be better than anything the council has done.
The council is supposed to be looking at official sites, but it has been looking for an awfully long time.
Thursday, 3 April 2008
It is intended to have an open day shortly, we are always looking for volunteers, if you have any ideas please contact us.
Nigel and Steve
Sunday, 30 March 2008
We have been chasing up the council for months, finally having lost patience we asked a question at full council. It is sad that it has to come to this.
Question for Council, 21st February 2002Question from Councillor Nigel Roberts
The bin at the top of Bloomfield Drive, the junction with Frome Road, has been missing for many months, please could the Executive Member tell the residents when it is going to be replaced?
The litter bin will be replaced this week, before the Council Meeting. We have increased the budget for new and replacement bins by making efficiency savings elsewhere.
Saturday, 29 March 2008
This bus shelter is owned and maintained by Clearchannel (Adshel). I will be contacting Clearchannel to advise them that it has been damaged and to request the replacement of the pane. It should be replaced within 28 days
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
We are running a consultation, to see if those that live in area would like to see a change.
Th e previous consultation th e majority of respondents said they wanted buses to remain in Bloomfield Drive and not to have yellow lines to help the buses pass, due to current problem s of parking - There are two new suggestions and the option of remaining as things are now. Please indicate your view.
That buses go along Bloomfield Drive one way and return to town the other way through Bloomfield Road, or along Bloomfield Road and return via Bloomfield Drive.
The other option is this route is followed by every second bus, the rest following the current
route. This would mean it is less likely for buses to meet in Bloomfield Drive
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
The recommendation of the report for Bath are below:
Retain Beechen Cliff School and Hayesfield Technology College as single sex boys and girls 11-18 schools with co-educational post 16 provision.
Retain St. Gregory’s Catholic as an 11-16 co-educational Catholic school.
Retain Ralph Allen as a co-educational 11-18 school.
Consult on closing Culverhay and re-opening the school as a new 11-18 co-educational Community school or Academy on the current site. This would address the issue of parental demand for a higher number of coeducational places.
Consult on the closure of St Mark’s Church of England and Oldfield schools and opening a new 11-18 co-educational Church of England school in the north of the city. The consultation should determine the site for the school. This would address the issue of parental demand, and also factors including the high number of places at Oldfield which are currently filled by South Gloucestershire students.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Sunday, 9 March 2008
BAPP are well advanced in sorting take over of the youth club, and will be looking for the building to be used by the community.
It appears that we will be getting some detached youth work, although it will be shared with Foxhill, 17 hours in total per week. This compares with the four sessions that ran in the youth club before the cuts.
We would like to thank Alan Bain who is making many things happen, without his enthusiasm things wouldn't be happening.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
This will be paid once the development is 50% The council has recently undertaken a site check regarding numbers and the 50% figure had at that time not been passed. There are a number of unoccupied and nearly complete properties and the council is due to make a further check shortly. If the occupation level has reached 50% the council will write to remind the developer of there obligations under the section 106 agreement.
We are committed that as the money is for community facilities in the Odd Down area, that local people will have a say in spending the money.
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Tesco have applied for a licence to sell alcohol at their new convenience food store in Englishcombe Lane from 6am to 11pm. Southdown Councillors have been asking residents what they thought and have had almost universal concern about the length of time.
Alcohol is now being sold from so many stores and outlets often at discount and in promotions - is it any wonder that we have a binge drinking problem in society.
We need to start restricting sales both in terms of outlets and length of hours and discounts and promotions should certainly not be allowed.
Thursday, 28 February 2008
If you want to say something about post office closures, a public meeting and online questionnaire, being organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council's Enterprise and Economic Development Overview and Scrutiny Panel, will provide the opportunity for people to share their views over the proposed plans that will determine the future of the Post Office network.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development (EED) Overview and Scrutiny Panel will hold the public meeting at 10 am on Tuesday, 18 March in the Banqueting room, Bath, Guildhall.Cllr Nigel Roberts is a member of this panel, if you wish please contact me if you wish any comments to be passed on.
1. Anti-social behaviour outside the Co-op, Frome Road and Vernham Grove areas.
2. Possible ideas on the future of the Youth Club and needs of leisure activities for young people.
3. Traffic (especially in Bloomfield Drive) – speeding, buses and parking on pavements.
4. Litter – lack of cleaning and bins in the area.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
1. Does it start on April 1? YES
2. Is a new card required or is the existing card ok? A new card will be required -Temporary cards will be issued to residents if our own cards are not ready in time, though there is believed to be a low risk of this happening.
3. Is a new start time of 9.30 effective on April 1? In the existing Diamond card area (ie former Avon area) the start time will remain at 9 am but outside the area it will be 9.30.
4. is it correct that from April 1 a bus pass will enable a holder to catch any local bus in this country and does this include Wales and Scotland as well? The new passes will apply to all local bus services in England. Seperate schemes will operate in Wales and Scotland and they are not interchangable.
Monday, 18 February 2008
Registered: 7th February 2008 Expiry Date: 3rd April 2008
Location: 6 Burnt House Cottages Old Fosse Road Odd Down Bath BA2 2SG
Grid Ref: (E)373457 - (N)161872 LB Grade: N/A
Proposal: Erection of 8 no. self-contained apartments with ancillary buildings and parking after demolition of 6 and 7 Burnt House Cottages
Officer: Mark Reynolds
Applicant: Western Challenge Housing Association
Agent: BBA Architects & Planners
Fao: Mr J Mutter
Saturday, 16 February 2008
BAPP are running a series of open meetings on the 6th March at 4 and 7 pm, everyone including children are invited.
BAPP run the summer clubs that normally run from Odd Down Youth Club.
As local councillors we welcome a community based not for profit organisation will take over the building. However, we are concerned that the council is just ducking out of its responsibilities, there are comments about detached youth work, but no mention of how much or for how long. There is clearly a need for youth work in the area, but yet again it appears this council wants to do everything on the cheap.
Monday, 11 February 2008
"The track is finished but we are aware of the drainage issues around the track. The Council is planning some remedial work up there which will focus on improving the access route up to the Tumps and the Council think that this will also address some of the other drainage issues around the site. "
Sunday, 10 February 2008
There are 13 post offices in Bath, that would mean 2/3 more to be closed. The official announcement will be made on 26th of February.
In the meantime Bath Lib Dems have set up an on line petition:
We believe that our local post offices play a vital role in our community. Whether you are collecting a pension, applying for a passport or just buying some stamps, our post offices are there for us.
The last Conservative Government closed 3500 post offices. Labour have already shut
4000 more. These new cuts will decimate the remaining network. More post offices are needed not less.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
We are asking this question.
"As local ward councillors we receive numerous emails from residents about missed collections in the Kingsway area, especially as this appears to be the end of the route.
"Please could the executive member give assurances that the correct equipment will be provided and enough staff will be employed to ensure that all refuse collections and re-cycling collections will be completed on the correct day."
We intend to chase this up with the planning officer.
"Regarding the above site and the Commercial Development that is under construction, I have visited the site on three occasions in the last two weeks, on the first occasion I saw the Quantity Surveyor for the site Mr Reece Ford and raised the issue of whether the commercial development is being built according to the approved plans. From my own inspection of the site and consultations it appears at this early stage of the development that it is being built according to approved plans. However I will continue to monitor the site and I must admit that progress on the site is somewhat slow as on my two previous visits this part of the site was shut."
Saturday, 2 February 2008
In the past, the youth club has been a focus of anti-social behaviour out of hours. The police wanted to place a mobile CCTV camera in the vicinity to help combat these problems, but have not been able to due to the lack of a large pole to which the camera could be attached.
There are also some minor works that need to be done to the youth club to secure the building properly and repair the guttering.
Cllr Nigel Roberts said: “The Council has a responsibility to the people of Odd Down. One small thing they could do is to erect a pole so the police can place a CCTV camera if required."
Cllr Steve Hedges added “This Conservative-controlled Council seems to be willing to ignore the verdict of the Odd Down PACT (Partners And Communities Together) meeting at which residents clearly said that anti-social behaviour in the area around the youth club is their priority. This Council needs to listen."
The Liberal Democrat Councillors for Odd Down are working to ensure that youth work provision continues in the Odd Down area.
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
The officers acknowledge that things are not as good as they would like. The bumps in the road fit with the national traffic regulations.
We are awaiting a safety survey, which is due in 8 weeks time.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
From the council papers
"The site adjoins an existing doctors’ surgery to the west of the site, and the proposal is to
convert the dwelling to form additional accommodation for the surgery, the dwelling to
provide two consulting rooms, an office and a reception and waiting area. The surfaced outdoor space within the curtilage would provide three parking spaces including a disabled space.
Conditions were added to support parking in the site.
We are believe this will help the community to have more facilities in Odd Down, there are a number of parking issues at the entrance to Odd Down, but we believe with careful planning this can be sorted out.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
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.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Please help us put a stop to the planned construction of a Mass Burn Incinerator in Bristol. The construction of the Incinerator would be a major backward step in our efforts to make Bristol and Bath a Cleaner and Greener place to live.
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Also on Frome Road outside of the new Threeways School.
If you have any comments please contact us.