Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Wellsway Crossing - update

We were not sure why things had stopped, this is the answer from one of the council's officers.

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.
I'm in the process of undertaking a traffic study to see if there is a quiet period when the works could be done during the embargo without too much disruption. Once I have confirmation of this, the work should start on site after a couple of weeks.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Wellsway Crossing

The bus shelter and the lights appear not to have been installed. We are trying to find out from the council officers what is happening.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Ambleside Road - potholes

Hopefully the council is going to sort out some of the bigger potholes shortly near the Kingsfield junction. It is a shame that the council doesn't just re-surface the whole road, must save money in the long run.

A few pothole have not been marked out, which we have reported to Council Connect

Clarks - office builing - Picture says it all


Picture taken from Edgeworth Road showing the scale of the building

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Office Building at Clark's Development(2)

We have met with the planning officers at the new office block at Clark's.

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.




Rush Hill Speed of traffic

There has long been a problem with speeding traffic in Rush Hill, as well as having too many big lorries along it.

We have asked Martyn Bridges, local police beat manager to carry out a number of speed checks in the road.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Travellers (part2)

It is pleasing to say the council has done a good job, and the travellers have gone from Odd Down. All that needs to be done now is check how they got in, and to make sure that the field at the back of the park and ride has been ploughed.

We would like to thank all of the officers that sorted this out so quickly.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

April Police Newsletter

April Newsletter can be found here

http://www.odddownlibdems.org.uk/leaflets/Odd%20down%20news%20april.doc

Martyn Bridge will be at our weekly surgery 19th April 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Odd Down Youth Club.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

More charges on elderly people

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%.
These increases can't be fair

Round and Round We Go

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 Bath and North East Somerset through sponsorship deals have been delayed thanks to the Council's legal department say Lib Dem Councillors.

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.



Youth club - again

We have written to John Everitt Chief Executive of the council, and Chris Watts Conservative Executive member in charge of youth services to ask them what they are going to do to stop the council wasting money on repairing all of the vandalism.

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

Odd Down Youth Club















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.

Travellers

There are travellers on the Park and Ride site again. It is amazing that the Council never seems to learn ! Several days on illegal encampment, huge costs to get rid of them, and a big clean up operation.

The council is supposed to be looking at official sites, but it has been looking for an awfully long time.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Future of Odd Down Youth Club

There are several people looking at setting up a community organisation to run the youth club and to turn it into a community and youth club. Providing a youth club but also making the centre used more during the day as well. This aim is being ably supported by BAPP, and people from St. Philip's Church as well as ourselves.

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