Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Pot hole report

We have reported the pothole Old Fosse Road and Barrow Road

Please let us know of others

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Weather update from the council

This can be seen here

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/news/Pages/SevereWeatherUpdates.aspx

Part of this is reproduced below

Highways and Car Parks

All the main roads are passable with care and the CCTV pictures in Bath show that drivers are coping with the conditions. However conditions on side roads, minor roads and untreated surfaces such as footways and footpaths are particularly difficult. We would urge all pedestrians and drivers to exercise due care in these conditions.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

St Gregory's Six Form

Formal Consultation on Opening a Sixth Form at St Gregory’s: 6 Dec 2010 – 10 Jan 2011

In September 2009, the governing body of St Gregory’s conducted a consultation on a proposal to open a sixth form. The proposal was prompted by parental demand and Government policy which encouraged outstanding schools to expand and spread their ethos by opening sixth forms. A comprehensive consultation exercise was carried out between 1 September and 21 October 2009. A summary of the evidence from the consultation was presented to the governing body on 5 November 2009. There was clear support for the proposal from parents, staff, students, primary partners and the local authority. The Trustees of Clifton Diocese welcomed the consultation process and recognised that large numbers of students in the Diocese do not access any kind of Catholic Christian provision post-16. The governing body voted unanimously to proceed with the proposal. (The original consultation document and a summary of the evidence presented to governors can be found on the College website www.st-gregorys.bathnes.sch.uk under Sixth Form Consultation).

Monday, 13 December 2010

Good news for Bath schools

There is now a major investment for schools in Bath through the Pupil Premium.

In its first year the programme will target £625m extra funding to the poorest children in school, with this figure rising to £2.5bn each year, by the end of this Parliament.

In year one, every school is guaranteed an extra £430 from the Government for every child on free school meals and every looked-after child.

In Bath and North East Somerset could mean around 976,000 pounds in extra cash.

Commenting, Don Foster MP for Bath said: "For years, Labour told us that children in just one or two London boroughs were worth more than children here in Bath. That was a disgrace and we're bringing it to an end.

"The premium gives Headteachers in Bath the freedom to use the money how they want, in the ways they know work - not how politicians in Whitehall tell them to."

"By helping some of the most disadvantaged children, we can help whole classes work together better and move forward faster. This is great news for children, parents and teachers alike."

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Don Foster MP in action in Parliament - for football fans

As football fans this bill makes common sense, pleased that Don Foster is moving it

http://www.bathlibdems.org.uk/news/000380/don_foster_mp_for_bath_introduces_the_safe_standing_bill.html

Monday, 6 December 2010

Culverhay School closure - latest(3)


Steve and Nigel Have signed a request for the Conservative Cabinet to re-consider their decision to close Culverhay School

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/Lib-Dem-Labour-councillors-delay-Culverhay-decision/article-2974785-detail/article.html

"The Conservative Executive has yet again come to a badly flawed decision on Culverhay. The fault lies entirely with the way they have handled the secondary school review consultation process from the start.

latest Fuller's earth Saga

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/Recycling-firm-site-owner-wins-High-Court-battle-council/article-2973354-detail/article.html

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Planning application for a care home on Clark's site(1)

The current office block is too large it dominates the skyline, we don't want to make the same mistake. We will be visiting the planning officer to find out more.

Planning application for a care home on Clark's site

Ward: Odd Down App Ref: 10/04572/OUT

Parish: N/A

Registered: 24th November 2010 Expiry Date: 23rd February 2011

Location: Crescent Office Park Clarks Way Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset

Grid Ref: (E)373178 - (N)162650 LB Grade: N/A

Proposal: Erection of a 60 bed residential care home (Use Class C2) with associated car parking and servicing.

Officer: Andrew Strange

Applicant: Kenwright Developments

Agent: DPP

C/O Agent

Development Planning Partnership

14 Windsor Place

Cardiff

CF10 3BY


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Conservatives to Close Culverhay ?

In the usual style of the Chronicle it says politicians to close Culverhay, lets get this straight it is the Conservatives that want to close Culverhay, at the Full Council, except "two independents" from Radstock and Timsbury who have voted to support the Conservatives on every big issue on the council.

The story in the Chronicle paper is below

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/Culverhay-School-closure-plan-drawn/article-2906919-detail/article.html

As far as we are concerned the fight continues, at worst if we can when teh council if up for elections in May we will reverse this decision.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sainsbury's license application(2)

If you want to write to the council about Sainsbury's alcohol license you need to use the following headings.

In your representation you should explain why you think this specific premises will cause problems in relation to one or more of the licensing objectives, which are:

The Prevention of Crime and Disorder

The Prevention of Public Nuisance

Public Safety (ie the safety of persons on the licensed premises)

The Protection of Children From Harm

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Rush Hill speed checks

The council has carried out speed traffic counts in Rush Hill

"Traffic data attached. It was collected outside 100 Rush Hill. The figures we work to are the 85th%ile speeds for each day shown alongside 12H to 24 H. The overall figures are about 31 mph which are within acceptable tolerance for a 30 mph. Police usually will enforce only at over 34 mph."

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wansdyke Path

Asked the question below, as nothing has happened for all the meetings I have attended, one officer no money this what happens.


Q.6: From Cllr Nigel Roberts for Cllr Charles Gerrish:

Please could the Executive member report on what the Council is doing to ensure that the Wansdyke through Odd Down is safeguarded and that the footpath that runs along the Wansdyke is passable for walkers.

Answer:

The section of the Wansdyke earthwork that runs through Odd Down and South Stoke is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. This is a national designation placing legal restrictions and obligations on the relevant land owner, which are enforced by English Heritage (on behalf of DCMS). Due to ongoing management problems and anti-social behaviour affecting this section of the Wansdyke, the council’s Archaeological Officer has hosted meetings of the local ward councillors (including Cllr Roberts), South Stoke parish councillors, English Heritage, interested local residents, the Police, PROW Officers and Parks Officers. As a result of these meetings English Heritage are keen to establish a monument management strategy/plan for this stretch of the monument, and with the agreement of the above working group have produced a brief for the management plan.

Further progress was made this year when ownership of the Odd Down section of the monument and adjacent public open space was transferred from Crest to the Council's Parks Department, while the South Stoke section remains in private ownership. As part of the adoption of Sulis Meadows, including The Wansdyke, a commuted sum was provided to fund the maintenance of the grass, trees shrubs and vegetation. The Archaeological Officer and Arboricultural Officer will meet on site over the winter period with English Heritage to agree the management regime that provides the best protection for the monument. The condition of the footpath associated with the monument is also being looked at as part of ongoing discussions between English Heritage and the Council’s PROW Officers. However, as a result of the Government’s spending review English Heritage are about to lose 32% of their budget and we are now uncertain whether they will still be able to support this project. The Archaeological Officer has contacted English Heritage on this issue and will coordinate another working group meeting once the situation becomes clearer. In the meantime the Council’s Parks Officers and PROW Officers will continue working with those concerned to resolve the ongoing problems affecting the monument and footpath.

Culverhay campaign comes to full Council

Liberal Democrat Councillors on B&NES are bringing the campaign to save Culverhay school to the Council chamber next week with a motion calling on the Cabinet not to close the school and to allow it to become co-educational.

“We are determined to make use of every available opportunity to try and make the Cabinet members change their minds about Culverhay. This motion will give the rest of the Council a chance to show they don’t back the Cabinet’s closure plan.

“I know that some of the parents who are campaigning to save Culverhay are coming to speak at the Council meeting and I hope that their words will help persuade the other groups to support this motion.”

To be moved by Councillor Dine Romero:

1. Council believes that, as part of the consultation process on reorganisation of secondary education in Bath, the view of the Council itself should be considered

2. Having considered the published material and comments made, Council supports the retention of two schools in Keynsham; the transformation of Oldfield to a co-educational school; the federation of St Marks and St Gregory’s; and the retention and transformation into a co-educational school of Culverhay.

3. Council recommends to Cabinet, when it considers the Culverhay consultation on November 25, that it takes into account the views of Council and endorses the wishes of the community to retain Culverhay and transform it into a community co-educational school.


This motion will be supported by Steve and Nigel

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Over flying aircraft meeting

We have been sent this meeting notice

I would like to raise to your attention a forth coming public meeting being chaired by Don Foster MP on Bath's over-flying aircrafts. A number of residents have been in contact with Don to raise concerns about this issue. As a result, a public meeting has been organised with Cllr Peter Edwards (who is a member of the Airport’s Consultative Committee) and Bristol International Airport's Community Liaison Manager, Mike Littleton. The meeting will take place at 6:30pm in the Brunswick Room in the Guildhall on the 19th November. All are welcome.

Sainsbury's license application

Our reference:

10/04038/LAPRE

Premises:

Sainsbury's

Frome Road

Odd Down

Bath

BA2 5RE

Details of application:

New Premises Licence

Date received:

4 November 2010

Last date for representations:

2 December 2010 (29 days from date received)

Activities:

Sale of Alcohol Every Day 06:00 - 00:00

Late Night Refreshment Every Day 23:00 - 00:00

Sulis Meadows mast application Nov 2010

This is the reason for the application

It is proposed that the additional antenna on the existing mast will be utilised to expand the existing regional Real Time Passenger Information system for public transport buses, into the Bath area. This will allow the position of buses and their relative arrival times at the various stops to be displayed. It will also allow the efficiency of the bus network to be evaluated and the system also incorporates a voice channel which will allow contact between the driver and control.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Pharmacy review in Bath

NHS Bath and North East Somerset is undertaking an assessment of local pharmacy services. This can be found on our website at

(pharmaceutical needs assessment).

This is to ensure we have got the right services in the right places to meet the need of residents. As part of this consultation we are inviting you to make your comments by completing our online survey (will be live on website this week) or by downloading the questionnaire and returning to the address supplied.

The closing date for the consultation is Friday December 31 2010.

I would also appreciate if you can either:

  • Forward this email to an interested party; and
  • Discuss this document at the appropriate forum within your organisation.

Park and Ride changes for November and December

Extra evening journeys provided leading up to Christmas and during the period of Bath Christmas Market.

Operating on Thursday evenings from 11 November to 23 December, plus 26 & 27 November and 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21 & 22 December.

Sunday and Public Holiday service operating on 14, 21 & 28 November and 5, 12, 19, 27 & 28 December.

Extra Saturdays journeys on 27 November & 4, 11 & 18 December.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Save Culverhay March


It was good to see so many people marching to save Culverhay. It is more that I can say for the meetings, the chair of the meeting was appalling, Cllr Paul Crossley asked if the meeting could be extended to which she refused, even though everyone said they wanted to talk more. Her excuse, "people may have made arrangements " if they had they could have left !

I will be taking up some of the points raised by Tony Parker as they were just wrong, and everyone knew it.

Road closures in and around Bath

1) A431 Newbridge Hill will be undertaken during the school holiday - 25th and 26th October between the hours of 0700 and 1900.

2) Southdown Road (all - to be done in phases) 27th to 29th October and 1 - 4th November between the hours of 0700 and 1900.

3) A367 Fosseway (extents from the recycling centre to but not including the Tunley junction) 3rd to 5th and 8th to 9th November - nights between the hours of 1900 and 0700. (Public Transport are working with First to address alternatives). (these dates have been changed so that although the carnival at Radstock is not directly on the diversion route, the closure could deter people travelling to the event on the 11th November).

4) A367 Wellsway - due to results of coring tests this site will now be postponed until February/March 2011.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Mobile Library Stops in Odd Down

These are the mobile Library stops in Odd Down

Odd Down Chelwood Drive Friday 16:25-17:00

Odd Down Upper Bloomfield Road Wednesday 14:30-17:30

Alleyway Canons Close To Rush Hill rubbish to be cleared

A lot of rubbish has accumulated along the length of the alleyway and on the grassed area in Rush Hill, we have asked the council to clean it up

Mayor's Parlour Open

The Mayor's Parlour will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday 25 - 29 October, you just need to turn up at the Guildhall if you would like to look around

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Pact Meeting

PACT Priorities (14/10/10)
An Odd Down PACT Meeting took place on Thursday 14th October 2010 at St Philips School.
The following priorities were agreed at that meeting.:
  • Implementation of 20mph speed limit on Upper Bloomfield Road
  • Cleansing and provision of bins at Oolite and Odins Road
  • Parking at Bloomfield Rise during school drop off/ pick up times

The next PACT Meeting is scheduled for 17th February 2011 at 7PM at St Philip's School, Bloomfield Rise, Bath.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

new to cycling or haven't cycled for a while

There is a new scheme

"Simple cycling for all" sums up the aim of this innovative approach to outdoor exercise and active travel.

Our programme of led cycle rides has now started and rides are currently scheduled on:

Thursdays: 13.00

Fridays: 13.00

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled ride start time.

What is it?

Based at Green Park Station, Bath linking to the start of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path (part of Route 4 of the National Cycle Network ) this community cycling scheme offers people the chance to take part in led rides and receive cycle skills training from a qualified instructor. The traffic free sections of the route provide a safe and relaxing environment to cycle in.



http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/leisureandculture/fitness/CyclingFitness/Pages/Avon%20Valley%20Wheels.aspx

Monday, 27 September 2010

New bus group starting

We have received this email

You are cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of the Bath Bus Users Group (BBUG), Thursday October 7th, 6:30pm at St Michael's Church Crypt, Bath,

BBUG is an independent, non-partisan group of bus users from across Bath who aim
to promote good communications between bus operators, passengers and local government
officers and Councillors. It aims as well to strengthen the voice of bus users in
lobbying for bus transport to be as good as it can be for as many as possible,
at the same time helping to improve our environment, enhancing sustainability and
reducing traffic congestion. We are looking for bus passengers to participate from all
parts of Bath and connected areas. Do you know anyone who might be interested?
They do not have to be an expert, they just need to care about bus transport. If this brings to
mind anyone you know, please could you put them in contact with us or give us their details
so we can invite them along?

Save Culverhay

There are web petitions to sign should you wish

http://petitions.tigweb.org/SaveCulverhay

Monday, 20 September 2010

Bloomfield Road Wellsway Junction

I've had a response from the council they are in contact with BT regarding moving the phone box. They are also in the process of moving the give way lines and lane markings to improve the visibility from the junction.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Free software for charities

Don has received the following email

Dear Mr Don Foster,

In an effort to strengthen and support the UK voluntary sector, Microsoft invests in several programmes designed to help voluntary and community organisations make the best use of our technology.

We were wondering if you had voluntary and community organisations of charitable status in your constituency that would benefit from Microsoft’s software donation programme.

Working with the Charity Technology Trust (Registered Charity No.1073954) through their Charity Technology Exchange service, Microsoft is one of a growing number of technology companies who make donations of their products to the voluntary sector.

We offer eligible organisations up to six titles, including our most popular software packages such as Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 for example. Organisations can receive up to 50 copies of each title every two year period. Donations include free upgrades for two years and access to a range of e-learning resources. Not all charities are eligible, but the vast majority are, and there are no limits on the number of organisations who can receive a donation. Grantees pay a nominal administrative fee to the Charity Technology Exchange, which supports the running of the services.

Since the launch of this programme in 2006, we have supported over 4400 UK charities, donating software with a retail value of more than £30 million.

Loft and Cavity wall insulation

We have received the following

Dear Councillor

I would like to inform you of a special offer from Housing Services open to all home owners and tenants who rent from a private landlord. >From 01 September 2010, through our "Warm Streets scheme" Housing Services are offering residents free loft and cavity wall insulation. To apply residents must phone Warm Streets on 0800 512 012. We would like to help as many residents as possible and would appreciate it if you can inform residents in your area.

Housing Services received this money as part of our Housing Renewal Funding bid, specifically to spend on energy efficiency. Many elderly and vulnerable people are entitled to free loft and cavity wall insulation however they do not come forward to claim. By making the scheme free to everyone we hope to encourage elderly and vulnerable people to come forward. Loft and cavity wall insulation makes houses warmer, helping to reduce excess winter deaths and improves energy efficiency of properties helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Please see the link to the news article. Bath & North East Somerset Council - Save hundreds of pounds with free insulation offer

If you have any questions please contact me on 01225 396736.

Save our youth service

There is little left, we have seen the affect in Odd Down

What:
Bath & North East Somerset Council is planning to cut its youth service again in the forthcoming budget process. Current plans would see the closure of another youth centre in the authority. Young people, activists, and opponents will be gathering outside the Guildhall Bath to protest against the plans before a meeting of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Childrens' Services.

The meeting will be receiving a report on the current consultation amongst youth service staff about the future of the service.

The protest is being organised by members of Democratic Action for B&NES Youth (DAFBY), Stefan Di Finizio (the current Member of the Youth Parliament for B&NES) with support from Cllr Nathan Hartley (Shadow Cabinet Member for Childrens' Services and DAFBY co-founder in the year 2000).

When: Monday 20th September, 5.00pm, Guildhall, Bath


We are looking for views on what should happen to the old Smile's Building at Noad's corner, especially as Sainsbury's have announced they are starting on site on 25th October, it is unlikely this will open again as a convenience store.
We feel that the council should have thought about this sort of thing before agreeing to Sainsbury's.

A367 Wellsway closing

A367 Fosseway:recently the Council undertook Carriageway Stabilization work at the top of A section from (and probably including) the Tunley junction to the Fullers Earth site.

Also sections of the carriageway along the A367 Wellsway between the Park and Ride roundabout to the Frome Road roundabout. Site extents will be decided upon depending on the results from recent carriageway core tests.

It is anticipated that all the works on the A367 Fosseway will be undertaken approx. 4/5 evening/nights road closure. (1900? - 0700?) to reduce traffic problems (Possible start date: 11th October) (not Sat or Sun)A367 Wellsway will be undertaken approx. 5 evening/nights temporary traffic lights, (road closure not anticipated, but carriageway core tests may change this decision). (not Sat or Sun)

Friday, 3 September 2010

These are the bus changes affecting Odd Down

173 Bath – Peasedown St John – Radstock – Midsomer Norton - Wells
First Bus

Stopping places amended - now serves all bus stops except Radstock, Bath New Road

178 Bath – Peasedown St John – Radstock – Midsomer Norton – Paulton - High Littleton – Keynsham - Bristol
First Bus

Timetable has been amended to improve punctuality.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Two tunnels

It is a while we have posted anything about the Two Tunnels, http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/ that is because there has been so much work behinds the scenes, one of these is putting back bridges over Dratmouth Avenue and Monksdale Road. For a picture of what this would look like

http://www.twotunnels.org.uk/public_event.html

Friday, 20 August 2010

Planning service changes

In response to general and some planning application enquiries we receive, Council Connect and Planning Information Officers will assist in the first instance by responding to queries and providing information. This should allow Planning Officers to concentrate on core technical activities such as dealing with applications and pre application submissions.

If a query is complex, customers will be able to speak to a Planning Officer through a Call Back Service. The initial contact process will be designed to answer basic enquiries. Where more detailed technical knowledge is required we will seek to obtain enough information to allow a planning officer to answer the query. Following this a Planning Officer will aim to call back within 24 hours of the initial query.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Culverhay School closure - latest

We attended the demonstration and the cabinet meeting, it was very disappointing to hear the rubbish spoken, basically the comments were we need to"close Culverhay to stop Oldfield School becoming an academy".

It is another attack on Bath by a group of councillors that represent wards outside of Bath, first the BRT now this. All they appear to want to do is to sell off the site. There many comments from the cabinet that this wasn't an option, then they said "all money gained from the sale would be ploughed back into education " the didn't seem to be the realization that these comments are opposite.

The back to Bath campaign clearly had the right idea

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Culverhay School closure

Good news the meeting has asked the cabinet to re-consider. The bad news it is the same cabinet that considered the decision in the first place.

Friday, 6 August 2010

meeting to consider Culverhay school closure

The Meeting to consider the closure will take place 10th of August at the Guildhall at 17.30 it is a public meeting anyone can attend.

Culverhay School closure

We have asked that the Conservative view be reconsidered, for the following reasons:

Ø The consultation was based on the scenario of closing three schools and reopening two – one in the north and one in the south of the city. This scenario was approved by the majority of respondents (66%). By abandoning this scenario and recommending the closure of one school in the south, the Cabinet has disenfranchised residents who, believing that the outcome of the consultation would be a new, coeducational school at Culverhay (which is what the community has wanted for a long time), did not respond to the consultation in large numbers.

Ø The decision is premature. The availability of ‘Building Schools for the Future’ funding was a significant driver of reorganising secondary provision in Bath. Given that this funding stream is no longer available following the change in Government, the Cabinet has not adequately considered the need to wait until the situation regarding schools legislation and future funding mechanisms is more certain.

Ø The Cabinet has decided that there should be no change to schools in Keynsham, but the option of no change to schools in Bath has not been considered under section 9 of the report. This is inconsistent.

Ø If the primary purpose of the review is to improve educational standards, it is inconsistent to close a school which is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted but to keep both schools in Keynsham, which have lower Ofsted ratings, open. Furthermore, insufficient consideration has been given to the extra services provided at Culverhay school to pupils and to the community (e.g. leisure centre, extracurricular activities, links with primary schools and Bath Spa University) and to the ‘value added’ to pupils’ educational attainment.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Brambles in Old Fosse Road


We have asked for the brambles in Old Fosse Road to be cut back, this is probably owned by Persimmons.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Culverhay school to close ?

“It is good that the consultation on schools in Bath has happened, but it is very worrying that the cabinet member has not kept to the original proposal to retain a coeducational school on the South of Bath. The Lib Dems have always supported the location of a school on the current Culverhay site, and are now deeply concerned about the provision of education for children in the South West of the city.

“It is a relief, however, to see that the cabinet member is willing to get tough with Oldfield school over going coeducational; Oldfield having refused to participate in the consultation.”

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Brambles Sulis Manor Road/Combe Hay Lane

We have ask the council to have a look at the brambles over looking Sulis Manor Road/Combe Hay Lane, on the opposite side to the Doctors surgery next to the football club, these are over hanging the footpath in places.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Bus Lane for Wellsway

Council is introducing a bus lane the official order is:

On that length of the Wellsway at Bear Flat, Bath, northbound carriageway nearside lane which extends from a point 40 metres due south of the northern kerb line of Bloomfield Avenue, in a generally northerly direction along its length for a distance of approximately 49 metres; and on that length of Bloomfield Road northbound carriageway nearside lane which extends from a point 110 metres due south of the northern kerb line of Bloomfield Avenue, in a generally southerly direction along its length for a distance of approximately 12 metres.

A367 Wellsway southbound carriageway nearside lane which extends from a point 50 metres due south west of the extended western kerb line of Midford Road to a point 45 metres due north east of the centre of the Red Lion roundabout, a distance measured along the said length of road of approximately 162 metres.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Noad's Corner

We have also asked that on the way to look at the yellow lines in Sulis Meadows that the parking wardens check on the cars and vans parked on the pavement at Noad's Corner

Yellow Lines Sulis Meadows

We have spoken to the council about enforcing the yellow lines at the entrance to Sulis Meadows, especially at school opening an closing times.

Hopefully something will happen.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Ambleside Road cleaning

Following a request from a resident we have organised for the sweeper to go into the cul-de-sac ins Ambleside Road.

PACT priorities June 2010

  • Parking on Oolite Road and the junction with the Wellsway and Upper Bloomfield Road
  • Parking on Bloomfield Rise at school times
  • ASB and underage drinking
These were agreed last night, and will direct the community police team

Sunday, 20 June 2010

More recycling, late but at least it is here

There was a time when Bath and North Somerset was one of the highest recycling areas in the country, that was before the conservatives took control, and then everything got put off, now we are just average.

Finally the council is starting a new weekly food waste recycling collection from 4 October 2010. This new collection will be for everyone who currently has access to the green box recycling service. Residents will be able to recycle all of their food waste including plate scrapings, meat, bones and all cooked food.

The council is organising many road shows across Bath and North East Somerset and talks/briefings to community groups so that it can talk face-to-face with residents to explain how the new collection service will work.


RSS dead and its extra housing for Odd Down ?

All the comments out of Government is that the regional assemblies will be abolished and that their powers will be returned to local councils. This will mean that we will have the powers to decide housing numbers and where they go.

Bath still needs housing as there are many people that want someone to live in Bath, but are priced out of the market. At least now a decision will be made local if and how many, rather than in Exeter.

Council survery

The council has released their recent 'Voicebox' public perception survey to a random sample of just over 3000 households in the Bath and North East Somerset area.

This survey has been funded by departments within the council and is designed to support decision making and budget setting.

Questions are being asked about the following services:

- Contacting the Council/Council Connect
- Social Services
- Tourism, Leisure and Culture
- Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Capacity
- Corporate Satisfaction

The survey is being carried out by an external Market Research agency called Wyman Dillon, if you have any questions please contact us

Grass cutting Sulis Meadows

We have received this from the officers.

"The last of the grass cutting was scheduled to take place today so all areas should now have been cut once at least. The intention is that the frequency for grass cutting will be once every two weeks for the rest of the season until the autumn.

The shrubs work will be programmed in for later in the year."

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Grass cutting Sulis Meadows

We have asked for the grass next to the Wansdyke to be cleared, along with the discarded sofa.

Culverhay School Future

We are concerned about Bath and North East Somerset consultation over the future of secondary schools in Bath. We feel that if Culverhay is closed this will let the south of Bath down again. Culverhay has served boys in the area for many years. With St. Gregory's having limited admission to non-catholics, it means many boys from the Odd Down/Kingsway area having to travel several miles to school, we feel this can't be good.

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/School-fights-future-academy-bid/article-2292547-detail/article.html

We have support Culverhay going co-ed, this is something we believe should continue.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Planning Application

Ref: 10/02199/FUL
Parish: N/A
Registered: 25th May 2010 Expiry Date: 20th July 2010
Location: Odd Down Post Office 59 Frome Road Odd Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset
Grid Ref: (E)373737 - (N)162395 LB Grade: N/A
Proposal: Erection of a shop with two flats above it in the garden of 59 Frome Road (Resubmission)
Officer: Victoria Griffin
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J Rai Agent: John Page Architect
59 Frome Road
Odd Down
Bath
BA2 2PW

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Community Projects

Come along and vote for local projects at the next meeting of the ODCA on Tuesday 15th June, 7.30pm at the Community Centre - refreshments will be provided.
At the meeting which will be attended by local councillors, community groups will be invited to present their statements to apply for money from the Clark's 106 fund and the results of this will be used to allocate funding. If you are a member of an established community group and would like to submit a statement, please address it to the Community Centre (106 Fund) by Tuesday 1st June 2010.
After the voting, there will be an opportunity for those who wish to stay to consider the Community Association's role and vision for the future.
Please make a special effort to come along with your friends and neighbours to support this event and have a say about what you want to see in the community.
It should be a great evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 31 May 2010

Pictures of the clean up




Thank to the trainee youth workers for organising the clean up, we had a lot of fun and helped clean up around Vernham Grove play area, removing about 10 bags of rubbish.

Community clear up

Thank to the trainee youth works for organising the clean up, we had a lot of fun and helped clean up around Vernham Grove play area, removing about 10 bags of rubbish.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Police - theft of scrap metal

There is a current spate of thefts of metal…particularly lead, copper, alloys ( car wheels, alloy bicycles, farm gates etc are all vulnerable). Rural churches are going to be particularly vulnerable as this spate continues……..

These crimes are not victimless, and are having a huge impact on local communities, with criminals often targeting schools and places of worship in order to steal lead from roofing. Such premises have subsequently suffered significant water damage, as the theft has not been initially evident. Other instances include several thefts of farm gates, allowing livestock to escape, and items that have caused a danger to the public such as manhole covers, cabling from live systems, and rail track. Some small local manufacturing businesses have suffered significant financial loss, resulting from their newly fabricated high value specialist products being stolen purely to realize the metal content value.

We need our community to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, particularly people seen on roofs. Churches, old buildings and construction sites are particularly vulnerable. Please can you keep an eye on any such premises in your area. Thefts are happening at all times of the day and night. We need to catch these criminal in the act!!

Community clean up 29th May

The Youth workers at the community centre in Odins Road are organising a clean up

Fed up with the mess around our community? Why not come and help us clean it up on…

SATURDAY 29TH MAY @ 1:30pm AT ODD DOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE

Followed by a Community BBQ

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Council News - Pest Control

We have been told about:

"In accordance with the agreed Council budget for 2010/11 the Council's Pest Control Service will be introducing charges for domestic treatments from 7 June 2010. This nominal charge is £15 plus VAT per treatment."

Please let us know if there any issues.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Noad's corner traffic lights being jumped

Residents have told us that the red lights at Noad's corner are being jumped, we have spoken to the local police.

Secondary school consultation - public meeting dates set

The council has formally announced the information on the secondary schools review. In Odd Down this has two big issues, whether Culverhay goes co-ed and the sixth form for St Gregory's.

We have long supported Culverhay going co-ed as the best option for the school.

Else where it could mean St. Mark's and Oldfield Girls School closing and re-opening as one school.

The dates for the public meetings, which form part of Bath & North East Somerset Council's Secondary school consultation, have now been set.

The meetings form part of the wider consultation where parents, teachers and pupils have the chance to have their say on proposals outlined in Bath and North East Somerset Council's Secondary Review.

Dates for public meetings are as follows:

Keynsham

Date Venue Time

Tuesday 11 May Wellsway School 7pm

Tuesday 18 May Broadlands School 7pm

Wednesday 26 May St Keyna Primary School 7pm

Bath

Date Venue Time

Tuesday 12 May St Mark's C of E school 7pm

Wednesday 19 May Oldfield School 7pm

Thursday 20 May Culverhay School 7pm

Tuesday 25 May Guildhall, Brunswick Room 7pm

Timescale

  • Consultation – began on 31 March 2010 and will end 28 May 2010

  • Decision on proposals – Cabinet will make a decision on the proposal on 21July 2010.

How to give feedback on the proposals

Consultation booklets which give details of the proposals have been distributed to all schools and also to wider stakeholders in Bath and Keynsham and are available online. Everyone with an interest in the education of our young people can comment on the proposals by email, letter or online. For more information visit www.bathnes.gov.uk and navigate to the School Consultation documents through the have your say section on the homepage.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

We now have the results of the traffic survey carried out in Upper Bloomfield Road, to the south of Odins Road. They are as follows;

South bound

85th %ile speed 25.3 mph. Sunday recorded a slightly higher speed of 27.5 mph.

North bound

85th %ile speed 27.6 mph. Again Sunday recorded a slightly higher speed of 28.2

As the speeds are lower than 30 mph then this mean that the council won't propose any further action.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Bus Shelter the Green/Upper Bloomfield Road


We have asked for this to be cleaned, it is complicated as part of the land is owned by Somer and part by the Council

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Bloomfield Drive pavements

It was pleasing to see that the pavements in Bloomfield Drive near Bloomfield Rise North have been re-surfaced following a request earlier in February.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Possible dates for secondary school review

Venue

Wednesday 12th May

7pm

St Mark’s School
Baytree Road
Bath BA1 6ND

Wednesday 19th May

7pm

Oldfield School
Kelston Road
Bath BA1 9AB

Thursday 20th May

7pm

Culverhay School
Rush Hill
Bath BA2 2QL

Tuesday 25th May

7pm

Brunswick Room
Guildhall, High Street
Bath BA1 5AW

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Street light in Edgeworth Road

The column was damaged so badly that the council is having the replace the whole thing. The column is also being repositioned to the back of the footpath. Southern Electric and Western Power have to carry out these works and have 28 days to do so. They are expected to complete everything by 14/15th April.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Old Fosse Road verges


Back in November we asked for bollards to be placed in Old Fosse Road, this had been in response to a request from a resident, as too may cars were driving over the grass churning them up. We are please to say these have now been installed.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Sulis Meadows works

The council has started work on tidying up Sulis Meadows, following the adoption by Crest. There have been a few concerns, this is what the council has to say.

"As you may be aware work has started on site to cut back the overgrown hedge and litterpick.

I am receiving a few complaints regarding this about cutting hedges when birds nesting season so I will clarify a few things.

It is not illegal to cut a hedge after 28th feb it is illegal to disturb birds nesting in hedges so our contractor is fully aware of the issue and will not disturb any nests if found.

Also Bartlett's tree services are removing trees from the open space on behalf of knightstone housing not the council, I have also received complaints regarding this."

Kingsway roads

We have ask the executive councillor what is going on with the roads in Kngsway

1. Question from Councillor Nigel Roberts

With the announcement of extra money for road repairs could the Executive Councillor give an assurance that Kingsway's Roads will be repaired, as he knows I have raised this several times, and although repairs have been made after a few months the pot holes return?

Answer from Cabinet Member for Customer Services

Officers have needed to undertake supplementary inspections on many roads as a result of the severe winter damage. These inspections are being used to help form a proposed programme of works. Until I have received a detailed programme for approval I cannot advise Members which streets will be included. However, I will ensure that officers do give consideration the Kingsway roads. The proposed extra funding will enable significantly more roads to be resurfaced in 2010/11 but regrettably this additional funding will not be enough to deliver all the requests for resurfacing the Officers and Members receive.

Empty homes - why is the council not doing more ?

This isn't the fault of the officers, there is a policy vacuum we asked the following question at the recent council meeting.

There are plenty of empty houses, but the proposals are to build 2000 more houses on green fields.

3. Question from Councillor Nigel Roberts

Please could the Executive Councillor answer, how many empty houses are there in Bath and North East Somerset ?

How many basements and areas above shops are available to convert to housing?

How many times has the Council used Compulsory Purchase Orders to bring back houses into occupation?

Answer from Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Housing

Using Council Tax records we estimate that there are 528 properties that have been empty for 6 months or more. However, it is important to remember that this figure includes properties in a range of conditions and circumstances, for example, going through probate, empty though in the process of being sold etc. In addition it does not include second homes.

Property Services have confirmed that there are no basements, nor areas above Council-owned shops, where residential use would be feasible due to a variety of physical, financial or statutory reasons. However, we have no information on privately owned shops.

The Council has in the past promoted the living over the shop (LOTS) initiative and as a result has let a number of basements and upper floors to Housing Associations who have converted space. Additionally a number of flats are let to Somer Community Housing Trust and where Somer's tenant vacates these properties have become available to the Council for sale.

The Council has not used CPO to bring properties back into use. However, Housing Services are currently developing their strategy for the recovery of such properties. This includes a prioritisation system that will result in us dealing with the properties on a worst first basis and using a full range of incentives and ultimately enforcement activity.

Councillors take action to reduce traffic speeds in Odd Down

Odd Down Councillors Steve Hedges and Nigel Roberts will be using part of ‘their’ share of B&NES Council’s Ward Councillor’s Initiative Fund to help cut traffic speeds through Odd Down.The Ward Councillor’s Initiative Fund is a pilot scheme which allows local Councillors to respond quickly to local needs with small amounts of financial support. All B&NES Councillors will have the chance to allocate funding over the course of the pilot.

Councillor Hedges will allocate £4,000 for the financial year 2009/10 and Councillor Roberts will allocate £4,000 for the financial year 2010/11.

Councillor Hedges commented:

Nigel and I have talked to many Odd Down residents and they have told us that traffic and the speed of traffic entering Odd Down is their main concern.

We would have preferred to use the funding to create a 20 mph zone in the Kingway Estate, the Cranmore Estate or the Sulis Meadows Estate but this would cost too much.

Instead we are putting this year’s allocation into an electronic ‘Reduce Speed’ sign which will be placed by the large roundabout at Odd Down Park and Ride. The funding will also go to provide a number of 30 mph roundels [where?] to reinforce the speed limit and help prevent drivers from speeding into Odd Down.”

Councillor Nigel Roberts added:

We are pleased that the scheme we put forward has been approved and we are hopeful it will make life safer for residents on the Wellsway in Odd Down. Steve and I will be talking to residents about possible uses for the Ward Councillor’s Initiative Fund for the next financial year.”

Stop cock cover missing in Cranmore Place

The stop cock cover outside of 92 Cranmore place in the pavement has been reported to the council

St Gregory's Planning application

We believe that an application for the sixth form will be shortly

Monday, 15 March 2010

Wall Noad's Corner

The wall at Noad's Corner next to the Telewest Chapel is to be repaired.

Sulis Meadows adoption - meetings

A meeting has been set to go through the details of Sulis Meadows adoption and to look at the way forward, getting residents views on what should be done. This has been set as St Gregory's Hall on 20th May 4-7pm

The 6th July 4-7pm has been set aside to hear how the Council is going to do things, having heard what residents have said

Please contact us if you have any questions

Council Tax bills gone out

Most of the council tax bills have been dispatched, there is much cheer in the bills, one of the smallest increases for the council, but services will be getting worse

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Bath Casino update

Bath & North East Somerset Council (the Council), as the licensing authority, proposes to issue one premises licence for a small casino within its area pursuant to Part 8 and Schedule 9 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the Categories of Casino Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1330).

As part of this process the Council has produced a draft application pack for prospective applicants. The purpose of this application pack is to inform potential applicants of the rules and procedures applicable to the application process. It will be published to conform with the requirements set by Parliament and the Secretary of State, and to ensure an application process which is both transparent, and fair. Copies of the documents can be seen on the Council's web site at the following address:

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/business/LicencesStreetTrading/GamblingAct2005CasinoApplication.htm

These documents will also be available for viewing at the Council offices at 9-10 Bath Street, Bath during the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays.

I would be grateful for any comments that you may wish to make on the proposed application pack by Tuesday 6th April 2010. Following this consultation, a report will be taken to the Council's Licensing Committee for it to consider any proposed amendments and to adopt the documents.

Please send any comments to me at the following address.

Thank you.

Andrew Jones

Environmental Monitoring and Licensing Manager

Environmental Services

Bath and North East Somerset Council

9-10 Bath Street

Bath

BA1 1SN


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Potholes


Odd Down is full of potholes, we are reporting as many as we see. If you see any either ring 394041 or email council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk

Please to see that Wansdyke Road has been identified to be sorted. The white lines around the pot holes means the council has been up, normally things will be done within 28 days

Monday, 1 March 2010

Secondary School consultation

The council is proposing to change the secondary schools in Bath - below is what we have been told.

Steve and Nigel both believe that Culverhay should be co-ed - please let us know your views

What this means for Bath

In Bath, the proposal is to further raise standards and improve the quality of schools buildings, reduce the number of schools with surplus places and create the right size schools which are educationally and financially viable. The proposal will increase the number of co-educational places available. Steps will also be taken to make sure there are sufficient church school places and that parents still have the option to send their child to a single sex school.

No changes are proposed to Beechen Cliff and Hayesfield Schools which will provide the choice of single sex boys and girls places for parents. No changes are proposed to Ralph Allen and St Gregory’s Catholic College.

To achieve the overall strategy for Bath, Oldfield, Culverhay and St Mark’s will be closed and two new schools will be opened.

Bollards Oolite Grove

A number of the bollards are missing from the roundabout in Oolite Grove, we have asked for these to be replaced.

RSS Steve and Nigel's view

The Core Strategy

Fails to address housing numbers from a local perspective. The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) housing numbers have been dictated by Government at Westminster and were based on the growth that was expected a couple of years ago. It is unlikely that this level of growth will happen.

The Core Strategy is driven by growth, but why should we accept the growth that Government want us to have? Growth, such as we have had in the past, has not been related to quality of life or to the wellbeing of local people.

Steve said “how can this be good for Odd Down,we already have a new large development at St. Martins,as well as the one at the old Clarks site and a new superstore to be built, and no major improvements for roads, our road system in odd Down is fit to burst and most days is grid locked”

Local Decision Making

The Liberal Democrat view is that local communities should decide on their future, including how much growth that they want to see. In the South West. With low wages the norm for many of our young people. Many will never own their own homes in the present housing market with its critical shortage of affordable homes.

Nigel said "The Liberal Democrats are committed to making changes directed from the grassroots of our local communities. The present Core Strategy is a top down document, based on compliance with Government direction."


Saturday, 20 February 2010

St. Philips School numbers

At the moment St. Phillips is full, and is refusing pupils, we have received information from the council that says, they won't be doing anything about this, no extra classrooms, so much for parental choice

Licensed Premises - Alcohol licenses what to do if you have a problem

The law was changed in 2003 to allow review of places that sell alcohol, to allow residents to complain to the local council. The police also have this right, except when they complain the local council has to call a meeting to discuss what happens next, can mean the license is taken away.

Now that right has been extended to councillors

PACT priorities

Unfortunately this clashed with the budget council meeting, but the meeting decided

An Odd Down PACT Meeting took place on Tuesday 16th February 2010 at St Philips School. The following priorities were agreed at that meeting:
  • Provision of litter bins on Upper Bloomfield Road Area near The Green and Co-Op

  • Dog fouling in the area

  • Parking around Chelwood Drive, especially on Sunday afternoons during football matches
  • Sunday, 7 February 2010

    Bloomfield Rise North Pavement

    The pavement in this area has been badly broken up, we have reported to the council for repair

    Bloomfield Road, no right turn

    Another that will may affect Odd Down

    (BLOOMFIELD ROAD, BATH)

    (PROHIBITION OF RIGHT HAND TURN) ORDER 201-


    NOTICE is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council proposes to make an order under provisions contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended, the effect of which will prohibit any vehicle from making a right hand turn from Bloomfield Road, Bath into Wellsway.


    Full details of the proposal are contained in the draft order, which together with a map and a Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the order may be inspected at Trimbridge House, Trim Street, Bath and at our offices below during normal office hours.


    Objections and representations with respect to the proposal, together with the grounds on which they are made must be sent in writing to the Traffic and Safety Team quoting the title of the scheme: (Bloomfield Road, Bath) (Prohibition of Right Hand Turn) Order 201-; and the reference PEV6263/TJ at the address below by 4th March 2010 . For any queries concerning this proposal please telephone 01225 394216. Please note that all representations received may be considered in public by the Council and that the substance of any representation together with the name and address of the person making it, could become available for public inspection.

    Bus Lane in Wellsway

    We have received this order

    (A367 WELLSWAY FROM MIDFORD ROAD TO FROME ROAD, BATH)

    (BUS LANE) ORDER 201-


    NOTICE is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council proposes to make an order under provisions contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended, the effect of which will introduce a bus lane on that length of the A367 Wellsway southbound carriageway nearside lane which extends from a point 50 metres due south west of the extended western kerb line of Midford Road to a point 45 metres due north east of the centre of the Red Lion roundabout, a distance measured along the said length of road of approximately 162 metres.


    Full details of the proposal are contained in the draft order, which together with a map and a Statement of the Council’s Reasons for proposing to make the order may be inspected at Trimbridge House, Trim Street, Bath and at our offices below during normal office hours.


    Objections and representations with respect to the proposal, together with the grounds on which they are made must be sent in writing to the Traffic and Safety Team quoting the title of the scheme: (A367 Wellsway from Midford Road to Frome Road, Bath) (Bus Lane) Order 201-; and the reference PEV6265/TJ at the address below by 4th March 2010 . For any queries concerning this proposal please telephone 01225 394216. Please note that all representations received may be considered in public by the Council and that the substance of any representation together with the name and address of the person making it, could become available for public inspection.


    Leaf compost

    Previously the council was collecting leaves in Odd Down and then taking to into the centre of the city to create compost.

    We have now managed to get the council to put some at the allotments at Banwell Road, this saves time and effort as well as helping those on the allotments

    Schools re-organisation

    We have been told by the council

    The consultation documents are now being finalised and the formal consultation period will begin in Mid March and run through to 21st May 2010. During the period 19th April to 21st May open public meetings will be held in each school: Broadlands, Culverhay, Oldfield, St. Mark's and Wellsway and two additional meetings for those people who cannot make any of these meetings in The Guildhall and St Keyna Primary School.

    The issues that affect Odd Down are whether Culverhay goes co-ed and whether St. Gregory's is allowed a sixth form

    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    Crossings on The Wellsways

    The council is proposing to put in crossing points lower down the Wellsway, the other side of the Red Lion Pub

    "The enhanced pedestrian crossing points are associated with the improved bus route works within the GBBN package, and also as a result of requests from residents living along the Wellsway who use the bus service to travel to and from Bath City Centre."

    Old Fosse Road

    We have had back the speed counts for Old Fosse Road

    The morning peak speeds on Sunday were high than the rest of the week (lighter traffic) and were as follows;
    South bound
    AM peak 34.6 mph PM peak 29.5 mph

    North bound
    AM peak 34.4 mph PM peak 28 mph

    The rest of the week AM peak for the north and south bound speeds varied (depending on the day)between 25.3 mph and 32.2 mph and PM peak varied between 28 mph and 30.7 mph.
    Unfortunately this doesn't suggest that the council will do much further traffic calming. We are still investigating what options we have to take things on further.

    Midford Road Closure

    The council has just told us

    "Urgent Temporary Road Closure of Midford Road, Bath, between its junction with Wellsway and Kempthorne Lane ( a total of approximately 100 metres) will be in place from Monday morning 8th February 2010 for approximately 5 days. The closure is to accommodate works required for the pedestrian crossing point enhancements currently underway."

    Sulis Meadows adoption

    It is official as of lunchtime, Sulis Meadows is finally adopted

    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Sainsbury's for Odd Down(7)

    The application for Sainsbury's has been passed, there is no right of appeal.

    It was disappointing that the Tories on the committee voted in favour of the application, the change in the 20A?C bus is not going to stop the problems of traffic at peak times.

    However, having been passed we will work with Sainsbury's to make the disruption from building phase as little as possible.

    Empty Houses

    With all of the clamour to build new houses, it is a shame that there are so many empty houses.

    The council has compulsory purchase powers to bring empty houses back into use, we have been bring all the houses we know about in Odd Down, such as Burnt House Cottages to the council's attention.

    Monday, 18 January 2010

    Sainsbury's for Odd Down(6)

    This is my view as expressed to the planning committee

    Although not within Odd Down ward the effect of this application will have widespread implications for my residents.

    I have tried to remain open minded about the application, the retail survey did identify a need, something I would agree with, and I don't have an objection in principal to a supermarket on the site.

    However, I would ask you to refuse this application for the following reasons:

    The main reason is the traffic. Traffic is difficult in Odd Down, it is now common place from the neighbouring estate to the development not to turn right, but to turn left and go 500m along to the P&R roundabout, then back again to go into town.

    Putting money to the 20A/C will have no effect on traffic levels. The area is already served by 42 P&R bus to the hospital which stops in Twerton, and the 14 which is every 7 minutes, which goes down through the outskirts of Oldfield Park. If in the unlikely event this is effective, the sum of money is a capital sum, what happens when the money runs out, the store will be still there, and so will be the traffic.

    The original plan was for a mixed use site, this has stretched the limit of mixed use, I would go as far as to say far too far. The size of the superstore excedes that identified in the retail study.

    At Noad's corner half a mile from the site is an empty unit, vacated by Smiles, that has been empty for over year. This are is designated by the council as a protected shopping area. Along the road, Upper Bloomfield Road, is a another shopping centre, also protected by the local plan, we have been refusing change of use in this area, to keep it as shops. It is anchored by a convenience shop, the effect of this superstore will mean both areas have no chance of having anything open again. What plans have been made to deal with this ?

    Please could democratic services provide a copy for the planning members at their meeting

    Nigel

    Grit Bins

    I was asked by a resident about grit bins. If anyone wants one installed this is the current criteria.

    There are currently over 370 grit bins throughout Bath and North East Somerset in known trouble spots which include:

    ·
    Areas not normally subject to mechanical treatment with hilly, exposed locations
    ·
    At potentially dangerous road junctions on streets with a steep gradient
    · At streets with high vehicle usage and a significant gradient

    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Plans for Siansbury's

    We have scanned them in

    http://www.odddownlibdems.org.uk/leaflets/scan0001.gif

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Sainsbury's for Odd Down(5)

    Sorry for sending out a second email today , I don't like doing this, but I felt this was important.

    The Sainsbury's application is to come to the planning committee on Wednesday at 2:00pm in the Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, the officers recommend approval.

    You can still make representation development_control@bathnes.gov.uk until the same day of the meeting

    The fill paper is at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/committee_papers/DevContCtte/DC100120/00Agenda.htm

    The report is long over 39 pages long

    A couple of highlights

    In this regard, the applicants have offered a capital contribution of £480,000 to improve
    local bus services, comprising £300,000 to fund the purchase of three new buses on the
    20A/20C service and three annual payments of £60,000 to subsidise these services which
    would improve the frequency of service from hourly to half-hourly; it is also intended to
    negotiate with bus operators to divert services along Frome Road.

    There is proposed to be a sport club on Odd Down playing fields

    The proposed facility would form the home of Team Bath Arsenal Football Club, Old
    Culverhaysians Rugby Club, Hampset Cricket Club, Bath BMX club and would be used by
    Culverhay School.

    Based on Sport England figures and Football Foundation guidance the amount we would
    be asking for the outlined project would be £1,500,000.

    We intend to write to the planning committee councillors at the weekend, any views welcome

    We hope tomorrow to put up a picture of the scheme

    Nigel and Steve
    nigelroberts at clara.co.uk