Sunday, 24 January 2010
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.
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
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
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
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
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 email@example.com 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
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
Liberal Democrat councillors on the Safer Stronger Communities Overview and Scrutiny Pane have warned that the improvements in street cleansing promised for Bath may be impossible if the job cuts which have been threatened in the Council’s Environmental services section actually happen.
Bath City Liaison Forum delivered a very detailed report on improvements to cleansing services in the City of Bath, and these recommendations were accepted by the Cabinet member for customer services.
The services are already being delivered with very limited resources and any reduction in services would not be looked on very favourably by local residents.
Liberal Democrat members will be scrutinising forthcoming budget papers very carefully and ensuring that the Conservative administration does not cut services by the back door.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
In response to the atrocious weather conditions, Bath & North East Somerset Council has issued extensive updates about the local weather, road conditions, and services information. This evening’s full update can be accessed on the Council homepage – www.bathnes.gov.uk . See below for a services summary and the main sections that have changed since our morning Big Freeze update.
It is anticipated that most schools will be open or partly open on Friday 8th January. Individual decisions will be taken by Head Teachers in consultation with Governing Bodies based upon the circumstances for each school. Information from individual schools will be published on www.bathnes.gov.uk/schoolclosures
There will be updates to this information starting from 6.45am on Friday 8th January. Parents/ guardians should also listen to local radio stations.
The Council intends to offer a full hot meals service on Friday. We will also deliver a frozen meal for Friday and Monday for those customers who are able to heat it, and frozen meals for the weekend for those customers who have these every week. Although we are delivering frozen meals as a contingency we will still attempt to deliver hot meals on weekdays.
The Council is encouraging carers or neighbours to those people who receive a community meal to see whether that person needs a meal, and to help them if possible.
Waste and Recycling
All services were cancelled Thursday. They are also cancelled Friday. This is because of the conditions under foot and on side roads where heavy waste collection vehicles may slide on ice and could seriously damage cars and/ or seriously injure pedestrians. Waste should not be put out for collection on this day.
Households that didn’t have their waste collected on Wednesday or Thursday should not leave their waste out for collection. The Council is not in a position to collect waste until a household’s next scheduled collection day if conditions allow. All three Recycling Centres are closed tomorrow because of hazardous icy conditions on and near the site.
The Met Office predicts that temperatures will remain below freezing overnight and that there will be no further snow. As a result, road and pavement conditions will remain extremely hazardous on untreated surfaces.The long-term weather forecast indicates the extremely cold weather is likely to continue for some considerable time and this will continue to adversely impact on Council services. The Bath & North East Somerset Council gritting fleet will be gritting Friday evening on major transport routes and outside key facilities. All major routes remain open. An emergency gritting vehicle will be available around the clock to tackle any specific problems on the main network.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
For immediate release.
BIG FREEZE UPDATE – 6.1.10, 4.50pm
Note: Further updates will be sent tomorrow.
There are nationwide problems with the supply chain of salt which does not appear to be improving and there will be a need to conserve and ration salt stocks. Although the Council has a reasonable stock at the present time, the appalling weather conditions are making the situation difficult.
Council staff will be redeployed onto snow clearing to keep shopping areas and car parks clear once priority routes have been attended to. However, there will be very limited salting in these areas because of the nationwide problem with the salt supply chain.
All services were cancelled today.
There will be a very limited community meals service tomorrow. The Council will prioritise any deliveries to those customers who can't cook for themselves. We have phoned all others to tell them that we may not be able to deliver hot meals tomorrow.
Keynsham Leisure Centre - 01225 395164
South Wansdyke Sports Centre - 01761 415522
Culverhay Sports Centre - 01225 480882
3. Outside of these times the Council’s Out of Office Emergency number is 01225 477 477;
4. People can email on firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS text on 07797806545. These can be contacted 24 hours a day and a response will be sent next working day. These methods should not be used for emergency communication.
Council Connect Offices are intending to be open as normal.
Service specific telephone numbers
Enquiries about Adult care transport should call 01225 394371.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
What is worse the Conservative controlled council got it all wrong, sending out letters to those affected, then having to withdraw them as the redundnacy payments were wrong. Surely with something so important someone should have checked properly.
There are many areas that the council is not doing well, due to the amount of staff they use, street cleaning is one of these. So what is happening ? more staff are being cut, how are those remaining going to do the job ? This is one of the questions we will be trying to find out.
We feel for all those staff that start the new year out with the threat of redundancy.